Interdisciplinary Course Offerings
Interdisciplinary course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of IDIS in the course listings.
These courses, designed to illustrate the interrelatedness of human knowledge, are taught by faculty members from several disciplines.
101 — Scientific Reasoning and Practices (3)
This course will prepare students for success in a science lab course by developing critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills and by providing experience with laboratory experiments.
130 – Introduction to Sports Management (3)
This course will examine all facets of Sports Management as they relate to the industry of sports: including topics such as the basic principles of management, marketing, law, finance and ethics in sports. Students will be challenged to apply knowledge of sport management to solve basic problems faced by sport managers. The course will also introduce and explore an understanding of career opportunities in the field of Sports Management. This is a core requirement for the Sports Management minor and a prerequisite for PHYD 330.
191 – Liberal Arts and the World of Work (1)
This course is for first and second year students and focuses on the connections between the liberal arts, disciplinary pathways, and the world of work. Students explore and evaluate their own interests, values, strengths and skills while examining possible connections to academic programs and employment opportunities as the foundation of the career and professional development planning process. Offered as pass/fail only.
193 – Personal Development for Life and Career (1)
This course is for students who are preparing to start their strategic job search and is designed to support them as they seek to understand, assess, and refine their professional identity. Offered as pass/fail only.
195 – Life and Career after UMW (1)
This course is for seniors who are preparing for their post-college transition to the world of work and independent living. Offered as pass/fail only.
203 – Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)
This course introduces students to the study of ethnicity in the United States through analysis of the historical experiences of ethnic groups and examination of the origins, nature, dynamics, and complexity of ethnic identification and relations.
204 – International Cinema (3)
Study of the development of world cinema from the late nineteenth century to the present.
207 – History of Science (3)
Prerequisite: completion of any natural science course sequence. This course explores the history of science from its foundations with the Greeks to present day, branching the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, and geology. The evolution of scientific theories as well as competing theories is examined in light of the political, social, and religious climate of the day, The difficulties faced in the advancement of science are discussed in the context of the interdisciplinary underpinnings of the scientific disciplines.
230 – Sports Law (3)
This course is a study of the legal principles underlying business relationships in sports. This is a core requirement for the Sports Management minor. The course introduces law that affects sports and the business of sports including regulations of amateur athletics, public regulation of sport activities, legal relationships in professional sports, enforcement of professional sport contract, liability for injuries, and anti-trust aspects of sport activities.
300 – Interdisciplinary Topics (3)
Topics offered under this heading are designed to supplement and enhance the programs of various departmental majors.
301 – Sport Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYC 100. This course investigates the application of psychological principles to sport and sport performance.
307 – How Things Work: Engineering and the Design Process (3)
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior class standing. This course provides an introduction to the E component of STEM, engineering. Engineering and its associated design process provide the methodology for applying scientific and mathematical principles, as well as technology in developing and testing solutions to practical problems.
350 – Study Abroad (1–6)
Interdisciplinary study of a selected area abroad, combining lectures, readings, discussion, and experiential learning.
400 – Urban Research Seminar (3)
Prerequisites: HISP 209 or GEOG 231 or GEOG 237 or permission of the instructor. Provides an opportunity to explore an urban issue in-depth and to conduct independent research related to urban studies. This class is the capstone course for students completing the Urban Studies minor and is open to other students only with the permission of the instructor.
407 – Field Project in STEM Education (4)
Prerequisite: IDIS 307 and Senior class standing. This course provides the capstone experience for the Interdisciplinary Science Studies major. It is a project-based course, with the focus on the implementation of STEM concepts and principles in solving a practical, real-world problem.
483 – Peer Mentorship (1)
Permission of instructor. Students in the course will develop their skills with a variety of digital tools and technologies used at the University for the purpose of providing peer support for the First-Year Seminar. No more than 4 credits can count toward the 120 hours of graduation.
491 – Individual Study (1–3)
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This individual study is only available for students who have an approved Special Major Program. Individual investigation of a subject appropriate to the special major, directed by a member of the faculty. The registration form must be signed by both the directing faculty member and the official advisor of the student’s special major.
499 – Internship (1–6)
Prerequisites: permission of the instructor and special major adviser. Supervised off-campus experience appropriate to the special major, directed by a member of the faculty, following guidelines set by the University for internships. Only available to students with approved special majors. Credits will count in the special major.