Integration courses are team-taught by faculty from two departments or academic units and have as a primary goal the pursuit of knowledge that integrates and synthesizes the perspective of two or more disciplines to address a particular issue that is too complex to be adequately addressed by a single field of study.
These courses should offer the opportunity to explore enduring questions or issues of global importance in an interdisciplinary manner. Each represented discipline should make an explicit and significant contribution to the analysis, and the course activities should require the students to identify commonalities and differences, as well as strengths and weaknesses, among the various disciplinary perspectives.
By engaging each other and the students, the instructors should also model interdisciplinary discourse throughout the course, underscoring how the disciplines can come into dialogue for mutual enhancement and transforming students’ conception of the relationship between liberal education and specialized research.
Proposals for team-taught interdisciplinary courses are accepted from across the University. Criteria for approval as an Integration course should include such elements as the global importance or existential depth of the proposed topic, the accessibility of the course to a broad segment of the student population, and the interdisciplinary breadth of the instructors and the topic.
A faculty committee is currently working to draft specific learning goals for this requirement, and those will be posted here once approved by the University's Core Curriculum Committee.