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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2002-2003

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Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies

Tanya R. Saunders, Dean

For full faculty listing, see "Faculty and Administration".


The Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies was established in the fall of 2002 to provide an organizational structure in support of interdisciplinary study at the College and to recognize the importance of interdisciplinary programs to the intellectual vitality of the campus community. Interdisciplinary courses and programs involve "systematic synthesis of knowledge and skills derived from multiple disciplines, essential to the understanding of complex problems and the acquisition of highest-order learning." Recognizing that knowledge is a continuum, the division encourages the development of interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary programs that place faculty in a position to help students make the important connections between fields of study; consider more than one disciplinary approach, methodology, or point of view; and bring to bear the insights from many disciplines in seeking solutions to the complex problems facing our world (e.g., hunger, disease, illiteracy, war, energy, poverty, the environment). Interdisciplinary programs at Ithaca College allow students to draw on the expertise of faculty from across the five schools and allow faculty to cross academic boundaries to better develop an integrated understanding of, and approach to, issues facing the larger global community.

The Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies encourages pursuit of interdisciplinary study wherever it may occur at the College, within or between courses, departments, and/or schools. According to national scholar Julie Thompson Klein, at the core of interdisciplinary endeavor is the "interplay of perspectives that occurs in balancing depth, breadth, and synthesis. Depth insures the necessary disciplinary, professional, and interdisciplinary knowledge and information for the task at hand. Breadth insures a multidisciplinary variety of perspectives. Synthesis insures integrative process and construction of a holistic perspective that is greater than the simple sum of its parts" ("Mapping Interdisciplinary Studies," Washington, D.C.: American Association of Colleges and Universities, 1999).

Interdisciplinary majors and minors within the division, as well as those residing in the schools, can enhance a student's undergraduate study. Many students consider a double major, or a major with one or two interdisciplinary minors, in order to take best advantage of the wealth of academic opportunities offered at Ithaca College and to acquire the breadth and depth of knowledge so important to professional and personal development. The programs of study now offered within the division, as well as those planned for the future, will help our students to thrive and successfully adapt in an increasingly complex and dynamic global community.

Presently the division embraces the following academic units and programs:

· Center for Teacher Education

· Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity

· Culture and Communication

· Gerontology Institute

· Legal Studies

· Office of International Programs

· Washington Semester Program

The above-mentioned programs are described in the following pages.

All of these programs and units draw on faculty expertise and the disciplinary strengths of the five schools to create challenging and intellectually invigorating opportunities for students and faculty.

Interdisciplinary programs are based not only in the division but also in the five schools of the College. For information on the programs listed below, please refer to the indicated pages of the catalog.

· Environmental Studies (minor, major), p. 374

· Gerontology (certificate, minor, major), p. 499

· Health Communication (minor), p. 128

· Integrated Marketing Communications (major), p. 58

· Integrative Health Studies (minor), p. 128

· International Business Studies (certificate), p. 27

· Jewish Studies (minor), p. 378

· Latin American Studies (minor), p. 381

· Legal Studies (minor, major), p. 492

· Planned Studies (major), p. 383

· Women's Studies (minor), p. 376

Dean's List

At the end of each semester, students who have shown outstanding academic achievement are placed on the dean's list. To be included on the dean's list in the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies, a student must have

1. a minimum semester average of 3.70 (3.50 for freshmen);

2. completion of at least 15 letter-grade credit hours; and

3. no final grades of D, F, or I.

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