On this page, I would like to explore and describe what I learned from each of the four core BIS courses. Furthermore, the classes are listed respectfully in the order in which they were offered:
Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS-301):
Once BIS students commit to at least two areas of study, they can begin their upper-level core curriculum work by entering into the Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies class. This course is responsible for educating students on how they might incorporate each of their chosen disciplines into one cogent area of expertise. Further, the class introduces students to various types of multi-faceted disciplinary models that are also used in the fields of research and problem solving like; multidisciplinary, trans-disciplinary, and cross-disciplinary along with an in-depth look at interdisciplinary techniques.
Interdisciplinary Inquiry (BIS-302):
In this second core BIS course, the different types of disciplinary models are not only fully investigated for their strengths and weaknesses, but they are compared to how they relate to different types of research problems. In this class, I learned how to discriminate between whether qualitative and/or quantitative forms of data gathering were appropriate to support an investigation in any particular field of research. Moreover, the class was primarily designed for students to embark on their own research as it may have pertained to their particular fields of study. This was accomplished through a structured research schedule which students followed in order to fully utilize interdisciplinary principles for the next upper level core requirement–a sponsored internship in the students combined fields of study.
Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS-401)
As alluded to in the previous section, this core BIS class was designated as being a “real-world” opportunity for BIS students to develop skills in their chosen fields. I feel that this was not only an opportunity to test the interdisciplinary principles learned in the classroom, but also served as valuable experience for a practical start in a new career based around my newly developed disciplines. After some research and applications, I was selected by a local marketing boutique named Brandwithin to participate in their internship program. Soon after my start, was inducted into writing copy in a wide variety of media vehicles like; Internet, print, radio, and others. All in all, this experience consolidated and reinforced the interdisciplinary principles which I had learned in all the previous core classes. Also, the internship was accompanied by an on-line class which guided the experience through the use of a daily journal and interviewing.
Senior Seminar (BIS-402):