Course Offerings | Integrative Studies

Milton Scarborough (chair), Richard Axtell, William Weston, Steven Winrich

The program in integrative studies seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries by offering courses in which at least two disciplinary perspectives and methodologies are brought to bear on the chosen subject matter. It also seeks to understand the strengths and limitations of these methodologies. The subject matter may range from conceptual problems to aspects of human experience, phenomena of nature, historical events, cultural expressions, social institutions, or public issues.

Only elective courses are offered; no major or minor is now offered in the program.

Integrative Studies Courses

Special Topics Offered 2001-2002

INS 301 Ethics, Healthcare and Society
A consideration of a range of ethical questions surrounding health care, medical practice, and biomedical research. Among the issues usually considered are images of the health care professional, informed consent, confidentiality, gene therapy, care of the dying and the chronically ill, withholding treatment, experimentation, allocation of resources for health care, and access to health care.

INS 303 Discovering the Middle Ages
A study of medieval literature, history, and culture, incorporating individual and class visits to medieval sites. Offered in Strasbourg, France.

INS 304 Civil Society and Sustainable Development
A study of alternative theories of social and economic development in the current Latin American context (e.g., Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba). Briefings with officials, interviews with religious and social activists, and visits to rural and urban civil society groups engaged in creative community development alternatives provide concrete case studies for understanding the interrelationship between social, political, economic, environmental, religious, and ethical aspects of a country's development process. Offered in Mexico.