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Liberal Arts and Sciences Cross-Disciplinary Studies100 |200 |300 |400 |
Zora D. Zimmerman, Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Cross-disciplinary studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences encompass a variety of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary areas of study as well as courses that cross established departmental lines. Students may enroll in Program courses; declare majors or minors where offered, or develop an Interdisciplinary Studies major built upon Program offerings. (see Index for Program courses).
African American Studies Program (Minor only)see Index, African American Studies.
American Indian Studies Program (Minor only)see Index, American Indian Studies.
Biological/Premedical Illustration Program (Major or minor)
see Index, Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration.
Classical Studies (Minor only)see Index, Classical Studies.
Communication Studies (Major or minor)see Index, Communication Studies.
Criminal Justice Studies (Minor only)see Index, Criminal Justice Studies.
International Studies Program (Second major or minor)see Index, International Studies.
Latino/a Studies, U.S. Program
Program Director: H. Avalos
U.S. Latino/a Studies is devoted to the study of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and other groups of people living in the United States who trace their ancestry to the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America, and who comprise the fastest growing ethnic groups in America. U.S. Latino/a Studies is to be distinguished from Latin American Studies, which focuses on people living in Latin America. The methodology of U.S. Latino/a Studies is cross-disciplinary, drawing from the methods established inanthropology, sociology, political science, economics, history, literary studies, and other fields.
In addition to the general requirements of a major in Interdisciplinary Studies, (see Index, Interdisciplinary Studies) a major in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on U.S. Latino/a Studies would require the completion of 24 credits. At least 15 of the 24 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. These 24 credits in the major focusing on U.S. Latino/a Studies must include the following courses, each of which is worth three credits: LAS 211 (Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Studies), Anthr 323 (Peoples and Cultures of Latin America), Engl 344 (U.S. Latino/a Literature); Hist 441 (History of Mexico and Central America) or a course in U.S. Latino/a history, Relig 338 (The Latino/a Religious Experience), and Soc 332 (The Latino/a Experience in U.S. Society). The student must have an average grade of C in the required courses of the major. Fulfillment of the foreign language requirement with Spanish is strongly recommended, but not required. For a list of other eligible courses and more information on the U.S. Latino/a Studies Program, contact the program committee chair.
Linguistics Program (Major or minor; graduate minor)see Index, Linguistics.
Speech Communication Program (Major or minor)see Index, Speech Communication.
Teacher Education Programsee Index, Teacher Education, Courses and Programs.
Technology and Social Change (Minor, graduate minor)see Index, Technology and Social Change.
Women's Studies Program (Major or minor)see Index, Women's Studies.
(Administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Major only)see Index, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.
Emerging Global Disease (Minor only)see Index, Emerging Global Disease.
Entrepreneurial Studies (Minor only)see Index, Entrepreneurial Studies.
Environmental Science (Major or minor)see Index, Environmental Science.
Environmental Studies (Secondary minor or major)see Index, Environmental Studies.
Gerontology (Minor only)see Index, Gerontology.
The Honors Program in Liberal Arts and Sciencessee Index, Honors Program.
Interdisciplinary Studies Program (Major only)see Index, Interdisciplinary Studies.
Premedical and Preprofessional Health Programssee Index, Preprofessional Study.
Teacher Education Programsee Index, Teacher Education, Courses and Programs.
Community Leadership and Public Service (Certificate Only)
Interdisciplinary undergraduate program
Dianne Bystrom, Director
This interdisciplinary certificate program utilizes university courses offered in a variety of academic disciplines to provide a strong foundation and appropriate experiences for undergraduate students who plan to become community leaders and engage in public service regardless of their profession in the public, nonprofit or private sectors.
The program requires the completion of 21 credits through three, three-hour core required courses in leadership, speech communication and public administration; a three-hour elective course in communication; six hours of elective courses in leadership; and a three-hour capstone experience through a course, internship or study abroad experience.
The certificate will be awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Completion of the certificate will be noted on the student's transcript and via a certificate provided by the Registrar.
Objectives:•Provide opportunities for students to learn about leadership and organizational theories, ethics and decision-making, principles of public service, effective communication, leadership practices in groups and organizations, and diversity issues.
•Develop leadership skills including written and oral communication, creative thinking, personal management, group and organizational effectiveness, and problem-solving important to students' careers, communities and personal development.
•Bring students into contact with faculty members from diverse academic departments, backgrounds and leadership experiences.
•Prepare students to undertake leadership roles in their careers and in service to their community through course work and co-curricular activities.
Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the Certificate in Community Leadership and Public Service, students will:
•Demonstrate understanding of key concepts of leadership theories and effective practices within groups and organizations and diverse communities.
•Demonstrate understanding of key concepts of organizational theories, ethics and principles of public service.
•Demonstrate proficiencies in written and oral communication.
•Demonstrate awareness of cultural values and diversity issues as they pertain to community leadership and public service.
•Become engaged citizens through service to the university and larger community.
General requirements: The Certificate in Community Leadership and Public Service requires 21 credits. At least 9 credits must be taken in courses numbered at the 300 level or above. At least 9 credits used for the certificate cannot be used to meet any other department, college or university requirement for the baccalaureate degree except to satisfy the total credit requirement for graduation and to meet credit requirements in courses numbered 300 or above. Courses for the certificate cannot be taken pass-fail. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required in courses taken for the certificate.
The 21 credits required for the certificate are fulfilled by:
•9 credits of core required courses LAS 222, Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society, 3 credits; Sp Cm 312, Business and Professional Speaking, 3 credits; and Pol S 371, Introduction to Public Administration, 3 credits.
•3-credit communication course chosen from the designated list.
•6 credits of leadership courses chosen from the designated list.
•3 credits of a capstone course or experience, which can be fulfilled by a 3-credit course from the list of approved capstone courses, or a 3-credit internship with a community leadership or public service focus, or a 3-credit study abroad experience. Capstone courses focus on the scholarship of leadership in particular fields of study whereas an internship or study abroad provides a leadership-in-practice experience.
Required courses (9 credits): LAS 222, Sp Cm 312, Pol S 371.
Additional communication course (3 credits), from: Engl 302, 309, 412; Jl MC 305; Sp Cm 212, 322, 323,327
Additional leadership topic courses (6 credits), from: AESHM 287, 379; A E/C E/E E 388; AgEds 315; Con E 380; C R P 291, 293 332. 425, 429, 435, 455, 481, 484, 491, 492; Engr 150, 327X, HD FS 395, 445; LAS/W S 333; LAS 381; M E 412; M E/Hist 488; Mgmt 371, 419, 472; Pol S 310, 311, 344, 385, 413. 477, 480, 487; Soc 310, 334, 420, 435; Sp Cm 416, 417; U St 170; W S 301, 435
Capstone Course, Internship or Study Abroad (3 credits), from: AESHM 421, C R P 432, 475; Engl 418; HD FS 449; LAS/W S 488; M E/WLC 484; Pol S 475, Psych 450, Soc 464
Instead of a capstone course, students may complete a 3-credit internship. The internship must have a public service or community leadership focus and must be approved by the department of the student's major and the Community Leadership and Public Service Advisory Committee. Information on internships is available through the participating colleges and departments, including career services offices. Examples: LAS 380, 382, 490G, 491, 499; Pol S 499; W S 491.
Instead of a capstone course or internship, students may participate in a study abroad experience that includes 3 hours of credit. The study abroad experience must include a public service or community leadership focus. It must be approved by the student's major department and by the Community Leadership and Public Service Advisory Committee. Information is available through the ISU Study Abroad Center and international programs offices in the participating colleges and departments. Examples: International Leadership Seminar in Sydney, Australia; International Leadership in Educational Technology Academy in Spain and England; International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership; College of Design Programs in Rome: Community and Regional Planning; LAS 395, Interdisciplinary Study Abroad Series.
Additional courses may be proposed and approved for inclusion in the list of communication, leadership and capstone courses applicable to the certificate program. Students and advisers should contact the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, 309 Catt Hall, 294-3181, email@example.com, www.las.iastate.edu/CattCenter/ for the current list of courses.
Application and selection process: Enrollment is limited to 20 entering students per academic year, with applications reviewed twice each year. Selection will be based on current and past leadership experiences; previous leadership education and training; academic performance; and, most important, how completion of the certificate program will add value to the student's major/minor areas of study and future leadership goals.
Applicants should meet with their adviser on course planning and questions regarding prerequisites and then submit an application packet consisting of a Application for Admission form, Leadership Involvement Worksheet, and Proposed Program of Study form (signed by the adviser) by March 1 or October 1 to the Community Leadership and Public Service Advisory Committee, 309 Catt Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 50011-1305. The committee will be comprised of one representative each from the Catt Center, Public Policy and Administration, Speech Communication and Student Affairs and one representative from another participating department.
Latin American Studies (Certificate only)
(Interdepartmental undergraduate program)
Kathy S. Leonard, Director
The certificate in Latin American Studies is a cross-disciplinary course of study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is designed for undergraduates in any major who wish to enhance their degree and employment possibilities by adding expertise in Latin America and linguistic competence in a primary and secondary foreign language.
Completion of the Certificate is noted on the student's transcript, and via a Certificate provided by the Registrar
Objectives:•Provide opportunities for students to develop skills and understanding about issues concerning Latin America by bringing them into contact with faculty members from many different academic backgrounds
•Provide students with an international immersion experience where they gain cultural awareness and sensitivity
•Prepare students for work or advanced study in Latin America, such as in foreign service, journalism, advocacy organizations, scientific or research institutions
•Help students acquire proficiency in at least two of the languages of Latin America (Spanish and Portuguese)
•Guide students in interdisciplinary study leading to an understanding of the multi-faceted picture of the past, present, and future of Latin America
Upon Completion of the Certificate in Latin American Studies, students will be able to:
•Demonstrate understanding of key concepts pertaining to Latin American cultural, historical and political events
•Understand, interpret and articulate the major processes, theories and problems of selected contemporary and historical issues in Latin America
•Demonstrate oral, aural, and written proficiency in a primary foreign language (Spanish or Portuguese) equivalent to the mid advanced level
•Demonstrate oral, aural, and written proficiency in a secondary foreign language (Spanish or Portuguese) equivalent to the low Intermediate level
•Effectively communicate with persons of Latin American cultures
•Become effective global citizens through knowledge and comparison of the cultures and issues of the United States and Latin American countries
•Be able to read Latin American cultural, literary, and historical texts in the target language with comprehension and analytical insight
•Demonstrate awareness of cultural values, beliefs, and ideologies of the various Latin American countries
•Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the geography of the Latin American countries
General Requirements: Requirements for the Certificate in Latin American Studies are satisfied through formal language instruction and by completing a minimum of 24 credits at the 300 level or above. Students will take coursework in at least four different disciplines and departments (Spanish, Portuguese, Anthropology, and Political Science) with other possible course offerings in LAS, History, Agriculture, and Agronomy.
Course Requirements: Students will complete 12 credits of core courses: Pol S, 343, Anthr 323
(Should one of the above courses not be offered, students should consult the adviser to find an appropriate substitute).
Choice of one of the following 3 credit courses: Span 332, 333
Choice of one of the following 3- credit courses: Anthr 337; Span 324, 322
Other Requirements: Students will complete an additional 12 credits selected from the approved list of courses in Latin American Studies at the 300 level or above. At least one of these courses must be at the 400 level and approved by the Latin American Studies Program adviser.
•In order to stress the interdisciplinary aspect of the Certificate no more than three courses from one single department will count toward the Certificate.
•No more than 3 credits may be taken as a 490, independent study, and the topic must deal with Latin America.
•A minimum of 12 credits applied toward the Certificate cannot be used to meet any other departmental, college, or university requirement.
•Students may receive credit on a pre-approved basis for internships completed in Latin America. No more than 3 credits from this area may be applied to the Certificate.
•Courses taken for the Certificate may not be taken on a pass not-pass basis.
•Credits for a Certificate may be used to satisfy the credit requirement for graduation and to meet the credit requirements for courses numbered 300 and above.
•A certificate is not awarded if the baccalaureate degree is not finished.
•for students earning an ISU baccalaureate degree, a certificate is awarded concurrent with or after the ISU baccalaureate degree.
•After receiving a baccalaureate degree from any accredited institution, a student may enroll at ISU to earn a certificate.
•A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 is required in courses taken at ISU for a certificate.
•The minimum requirement in formal language instruction is completion of two years or the equivalent of a primary language (Spanish or Portuguese) at the university level. At ISU the completion of 202 in the appropriate language satisfies this requirement.
•Students are required to take at least one year or the equivalent of a secondary language (Spanish or Portuguese) at the university level. At ISU the completion of 102 or 112 in the appropriate language satisfies this requirement.
•Native speakers, or those with in-field experience of another Latin American language with a level equivalent to 202 can have the primary language requirement waived. Equivalence will normally be assessed by a faculty member/CLEP exam in the Dept. of World Languages and Cultures.
•While students are encouraged to enroll in language instruction courses (i.e., conversation and composition) above the 300 level, no more than 6 credits of language study (301,303, 304) may be applied toward fulfilling language requirements for the Certificate. Students should be aware that all 300-level literature and culture/civilization courses in the Dept. of World Languages and Cultures have pre requisites such as Spanish 303 and 301.
Students are required to participate in an ISU-approved study abroad program in a Latin American country with a minimum duration of 4 consecutive weeks. The Study Abroad Office has a list of ISU-approved programs. Students may elect to participate in other study abroad programs with the approval of the Latin American Studies Program Advisory Committee.
Approved courses available toward the Certificate:
The decision as to whether or not a class can be counted toward the Certificate is based primarily on the course title and description as it appears in the ISU General Catalog. Courses which deal primarily with Hispanic or Latina/o cultures in the U.S. will not count towards credit for the Certificate in Latin American Studies. Courses which primarily deal with Spain or Portugal and their cultures also do not count toward the certificate. When in doubt students should consult with the Director of the Latin American Studies Program.
AgEds 496 (3 cr.); Agron 496; Anthr 323, 337, 445/545 3 cr.); Hist 340, 341, 441, 442; IntSt 420; LAS 320, 395; Port 370; Pol S 343; Span 322, 324, 326, 332, 333, 370, 395, 445, 463, 499 (3 cr.)
Note: Study Abroad courses must be in Latin America. No more than 6 credits from each study abroad program may apply to the Certificate.
Courses primarily for undergraduate students
LAS 101. Orientation for Open Option and Preprofessional Students. (1-0) Cr. 0.5. F.S.First 8 weeks. Self-responsibility and university procedures. LAS general education requirements, ISU departments and programs, time management, academic study skills, adjustment to the university environment. Required of all first year students in the Open Option and Preprofessional Health Programs. Satisfactory-fail only.
LAS 103. Frontiers of the Discipline. (1-0) Cr. 1.Prereq: First-year student. Seminar focusing entirely on the on "cutting edge" research activities of faculty members. Satisfactory-fail only.
LAS 104. Personal Career Development. (2-0) Cr. 2. F.S.Prereq: 12 credits of ISU coursework. Comprehensive approach to personal career development; intensive self-analysis; utilization of a computerized career exploration system; contact with area professionals; examination of work in modern society and the impact of technology on the future of work; exposure to job search skills necessary for career choice implementation.
LAS 125. Connections. (1-0) Cr. 1.Links a large lecture class with a small learning community / seminar session led by the same faculty member teaching the lecture. In each case the professor teaching the large lecture will facilitate a small weekly seminar. The seminar is designed to explore the connections between the lecture topic and issues and areas beyond the lecture discipline. Features informal discussions about critical issues of the day through films, public lectures and other events which students and the faculty leader attend. At the end of the semester all of the Connections seminars will have a joint event in conjunction with an exhibit at the Brunnier Museum entitled Shattered Earth.
LAS 140. Advancing Citizenship Together Learning Community Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable.Fowler. First semester of required seminar for participants in the ACT (Advancing Citizenship Together) Learning Community. Build citizenship skills with a focus on womens issues and politics, and includes a service-learning component. Linked with Introduction to Women's Studies and Speech Communication classes. Satisfactory-fail only.
LAS 160. Intro to Race and Ethnicity in America. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Permission of Instructor. One of two courses linked with the Multicultural Learning Community (MLC). Concepts and methods employed in understanding the social and cultural experiences of the major ethnic minority groups in the U.S. with explorations primarily of Native, African, Latino, and Asian Americans
LAS 161. Studies in Race and Ethnicity in America. (1-0) Cr. 1.Prereq: 160. Permission of Instructor. Second of two courses linked with the Multicultural Learning Community (MLC). Application of concepts and methods to understanding the social and cultural experiences of the major ethnic minority groups in the U. S. with explorations of Native, African, Latino, and Asian.
LAS 211. Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Studies. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.A survey of the people in the United States who trace their origin to the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America, focusing principally on Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans. History, religion, social structure, political participation, literature, and other aspects of each group within the framework of various sociological theories of ethnic identity and relationship.
LAS 222. Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society. (Cross-listed with W S). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Sophomore classification. Develop and practice leadership skills through understanding personal leadership styles, leadership theory and communication theory, including how they relate to gender issues and cultural diversity; exploring personality types, communication styles, and leadership styles, networking and developing mentoring relationships; setting goals and participating in leadership opportunities and service.
LAS 250. Cultures in Transition. (3-0) Cr. 3.An interdisciplinary introduction to a world region in a state of rapid social and cultural transition. Discussion of the history, social and political institutions, arts, economy, agriculture, and environment of the new nations.
LAS 290. Special Problems. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: Freshman or sophomore classification; Permission of the director of the Catt Center for LAS 290G.: other topics need: permission of the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences..
LAS 298. Internship/Co-op. Cr. R. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Services; sophomore classification. Students participating in an internship or co-op on a full-time basis must register for this course prior to beginning their work experience to remain in full-time student status. Satisfactory-fail only.
LAS 325. Introduction to Asian American Studies. (3-0) Cr. 3.A survey of the peoples in the United States who trace their origins to Asia, focusing primarily on the experiences of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Study and discussion of history, culture, literature, social relations, and political participation of these groups, with assigned readings, writings, and in-class presentations.
LAS 333. Women and Leadership. (Cross-listed with W S). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Sophomore classification. Examine historical and contemporary barriers to and opportunities for women's leadership in a variety of contexts, including professions and public service. Examine theories of women's leadership, gender differences in leadership styles, and the perceptions and expectations about women's leadership. Multiple perspectives of women's leadership will be highlighted through lectures, readings, videos, guest speakers and group work.
LAS 350. Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies. (3-0) Cr. 2-4. Repeatable.
LAS 381. Life in Iowa Seminar: Place and Purpose. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.Study of Midwestern culture and environments with emphasis on Iowa. Students will reflect on personal identity, vocation, and other life choices in relation to sustainable communities and natural landscapes. Writing intensive.
LAS 385. The Holocaust. (2-0) Cr. 2-3. F.An examination of the religious, social, scientific, and historical contexts for the Nazi destruction of European Jewry. Topics covered include anti-Semitism, German volkish philosophy, eugenics, World War II, the Final Solution, rescuers, and contemporary issues. Optional third credit requires a term paper.
LAS 395. Interdisciplinary Study Abroad. Cr. 1-4. Repeatable.Multi-faceted exploration of a selected world region directed at developing a comprehensive understanding of a selected culture's role in contemporary society.
LAS 398. Internship/Co-op. Cr. R. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Services; junior classification. Students participating in an internship or co-op on a full-time basis must register for this course prior to beginning their work experience to remain in full-time student status.
LAS 488. Interdisciplinary Research on Women and Leadership. (Cross-listed with W S). (3-0) Cr. 3.Research on women and leadership in selected content areas (e.g., Athletics, Business, Education, Politics and Public Service, and Science and Engineering). Following overview of quantitative and qualitative methods and critical analyses of journal articles on women and leadership. Students will work with a faculty mentor in selected content areas to research, write and present paper.
LAS 490. Independent Study. Cr. arr. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of the instructor for LAS 490G; other topics need: permission of the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. No more than 9 credits of LAS 490 may be applied toward graduation.
LAS 491. Service Learning. Cr. 1-4. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Service work as appropriate to the student's degree program. Academic work under faculty supervision may include written project, report, and guided reading.
LAS 498. Internship/Co-op. Cr. R. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Services; senior classification. Students participating in an internship or co-op on a full-time basis must register for this course prior to beginning their work experience to remain in full-time student status.
LAS 499. Internship. Cr. 1-4. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Services. Work experience in professional setting appropriate to the student's degree program. Academic work under faculty supervision may include written projects, reports, and guided reading.