School of Integrative Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Details

The School of Integrative Studies offers courses every semester: Fall, Spring and Summer. Courses vary each semester and fulfill different degree requirements. Below are details about the type of credit earned and requirements fulfilled for each course.

Please note that the University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes.

Beginning in the Fall 2016 semester, the prefix for courses offered through the School of Integrative Studies (formerly New Century College) will change from NCLC to INTS.

 

Fall 2017 Course Details

(LC/EL breakdown relevant for students enrolled prior to Fall 2017 catalog year)

Course

Total Credits Earned

LC Earned

EL Earned

General Education Fulfilled

Other

INTS 101: Narratives of Nature

6

 

 

Oral Communication & Literature

This course is only open to incoming freshmen.

INTS 200: Visual Thinking & the Creative Impulse

 

4

4

1

Fine Arts

Counts toward the Arts endorsement requirement for Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education students

INTS 202: Public Speaking/Critical Thinking

4

4

1

Oral Communication

Counts toward the English/Communication endorsement requirement for Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education students

INTS 204: Leadership Theory/Practice

 

3

3

 

Social & Behavioral Sciences

 

INTS 210: Sustainable World

 

4

4

1

Natural Science

Counts toward the natural science endorsement requirement for Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education students

INTS 244: Beats, Rhyme & Culture

4

4

1

Social & Behavioral Sciences

 

INTS 249: Digital Literacy

4

4

1

Information Technology

 

INTS 294: Mason Corps

1-2

 

1-2

 

Students must receive instructor approval to register.

INTS 295: Explorations of Mindful Living

1

 

1

 

This course is only open to students living in the Mindful Living Living/Learning Community.

INTS 295: Leadership for Sustainability

1

 

1

 

This course is only open to students living in the Sustainability Living/Learning Community.

INTS 295: Leadership & Community Engagement

1

 

1

 

This course is only open to students living in the Community Engagement & Leadership Living/Learning Community.

INTS 300: Law & Justice

3

3

1

 

 

INTS 301: Science in the News

3

3

 

Non-lab Natural Science

 

INTS 311: Animal Migration & Conservation

6

6

2

Natural Science

Counts toward the natural science Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education students

INTS 312: Images & Experiences of Childhood

4

4

1

 

Counts toward the humanities endorsement requirement for Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education students

INTS 315: Spirituality and Conflict Transformation

6

6

2

   

INTS 316: Intro to Childhood Studies

4

4

1

 

 

 

 

INTS 319: Contemporary Youth Studies

3

3

1

 

 

INTS 321: Parent-Child Relations

 

3

3

 

Social & Behavioral Sciences

 

INTS 322: Teacher – A Historical Perspective

3

3

 

 

 

INTS 331: The Nonprofit Sector

4

4

1

 

This course is only open to students admitted to the Nonprofit Fellows program.

INTS 334: Environmental Justice

 

4

4

1

 

 

INTS 337: Social Justice Consciousness

3

3

1

 

 

INTS 345: Introduction to Multimedia

 

5

5

2

Information Technology

 

INTS 347: Gender Representation in Popular Culture

4

4

1

Fine Arts

 

Counts toward the humanities endorsement requirement for Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education students

INTS 348: Digital Futures

3

3

1

Information Technology

 

INTS 355: Consciousness, Meaning & Life Purpose

3

3

1

 

 

INTS 362: Social Justice & Human Rights

3

3

1

 

 

INTS 370: Sustainable Food Systems

6

6

2

 

 

INTS 371: Food Systems & Policy

3

3

1

 

 

INTS 375: Applied Leadership Skills

4

4

1

 

Description below 

INTS 375: Black Bodies & Policing Race

4

4

 

1

 

Description below  

INTS 375: Seeing Blackness – African-American Identity

4

4

1

 

Description below  

INTS 375: Social Justice & Literature

3

3

 

Literature

Description below 

Satisfies the literature or English elective requirement for the Early Childhood and Elementary Education students. Satisfies the English elective requirement for Language Arts for Education students.

INTS 375: History at the Movies

6

6

1

 

Description below  

INTS 390: Internship

1-6

 

1-6

 

Students must submit an internship application and be approved to register.

INTS 391: Intro to Integrative Studies

3

3

 

 

 

INTS 395: Compassion for the Workplace

   

3

 

Description below

INTS 395: Communication, Conflict & the Mediation Process

 

3

 

3

 

 

INTS 395: Meditation, Mindfulness & Stress Management

 

3

 

3

 

 

Description below 

INTS 395: Explorations of Mindful Living

1

 

1

 

This course is only open to students living in the Mindful Living Living/Learning Community.

INTS 395: Events Management

3

 

3

 

 

Description below 

INTS 395: Explorations of Gender & Sexuality

 

3

 

3

 

Description below  

INTS 396: Leadership & Community Engagement

1

 

1

 

This course is only open to students living in the Leadership & Community Engagement Living/Learning Community.

INTS 398: The Chesapeake Bay

3

 

3

Natural Science

 Description below 

INTS 401: Conservation Biology

6

6

2

 

 

INTS 404: Ethics & Leadership

4

4

1

 

 

 

INTS 405: Women & Leadership

4

4

1

 

 

INTS 422: An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy

4

4

1

   

INTS 431: Prin Fundraising/Resource Dev

 

4

4

1

 

 

INTS 435: Leadership in a Changing Environment

 

4

4

1

 

 

INTS 475: Foundations of Well-being & Resilience

 

3

3

 

 

 

Description below 

INTS 475: Human Trafficking

3

3

1

Global Understanding

Description below  

INTS 475: Global Leadership

3

3

1

Global Understanding

 

Description below 

INTS 475: Enterprising Black Women

4

4

1

 

Description below  

INTS 475: Personal & Organizational Well-Being

3

3

    Description below  

INTS 490: Internship

1-6

 

1-6

 

Students must submit an internship application and be approved to register.

INTS 495: Explorations of Mindful Living

1

 

1

 

This course is only open to students living in the Mindful Living Living/Learning Community.

INTS 495: Immigration Issues in NoVA

 

3

 

3

 

 

INTS 540: Contemp Issues in Social Justice

3

3

1

 

 

 

Fall 2017 Special Topics Course Descriptions

INTS 375: Applied Leadership: Context & Practice (4)
This course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of leadership applications across a multitude of sectors (Business, Government, Non-government, Military and Non profit) . Through the use of case studies, guest speakers and role playing, we will break down the various aspects of leadership under numerous contexts and situations. We will apply the Strengths Based Leadership principles and Positive Psychology to gain a true and complete understanding of the type of leader you are and how to best use your talents and strengths in numerous leadership situations. In class written and oral presentations will be used to allow you to grow out of your "comfort zone" and take on new challenges that best compliment those hidden yet to be discovered leadership traits. The class is high energy and very interactive. Come prepared to uncover the LEADER within you.

INTS 375: Black Bodies & Policing Race (4)
The policing of black bodies has shaped America. Since the nation’s inception to the twenty-first century, black bodies have been racialized, criminalized, and policed. Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches, students will explore historical and contemporary forms of criminalization, policing, and racial terrorizing of black bodies. The readings and discussions will examine how memory, performance, and the portrayal of racialized policing have changed over time. We will also critically explore the black tradition of self-defense against racial violence, including race riots, the anti-lynching movement, and Black Lives Matter activism.

 

INTS 375: Seeing Blackness - African-American Identity (4)
What does it mean to act black? Why do we consider Barack Obama the first African American president? Why was Rachel Dolezal maligned for identifying as a black woman? What does it mean to be African American?

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the forces that have shaped African American identities in the United States from the pre-colonial American Era to the present. We will explore the roots and routes of African American identities and how diverse ideas of blackness have transformed and circulated across time and place. Through critical evaluation of historical documents, literary texts, documentaries, movies, and visual culture the course will provide students with the analytical tools to examine African American identities and the idea of blackness.

 

INTS 375: History at the Movies (6)
Many of our ideas about the past, and our images of what it looked like, come from the movies. This course explores how film might represent a serious and complex engagement with the past. We will watch movies from the US, Europe and Latin America – about slavery, revolution, the Holocaust, and dictatorship – to uncover how they represent the past in ways not possible in written form. We will explore not only what these films tell us about the past but also what they reveal about the political and historical moments in which they were produced. Why do certain historical episodes become “popular” at certain moments? What work do historical films do in the present?

INTS 395: Compassion for the Workplace (3)

This course takes a 360 degree view of compassion in different workplace contexts, such as education, healthcare, leadership.  Students will explore both positive outcomes (mindful leadership, engagement, purpose, compassion satisfaction) and negative outcomes (burnout, compassion fatigue) while examining techniques that can make the difference in these outcomes, such as strategic communication, role conflict negotiation, self care practices, and mindfulness.  Students will interview someone in the workforce and to use evidence-based instruments to assess that person's state of compassion (whether it is healthy or unhealthy) and to describe that person's coping methods to see how the course material applies in this case study.

 

INTS 395: Communication, Conflict & the Mediation Process (3)

This is a practice-oriented, skill based, introductory course exploring communication and conflict resolution theory and mediation practice. The course work focuses on connecting conflict resolution theory and communications skills to the mediation process through the use of self-reflection, experiential learning, and role-plays. Successful completion of this course fulfills the 20 hour basic mediation skills requirement for the Commonwealth of Virginia Mediator Certification.

 

INTS 395: Meditation, Mindfulness & Stress Management (3)
This course explores the art and science of meditation and mindfulness through many different meditative traditions. You will be required to engage in regular meditation practice outside of class. The course will also cover the biology, effects, and interventions for stress, and it will explore how best to manage your own stress response. All students will be required to attend a retreat (on campus) on Sunday, March 23 (10 am to 5 pm), as well as various partner and group activities outside of class time, the goal being to truly experience all three topics in the course title.

 

INTS 395: Events Management (3)
This course is designed to help students learn the leadership and management skills needed to plan special events including developing timelines, delegating tasks, designing publicity, coordinating a team, managing group dynamics, leading meetings, handling emergencies and evaluating an event. Course objectives include:

  • Review fundamentals of event planning.
  • Demonstrate enhanced research, planning, organization and decision-making skills through a written proposal.
  • Improve skills in communication, group work and reflection through experiential learning activities.
  • To provide students with opportunities to learn from professional involved in events management.

 

INTS 395: Explorations of Gender & Sexuality (3)
This course is an introduction to contemporary gender and sexuality issues and will focus on how the socialization process impacts our perspectives, experiences, and personal/professional relationships. Students will be exposed to theories and topics necessary to create understanding of issues occurring in society as well as develop skills to enhance communication and understanding relating to gender and sexuality. This course will heavily rely on the active perception and thoughtful commentary to create a fluid direction for the course.

 

INTS 398: The Chesapeake Bay (3)

In this course we will explore the environment, ecology, and related culture of the Chesapeake Bay region and watershed. The Chesapeake Bay is a vast collection of ecosystems supporting a myriad of important species which provide biological richness, cultural diversity, and economic viability to this region. A major goal of this course is to enhance your capacity to make informed stewardship decisions at the polls and in daily choices long after this course has been completed.

 Since this is an experiential learning community, fieldtrips during class and on the weekends are required. 

 

INTS 475: Foundations of Well-being & Resilience (3)

What is resilience and how can we build it? What conditions allow individuals and communities to develop greater levels of resilience in response to adversity, challenges, and barriers?  How is it that some individuals and organizations thrive in these conditions while others languish?  What processes can individuals and organizations employ to effectively respond to rapid change, internal and external pressures, and set-backs? In this course, students will explore the many ways in which resilience can be learned and developed on individual, community, and organizational levels, and how resilience promotes growth and restores efficacy and agency, leading to higher levels of flourishing. This course is designed to engage students in active learning through exposure to the growing literature and research on well-being and resilience, combined with tools used to facilitate resilience in individual and group contexts. Students will learn how to apply concepts related to resilience and well-being to all types of careers and in all dimensions of life.

 

INTS 475: Human Trafficking (3)
This course will explore the complexity of human trafficking as one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world. Through weekly readings and research, including class discussions, students will learn the causes, effects, and the various forms of human trafficking towards exploitation particularly of children, youth, men, and women. The course will take into consideration countries from around the world that use and/or serve as source, transit, and/or destination of trafficked individuals and groups. Students will also study the role of the international community: government and non-government entities, regional organizations, and central governments in addressing the problem. NCC competencies highlighted in this course include: global understanding, critical thinking, well-being, communication, group collaboration, and civic engagement.

 

INTS 475: Global Leadership (3)

Developing cross cultural leadership competencies is essential in a globalized society. Leading change in a global context requires an understanding of individuals’ thoughts and feelings related to change and how individuals’ cultures influence their thoughts, communications, behaviors, and attitudes; knowledge of the complexity of groups, organizations, and systems in a globalized society; and a commitment to navigating change in diverse and intersecting contexts and cultures. This course explores leadership in the globalized society by focusing both on the roles that leaders and leadership groups play in organizational transformation and on the complex social environments of organizations.

 

INTS 475: Enterprising Black Women (4)

This course explores the labor and lives of black women from the antebellum era to the twenty-first century. Through a study of black women’s entrepreneurial endeavors, it is designed to have students engage with the multiplicity of strategies black women developed and relied upon to live and survive in the United States. Students will take a historical and theoretical look at enterprising black women - entrepreneurs, number runners, sex workers, artists, domestics, and beauty salon owners – and how their economic production has always been inextricably intertwined with political agitation and social change. Focusing on the intersection between the economic, cultural and political realms, we will explore how black women “made a way out of no way.” We will utilize a variety of texts to explore enterprising black women’s labor, including historical documents, novels, documentaries, films, and visual culture.

INTS 475: Personal & Organizational Well-Being (3 credits)

Runs 5 Saturdays from 9:00am-5:00pm.  This course explores promising strategies for personal and organizational adaptability and resilience in an era where unsustainable economic, environmental and social trends are reaching tipping points that are resulting in significance turbulence. Advancing the range of factors affecting well-being is a challenge in the best of times. These challenges are compounded in turbulent times and require additional strategies for not only coping but thriving.

 

INTS 495: Immigration Issues in NoVA (3)

The portrait of Northern Virginia in terms of immigration issues and demographics is changing fast, creating more challenges that carry with them many opportunities at the same time. One of the most pressing issues that this course will address is the problem of wage theft that is, the illegal practice of employers not paying workers for all of their work. Students in this course will be divided into two teams based on their interest (and availability): outreach team and research team, respectively. The Outreach team will focus on interacting with day laborers, mainly in Centreville. The Research team will focus on interacting with restaurant and retail workers in Centreville.

 

 

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