Courses and Syllabi

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Integrative Studies (INTS - Formerly NCLC) Spring 2021

Undergraduate

200-Level Courses in INTS

INTS 202: Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills (4 Credits)

Combines process of learning to speak in front of audiences with analysis of arguments and persuasive appeals. Students learn how to create and present effective speeches, adapt messages to specific audiences, and evaluate and critique messages produced for others. One credit of experiential learning enables students to examine public speeches, news stories, political campaigns, and advertising, among others, to make meaningful connections between public speaking theory and practice. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Oral Communication
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 204: Leadership Theory and Practice (4 Credits)

Examines historical and contemporary leadership theories and invites students to be reflective of their own leadership experiences through the lenses of those theories. Students develop critical lenses through which to evaluate their own self-awareness, effectiveness in groups, and ability to navigate structures and systems. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 210: Sustainable World (4 Credits)

Covers basic issues in the natural and social sciences that underlie current environmental problems. Considers ethical matters such as equity as they pertain to global resource consumption, pollution, and climate change. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Focused Course, Mason Impact.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 245: Visual Culture and Society (4 Credits)

Explores the role of visual culture in contemporary society including an examination of photography, the visual and performing arts, film and video, and electronic media. Readings focus on the historical foundations of visuality as well as theories of visual culture and aesthetics. Students investigate the ways that forms of visual culture function in society and how these are linked to race, class, and gender as well as politics and economics. Students will gain hands-on experience working with contemporary visual media tools such as computer graphics and digital video editing. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 249: Digital Literacy (4 Credits)

Investigates information literacy, the mobile web, and interactive and immersive media, including gaming, social networking, blogging and micro-blogging, intellectual, political and civic collaborations, digital aesthetics and emerging digital cultures and art forms. Explores major theories of digital literacy and culture and introduce diverse social, artistic, theoretical and cultural practices that characterize today's digital domains and virtual environments. Notes: One experiential credit is required in this class. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Info Tech & Computing
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 275: Special Topics (1-18 Credits)

Studies topics of special interest to undergraduates. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 291: Living-Learning Community (0-1 Credits)

Bridges students' academic interests with their residence hall living experience. Students with common interests live together in the same residence hall and develop personal and academic relationships with other students and faculty from their chosen Living Learning Community focus. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 8 credits.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 292: Leadership for Sustainability (1 credit. Credits)

For students living in the Sustainability Living Learning Community and/or students panicipating in the Greenleaf ENCORE Series. Develop your understanding of sustainability in both theory and practice. Learn how change happens at Mason and identify contributions you can make to Mason's continuing pursuit of campus sustainability. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 8 credits.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Focused Course
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

INTS 294: Service-Learning Experience (1-15 Credits)

Service-learning courses offer students, faculty, and community partners an opportunity to work together to integrate and apply knowledge to address community needs. Learning goals, action strategies, and assignments developed collaboratively. Students demonstrate progress through critical reflection that illustrates growth in acquiring and comprehending values, skills, and knowledge content. Critical reflection may take the form of papers, presentations, portfolios, journals, and exams. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Schedule Type: Internship

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300-Level Courses in INTS

INTS 300: Law and Justice (3 Credits)

Combines various teaching methods including lectures, the Socratic method, case studies, discussion of readings and films, debates, and active inquiry-based learning to investigate the major institutions in the American legal system. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 301: Science in the News (3 Credits)

Examination and discussion of the current trends in science as reported in the popular media. Students learn how to evaluate the science that is reported so they may become informed consumers; discuss how scientific advancement might shape society by looking at how science and society have changed together over time; and use examples from the past to discuss future trends. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

INTS 303: Introduction to International Studies (3 Credits)

Explores a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing world issues. Combines lectures, field trips, discussion of readings, films, case studies, projects, and active inquiry-based learning to examine the natural environment, infectious disease and globalization, media and technologies, and war and violent conflict, with an attempt to deepen community members' understanding of an increasingly interdependent world. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

INTS 304: Social Movements and Community Activism (4 Credits)

Examines how citizens, individually and collectively, accomplish social change in society through case study analysis. Considers advantages and limits of social change strategies from communication and social movement theory perspectives. Surveys topics including how leaders maintain momentum in face of opposition; how movements and organizations use slogans, symbols and music to inspire followers; and how participants construct persuasive media campaigns and political arguments to facilitate policy change. Notes: One credit of experiential learning enables students to explore their role as social advocates and effective citizens in context of community. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

INTS 310: Violence and Gender (3-6 Credits)

Using nonfiction, research documentaries, oral histories, case studies, literature, feature films, music, dance, and visual arts, examines the dynamics of violence through different cultural lenses. Students work in university and community settings to integrate their academic experiences with practice. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 312: Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film (3-6 Credits)

Immerses students in the images of childhood through the media of literature, video, and poetry, with a strong emphasis on historical perspectives of childhood. The class is interactive, requires some work in groups, and requires classroom participation. Equivalent to HIST 386, HIST 498.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

INTS 314: Conflict, Trauma and Healing (6 Credits)

Develops in students an appreciation of human resilience and helps them acquire better coping mechanisms. Imparts knowledge of the nature and dynamics of trauma and healing. Investigates the difficulties people face in responding to settings of conflict such as war, school shootings, abuse, domestic violence, including natural disaster. Examines case studies from a variety of personal, national, and international settings. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 321: Parent-Child Relations (3 Credits)

Introduces students to concepts and challenges in parenting, along with family diversity and risk factors. Considers interactions between parents and children from birth to adolescence as well as cross-cultural, historical, and societal influences. Explores efforts that have been successful in changing detrimental parenting actions. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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INTS 331: The Nonprofit Sector (4 Credits)

Readings, classroom discussions and activities, and practical experience reveal historical, legal, and socioeconomic forces that define and influence the American nonprofit sector. Explores structures, issues that affect nonprofit management, governing, and financial systems. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

INTS 334: Environmental Justice (4 Credits)

Examines historical and contemporary sociopolitical and socioeconomic conditions that have given rise to the environmental justice movement. Analyzes how individuals contribute to environmental justice or injustice through everyday decisions. Considers how environmental justice movement responds to these issues. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Focused Course, Writing Intensive in Major
Schedule Type: Seminar

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

INTS 336: Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (3 Credits)

Explores the social, cultural, political, and spiritual implications of poverty, wealth, and inequality in the United States. Examines the ways in which class identity informs one's views of the world and its politics; how socioeconomic status affects one's access to education and other social goods; and how dominant discourses and stereotypes related to poverty influence mass perception regarding a range of social issues, from educational policy to welfare. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading: This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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INTS 337: Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation (3 Credits)

Explores the many spaces at which the quest to strengthen social justice consciousness interacts with processes and commitments for personal transformation. Analyzes through the lens of the activist and in the spirit of bringing mindfulness to activism, how we come to see and experience the world. Examines how socialization informs consciousness. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

INTS 346: Art as Social Action (4 Credits)

This learning community explores historical records to understand different ways art has been produced, distributed, and consumed. Examines ways artists have affected change in their worlds. Through interdisciplinary studies, teaches major social movements and artists and theories used in socially engaged art. Students engage in experiential learning outside classroom as course requirement. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

INTS 347: Gender Representation in Popular Culture (3-6 Credits)

Explores the way in which masculinity and femininity have been represented across the decades in television, movies, music videos, pop art, and print media. Provides a review of the scholarship on the historical and contemporary roles of women and men in society, and examines the contradictions and expectations associated with gender roles. Incorporates active group learning through creative, insight-oriented exercises, critical thinking and discussions, and group presentations and media research activities. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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INTS 348: Digital Futures (3,6 Credits)

Investigates important contemporary issues such as surveillance-privacy, censorship, piracy, gender and ethnicity, digital labor and play, mobile media and globalization, and the commercialization and political potential of the digital public spheres. Introduces students to the latest technological, philosophical and creative thinking on the future of human society in a digital age. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: NCLC 249 or INTS 249
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

INTS 355: Mindfullness, Meaning & Well-Being (3 Credits)

Explores the science of well-being, including theories and practices linked to various domains of well-being such as mindfulness, resilience, life-satisfaction, happiness, mind-body wellness, and meaning and purpose. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 356: Foundations of Resilience and Well-Being (3 Credits)

Focusing on the individual in context, examines the growing research, science, and literature on well-being and resilience. Considers the many ways in which resilience can be learned and developed on individual, community, and organizational levels. Explores how resilience promotes growth and restores efficacy and agency, leading to higher levels of flourishing. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 362: Social Justice and Human Rights (3 Credits)

Considers the philosophical foundations of social justice and human rights. Explores the interpretive difficulties related to identifying what constitutes human rights abuses, and evaluates regional perspectives on human rights. Analyzes institutions that strive to promote and enforce social justice and human rights standards including the United Nations system, regional human rights bodies, and domestic courts. Limited to three attempts.
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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

INTS 371: Food Systems and Policy (3 Credits)

Examines the roles of individuals, corporations, and government in creating and communicating food policy. Students explore the rationale and rhetorics of US agriculture, food production and the environment, food and beverage processing, food safety and labeling, food sales and marketing, dietary guidance, and federal food assistance programs. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Related Course
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 375: Special Topics (1-18 Credits)

Studies topics of special interest to undergraduates. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 391: Understanding Integrative Studies (3 Credits)

Familiarizes students with the theory and practice of integrative learning. Challenges students not only to learn but also to think deeply about what, why, how, and for what purposes you learn. Focuses on exploration of identities and civic engagement as a global citizen. Emphasizes lifelong learning and preparation for academics and careers. Develops oral and written communication skills, critical thinking, and research skills. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Integrative Studies.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

INTS 395: Field-Based Work (1-18 Credits)

Directed field studies in topic not otherwise available to students. Notes: Topics vary, but entire course or significant component is located off campus. In addition to field work, course may also include reading assignments, tutorials, lectures, papers, presentations, portfolios, journals, and exams. Students bear costs of required field trips and should consult the Center for Social Action and Integrative Learning for more information. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 24 credits.
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400-Level Courses in INTS

INTS 401: Conservation Biology (6 Credits)

Provides students with a working knowledge of conservation biology. Integrates the study of social, economic, and political factors with biodiversity, population modeling, habitat degradation, and management issues. Students confront the leading edge of this exciting field by developing real species conservation plans. The experiential learning component of the course will include trips to the Smithsonian Institution's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia, to study with nationally known experts. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Related Course
Recommended Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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INTS 404: Ethics and Leadership (4 Credits)

Uses an interdisciplinary approach to deepen and broaden student's learning about theories, models, and constructs related to the study and practice of ethics and leadership. Teaches students to develop ethical decision making strategies, communicate effectively in diverse group settings, value civic engagement and actively apply ethical leadership skills. Includes experiential learning activities and discussions that connect formal knowledge with real world experiences and includes one credit of experiential learning. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 405: Women and Leadership (4 Credits)

Examines leadership within the context of the theoretical principles of women's studies through discussion of course texts, interactive exercises, field trips, documentary films, guest speakers, and reflection. Investigates the role that gender plays in the various forms of leadership and leadership styles. Explores the historical record of women in leadership roles, identifying the barriers as well as the opportunities. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 406: Global Leadership (3 Credits)

Develops a concept of global leadership, emphasizing the critical importance of ethical decision-making, social responsibility, and cultural awareness. Students formulate the construction process of a global mindset and begin to develop a personal philosophy of global leadership. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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INTS 410: Contemporary Health Issues (3-18 Credits)

Looks at a variety of health and health care issues. Examines several of the major health concerns of women and, to a lesser degree, men. Also explores the biology and medical implications of these diseases and how our society deals with potential life-altering information. Examines who is making the decisions on the allocation of research funds and prevention of diseases. Equivalent to WMST 300.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 417: Human Trafficking and Smuggling (3,6 Credits)

Explores the complexity of human trafficking and smuggling, one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world. Examines forms of human trafficking and smuggling and the countries that serve as source, transit or destinations of trafficked and smuggled individuals and groups. Studies the role of the international community in addressing trafficking and smuggling, including regional and national authorities and non-governmental agencies. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 419: Youth Resistance and Advocacy (3 Credits)

Focuses on contemporary perspectives on youth, resistance, and advocacy, both in the form of social movements and subcultures. Asks questions such as: When do everyday activities constitute "resistance"—and resistance to what?—and how do everyday forms of resistance relate to broader forms of historical change? How do these forms of resistance perpetuate forms of exclusion and inequality? Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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INTS 431: Principles of Fund Raising (4 Credits)

Examines history of philanthropy and public policy, and the economic and legal frameworks that shape it. Combining theory and practice, students study human behavior, communications, and management systems that are hallmarks of successful fund raising, and begin to develop skills to generate donations, foundation grants, and other unearned revenue for a nonprofit organization. Notes: Includes 1 experiential learning credit. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: INTS 331.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 435: Leadership in a Changing Environment (4 Credits)

Examines diverse definitions and processes of change across multiple complex contexts. Focuses on identifying innovative, collaborative solutions to seemingly intractable social problems. Explores topics such as social change and globalization, creative conflict resolution, the nature of power, oppression and influence, and systemic leadership. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

INTS 436: Social Justice Education (4 Credits)

Examines educational policy, practice, and materials using a variety of lenses informed by social justice theory and praxis. Investigates ways in which racism, sexism, economic injustice, heterosexism, ageism, and other forms of discrimination influence schools and educational access and opportunity for youth. Considers and practices what individuals and communities can do to ensure that all students have equitable educational opportunities. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 438: Representations of Race (4 Credits)

Investigates the social and cultural construction of racial categories that have led to inaccurate and stereotypical representations that persist and cause harm today. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

INTS 450: Social Innovation in Action (4 Credits)

Develops students' capacity to engage in positive social change. Examines social innovation approaches, including social and political entrepreneurship, philanthropy, corporate responsibility and social movements. Explores how social innovators catalyze multistakeholder collaborations across commercial, governmental and nonprofit sectors, exploring social innovation through case studies, best practice analyses and relevant readings. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 451: Leadership and Organizational Problem-Solving (4 Credits)

Offers a dynamic, practical, and hands-on approach to synthesizing our leadership philosophy with real problem-solving and decision-making skills. Through cases and experiential learning, students will work through framing and diagnosing problems as well as identifying and implementing solutions. Integrates students' interests with the tools necessary to be an organizational problem-solver. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 475: Special Topics (1-18 Credits)

Studies topics of special interest to undergraduates. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 490: Internship (1-6 Credits)

Students may take no more than 6 credits in any one semester, unless approved by executive director. A maximum of of 12 credits can apply to the degree. Structured and supervised professional experience, within an approved agency, for which the student earns academic credit. The primary purpose of an internship is to connect the student's academic course work to experiences and challenges outside the university classroom. The faculty also expects that students will enhance their competencies and skills and explore career options. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Internship

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

INTS 498: Field-Based Work (1-15 Credits)

Experiential-based individualized studies, mentored by instructor. Notes: Topics decided by student and instructor and approved by executive director. Requirements must be detailed in individualized course contract signed by student, instructor, and executive director. May include reading assignments, papers, journals, and portfolios. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Schedule Type: Internship

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in INTS

INTS 375: Special Topics (1-18 Credits)

Studies topics of special interest to undergraduates. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 395: Field-Based Work (1-18 Credits)

Directed field studies in topic not otherwise available to students. Notes: Topics vary, but entire course or significant component is located off campus. In addition to field work, course may also include reading assignments, tutorials, lectures, papers, presentations, portfolios, journals, and exams. Students bear costs of required field trips and should consult the Center for Social Action and Integrative Learning for more information. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 475: Special Topics (1-18 Credits)

Studies topics of special interest to undergraduates. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture

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INTS 498: Field-Based Work (1-15 Credits)

Experiential-based individualized studies, mentored by instructor. Notes: Topics decided by student and instructor and approved by executive director. Requirements must be detailed in individualized course contract signed by student, instructor, and executive director. May include reading assignments, papers, journals, and portfolios. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Schedule Type: Internship

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Graduate

500-Level Courses in INTS

INTS 538: Representations of Race (4 Credits)

Investigates the social and cultural construction of persistent and harmful racial categories. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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INTS 550: Social Innovation In Action (3 Credits)

Develops students' capacity to engage in positive social change. Examines social innovation approaches, including social and political entrepreneurship, philanthropy, corporate responsibility and social movements. Explores how social innovators catalyze multistakeholder collaborations across commercial, governmental and nonprofit sectors, exploring social innovation through case studies, best practice analyses and relevant readings. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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INTS 575: Special Topics (3-4 Credits)

Studies topics of special interest to graduate students pursuing integrative, multidisciplinary degrees. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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