2023-2024 Academic Catalog

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Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)

IDST 4000 -  Special Topics  (1-3 Credits)  

Cross-listed with IDST 5000. Note: May be taken more than once for credit when topics vary. Repeatable. Max Hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

IDST 4010 -  Foundations of STEM Communication  (3 Credits)  

This course will provide students with an introduction to STEM communication and offer opportunities for developing STEM content for a variety of audiences across multiple formats. These formats span written, oral, digital, and social media communication. Through classroom exercises and assignments, students will understand the role of communication in shaping perceptions, knowledge, decisions and ultimately realities vis-a-vis STEM. They will also learn to provide critical analysis of popular mainstream STEM communication and be able to identify basic expectations and constraints of STEM communication across audience and context. The class will explore approaches to communicating concepts in STEM disciplines to a variety of audiences through practice. Ultimately, the students will develop the skills and resources necessary to enable effective communication of complex STEM ideas to a wide range of audiences. Note: Students may not earn credit if they have already received credit for IDST topics courses with a similar title. Suggested background: Students are recommended to have completed at least one undergraduate sequence in a STEM discipline before enrolling in this course. Cross-listed with IDST 5010. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade