Main Menu

General Studies Courses

General Studies courses may be an option for students interested in taking one or two credit-based courses but who are not currently interested in seeking a credential. Students who successfully complete General Studies courses may be eligible to transfer credit toward a certificate, diploma or degree upon formal admission to a program.

Permission to register in General Studies courses requires approval by the Dean or designate. Supporting documentation and/or prerequisites may be required.

For information about non-credit courses, visit Continuing Studies.

Upcoming Start Dates

INDS500: Theory in Interdisciplinary Studies

 Course Description: Guides students in exploration of dominant theoretical paradigms currently used in applied social science studies. Draws from theories used in anthropology, communication studies, education, environmental studies, gender studies, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. Places special emphasis on interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary theoretical frameworks and on theories guiding applied research.  Credits: 3.00

INDS500: Theory in Interdisciplinary Studies

 Course Description: Guides students in exploration of dominant theoretical paradigms currently used in applied social science studies. Draws from theories used in anthropology, communication studies, education, environmental studies, gender studies, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. Places special emphasis on interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary theoretical frameworks and on theories guiding applied research.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
February 5, 2018 April 15, 2018 2416.67 Online
September 10, 2018 November 18, 2018 TBD Online
February 4, 2019 April 14, 2019 TBD Online
September 9, 2019 November 17, 2019 TBD Online

INDS505: Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Across Disciplines

 Course Description: Introduces communication strategies designed to enhance clear and effective written discourse at the graduate level across disciplines. Examines the basic principles of successful scholarly writing, including those specific to the students’ own disciplines, and the critical analysis of academic research and discourse. Students will write a critical literature review through a series of research and writing assignments in an interactive online environment.  Credits: 3.00

INDS505: Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Across Disciplines

 Course Description: Introduces communication strategies designed to enhance clear and effective written discourse at the graduate level across disciplines. Examines the basic principles of successful scholarly writing, including those specific to the students’ own disciplines, and the critical analysis of academic research and discourse. Students will write a critical literature review through a series of research and writing assignments in an interactive online environment.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
April 30, 2018 July 8, 2018 TBD Online
November 26, 2018 February 10, 2019 TBD Online
April 29, 2019 July 7, 2019 TBD Online

INDS510: Social Science Research Methods

 Course Description: Introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research methods commonly used in the social sciences. Emphasizes applied research projects designed from interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary or transdisciplinary perspectives. Covers basic research process, research topics and questions, research design, accessing and evaluating research, common methodologies, data collection, ethics, and analysis interpretation and communication of research results.  Credits: 3.00

INDS510: Social Science Research Methods

 Course Description: Introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research methods commonly used in the social sciences. Emphasizes applied research projects designed from interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary or transdisciplinary perspectives. Covers basic research process, research topics and questions, research design, accessing and evaluating research, common methodologies, data collection, ethics, and analysis interpretation and communication of research results.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
November 6, 2017 January 28, 2018 2416.67 Online
September 24, 2018 December 2, 2018 TBD Online
February 18, 2019 April 28, 2019 TBD Online

INDS515: Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing

 Course Description: Critically introduces students to Indigenous ways of knowing within the contexts of colonialism and contemporary challenges. Explores Indigenous perspectives on identity, the environment, knowledge acquisition, and renewed political relationships. This graduate version of INDS 400 Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing requires students to demonstrate graduate-level skills in reading, writing, and critical analysis and to apply these skills in a research review paper.  Credits: 3.00

INDS515: Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing

 Course Description: Critically introduces students to Indigenous ways of knowing within the contexts of colonialism and contemporary challenges. Explores Indigenous perspectives on identity, the environment, knowledge acquisition, and renewed political relationships. This graduate version of INDS 400 Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing requires students to demonstrate graduate-level skills in reading, writing, and critical analysis and to apply these skills in a research review paper.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
March 5, 2018 May 13, 2018 2416.67 Online

INDS520: Global Youth Issues

 Course Description: Considers the opportunities and challenges for youth to explore social and ecological justice issues and become meaningfully involved in a globalized and increasingly interdependent world. Through the international lenses of human rights (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and sustainability (Sustainable Development Goals), students explore concepts relating to identity, active and participatory citizenship, critical media analysis, diversity and inclusion, ethics of care, and youth leadership and empowerment through community engagement. Draws upon current and seminal literature in global citizenship and social justice and focuses on current issues such as global economics and its impact on people, culture, and the environment; responses to transnational migration; Indigeneity; gender justice; and local and global initiatives to promote just and healthy societies. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

INDS520: Global Youth Issues

 Course Description: Considers the opportunities and challenges for youth to explore social and ecological justice issues and become meaningfully involved in a globalized and increasingly interdependent world. Through the international lenses of human rights (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and sustainability (Sustainable Development Goals), students explore concepts relating to identity, active and participatory citizenship, critical media analysis, diversity and inclusion, ethics of care, and youth leadership and empowerment through community engagement. Draws upon current and seminal literature in global citizenship and social justice and focuses on current issues such as global economics and its impact on people, culture, and the environment; responses to transnational migration; Indigeneity; gender justice; and local and global initiatives to promote just and healthy societies. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
May 7, 2018 July 15, 2018 2416.67 Online

INDS525: LGBTQ+ Global Issues and Community Engagement

 Course Description: Introduces students to history and current issues affecting LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. Addresses issues affecting elders, youth, ethnic or linguistic minority groups. Includes discussion of issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, agender, transgender, non-binary, queer and Two-Spirit individuals and communities. Examines ways of creating welcoming and inclusive organizations, public services, and communities and approaches LGBTQ+ issues from human rights and cultural identity perspectives. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

INDS525: LGBTQ+ Global Issues and Community Engagement

 Course Description: Introduces students to history and current issues affecting LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. Addresses issues affecting elders, youth, ethnic or linguistic minority groups. Includes discussion of issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, agender, transgender, non-binary, queer and Two-Spirit individuals and communities. Examines ways of creating welcoming and inclusive organizations, public services, and communities and approaches LGBTQ+ issues from human rights and cultural identity perspectives. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
July 16, 2018 September 23, 2018 2416.67 Online

INDS545: Video Research Methods

 Course Description: Introduces the principles, styles, and strategies that characterize research-based audio-visual (i.e. video) communication. Teaches students the mechanics of research-based video production and distribution using various styles and channels. Considers the role and responsibilities of the professional researcher intent on publishing in popular media. Teaches the basics of how to write, shoot, and edit research-based nonfiction video documentary productions for TV and VOD broadcasting. Students will learn to plan and execute pre-production, become organized to handle production logistics and plan location shooting, learn about image control and camera operation, understand the fundamentals of lighting and exposure, and learn to practice sound recording, visual composition and coverage. Covers interviewing and action filming, as well as editing, exporting, and publishing. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

INDS545: Video Research Methods

 Course Description: Introduces the principles, styles, and strategies that characterize research-based audio-visual (i.e. video) communication. Teaches students the mechanics of research-based video production and distribution using various styles and channels. Considers the role and responsibilities of the professional researcher intent on publishing in popular media. Teaches the basics of how to write, shoot, and edit research-based nonfiction video documentary productions for TV and VOD broadcasting. Students will learn to plan and execute pre-production, become organized to handle production logistics and plan location shooting, learn about image control and camera operation, understand the fundamentals of lighting and exposure, and learn to practice sound recording, visual composition and coverage. Covers interviewing and action filming, as well as editing, exporting, and publishing. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
October 1, 2018 December 9, 2018 TBD Online

INDS550: Digital Research Methods in the Social Sciences

 Course Description: Equips students with the tools to study social interaction, which increasingly involves the use of digital and online communication technologies. Teaches students how to use digital technologies to collect and analyze social data. Topics include ethics of digital research, social media network analysis, digital analysis of large online texts, online data collection and social media elicitation, digital surveys, video and image collection, digital research sharing and open access, and non-traditional methods of research dissemination. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

INDS550: Digital Research Methods in the Social Sciences

 Course Description: Equips students with the tools to study social interaction, which increasingly involves the use of digital and online communication technologies. Teaches students how to use digital technologies to collect and analyze social data. Topics include ethics of digital research, social media network analysis, digital analysis of large online texts, online data collection and social media elicitation, digital surveys, video and image collection, digital research sharing and open access, and non-traditional methods of research dissemination. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
January 7, 2019 March 17, 2019 TBD Online