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
November 25, 2019 February 9, 2020 2509.17 Online
April 27, 2020 July 5, 2020 2509.17 Online
November 30, 2020 February 21, 2021 TBD Online
April 19, 2021 June 27, 2021 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
February 3, 2020 April 12, 2020 2509.17 Online
September 14, 2020 November 22, 2020 TBD Online
February 1, 2021 April 11, 2021 TBD Online
September 13, 2021 November 21, 2021 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
February 17, 2020 April 26, 2020 2509.17 Online
September 28, 2020 December 6, 2020 TBD Online
February 15, 2021 April 25, 2021 TBD Online
September 13, 2021 November 21, 2021 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
September 28, 2020 December 6, 2020 TBD Online
September 20, 2021 November 28, 2021 TBD Online

INDS525: LGBTQ2S+ Global Issues and Community Engagement

 Course Description: Introduces students to history and current issues affecting LGBTQ+ individuals and their communities with particular attention to seniors, youth, cultural and 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 LGBTQ2S+ issues from human rights and cultural identity perspectives.  Credits: 3.00

INDS525: LGBTQ2S+ Global Issues and Community Engagement

 Course Description: Introduces students to history and current issues affecting LGBTQ+ individuals and their communities with particular attention to seniors, youth, cultural and 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 LGBTQ2S+ issues from human rights and cultural identity perspectives.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
July 13, 2020 September 20, 2020 2509.17 Online
July 5, 2021 September 12, 2021 TBD Online

INDS535: Outdoor Experiential Education

 Course Description: Opportunities for authentic connection to the natural world in today’s educational landscape, while becoming more frequent, are still far from the norm. At the same time the demand for more embodied nature-based learning experiences is being driven by a complex platform of social and community needs. This course will explore outdoor environmental education broadly while engaging specifically with key topics including curricular connections, methods such as forest school, transformative learning, Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, ecoliteracy, ecological justice, risky outdoor play, along with other relevant theoretical and practical perspectives. The primary goal is to engage students in thinking critically and creatively about the place and space for outdoor environmental learning within education today, challenging assumptions through fostering personal and professional ecoliteracy, while developing a community of practice via dialogue and storytelling. Through a variety of learning modalities (readings, films, guest speakers, cohort presentations, online forums, site visits & field study) we’ll dive deeply into the topic of outdoor experiential education connecting research to practice and exploring how best to develop ecological leadership in and out of the classroom. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

INDS535: Outdoor Experiential Education

 Course Description: Opportunities for authentic connection to the natural world in today’s educational landscape, while becoming more frequent, are still far from the norm. At the same time the demand for more embodied nature-based learning experiences is being driven by a complex platform of social and community needs. This course will explore outdoor environmental education broadly while engaging specifically with key topics including curricular connections, methods such as forest school, transformative learning, Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, ecoliteracy, ecological justice, risky outdoor play, along with other relevant theoretical and practical perspectives. The primary goal is to engage students in thinking critically and creatively about the place and space for outdoor environmental learning within education today, challenging assumptions through fostering personal and professional ecoliteracy, while developing a community of practice via dialogue and storytelling. Through a variety of learning modalities (readings, films, guest speakers, cohort presentations, online forums, site visits & field study) we’ll dive deeply into the topic of outdoor experiential education connecting research to practice and exploring how best to develop ecological leadership in and out of the classroom. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
April 27, 2020 July 5, 2020 TBD Online