Interdisciplinary Studies

Courses within interdisciplinary studies derive their literature and methodologies from more than one discipline.

Interdisciplinary Course Descriptions

101 MBC 101: Introduction to College (1 s.h.)
A successful transition to college is the result of academic readiness, self-efficacy, and responsible connection to and participation in the MBC Community. This course encourages students to use resources at the college in an informed and intentional manner, to foster productive relationships, to support academic success, and to facilitate understanding of the value of an education at MBC. First-year students take this course during fall semester.

102 MBC 102: An Investigation of the Arts (1 s.h.)
This course introduces first-year Honors and PEG students to the liberal arts, using Shakespeare as an integrating theme.

103 MBC 103: An Investigation of the Sciences (1 s.h.)
This course introduces first-year Honors and PEG students to the sciences, using historical development of ideas in mathematics and the sciences as an integrating theme.

103 Information Literacy (1 s.h.)
This course will develop the research and critical thinking skills necessary for academic success. Information literacy is a set of abilities used to recognize when information is needed and then how to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively. Topics covered include: focusing topics, finding various information resources, and issues surrounding the use of information. Skills learned are common to all disciplines.

104 Perspectives on Sustainability (3 s.h.) (T)
Provides an overview of sustainability from the perspectives of business, economics, environmental/ecological studies, and sociology. It introduces the student to the triple bottom line concept and evaluation which focuses on financial, social, and environmental responsibilities. Cross-listed as BUAD/INT 104.

118 Principles for Sustainable Living (3 s.h.) (T)
Sustainability means the capacity to endure. Sustainable living incorporates not only the choices we make but also the impact we have on the future quality of our environment and the lives of the next generation. Each student will examine readings, complete assignments and engage in discussion about how their lives can be enhanced through eco-friendly health and consumer choices. Course materials will integrate discipline materials from economics, psychology, sociology, ecology and health in order to inform the study of sustainability. Students will identify and plan for a sustainable and an enhanced quality of life.

120 Essentials of Scholarship (3 s.h.)
This course is designed for students who are facing academic challenges. It is designed to address the major academic and personal skill areas that affect student performance and quickly intervene with changes that can work across genres and academic disciplines. The class will address strategies for dealing with lengthy and complex readings, increase student fluency in academic writing, strengthen the analytical and evaluative skills of scholarship, and develop individual plans to meet academic goals.

130 Introduction to American Culture (2 s.h.)
Survey of the history and culture of the United States designed specifically for international students. Students will receive a broad history of the American nation since the colonial period with a focus on such key episodes as the pattern of settlement, growth of a new culture, the meaning of the Revolution, the causes and meaning of the Civil War, the industrial revolution of the late 1800s, America’s emergence as a world power, the civil rights movement, and other modern developments.

150 Creating Community: Human Rights and the Arts (3 s.h.) (I)
MBC students will design and implement community-based projects created in partnership with the needs, desires, and proposals of the inhabitants of Perquin El Salvador. Students will be encouraged to work in the areas of art discourse, art practice, and other fields of expertise and studies according to the economic limitations, history, and realities of the region. Course is taught by Marlena Hobson and Artist-in-Residence Claudia Bernardi. Offered in May Term.

155 Permeable Borders (3 s.h.) (D)
A multi-faceted course that utilizes the areas of art, human rights, education and social and political awareness. Mary Baldwin College students, and faculty will collaborate with the Augusta county immigrant community on projects that will help to create a cultural bridge between the mission and activities of Walls of Hope, Perquin, El Salvador and immigrant communities of Staunton and Augusta county.

200 Resident Assistant Training (3 s.h.)
The resident assistant’s role as a peer counselor in the college residence halls is facilitated through sessions in student development theory, values clarification, women’s health issues, sexuality, crisis intervention counseling, alcohol and drug concerns of college students, leadership training, small group communications, conflict mediation, and basic counseling skills. Required for all first-year resident assistants.

213 Bailey Colloquium (3 s.h.) (T, R)
The Bailey Colloquium is a small interdisciplinary honors seminar that counts toward the Honors Degree. It is open to Honor Scholars; other strong students may be admitted at the discretion of the professor. The colloquium fosters creativity and independent thinking. Topics vary.

222 Social Science Statistics (3 s.h.) (Q)
Students learn how to correctly interpret data tables, download data from online databases, manipulate the data in a spreadsheet, and analyze social science and business data with Excel, SPSS, and Systat statistical software. Through an understanding of sampling, distributions, and summary statistics, students acquire the means to understand and evaluate quantitative reasoning in corporate, government, and news reports. Cross listed as BUAD/ECON/HCA/POLS 222. *Prerequisite: College algebra, its equivalent, or a higher level mathematics course.

230 History and Theories of Leadership (3 s.h.)
Students develop a broad knowledge of leadership. They explore the origins of study of leadership and analyze and apply leadership theories. Students examine leadership styles and investigate differences among leaders that might be attributable to gender. They place leadership in cultural and historical contexts, become familiar with outstanding women and men, and analyze their lives using leadership principles and theories.

240 Québec and Canada (3 s.h.)
Analysis of the historical and social development of francophone culture in Canada and political/social/cultural relations between Francophone and Anglophone Canadians from the late 1600s to the present. Emphasizes the development of cultural assimilation in a very multicultural society; focuses on the rise of modern Québec nationalism, the Quiet Revolution, and the question of Québec’s place in contemporary Canada. Also emphasizes the Asian experience in Canada.

251 The Writer in the World: Professional Writing (3 s.h.) (C, W)
Application of rhetorical principles in drafting and revising professional documents. Case studies examine common genres of writing in communities and workplaces: proposals, reports, electronic mail, web content, issues papers. Students gain appreciation for the interacting demands of content, audience, and structure and learn to use their writing time more effectively. *Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102, or ENG 111 and at least sophomore status, or permission of instructor.

258 Globalization and Its Impact on World Affairs (3 s.h.)
Introduction to the concept of globalization and its economic and political impact on selected countries and regions.

266 Social Trends and Their Impact on Business (3 s.h.)
Introduces students to the significance of sociocultural, political, and environmental trends and their impact on how business opportunities can grow or be hampered. Emphasizes a triple bottom line viewpoint while focusing on social trends such as the changing face of America, the Green movement, globalization, technology and communication upgrades, and changes in the workforce. Twenty-hour service component required. Cross listed as BUAD 266.

268 Truth, Beauty, and Persuasion: Histories and Theories of Writing and Rhetoric (Honors) (3 s.h.) (H)
Introductory survey of high points in the Western tradition of writing and rhetoric, including ancient Greece and Rome and the rise of English rhetoric during the Renaissance. The course also provides attention to evolving assumptions about text and authorship from the Enlightenment through the 20th century, with a speculative look forward. *Prerequisite: ENG 101, ENG 102, or ENG 111.

287, 387 Internship (credit varies) (C: 387 only)
Internships provide practical experiences in working with professionals in field experiences and positions of responsibility on campus under the supervision of a faculty sponsor.

330, 331 The Practice of Leadership Seminar (3 s.h.)
Students complete a comprehensive self-assessment of their leadership styles, skills, and values and develop goals for their continuing education and training. In the second part of the course, students apply their knowledge of leadership to the practice of leadership in a group and an organization.