Interdisciplinary Studies

Terry Southerington, director

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.
101L MBC 101L: Planning your MBC Degree (1 s.h.)
Required of students entering the Adult Degree Program (ADP) and Baldwin Business Online (BBO). Teaching students the skills they need to be successful adult learners, including navigating degree planning, using online technology, and understanding the philosophy and policies of the college. We also foster a student learning community, creating connection to Mary Baldwin and one another. Students take this course their first 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.

105 MBC 105: Success as an Adult Learner (1 s.h.)
Required of students entering the Adult Degree Program (ADP) from the College for Women (MBCW) and for ADP students returning from stop-out after an extended time period. Teaching students the skills they need to be successful adult learners, including developing self-awareness, cultivating independent learning skills, navigating degree planning, using online technology, and understanding the philosophy and policies of ADP. We also foster a student learning community, creating connection to Mary Baldwin and one another. Students have already completed MBC 101 or BOLD 101; taken in first semester.

103 Information Literacy (1 s.h.)
This course will develop the research and critical thinking skills necessary for academic success. Information literate students recognize when information is needed and how to locate, evaluate, and use that information effectively in academic and other settings.. Topics covered include: focusing topics, finding information in various 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 immigrant and other minority communities in and around Augusta County on projects that will help to create a cultural bridge between the mission and activities of Walls of Hope, Perquin, El Salvador and the underserved communities of Staunton and Augusta county.

165 Earth Science (3 s.h.) (N)
Earth science encompasses the geoplogy, chemistry, biology, and physics of our planet. Environmental degradation, natural resources, energy, climate change, and geologic hazards are among the morst pressing issues facing society in the 21st century. This course offers an introductory survey of earth science through a survey of geology, oceanography, meteorology, hydrology and the study of the solar system, with a focus on terrestrial-oriented processes that shape and have shaped our planet. Topics include formation, evolution, structure, and composition of the Earth, plate tectonics and the rock cycle, water and nutrient cycles, climate change, energy and policy. This course is intended for the non-science major.

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: Sophomore standing.

230 History and Theories of Leadership (3 s.h.)
Students develop a broad understanding of the practice and process of leadership by enhancing knowledge and application of leadership theories, styles, attributes and skills; as well as by exploring the factors that influence effective leadership including gender, race, power, culture, and ethics. Additionally, they view leadership through the lenses of various disciplines in the social sciences. This course is required for all students seeking a minor in leadership studies including all students in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership.

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 102 or equivalent, 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 (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 102 or equivalent.

270 Teaching Writing: Introduction to Theory and Practice (3 s.h.) (W)
Introduction to the major developments in the history of writing instruction in the U.S. as well as composition studies and writing pedagogy. Students will practice collaborative writing and research, and, through observation and practice in MBC’s Writing Center, gain first-hand experience assisting student writers across the curriculum. Students who complete this course and meet additional requirements may apply to work in the College’s Writing Center. *Prerequisite: ENG 102 or permission of instructor.

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 The Practice of Leadership Development (3 s.h.)
This is an exciting opportunity to use action, reflection, and experimentation to develop your leadership skills. The goals include understanding how leadership affects organizational performance and identifying those leader practices that are most effective in getting desired results. Students explore executive leadership, team leadership, process improvement, and shared leadership while relating these concepts to their experience in leading an organization. This course is required for all students pursuing a minor in Leadership Studies.