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Writing the Rationale

Semester and Year SP 2018
Course Number IDSEM-UG1800
Section 001
Instructor Rosanne Kennedy, Amy Spellacy
Days M
Time 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Units 2
Level U


Pass/fail only. Open to Gallatin juniors and seniors who plan to take their colloquium in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.


In this class we will begin by discussing such questions as “what is my concentration?” and “what is the relationship between a concentration and a rationale or a colloquium?” Using these questions to explore not only your own process but also the nature of interdisciplinarity, individualized education, and the value of the liberal arts, we will spend the first half of the semester developing methods of interdisciplinary study, which includes the history of your topic and ideas, and applying them to your own concentration. We will spend the second half of the semester drafting, workshopping, revising, presenting, and completing your colloquium rationale and booklist. Students will work as a class, with guest speakers, in small groups, and individually with their advisers and with the professors, as detailed in the syllabus. This class is an opportunity to explore and engage actively with your interests and your thinking.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)