IDST 600

Research and Planning

4 Graduate credits
Effective December 17, 2018 – December 16, 2019

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

In this course the students develop a focus that will provide direction and organization for their educational plans. Students investigate courses offered through other departments in the university to shape that focus and tentatively outline final projects that will demonstrate their multidisciplinary learning. The course will introduce students to the nature of individualized and the significance of interdisciplinary study. Students will gain knowledge of relevant disciplines and professions and develop strategies for navigating differences among disciplinary points of view. In addition, students will be introduced to the ethical considerations at stake and begin learning how to pursue research through processes such as the Human Subjects Review Board (HSRB). During this course students will also consult with their advisor and instructor to decide whether they will pursue a Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MS). The decision will depend on the area of focus and the coursework that will be selected. While the conversation about a particular path starts in this course, students. can make adjustments as they continue their coursework and consultations with faculty. By the end of IDST600, students will submit a plan of study that outlines their focus areas and associated learning. The approval of this plan, including the relevance and appropriateness of associated learning, is at the discretion of the faculty. A faculty committee will have final approval over both students¿ plans and final projects , prior to registration for IDST 699.

Learning outcomes


  • Identify a complex problem, intellectual or creative query using an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Explore and determine disciplines as well as methodologies and approaches that most appropriately address a complex problem, intellectual or creative query.
  • Identify, synthesize and evaluate relevant scholarly study.
  • Create an interdisciplinary plan that pursues an in-depth study of a complex problem, intellectual or creative query from different perspectives.