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Interdisciplinary Courses

Explore courses offered through the Center for American and World Cultures.

Voices of Discovery-Intergroup Dialogue | IDS 253 (3 credits)

IDS 253 introduces the intergroup dialogue model of peer learning and involves semi-structured face-to-face meetings across social identity groups, discussion of relevant reading material, and exploration of group experiences in social and institutional contexts. The goal is to create a setting in which students engage in open and constructive dialogue and explore issues of intergroup relations, intellectual diversity, free speech, conflict, and community. In the process, students learn about themselves and peers with different social identities while gaining valuable skills in cross-cultural communication and team-building.

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Diversity Seminar | IDS 151 (1 credit)

Note: This course is exclusively offered to students in the Global Connections Living Learning Community.

IDS 151 is designed to enable students to take part in discussions involving difference, including those stemming from race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, class and region. Seminar helps create an environment where students learn to engage the differences found on campus and in the world into which students graduate.

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Introduction to Study Abroad | IDS 154 (2 credits)

Introduces students to cultural basics, skills, and host-country specifics required for maximizing their study abroad experience and for respecting and interacting with people in other cultures. Students will consider questions, issues, and challenges that will be part of their travel, study, and daily lives while studying abroad and develop tools for increased cultural competencies.

In this course, you will:

  • GAIN tips for maximizing your study abroad experience
  • LEARN cultural adjustment strategies
  • EXPLORE your own culture and background
  • UNDERSTAND health and safety best practices
  • REVIEW country-specific information

Study Abroad Re-Entry | IDS 156 (1 credit)

This course guides students on a journey of unpacking their international travel experiences and reflecting on what it means to cross cultures. Along the way students will explore their own identity while identifying ways to integrate their global experiences into their lives now and in the future.

Limited to students who have studied abroad, including current international students here at Miami.

Strength Through Cultural Diversity | IDS 159 (3 credits)

This course serves as an interdisciplinary introduction to diversity. A primary goal of this course is to facilitate students' abilities to build their cultural competencies and their abilities to work toward a socially just and inclusive world by providing the conceptual tools and vocabulary to think about, discuss and experience diversity. Topics covered include multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, prejudice, discrimination, privilege, the impacts of social and cultural change, and the engagement of students in the global community.

Students will be expected to attend three out-of-class co-curricular events.

Introduction to the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma | IDS 259 (3 credits)

Offers an interdisciplinary examination of the Myaamia as a living people, within a living culture - a people with a past, present and future. Explores pre-contact economy, social and political organization; the historic period of contact, treaties and federal legislation and the cultural basis of Myaamia responses; and present-day issues of concern to the dependent sovereign nation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.


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