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FAQs - Creating an XIDS Course

What is XIDS?

XIDS refers to the cross- and interdisciplinary nature of courses with this prefix. XIDS courses can be team-taught or by a single professor. The purpose is to offer, through special topics, an integrative learning experience that results in a new and enhanced perspective. Three XIDS courses in the core are templates for creating new, topic-driven sections.

Is team teaching required?

Team-taught courses are encouraged, but not required.


What sections/topics have already been approved?

Examples of approved topics are available here. You MUST use the original templates approved during semester conversion IN CONJUNCTION WITH YOUR PROPOSALS. READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU WRITE YOUR OWN PROPOSAL.


How do I get my course listed in the Bulletin?

After the appropriate interdisciplinary committee has accepted your proposal, you are free to request a section anytime. You and your department chair should schedule this into your workload and the course should be submitted along with the departmental offerings using the XIDS prefix and appropriate number.


How do I request a learning community?

Submit a proposal to teach one section of XIDS 2001 or 2002 for the fall. Also, fill out the Learning Community proposal as well. Since a LC is a grouping of 5 core courses, linking these courses either thematically or other ways is up to you. But line up the faculty and courses beforehand.


How, when, and where do I submit my idea for a course?

The committee accepts proposals on an on-going basis, but preliminary reviews are conducted in December with final review each January. Follow these steps:

  1. Review the information on this website and determine which template you are interested in designing a section around. Read the template carefully, paying attention to any special requirements or conditions. Your proposal will need to fall within the template conditions. (We also suggest you take a look at the recommended reading list).
  2. Your proposal will need to address the following questions:
    • Describe, holistically, the theme of the course.
    • Describe the contribution of each of the disciplines.
    • How does the text bring these perspectives together so that a true interdisciplinary focus is achieved?
    • Discuss how students are required to integrate various disciplines' concepts and perspectives. How will assignments and text motivate students to learn?
    • What, specifically, are the attainable and measurable learning outcomes for each student
  3. Your proposal will need to include a syllabus that, at the very least, includes a list of readings.
  4. If your proposal is for a Learning Community (Area B2 only), you must additionally attach a Learning Community form.
  5. Submit your proposal as a hard copy or via the forms provided on this web site.