Manchester University Academic Catalog 2015-2016

Interdivisional Studies

Certificate programs combine 2-3 academic courses and a supervised practical experience through which students develop an identifiable competency. These certificates are intended to demonstrate to a graduate school or potential/current employer that students have a focused experience in an area other than the major or minor.


Certificate in audio production and marketing; Tim Ogden and Tim Reed, coordinators: BUS 111, 234, 445; MUS 110, 141. Applied experience:

  • Within the MUS 141 course, students will produce an audio recording of a complete piece of creative work.
  • The project must include professional quality audio, produced and recorded by the student.
  • Proposed projects must be approved prior to their completion. Examples of appropriate projects include an album of recorded music, an audio podcast, audio score for a film project.
  • Projects must demonstrate a student's proficiency in digital audio recording, editing and mastering.
  • Projects must be completed before the student begins BUS 445.


Certificate in libraries and literacies; Katharine Ings, coordinator: ENG 254, 476; LIB 200; ENG 311 or LIB 202.

Certificate in mediation and conflict resolution; Katharine Gray Brown, coordinator: PEAC 218, PEAC 320; one of the following; 6-10 hours of community mediation work; workshop planning and facilitation; semester-long internship with an appropriate conflict resolution organization or agency.

Certificate in queer advocacy; Barb Burdge, coordinator: FYS LGBT Lives or GNST 201; three hours from; COMM 256, PEAC 218, PSYC 366, SOC 274; a practicum, internship or special problems course designed for the development of relevant skills. Applied Experience: Complete a Celebrating Diversity Workshop or complete 6 hours of SafeZone training.


Certificate in scientific computing; Timothy Brauch, coordinator: CPTR 105; MATH 121, 233; successful completion of an applied experience approved by the coordinator.

This class introduces students to college-level writing through a disciplinary or interdisciplinary topic. Students will improve their thinking skills by examining a topic through multiple perspectives. This course will build community and aid students in their transition to college.  When the FYS is also proposed for other credit outside the Core skills category, the course content will align with the other appropriate course objectives. C-1FYS.

Courses IDIV

100 COLLEGE SUCCESS - 1 hour
This course is designed to assist students in developing strategies for academic success and in making the transition to college-level classes.  Students will gain experience in a variety of study strategies and techniques including time management, note taking, test taking, developing college-level reading and listening skills. Students will participate in supplemental study sessions with peer facilitators and will receive extra support navigating the full range of student support services and resources that Manchester provides.

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of decision making, self-assessment, career exploration and career planning. Helpful for students who are undeclared majors, those changing majors and those exploring career applications of their majors.

This class covers the foundations of innovation and creativity. Students will learn basic psychological theories of creativity, the group dynamics that foster innovation as well as theories of team building techniques that are essential for getting things accomplished. We will also study creativity in music and art as we connect the dots between creativity and everyday life.

Students explore the basics of entrepreneurship. Topics include innovative problem solving, leadership, team building, project management, and introductions to relevant areas of accounting and finance.

212 COLLEGE TO CAREER - 1 hour
This course is designed to provide upper-level students with the necessary career management skills, strategies, and methodologies to effectively identify and compete for internships or full-time job opportunities.

A critical examination of the interplay between race, ethnicity, power, and marginalization in Western and Industrialized societies. The course will offer the opportunity to explore the ways in which educational systems can perpetuate the marginalization of working class groups across generations. The implications of content for living in civil society, America, and a democracy will be explored. C-3RC.


This course investigates the wide-spread shift in Europe from a pre-modern (pre-16th century) to a modern world view (as it matured up through the 19th century), with a special focus on the rise of modern science as a way of understanding nature, and on the radical shift in how modern humans understood themselves and their relationship to this nature. Course readings will draw from the sciences, philosophy, history, and literature; the class will take place in European cities such as London and Paris. January Session. C-3GC.

350 THE INDIA STORY - 3 hours
An intensive seminar-type travel course offered in New Delhi, India. All aspects of Indian culture and history will be covered through lectures given by instructors with expertise in specific topics. Summer. C-3GC.

495 HONORS PROJECT - 1-6 hours
An opportunity for students eligible for the Honors Program to prepare an honors thesis, either for its own sake or as partial fulfillment of the requirements for an honors diploma. The honors thesis treats a topic in the student’s major but also must be interdivisional in scope and approach. The Honors Committee will approve topics for each honors thesis. Prerequisite: eligibility for the Honors Program and approval from the honors program director. May be repeated for a maximum of six semester hours.

380 or 480 SPECIAL PROBLEMS - 1-4 hours
A students who has demonstrated ability to work independently may propose a course and pursue it with a qualified and willing professor. The division chair and the vice president and dean for academic affairs must also approve. A set of guidelines is available at the Office of the Registrar.

385 or 485 SEMINAR - 1-4 hours
An in-depth consideration of a significant scholarly problem or issue. Students pursue a supervised, independent inquiry on an aspect of the topic and exchange results through reports and discussions.

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