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MDS Course Descriptions


Course Descriptions

To maximize the flexibility of the Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) program we offer the following courses completely online. Whether you are enrolled in the Flex or Online track, you may select from the following MDS online courses to satisfy your degree requirements.

MDS 301: Prior Learning Seminar

Designed to assess prior learning obtained outside of a traditional classroom. Students will receive the knowledge necessary to petition previous, verifiable college-level learning gained through experience, not for the experience itself, as possible academic credit. Students will learn to differentiate between experience, experiential learning, and learning by experience. Emphasis will be on creating a prior learning portfolio. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

MDS 305: Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies

Explore academic and career goal-setting, the connection of theory to practice, academic culture, academic integrity, the vital nature of an academic support community, and the qualities of a reflective and adaptive learner. PREREQ: Admission to the MDS program.

MDS 315: Integrative Learning

Explore the theory and practice of integrative learning and the skills and strategies necessary to develop an integrative mindset, to integrate personal histories and experiences with new ideas, and to become a reflective and adaptive learner. PREREQ: BAS 305 or MDS 305.

MDS 375: Perspective Taking

Examine an issue from multiple perspectives and learn to broadly and accurately grasp other viewpoints, to identify the differences between them, to discover the common ground they share, and to evaluate their soundness. COREQ: MDS 315.

MDS 385: Asking Questions and Framing Problems

Question a practical problem holistically to identify its conditions and costs, to discover new connections and relationships, and ultimately, to recognize, understand, and clearly articulate its breadth and complexity. COREQ: MDS 315.

MDS 410: Case Studies in Leadership

This course introduces and analyzes effective leadership styles. Leadership practices and models are applied to case studies. Through various forms of reading, writing, presentations, video and/or multi-media, students will apply theories to assess their own leadership style and identify styles of popular companies/people. Completion of LEAD 325 is recommended. COREQ: BAS 305 or MDS 300 or MDS 305 or declared a leadership certificate with upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

MDS 420: Globalization

This course introduces the historical and modern phenomenon of Globalization. Various themes in globalization will be studies, including: economics, national powers, history, trade, environment, religion, and education. Each module will introduce particular aspects of globalization. COREQ: BAS 305 or MDS 300 or MDS 305 or PERM/INST.

MDS 430: Ethics

This course examines universal ethical principles and standards practiced across various disciplines. Exploration of personal and professional conduct and social responsibility in the light of existing ethical, moral and social values across disciplines will also be discussed. Designed to enable students to form individual positions on ethical conduct and social responsibility, this course both identifies and applies ethical principles to real world situations. COREQ: BAS 305 or MDS 300 or MDS 305 or PERM/INST.

MDS 440: Project Management and Design

This course develops a foundation of concepts that support the project management process groups required for successful implementation and completion of a project.  Principles and applied techniques of effective planning, communication, risk, schedule, and cost management are major themes discussed in this course. COREQ: BAS 305 or MDS 300 or MDS 305 or PERM/INST.

MDS 450: Teamwork and Innovation

This course identifies the creative people, processes and conditions necessary for fostering innovation and models of innovation including creative problem solving with teams. Students show understanding through demonstration of competency in identifying, describing, fostering, demonstrating and assessing programs that foster creativity and innovation in a team environment. COREQ: BAS 305 or MDS 300 or MDS 305 or PERM/INST.

MDS 492: Proposal for Capstone Project

Design and plan a personally and professionally relevant capstone project. COREQ: MDS 375 and MDS 385 and PERM/INST.

MDS 493: Internship

Supervised fieldwork designed to receive academic credit for professional experience that is relevant to your Individual Degree Plan (IDP) goals. Up to six credits of internship may be applied towards your 21 upper division credit requirement for the Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies. PREREQ: MDS 300 or MDS 305 and PERM/INST.

MDS 495: Capstone Project

Finalize and present an approved capstone project and write a culminating self-evaluation. COREQ: MDS 492 and PERM/INST.

COMM 341: Nonverbal Communication

This course examines the function of nonverbal behavior codes in communication.

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