A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Department of Integrative Studies

view dept. website http://www.houghton.edu/academics/majors-programs/integrative-studies/

Susan Bruxvoort Lipscomb, Director.

Overview

Houghton College Integrative Studies Requirements - BA/BS/BFA

The core of a liberal arts education at Houghton is found in the college's Integrative Studies requirements, which all students must satisfy. The Integrative Studies requirements embody an interdisciplinary vision of the skills, content, and ways of thinking "that equip students to lead and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world" (in the words of the Houghton College mission statement). They consist of core competencies that students must demonstrate, along with a set of distribution requirements across the college's main curricular areas of study.

Competencies

All students must demonstrate basic competency - either through successful completion of an approved course or through prior high school experience (criteria for meeting competencies can be found at the Academic Records Office/Academic Information webpage) - in four key areas essential to success in college and in life:

  1. Writing: All students must demonstrate basic writing competency, typically in the first year.
  2. Quantitative Literacy: All students must demonstrate basic competency in mathematical reasoning.
  3. Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate basic competency, equivalent to a year of college study, in a language other than English.
  4. Health and Wellness: All students must develop habits of lifetime wellness by taking an introductory course with lab covering basic topics in wellness, as well as two physical activity courses. 

Distribution Requirements

All students must take coursework in the following areas:

  1. Transitions: During their first year, all first year students take a one-hour course introducing them to college and the liberal arts.  Transfers have a course as well.
  2. Faith Foundation: All students take two courses, one in Bible (typically in the first year), the other in Christian Theology. (Courses must be selected from approved list.)
  3. Culture: All students take four courses in the humanities, one in each of these disciplines: History (typically in the first year), Literature, Philosophy, and the Fine Arts. (Courses must be selected from the approved list.)
  4. Creation: All students take two courses in math or natural science. One of the two must be a laboratory science. Students who have not otherwise satisfied the Quantitative Literacy Competency also take a math course; students who have satisfied it may choose between math and science for their second course. (Courses must be selected from the approved list.)
  5. Community: All students take two courses in the social sciences, chosen from different disciplines: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. (Courses must be selected from the approved list.)

A list of approved IS courses for students pursuing the BA, BFA or BS degrees can be found at BA, BFA or BS IS.

Houghton College Integrative Studies Requirements - BMUS

A list of approved IS courses for students pursuing the BMUS degree can be found at IS for BMUS.

Faculty
Susan Bruxvoort Lipscomb
Courses
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INTS 102 Transitions 102: Succeeding at Houghton (P/F)

1-F

Consideration of topics essential to success as a student in Houghton’s Christian academic community. Introductory experiences in individual and collaborative reading, writing, research and discussion facilitated by Houghton student and faculty leaders. Content focused on the Houghton Reads book (summer reading distributed during Transitions 101 days) and related supplementary materials. Exploration and understanding of the Christian perspectives and behavioral expectations embodied in the Houghton Community Covenant. Consideration of other selected social, intellectual and theological issues pertinent to Christian life in a global twenty-first century world. Orientation to successfully navigating and utilizing the offices and services of the College. Required for all first-year students; fulfills the IS: Transitions requirement.

INTS 104 Transitions for Transfers: Succeeding at Houghton College

0-F&S

Transitions for Transfers is a half semester course required for all entering transfer students. The course is designed to address the unique circumstances, both social and academic, of transfer students who have already had previous experience with college life. The class acquaints new students with life on the Houghton campus, college policies, and available services and resources provided by the college. Course topics include academic integrity, career counseling and services, financial literacy, academic records and course selection, graduation requirements, and library resources. Social gatherings and activities are planned to provide opportunities for new students to become acquainted and involved in campus life.

INTS 149 Honors: East Meets West Proseminar (P/F)

1-F

Introduction to the themes and problems of East Meets West Honors. Introduces topics such as Balkans history, Balkan literature, and approaches to political conflict and world order. Combines lectures with seminar discussions, emphasizing critical reading and writing. Pass/Fail. Liberal Arts.

INTS 150 Science Honors Seminar

1-F

Introductory overview of the topic for Science Honors, which focuses on a scientific question of societal importance. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. Liberal Arts.

INTS 153 East Meets West

9-S, 3-May

Combines a traditional humanities and social science curriculum with the opportunity to study the interaction of Eastern and Western culture. Integrating the disciplines of history, literature, theology and politics, this course surveys the development of Western culture by focusing on the West’s historic interaction with the Orthodox and Islamic cultures of the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, and the Mideast. The Mayterm trip to the Balkans provides a unique learning experience. Competency: Writing; Faith Foundation: Theology; Culture: History; Culture: Literature. Liberal Arts.

INTS 154 Science Honors I

3-S

Insights drawn from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, writing, and communication are applied to understanding, communicating and solving a scientific question of societal importance. Classroom activities, which include lectures, laboratory experiments, writing, and speaking, are motivated by the students' need for the specific information and skills required to reach a solution. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. INTS 154 taken concurrently with INTS 157 and INTS 159. Creation: Lab Science or 2nd Science. Liberal Arts.

INTS 155 Science Honors II

4-May

Insights drawn from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, writing, and communication are applied to understanding, communicating and solving a scientific question of societal importance. Classroom activities, which include lectures, laboratory experiments, writing, and speaking, are motivated by the students' need for the specific information and skills required to reach a solution. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. Creation: Lab Science or 2nd Science. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: MATH 181 , INTS 154

INTS 156 Science Honors: Writing

1-F

Writing Component of INTS 150. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. INTS 156 taken concurrently with INTS 150.

INTS 157 Science Honors: Writing II

1-S

Writing Component of INTS 154. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. INTS 157 taken concurrently with INTS 154 and INTS 159. Competency: Writing. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: INTS 156

INTS 159 Science Honors: Communication

2-S

Communication component of INTS 154. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. INTS 159 taken concurrently with INTS 154 and INTS 157. Community: Communication. Liberal Arts.

INTS 167 Imagining Wholeness: Psychology and Literature

4-F14

Examines descriptions of the fragmentation of modern and postmodern life in psychology and literature, along with prescriptions for restoring wholeness, order, and meaning. Connections to art, religion, and drama include a visit to New York City. Lectures combine with seminar discussion and small-group tutorials. IS: Culture (Literature) and Community (Psychology). Liberal Arts.

INTS 203 Literature and Wisdom

6-F or S

Critical analysis of the contours of a world and life view combined with an introduction to the Western literary heritage and a detailed critical analysis of perennial and foundational issues in epistemology (the nature of truth and knowledge), metaphysics (the nature of reality: persons, the world and God), and ethics. Includes works of poetry, drama and fiction as well as philosophical texts from the classical to the postmodern era. Culture: Literature; Culture: Philosophy. Liberal Arts.

INTS 235 Interpreting the Environment: Trail Development

2, 3, or 4-F&S

Principles, processes, and techniques used to interpret the environment and develop interpretive materials, centers, and trails. Through service-learning, students will develop interpretive, recreational, meditative, exercise, or other trails to complement their major program or integrative studies. One hour lecture/3, 4.5, or 6 hours applied (depending on credit hours chosen-3 applied hours for 2 credits, 4.5 for 3 credits, and 6 for 4 credits). Applied hours include research and preparation of interpretive presentations as well as trail development, as appropriate.

INTS 275 Engaging Urban Culture

1-F&S

Students will explore some aspects of urban culture. Meetings will be held every other week in a setting outside of the classroom. This course provides academic structure for engagement that will help students to experience, explore, and understand the complex diversity of Buffalo and to foster reflection on our place in a diverse world. Events will be planned that explore features of urban culture, such as history, architecture, music, the visual and dramatic arts, and other aspects of Buffalo and its subcultures. [a lab or activity fee may be charged] Houghton College City Semester program. Liberal Arts.

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