Integrated Studies (INST)
395—Colloquium I, 1 Cr.
The purpose of this course is for the
student to begin to design a tentative research proposal. This will require identifying
a topic or problem of study in their focus area, investigating important issues
related to the discipline(s) of the focus area, completing a basic literature
review of the problem or topic, developing a working bibliography, and
understanding the ethical issues related to plagiarism and the protocols of the
Institutional Review Board for research involving human subjects. Prerequisite:
COMM 211 or PSYC 230 or SOCL 338. Restricted to students with junior standing
495—Colloquium II, 3 Cr.
This course is both a continuation of
INST 395 and the culmination of the BS/BA in integrated studies. The purpose of
the course is to assist students in designing and completing a research project
that integrates the focus and support areas of their integrated studies major.
Students will design and implement the components of the research process,
including a proposed title, the development of a problem statement and
rationale, research questions for investigation, a working hypothesis, and an
annotated literature review. Students will synthesize and apply the knowledge
they have attained through their coursework, reflect on their academic
experience and career goals, execute an original research project, and
disseminate the results in a presentation. Prerequisite: 395.