Extradisciplinary Studies

Extradisciplinary courses are those that fall outside the domain of the college's existing departments and programs. They are listed in the Catalog and Schedule of Courses with a subject header of "EXDS."

Courses

EXDS 115. Bates Science Fellows.

What does it mean to "think like a scientist"? In this course, students apply knowledge and skills from other science and mathematics courses to the study of contemporary issues in science. This year-long sequence integrates scientific and quantitative concepts commonly covered in first-year science and math courses. With readings, class discussions, individual and group work, students examine and analyze case studies and the scientific literature on various topics. Throughout the course, emphasis is given to how we develop and understand scientific knowledge. One-half course credit is granted upon completion of the course. Corequisite(s): CHEM 107A. Not open to students who have received credit for INDS 115. Enrollment limited to 12. Instructor permission is required. Normally offered every year. J. Smedley.

EXDS 116. Bates Science Fellows.

A continuation of EXDS 115. One-half course credit is granted upon completion of the course. Prerequisite(s): EXDS 115. Corequisite(s): CHEM 108A. Not open to students who have received credit for INDS 116. Enrollment limited to 12. Instructor permission is required. Normally offered every year. J. Smedley.
Short Term Courses

EXDS s11. Financial Accounting.

This course is an introduction to the framework, basic concepts, and generally accepted accounting principles and standards underlying financial accounting systems. Students learn to analyze and record financial transactions form a source document through the entire accounting cycle. Accounting concepts include merchandising operations, inventory costing methods, internal controls and cash, receivables, liabilities, and long-term assets including intangibles. Students create basic financial statements and apply analytical tools to these and to statements from real companies. Additionally, ethical issues in accounting are discussed as relevant topics arise. Enrollment limited to 30. Normally offered every year. Staff.

EXDS s15B. Short Term Practicum: Health Care Administration.

This course introduces the American health care system, with a particular focus on problems faced in delivering and paying for quality health care and approaches to addressing those problems. After a brief overview of the U.S. health care system, specific topics to be explored include access to care, the role of primary versus specialty care, quality measurement, health care finance, legal and compliance issues, human resources, and approaches to continuous improvement. Through readings, class discussion with professionals in various roles in health care, job shadowing, and a final project, students examine ideals and aspirations in delivering high quality, affordable health care as well as practical limitations and barriers to doing so. They consider implications for leaders who seek to change the way health care is delivered, administered and paid for in the United States. This course is taught by a guest practitioner-instructor. Course reinstated beginning Short Term 2017. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 16. Instructor permission is required. One-time offering. Staff.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

EXDS s15H. Short Term Practicum: Mediation and Restorative Justice.

This course introduces the philosophies and skills used by practitioners of Restorative Justice and Mediation. Restorative Justice seeks a humanistic response to conflict, wrongdoing and crime. Students learn the Restorative Justice techniques of circle facilitation, restorative language, and observation, focusing on its practice in the juvenile justice system, in communities, and on college campuses. Mediation immerses students in a problem-solving approach to resolving disputes. Drawing from diverse disciplines, coaching, class discussions, presentations, and role play, students gain a deeper understanding of conflict. Using the classroom as a conflict skills workshop, students acquire tools to improve communication and facilitate cooperation and collaboration. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion, proof of 40 hours of mediation training, a commonly accepted state and national standard for new Mediators. This course is taught by a guest practitioner-instructor. Course reinstated beginning Short Term 2017. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 16. Instructor permission is required. One-time offering. Staff.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

EXDS s15M. Short Term Practicum: Business of the Arts.

This practicum applies learned skills to what it means to be a “working artist” in a real and competitive world. It examines the practical and administrative aspects of a profession and life in the Arts (performing, visual and other). Students learn budgeting basics, marketing their work, building a sustainable fundraising program for their practice, cultivating relationships with key industry professionals, pitching their artistry. Guest artists and administrators shed light on the practicalities and realities of being a professional artist. Students construct a hands-on plan and accompanying budget focused on developing and executing a plan for their life (full-or part-time) in the arts. This course is taught by a guest practitioner-instructor. New course beginning Short Term 2017. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 16. Instructor permission is required. (Purposeful Work.) One-time offering. Staff.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

EXDS s15N. Short Term Practicum: Digital Marketing: Changing the Art and Science of Marketing.

Learn the fundamentals of digital marketing, which includes developing skills in the understanding of a company brand, Google search engine marketing, copywriting, marketing campaigns, social media marketing, and building metrics to track marketing success. The course will provide the basic understanding of how digital marketing impacts and drives all aspects of a company’s business processes. At the end of the course, students will have learned how to create a digital marketing strategy, market a company brand, and launch digital marketing campaigns to build company brand awareness to purchasers of that brand’s services and/or products. This course is taught by a guest practitioner-instructor. New course beginning Short Term 2017. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 16. Instructor permission is required. (Purposeful Work.) One-time offering. Staff.

EXDS s15P. Short Term Practicum: Start-Up Project Management Boot Camp .

This course engages students with a project to plan in collaboration with at least one expert in the field. Students learn Project Management (PM) methods and practices common to for- profit, nonprofit, and government projects: basic accounting: Gantt Charts; business or project plans; project financing; metrics for success; external validation; and marketing. Students work in teams and choose a project from a several options, then apply PM tools and skills to the project. New course beginning Short Term 2017. Enrollment limited to 16. Instructor permission is required. One-time offering. Staff.

EXDS s21. Life Architecture: Designing Your Future Work.

Everyone works, whether for pay or for pleasure, in public or in private, with gusto or with dread. This course supports students as they prepare for a lifetime of work by encouraging consideration of the philosophical components of their plan including identifying and developing personal attributes correlated with career well-being, exploring the context of vocational decision making, and contemplating how meaning and purpose can be infused into any work. They also consider the pragmatic components, discussing how mentors can be cultivated, how jobs are best secured, and the practical considerations that can hold people back from realizing their visions. Not open to first-years or sophomores. Enrollment limited to 30. R. Fraser-Thill.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

EXDS s30. Grant Writing across the Disciplines.

This course introduces students to the work and writing under taken by scholars, scientists, and artists at two crucial moments: when they have an idea for a project and when they have completed the project. Working in and across a variety of disciplines, students learn the methodologies for garnering support for arts and research endeavors. Students develop an individual project and pursue the examination and implementation of discipline-specific approaches to publication, performance, or the deployment of studies or experiments. In addition to focusing on interdisciplinary scholarship and arts, this course provides a tool kit for students pursuing graduate school, fellowships, and grants. Enrollment limited to 30. [W2] R. Strong.