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 116. Bates STEM Scholars.
A continuation of FYS 505. One-half course credit is granted upon completion of the course. Prerequisite(s): FYS 505. Corequisite(s): one of the following: any 100-level biology or earth and climate sciences course; CHEM 108A; MATH 105, 106, 205, or 206; NRSC 160; or PHYS 108. Enrollment limited to 12. Instructor permission is required. Normally offered every year. C. Diaz-Eaton, G. Laurita.
EXDS 215. STEM Scholars II.
The sophomore year of a STEM student’s life is an exciting time as students choose their major and take upper-level science and math classes. In this course, students continue to develop their science identity, confidence, and enthusiasm for STEM. Conversations with a diverse network of professional scientists and hands-on group research activities demonstrate how scientists identify and work on real problems. Through self-reflection and development of a growth mindset, students begin to align their values, passions, and interests with their personal goals. In addition, students participate in workshops on study skills, stress management, choosing a major, study abroad, resumes, and summer research, among others. One-half course credit is granted upon completion of the course. Corequisite(s): any science or mathematics course. Open only to sophomores. Enrollment limited to 12. Instructor permission is required. Normally offered every year. A. Hill, B. Lawson.
EXDS 216. STEM Scholars II.
In this continuation of EXDS 215, sophomore STEM students further build their science identity and community and foster personal academic and career goals. One-half course credit is granted upon completion of the course. Corequisite(s): any science or mathematics course. Open only to sophomores.Prerequisite(s): EXDS 215. Enrollment limited to 12. Instructor permission is required. Normally offered every year. L. Banks, J. Oishi.
Short Term Courses
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. 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 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. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 16. Instructor permission is required. (Purposeful Work.) One-time offering. Staff.
EXDS s15W. Short Term Practicum: Music and Health: Using the Arts in Healthcare Settings.
This practicum course explores the therapeutic uses of music within healthcare settings for clients of all ages. Various healthcare populations are explored through readings, visits to community partners, and research. Music is used in group settings to address cognitive, physical, social, and emotional goals through drumming, songwriting, lyric discussion, and movement to music. Ethical implications of community based therapeutic music programs are explored. No musical experience is necessary to benefit from this course. This course is taught by a guest practitioner-instructor. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 16. Instructor permission is required. One-time offering. Staff.
EXDS s15Z. ST Practicum: Writing War: National Security Journalism.
This course examines conflicts worldwide and the journalism skills necessary to cover them. Students will learn about writing cleanly and efficiently on deadline, developing sensitive sources, preparing for interviews, understanding complex policy and how to operate in war zones. Students will get to hear from national security correspondents of various backgrounds, operators who have fought in modern conflict zones and the professionals who help develop the policy that governs them – or doesn’t. This highly interactive course will benefit anyone interested in journalism or national security, but also those who wish to learn effective writing techniques for any high-pressure profession. Taught by guest practitioner. Apply in advance on Purposeful Work site. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 16. Instructor permission is required. One-time offering. Staff.