IdLS Concentration Areas

Concentration Areas for IECE, ELED and SPED-T

  • Math/Science/Technology
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Math/Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science Humanities and Social Sciences

Each Concentration Requires a total of seven (7) upper level classes, meaning classes in the 300-400s, however students are allowed to take one (1) 200 level class. Students are also required to take courses in at least four (4) different disciplline areas, meaning that the courses taken can not all be from HIST or SOCI or REL, there should be variety. For example, IDLS, HIST, ENG, WRTC, etc. 

IDLS 400 is ONLY a required course for students doing Humanities and Social Sciences without a Math or Science component. Students doing Math and Science with Humanities and Social Science may take IdLS 400 as one of their Humanities and Social Science courses their senior year if they so choose. 

Students choosing a Math or Science component with Humanities and Social Science are required to do four (4) courses in one are and three (3) courses in the other, that decision is the student's. Students are still held to the requirement of the 300-400 Humanities and Social level classes, as well as the different discipline areas, and again IDLS 400 is NOT a requirement, but an option. 

Humanities and Social Science TRACKS are a group of classes from many disciplines, which converge on a common theme, such as the Americas or Citizenship.

There are seven (7) tracks in IdLS Humanities and Social Sciences. The choice is based solely on your personal interest. Courses which are approved for these tracks are listed on the IdLS website each semester prior to enrollment on the Approved Course List. 

Track One - Citizenship and Public Policy 

This track is designed to allow students to think and study about law, politics and other aspects of human life that are played out in the public arena. The impact of such institutions on human beings and their social and physical environments, the ways in which these institutions are built, structured, and changed can be considered in the context of courses in this area.

Track Two - Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class

This track is designed to allow students to think and study about the many ways in which social identity affects the lives of human beings, influencing the ways in which we see the world (and ways in which the world sees us), and the nature of our experiences in the world.

Track Three - Culture in Geographoc Context - The Americas

This track offers an opportunity to study the interaction among regional cultures, social systems, and human creativity. Students selecting this track will enjoy a deeper, broader understanding of the Americas both as a unique cultural and geographic region, and its interrelationship with other areas of the world.

Track Four - Culture in Geographic Context - Europe

This track offers an opportunity to study the interaction among regional cultures, social systems, and human creativity. Students selecting this track will enjoy a deeper, broader understanding of Europe both as a unique cultural and geographic region, and its interrelationship with other areas of the world.

Track Five - Culture in Geopgraphic Context - Africa, Asia and the Middle East

This track offers an opportunity to study the interaction among regional cultures, social systems, and human creativity. Students selecting this track will enjoy a deeper, broader understanding of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East both as unique cultural and geographic regions, and their interrelationship with other areas of the world.

Track Six - Ethics, Values and Sprituality 

Teachers not only present knowledge, they embody and nurture values and character. This track is for the student who wishes to deepen his or her understanding of the religious, philosophical, and political values that animate human cultures and individual character.

Track Seven - SPECIAL EDUCATION ONLY TRACK 

SPED students are expected to be knowledgeable, creative and articulate with complex audiences. This concentration emphasizes liberal arts knowledge as it informs communication in family, community, and institutional settings. For purposes of disciplinary distribution, FAM and SOWK are counted as the same discipline. No more than 2 PSYC courses may be used for track credit.

 

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