Interdisciplinary Studies

INT 200 Intro to Liberal Studies in Education in the US: Thinking About Thinking
So what are the liberal arts, anyway? What are they good for? Current media claims everything from the death of the liberal arts to their absolute necessity for 21st-century problem solving. In this course, we will trace the evolution of the liberal disciplines from Ancient Greece to today. We will explore the interaction of society and education, paying special attention to Rollins’ contribution to higher education in the United States. Each of you, in turn, will uncover how your chosen or potential major fits into this bigger picture, tracking how how its methods of inquiry, questioning and evidence production have developed over time. By gaining this broader perspective, you will be able to think critically about why your major is as it is, and how it ought to proceed as we move into the future.

INT 200 Intro to Liberal Studies _CEs
We will think about the liberal arts and the place of individual majors within them by teaching philosophy to children. If you start with any subject and ask questions long enough, eventually you'll get to basic questions, i.e. the “philosophy of <your field>.” A basic question from philosophy of science, for instance, is whether scientific theories explain the world as it actually is or just provide us interpretations that are useful for getting through life. In this class, each of you will be identifying the basic questions in your major and then designing sequences of games, picture books and art projects to introduce children to thinking about them. Along the way, we will study Philosophy of Education from Aristotle to Dewey and Rollins’ own Hamilton Holt. This is a community engagement (CE) course, combining academic study and work in the community. Starting in mid-October, we will spend a portion of each class working with an after-school program at St. Margaret Mary's School, on Park Ave. Since we'll be working with children, all of us will have to be fingerprinted and undergo a background check.