Interdisciplinary Research – INDS 600

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is designed to assess student mastery of content for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and will be based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work. It will require the summation and synthesis of two disciplines through research and the integration of learned concepts, techniques, and knowledge of their chosen interdisciplinary field into transferable skills and qualifications. Through this course, students will research interdisciplinary relationships and their purpose in academia and professional fields in order to connect the importance of their specialized program to personal and professional goals.


INDS 500


Problem solving and inquiry often require the need to cross disciplinary boundaries found lacking in traditional single-disciplined degree programs. This course is placed into the curriculum to guide the student in the synthesizing of knowledge and understanding of interdisciplinary research through culminating assignments. The student will develop the ability to showcase his or her own academic mastery while preparing oneself professionally.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explore interdisciplinary relationships through research analysis.
  2. Synthesize academic content from studied disciplines through a Christian perspective.
  3. Evaluate the purpose of interdisciplinary studies in academia and professional fields.
  4. Support an understanding of relationships between studied disciplines.
  5. Build a resume for professional application.
  6. Defend the significance and implications of one’s own specialized program.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, contain at least 1 reference, and integrate biblical principles. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 250 words, contain at least 1 reference, and integrate biblical principles.

Article Critiques (2)

For both critiques, the student will write a 600–900-word critique in the current format of his or her Area of Study I. The assignment will be written in response to the articles provided within the course and will include a summary and critique. Each assignment must include at least 6 reference citations.

Article Critique II will also include an annotated bibliography. Prior to writing the Discipline Integration Paper, the student will provide an annotated bibliography of at least 15 references (in the current format of his or her declared Area of Study I) that he or she plans on using for the final paper. Each reference must include an annotation of at least 150 words.

Research Design and Bibliography

The research proposal is a detailed explanation of the topic to be studied, the process by which the student answers a question of scholarly significance, and the principal sources for research. It must include a: 1) statement of the two areas of study to be integrated 2) a statement of the research question or questions to be answered through interdisciplinary integration 3) explanation of scholarly significance and 4) a working bibliography of fifteen sources no than five years old (unless approved by the instructor. The student will write a 1- 2 page Research Proposal bibliographic entries are to be written in the citation format of the Area of Study I.

Discipline Integration Paper Outline

In a 1–2-page Microsoft Word document, the student will submit the topic, a thesis statement, and an outline for his or her paper. The outline must include bibliographic citations of principal scholarly research embedded throughout the outline where the sources will be used.

Discipline Integration Paper

The student will write a 3,800–4,400-word research-based paper in the current format of his or her Area of Study I that focuses on the integration of the 2 declared areas of study. The paper must include at least 15 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Cover Letter and Resume

The student will produce a 1–2-page resume and cover letter following the format covered in the course materials. The resume must include relevant experience and a bulleted description of responsibilities related to each position. Additionally, the student must include biographical and educational background information. The cover letter must address the student’s interdisciplinary integration of both areas of study.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes; contain 10 multiple-choice, true/false, and/or fill-in-the-multiple-blanks questions; and have a time limit of 30 minutes.