Interdisciplinary Studies Courses

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) courses

  • IDS 110 Student Success

    The purpose of IDS 110 is to assist the new student in making a successful transition to Missouri State University-West Plains, both academically and socially and toward the completion of the student's academic goals. This course introduces students to the educational goals of the University and aims to foster a sense of belonging, promote engagement in both curricular and extra-curricular activities and encourage life-long learning. The course also seeks to help students develop and apply essential study skills, information management, enhance critical thinking and communication skills, explore interests, abilities, values and connect degree and career planning. Students are challenged to enhance their potential, understand their academic and social responsibilities and appreciate diversity in an environment that supports their intellectual, personal and social development.

    Credit hours:
    2-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • IDS 111 Peer Leadership

    Prerequisite(s): IDS 110 and permission of Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies. This course offers experience in working (a) with an IDS 110 instructor to achieve the course objectives, facilitate class discussions, present information and provide feedback on assignments and (b) with students to get their feedback, serve as a role model, help students adjust to Missouri State University-West Plains and maximize their potential. May be repeated for a total of 3 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • IDS 150 Reading and Study Skills

    Prerequisite(s): Reading ACT sub score of 16 or higher or COMPASS Reading score of 68 or higher or SAT Verbal score of 400 or higher. Designed to equip first-time college students with the reading and study skills necessary to obtain their educational objectives. IDS 150 offers a more in-depth study of these skills than is offered in IDS 110. IDS 150 is required of any student who scores a 16 or 17 on their Reading ACT sub score or with a COMPASS Reading score between 68 and 81 or a SAT Verbal score between 400 and 441 and is also open to students who want to improve their reading and study skills that have a higher Reading ACT sub score or COMPASS Reading score or SAT Verbal score.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • IDS 187 Tutor Training

    Prerequisite(s): Instructor approval. Study of leading tutoring theory across the curriculum with emphasis on writing and math. Taught for students interested in tutoring in their fields. Students successfully completing the class will attain one levels of College Reading and Learning Association certification through training and hands-on experience in the Tutoring Lab.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Fall

  • IDS 250 Academic Service Learning

    Prerequisite(s): Permission for enrollment must be granted by the Division Chair with a limit of 2 students per division. This course is designed to provide service learning opportunities for students who desire to serve in one of our four academic divisions or who would like to pursue an approved off-campus academic service learning project. Selected students will receive instructions and assignments that will allow them to serve the division in creative and intellectual ways - they will not be secretaries or lab assistants. Interested students should go to the Academic Affairs Office and pick up an application during the campus' advisement week prior to the semester they wish to serve. This course may be repeated for up to six credit hours. 1(0-2) to

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    6

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • IDS 275 Resident Assistant Seminar

    This course is designed to enhance the skills of the current Resident Assistants and to train those who want to be RA's in the future. The course will teach them how to deal with situations that occur in a normal residence hall and prepare them to be RA's at their next institution.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • IDS 280 Student/Life Leadership

    Prerequisite(s): COM 205 or COM 115. This course will focus upon the study and practical application of student and student organization leadership skills and the knowledge of campus and community resources. Students will become actively involved in leadership as they participate in individual and group learning experiences.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    1

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • IDS 297 Topics in Globalization

    Prerequistie(s): Completion of 40 hours, including: COM 115, ENG 110, ENG 210 or ENG 221 (concurrent enrollment allowed), MTH 130 or greater (except MTH 197) (concurrent enrollment allowed) and IDS 110. Required of all students seeking the AA in General Studies and selected AAS degree programs (students should review the catalog description of degree programs to see which degree programs require this course). This course provides a culminating experience for the general education program and includes some non-course educational experiences. The course is a variable content course which uses an interdisciplinary approach to present topics related to global issues from the perspectives and interactions among multiple fields. This course is communications and/or writing intensive.Students must submit a learning portfolio. Failure to complete this assignment will result in an automatic grade of "F" in this course. If extenuating circumstances exist, you may apply for an incomplete. See your student catalog for more information about applying for an incomplete. May be repeated a maximum of 6 hours with a content change on a space-available basis.

    Credit hours:
    2-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring