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ADULT INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (AIS)
 
AIS 101 Theories and Principles of Adult Learning 3 cr
Designed for students who enter the Adult Degree Program with less than 64 hours of credit, AIS 101 introduces students to basic theories and principles of adult education and development, with emphasis on liberal education. Assists students in defining competencies needed for success in academic study and professional leadership, in setting educational goals, and in planning a learning experience to achieve them. Should be taken the first semester of enrollment in the Adult Degree Program.
 
AIS 105 Encounter with the Humanities 3 cr
Introduction to the various disciplines within the humanities with emphasis on the role each plays in a liberal arts education. Core Course.
 
AIS 120 Encounter with the Fine and Performing Arts 3 cr
Introduction to the various disciplines within the fine arts with emphasis on the role each plays in a liberal arts education.
AIS 125 Professional Conduct 3 cr
Introduces students to primary sources in ethical theory and readings and discussions of theories of human nature to provide a basis for understanding one's rationale for personal moral decisions and to offer a foundation for the application of ethics to the workplace.
 
AIS 201 Seasons of Life 3 cr
An interdisciplinary, online course in which students study human development from the biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial perspectives with special emphasis on the adult years. Through readings, audio tapes, written exercises, and discussions, students explore the theory and research findings of life span development which enable them to reflect on their own lives as well as the lives of others. Core Course.
 
AIS 290 Special Topics 1-6 cr
A variable topics course treating special themes. May be repeated for credit when course content varies.
 
AIS 294

Directed Studies

1-3 cr
Directed study of a topic consistent with the student's individualized program under the supervision of a member of the University faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.
 
AIS 300

Foundations of Interdisciplinary Research

3 cr
Designed for students in the Adult Degree Program, this course examines principles of qualitative and quantitative research methods and their application to interdisciplinary studies. Emphasis is on the development of functional literacy for information expressed quantitatively and the thoughtful integration of such information into academic and practical research projects.
 
AIS 301

Adult Learning-Critical Reflections

3 cr
This course introduces students to various philosophies of education with special emphases on adult education and adult development theory. The course challenges students to connect education with personal development, the workplace and the community. AIS 301 is required of all ADP majors and must be taken before AIS 380. Prerequisite: AIS 101 for students with less than 64 credit hours.
AIS 305

Issues in Human Services

3 cr
An interdisciplinary course for students who plan to work in the helping professions (counseling, social work, nursing etc.). Guest speakers from various disciplines present information about their fields. Discussion topics include: similarities and differences in the helping professions, the helping relationship, empathic communication, multicultural and legal issues, and stress and burnout management.
AIS 315

Women's Issues in the Workplace and Community

3 cr
Taught by faculty from several departments, this course examines contemporary issues faced by women in the workplace and the community from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics vary.
 
AIS 320

Cultural Diversity

3 cr
An interdisciplinary exploration of issues related to interactions between diverse groups in teams, communities, and organizations. Reviews research from a variety of disciplines, introduces the historical and legal foundations of equal opportunity in the U.S., and examines the costs and benefits of diversity. Topics include prejudice, stereotyping, affirmative action, barriers to mobility, discrimination, marginalization, mentoring, and international issues.
 
AIS 350 Critical Expression (W) 3 cr
Builds on the foundation laid in freshman composition, stressing critical thinking, analysis, and research. It aims to prepare students for AIS 380 and other courses requiring extensive research.
 
AIS 380

Research Methods and Project Development (W)

3 cr
This course prepares the student to conduct an extensive AIS 430 research project. Focuses on topic selection, research methods, proposal writing and project presentation. AIS 380 is required of all IST majors and must be taken before AIS 430: Senior Project and after satisfactory completion of the writing competency requirement. Prerequisites: AIS 301 and an approved graduation plan.
 
AIS 401

Adults in Society

3 cr
An interdisciplinary study of the process of adult development focusing on cultural, gender, and individual differences.
 
AIS 420

Community Development and Leadership

3 cr
Presents the foundations of community development and leadership, including basic concepts, methods and literature. Student teams gain practical application through researching an issue and designing a community deliberation to address that issue. The course lays foundations for further study and practice in the field.
AIS 425

Adult Education and Training

3 cr
Explores the field of adult and continuing education, focusing on its history, philosophy, grounding in adult learning theory, its current applications in educational institutions and business, and its future as an international and technology-enhanced enterprise.
 
AIS 430

Senior Project (W)

3 or 6 cr
An in-depth research project in the student's concentration. Provides an opportunity for the student to design a comprehensive research project, analyze and synthesize research data, and develop expertise in a particular subject. AIS 430 is required of all ADP students. Prerequisite: AIS 380.
 
AIS 490

Special Topics

1-6 cr
A variable topics course treating special themes. May be repeated once for credit when course content varies.
 
AIS 494

Directed Studies

1-3 cr
Directed study of a topic consistent with the student's individualized program under the supervision of a member of the University faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.
 
AIS 496

Professional Studies: Internship

3 or 6 cr
The purpose of the internship is to give the student supervised practical experience in a setting related to the student's concentration. The course may be taken for a maximum of six hours credit. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and permission of the department chair.
 
AIS 499

Honors Senior Project (H, W)

3 or 6 cr
A substantial research project in the student's field that reflects a commitment to genuine scholarship. Provides an opportunity for the student to design a comprehensive research project, analyze and synthesize research data, and develop expertise in a particular subject. Fulfills the senior project requirement for the honors program. Prerequisites: AIS 380, 3.5 overall GPA on 60 credits from USA, and permission of the AIS 380 instructor.

 


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