The Catholic University of America

Course Descriptions

Metro: Interdisciplinary Studies (MID)

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MID 50: Synthesis, Application, and Integration of Learning

0 Credits

Synthesis, Application, and Integration of Learning (SAIL) is designed to facilitate the assessment of college-level learning (i.e., prior learning) acquired outside the traditional classroom environment (i.e., as a result of life and work experience). Students enrolled in this course will work closely with the course instructor and discipline-specific faculty mentors to critically analyze their prior learning experiences and build a portfolio evidencing the integration of prior learning with academic theory. This course is required for all MSPS students seeking to earn credit for prior learning through portfolio development.

MID 100: Critical Thinking

3.00 Credits

Introduction to techniques of sound reasoning in written and verbal communication, including formulation and testing of arguments, means of identifying and testing fallacious reasoning, and the art of persuasion.

MID 101: Problem Solving

3.00 Credits

Students develop skills involved in effective problem solving, including defining the problem, creating alternative solutions to it, and evaluating those alternatives. Emphasis on providing a general approach to problems.

MID 150: College Mathematics

3.00 Credits

This course covers topics in college mathematics with applications in business, finance and marketing. This course examines the operations and applications of whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, ratios, rate, proportions, percentages, statistics, graphs, measurement, the metric system, geometry, the real numbers, and introduction to algebra.

MID 210: Introduction to the Biological Sciences

3.00 Credits

A one-semester survey of the animal and flower kingdoms.

MID 211: People and the Enviroment

3.00 Credits

Interdisciplinary examination of population, pollution, natural resources, and their implications for society.

MID 213: Earth Science

3.00 Credits

The purpose of this course is to encourage the student to think critically regarding the fundamentals of earth science.

MID 214: Mythology

3.00 Credits

This course is a cross cultural survey of some of the world's mythologies and the myths of various cultures. It is designed to facilitate an inquiry into these enigmas and to learn how myth delineated individual societies and how it continues to define our lives.

MID 215: Topics in Modern Science

3.00 Credits

An intensive study of a selected modern science topic.

MID 350: Synthesis, Application, and Integration of Learning

3.00 Credits

Synthesis, Application, and Integration of Learning (SAIL) is designed to facilitate the assessment of college-level learning (i.e., prior learning) acquired outside the traditional classroom environment (i.e., as a result of life and work experience). Students enrolled in this course will work closely with the course instructor and discipline-specific faculty mentors to critically analyze their prior learning experiences and build a portfolio evidencing the integration of prior learning with academic theory. This course is required for all MSPS students seeking to earn credit for prior learning through portfolio development.

MID 494: Independent Study/Project

3.00 Credits

Individual learning projects can be designed under faculty supervision credit. Permission of the dean is required prior to enrolling. Prerequisite: A minimum of ninety completed semester hours.

MID 494A: Independent Study/Project

1.00 Credits

Individual learning projects can be designed under faculty supervision credit. Permission of the dean is required prior to enrolling. Prerequisite: A minimum of ninety completed semester hours.

MID 495: Internship

1.00-6.00 Credits

no description available

MID 499: Senior Seminar

3.00 Credits

Consolidates the student's academic experience through either a comprehensive research paper or a practical research project which will focus the student toward graduate studies or employment goals respectively.