First Year or Transition Year Seminar
Integrative Studies Including Dyads
Integrative Studies Substitute Courses and Policy
Integrative Studies Waiver for Study Abroad or Off-Campus Study
Lifestyle Wellness & Fitness
Senior Year Experience
Writing Intensive Requirement
FIRST YEAR OR TRANSITION YEAR SEMINAR (4 hrs)
First Year Seminars serve as the first course in Otterbein’s general education program. The seminars are diverse in topic and disciplinary perspective, but share a set of goals and outcomes relates to student learning and transition into the Otterbein academic community.
The seminars are taught by a wide range of faculty and are designed to provide students with an introduction to interdisciplinary learning. In other words, they’ll help you understand what Otterbein classes will be like for the next four years. Students should choose a seminar that seems interesting to them; no major requires one specific seminar. Therefore, the seminars are also a great way for students who are undecided or unsure of their major to explore different topics or areas.
There are also special sections, called Transition Year Seminars, offered for students who are transferring to Otterbein from another institution (a) have 30 or more hrs of transfer credit or (b) have already taken a First Year Seminar or are an adult student entering college for the first time. The goals of the program are the same: to introduce you to an Otterbein education and ease your transition into our academic community. However, the course focuses on those not new to college and allows transfer and adult students to meet other students in similar situations. Adult and transfer students may select to take traditional FYS or TYS sections.
INTEGRATIVE STUDIES (28 hrs)
Note: Adult learners pursuing the Leadership degree completion programs will complete only the two-course (8 hrs) Interdisciplinary Dyad. The remaining Integrative Studies requirements are not applicable.
Freshman Year Requirement
Identity Projects: Writing and Literature (1 course required)
Foregrounding the study of literature and the practice of writing, this requirement area invites you to explore the self in dynamic and critical terms. You will consider the interplay of individual and social identities, and study the self as a catalyst of voice, action, and purpose. In the process, you will engage with questions that are central to personhood: How does the self relate to others? How does the self change across time, culture, and circumstance? How does the self find its place in the world and know its impact? Courses in the thread will emphasize critical inquiry, close reading, and foundational expository writing skills. Honors students must register for a section of HNRS 1500.
Sophomore/Junior Year Requirements
Interconnections (1 course required)
In this requirement, you will use the approaches of history and the social sciences to explore how peoples across time and space have organized local, regional, national, and global communities. You will consider the ways in which individuals, groups, and societies are related to one another and examine the social, economic, and political traditions and structures they create. In the end, you will gain a better understanding of how and why peoples and societies have become increasingly interconnected to and interdependent upon one another.
Note: Nursing majors must select INST 2006 or (HNRS 2000) and also cannot select any INST approved substitutions.
Reflection and Responsibility (1 course required)
This requirement area encourages you to reflect meaningfully on your own values and to explore the ethical dimensions of human existence. You will investigate and examine such important issues as individual and collective responsibility to a common good, the notion of a “good life,” and the nature and significance of personal and civic engagement.
Note: Nursing majors must select a course other than INST 2205 or HNRS 2200. Of the approved INST substitutions, only PHIL 1300, 2300, 2400, 2950 and RELG 2500 may be used to fulfill this requirement.
Natural Foundations (1 course required)
In this requirement area, you will explore our modern understanding of nature and the physical world and how we have arrived at this knowledge. Courses in this thread will explore the impact of this understanding on society and discuss how human activity changes the world. You will confront both the wonders and the dangers inherent in science, and be challenged to consider your individual and collective responsibility for these changes.
Note: Integrated Science Education majors must select INST 2403 and also cannot select any INST approved substitutions.
Creativity and Culture (1 course required)
This requirement area explores how human beings find and create meaning in our world, particularly through creative inquiry in the arts. You will engage with knowledge that encourages deeper understanding and appreciation of the role of the arts across a diversity of human cultures. Using that knowledge, you will consider critical issues such as using the arts to engage questions of human meaning and purpose, how the arts can suggest and create new possibilities for communities and cultures, and questions of responsibility for maintaining and preserving cultural heritage from around the world.
Note: Art majors must select a course other than INST 2602.
Music majors must select a course other than INST 2607.
Theatre majors must select a course other than INST 2608.
Senior Year Requirement
Interdisciplinary Dyad - Required/Choose One Set of Paired Courses; 8 hrs total
Note: DYADS must be taken at Otterbein.
To complete the dyad requirement, you will take two courses from different disciplines that are purposefully linked together and share a central theme, topic, or issue. You will return to and reflect on the overarching learning goals of the Integrative Studies Program and engage in interdisciplinary and integrative modes of learning. You can complete the dyad requirement by choosing from the options listed below. As this is the final requirement in Integrative Studies, you must have completed FYS 1000, INST 1500, and at least three of the four INST 2000, 2200, 2400, 2600 requirements before registering for the dyad. Course offerings will change as new ones are developed; the current options are listed below. Not all courses are offered every year.
DYAD A - Gender and Sexuality (2 courses required)
In this dyad, students will explore the complexities of gender and sexual identity, difference, meaning, practice, performance, and representation. Course will examine these intricate issues in relationship to their different contexts (cultural, political, national or transnational) and to interlocking networks of identity (race, age, class, ethnicity, ability, etc.).
DYAD B - Culture Wars: Conceptions of Culture from the 19th Century to the Present (both courses required)
The role of culture in society has always been problematic, although we often use the terms culture, civilization and society interchangeably. This dyad explores the uneasy relationship between the concept of culture and those of civilization, society, politics, and popular taste, beginning with the birth of the modern idea of culture in the 19th century and ending with its current incarnation as “popular culture.” We are interested in investigating the questions pertaining to the changing role of culture and the solutions offered to it by literature, cinema, philosophy and art.
DYAD C - A Sense of Place: An African Experience (both courses required)
This dyad explores such key questions as why are those in the West so intrigued by African cultures, art, music, life-styles, and political turmoil? How is the African continent connected to the history of all humans? By focusing on a single country per term, the partner courses will examine the biological uniqueness of that country and its connection to the evolution and history of the great apes. An emphasis will be placed on the similar social and cultural characteristics between the two societies. Please note: This dyad will also incorporate an optional travel component. Students will be offered the opportunity to enroll in the SYE Africa travel course and visit the African country being studied in the dyad.
DYAD D - The Self (both courses required)
The overall concept of the dyad is that the self is the result of multiple influences and that these influences can be analyzed from different perspectives in psychology and explored through the development of character in theatre.
DYAD E - Understanding Nature (both courses required)
This dyad will examine how humans understand and relate to nature, using examples from Ohio, and the tropics and from two perspectives: psychology and ecology. Please note: The partner courses will meet in the same semester and students will have the option to enroll in a May-term SYE travel course to Belize.
DYAD F - Being in Nature (both courses required)
Sustainability of our natural resources is the unifying concept of this dyad and will be studied through the lenses of environmental protection, economic well-being, social equity, and ethical responsibility, both locally and globally. As one course examines these concepts primarily through literature, the other will use a biological perspective, with a special focus on water resources. Both courses will involve “hands on” environmental experiences and challenge in the cognitive and affective domains. Please note: This dyad is open to all students but it is especially designed for adult students and both courses will be taught in a hybrid modality.
DYAD G - Cross-Cultural Contact and the Dynamics of Power (both courses required)
This dyad examines the power dynamics of cross-cultural contact in the context of the Crusades and colonial conquest. Medieval Cross-Cultural Contact centers on westerners’ interaction with the East (particularly the Byzantine and Islamic worlds) in the High Middle Ages in the context of the Crusades. Power and Culture: West Africa and Colonialism focuses on the interaction between the Western world (specifically Britain and the United States) and the traditional cultures of West Africa (specifically in what came to be Sierra Leone and Nigeria). What motivated these cross-cultural encounters? How did these cultures influence each other? How did these different cultures respond, resist, and adapt to these influences? These are some of the questions these partner courses explore together.
DYAD H - Exploring, Expressing and Composing the Self (both courses required)
How and why do humans reflect upon and represent, and therefore alter their experiences? How does creativity intertwine with individual and collective change? What is it that makes the creative impulse so core to human experience across time and space? How does creating visual or language-based art enhance self-knowledge and agency? Much of the impact of memoir-based art of any kind arises from the construction or reconstruction of visual images. Seeing the physical world accurately and connecting that vision with memory and emotion is vital to making any kind of art. The habit of art and of artful living is shared by writers who face the blank page, artists who face the blank canvas, and all of us as we face the need to design or redesign our own lives. To be sustainable, the courage and audacity needed to create something new must be balanced with the spirit of play, enjoyment, and possibility. In a very real way, we compose our lives, hopefully with the same level of conscious attention that we bring to our writing and to our art, to our choice of work and our choices in relationships. These courses will explore that connection. Please note: This dyad is open to all students but it is especially designed for adult students.
DYAD I - The Search for Meaning in Culture and Human Life: Imagination, Belief and Ritual (both courses required)
The aim of this dyad is to explore the individual’s engagement with the conditions of his or her existence, and with the cultures through which that engagement is lived out. All humans live in a universe of values. A value is not just a cause of pleasure or liking. Values are also what people live for. The individual must struggle to find what is worth living for within the limits and opportunities presented by nature and society. But the even when that struggle is successful, each of us knows that the meaning we have gained may disappear at any moment, and that in fact, will eventually disappear for sure. No one can avoid having to deal with mortality and vulnerability. In the face of these conditions, humans have fashioned responses that create meaning and even aspire to give meaning to that which seems to deny all meaning. These responses represent both individual and cultural achievements. The key idea of both these courses is the central fact of the struggle for meaning or in other words, the attempt to cope with the conditions of our existence. Our endeavor to cope involves both individual choice and the context of nature and culture within which our struggle occurs. These three concepts - coping, choice, and contexts - are common themes used to structure both courses.
DYAD J - Native American Cultures: Loss and Survival (2 courses required)
In this dyad, students will encounter cultures largely unfamiliar to most modern Americans. In the case of Native American cultures, a twofold dynamic operates: most students are shocked to learn about the cultural, and even literal, genocide inflicted on Native American cultures since White contact and angrily wonder why they have never been told about it before. The courses in our dyad will carefully examine this question. At the same time, many students struggle as their own religions and cultures - everything they hold dear - are repeatedly critiqued as the causes of incredible pain and suffering. Thus, we will examine and experience the hard work underlying cross-cultural encounters. It’s our hope that out of this experience our students will come to value and even respect Native American cultures. Finally, the title of our dyad captures another unifying concept, the losses within and of native cultures and those cultures’ resistance against erasure. Native Americans are still here, and our dyad will ask students to come to grips with the hard truth that Native Americans still face huge challenges in our society. At the same time, White Americans must confront this fact: native peoples aren’t just Native Americans, they are Americans.
DYAD K - Social Change (2 courses required)
This dyad focuses on varied forms of social change through significantly different lenses. The courses in this dyad will enable students to understand the role of the individual leader within a social organization and the role of an organization within a systemic framework for mass mobilization and community change. Both courses will have a service-learning component.
DYAD M - Understanding Sustainability (2 courses required)
In our contemporary world, where economic, political, social and intellectual issues are frequently impacted by environmental change - and vice versa - understanding this complex and challenging dynamic will benefit students and graduates from many fields. Through shared assignments, field trips and guest speakers, each of the possible pairings between these courses will help students gain skills to apply sustainability concepts to their majors and future careers.
DYAD N - Leadership for Self and Organizations (2 courses required)
The dyad will examine how individuals develop leadership and management skills within organizational structures using examples from non-profit organizations. The dyad will also explore how organizations recognize and deal with external threats, especially to funding/revenue sources; decide on programs and services; attract and retain staff and volunteers; develop strategic plans; and carry out their purpose and mission.
DYAD O - Protest and the Counter-Culture: Progressive Music and Literature (both courses required)
This dyad will explore the political and aesthetic power of music, literature, and other aspects of global and historical counter-culture(s). We will regard the impact of protest artists and cultural movements such as Dadaism and No Wave by looking at popular song, fiction and poetry, and film. Incorporating texts, guest speakers, field experience, and concerts, these paired courses will survey both the immediate impact of politically engaged music as well as the more delayed effect of avant-garde art. How does a protest song reflect and determine its time and place? How does an experimental form become “political”? What is “impact,” and how can artists enact it? What theory and tools for analysis does a literary study bring to this table, and what does the field of music offer? These are among the questions this dyad will attempt to answer.
DYAD P - The Soul, The World, and Human Imperfection: The Ancient Roots of the Christian Worldview (both courses required)
In this dyad, students will encounter three significant issues–the nature of the human soul, the changing quality of the physical world, and the fact of human imperfection–from the perspective, first, of classical-era Greek and Roman philosophy, and, second, from the perspective of pre-Reformation Christian thinkers. Indeed, those Christian thinkers drew extensively on classical-era philosophers in developing and formulating Christian views on the soul, the world, and human imperfection. This course will provide students with a solid grounding in the way classical-era philosophers grappled with these three issues, and so prepare them to understand the ways Christian theologians adapted and modified the work of their classical predecessors into distinctly theological perspectives.
DYAD R - Minds: Natural and Artificial (both courses required)
This dyad is organized around various way of understanding and thinking about the nature of mind and intelligence. In the last quarter of the 20th century cognitive science emerged as an interdisciplinary field that provided multiple tools, methods and perspectives for exploring fundamental questions regarding intelligence, mind, and agency. In particular, philosophy, psychology, computer science, linguistics, and neuroscience played the most significant roles. In the pilot offering of this dyad we will focus on philosophical and technological approaches, although we would welcome future offerings to include a wider array of courses from additional disciplines. This theme of the nature of mind and intelligence will also be explored within historical, cultural, and ethical frameworks.
DYAD S - Social Justice: Then and Now (INST 4100 is required and either RELG 3100 or 3200 is required)
The unifying concept of the dyad, social justice, infers equity and human dignity for all social classes. In this dyad, students will encounter issues of social justice as viewed through the eyes of first-century Paul from Tarsus (RELG 3100) or the gospel writers (i.e. Jesus RELG 3200) and twenty-first century environmental justice (INST 3100). Students will examine social justice through the interdisciplinary lenses of religion and (environmental) science, arguably the two most powerful forces operating in our society.
DYAD T - Critical Crossroads: Intersections of Race, Gender, Class, and Culture (2 courses required)
This dyad cluster is designed to provide an opportunity for students to study the ways in which subordinated groups are subjected to and reflect various aspects of inequality on a domestic and global level. Through the lens of critical theory, the courses in this dyad will address the dimensions of racial, ethnic and gender inequalities as they exist in media representation, intercultural communicative expression, and social structures. From a variety of different perspectives, these courses will address important concepts like white privilege, identity and resistance through historical, cultural and sociological frameworks.
DYAD V - Reason and Revolution in the Long 18th Century (2 courses Required)
This dyad will explore the eighteenth century in Europe and America as an era of revolutions-not only the more familiar American and French Revolutions but widespread upheaval and transformation in the social, political, philosophical, scientific, and literary realms. The courses in the dyad will focus on 18th-century views of the mind, knowledge, God, metaphysics, science, the middle class, liberty, sociability, empire, taste, commerce, and other topics. The world we inhabit today is a world that was, in many significant ways, made in the 18th century; an understanding of our present situation can only be enhanced by seeing it come into being 200 to 300 years ago. Prominent thinkers in this time period have their hands in a wide variety of subjects–they are philosophers and satirists, political revolutionaries and novelists, soldiers and mathematicians, courtiers and theologians–which makes the multi-disciplinary approach of this dyad the perfect way to see the multi-dimensional world of Europe and America in the 18th Century.
DYAD W - Globalization and Human Progress (2 courses required)
This dyad explores the relationship between globalization and human progress over time and from a historical, political, and economic perspectives. The Dyad asks Big Questions about our contemporary global world. Why are some parts of the world rich, while other parts of the world are poor? Has globalization made most everyone better off, or has globalization impeded and harmed human development in parts of the world? How can we measure human prosperity or human development in different eras and in different parts of the world? Has the West benefitted more from globalization than other parts of the world? If so, why? How has globalization presented new questions for conceiving global and local understandings of justice and democracy? In examining these questions, the dyad explores the historical, political, and economic origins of contemporary globalization and the social, political, and economic consequences of globalization in different parts of the world. “Global Capitalism” (HIST 3200) explores the long-term swings in global integration and disintegration. It focuses on national and international political processes and the role corporations and financial interests play in shaping the extent of globalization over time. It also explores the often surprising stories of who capitalism and globalization has benefitted and harmed. “Economic Development and Growth” (ECON 4400) explores the major problems and prospects for the developing world, including environmental degradation, human migration, and population growth. How can economic theory help identify the kinds of steps that can be taken to improve human well-being and make the poorest parts of the world better off? “Globalization, Justice & Democracy” (POLS 4690) examines some of the characteristics of contemporary globalization and how they present opportunities and challenges to conceptions of democracy and justice. Together, the courses in the dyad show why globalization is a critical force in today’s world, not only directly influencing daily life in Ohio, but across the world. The dyad aims to help students understand more about why some parts of the world are rich and other parts are poor; why some countries like China, India, Korea, and Singapore have grown rapidly; and, competing ideas about the prospects of improving human development or making the lives of people everywhere better and richer. Specifically, the dyad will explore (i) the nature of globalization and how it changed over time, (ii) the meaning of development and how it is measured, and (c) the impact.
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INTEGRATIVE STUDIES SUBSTITUTE COURSES AND POLICY
Substitutions for Integrative Studies (INST) requirements are permitted subject to the following conditions:
- A substitution must appear on the list of approved alternate courses shown below.
- While up to two substitutions are permitted, only one of them may be used to fulfill both an INST requirement and a requirement in the student’s major or minor. In other words, only one substitute course may be double-counted.
NOTE: Nursing majors are restricted to PHIL 1300, 2300, 2400, 2950 and RELG 2500.
* Nursing majors are restricted to PHIL 1300, 2300, 2400, 2950 and RELG 2500.
INTEGRATIVE STUDIES WAIVER FOR STUDY ABROAD OR OFF-CAMPUS STUDY
A student who participates in a University-approved study abroad or off-campus study experience has the opportunity to petition the IS program chair to secure a waiver of one Integrative Studies thread course per semester of study abroad/off-campus study. The student meets with the IS program chair in advance of the off-campus study experience and outlines in a brief proposal how the off-campus study experience is anticipated to meet the Integrative Studies goals/outcomes of the particular thread course (area of study). The IS chair will advise what materials are to be kept and the evidence to be added to the student’s eportfolio. The IS program chair will notify the Registrar of the waiver.
Note: Students may not petition to waive any of these courses: First Year Seminar (FYS), INST 1500’s or either dyad courses.
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MODERN LANGUAGE (0, 4 or 8 hrs)
International students whose native language is not English and who have taken high school and/or college coursework in their native language may be exempt. Students who wish to claim this exemption must contact the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages.
There is NO General Education modern language requirement for these majors:
Allied Health (BA, BS)
Art with Art Education Concentration (BA)
Athletic Training (BA & BS)
Early Childhood Education (BSE)
Exercise Science and Health Promotion (BA)
Integrated Science Education (BSE)
Middle Childhood Education (BSE)
Music and Business (BA)
Music Education (BME)
Public Health Education (BA)
Sport Management (BA)
Systems Engineering (BS)
Theatre, Acting (BFA)
Theatre, Design/Technology (BFA)
Theatre, Musical (BFA)
Theatre, Musical with Dance Concentration (BFA)
For all other majors except Accounting, Public Accounting, Business and Organizational Communication, Leadership, and Organizational Leadership (see note below for these particular majors), students must complete or show proficiency for modern language 1100. To assure proper placement and/or demonstrate prior proficiency, students should complete the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures placement survey. The results of the survey will determine if students should enroll in modern language 1000, or modern language 1100, or are exempt from the requirement because they have proficiency equivalent to those who complete modern language 1100. Please note that a score of 3 on an Advanced Placement (AP) language test means that a student is proficient in modern language 1100 and is thus exempt from the requirement. Credit is not awarded for the exemption. The modern language courses offered to meet the general education modern language requirement are:
Students in Accounting (BS) or Public Accounting (BS) degree programs may elect to take a language and culture class, or may pursue study abroad. In addition to the options already shown for all other majors, select from any one of these options as well:
Students pursuing the Leadership (BA) or the Organizational Leadership (BA) degree programs will take a language and culture class instead of a modern language. Select from one of these options:
Students pursuing the Business and Organizational Communication (BA) degree program may select from any one of these options:
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MATHEMATICS (4 hrs)
Select any one of the following courses unless a specific mathematics course is required for your major as noted below. Except where indicated, these courses have a prerequisite of a C- or better in: or qualification through Otterbein’s Mathematics Placement Exam.
For these majors, take this specific mathematics course:
Accounting, Public (BS)
Actuarial Science (BS)
Allied Health (BA)
Allied Health (BS)
Athletic Training (BA)
Athletic Training (BS)
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (BS)
Biology (BA & BS)
Business Administration and Management (BS)
Business Analytics (BS)
Business and Organizational Communication (BA)
Chemistry (BA & BS)
Computer Science (BA)
Computer Science (BS)
Criminology and Social Justice Studies (BA)
Early Childhood Education (BSE)
Environmental Science (BA & BS)
Equine Business Management (BA)
Equine Pre-Vet/Pre-Graduate Studies (BS)
Global Studies (BA)
Integrated Science Education (BSE)
International Business Management (BA)
Mathematics (BA & BS)
Middle Childhood Education (BSE)
- There is NO General Education mathematics requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree
Physics (BA & BS)
Physics 3+2 (BA)
Sport Management (BS)
Sustainability Studies (BA)
Sustainability Studies (BS)
Systems Engineering (BS)
Zoo and Conservation Science (BA & BS)
LIFESTYLE FITNESS AND WELLNESS (1 hr)
1 hr of Lifestyle Fitness and Wellness is required for all undergraduate majors.
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SENIOR YEAR EXPERIENCE (4 hrs)
The ART of SYE provides time and space for senior students to Act, Reflect, and address the Transition to life after Otterbein.
Designed for seniors, SYE asks students to shift their framework: from depth to breadth, from student to professional and citizen, from security to transition. SYE is a space in the curriculum that challenges students to pull together their knowledge and skills in ways that they can apply what they have learned to contemporary issues and challenges, take time to reflect on their education as a whole and its future uses, and identify and use resources as they move towards the transition to life beyond college.
Students must have completed 96 semester hours and at least 6 of their Integrative Studies courses before taking an SYE. Students may enroll in SYE through a variety of courses and options that include:
- SYE 4000-4999 (browse these courses by clicking the “Courses” link to the left).
- The Honors Program junior and senior level course requirements (HNRS 3500 and 4500).
- A specific course designated by the department housing your major (check with your advisor for details).
- An internship experience.
- An off-campus study experience.
WRITING INTENSIVE REQUIREMENT
The Writing Intensive (WI) Requirement at Otterbein seeks to build and sharpen students’ writing abilities in both general education and disciplinary courses. Students are required to take three WI courses from the list below.
Note: Students in the degree completion program (Leadership) are excluded from the third WI requirement.
The first course, which all students take as part of the Integrative Studies requirements, is selected from the following options:
The second and third courses are housed in the major as shown below or may come from a Writing Intensive course listed among any of the other majors below, HNRS 3500 and INST 2006.
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