|| An outdoor group session of
a Bellevue College's Interdisciplinary Studies class.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How are IDS courses
different from other classes offered at BC?
A. There are two basic types
of IDS courses offered at BC: 10~12 credit courses (the equivalent
of 2 "regular" classes), or 15-17 credit courses (the equivalent
of 3 "regular" classes). The courses are designed by a team of two
to three instructor s from different academic disciplines who have
a mutual interest in the topic or theme of the class. For example,
instructors from Psychology, Sociology and English developed a course
looking into how communities function in contemporary America.
Students meet from 2-4 hours a day
with the same community of learners who participate in a variety
of activities ranging from book seminars to writing workshops. Students
are expected to take responsibility for the tone and direction of
the course and to initiate and complete their own successful educational
Q: What is a typical weekly
A: For the 10-12 credit class,
the schedule varies by instructor teams and course content. For
the 15-17 credit classes, here is the breakdown of the average weekly
schedule below. Keep in mind that, as with 10-12 credit classes,
the instructor team and course content may affect overall course
Week For A Seventeen Credit IDS Course
Discussion Of Topics Or Workshops
Or Participation Exercise|
A basic week for a 10 credit IDS course
would be similar, but would meet for 5 days with a seminar on Monday
and the rest of the week arranged as the instructor wants in 2 hour
Q. What are the advantages
of an IDS class?
A: Allows all learners, students
and instructors, to work together in a supportive, comfortable and
inquiring environment to learn about a topic in-depth. Through this
process we all improve several abilities. We become better communicators,
critical thinkers, reasoners, and appreciators of diverse perspectives.
We learn to see connections between ideas, thereby developing new
insights and innovative ideas. Our peers in the learning community
encourage us to take responsibility for our work and our actions,
thereby becoming an active and committed part of a community. Finally,
the collaborative skills we develop will transfer to new settings,
both academic and in other realms of our lives. Overall, we all
learn more about living in a community and solving problems together.
Q: How do the credits transfer?
A: The Interdisciplinary Program
at Bellevue College has been structured so that credits are easily
transferred to other institutions. Students enrolled in IDS classes
receive individual credits for the separate course that compose
the interdisciplinary class. Each 17 credit IDS class is composed
of three separate five credit courses and one two-credit course.
Each of these four classes will appear separately on college transcripts.
In the IDS class, African Rhythms: American Images and African Realities,
which was offered Fall Quarter 1997 students chose one course from
each of the following categories:
English 101 (5 cr)
English 201 (5 cr)
English 235 (5 cr)
Economics 100 (5 cr)
International Political Economy 201 (5 cr)
American Studies 200(5 cr)
English 130 (5cr)
American Studies 299 (2cr)
English 299 (2cr)
By choosing one course from each
of the four categories, a student would receive a total of 17
credits on their transcripts, each course appearing separately.
Credits transfer as they are described
in your course syllabus, according to the transfer agreement between
BC and your transfer institution. Check the AAS Degree advising
sheet for credit options.
Q: What happens to my student
status if I have to drop the course?
You need to officially drop the course. Then check with the
Admissions office so you will receive a registration appointment
for the following quarter.
Q: How often are the classes
A: Specific classes are repeated
on an irregular basis. Scheduling individual courses is related
to instructor involvement, student enrollment, and space availability--all
of which are unpredictable factors. It is generally best to enroll
in a course when it is offered rather than wait for it to come 'round
Q: Where did the Interdisciplinary
The origin of Interdisciplinary Studies
at Bellevue College came from the Washington Center for Improving
the Quality of Undergraduate Education established in 1985 at The
Evergreen State College as an inter-institutional consortium. The
Center focuses on emphasizing utilization and sharing of existing
resources through collaboration among member institutions.The Center
is supported by the Washington State Legislature.