Is IDST194 different from IDST195?

No, they are the same course. Starting in Fall 2013, IDST195 has been renumbered to IDST194. They are the same course and will fulfill the first requirement for the Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP).

How is IDST194 different from other seminar courses?

Most seminar courses are focused around particular topics involving one or a small number of disciplines. IDST194 is designed to engage you in many modes of inquiry. Renowned faculty will describe how they began to pursue their life's work, how they frame questions, seek answers, communicate their findings, and the rewards and difficulties they have experienced. You will have the opportunity to question them, and reflect more about the ways of knowing that seem most important to you. This course also fulfills one of the requirements of the CRSP.

What will we be doing?

In this course, teams of students will interview faculty participants and post a short bio on the course Web site. Each week, the student hosts will introduce the faculty speaker, lead the seminar discussion, and pose additional questions to the speaker and student participants as needed. You will also be learning about how undergraduates can get involved in research, scholarship and creative endeavors.

Will this be a difficult class?

The challenge of this class will be the many disciplines represented. The faculty speakers will use many different styles of engaging your participation, and you may feel that you have a better background for some of the sessions than for others. But this diversity is also the reason that this class may be of particular interest to you. Students who have participated in a similar seminar at the U. of Washington-Seattle have discovered interests in topics that they knew little about before, so this class is particularly appropriate if you want to learn more about a variety of fields. You will also learn how to contribute to a discussion and have the opportunity to get to know faculty from across the campus.

How will I be graded?

Your grade will be based on attendance, seminar participation and your team's faculty interview. This course is available for pass/fail credit only, and the criteria for passing will be explained on the course web site.


What topics have been discussed in recent classes?

Please view the database of IDST194 courses. You can search the database by department or faculty name, or simply display all the topics discussed in a semester you specify. The "catchy titles" were created by the students in the class, and have been approved by the faculty involved.

What are students saying about IDST194?

…My eyes have been opened to the possibilities in research. If there are things out there that we do not know, there are ways to find out. This is true regardless of the topic or geographic area. The most important thing to expanding our knowledge is passion and intellectual curiosity played out in research.

…I think the coolest part of the class was hearing how everyone got interested in what they do. Some of the professors knew exactly what they wanted while others took a very roundabout way. Hard work seems to be what they all had in common.

…Honestly, if I had had this course at the beginning of my undergraduate career, there is a very strong possibility that I would have changed my major to something that I would have enjoyed more so I would have done research in my department. Great class!