216 Course Descriptions
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
on community, leadership, and societal problem solving through projects
and community-based problem-solving. Scholarly reflection on service
projects and significant interactions with community leaders. Prerequisite:
Acceptance to the Honors Program or consent of the Honors Program director.
HONS U250. Honors Travel (1-3) Visits to and study of international or US
sites of historic, cultural, and/or literary significance. Content and itinerary
will vary depending on the instructor's area of interest. Prerequisite: Acceptance
to the Honors Program or consent of the Honors Program director.
HONS U301. The Ethical Factor (3) A seminar with an interdisciplinary
theme centered on ethics and ethical problem solving. Examples include
America's evolving moral landscape and civil rights, or science, ethics and
religion. Interdisciplinary research projects and problem solving, scholarly
reflection through written and oral communication, and interactions with
guest speakers from the University and the wider community foster leadership
and advanced academic skills. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Honors
Program or consent of the Honors Program director.
HONS U350. Honors Travel (3) Visits to and study of international or U.S.
sites of historic, cultural, scientific, and/or literary significance. The focus
and work product for the course vary depending on the instructor's area of
interest. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program or overall GPA of 3.25
at USC Upstate or accredited institution with permission of the Director of
the Honors Program.
HONS U398. Honors Special Topics (3) Interdisciplinary approaches to
enduring issues or current topics. Technology-based and/or presentationbased
projects may be required. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Honors
Program or consent of the Honors Program director.
HONS U399. Honors Tutorial (3-4). Directed research and reading of a
complex and comprehensive nature in keeping with individual interests
and goals and culminating in a final project and/or written report. Research
may involve both primary and secondary sources in one or more disciplines.
Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Honors Program or consent of the Honors
Program director. May be repeated with the consent of the Director of the
Honors Program for a total of no more than eight hours of undergraduate
HONS U400. Honors Internship (1-4) Directed hands-on practicum
experience in keeping with individual interests and goals. Honors interns
complete additional research and reading and prepare a written report at
the end of the term. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Honors Program or
consent of the Honors Program director. May be repeated with the consent
of the Director of the Honors Program for a total of no more than eight hours
of undergraduate Honors credit. A University contract must be completed
with all required signatures.
HONS U401. The Process of Progress (3) A seminar with an interdisciplinary
theme centered on the nature of research and research-based problem
solving. Tracing the process of design and discovery of a documented wellknown
research project leads to the application of that model to individualized
honors projects. Example project models might include the human genome
project and its implications for the limits of humanity, or the TED movement.
Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Honors Program or consent of the Honors
Program director and 9 Honors credits.
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (IDST)
IDST U300. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (3) Approaches
to understanding, analyzing, and synthesizing information from varied
perspectives. Emphasis is on researching, writing, and crafting sound
arguments from multi-disciplinary approaches. Prerequisite: ENGL U102.
IDST U301. Ethics in the Professions (3) A research seminar that investigates
the laws and ethics codes of various professions, such as education,
business, healthcare and data management. Each seminar participant selects
one profession to track throughout the semester and reports on that field’s
laws, conduct requirements, legal cases and methods of conflict resolution.
Evaluations are based on oral presentations, papers and participation in
IDST U398. Interdisciplinary Studies Internship (1-6) Supervised work
experience in a community agency or business based on an individualized,
contracted program planned in conjunction with a faculty member and approved
by the student's advisor. For six internship credit hours, a student is
to work 270 hours with an approved agency; for five credit hours, 225 work
hours; for four credit hours, 180 hours; for three credit hours, 135 hours; for
two credit hours, 90 hours, and for one credit hour, 45 hours. A student may
repeat IDST U398 once with a different internship contract description for
a total of no more than six hours of undergraduate credit. Prerequisites:
junior standing, and approved internship contract.
IDST U490. Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies (3) Reading and
research on selected topics designed to explore issues of broad interdisciplinary
interest. Particular emphasis is placed on integration of knowledge at
an advanced level, exploration of ethical issues, and experience in research
and oral presentations. Seminar topics vary. Prerequisites: IDST U300, senior
standing, and permission of IDS advisor.
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND SYSTEMS (INFO)
INFO U101. Survey of Information Technology (3) Use of information
technology to collect, analyze, and transform data into knowledge using
desktop software and commonly available Internet-based resources and the
evaluation of information sources for accuracy, suitability, safety, security,
societal and ethical issues.
INFO U201. Concepts of Information Management and Systems (3)
Theoretical foundations of organization of information; cognitive structures
and processing of data, information, knowledge, and understanding
information uses and users. The integrated and interdisciplinary nature
of information science and computer science is introduced and developed
through case studies and examples from concentration disciplines: business,
education, communication, and healthcare settings. Prerequisite: INFO U101
or CSCI U138 or CSCI U150.
INFO U211. Microcomputer Organization (3) Introduction to the major
features of operating system software, the primary functions of CPU's, bus