Interdisciplinary Courses

Interdisciplinary Courses

Recognizing the importance of the interconnectedness among academic departments, Marist offers a number of courses that call upon the content and skills from more than one discipline. These courses build critical thinking skills by requiring students to synthesize and evaluate information and often demand that students apply knowledge in useful and creative ways. These courses model the fact that real world problems don’t exist in isolation but rather are an expression of the complex, global society in which we live. 


List of 13 items.

  • Speech and Debate 7-8 (LG101: Grades 7-8)

    This one-term course is designed for 7th and/or 8th grade students demonstrating a beginning level of interest in argumentation, public speaking, and academic research. For 7th graders, this course is designed to teach fundamental skills and offer students a chance to compete in intramural competitions. For 8th graders, this course is designed to allow students to compete with the high school team. During both sections of the course, students will focus on developing research and critical thinking skills. Students will learn how to develop arguments around a debate topic and work with a partner in different debates. Participation in competitive debate tournaments will be required in Term 1 and optional for the rest of the season.
  • Speech and Debate Introduction (LG341: Grades 9-10)

    This one-term course is offered to students interested in learning how to be a competitive member of the debate team. This course will include learning about current events, crafting research into arguments, and working as a team in a competitive setting against other schools. Students who are interested in debating competitively should take this course during Term 1.
  • Speech and Debate Advanced (LG375: Grades: 10-12)

    This one-term course is offered to students who have completed the Speech and Debate Introduction course (LG341) and are interested in membership on the Speech and Debate Team. This course will include research using targeted searches, evaluating search results, evaluating credibility of research, and creating original research on topics assigned by the instructor.
  • Archaeology (HU 460: Grades 9-12)

    What is archaeology? How has it evolved? How does it differ from, yet depend upon, the other sciences? What questions do archaeologists ask? What are their methods? Combining discussion and hands-on learning with an in-depth research project, this course explores archaeology’s discoveries, mysteries, and controversies since its beginnings in the Renaissance, as well as the revolutionary scientific and theoretical advances of the past few decades. Topics vary annually with the interests of the students. The course culminates in a model panel conference emulating the ways in which the experts share and interrogate their work.
  • Drivers Education (DE341-343: Minimum Age 15)

    This one-term, three-credit course consists of 30 hours of classroom and 6 hours of private, in-car training and is designed to teach traffic rules, regulations, and defensive driving techniques. Under “Joshua’s Law” in the state of Georgia, any person, 16 years of age or older, who applies for a driver’s license, will be required to show proof of completion of a driver education program. This program meets these requirements. A substantial fee is required (cost to be announced annually). Drivers Education is a pass/fail course and is not used to compute GHSA eligibility or the Marist GPA.
  • Environmental Studies: Sustainable Organic Agriculture (HU211: Grades 9-12)

    This interdisciplinary one-term course will focus on organic gardening and the environmental, political, and ethical issues related to food.  Using various texts students will examine the local and global effects of food production, distribution, and consumption. A significant portion of the course will focus on planning and working Marist’s organic garden and on studying soil chemistry, plant genetics, and environmentally sustainable agriculture. The class will visit local organic farms and members of Community Supported Agriculture. One of the class requirements will be to use produce raised in the Marist Garden to help support local food banks.

  • Podcasts and Critical Thinking (HU480: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term elective course is designed to teach the importance of critical thinking and research. Students will address conspiratorial and controversial thought through research, then develop the skills necessary to communicate facts gathered using podcasting streams. Students will leave the class with an improved set of writing, research, and public speaking skills; those drawn to podcasting will be enabled to develop their own podcasts.
  • Introduction to Archival Research (HU530: Grades: 11-12)

    This one-term course will offer an introduction to working in an archive. Activities will include cataloging, scanning photographs, digitizing records, creating profiles of members of the Marist community, designing exhibits, maintaining a website, conducting research on Marist history, and recording oral interviews. The course will include field trips to local archives. This course allows the student the opportunity to experience being a historian by working directly with primary sources. In addition, the students will be contributing to the organization and preservation of Marist historical documents so that materials can be accessed by the school community as well as outside researchers.
    Prerequisite: AP US History (SS911) or AP Art History (FA902). Permission of the instructor is required.
  • Strategies and Skills for Success 1 (SK142: Grades 7-8 and SK143: Grades 9-10)

    Strategies and Skills for Success is a one-term course offered to students who desire to improve upon their organizational and study habits while learning strategies to help enable their learning. The intention of the course is to help students develop skills in self-reflection, self-evaluation, and self-monitoring in order to become independent learners. Students will learn strategies for test taking, time management and prioritization, study methods, reading strategies, long-term project planning, memory strategies, and more. This course focuses on strategies that help students to adapt to the increasing academic demands while using the IDEAL problem-solving model to navigate the obstacles getting in the way of their academic success.

    This course is a pass/fail course which is not computed into the Marist GPA.
  • Strategies and Skills for Success 2 (SK241: Grades 8-12)

    This course is offered to students who seek extra support in study strategy implementation after taking Strategies and Skills for Success 1 (SK142 or SK143). Skills and Strategies for Success 2 offers students further support in applying strategies and accessing resources learned in Skills and Strategies for Success 1. Students use class time to independently manage their academics with the support of a learning specialist and, in some classes, a content-area support teacher.

    Students are encouraged to ask questions, seek support, and self-monitor for grades/work completion. The focus for Skills and Strategies for Success 2 is for students to be able to apply the IDEAL problem-solving model to problem-solve issues that may be impacting their academic success, self-reflect regarding strengths and challenges, and take ownership of their learning.

    Students may take this course for more than one term. Grades 8 and 9 must have completed Strategies and Skills for Success 1 (SK142 or SK143).    

  • Leadership (HU420: Grade 10)

    This one-term course will analyze what leadership is in our community while looking at the varying styles of leadership. The students will be preparing to take the lessons and content of the course and apply it to their Marist experience and our community in their junior and senior years.
  • Leadership and Society (HU441: Grades 11-12)

    This one-term course will probe the meaning and content of leadership through readings from literature; readings and research in the field of leadership; analysis of case studies; discussions with visiting business, non-profit, political, religious, and student leaders; the writing of brief analyses; and participation in a larger group project examining particular aspects of leadership.

    Permission of the instructor is required.
  • Student Assistantships (Early Learning Center Assistant (HU450), Instructional Technology Assistant (HU 445), Math (MA605), MCLD (FD520), and Science (SC473): Grades 11-12)

    These one-term opportunities provide work experiences for students interested in these fields beyond Marist.

    Permission of department chair or director is required.

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