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 11 items.

  • Speech and Debate (LG101: Grade 7)

    This one-term course is designed for 7th grade students demonstrating a beginning level of interest in argumentation, public speaking, and academic research. During the course, students will focus on developing research skills and critical thinking skills. Participation in competitive debate tournaments will be required in term 1.
  • Advanced Logic and Debate (LG341: Grades 9-10)

    This one-term course is offered to students interested in debate but not necessarily in membership on the competitive team. This course will include informal logic, current events, group discussion, and team policy debate. Students will also do research and construct arguments about the national policy debate topic. Students who are interested in debating competitively should take this course during Term 1.
  • Archaeology (HU 460: Grades 11-12)

    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, who keep a blog to chart the course of their research. 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 course is designed to teach traffic rules and regulations. Students are given actual driving lessons, usually during after-school hours or on weekends. A substantial fee is required (cost to be announced annually). This is a three-quarter-hour course and a certificate is issued to those who complete the requirement. Included in the course is the four-hour Alcohol and Drug Program (ADAP). All students (under 18) who expect to get a driver’s license must show proof of ADAP completion. This 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.

    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Preference will be given to students who have volunteered in the garden.
  • 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 cataloguing, 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)
  • Research Methods for Argumentation (LG375: Grades: 10-12)

    This one-term course is offered to students who have completed the Advanced Logic & Debate course 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.
  • Strategies and Skills for Success 1 (SK141: Grades 7-9)

    This one-term course is offered to students who would like to improve their organizational skills and study habits. Material covered in the course includes desk and work organization, study habits, homework responsibility, reading skills, long-range assignment planning, how to take various forms of tests, how to know your best learning style and many other areas of concern to the learner. This course is a pass/fail course in the curriculum and is not used to compute the Marist GPA.
  • Strategies and Skills for Success 2 (SK241: Grades 8-12)

    This course is a directed study hall.
  • Theology, Literature, and Law of the Civil Rights Movement (HU570: Grades 11-12)

    In this one-term elective, students will study the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s from the perspectives presented by historians, theologians, and writers trying to answer questions about justice, dignity, and human rights. They will read texts such as Harper Lee’s recently published novel, Go Set a Watchman; Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail;” Malcom X’s “The Ballot or the Bullet;” Spike Lee’s documentary Four Little Girls; John Lewis’s graphic novel trilogy March; and other short stories, primary source documents, music, and film from and about the era.

    Students will also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers about the Civil Rights movement and its effects on the Christian community in Atlanta, take a field trip to the Sweet Auburn neighborhood for a walking tour, and travel to Birmingham to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. This is a seminar course and students will be expected to write frequent responses to the material they study as well as produce a substantial final project at the end of the course.

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