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GNST 4350: Interdisciplinary Project: Home

This guide is specific to completing the Project Outline, Project Research (Problem and Audience), and Project Research (Format and Minors) steps of the GNST 4350 Interdisciplinary Project.

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How to use this guide:

Read through the steps  -   Watch the videos -   Research like a pro!

  • In GNST 4350, you're essentially doing a series of research papers about different aspects of a topic - the problem, the audience, and the solution.
  • Have questions?  Use the box below right and contact me...I'm happy to help!

How do you know?

What's the problem?  Prove it!

OK, the problem is obvious, right?  Not to your audience. 

To prove to your audience that the problem exists, you have to build a case for it:

  • provide a background (history) of the problem,
  • show evidence that it is a problem,
  • give examples of how the problem shows up in the real world,
  • explain the negative consequences of the problem,
  • provide reasons the problem exists,
  • and explain why it must be addressed. 

You're going to need to do research.

Who are you talking to?

Who is your audience?  Know them!

Who will your solution help?  Who are you making your case to?  These may not be the same groups.  You need to know both of them.

You need to know who your audiences are to ensure...

  • your problem is well defined, and
  • that you will be heard. 

Get some demographics, do some of your own research about their needs, and find some data.  The more you know about who you're helping and who you're talking to, the better chance you have to actually reach them.

You're going to need to do research.

What are you going to do?

What's your solution?  It's unique!

You may have a solution in mind already.  Most students start with the solution.

Search for possible solutions early and often - on the web, through professional organizations, or through journal research...because sometimes solutions already exist.

What do you do if the solution already exists?  Get to know your problem and audience better, because the solutions may not be working, or may not be responsive to your specific problem, audience, or situation. 

You're going to need to do research.