Sidecar Courses

An innovative curricular initiative, conceived of and organized by the IDEAS fellowship, sidecar courses bring together two faculty members who are teaching courses in different departments and on different topics to teach a short interdisciplinary class that focuses on a point of connection. For example, a history professor might be teaching a class on the Middle Ages, and a biology professor might be teaching a class on communicable disease; together, they might teach a sidecar course on the plague. Sidecar courses carry one credit hour, and all students take the course pass/fail. 

IDEAS fellows participate in these classes in a number of ways: 

  • they connect two professors and suggest a sidecar course;
  • they participate in course planning;
  • they help to manage the details of the class;
  • they serve as teaching assistants;
  • they lead some class sessions.