Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
Please see the college website at http://www.internationalcollegeofinterdisciplinarysciences.org
The above video is a special report of one of our students. Wendy Spooner's had a very exciting genealogical trip to Ireland with her parents.
After two years, Wendy just graduated with high honors and earned a fully accredited postgraduate Licensiate from the College as well as from the College of Teachers. She completed all requirements for both organizations in the Summer of 2015.
To our Students - you can get credit for doing a video and writeup for a major project? Get in touch with Pam to have a video made about your journeys and talks about your ancestors. Call Reel Stories Productions at (219)369-6274(219)369-6274 or email Pam@ReelStories.tv.
In the late 1800's and early 1900's genealogy was considered a science but only recently (last 100 years became more of a vocation similar to basketweaving and flower-arranging. This was because many potential genealogy researchers lacked the education or scholarship to enter the program at a higher level. It is the American College's intent to change this devolution in genealogical study. (Read White Paper) There is not only the Certification program, but a Licentiate Program, which is a high bachelor's or professional degree granted in genealogy, heraldry and documentary sciences.
It is accredited internationally by the highly respected Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities - ASIC. Their website address is http://www.asic.org.uk. (See the "Accreditation" side bar for more information)
This school is not only meant for training in only in technical skills, like some American endeavours which lead to CG and AG qualifications, but also focuses on the development of higher educational skills, research, interdisciplinary studies, scientific and academic development.
This important new step in genealogical education began in 2009, when the President of the American School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences and the Founder/President of the School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences in Bologna, Italy met and decided to developing skills, tools, expertise and understanding on a much higher level where accredited degrees may be obtained. This study would include interdisciplinary scholarship, research, and scientific studies in higher education. The American College is a subsidiary of the International College of Interdisciplinary Sciences. (See their website at http://www.internationalcollegeofinterdisciplinarysciences.org
Thus, the future Chancellor, Dr. Pier Felice degli Uberti, and the President of the American School, Dr. Carl Edwin Lindgren, discussed the building of this American College for American and international students
Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount, living in Texas, after formerly teaching in Australia, Libya, Venezuela, moved to Como to take over the activities of Vice President and curriculum instruction design.
She worked with the President to develop its foundational curriculum and the school was born. A committed faculty has been formed to usher in this unique program in the United States. All faculty members possess accredited degrees (e.g. master's degrees or doctorates) in history, pedagogic, curriculum and instruction, law and the social sciences (documentary sciences) as well as an extensive practical and theoretical background in genealogy, chivalry and heraldry.
WE WILL ASSIST ENROLLED STUDENTS AND FACULTY IN OBTAINING GRANTS
We are currently engaged in writing several grant proposals and provide free services to individuals attempting to find professional genealogists, heralds and heraldic artists. The American School is a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
What We Do
Our program, educational training and research is geared toward the American student, but is taken by students internationally. Note our Center Accreditation website of the College of Teachers, UK. As a nonprofit academic and educational corporation, we also conduct research in genealogy, family history, heraldry and documentary sciences.
The School’s purpose is also to provide an array of certificates, diplomas and postgraduate diplomas relating to how pedagogy (the art, science, or profession of teaching) both practical and theory, relates to a better understanding of the aforementioned disciplines.
The underlying commitment of the founders is to provide an opportunity for the study of genealogy at a higher level of skills intended for increasing career opportunities in government, business, education and legal enterprises. It is understood that such will be a time consuming process as the field of professional genealogy has yet to secure the agreed upon professional standards which are necessary in any career profession.
Heraldry was one of the first known ways for formal identification of individuals and their families. It is another tool in the arsenal of the professional to find and connect individuals to their families.
Note in the following chart the familial connection and similarity of the coat of arms:
The following is an illustration of some of the component parts of some coats of arms:
Heraldry is a visible link to one's family. It is a graphic symbol or link of unity with the traditions of chivalry -- being honest, just, brave and honorable. The ideal is to extend these important ideals for future generations.
25% Scholarships and Fellowships on Certificate and Postgraduate programs.
The College also offers a COMPLETE Fellowship to Students wishing to translate syllabi and other documents into Spanish and Italian.
Comments of Dr. Robert B. Fong, Sr., Ph.D. about his experience of being a student of the American School of Genealogy, Heraldry, and Documentary Sciences:
Clearly, distance learning is one of the only ways to bring expertise from so far a distance as the UK. However, while the delivery of the courses is important, of more importance is who is delivering the courses and the structure of the curriculum and syllabus.
I have found the delivery of the courses to be most satisfactory, especially for those at the graduate level of education. Further, the professorial staff are experts in their own right from both an academic and practitioner’s perspective.
The school has been responsive and most helpful in structuring a degree plan based upon my particular interest in Heraldry and its application to genealogy. As a Ph.D., I do of course; look at institutions with a more critical eye than the average student.
While the school meets the desire to gain additional knowledge of genealogy and heraldry, it also prepares one to pursue a career in those disciplines, and if one is so inclined, the school also prepares one to teach it also.
See "Testimonials" for more individual's recommendations for the school and its program.
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Please contact us anytime! We look forward to hearing from you.
Acting President & Dir. of Academic Studies - Dr. LaWanna L. Blount
Senior Academic Officer - Dr. D. Edward Goff
Chair of the Science Department - Dr. Henry Zaidan
Chair of Genealogy, Heraldry and Paleography and other Documentary Sciences- Mr. John James Tunesi of Liongam
Chair of Family History - Jane Tunesi of Liongam
Chair of the School of Law - Dr. Stephen P. Kerr
Administrative Assistant - Sandra Amerson, ACG (our first gradute of our accredited certification program)
Contact Information - Carl Edwin Lindgren
COURSES FOR THE FUTURE
We are increasing the number of courses a student may take. The following have just been added to our curriculum. They are just the beginnin, but they must first be approved by the Royal College of Teacher International Accreditation Committee for an EXPANDED 24 credit licentiate graduate program.
1. African-American Genealogy:
This course is designed to help students acquire an understanding of how to produce African-American genealogies using modern techniques, tools and available resources.
2. British and American Family History:
The British people from 1620 settled America and many of our laws and traditions were firmly imbedded in these roots.The American Colonies in 1620 were chartered by the Virginia Company of London to settle in Virginia. The Pilgrims settled on the coast of Cape Cod at Plymouth, Massachusetts after a three-month voyage on the Mayflower from England (Urdang, 1996). What may have prompted British families to make this hard journey to America? What was family life like in Britain from the sixteenth Century?
This Family History Course comes to you in two parts, Part A, (8 weeks) will focus on the history of a British family and family evolution through the years. The focus on family life in England, is taken from research material, Part B (8 weeks Is the history of an American Family taken from wills, deeds and material artifacts. It focuses on family life in New England to start and goes through the years to the state of the current family today.
3. Teaching for Effective Learning:
This module is written for those who have completed the 6 credits of teaching in the Licentiate Program and will be based on the background of the students graduating in the program. According to Dr. Blount’s research:
Out of 91 professional genealogists (Blount 2009), there were approximately 43 of the sample of 91 Genealogists that taught classes in genealogy and/or gave presentations at seminars of various types.
The goal of this module is to help students become effective teachers.
4. How to Become an Effective Expert Witness in Court:
The future of genealogy is more and more becoming a part of the legal system. This is a beginning course in this important field.
Two courses that are in the process of being created are:
5. The Advanced Course in being an Expert Witness, and
6. A Practical Course in How to Effectively and Successfully Market a Genealogical Business in a very Competitive World
One of our elective courses has been revised:
7. Nobility, Royalty and Chivalric Claims: Important Legal Principles for Genealogists and Heralds
PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGY WORK
The American School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Docummentary Sciences has doctoral and graduate level genealogists for hire to solve your problems and find breakthroughs. Contact us!
While in London, the College's President, Dr Carl Edwin Lindgren received a personal invitation and tour of the Society of Antiquaries (London), Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal College of Teachers, Royal Society of Arts, Royal Photographic Society and Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He was also accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and had tea in the Fellow's Room of the Society of Antiquaries - London.
Take our FREE Darkroom Black and White Photographic Course on Family History and Historical Landscape Changes. The course is 6 weeks long and the text book is FREE.- contact Prof Lindgren Also take our other MOOC programs
Dr. LaWanna Blount is the Acting President and Co-Founder of the College, and would be pleased to assist any interested person.