Information for Students

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The University of Idaho offers students a vertical, multi-year liberal educational experience to complement the course work in each student's major.

Each year’s General Education courses and seminars build on the foundations of the previous year, reiterating and interlinking with the other courses and seminars embedded with the University of Idaho's Learning Outcomes.


The General Education curriculum impacts students by better preparing them as life-long learners. It prepares students with the skills and abilities to:

  • learn and integrate
  • think and create - use multiple and interdisciplinary methods and strategies
  • communicate and collaborate
  • clarify purpose and perspective
  • practice good citizenship

Academic advisers help students select from the several courses outside the academic major. Together, these are the classes known as the General Education Curriculum. For Catalog year 2012-13 and subsequent years, these courses are listed under the categories: General Core Studies and the UI Core, and are listed on General Education Requirements

Curriculum Integration

The ISEM 101 Integrated Seminars are the entry points for first-year students, and are the foundational component of the entire curriculum. They help instill critical themes and perspectives, including the application of an interdisciplinary humanities and social science approach to an understanding of diverse “human communities.” Students develop oral and written communications skills, while being introduced to library research. In addition, the ISEM 101s help place the students’ baccalaureate journeys within their broader educational frameworks, so each student can better navigate and take ownership of his or her education.

The ISEM 101s, in turn, bridge into the American Diversity and International courses, as well as the Humanities and Social Sciences courses. All of these courses and seminars are interwoven with and supported by courses in Communications, Mathematics and the Natural and Applied Sciences (including the option of an innovative Integrated Science (CORS) seminar).

During the student's third-year the ISEM 301 Great Issues seminars reiterate the fundamental themes, including interdisciplinarity and integration, as applied to a University of Idaho "Signature Event." The General Education key themes are then revisited and culminate into each student's Senior Experience.

Inclusive of "high-impact, best practices," the U of I General Education is distinguished by its American Diversity and International components, and it Integrative Studies (ISEM 101, ISEM 301 and Senior Experience).

The General Education curriculum is not a stand-alone set of integrated courses, but complementary to and supportive of the student’s educational experiences gained through his or her major.  A degree from the University of Idaho is more than a major.  A General Education is a life-long endeavor.