ISEM 101 & 301 Integrated Seminars & Great Issues

Students sitting on the Administration lawnYour Integrated Seminars and Great Issues Seminars (ISEM 101 and 301) are among the smallest seminars you will take in your first and third year of college.  Every instructor who teaches a seminar is committed to helping students achieve success in this course and prepare for success in all courses at the University of Idaho.   Instructors do this by creating seminars that do the following:


  • Explore contemporary issues and experiences from multiple perspectives and time frames.
  • Create awareness of and sensitivity to the diversity of humankind by:
    • developing an understanding of diverse values, attitudes and interpretations,
    • learning how values are shaped by culture,
    • critically examining personal values and attitudes,
  • Foster intellectual curiosity about and an appreciation for knowledge outside students' current frames of reference.
  • Experience the richness of campus culture though lectures, concerts, theater productions, gallery exhibits, etc.
  • Develop effective skills in understanding and applying multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods to an understanding and interpretation of the human and natural conditions. 
  • Develop effective communication skills by learning to convey ideas coherently and effectively in written and oral form.
  • Improving interpersonal skills through effective participation in class discussions, posing thoughtful questions, listening and responding to others.
  • Develop the ability to think critically, reflectively and creatively by learning how to identify and evaluate arguments.
  • Learning how to assess multiple perspectives on a single issue/topic.
  • Develop the ability to gather and synthesize information from different disciplines and various sources, e.g., texts, public documents, surveys, internet sites, interviews.
  • Develop academic skills necessary for success other college courses by enhancing information literacy.
  • Developing a working knowledge of university library and technology resources.
  • Practicing active reading and effective note taking.
  • Encourage individual as well as group collaborative work, and accomplish tasks through group work.


  • Provide an atmosphere in which differing opinions are respected and in which an open exchange of ideas is encouraged.
  • Stimulate interactions with faculty and other students.
  • Facilitate adjustment to the academic demands of college.
  • Provide a general orientation to university life.
  • Foster conversations with students who differ in terms of race or ethnicity, political opinions, religious beliefs, or personal values.
  • Encourage open, respectful class discussion and the building of rich and supportive relationships among students and with faculty.