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ISEM 101 & 301 Integrated Seminars & Great Issues

Your Integrated Seminars and Great Issues Seminars (ISEM 101 and 301) are part of the General Education Integrated Studies curriculum. They 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.

ISEM 101 Descriptions

ISEM 101 seminars are one-semester seminars for first-year students focused on the central role of the humanities/arts and social sciences in understanding and interpreting the human condition. The seminars aim to encourage students to think critically, reflectively and synthetically about a topic, specifically relating to the theme of “Human Communities.”

Such thinking requires the use of multiple disciplinary perspectives. Assignments and assessments should encourage a breadth of thought that expands beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries. Students will take the seminar either their first or second semester to lay groundwork for their participation in an academic community committed to the interdisciplinary pursuit of knowledge, creativity and understanding.

Your ISEM 101 Integrated Seminar is taught by a member of the academic faculty from the College of Letters Arts and Social Sciences. Your ISEM 101 seminar is designed to:

  • To familiarize incoming students with academic expectations and foster their commitment to their own education through encouraging their engagement with faculty and the university and with the library.
  • To foster the ability to gather, interpret and use diverse sources of information, and to examine enduring topics of inquiry through the use of multiple disciplines, methodologies and perspectives. Specifically, apply social sciences and humanities disciplinary methodologies to an integrative interpretation of the diverse seminar content.
  • To give students the tools for thinking critically, reflexively and/or creatively about a topic.
  • To help students learn to ask many different kinds of questions about a topic rather than to simply seek answers.
  • To foster the spirit of seminar engagement and encourage students to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Effectively use oral and written forms of communication and conduct library research.
  • To foster the study, improvement and celebration of human communities in their widest possible expressions.
  • To clarify the meaning, place and relationship of each student, himself or herself within his or her local, regional and global communities.
  • To foster an understanding of the rich aesthetic, cultural, historical and social diversity, as well as the shared humanity of human communities. To introduce the student to some expression of human communities.
  • To introduce students to the five University General Education Learning Outcomes learn and integrate, think and create, communicate, clarify purpose and perspective, practice citizenship.

All Integrated Seminar courses carry three credits, are to be taken by first-year students only, and are to be taken either in fall or spring semester of first year.

ISEM 101 Seminar descriptions are found on the Class Schedule Page, under ISEM 101 Listings.

ISEM 301 Descriptions

Your ISEM 301 Great Issues seminar is taught by members of the academic faculty from the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Art and Architecture, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering and Natural Resources.

Your seminar:

  • Offers a multiple disciplinary approach to addressing a current, campus-wide issue or event.
  • The seminar offers the theory and methodology of at least two distinct disciplines. It can include that of the student’s own discipline, as well as another discipline.
  • Addresses the topics of and is linked to an annual university “signature event,” or of an equivalent activity in scope and implications.
  • Seeks to integrate the multi-disciplinies, with the University Learning Outcomes, to better understand and appreciate of the topic of the signature event.
  • Reintroduce students through practice and course design to the multiple disciplinary learning outcomes and the five University General Education Learning Outcomes: learn and integrate, think and create, communicate, clarify purpose and perspective, practice citizenship. The seminar seeks to improve information literacy and research skills, as well as oral and written communication skills. Library research is encouraged.
  • This seminar should be designed for students in their second or third year at the university. No prerequisites necessary.

ISEM 301 Great Issues seminar descriptions are found on the Class Schedule Page, under ISEM 301 Listings.

General Education

Physical Address:
347C Administration Building

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: 208-885-4947


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