ISEM 101 Descriptions

Integrated Seminar (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.  See Human Communities.
  • To introduce students to the five University-Gen-Ed-Learning-Outcomes learn and integrate, think and create, communicate, clarify purpose and perspective, practice citizenship.

All Integrated Seminar courses carry 3 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 Deceptions are found on the Class Schedule Page, under ISEM 101 Listings.


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