Program of General Studies

Physical Address:
Admin. Bldg. 112
Phone: (208) 885-2024
Fax: (208) 885-8964

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

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ISEM Information

ISEM Courses

Your integrated seminar is taught by a member of the academic faculty from the College of Letters Arts and Social Sciences. Your seminar:

  • Is among the smallest courses you will take in your first year
  • Deeply examines current and interesting topics
  • Focuses on college-level critical and creative thinking, communicating, explorations of diversity, and other important skills
  • Encourages group work
  • Encourages open, respectful class discussion and the building of rich and supportive relationships among students and with faculty

Integrated Seminar Objectives

Every instructor who teaches a Integrated Seminar course 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 courses 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 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 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.
  • Accomplish tasks through group work
  • Develop academic skills necessary for success in Core Discovery and other college courses by
    • enhancing information literacy
    • developing a working knowledge of university library and technology resources
    • practicing active reading and effective note taking
  • 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

ISEM Descriptions