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 General Education 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, and
- Practice good citizenship.
Academic advisers help students select from the several courses outside the academic major used to satisfy both state and institutional general education requirements. Together, these are the classes known as the General Education Curriculum.
The University Committee on General Education, University Curriculum Committee and Faculty Senate have approved the following institutional general education curriculum requirements beginning with the 2011-12 (ISEM 101) and 2012-13 (ISEM 301, American Diversity and Senior Experience) catalog years. These and all Statewide General Education requirements are listed under section J - General Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree, under "General Requirements and Academic Procedures" of the General Catalog, for your particular "Catalog Year." All the J-3-a, J-3-b, J-3-c, and J-3-d currently meet the State Board of Education - General Education Matriculation "GEM" certification (or will do so by the 2016-17 Catalog).
The ISEM 101 Integrated Seminars are the entry points for first-year students. They 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.
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 UI 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.