Innovate, Discover, Explore, Achieve
The University of Idaho is looking for students who are full of IDEAs — even if you may not know where the journey may take you. The IDEA Program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the first two years in college as a time for Innovation, Discovery, Exploration and Achievement. You'll experience a wide array of courses, engage first-hand with top professors, access career and educational mentoring, and find the path of study that will prepare you to take the next step in your academic and professional life.
You'll work closely with your advisor to tailor a curriculum to your specific ideas and interests. This allows you to take your first steps without committing to a specific major early in your academic career.
Have a career in mind that doesn’t necessarily align with a traditional major? The IDEA program is for you! A career services advisor can assist you in finding a course of study that fits your interests.
Considering a specialization? College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences B.A./B.S. degree requirements are broad which allows a specialization to be possible through a variety of courses across departments. Some specializations might include criminology, public service, administrative leadership, humanities, aging studies, global studies and organizational communication.
Employers are asking workers to take on more responsibilities and use a broader skill sets than in the past.
By engaging in the IDEA program you will develop critical thinking skills that allow you to communicate creatively and effectively with your future employer. Employers are unanimous in wanting workers who have intellectual and interpersonal skills that contribute to innovation in the workplace. The IDEA program will allow you opportunities to develop these skills.
Access and Resources
IDEA students will have access to a wide variety of resources to ensure their success. Some of the support services available are:
- Career Services Counseling
- One-on-one advising
- Service Learning Opportunities
- Involvement in Student Organizations and Clubs
- Alternative Service Break
- Study Abroad Opportunities
- Access to a Specialized Librarian
- Special Introduction to POLYA Math Center
- Special Introduction to Writing Center
- Access to Peer Mentorship
- Opportunity to experience upper-division classes in your desired field during your first year
- Access to faculty and professionals in your desired field.