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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary General Education

Offered by: College of Education and Integrative Studies, Interdisciplinary General Education  

The Interdisciplinary General Education curriculum provides an integrated, interdisciplinary, discussion-based approach to learning about literature, humanities, social sciences, and the arts. IGE is an alternative pattern to satisfy 21 units of the University GE requirements in areas A, C, and D. Students ready for GE area A2 (category II) are eligible to enroll in IGE 1100  in the Fall. Students ready for GE area A2 with support (category III and IV) need to enroll in the English stretch courses with support for GE area A2 credit and can enroll in IGE 1100  for GE area C2b credit. Students that have fulfilled GE area A2 (category I) can also enroll in IGE 1100  for GE area C2b credit. Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major. The seven course IGE sequence has the following common Learning Outcomes:

  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Historical, Social, and Multicultural Understanding
  • Understanding and Appreciation of Aesthetic Experiences
  • Articulation of Values
  • Information Literacy
  • Integrative Learning

Students must complete an IGE yearly sequence to earn general education credit. Single IGE classes do not fulfill GE requirements. Students who choose to leave IGE and complete the University General Education pattern should do so only at the end of a yearly sequence, e.g. after IGE 1200  or IGE 2200  . Students leaving IGE should seek advisement on how to fulfill remaining general education requirements. There is also some flexibility in the program based on the needs of various majors.  See your major advisor or the IGE program office for information. The IGE program is open to any qualified student or undergraduate department wishing to adopt it as an option, and is the recommended pattern for Architecture, Liberal Studies General Studies majors, and works well with many Engineering majors. Students may substitute AP credit for up to 2 courses in the IGE Program. For more information, see departmental advisors or the IGE Department Chair. Please refer to the University Programs section in the course catalog for IGE course descriptions.

Total required for program: 21 units

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 1100 , IGE 1200   A2 and C2b
Sophomore IGE 2100 , IGE 2200   C1 and C2a
Junior IGE 2300 , IGE 2400   D1 and D3
Senior IGE 3100   C3 or D4


Remaining GE to be completed. See your major department for advisement:

Areas A1 and A3
Area B (12 units)
Area C3 or D4
Area D2
Area E