Foundational Studies Program
Boise State Has Entered A New World of Education
Boise State’s Foundational Studies Program, initiated in Fall 2012, replaced the current Core Curriculum with an integrated learning experience that illustrates the University’s commitment to undergraduate education. It offers a shared experience that unifies our diverse student body and expands students’ awareness of themselves and their world.The Program’s distinctive features establish the University as a leader in empowering students and enabling them to achieve academic excellence.
From the time they enter Boise State, students will encounter skilled and motivated senior faculty members in courses that feature diverse opportunities for examination of historical, intellectual, and ethical traditions. Foundational Studies Program courses constitute a coherent framework on which departments establish the educational opportunities specific to the needs of their disciplines. Centralized oversight and support for the Foundational Studies Program, combined with a built-in process for robust assessment, foster on-going improvement.
The Program emphasizes the kinds of inquiry central to higher education, creating opportunities to explore important subjects, ask questions, debate ideas, increase understandings, research, innovate, and solve problems. Courses incorporate team work and extend the educational experience beyond the classroom to include co-curricular activities such as International Study Abroad Experiences, Service Learning, Internships, and participation in student government. Our University Learning Outcomes pertain not only the classroom learning, but learning throughout the undergraduate experience – far beyond the walls of the classroom.