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Foundations of the Discipline (FD) Courses

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IF A STUDENT TAKES JUST ONE CLASS IN A GIVEN FIELD,
WHAT SHOULD IT INCLUDE?

The question above drives the development and redesign of the courses that make up the “Foundations of the Discipline” category (called Disciplinary Lens prior to Fall 2018).  While many general education programs seek to provide learning that spans the breadth of the curriculum, the focus here is on exposure to different “lenses” or “ways of knowing” that are relevant to anyone, regardless of major or career path.  Foundations of the Discipline courses help students expand their tools of inquiry by exploring the “lenses” that historians, social scientists, artists, and others use to “look into” the questions that are important in their fields.

The courses are offered by academic departments across the university to support University Learning Outcomes in the following clusters:

  • Foundations of Arts, or FA
  • Foundations of Mathematics, or FM
  • Foundations of Natural, Physical and Applied Sciences, or FN
  • Foundations of Social Sciences, or FS
  • Foundations of Humanities, or FH

To understand what courses you can take to fulfill your Foundations of the Discipline requirements, be sure to consult the appropriate Boise State University Catalog.