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Foundational Studies Courses

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Boise State Students are required to complete Foundational Studies courses in the following five categories described below.

  1. University Foundations
  2. First-Year Writing
  3. Disciplinary Lens
  4. Communication in the Discipline
  5. Finishing Foundations

1. UNIVERSITY FOUNDATIONS (UF) COURSES

University Foundations courses introduce a diversity of intellectual pursuits, encourage a critical stance toward learning, and equip students with university-level analytic and communication skills.

  • Intellectual Foundations 100 (UF 100). This challenging three-credit course introduces student to academic inquiry by helping them explore key questions and topics connected to the world today. Through active learning, students critically engage with text, films, and other sources; develop presentations; build interpersonal communication skills; and practice teamwork. Students meet in a combination of large general sessions and small-format discussion group sections (about 25 students).
  • Civic and Ethical Foundations 200 (UF 200). This three-credit sophomore-level course engages students in topics connected to ethics, diversity, and internationalization. We keep the classes small (about 30 students) to support active and experiential learning, meaningful discussion, and connecting the course theme to issues and events in our larger community. Prerequisites: ENGL 102, UF 100, and sophomore standing.

2. FIRST-YEAR WRITING

English 101 and English 102. This two semester, six-credit sequence provides an introduction to the university’s expectations about academic writing and research. Students are placed in appropriate courses based on test scores. The program is coordinated by the English Department’s First-Year Writing Program. Please visit their website for details: First-Year Writing Program website.

3. DISCIPLINARY LENS (DL) COURSES

The distribution requirement for DL courses reflects the belief of the faculty and the Idaho State Board of Education that a major purpose of undergraduate education is to prepare graduates to fulfill the responsibilities of a citizen and to understand and appreciate diverse approaches to information and values. All students are required to take a number of disciplinary lens courses. (Some departments and programs require specific DL courses. See your individual degree box for specific requirements.) Visit the following page for a list of all current and past Disciplinary Lens courses: https://registrar.boisestate.edu/undergraduate/course-catalog/disciplinary-lens-courses/.

4. COMMUNICATION IN THE DISCIPLINE (CID) COURSES

Communication in the Discipline courses focus on written and oral communication as practiced in a student’s particular academic discipline. Students must successfully complete CID credits in courses designated by their major department. CID courses are offered at the 200, 300, or 400-level for those who have successfully completed the First-Year Writing requirement.  CID courses are listed in the major requirements for each program.

5. FINISHING FOUNDATIONS (FF) COURSES

Finishing Foundation courses emphasize critical thinking, written and oral communication, plus teamwork and/or innovative thinking. These courses are designed for students close to graduation. Students must successfully complete 1-3 capstone  FF credits as designated by their major departments.