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Boise State’s Foundational Studies Program, initiated in Fall 2012, replaced the prior general education curriculum know as the Core Curriculum. 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 understanding, 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 education abroad experiences, service learning, internships, and participation in student government.