University Core Courses
IDS Course Descriptions
Within the undergraduate core curriculum, there are a number of interdisciplinary classes that all students take during their course of study. These core courses are designed to link the curriculum/co-curriculum to the values and mission of the University. Many of the courses in the core curriculum are team-taught, providing an interdisciplinary approach to the readings, lectures, and class discussions. Class assignments involve students in community-based learning that links the academic material with social action. In the core curriculum, students develop competencies in writing, oral communication, computer skills, quantitative analysis, and critical thinking.
IDS1003 Learning Strategies and Applications (2)
This course will equip students with the tools that will enable them to become efficient and independent learners. Through readings, discussions, and activities, students are introduced to various study skills and strategies that they can immediately apply to the courses they take. Topics include goal setting, memory principles, time management, note taking, test taking, reading, writing, utilizing learning support services, stress management, etc. Units apply toward graduation, but not Core Curriculum requirements. Required for conditionally and master admitted students.
IDS1024 Bay Area Cultural Events [CDiv] (1-3)
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to Bay Area cultural events in music, theatre, and literature, including events from diverse cultural sources. Three units fulfill Core Curriculum Visual and Performing Arts requirement.
IDS1100 First Year Experience (4)
The First Year Experience is an interdisciplinary course that introduces traditional-aged students to the Mission of the University and its core values and competencies. Students explore their identities as members of local, national, and global multicultural communities through critical reflection and experiential learning activities. Readings are selected to challenge students' intellectual visions and interests. Reflection and written and oral communication skills are emphasized. Leadership and collaboration skills are developed, while enrichment activities correlate residence hall and other campus events with the academic program. The undergraduate academic portfolio is implemented to document students' continuing development of core competencies and values.
IDS2024 Bay Area Cultural Events [CDiv] (1-3)
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to Bay Area cultural events in music, theatre, and literature, including events from diverse cultural sources. Three units fulfill Core Curriculum Visual and Performing Arts requirement. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.
IDS7001 Learning Strategies: Application to Coursework (3)
This course equips students with the tools necessary to enable them to become independent learners. The strategies and study skills allow students to immediately apply what they learn to their courses. The course includes, but is not limited to, setting goals, time management, memory, note taking, and reading and writing strategies and study skills. Units do not apply toward graduation but do count for financial aid purposes. Required for conditionally and master admitted students.