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Courses Offered

The following IDI courses are offered through Student Affairs. Courses with a PED prefix are offered by the physical education program; please refer to the Athletics site for descriptions.

Fundamentals of Service Learning
IDI 1100
/ 4 credits / Every semester
Explores the connections between identity, leadership, and civic engagement through the concepts of philanthropy/volunteerism, community service, civic responsibility, civil society, activism, citizen leadership, and social change. Students are given additional opportunities to explore these concepts through connections to local organizations, based on values clarification exercises, and through class activities.
Offered by the Office of Student Affairs.

IDI 1500
/ 4 credits / Fall
Basic language skills are developed, with emphasis on generating and expressing ideas related to readings. The concepts of paragraph, topic sentence, controlling idea, introduction, thesis statement, body, and conclusion are introduced. Critical reading skills are developed through story mapping, summarizing and identifying main ideas in relatively simple texts, and other text-related tasks that encourage learners to think about similar experiences and share them verbally and in writing.
Prerequisite: Placement test
Offered by the Learning Center.

IDI 1510
/ 4 credits / Every year
Advanced language skills are covered, and students are introduced to purpose-oriented modes of writing (narration, description, comparison and contrast, and classification) that eventually lead to analysis, argument, and persuasion.
Prerequisite: Placement test
Offered by the Learning Center.

Career Planning and Decision Making
IDI 1550
/ 1 credit / Fall
Designed to assist students who are beginning a career, have not yet selected their major, or are undecided on their career goals. Students apply research and career-development theory to examine how to formulate and make major and career decisions. Experiential activities include interest testing, skills and values identification, informational interviews, writing résumés and cover letters, conducting career research, interviewing skills, and the internship and job search. Participants gain insight into their career development through assessments, exploratory activities, and discussion. Limited to exploring sophomores and juniors.
Offered by the Career Development Center.

Going Global: Intercultural Communication
IDI 2030
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Introduces students to the basic concepts of intercultural communication in an international context. Topics include communication styles, international cultural factors, cross-cultural adjustment, and global citizenship. Globalization is discussed in the context of international understanding, and students correspond with others abroad to enhance their insights. This course is particularly useful for students thinking about studying abroad. Grading is on a pass/no credit basis.
Offered by the Office of International Programs and Services.

Practicum in Peer Advising
IDI 3000
/ 3 credits / Fall
An introduction to the basic concepts of student advising and working with a first-year cohort. The purpose of this course is to guide students in their development as peer advisors, campus leaders, and mentors.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Offered by the Advising Center.

Fundamentals of Leadership
IDI 3250
/ 4 credits / Every semester
Students are introduced to the basic concepts of leadership development and engaged in experiential learning activities that focus on civic engagement. The purpose of this course is to guide students in their development as campus leaders, educated citizens, and willing advocates. Students who successfully complete the course may participate in a variety of internships in subsequent semesters.
Offered by the Office of Student Affairs.

Updated 6/2/2015

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