Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS) - BS

This major is restricted to students pursuing teaching programs in the areas of
Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, and Middle School Education

This worksheet is a planning tool and enrollment guide for use during your enrollment appointment. The first section (in purple) identifies the required major-related courses and Cluster One GenEd course you need to enroll in your first semester. The green area contains courses that are required for your major but are optional for the first semester. If you do not enroll in the optional courses your first semester you will do so in a later semester. The last section lists GenEd course options you may add to your schedule to create a final schedule of 14-16 credit hours, unless indicated otherwise in the Departmental Recommendations instructions. The worksheet should be saved and printed with your identified selections for use during your enrollment appointment.

 

Departmental Recommendations:

1. Enroll in a math course as designated by your math placement score.
2. Enroll in one course from the Natural Sciences options. If you have AP or dual enrollment credit for one or more of the courses, enroll in one of the other two options.
3. Enroll in one course from the Cluster One Critical Thinking OR Human Communications requirement section.
4. Consider enrolling in one of the History/Political Science options and/or one of the Health or Psychology options.
5. Select from the remaining GenEd options to create a schedule of 14-16 credit hours.

 

Math Placement Exam Score: This major requires MATH 107. You need to know your CALC Math Placement Exam score to determine your math placement. Enter your CALC score in the field below so you may determine your recommended mathematics course using the information below. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.

                             CALC                 How to find your MPE scores

 

Required First Semester Courses

Major Requirements:

Course/Subject/Number/Course Title Credits

Math:

Enroll in ONE of these courses based on your MPE CALC score. Each course is 3 credit hours.

MPE CALC score Course
21 - 45 MATH 107
< 21 MATH 105

 

 
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MATH 107 Fundamentals of Math
MATH 105 Quantitative Reasoning in Context***
*MATH 105 is a prep course for MATH 107. This class does not fulfill your IdLS major math requirement.
 

Natural Sciences:

Enroll in ONE of these science courses. If you have AP or dual enrollment credit, enroll in one of the other two options. Each course is 3 cr hrs.

ISCI 171 Earth and Planetary Science for Teachers
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ISCI 172 Physical Science for Teachers - Do not enroll if you have AP, IB, or dual enrollment credit for Physics or Chemistry.
ISCI 173 Life and Environmental Science for Teachers
     

Cluster One Requirement:

Critical Thinking OR Human Communications

Check the boxes of all the courses that interest you, but only enroll in ONE of these courses for your first semester. You will take the other in your second semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in both a critical thinking and a human communications course.                                

BUS 160 Business Decision Making in a Modern Society
3
HIST 150 Critical Issues in Recent Global History
ISAT 160 Problem Solving Approaches in Science and Technology
SMAD 150 Mediated Communication: Issues and Skills
PHIL 120 Critical Thinking
PHIL 150 Ethical Reasoning
SCOM 121 Human Communication: Presentations
SCOM 122 Human Communication: Individual Presentations
SCOM 123 Human Communication: Group Presentations
     

Optional Major Courses:

These courses are major requirements but do not need to be taken your first semester.

History/Political Science:

Enroll in ONE of the HIST course options. HIST 101 and 102 are 3 credit hours. HIST 225 and POSC 225 are 4 credit hours.

HIST 101 World History to 1500

HIST 102 World History since 1500

HIST 225 U.S. History - do not enroll in you are waiting for AP, IB, CIE, or dual enrollment credit.

POSC 225 U.S. Government - do not enroll in you are waiting for AP, IB, CIE, or dual enrollment credit.

 

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Health:

Enroll in ONE of these Cluster 5 Wellness Domain courses. To view the exercise activity for the KIN classes view the NOTES section when enrolling. HTH 100 has a 15-hour physical requirement for the semester of your choice at UREC. Both courses are 3 credit hours.

HTH 100 Personal Wellness - This course has a 15-hour physical activity requirement of your choice for the semester.
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KIN 100 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness - This course is one lecture meeting per week and one physical activity meeting per week. Fitness options include swim conditioning (must be a swimmer), indoor cycling, cardio/strength, yoga, boot camp and others. See the NOTES section of the class when enrolling to identify the fitness option

Psychology:

Consider enrolling in PSYC 160. 3 cr hrs.

PSYC 160 Life Span Human Development - Do not enroll if you have dual enrollment credit for a human development course that spans the life cycle from birth through death. Note: A human development course that spans from birth through adolescence will not count as credit for this course. Also, an introduction to psychology course will not count as credit for this course.
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Optional General Education Courses

You may have a full schedule of 14-16 credit hours based on the requirements above. If you need additional courses to reach a full schedule, select from the General Education program courses on the remaining pages of the worksheet and add them to your schedule when you enroll. You do NOT need to enroll in a course from every cluster. Only select from within the cluster areas to supplement your schedule.

To facilitate a faster search of open classes within a specific cluster area, use the cluster area code (e.g. C2HQC). A tutorial on conducting cluster area searches is available at http://isapps.jmu.edu/ecampus/ecampus_SearchGenEdClasses.htm
 

General Education - Cluster One Writing

If you do not have credit for WRTC 103 through AP, IB, CIE, or dual enrollment credit, we strongly recommend you take WRTC 103 or WRTC 100 your first semester. Answer the following questions to see your writing course recommendation. Each course is 3 credit hours.

 

Do you have, or are you waiting for, college writing credit from AP, IB, CIE, or high school dual enrollment credit?
 
Answer by clicking the appropriate button below.

You indicate you have credit or are waiting for writing. Proceed to the other GenEd clusters to select classes to create a full schedule. If you are not awarded credit for writing you may enroll in it next semester.
 
   

You indicate you are not waiting for writing credit. Consider enrolling in WRTC 103 this fall semester.

WRTC 103 Critical Reading and Writing

 

Cluster Two- Arts and Humanities

If you need additional credits to create a full schedule, enroll in ONE of the courses below. Each course is 3 credit hours.

Visual and Performing Arts (C2VPA) ART 200 Art in General Culture
ARTH 205 Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
ARTH 206 Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern
MUS 200 Music in General Culture
MUS 203 Music in America
MUS 206 Introduction to Global Music
THEA 210 Introduction to Theatre
     
Once your have made your selections, save and print this worksheet for use during your enrollment appointment.