First-time freshmen that are eligible for college-level English (ENG 104) may choose IGE for their general education pattern. Students may also join IGE after completing courses that qualify them for college-level english. Students should consult with their major department to ensure that IGE is compatible with their major requirements.
Students choose IGE for a variety of reasons. Architecture, Business, and Liberal Students recommend IGE to their majors. IGE may also be compatible for Engineering majors as well. Many students choose to join IGE because they:
IGE is largely discussion-based and activity-based learning. Instead of traditional lecture-based class settings, IGE offers students an opportunity to get involved with their education and challenges students to really think about what they are learning. There are no tests given in IGE; discussions, activities, projects, and reading responses are used to assess student learning.
No. The 32 units that IGE covers will replace 32 units that you would have had to take in the regular GE track anyway.
Just enroll in the first class in the series (IGE 120). Once you've enrolled, you are set and can continue with the program.
No. You are welcome to stop IGE at any time. However, we do recommend that students complete at least the first-year sequence in order to receive GE credit. Otherwise the IGE classes that were taken will be counted towards unrestricted electives. But your classes will never be "wasted" if you choose to stop taking IGE.
First Year (120, 121, 122) – A2, plus two area C's (from C1, C2, or C3)
Second Year (220, 221, 222) – D1 (8 units), plus D3 Third Year (223, 224) – D2 and E
Remaining lower-division GEs to complete outside of IGE – A1, A3, all of Area B (16 units), C4, D4, one remaining course from C1, C2, or C3
No. IGE has some characteristics of an honors program – student cohorts, writing intensive, innovative classroom activities, small class sizes (25-35), arts events, etc. – but the only requirement for admission is being qualified for college-level English. Students in the Kellogg Honors College may also enroll in IGE.
Yes, students with AP and/or IB credit may use their credits towards specific IGE courses (with a maximum of two classes substituted). Some of the most common substitutions include AP English credit for IGE 122, and AP US History credit for IGE 222. Please contact the IGE Department for more specific substitution information.
You may also visit our AP information link for more information.
Yes. Students may make up to two substitutions in the IGE curriculum. These substitutions could be GE support courses required by their major. Students should see the IGE Department for advisement and approval of substitutions.
Students who remain in good standing may come back at any time to complete remaining IGE courses.
For answers to in-depth questions or to ask for advice, contact Dr.Dennis Quinn, Chair of IGE, extension 6733 or email.
For general information, contact Sheena Huang, Department Adminstrative Coordinator at x3347 or by email.