Interdisciplinary General Education Program

Founded in 1983, the Interdisciplinary General Education Department (IGE) offers students a unique and stimulating choice to fulfill their general education requirements. At the heart of IGE lies the concept of an integrated core: a curriculum that explores human experience across the multiple perspectives of different disciplines. The IGE Program introduces participants to different ways of examining concepts and ideas, fostering a connective ability--a power to see all knowledge as interrelated. Ernest Boyer explains: "As students see how the content of one course relates to that of others, they begin to make connections, and in so doing gain not only a more integrated view of knowledge, but also a more authentic view of life."

IGE provides an interdisciplinary undergraduate general education experience that prepares students to lead globally conscious, socially responsible, productive, satisfying, and ethical lives in a changing diverse world.

What Does IGE Satisfy?

IGE provides an interdisciplinary undergraduate general education experience that prepares students to lead globally conscious, socially responsible, productive, satisfying, and ethical lives in a changing diverse world.

The information below and on the IGE Website shows how IGE satisfies university general education requirements. 

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 120, IGE 121, IGE122 A2 (English 107, 109, or 110) as well as any 2 courses from Areas C1, C2, or C3
Sophomore IGE 220, IGE 221, IGE 222 D1 (8 units) and D3
Junior IGE 223, IGE 224 D2 and Area E

Remaining GE to be completed. See your major department for advisement.

  • Areas A1 and A3
  • Area B (16 units)
  • Area C4 and remaining course from C1, C2 or C3
  • Area D4