What students are eligible to join IGE?

First-time freshmen that are eligible for college-level English (ENG 107, 109, 110) 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.

What sorts of students join IGE?

Students choose IGE for a variety of reasons. Architecture, business, and liberal studies recommend IGE to their majors. IGE may also be compatible for engineering majors as well. Many students choose to join IGE because they:

  • Learn best through discussion and group projects
  • Want to develop their oral, writing, and social skills
  • Prefer writing assignments and projects to in-class objective exams
  • Desire a small community to help them transition to a large university
  • Want to make new friends
  • Were recommended to IGE by parents, friends, or siblings

What's the difference between IGE and regular GEs?

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.

Will IGE make me end up taking more classes?

No. The 32 units that IGE covers will replace 32 units that you would have had to take in the regular GE track anyway.

How do I start IGE?

Just enroll in the first class in the series (IGE 120). Once you've enrolled, you are set and can continue with the program.

Do I have to commit to taking all 8 classes?

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.

Which GEs does IGE satisfy?

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

Is IGE an honors program?

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.

May students use AP or IB credit in the IGE program?

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 Course Substitutions page for more information.

May students use GE support courses for their major in IGE?

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.

What happens if a students stops out for a quarter or personal reasons, to study abroad, etc.?

Students who remain in good standing may come back at any time to complete remaining IGE courses.

Who do I contact for answers to additional questions?

For answers to in-depth questions or to ask for advice, please contact: