Features of a General Education Modes of Inquiry Course
- Mode of Inquiry courses are explicitly designed for all students rather than for students centrally engaged in a specific discipline. These courses should not serve primarily as introductions to disciplines.
- MOI courses do not typically have prerequisites, although upper-division courses may be designated.
- MOI courses may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary in their approaches as well as their content.
- Faculty proposers are encouraged to consider the advantages of offering a course in a team-taught format or as part of a cluster of courses dealing with one common theme.
- MOI courses may be designed and designated to satisfy one, or possibly two, of the six Modes, but not more than two. Those courses designated for two categories must meet the full requirements and conditions of both categories.
- Students must take at least five courses in satisfying the six requirements. In addition, students will not be allowed to satisfy more than two of the modes with courses from any single department.
- Course designers are encouraged to consider ways in which their courses can give systematic attention to research, writing, and/or oral communication competencies.
- Faculty are encouraged to give attention to multicultural and environmental issues when appropriate.
- A writing-centered designation may be appropriate for some Modes courses.