- Breadth of Knowledge
- Advanced Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Global Diversity
- United States Diversity
- Past ES Courses
- Past General Ed Courses
About Essential Studies
Be Challenged to Think
Essential Studies (ES) is the academic core of your university experience that will challenge you to:
- Think critically and creatively.
- Reason using numbers and charts.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Find and evaluate information from various kinds of sources.
- Increase your understanding of the role of diversity in a complex world.
Get Prepared for the Future
You will encounter shifting conditions and challenges during your lifetime. Your ES coursework will prepare you for a satisfying and effective professional and personal life where you'll be prepared to actively engage in contemporary issues of public importance.
Arouse Your Curiosity
When choosing courses, venture into areas that are new, interesting, or arouse your curiosity. By going outside the box, you'll gain opportunities to explore questions and issues that challenge you to grow and expand your knowledge and awareness.
Expand Your Learning
Consider choosing ES courses that complement each other, so that you can extend what you learn in individual courses. By linking courses in this way, you can develop the ability to make connections among them and draw on their ideas and traditions to address the complex, multi-faceted questions.
Discover New Possibilities
Consider meeting some of your ES goals in Honors, Integrated Studies, the American College of Norway, Education Abroad, civic engagement courses, or through another non-traditional options. These programs provide an opportunity to meet ES requirements while gaining new experiences.
Become Well Rounded
The ability to draw on a variety of fields of knowledge is important for professionals in all fields; it is also crucial for understanding ourselves, our communities, and our larger world. Your ES coursework introduces you to a wide range of subject-areas that will expose you to the way that people think and create knowledge in a variety of disciplines. For example, you'll experience what it means to think like an art critic, psychologist or chemist.