Essential Studies Courses
Essential Studies courses form the core education for UND undergraduate students.
To use a course to meet your Essential Studies (ES) requirements, it must be on the approved list in the semester you take it. This is important because the curriculum may change. A course that was on the approved list in the past may have been modified to meet a different ES requirement or it could have been dropped.
Essential Studies requirements for Intercultural Knowledge and Skills changed in Fall 2020. Students are still required to complete 2 courses in the area but rather than completing courses focusing on Global (G) and US (U) Diversity; students will instead be required to complete courses on Diversity of Human Experience (D) and Analyzing Worldviews (W).
If you began at UND in Fall 2020 or later, you must follow the requirements which include Diversity of Human Experience and Analyzing Worldviews as meeting the Intercultural Knowledge and Skills Special Emphasis area. Those courses are posted in the course catalog.
Students who began at UND prior to Fall 2020, may follow their catalog year requirements which include Global and US Diversity courses as meeting the Intercultural Knowledge and Skills Special Emphasis area. Those courses are listed below. Student may choose to follow requirements from the most recent catalog and instead complete Diversity of Human Experience and Analyzing Worldview courses. Speak with your advisor about making a change to your catalog if you would prefer to follow these requirements.
Global Diversity Courses
U.S. Diversity Courses
Use Military Courses for ES Requirements
Current members of the U.S. Armed Forces and its veterans can now receive credit for military training. There are more than 130 approved military training courses that will count toward Essential Studies requirements.