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Common Questions about the Integrated Studies Program (ISP) Learning Community
Is ISP easy?
Lots of people think that because ISP tends not to use textbooks and relies on assessment and evaluation more than traditional grading, that the Program is "easy." However, a great deal of reading, writing, and discussion is required of students, and the topics are ones that require critical thought. Students are challenged to think about things they might never have questioned before, and to question their position on subjects about which they previously felt strongly.
How does ISP differ from UND's Honors Program?
The Integrated Studies Program Learning Community is open to all students. It is a learning community experience rather than a single course experience as Honors is for most first year students. ISP courses specifically focus on having students learning from an interdisciplinary perspective and emphasize interactive student-centered learning. One of the main goals of ISP is helping students develop close connections with fellow students and with faculty. ISP does, however, fulfill credits within the Honors Program at UND, so students can choose to participate in ISP and earn credit toward an Honors major at the same time.
Can I take classes outside of ISP?
Certainly! Most students do. Some students want to continue their studies in math or a foreign language, or there might be a class a student wants to take to explore an interest in a possible major. There are many classes available which meet at times that fit around the ISP class schedule, making it easy to find a class to take while still participating in ISP, especially when there are two ISP options available. Students then get a chance to see what traditional UND classes are like while still participating in the program.
Can I take just part of the courses in ISP?
No, this isn't possible because all of the courses for the semester are closely linked.
Can I take ISP for more than one semester?
Yes! A large percentage of the students who participate in the fall semester continue for the spring semester. However, it's not required. It's also possible to take the spring semester without having participated in the fall.
What majors work with ISP?
The ISP Learning Community works well with most majors at UND, especially those which require strong communication and critical thinking abilities. It is particularly good for deciding students and for anyone interested in Education, Communications, Interdisciplinary Studies or pre-law studies.
Can I participate in ISP if I've already taken college classes?
Absolutely! If you have taken college classes but still need to work on fulfilling required Essential Studies credits, you can participate in the learning community to start, continue, or complete your work on Essential Studies course work. Even if students already have credit for classes that are part of a given semester's ISP course offerings, we generally have the ability to customize the credits so students can still participate and earn credits that work for them.
Is there an extra charge to participate in ISP?
Tuition for classes in ISP is the same as for all classes at UND. There is a student fee charged to offset costs associated with the field trips, cultural events, and other program activities students participate in. That fee is included in the billing statement students receive and varies by semester.