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Disciplinary Lens Courses

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Literature and Humanities (DLL)
Mathematics (DLM)
Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences (DLN)
Social Sciences (DLS)
Visual and Performing Arts (DLV)



All students are required to take a number of disciplinary lens courses, see Majors and Minors for specific requirements. DL courses are offered by academic departments and designed to expose non-majors to the distinctive methods and perspectives of a disciplinary cluster. The distribution requirement for DL courses reflects the belief of the faculty and the Idaho State Board of Education that a major purpose of undergraduate education is to prepare graduates to fulfill the responsibilities of a citizen and to understand and appreciate diverse approaches to information and values. Disciplinary lens courses are listed below and are identified with the DL designation in the course description.

  • Literature and Humanities (DLL)

    • English
      • ENGL 110 Literature and Ideas
    • History
      • HIST 100 Themes in World History
      • HIST 101 History of Western Civilization I: Prehistory to 17th Century
      • HIST 102 History of Western Civilization II: 17th Century to Present
    • Humanities
      • HUM 207 Introduction to Humanities
    • Philosophy
      • PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Contemporary Issues
      • PHIL 102 Introduction to Philosophy: Great Thinkers
      • PHIL 103 Introduction to Philosophy: Moral Problems
      • PHIL 209 Thinking Well: An Introduction to Logic
    • STEM Education
      • STEM-ED 220 Perspectives On Science and Mathematics
    • World Languages
      • ARABIC 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
      • ASL 101-102, 201-202 American Sign Language
      • BASQUE 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
      • BOSNIAN 101 Elementary
      • CHINESE 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate Mandarin
      • FRENCH 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
      • GERMAN 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
      • JAPANESE 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
      • KOREAN 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
      • LATIN 211 Elementary Classical Latin
      • LATIN 212 Advanced Classical Latin
      • PORTUGUESE 101-102 Elementary
      • SPANISH 101-102, 201-202, 203 Elementary, Intermediate


    Mathematics (DLM)

    • Mathematics
      • MATH 123 Quantitative Reasoning
      • MATH 143 College Algebra
      • MATH 160 Survey of Calculus
      • MATH 170 Calculus I: Concepts and Applications
      • MATH 171 Calculus I: Theory and Applications
      • MATH 254 Introduction To Statistics
      • MATH 257 Geometry and Probability for Teachers


    Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences (DLN)

    *Courses without a lab do not fulfill the lab requirement

    • Anthropology
      • ANTH 101*-101L Biological Anthropology and Lab
      • ANTH 103* Introduction to Archeology
      • ANTH 105* Evolution and Human Behavior
    • Biology
      • BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology
      • BIOL 107 Introduction to Human Biology
      • BIOL 191 General Biology I
      • BIOL 227 Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Chemistry
      • CHEM 100 Concepts of Chemistry
      • CHEM 101*-101L Essentials of Chemistry I and Lab
      • CHEM 111*-111L General Chemistry I and Lab
    • Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering
      • ENGR 100-100L Energy for Society and Lab
      • ENGR 101* Intro to Sustainable Building Science
      • ENGR 104 Introduction to Scientific Reasoning
      • ENGR 106* Smartphone Engineering
      • ENGR 108 Bicycle Engineering
      • ENGR 120 Introduction to Engineering
      • ENGR 130 Introduction to Engineering Applications
      • MSE 245* Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
    • Environmental Studies
      • ENVSTD 121* Introduction to Environmental Studies
    • Geoscience
      • GEOS 100 Fundamentals of Geology
      • GEOS 101 Global Environmental Science
      • GEOS 102* Historical Geology
      • GEOS 201* Introduction to Oceanography
    • Physics
      • PHYS 101 Introduction to Physics
      • PHYS 104 Planets and Astrobiology
      • PHYS 105 Stars and Cosmology
      • PHYS 111 General Physics I
      • PHYS 211, 211L Physics I with Calculus and Lab


    Social Sciences (DLS)

    • Anthropology
      • ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology
      • ANTH 216 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
    • Communication
      • COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication
      • COMM 112 Reasoned Discourse
    • Criminal Justice
      • CJ 103 Introduction to Law and Justice
    • Curriculum, Instruction, & Foundational Studies
      • ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education
    • Early and Special Education
      • ED-ESP 223 Child Growth and Development
    • Economics
      • ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
      • ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
    • Educational Technology
      • EDTECH 203 Foundations of Digital Culture
    • English
      • ENGL 202 Introduction to Technical Communication
    • Global Studies
      • GLOBAL 101 Global Studies: Conflict, Cooperation, and Change
    • Geography
      • GEOG 100 Introduction to Geography
      • GEOG 102 Cultural Geography
    • History
      • HIST 111, 112 United States History
      • HIST 121 History of Asia
    • International Business
      • INTBUS 220 Go Global: You and the World Economy
    • Kinesiology
      • KINES 140 Personal Health
      • KINES 180 Introduction to Coaching
    • Linguistics
      • LING 205 Language in Human Life
    • Literacy, Language, and Culture
      • ED-LLC 200 Cultural Diversity in the School
      • ED-LLC 203 Film and Contemporary Issues in Education
    • Political Science
      • POLS 101 American National Government
      • POLS 201 Current Events in American Politics
      • POLS 202 Current Events in Global Politics
      • POLS 203 Political Science in Popular Media
    • Psychology
      • PSYC 101 General Psychology
    • School of Public Service
      • SPS 101 Public Service, Civic Engagement, and Community Conflict
    • Social Work
      • SOCWRK 101 Introduction to Social Welfare
    • Sociology
      • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
      • SOC 102 Social Problems
      • SOC 230 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
    • STEM Education
      • STEM-ED 210 Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science
    • Urban Studies and Community Development
      • URBAN 101 Cities and Society


    Visual and Performing Arts (DLV)

    • Art/Art History
      • ART 100 Introduction to Art
      • ARTHIST 101 Survey of Western Art
    • Music
      • MUS 100 Introduction to Music
      • MUS 102 Introduction to Jazz
    • Theatre Arts
      • THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre
      • THEA 220 Cinema History and Aesthetics

  • In order for one of the following courses to count as a Disciplinary Lens course, the course must have been taken prior to the date listed next to the course. For example, for ENGL 216 to count as DLL, you would had to have taken it before Fall 2012. After Fall 2012, ENGL 216 does not count as a DLL.

    Prior Literature and Humanities (DLL)

    • ENGL 216 Cultural Exchange in Transnational Literature (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • ENGL 257 Western World Literature (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • ENGL 258 Western World Literature (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • ENGL 267 Survey of British Literature to 1790 (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • ENGL 268 Survey of British Literature: 1790 to Present (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • ENGL 277 Survey of American Literature: Beginning to Civil War (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • ENGL 278 Survey of American Literature: Civil War to Present (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • ENGR 102 The Ethical Dimensions of Technology (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • HUM 208 Introduction to Humanities (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • PHIL 201 Introduction to Logic (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • SPANISH 108 Intensive Elementary Spanish (taken prior to Fall 2012)

    Prior Mathematics (DLM)

    • MATH 111 Precalculus (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • MATH 124 Introduction to Mathematical Thought (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • MATH 130 Finite Mathematics (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • MATH 147 Precalculus (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • MATH 175 Calculus II (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • MATH 187 Discrete and Foundational Mathematics I (taken prior to Fall 2012)

    Prior Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences (DLN)

    • BIOL 109 Plants and Society (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • BIOL 192 General Biology II (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • BIOL 228 Human Anatomy and Physiology (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • BOT 109 Plants and Society (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • CHEM 102 Essentials of Chemistry (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • CHEM 112 General Chemistry II (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • CHEM 115 Materials Science Chemistry (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • GEOS 102 Historical Geology (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • PHYS 112 General Physics (taken prior to Fall 2016)
    • PHYS 212, 212L Physics II with Calculus and Lab (taken prior to Fall 2016)

    Prior Social Sciences (DLS)

    • ANTH 101 Physical Anthropology (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • ANTH 103 Introduction to Archaeology (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • HIST 102 History of Western Civilization (taken prior to Fall 2014)
    • HIST 201 Problems in Western Civilization (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • HIST 202 Problems in Western Civilization (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • HIST 211 Problems in U.S. History (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • HIST 212 Problems in U.S. History (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • HLTHST 102 Global Environmental Health (taken prior to Fall 2016)
    • POLS 141 Contemporary Political Ideologies (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • POLS 231 International Relations (taken prior to Fall 2012)

    Prior Visual and Performing Arts (DLV)

    • ART 102 Survey of Western Art II (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • ART 105 Basic Design (taken prior to Fall 2006)
    • ART 106 Basic Design (taken prior to Fall 2006)
    • ARTIST 102 Survey of Western Art II (taken prior to Fall 2012)
    • MUS 101 Survey of Western Art Music (taken prior to Fall 2012)