The popular array of one-credit courses housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies offer students choices that promote development of transferable skills related to professional and academic success.
Mark Schaub, dean of Brooks College, said enrollment in those courses rose 162 percent this year compared to the 2021-2022 academic year. Schaub gave a presentation before the Board of Trustees' academic and student affairs subcommittee February 24 at the L. William Seidman Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
Brooks College has two prefixes for one-credit courses: the University Studies (US) courses are geared toward career exploration and internship opportunities; Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) courses meet changing student needs, support university initiatives and focus on contemporary interest topics.
Examples of IDS courses include "Research Hacks for New Students," "Mindfulness as a College Success Tool," "Dialogue Across Difference" and "Intercultural Competence Through Study Abroad."