General education like you’ve never experienced before.
A fast-paced, adventurous interterm class with a choice of tracks that correlate to the GE units you’re interested in fulfilling. Regardless of the track you choose, IRIS INTERTERM puts you in conversation with as many as nine professors from nine different disciplines. This certainly isn’t the easiest way to get 3-6 units of GE credit, but it may be one of the most exciting.
A semester-long, community-rich class that explores the intersections of two different course subjects. IRIS IMMERSION will not only bridge the gap between subjects, but will take you outdoors, into art galleries, to film screenings, into professors' homes. Assignments will incorporate papers as well as parties. IRIS IMMERSION is the only thoroughly integrated, interdisciplinary, discussion-based education course on the planet. Don’t miss this!
A curated and creative narrative of video lectures and assignments based on the IRIS IMMERSION class experience. This course is designed to mitigate the typical limitations of an online class, giving you real access to the rich community of IRIS professors and IRIS classroom discussion, anywhere and at your own pace!
If you don’t see the GE class you need listed above, let us know and we’ll see about adding it to the course schedule for 2015!
IRIS INTERTERM costs the same as Biola interterm classes, and IRIS IMMERSION classes cost the same as Biola semester classes! For more information about Biola Spring course fees click here.
Technically, an IRIS class is two or more GE subject classes smooshed together or, as we like to say, integrated, into one joint class. This explains why some IRIS classes require you also register for its companion course at the same time. The classes you see above denote the mix of subjects we’re offering in the exciting interdisciplinary IRIS format for January - Spring 2014.
Naturally, an integrated or interdisciplinary class means more than one teacher involved throughout the class experience. Every IRIS class features a core faculty team that represents the two or three primary disciplines being taught, plus a rotation of visiting faculty we’ve invited to participate for various reasons. Class time is rich with discussion and student-faculty collaboration. You’ll never show up to class just to watch a professor lecture. Or even the same professor, for that matter.
IRIS INTERTERM offers nine different courses to choose from. You may sign up for one or two classes (3 or 6 units) depending on your needs and interests. The courses you opt to take will have their own unique class meetings and assignments. Nevertheless, each afternoon and evening throughout Interterm, students from all nine of the courses will converge in a common classroom. Interterm uses film as the primary curriculum and many of these large group meetings are spent watching these film selections and discussing the films using the perspective of different academic disciplines.
IRIS IMMERSION, during the spring semester, offers two GE classes (6 units) that have already been paired by faculty-design to interact meaningfully with each other. Students don’t have the course “buffet” option that they have with IRIS INTERTERM. Overall, IRIS IMMERSION involves more field trips, a gentler pace of learning, and consequently more time in discussion with with course professors and peers than IRIS INTERTERM.
Yes. Each IRIS environment offers unique course credits. For instance, you might take IRIS INTERTERM for ENGL and COMM credits and IRIS IMMERSION for BBST and MATH credits. Take advantage of each IRIS environment’s course offerings to fulfill more GE requirements.
IRIS INTERTERM class days are divided into morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Students spend the morning sessions in small classes with the faculty member(s) responsible for teaching the course(s) that student has signed up to take. The afternoon and evening sessions are dedicated to large group discussions with the faculty and students from the other other IRIS INTERTERM courses. The afternoon and evening sessions initiate conversations that will flow into and influence student discussions in the morning, small-class sessions.
Yes. You may enroll in up to two of any of the IRIS INTERTERM class offerings, for a total of 6 units. If you choose to enroll in two classes, you will be required to attend every afternoon session. If you choose to only enroll in one class, you will only be required to attend selected afternoon sessions.
If you would like to enroll in two classes that have time conflicts, please let Rachel Watson, IRIS Recruiting and Logistics Coordinator (562-944-0351, ext. 5563 / firstname.lastname@example.org), know so we can make special arrangements for your situation.
Yes. You may enroll in two of ANY classes offered during IRIS INTERTERM.
Yes, the two classes in IRIS IMMERSION are actually woven into each other. There is no simple way to separate the two. The course curriculum for IRIS IMMERSION—the semester-long IRIS environment—is always a team-taught course, featuring reflections on two disciplines taken together.
If you are excited to take Nature of Math in the IRIS IMMERSION environment, but have already received credit for its counterpart (Theology I), let Rachel Watson, IRIS Recruiting and Logistics Coordinator (562-944-0351, ext. 5563 / email@example.com), know. Depending on the semester, we may offer alternative course credits for IRIS IMMERSION classes in order to help students take the classes they want while still acquiring the credits they may still need.
Want to know more about IRIS?
Contact Rachel Watson at (562) 944-0351 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She would be happy to meet with you and help answer any questions you may still have about the IRIS program and its three class environments.