Course Descriptions: IDS

IDS080 College Reading Strategies 1 hour

By learning and practicing a variety of reading strategies, students will enrich their understanding and increase their comprehension of college level text. Students who have concerns about reading in college will find this course helpful in the first semester. Nearly all assignments are based on reading requirements for other courses which will lead to increased academic success. Non-transferrable credit. Applies to Hesston College graduation requirements. Placement by ACT Reading score of 15 or lower, SAT Critical Reading score of 410 or lower, ASSET 37 or lower (scaled).

IDS101 First-Year Seminar 1 hour

Introduces students to Hesston College resources and local culture while also challenging them to learn more about global issues and perspectives. The course helps students improve skills critical to college success, including skills in small group discussion, critical reading, writing and independent research. Including both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and at least one “common read,” course subject matter and texts vary. Linked to a general education course and required of all new students with fewer than 24 college credits earned since high school. A Responsibility Source Course.

IDS103 College Learning Strategies 1 hour

A series of workshops designed to build skills necessary for academic success. Topics emphasized include time management, test taking, study techniques, memory strengthening exercises, textbook reading and more. Includes a required study lab component to practice and apply college level application of these academic practices. Placement in this course is based upon college entrance scores and academic record.

IDS110 Foundations of Leadership 2 hours

Structured around the four compentencies of the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC): diagnose situation, manage self, energize others and integrate skillfully. Presenters will speak on a variety of leadership topics, including exploring tough interpretations; engaging unusual voices; knowing your strengths, vulnerabilities and triggers; servant leadership; communication team leadership and cultural and diversity issues. Along with these presentations, small group discussion is a key component of this course.

IDS120 Transcultural Service Term 1 or 2 hours

Begins with on-campus course work focusing on location-specific history, cultural practices, language introduction and team-building activities. The remainder of the course is spent in a specific cultural location participating in discipline-related service, usually in conjuction with an established organization.

IDS130 Introduction to STEM Careers 1 hour

A course for students exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The course will explore skills needed by those working in STEM careers. Students will develop an understanding of how to be successful as a college student, in general, but in a STEM major specifically.

IDS131/231 Introduction to STEM Projects I/II 1+1 hour

A course for students exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The course will explore skills needed by those working in STEM careers. Students will focus on scientific inquiry skills such as reviewing the literature, forming research questions, designing experiments, analyzing data and writing scientific papers.

IDS165 Career Development 1 hour

Designed for students who are in the “deciding” phase regarding their majors and career choices. Interactive and discussion oriented, the course includes components of self discovery, occupational research and current trends, informational interviews and reflection. Exploring individual strengths, skills, values and spirituality will guide students to the next phase of the career decision-making journey.

IDS210-211 Adaptive Challenges in Leadership I/II 1+1 hour

The fall semester Adaptive Challenges in Leadership I flows seamlessly into the spring semester Adaptive Challenges in Leadership II. These courses empower students to develop their own abilities and attitudes about leadership as they embrace their own adaptive challenges. Coaches and peers encourage students to make progress on challenges about which they deeply care. These challenges may be related to personal or relational issues, their mods, their athletic teams or clubs or campus-wide issues. Prerequisite: IDS 110.