The Perspectives Area

The Perspectives Area of the ISP consists of courses in the Arts and Sciences (Arts, Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences). These courses frame most of the ISP experience as students complete eight courses in these areas. The arts and sciences are at the heart of what we mean by a liberal education – an education that prepares and empowers students to engage with complexity, diversity and change. Perspectives courses help students develop appreciation for and knowledge about the impact of the arts, literature, and sciences in our lives. Essential questions frame perspectives courses: How are the arts and humanities constructed and defined and how do they change, shape, provoke, and represent our perceptions and our world? What assumptions, methodologies and theoretical constructs define today’s sciences and how are they used to understand our world?

A primary objective of ISP Perspectives courses (IA/IH/IN/IS) is to make transparent to students the questions that disciplines ask and the methods they use to engage those questions. For this reason, each department/program is responsible for actualizing this Perspectives outcome in its ISP course offerings:

Students are able to demonstrate from a disciplinary perspective an understanding of questions and methods of inquiry within a selected discipline and some of the key explanatory concepts arising from these types of inquiry and to relate this understanding to questions both contemporary and enduring.

Requirements: Developing Perspectives and Breadth of Knowledge - eight courses (32 credits)

Arts and Humanities– three courses from three different disciplines (12 Credits)

Sciences – three courses from three different disciplines (12 Credits)

Note: Students may not take more than one course in a discipline in completing the Perspectives requirements.


Interdisciplinary –one course with II prefix (4 credits)

Note: Students may take more than one course in a discipline in completing the Interdisciplinary requirement.

One additional ISP course (4 credits)

Note: A minimum of two of the perspectives and interdisciplinary courses (8 credits) must be at the 300 or 400 level. Students may enroll in the upper-level courses once they have completed a minimum of 24 credits of lower-level (100 - 200 level) courses including the Foundations courses (ITW 101 and IQL 101). The upper-level requirement must be completed at Keene State College (see Appendix 7 in the ISP Manual for study abroad exception).