Ilia State University is the first higher education institution in Georgia to offer bachelors degree programs based on liberal arts education principles. The University aims at equipping students with broad knowledge, interdisciplinary views, and the ability learning efficiently and analyze information. In addition, ISU provides bachelors courses that allow students to gain a deep and profound knowledge in the discipline chosen by students.
Presentation and writing skills, communication skills, and effective group work skills are immensely valued at the ever changing job market. Therefore, Ilia State University has developed a required general module, which is aimed at training students with these skills and therefore, is a basis for any professional career. The general module comprises of:
• Principles of Modern Thought
• English Language
• Academic Writing
• Presentation, Discussion and Communication Skills
• Computer Course, etc.
Participation in the Research Process
Students are not required to participate in a research project or activity while working on their bachelor’s degree, however if they do participate, students may gain credit for it. For instance, if student works as an assistant at a lab or department library he or she may receive up to 5 credits for the work.
Senior Thesis and Examinations
A bachelor’s degree requires Senior Thesis and/or a Bachelor Examination.
The senior Thesis is prepared during the last term. Students should be able to demonstrate not only adequate knowledge in the field of study but also a good academic writing ability.
Students at the Ilia State University decide on their Major as well as Minor in the beginning of their sophomore year, i.e. second year.
College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Science offers 23 Majors and 26 Minors that are united into 5 fields:
1. Natural Sciences
2. Humanities and Foreign Languages
4. Philosophy and Social Sciences
5. Liberal Sciences.
Students cannot chose their Major and Minor programme from the same field.
Colleges of Business and Law
This College aims at training successful business administrators and specialists in the legal sphere, who will be able to work in corporate, academic, private, public and non-governmental sectors both nationally and internationally. The Programme in Business requires the completion of 180 credits, with the law program requiring 120.
College of Engineering
The College offers three Major programmes leading to Bachelor of Arts Degree in:
2. Building Constructions
3. Computer Sciences
Every major requires the completions of 120 credits.
College of Sports
The College of Sports offers to major programmes:
• Teaching of Sports requiring 240 credits for completion
• Individual and Group Coaching, requiring 180 credits
Both programmes lead to BA in Sports.