Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2004 - 2005
THE CAPITAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
A Unique Baccalaureate Experience of the University of Illinois
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The Capital Scholars Program, open to a small number of highly
qualified first-year college students, is a four-year baccalaureate
experience combining an integrated core of general education
courses with study of a foreign language and any of UIS'
majors. The program provides academically well prepared and
motivated students a unique opportunity to develop creative thinking,
solving, and leadership skills through a high-quality, residential,
educational experience based in the liberal arts.
on the student's total growth in the personal, academic, social,
arenas, Capital Scholars features interdisciplinary and collaborative
learning and is designed to develop student talents through
classes that encourage lively exchange between students and
professors. Students learn actively, applying their skills to
concerns. Problem-solving and research skills are emphasized
throughout the four-year program.
At the heart of Capital Scholars is the understanding that
leadership is important and that it is only partly intuitive.
leaders learn their leadership skills, usually through trial
While not denying the experiential basis of good leadership,
the Capital Scholars' philosophy stresses that preparation
should not be hit or miss, but should be a component of higher
education for highly qualified students.
courses incorporate the study of leadership, and the curriculum-wide
focus on collaborative learning emphasizes leadership as
integral aspect of collaboration. An optional senior
will also provide an opportunity to combine the study of
leadership with an internship in a community agency or organization
leadership skills can be observed and practiced.
The Lincoln Residence Hall, exclusively for Capital Scholars,
is the focal point for a learning community in which students,
and community members come together for enrichment activities.
Illinois leaders from the public and private sectors --
representing scientific, artistic, and cultural interests -- will
with students for social and cultural events, workshops,
seminars. Day and weekend trips to cultural and educational
events in Chicago, St. Louis, and throughout central Illinois
a regular option for students. A wide range of campus social
events and entertainment will enliven the hours students
spend away from
Admission is open to students from Illinois and elsewhere
who have demonstrated high academic achievement and a
potential for creativity
and leadership. Students admitted to the program are
expected to have excellent written and oral communication skills
and to want
a challenging intellectual experience in their college
To be considered for admission, students must have completed
15 units (one unit = one year's study in the subject)
of high school
work in the following categories:
Four units of English emphasizing written and oral
communication and literature
Three units of social
history and government
Three units of mathematics including introductory
through advanced algebra, geometry, and trigonometry,
programming (four units recommended)
Three units of laboratory science (four units
Two units of a foreign language (four units
Students with these qualifications are selected
based on an overall evaluation of the following:
College Board or ACT score, writing sample,
creative and leadership
and letters of recommendation from at least
two teachers or others acquainted with
work. A personal
telephone interview with a member of the
admissions committee may also be
a component of the selection process.
To graduate from UIS as a Capital Scholar,
students must complete 120 hours including
4 to 16 hours of spoken foreign language,
a major of 30 to 36 hours,
12 hours of UIS requirements, and 16
to 34 hours of electives or
Integrated Core Curriculum 40 Hrs.
CAP 101 Capital Scholars Seminar (Year
1, Fall) 2 Hrs.
CAP 111 Writing for Cultural Literacy
(Year 1, Fall) 3 Hrs.
CAP 121, 122, 225, 226 Interdisciplinary
Humanities and Social Science
(Year 1 and 2, Fall and Spring) 12
*CAP 141, 142 Biology and Chemistry of the Environment
(Year 1 or 2, Fall and Spring) 8
CAP 112 Oral Communication (Year 1,
Spring or Year 2, Fall) 3 Hrs.
**CAP 131 College Mathematics (Year
1, Spring or Year 2, Fall) 3 Hrs.
CAP 211 Writing in the Discipline (Year
2, Spring) 3 Hrs.
CAP 251 Art and Music (Year 1-3, Fall)
CAP 252 Technology, Information, and
Society (Year 1-3, Spring) 3 Hrs.
Other General Education 16-28 Hrs.
Foreign language (up to four semesters
(any semester) 4-16 Hrs.
LSC, PAC, and AST
(including 2 of the 3 areas (Years
3 and 4, any semester) 12 Hrs.
Major, Minor, and General Electives 52-64 Hrs.
Major (any of 20 majors) 30-36
General Electives or Minor 16-34
Total Bachelor's Degree 120 Hrs.
* CAP 141/142 is waived for science
majors who take other science
** CAP 131 is waived for students
taking other approved college