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University Courses


University courses address several student needs. Usually cross-listed through other departments on campus, the courses develop essential skills for study and work. Many courses listed below help students make intelligent choices, to relate career goals to academic goals, and to develop analytical skills for academic and career interests.

UNIV 100 3-1-3 Seminar (2)

This course uses lecture and active learning strategies to orient students to the University. Through it, students can ease their transition to college and become familiar with campus resources and information systems. Students will explore their values, skills, interests, and the undertaking of the personal strategies necessary to formulate career paths. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Cr/NC only.

UNIV 102 Freshman Seminar (2)

This course uses lecture and active learning strategies to orient students to the University. Students can ease their transition to college, develop computer competencies, become familiar with campus information systems, explore possible majors and career direction, gain education on issues such as sexism and sexual harassment, and become familiar with campus resources. This course is strongly recommended for first-semester freshmen.

UNIV 103 Learning Strategies (3)

An academic success course that introduces the student to a variety of study skills and learning strategies to help maximize learning potential and academic performance.

UNIV 103A Learning Strategies: Mathematical Thinking (1)

An academic success course that explores mathematical thinking, problem solving, and personal and cultural approaches to mathematics. Suitable for all students who have not yet passed a GE math course. Cr/NC only.

UNIV 103B Learning Strategies: Study Skills (1)

An academic success course that provides in-depth study skills information and practice, including effective time management, test taking, textbook reading, stress management and memory techniques. Cr/NC only.

UNIV 103C Learning Strategies: Writing (1)

An academic success course that reviews strategies, skills, and habits that lead to improved academic writing. Cr/NC only.

UNIV 103D Learning Strategies: Academic Reading (1)

An academic success course that introduces strategies to aid comprehension and retention of academic reading skills required across the university disciplines.

UNIV 103S Learning Strategies: Supplemental Instruction (1)

Discipline-specific study skills taught in the context of a designated GE course. Consent of instructor required. May be taken three times. Cr/NC only. Corequisite: enrollment in designated GE course.

UNIV 237 Career Life Planning (1-2)

Offers students an opportunity to explore and discover their values, skills, interests, lifestyle preferences, and the undertaking of the personal strategies necessary to formulate career paths and alternatives.

UNIV 238A Foundations of Leadership Skills (2)

This course examines the basic concept of leadership and the elements that comprise its practice in today?s society. Through theory, discussion and experiential learning, the course provides the foundational knowledge required for actual leadership opportunities on campus and future employment in the work world. Topics include historical and modern views on leadership; the relationship between service, followership and leadership; motivation; environmental effects on leadership; and ethics and power. Concurrent enrollment in UNIV 238B is required.

UNIV 238B Leadership Skills Lab (2)

This lab is composed of a series of in-depth workshops on topics related to the practice of leadership. Emphasis is given to experiential learning, specialized knowledge and the development of practical skills requisite to the good practice of leadership. This lab allows students to individualize their leadership skills development according to their interests. Workshop areas include conflict resolution; diversity; facilitating groups; multimedia literacy; responding to sexual assault; peer helping skills; event planning and programming; and many others. Concurrent enrollment in UNIV 238A strongly recommended. Cr/NC only.

UNIV 292 Library and Information Research (1-3)

Designed to teach information research skills: how to assess the need for information, how to construct effective search strategies, how to retrieve information, and how to evaluate sources critically. Includes online research practice. Separate sections may focus on specific disciplines: social sciences, humanities, sciences and business, and may be cross-listed when appropriate.

UNIV 301 War and Peace Lecture Series (3)

Students attend the public War and Peace Lecture Series and meet in discussion groups weekly to address a broad range of issues relating to the problem of war and prospects for peace. Lecturers represent diverse disciplines ? e.g., economics, physics, peace studies, political science, sociology ? and institutions. Discussion sessions synthesize material presented in lectures and outside readings and elicit students? personal responses to the issues raised. Reading and writing assignments required. Satisfies GE, category C3 (Ethics and Values).

UNIV 310 Portfolio Workshop (3)

A mentoring seminar for students re-entering higher education. This orientation course has as its primary goal the connecting of past experiences with present academic opportunities through an academic plan for graduation. Course activities include discussion of learning theory, completion of learning styles inventories, introduction to educational uses of information resources and technology, and the compiling of a portfolio, including an expanded resum?, an intellectual autobiography, two learning essays and an individual academic plan. On instructor recommendation, portfolios may be evaluated for degree credit for prior learning through the Faculty Evaluated Prior Learning Program. Prerequisites: completion of GE areas A2 and A3.

UNIV 375 Study Abroad (12)

Academic programs in institutions outside the country. Enrollment is by permission of the Office of International Programs. Cr/NC only.


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