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What is the University Studies Program?

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Jacob Sherman

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Freshman Inquiry (FRINQ) Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) Junior Cluster Senior Capstone The University Studies Program Students with less than 30 credits sign up to take one year-long, thematic FRINQ course Themes include: Design & Society, Faith & Reason, Human/Nature, On Democracy, Portland, Race & Social Justice, Sustainability, Ways of Knowing, and the Work of Art. FRINQs last during the Fall, Winter & Spring terms and students typically have the same professor and mentor throughout the whole year Inquiry & Critical Thinking Communication Diversity of the Human Experience Ethics & Social Responsibility Students gather twice a week in their "main session" and twice a week in their smaller "mentor sessions." Mentor sessions are designed to provide lower-division students with an opportunity to exlore course content in smaller focus groups that are led by highly-skilled and well-trained undergraduate and graduate students. Mentor Session Feel safe... Build community... Ask the "dumb" questions... Refine their writing skills... Learn to read critically... Work on group projects... Explore campus resources... Connect with main session material in new ways... Learn from their peers; not just from the professor... Make friends... In FRINQ, students take early term and end of term assessments to provide faculty, mentor, and UNST feedback about their learning. Students create an ePortfolio where they offer examples of their coursework that highlight UNST goals. Most students engage in a service-learning project at some point during the year. A whole year of FRINQ transfers to most Oregon universities as 4 credits of Arts & Letters, 4 credits of Social Sciences, 4 credits of Sciences, and 3 credits of Freshman writing. The Four Goals They let students... Participate in their learning... Major & BA/BS Requirments Students with 30-89 credits are required to take Sophmore Inquiry courses. These theme-based courses are similiar to FRINQ, except they are only one term long, which means that students experience different topics, professors, and mentors during the course of an academic year. Students with 30-59 credits need to take a total of three SINQs. Students with 60-74 credits need to take a total of two SINQs. Students with 75-89 credits only need to take one SINQ. SINQ themes include: American Studies... Community Studies, Environmental Sustainability... Family Studies, Global Environmental Change... Freedom, Privacy & Technology... Global Perspectives, Healthy People/Healthy Places... Interpreting the Past... Knowledge, Rationality & Understanding... Leadership for Change... Morality... Popular Culture, Science in the Liberal Arts... Sexualities, and Women's Studies. Like FRINQ, SINQs have main sessions and mentor sessions; however students only meet in their mentor sessions one time a week. Students then select the one SINQ that most interested them and focus on it for their Junior Cluster. Students must take three classes in a Junior Cluster and the lists of courses that count for each cluster are listed on the UNST website. All cluster courses are identified by a course number followed by the letter "U." For example, COMM 318U: Family Communication is in the Family Studies Cluster. Word of wisdom, a Junior Cluster course cannot count toward one's major requirements... But, it can count towards their second major. These courses do not have mentors or mentor sessions and students often miss the sense of community they found in FRINQ & SINQ classrooms. Students also complete early term and end of term assessments to provide faculty, mentor, and UNST feedback about their learning. Traditionally, students do not create ePortfolios in SINQ, but ePortfolios are being piloted in select courses. ePortfolios provide an opportunity for students to reflect on their learning. SOC 339U: Marriage & Intimacy is as well. And so is HST 343U: American Family History. All students are required to take UNST 421 for their Capstone, however students in Business and Engineering should check with their advisors for other options. Senior Capstones embody Portland State's motto of, "Let Knowledge Serve the City." In these courses, students engage in a service-learning project where they apply their university experience in a community setting. At this point, students have completed UNST Program, but... University Studies is the award-winning general education program at Portland State University. It provides an interdisciplinary and participatory approach to learning and helps students become well-rounded, life-long learners by exposing them to topics, subjects, and perspectives that they would not encounter in a typical, "101-type" general education model. Requirements for B.A. in English

In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements, the English major will meet the following requirements for the B.A. degree:

Lower-division courses

Two courses selected from the following (8 credits):

* Eng 201 Shakespeare
* Eng 204 Survey of English Literature
* Eng 205 Survey of English Literature
* Eng 253 Survey of American Literature
* Eng 254 Survey of American Literature
* Eng 256 Introduction to African American Literature
* Eng 260 Introduction to Women's Literature
* Wr 200 Writing about Literature

Total lower-division credits=8

Upper-division courses

Group A: Theory

* Eng 300 (4 credits)
* Elective in advanced criticism and practice (4 credits):
o Eng 491, 492 Literary Criticism
o Eng 493 Advanced Topics in Feminist Literary Theory
o Eng 494 Topics in Critical Theory and Methods

Group B: Literatures of Ethnicity, Gender, Class, and Culture Electives (8 credits)

* Eng 309 American Indian Literature
* Eng 330 Jewish and Israeli Literature
* Eng 351, 352, 353 African American Literature
* Eng 367: American Literature and Culture
* Eng 387 Women's Literature
* Eng 420 Caribbean Literature
* Eng 421, 422 African Fiction
* Eng 441 Advanced Topics in Renaissance Lit. and Culture
* Eng 443, 444 British Women Writers
* Eng 445, 446 American Women Writers
* Eng 467 Advanced Topics in American Lit. and Culture
* Eng 469 Asian-American Literature and Culture
For example... After completing Major, UNST, and BA/BS requirements then you... Graduate! And they are primarily taught from a disciplinary perspective. When University Studies was created in 1994, the Faculty Senate decided that specific learning objectives should be at the foundation of every course. For example, students in the Learning from Persons with Disabilities capstone work as student-counselors in a two week long residential camp located near Mt Hood for people with disabilities. Here, they learn how the lives of persons with significant disabilities are similar and different than their own, while also making sure that all youth have the opportunity to have a great summer camp experience. Must pass Spanish 203 to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. created by Jacob Sherman, 2011
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