The University Studies program consists of a set of required courses, much like students’ academic majors. However, instead of being focused in one field, this curriculum takes students across different areas of knowledge and different ways of learning. The required courses are designed not only to expose students to broad areas of knowledge, but also to sharpen key analytical, critical thinking and communication skills.
All together, there are 14 separate requirements, although some courses can count for more than one requirement and not all requirements are regular 3-credit courses (also, some courses in students’ majors may meet University Studies requirements). The requirements are organized into Clusters, based on a purpose or theme. With just a few exceptions, students can choose from a set of approved courses to fulfill each requirement in the Clusters.