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University Studies Curriculum

How It Works

Approved Courses

Rationale for University Studies

The Value of Liberal Education

Resources for Faculty


Course Approval Requests

Click here to learn how faculty can initiate a request to have a course approved for credit in the University Studies program.


Assessment and Repprovals

Click here to learn about program assessment for University Studies and the process for having courses periodically reapproved.


Master Syllabi for Approved Courses

Click here to find copies of the master syllabi for approved courses in the University Studies program.


Course Redesign Resources

  Capstone Resources from Washington State University

  5 Principles of Course Redesign from the National Center for Academic Transformation.

  6 Innovative Course Redesign Practices from the National Center for Academic Transformation.

  Ten Questions to consider when redesigning a course for hybrid teaching and learning.


Resources for Writing Instruction

Several University Studies requirements engage students in the process of improving their writing.  Faculty who are developing or teaching these courses may find these resources helpful.

Intermediate Writing Criteria-- These guidelines, which were approved by the Faculty Senate, set standards for departmental courses designed to fulfill the Cluster 1C Intermediate Writing requirement.

Guidelines for Cluster 2B-- Cluster 2B, Science in the Engaged Community, promotes a learning outcome related to communicating scientific information in writing.  These guidelines, created by the Gen Ed Committee, provide standards regarding the Committee's expectations for courses seeking approval for 2B.

Annotated Bibliography Writing-- A great set of books, articles and website to help faculty conceptualize, construct and implement writing instruction in their courses.

Low Stakes Writing--For large classes, low-stakes writing is a great way to improve student writing without creating an unmanageable grading burden.

Dealing With Student Error--Instructors teaching writing courses can sometimes feel daunted by the errors they find in their students' writing.  This guide provides practical ideas and tips to help students improve the mechanics of their writing.

Paper Comments-- That stack of papers can feel pretty overwhelming. This handout offers time-saving strategies for the busy professor who values providing written feedback on student writing.


Advising Materials

This Advising Guide is designed to help faculty and advisors as they advise students about the University Studies program.

The Transfer Student Substitution Policy allows most transfer students to substitute general education courses take elsewhere for many of the University Studies requirements.

This Waiver and Substitution Form is used by those certifying students for graduation to indicate when they are approving a waiver or subsitution of University Studies requirements.  This form also includes guidelines for the use of waivers and substitutions.