University Studies Advisory Committee

Updates to the University Studies Curriculum

Below is a summary of the changes approved by the UNCW Faculty Senate in May of 2016, to take effect Fall 2017.

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University Studies Cross-Category Updates

  • No University Studies course can count in more than three components of this curriculum (including competencies).
  • Courses in Aesthetic, Interpretive, and Literary Perspectives, Historical and Philosophical Approaches, Scientific Approaches to the Natural World, and Understanding Human Institutions and Behaviors should include an appropriate introductory grounding and focus, in keeping with the language in category descriptions.
  • Courses in Aesthetic, Interpretive, and Literary Perspectives, Historical and Philosophical Approaches, Scientific Approaches to the Natural World, Understanding Human Institutions and Behaviors, Living in Our Diverse Nation, and Living in a Global Society should generally have no more than one required prerequisite.

University Studies Category Updates

  • Lifespan Wellness –updated SLOs.
  • Composition –updated SLOs. There are some principled recommendations about class size and making sure these courses keep a focus on their SLOs.
  • World Languages and Cultures –renamed category and clarified expectations for fulfillment that are more flexible and reflective of current waiver practices but that also preserve the principle of considerable capability in a second language as a standard for graduation.
  • First Year Seminar –new strategic recommendations and a new learning outcome, and the recommendation that FYS be tied more closely to the faculty and the US curriculum.
  • Aesthetic, Interpretive, and Literary Perspectives –minor modifications to SLOs and category description.
  • Historical and Philosophical Approaches –consolidated and streamlined SLOs, with a new emphasis on disciplinarity.
  • Scientific Approaches to the Natural World –minor SLOs modifications and category description.
  • Understanding Human Institutions and Behaviors –minor SLOs modifications and category description.
  • Living in Our Diverse Nation –minor SLO modifications, underscoring the importance of a U.S. focus to the course. If a course is approved for this category, it cannot also be in Living in a Global Society.
  • Living in a Global Society –made SLO modifications, underscoring the importance of broad focus and greater contextualization in these courses. If a course is approved for this category, it cannot also be in Living in Our Diverse Nation.
  • Writing Intensive –extensive streamlining and modification to SLOs, with a new emphasis on the writing process, and encouraging 6 of 9 hours to be taken before 400 level.
  • Information Literacy –extensive revision of SLOs.
  • Critical Reasoning –new category.
  • Quantitative and Logical Reasoning –withdrawn and now merged with Capstone into a new category, Critical Reasoning.
  • Capstone Courses –withdrawn. Capstone is valued as a high-impact practice; SLOs are better managed outside of University Studies, however, as they are program/department specific. Capstones are excellent candidates to carry CR credit.
  • Thematic Transdisciplinary Clusters –removed.