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Seminars on critical-thinking topics and service learning. Regular features include examination of pseudosciences, debates on current social/political issues, and aspects of community service organizations. Courses are taught by faculty, staff, and community experts.
Small groups of students study throughout the semester with one or two professors. Each group pursues a different course of study determined by the students and faculty together. Recent topics have included Conspiracy Theories in History, Military Tactics, The Science of Science Fiction, and History in Film. The second half of the year, US228, is devoted to learning how to effectively design and manage the specialized studies/senior project and culminates with the selection of a project and mentor.
Students study in areas of personal interest with individual guidance by faculty mentors. Weekly meetings between student and mentor are expected. Readings begin with a broad scope, then become more concentrated as the year progresses. This study leads to a senior project.
Students do individual creative work under faculty direction. The outcome is a significant product appropriate to the field of study (e.g., scientific research paper, major library research paper, creative writing collection, musical composition or performance, or computer program). The student makes a written and oral presentation to a faculty committee, and undergoes an oral examination on the project.
All University Scholars courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.
Class Attendance and Participation
All University Scholars students are expected to be in attendance at the scheduled times for their Seminar, Reading-Discussion, and Specialized Studies Courses. Honors Faculty will be asked to comment on the quality and quantity of each student's participation in the various courses each term.
As part of becoming a citizen scholar, students in this program are required to participate in a variety of activities to help develop their social skills and commitment to service.