University College Initiatives

Freshmen Seminars

Freshmen Seminars are small, 3 credit, graded courses designed to assist with the intellectual and social transition from high school to college by increasing the involvement of students in the intellectual life of the campus; providing an orientation to resources available to students; and promoting problem solving and writing skills. Two types of freshmen seminar courses meet the Prospect for Success curriculum requirement.

  • UCOL 1000  College Transitions
  • UCOL 1200  Freshman Seminar/ International Perspectives

Prospect General Education Courses

These liberal studies courses have been designed by faculty in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to introduce students to foundations in the humanities and social sciences while also preparing new students for success in the college classroom. Each offers students the opportunity to work in small groups and earn general education credit required for any major. Several topics are available taught by faculty in a variety of disciplines:

  • LBST 2101  Epidemics in History (Anthropology)  
    This class explores how the course of history has been shaped by diseases. This class will also situate contemporary experiences of infectious diseases - such as smallpox, malaria, TB, and others - in a cultural and historical context. The second part of the course will examine (re)emerging infectious diseases (e.g. HIV, SARS, Ebola, West Nile virus, avian flu).
  • LBST 2101  Explaining 1776 (History) 
    We call the American independence movement of 1776 a 'Revolution' because many of its key principles seemed radical to participants. 250 years earlier, however, those ideas would have been, literally, unthinkable. This course will explore the origins of some of those concepts in light of the historical developments in Europe in the preceding 200 years.
  • LBST 2101  Sexing Shakespeare (English / Religious Studies) 
    This class asks students to think about the historical and contemporary meanings of gender, sexuality, subjectivity and desire. It will give students a critical perspective on various debates by showing how what we understand as most natural, has often been quite different in other historical moments and cultural locations, including Shakespeare's England. 
  • LBST 2211  Poverty, Inequality and Justice (Sociology) 
    This course provides an opportunity to gain an understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in the United States; to learn and explore different ethical theories and frameworks; and to apply these ethical principles to contemporary social issues. 
  • LBST 2213  Sustainability and Food: Science Meets Humanities (English) 
    Questions of sustainability loom large today, and they are central to a number of disciplines, from engineering and city planning to public policy and philosophy. This course considers such questions by looking at food from a variety of perspectives to explore how the humanities relates to environmental concerns.
  • LBST 2213  Transforming the Earth (Geography / Geology) 
    This course investigates the complex and sometimes surprising intersections of geology with human culture, society, and perceptions of scientists and science.
  • LBST 2213  What is Language? Where Can It Take Us? (English / Philosophy) 
    What is language? Do any animal communication systems count as language? How did language evolve? How is language related to thought? What do we use languages to do?  This course will use these general questions about language to explore perspectives from variety of disciplines in the sciences, humanities, and arts.