University College Initiatives

Prosepect For Success Options: Choose 1


Explore Learning Community

Join the EXPLORE Learning Community! This community is designed to help undeclared first year students engage in self, major and career exploration (Limited to 48 spaces).  Other LC options can be found at

First year Seminar Course

The First Year Seminar course is a three credit, graded elective designed to introduce you to campus resources and provide ongoing support and orientation during your transition from high school to college. 

UCOL 1200: First Year Seminar:

  • Career Exploration: 007, 041, 042-- for students interested in exploring majors and career options.
  • College Transition:  012, 039 – designed to provide an orientation to campus resources and promote problem solving and writing skills.
  • Exploring Business Fields: 009, 023 – for students who are strongly considering a major in business (Authorization req.)
  • International Enrichment Seminar: 001, 002, 003, 004, 005 – introduces first-year students to the internationalization of UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte community; this seminar addresses our world’s interconnections and provides students with the resources to further explore globally themed degree programs and education abroad opportunities.

Prospect big question courses

Prospect Big Question Courses:  Each of these are courses that satisfy a general education requirement while also helping you engage in the life of college academics as a new student. Be sure to look for a section that begins with “Q":

  • LBST 2101 Q08, Q09, Q10, Q11-- What is Identity? (RELS): What are the histories, relationships, stories, choices, and happenstance events that make us who we are?And what are the factors that encourage us to change our identities over our life course? In this class we examine these questions through autobiographies, films, documentaries and scholarship focusing on the intersections of class, race, gender, sexuality, class, religion and other ways we identify ourselves, and others identify us, in the contemporary United States.
  • LBST 2101 Q12, Q13, Q14,Q15 -- Ordering the World. What is order? (RELS):  Is order inherent in nature or is it human construct (or a mix of both)? When is order appropriate and necessary and when is it restrictive or even oppressive? What assumptions form the foundations for classifying and categorizing things, people, and ideas? This class will examine foundational cosmological myths alongside various historical and contemporary approaches to classification.
  • LBST 2102 Q01, Q02, Q03, Q04 -- The Paradoxical 20th Century (HIST): Since 1900 the world has changed at an unprecedented rate. In many ways, these changes have brought progress, including new discoveries in science and technology, and advances in civil rights. Yet these changes have also brought tragedy, such as entrenched poverty, deadly epidemics, genocide, environmental damage, terrorism, and the threat of nuclear war. This course aims to help you make sense of the 20th century and to explore how it affects today's world. 
  • LBST 2102 Q05, Q06, Q07, Q08 -- When Nations go to War (HIST):  The last two centuries have seen more war and devastation than ever before in civilization. Why do nations decide to go to war; and at what price? What does war solve if anything; and why does peace seem so elusive? How does war affect those who fight it and those who live it? Why does one continent gets ravaged while the other continent gets spared? Together we will determine the motivations for, and whether there is such a thing as a good war or a bad peace.
  • LBST 2102 Q20, Q21, Q22, Q23 -- War and Peace in the 20th Century (HIST): Focusing on Wars I and II, the Vietnam War, the war of Yugoslav Succession, and the war in Rwanda, this course explores how governments militarize society and encourage its citizens to support war as well as people’s actual experiences of war.
  • LBST 2211 Q01, Q02, Q03, Q04 --  Poverty, Inequality and Justice (SOCY): This course provides an opportunity: (1) to gain an understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in the United States (2) to learn and explore different ethical theories and frameworks and (3) to apply these ethical principles to contemporary social issues.
  • LBST 2212 Q01, Q02, Q03, Q04 -- Shakespeare Re-imagined (ENGL): This class will explore four plays by Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, and The Tempest) as well as a number of their adaptations and analyze the various ways in which each adaptation reworks and responds to its source text and consider how each engages with the cultural legacy of one of the western world's best-known artists.
  • LBST 2213 Q01, Q02, Q03, Q04 -- Animals & The Human Condition (ENGL): The object of the course is to develop a fuller understanding of what animals "mean" to humans and how humans respond to animals, and how we address the "post-human condition." The course will draw on the cultural and metaphoric use of animals, the consumption of animals, the scientific status of animals, the recreational use of animals, and in a broader context, the emblematic use of animals.
  • SOCY 1101 Q01, Q02, Q03, Q04 -- Intro to Sociology (SOCY): The scientific study of society and its structures, culture and its building blocks, and group interactions; the sociological perspective and process; fundamental concepts, principles, and procedures to understand society.