University College Initiatives

Prospect For Success Options: Select One



Learning communities are programs designed to help students transition to academic and social life at the University.  Students take classes and participate in activities with other entering students who share their interests. 

The EXPLORE Learning Community is designed specifically to help undeclared first-year students engage in self-, major-, and career-exploration (limited to 48 residential spaces). 

UCOL and HPEX majors are eligible for a few other LCs.  Information can be found at

TAKE A First-year Seminar Course

UCOL 1200: 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/early college to the University.  While the content in UCOL 1200 courses is substantially similar, different sections do have different emphases:

  • College Transition: (sections 003, 012, 039, 041, 042) - designed to provide an orientation to campus resources and promote problem-solving and writing skills.
  • Career Exploration: (section 007) - for students interested in exploring majors and career options in general.
  • Exploring Business: (sections 009, 023) – for students who are strongly considering a major in business.
  • Exploring Health Professions: (sections 010, 026, 037, 038, 040) - for students who are strongly considering a career in a health-related field and are interested in exploring the best major to fit their goals (for HPEX majors only).
  • International Enrichment: (section 002) – designed to address the world's interconnections and provide students with resources related to globally-themed degree programs and study abroad.

take a Prospect for success big question course

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 course number that ends in “Q":

  • LBST 2101Q (sections 335, 336, 337, 338) -- What is Order? (RELS): Human beings are constantly involved in making, unmaking, and maintaining order, yet we rarely have time to reflect on this. What is order? 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? Students will have several opportunities to delve into classification and order schemes outside the classroom.
  • LBST 2102Q (sections 214, 215, 216, 217) -- Modern Revolutions (HIST): Focusing on Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America, this course examines how revolutions transform political structures and civic rights and identities, the economy and culture, and social relations and family roles. It also examines how class, race, ethnicity, religion, and gender shape and are shaped by revolutionary processes. Major questions to be addressed include: How and why have individuals and groups participated in revolutions? What have been the net gains and losses for people as a consequence of revolution? What roles do the media and popular culture play in promoting revolutionary values and ideology? In order to appreciate how different groups have engaged in and been affected by revolutionary processes, each revolution will be explored from a different vantage point (e.g. women, the peasantry, disillusioned revolutionaries, children). We will close by considering the viability of revolutions as vehicles for change in the world today.
  • LBST 2102Q (sections 210, 211, 212, 213) -- 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 2102Q (sections 218, 219, 220, 221) -- Great War/Global War (HIST): This course uses the First World War as a lens through which students examine how what began as a European war became the most transformative event of the twentieth century. Indeed, so great were these changes that we still live with them today. By the end of the course, students will not only be able to recognize how this first modern conflict had an impact upon both Europeans and non-Europeans, they will be able to outline how many of the world’s contemporary concerns and events can be traced back to this “seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century.”
  • LBST 2211Q (sections 315, 316, 317, 318) --  Democratizing the Good Life (POLS): This course aims to formally introduce students to the liberal arts by asking them to consider enduring questions about the definition of a good life, the purpose of education, and the limits of human agency in the face of an uncertain future. As we shall acknowledge, such questions were once reserved for privileged aristocrats. But greater access to higher education has opened them to a larger, more diverse citizenry than ever before.
  • LBST 2211Q (sections 400, 401, 402, 403) -- 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 2212Q (sections 111, 112, 113, 114, 335, 336, 337, 338) -- Sexing Shakespeare (RELS/ENGL): This course will read closely plays and sonnets by Shakespeare alongside theoretical writings on gender and sexuality to gain insight into contemporary understandings about gender and sexuality by contrasting them with ideas from another time and place. The class will combine large lecture meetings with smaller discussion sessions.
  • LBST 2214Q (sections 015, 016 017, 018) -- Food, Health, and Environment (ANTH): This course provides an opportunity for students (1) to learn about how food is linked to health, environment, and culture (2) to understand how food is experienced differently across groups and (3) to explore Charlotte's food system and its complexities.