Introduction to University Education
All students in Exploratory Studies are required to take “Introduction to University Education,” USC 101 (fall semester) and USC 102 (spring semester), in their first year at NC State. Students earn 1 hour of letter-graded credit for each of the two semesters. The course is taught by the student’s academic advisor and meets once a week. Classes are small (20 or fewer students) and discussion-oriented, and students frequently work together in small groups. USC 101 and 102 focus on:
- The adjustment from high school to college,
- Academic expectations of a university student,
- Assessment of one’s own personal goals and values,
- Exploration of careers and majors at NC State.
- Career informational interview
- Resume building workshops
- Major exploration series: students speak personally with representatives from all of the colleges to learn about academic majors.
- Career connections: working professionals, many of whom are NC State alumni and parents, serve as panelists to give students information and advice about the “world of work”.
- Linked classes
- RMs: serve as academic mentors in Tucker and Owen residence halls and assist with classroom activities
- Campus engagement events — students attend two campus and community events each semester.
Check out the Campus Outreach and Reflection (COR) calendar of events.
What our students are saying:
“I believe that USC 101/102 have led to both personal and academic development. I hope that other students who are in Exploratory Studies gain what I have gained and that learning about themselves through class discussions, forum events, and other activities (such as assessments) can truly guide them toward a major or career in their near future.”
Questions about USC 101 or 102?
Please contact Jordan McMican at Jordan_McMican@ncsu.edu