University Courses (UNIV)

The Department of University Studies' offerings include freshman transition-to-college, student leadership, and General Education classes. These interdisciplinary courses encourage students to become confident, active participants in SSUs rich academic and cocurricular communities. Classes are kept small in order to facilitate more individualized academic instruction.

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Course Descriptions

UNIV 102 First Year Experience (1-3)

Designed to foster a supportive learning community, provide mentoring, enhance academic skills, personal skills (self-awareness, responsibility, relationships with others), and knowledge about campus resources to facilitate successful transition from high school to college. Other aspects covered are choosing a major, career exploration, health and social issues (sexual assault/harassment, alcohol/drug abuse), information competencies, code of conduct, and diversity/multiculturalism. This course is strongly recommended for first semester students.

UNIV 103S Learning Strategies: Supplemental Instruction (1)

Discipline-specific study skills taught in the context of a designated GE course. Consent of instructor required. May be taken three times. Cr/NC only. Co-requisite: enrollment in designated GE course.

UNIV 150A Freshman Year Experience: Identity and Global Challenges (5)

Designed specifically for first-year students at Sonoma State University, provides an interdisciplinary examination of social, political, scientific, and personal aspects of identity (fall semester) and our global connections and responsibilities (spring semester). Through writing, research, and creative assignments, students develop analysis, research, and communication skills vital to success in college. To satisfy GE categories A3 and C3, students must take UNIV 150B the following semester.

UNIV 150B Freshman Year Experience: Identity and Global Challenges (4)

Designed specifically for first-year students at Sonoma State University, provides an interdisciplinary examination of social, political, scientific, and personal aspects of identity (fall semester) and our global connections and responsibilities (spring semester). Through writing, research, and creative assignments, students develop analysis, research, and communication skills vital to success in college. Satisfies GE categories A3 and C3 when taken immediately after UNIV 150A.

UNIV 199 Student to Student Lecture Series (1)

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UNIV 222 Living in a Changing World: Culture, Values, and Perspectives (4)

This course examines extraordinary changes taking place in the United States and across the globe. We will explore significant transformations that have occurred throughout society over the past century, from technology, information, and business to literature, the arts, and education. In addition to studying the effects of these changes on the ways that people think, work, and interact, we will consider both the significant challenges and amazing opportunities that these new developments create for everyone. This course, taught by scholars from all SSU Schools, is intended to orient new transfer students, as well as continuing students, to the range of academic resources available at Sonoma State University. This course satisfies GE Area C2 (Literature, Philosophies, and Values)

UNIV 237 Career-Life Planning (1-2)

Offers students an opportunity to clarify their interests, values, skills, and lifestyle preferences to provide a foundation for effective career planning. Students use assessment inventories, interactive exercises, and occupational research to expand their understanding of options and plan their education and career paths, and learn job search strategies. Most appropriate for sophomores, juniors and seniors.

UNIV 238 Foundations of Leadership (3)

This course examines the basic concept of leadership and the elements that comprise its practice in today's society. Through theory, discussion and experiential learning, the course provides the foundational knowledge required for actual leadership opportunities on campus and future employment in the work world. Topics include historical and modern views on leadership; the relationship between service, followership and leadership; motivation; environmental effects on leadership; and ethics and power. Concurrent enrollment in 238B is required.

UNIV 302 War and Peace Lecture Series (3)

Students attend the public War and Peace Lecture Series and meet in discussion groups weekly to address a broad range of issues relating to the problem of war and prospects for peace. Lecturers represent diverse disciplines , e.g., economics, physics, peace studies, political science, sociology and institutions. Discussion sessions synthesize material presented in lectures and outside readings and elicit students' personal responses to the issues raised. Reading and writing assignments required. Satisfies GE, category A1.