University Seminar (UNIV)

UNIV 1102 Learn a Global Context II

Class focuses on information literacy, memory, communication and the role these topics play in successful academic progress. Writing and discussion groups promote academic success through core curriculum-focused assignments. An introduction to academic and student life resources through peer and faculty mentoring and awareness of university resources is also included, particularly as they apply to career choice through self-assessment and goal setting. Departmental Approval required.

UNIV 1201 Learn a Global Context I

This course focuses on developing life-long self-determination skills, specifically self-awareness, self-regulation, self-advocacy, and self-empowerment. Students will learn the importance of having a growth mindset, finding purpose and relevant engagement, and feeling a sense of belonging at TAMIU. These concepts will be examined within an international Common Read, and through exploration of students’ career paths and financial literacy in relation to their goals.

UNIV 1302 Signature Course

This course builds on UNIV 1201 by expanding student focus from self-awareness to global awareness. Designed to introduce undergraduates to in-depth analysis from an interdisciplinary perspective, students will explore community issues through a problem-based approach. This course will foster community engagement by integrating University and other relevant resources.

Prerequisites: Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in UNIV 1201.

UNIV 2310 Found Civic Engage&Social Chng

This course provides students the opportunity to understand social issues and how they relate to community/society, and their roles as active citizens, as they are engage in critical reflection of civic experiences. This course develops a conceptual framework of various forms of civic engagement, its importance, and value.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or departmental approval.

UNIV 3320 Community Engmt&Agents of Chng

The purpose of this course is to examine how positive change in communities occur, focusing on small and large scale social change. The course examines how individuals and communities envision, promote, and deliver change. Themes to be explored include communities of civic practice; organizational change; examples of agents of change involved in civic causes at the local, national, and international level; and the changes faced when initiating positive change.

Prerequisites: Junior standing or departmental approval.

UNIV 4390 Capstone Experience

The Capstone Experience course is required for all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) and is designed to integrate student’s three areas of concentration. This course reinforces professional writing and communication skills through presentations and relevant applications in a community engagement project. Additionally, students will develop career-oriented skills by creating a portfolio that contains a personal mission statement, objective, and narrative. This course is graded CR/NC. A minimum of a 2.0 institutional GPA is required, as well as a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA in each Area of Concentration for MDS students. Departmental approval is required.

UNIV 4399 Special Topics Course

This course examines selected contemporary issues in order for individuals, or small groups of students, to gain particular and/or additional knowledge in a given area of focus. Students demonstrate competence in the course through sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen topic. May be repeated once when the topic changes.

Prerequisites: UNIV 1402 or consent from instructor.