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Preston Residential College

Academics in Preston

Courses and Academics

Preston courses cover a number of Carolina Core requirements in a small class environment. Residents are not required to sign up for any of these courses, but are highly encouraged to do so.

Research Grants

Current and former residents can apply for a grant that offers up to $500 to fund a research project. The Magellan Explorer grant is offered in spring and fall and can be used for salary, materials, supplies or travel expenses. Get the full details about the grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Spring 2018 Courses

Although not required, Preston-only courses give Preston students an exclusive opportunity to learn together and focus on topics of particular importance to them. 

Cultural Inquiry: Morocco

This course focuses on Moroccan culture and includes discussion about gender equality, ethnicity, religion and class. Students attend small group meetings and then a two-week excursion to the country of Morocco. In addition to active, participatory experiences that enhance learning, students will develop critical thinking and experiential learning skills. The class includes presentations before the country excursion, assignments and short readings, travel to Morocco for about 10 days, journaling (i.e. both personal reflections and responding to prescribed topics) and pre-departure meetings.  

  • Fulfills Carolina Core GSS
Section Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
COLA298.A01 19  T/TH 11:40 a.m. –12:55 p.m. Preston 125 L. Lomicka


English 102 – Poetics of Resistance: Researching and Writing about Counterculture & Social Activism in America

In an age marked by the resurgence of social activism and political tension on a nationwide stage, this course aims to explore contemporary social movements in twentieth century America, particularly Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March and Occupy Wall Street. The rich histories of these movements stretch deep into American history, from the struggle for civil rights to the birth of punk rock. While this course cannot be entirely comprehensive in scope given the breadth of the material, it gives participants an opportunity to engage in some intellectual archeology as they plumb the historical lineages of some of the contemporary social movements that influence our everyday lives and may have a constitutive impact on the America of the future.

  • Pre-requisite: ENGL101
  • Fulfills Carolina Core CMW and INF
Section Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
ENGL102.A81 24 T/TH 1:15 –2:30 p.m. Petigru 213 G. Deinert


Public Speaking

Speech 140 is an introduction to the theory and practice of oral communication in public, social and institutional contexts. This course includes foundational and cumulative training in the invention, performance and critical analysis of oral communication, with emphasis on argumentation, persuasion, audience analysis, delivery and ethical forms of engagement.

  • Pre-requisite: none
  • Fulfills Carolina Core CMS
Section Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
SPCH140.A02 24 T/TH 9:40–10:30 a.m. Gambrell 104 D. Moscowitz


Elementary Statistics

This introductory course in the fundamentals of modern statistical methods includes the study of descriptive statistics, probability, random sampling, tests of hypotheses, estimation, simple linear regression and correlation. It is designed to show students that statistics is an important research tool and to give them a non-calculus based introduction to the application of modern statistical methods, including descriptive and inferential statistics. Minitab statistical software is used throughout the course.

  • Pre-requisite: MATH 111 or 115 or STAT 110, or consent of department
  • Fulfills Carolina Core ARP
Section Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
STAT201.JA0 24 T 10:00 a.m.–12:05 p.m. LeConte 124 M. Petkewich