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UNIV 201, Fundamentals of Inquiry, is a course that uses inquiry based approaches to promote integrative learning. Students practice integrating concrete experiences with theoretical foundations by reflecting and applying information. These courses focus on one of the five USC Connect Pathways, which include:

  1. Word-based Experiential Education (preparing for internships, co-ops, etc.)
  2. Global Learning (including but not limited to Study Abroad)
  3. Peer Leadership
  4. Research
  5. Service

The opportunity to participate in a concrete experience related to the pathway is a fundamental aspect of the course. This could include a short-term study abroad program, service-learning project, undergraduate research project, or experiential education opportunity related to the major. These courses are designed to springboard students into deeper participation in the pathway later in their college career.

Sample Course Descriptions

Work-based Experiential Education

Course Description (Experience It – Preparing and Experiencing the World of Work)
Work occupies the majority of your waking hours and is one of the most significant factors in determining your quality of life. This course will challenge students to identify their interests and actively explore experiential education opportunities specific to internships, co-ops and job shadowing. Students will learn how the global economy is impacting the workplace and shaping today’s new knowledge workers. Students will identify why experiential education and skill development are critical components of career preparation. This course will utilize critical thinking, problem-solving and provide practical tools for workplace preparation and performance. 

Community Service


Service Learning in South Carolina
Service Learning in the First Year of College is designed to help first-year students develop a better understanding of service as it relates to their college experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and develop their service leadership skills both inside and beyond the classroom. The course provides a general orientation to the functions and resources necessary to address local community needs. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a domestic service trip to reach underserved populations along the 1-95 Corridor of Shame and along the coast of South Carolina.

Global Learning

International Inquiry: Taiwan
This course will be taught in Taipei, Taiwan with five preparatory class sessions held at USC prior to departure. All students will learn about the history and culture of Taiwan and will study basic Mandarin. The program will include several group excursions to historical and cultural sites and students will also have the opportunity to explore independently. Students will conduct a research project that relates to their academic interests. Most likely this will mean students will work on a project related to their major (e.g. a history focusing on some aspect of Taiwanese history). However, students may pursue any line of inquiry related to Taiwan as long as they are able to demonstrate that their project is feasible and that they are capable of completing the work. Students will work with the instructor in advance to plan their project and to have necessary preparations complete before traveling to Taiwan. This course is open to undergraduates in any major.

Research – College Slang

This course will introduce students to research and firsthand data collection by investigating language use around the USC campus. Students will learn through a combination of readings, discussions, library research, and firsthand data collection projects which aim to document the use of innovative slang terms among USC college students. The class will collaborate on data collection and research which will culminate in a guide to USC slang published on the internet.