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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, and/or travel expenses. Get the full details about the grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Spring 2023 Courses

Although not required, Preston-only courses give our residents an exclusive opportunity to learn together and focus on topics of particular importance to them. Check your welcome email (sent in late May/early June) for information about pre-registering for these courses.

We will cover topics including the true crime media industry, institutional abuses and scandals, sexual assault, police brutality, web sleuths, missing and murdered indigenous women, intimate partner violence, the American criminal justice system, political resistance, and activism. What are the ethics of creating, circulating, and consuming crime media? What role do marginalized people play within crime stories (victim, perpetrator, bystander, investigator, storyteller, etc.)?How do various genres – e.g., social media, fiction, documentary, autobiography, poetry – shape the way people engage with these subjects? 

Fulfills Carolina Core CMW

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
ENGL102.A01 41361 24 T/R 1:15 pm-2:30pm GAMBRL 302 A. Waddell

Introduction to theory and practice of oral communication in public, social, and institutional contexts. 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. 

Fulfills Carolina Core CMS

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
SPCH140.034 47273 24 M/W/F 9:40am-10:30am PETIGR 102 J. Muellner

Fundamental statistical methods with applications in business. Includes descriptive statistics, graphical methods, probability, distributions, sampling, inference, contingency tables, and linear regression.

Fulfills Carolina Core ARP

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
STAT206.A05 47316 24 T/R 10:05am-11:20am WMBB 127 A. Murphy


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