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Preston Residential College

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

Fall 2020 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.

Introductory survey of macromolecules, cell structure and function, genetics, and molecular biology. Must enroll in BIOL101L in the same semester.

Fulfills Carolina Core SCI

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
 BIOL101.SL1  20451  20 Asynchronous ONLINE  M. Dhameja
BIOL101L.SL4 20458  20 Asynchronous ONLINE K. Hogan

Reading and Writing about Disney as 20th-21st Century American Fairy Tales will first focus on close reading fairy tales and legends of European, Middle Eastern, and Asian cultures before considering Disney movies (both the animated originals and live action adaptations) as contemporary America’s response to the fairy tale/legend genre. Instead of purchasing a textbook, students will be asked to subscribe to Disney+ for the duration of the course in order to gain access to all of the movies that will be necessary to watch for homework as well as examine in their essays. This class will enable students to recognize the adaption of the fairy tale/legend genre across space and time, more deeply understand the changing cultural/historical context of mainstream America from WWII to modern day, and consider media produced for younger audiences in a new light.

Fulfills Carolina Core CMW 

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
ENGL101.A01 22551 12 M/W/F 12:00 pm-12:50 pm CLHIPP 450 K. Carroll

An introduction to and survey of the basic concepts and findings within the field of psychology.

Fulfills Carolina Core GSS

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
PSYC101.SL1 23100 19 Asynchronous ONLINE M. McCall

U101 is an award-winning course designed to help you make a successful transition to the University of South Carolina, both academically and personally. It aims to foster a sense of belonging, promotes engagement in the curricular and co-curricular life of the University, highlights what the University and its faculty expect from students, and helps you develop and apply critical thinking skills. U101 provides a unique introduction to UofSC, and serves as a great way to learn and interact with students and faculty in the Preston Residential College community. These sections will be taught by our Residence Life Coordinator (section A02) and a Preston Associate (section A01).

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
UNIV101.A01 12210 19

T/Th 10:05 am-11:20 am

PRESTON 125 A. Tavakoli
UNIV101.A02 12215 19

M/W 03:55 pm-05:10 pm

PRESTON 125 A. Wieringa

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.