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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 2019 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 three-credit course will focus on Moroccan culture including gender equality, ethnicity, religion, and class. The course will consist of small group meetings, followed by a 10-day excursion to Morocco. In addition to active, participatory experiences that enhance learning, students will develop critical thinking and experiential learning skills. The class will include presentations before the country excursion, assignments and short readings, travel to Morocco for about days, journaling (i.e. both personal reflections and responding to prescribed topics) and pre-departure meetings.

  • Fulfills Carolina Core GSS
Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
COLA298.A01 51337 16  T/Th  11:40 am - 12:55 pm Preston 125 L. Lomicka
English 102 - Researching and Writing about Utopias and Dystopias

This course will explore what it means to imagine a better world (a utopia), or a flawed world (a dystopia), and most importantly we will ask why such imagining is, in fact, useful. By analyzing different novels, short stories, poems, films and visual media, we’ll see what it takes to change the course of the future— how artistic expression can produce political and social change. This class will examine the intersections of class, race, gender, sexuality, and politics to better understand
many different kinds of utopian world-building. This course offers individualized feedback to help you advance as a thoughtful reader and as an effective writer. 

  • Fulfills Carolina Core CMW 
Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
ENGL102.A02 41924  16  T/Th  1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Gambrell 304 V. Chandler
Speech 140 - Public Speaking 

Speech 140 is an 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.A01 50935 24 M/W/F 9:40 am - 10:30 am Humanities Classroom 302 E. Blackman