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What are Signature Courses?

Signature Courses are unique courses that intertwine varied disciplines so that an integrated inquiry is pursued. Signature courses are part of the Core Curriculum which provide opportunities for students to explore cross disciplinary topics through the development of rigorous intellectual skills expected of college students.  These courses target freshman students early in their college careers in an intellectually engaging multi-disciplinary experience, while exposing them to new areas of study and extraordinary faculty sharing their own areas of interest.  Signature Courses cultivate skills that are needed to become successful in meeting academic rigor expected in postsecondary settings.


Why do I have to take a Signature Course? It has nothing to do with my major!

Quite the contrary—Signature Courses have everything to do with your major and life-long skills, especially ones that employers seek! Some of these skills include: metacognition, inquiry, team work, grit, growth mindset, autonomous learning, and managing ambiguity and diverse perspectives, coupled with integrative communication. 

As part of the college experience, students not only gain deep academic learning through their majors, but also study and engage in other approaches to become well-rounded graduates.  As described by Jeffrey Selingo (2016), the vertical line of the "T" represents deep understanding of one subject matter (e.g., history) as well as one industry (e.g.,health care); the horizontal stroke represents the ability to collaborate across disciplines, with empathy and communication skills playing key roles in allowing individuals to connect across different perspectives.

Spring 2020 Offerings 

  • Growth, Grit, and Grace: What Brain Plasticity Can Do for You
  • Climate Change and Sustainability 
  • Clickbait / Dr. Google
  • Leadership Lessons Through Good, Bad, and Ugly Times
  • An"other" Perspective
  • Media Literacy
  • History of Laredo from the Coahuiltecans to NAFTA
  • Becoming Resilient: Positive Minds, Active Bodies
  • The Politics of Food Culture
  • Who Wins and Who Loses? Balancing Social Justice 
  • Job Opportunities with Data

Outstanding Student Researchers
SPring 2019


The following students were selected by their faculty as outstanding student researchers!

Congratulations on your outstanding work. 

Mario Acosta
Lesli Y. Alvarez
Jenna D. Arsuaga
Ashley Cantu
Kimberly M. Carraman
Francisco Cerda
Gisella Davis
Mauricio Martinez Elizondo
Albert J. Flores
Yazmin Garcilazo
Justin R. Gonzalez
Carlos A. Guajardo Gonzalez
Gabriella G. Guerrero
Carly R. Hallman
Carolina A. Herrera
Jose M. Herrera
Rogelio I. Herrera
Laura C. Lopez
Alexia J. Luna
Britney V. Martinez
Lorena R. Montiel
Raquel Montiel
Abimael Perez
Daniela T. Perez
Iliana V. Perez
Sydney R. Perkins
Miranda C. Picazio
Daniel D. Plasencia
Guillermo D. Ramirez
Gustavo Rangel
Flor M. Robles
Felipe J. Rodriguez
Freddy Rodriguez
Alyssa M. Ruiz
Dianeth H. Trevino
Diana G. Valadez
Mayra A. Vazquez
Outstanding Student Researchers 2019

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Contact Information:

University College 
Zaffirini Student Success Center 223 
Phone 326-2134 
Fax 326-2129