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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.

Fall 2019 Offerings 

  • TBA

Spring 2020 Offerings 

  • TBA

Outstanding Student Researchers
SPring 2018 


The following students were selected by their faculty as outstanding student researchers! Congratulations on your outstanding work. 

Rodrigo V. Aldape
Clarissa Alvarado
Job Aaron Alvarado
Keanu Born
Melissa Bustamante
Alma Cerda
Natalia Chavez
Yuliani P. Colon 
Marcos Enriquez
Karla L. Garza
Micaela Belen Guerra
Lesly C. Lopez
Anisabeth Martinez 
Christina N. Mendoza
Irais Morales
Humberto Moreno
Angelica Navarro
Mary Newton
Melissa Ortega
Sabrina Pacheco
Jacqueline A. Ramirez
Jazlyn N. Salinas
Catarina M. Samaniego
Ana Cristina Silva
Lathan Cole Tolbert
Erick Adrian Vega
Alan Villarreal 
Spr 2018 Outstanding Student Researchers

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Contact Information:

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