ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY STUDIES PROGRAM
The University Studies Program is UW Oshkosh’s general education program.
All American universities have a general education program. What makes the University Studies Program (USP) special are its small, first-year-experience classes, the community engagement experience that second-year students do, and the three “signature questions” that are woven throughout USP courses.
Every student who starts at UW Oshkosh with fewer than fifteen college credits participates in the 3-course Quest sequence of first-year and second-year experiences. Every student completes 9 Explore courses. Along the way, one of these Explore courses will offer a focus on Global Citizenship, while another will offer a focus on Ethnic Studies. Every student also completes WBIS 188 (a first-year writing course), Communications 111 (a first-year speaking course), and English 300 (a second- or third-year writing course).
The program is structured to fit into students’ schedules like this:
|When do you take it?||What do you take?|
(Fall or Spring)
|Right After Quest III||
|Any Time in College Career||
The USP was designed by the faculty of UW Oshkosh, and students started in the program in the Fall of 2013. The USP was based on proven High Impact Practices [link to https://www.aacu.org/leap/hips] in higher education, as well as the Essential Learning Outcomes that UW Oshkosh wants every student to have learned by graduation.
Click on the links above to learn more. Check out the infographic, below, to get a different view of when you take which courses.