The University Studies Program (USP) is intended to evolve, change, and continue to improve. It was developed collaboratively by faculty from a variety of different disciplines and when you teach in the USP you are becoming part of this community.

Some of the USP priorities for teaching include:

  • Supporting quality instruction
  • Providing access to the full support of the USP staff
  • Regularly offering events and professional development opportunities
  • Promoting interaction between faculty and staff to support general education
  • Increasing consistency in course offerings (which is reflected in syllabi with similar elements)
  • Expanding connection to the community, particularly in Quest 3
  • Helping students make connections, especially through the signature questions as well as in  Quest 3 and Connect

USP Course Instructors

Quest III course on Farming History

Quest III course on Farming History

Courses that meet requirements in the USP include:

Explore courses make up the majority of a student’s coursework in the USP. Some sections of Explore courses are also included in the Quest sequence. Look under Attributes in the Detail description of your course in Titan Web to find out if your course is an Explore, Quest I, Quest II, or Quest III course. Explore courses are designated XC (explore culture), XL (explore lab science), XM (explore mathematics), or XS (explore society). There may also be designations for ES (Ethnic Studies) or GC (Global Citizenship), which are university requirements.

Follow this link to get instructions for finding completed USP forms on a campus computer.

Fundamentals for all UW Oshkosh Teachers

Essential Learning Outcomes

Essential Learning OutcomesBroadly speaking, liberal education can be defined as an approach to learning that inspires intellectual curiosity, encourages the understanding of responsibilities, and lays the foundation for the skills and knowledge to enable you to succeed both as a student and as a citizen. These outcomes are essential learning for all liberally educated students.

Global Citizenship

Global CitizenshipThe Global Citizenship requirement is designed to provide students with opportunities to gain deep knowledge about the world and its peoples, build capacity for civic engagement at local and global levels, acquire understanding to create a more sustainable world, and prepare students for the responsibilities of informed citizenship in a complex, interdependent and changing world.

Introduction to Public Speaking (Comm 111)

Introduction to Public Speaking“Introduction to theory and practice of communicating in public speaking settings.” (copied from the course description)

Quest Sequence

Quest SequenceQuest courses are designated as Quest I, Quest II, and Quest III. Students who start their college career at UW Oshkosh take Quest I and II in their first year.  In addition to covering disciplinary content, these courses are designed to help students transition to college life. Students take Quest III in either semester of their second year. Learning in this course is enhanced by a community engagement experience.

Current Student Resources

Current Student ResourcesUW Oshkosh is dedicated to providing students with the support they need to succeed. Resources range from helping students with their math classes to finding their way in the library and even to receiving advice about career planning.

Signature Questions

Signature QuestionsThe role of signature questions in the University Studies program is to support liberal education and to provide connections between courses.

Syllabus Checklists

Syllabus ChecklistsInstructors can use these checklists to help design their USP courses and syllabi.

WBIS and Connect

WBIS and Connect: WBIS stands for Writing Based Inquiry Seminar. Students develop their writing, critical reading and critical thinking skills in this course. Connect is the advanced writing course.

Course Approval

Course Approval: Please contact the USP office (usp@uwosh.edu or (920) 424-1257) if you would like to offer a course in the USP that is not already offered. It is good to have a discussion with the USPDirector and/or USP Associate Director in planning this course. Once your course is ready for approval, use the forms you would ordinarily use for a new or modified course, plus a USP course approval form. All of these forms, and a flowchart showing the approval process for USP courses, can be found on the Provost’s website.



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