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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to foster the successful transition of first-year students from high school to UNC.  This course will introduce theoretical models and the application of these models to help build the foundation for continued intellectual, personal, and professional growth and development.  With a broad focus on reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills and competencies, this course will help students become independent, strategic learners who can contribute to the university as scholars and who can determine and construct their own futures. Every UNIV 101 section is paired with a Liberal Arts Core course.  Students enrolled in UNIV 101 are required to be enrolled in the associated paired course.  Non-repeatable.

Course Objectives

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to topics that will promote students’ beginning development and progress towards the following objectives.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will begin to:

(Intellectual Development)

  • Adapt and apply appropriate information processing and strategic learning strategies to their courses and learning experiences.
  • Use effective research skills to retrieve and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
  • Use written and oral communication to discover, develop, articulate, and defend ideas and viewpoints.
  • Develop and apply skills that contribute to building positive relationships with peers, staff, and faculty.
  • Recognize the purpose and value of personal and academic integrity and describe the key themes related to the Honor Code at UNC.
  • Responsibly access and use information technology to effectively support and reach academic, professional, and personal goals.

(Personal Development)

  • Understand the inter-relationship between goal-setting, motivation, and time management.  Apply strategies to effectively set goals, develop and maintain personal motivation, and manage time based on priorities.
  • Describe processes, strategies, and resources, and explain the implications of their decisions, related to their overall wellness.
  • Manage personal financial affairs effectively.
  • Describe concepts of diversity and recognize diverse perspectives.
  • Identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their educational experience and campus engagement.

(Professional Development)

  • Use effective collaboration and teamwork skills to work productively with others.
  • Identify relevant academic policies, processes, and procedures related to advising, course planning, and major exploration.
  • Identify career options that are consistent with personal values, interests, and aptitudes.


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