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Ursuline Studies Program / Anchor Courses

Each stage of the Ursuline Studies Program features a specially designed anchor course that serves as its foundation, and selected courses, called satellites, that are chosen from the humanities. These interdisciplinary courses integrate the main themes, developmental perspectives and academic goals of the core curriculum into each of the three stages of the curriculum.

Introductory or Transitions Seminar
These seminars serve as a transition to the Ursuline College experience. Each is a six-credit, writing-intensive course that gives students the challenge and support they need for high achievement in their college careers. Each offers diversified learning activities that strengthen students’ abilities to speak and write effectively, to interact with others in groups, to read and interpret challenging texts, and to progress smoothly through the remainder of their studies. While seminars may vary in topic, all deal with four main themes: education, identity, meaning, and voice.

Introductory Seminar for new first-year students.

US 101-102: A six-credit, two-semester course for new students of traditional age.

Transitions Seminar for transfer and returning students, is offered in two formats.

US 313-314: A six-credit, two-semester course for students who transfer in fewer than 30 credit hours. Students enrolled in the Ursuline College Accelerated Program (UCAP) must take a writing assessment test which will be used to determine appropriate placement.

US 315: A three credit, one semester course for students who transfer in 30-63 semester hours and have completed 6 semester hours of recent English composition with a B average.

The Introductory or Transitions Seminars are taken prior to or concurrently with Stage One satellite courses from the following areas: Science  (Biology, Chemistry, Science), Math, Society (Sociology) and Self (Psychology). A variety of courses identified as Ursuline Studies satellites in the natural and social sciences may fulfill these requirements.

Students must complete Stage One requirements before beginning Stage Two.

STAGE TWO: US 350-351
Introduction to Culture
Introduction to Culture, the anchor course for Stage Two, is a six-credit, two-semester, interdisciplinary course.  It identifies key cities from a variety of historical periods and global areas, and studies their cultures from the humanities and fine arts perspective. The course is writing-intensive, and students actively pursue individual and group research.

Introduction to Culture is taken prior to or concurrently with Stage Two satellite courses from four related areas: World Culture, Western Culture, American Culture, and Fine Arts (Aesthetic Response). A variety of courses approved as Ursuline Studies satellites in the humanities and fine arts departments may fulfill these area requirements: Art, English, Foreign Language, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies. Students must select courses from at least three different departments to fulfill these requirements.

Students must complete Stage Two requirements before beginning Stage Three.

Culminating Seminar
The anchor course for Stage Three is a three-credit, one-semester Culminating Seminar: a writing-intensive, interdisciplinary course that focuses on values and social responsibility. It offers students the opportunity to reflect on their entire college experience and challenges them to imagine ways in which their education can make them more fulfilled, productive, and responsible for their lives, their careers, and their world. Students may not register for the Culminating Seminar until they have completed at least 96 credits.  Prior to or concurrently with the Culminating Seminar, students select courses from the areas of Religious Studies and Philosophy. A variety of upper-division courses approved as Ursuline Studies satellites in these departments may fulfill these requirements. Lower-division courses (those taken at 100- or 200-level) do not satisfy Stage Three requirements.

Students must complete all requirements in the Ursuline Studies Program before graduation.

Ursuline Studies Program - Program Chart

Developmental &
Academic Goals
Content Areas Courses Credits
Stage One: From Received to Subjective Knowing
Liberal Arts Introductory/Transitions Seminar  6
To Solve Problems Science Chemistry, Biology, Science 4
To Analyze/Synthesize Math Math 3
To Communicate Effectively Society Sociology 3
To Interact Socially Self Psychology 3
Total Credits 19

Stage Two: From Subjective to Procedural Knowing
Culture and the Liberal Arts Introduction to Culture 6
To Respond to Beauty World Culture English, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies 3
To Make Decisions Based on Values Western Culture English, History, Religious Studies, Philosophy 3
American Culture English, History, Religious Studies, Foreign Language 3
To Take Responsibility for Society Aesthetic Response Art, Drama, Music 3
Total Credits 18

Stage Three: From Procedural to Constructive Knowing
To Make Decisions Based on Values Religion Religious Studies 6
Philosophy Philosophy 3
To Take Responsibility for Society Commitment and the Liberal Arts Culminating Seminar 3
Total Credits 12
Total Credits for the Ursuline Studies Program 49