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  Oct 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

University College


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Mary Kay Helling, Interim Dean
West Hall 212, Box 510
605-688-4153
E-mail: traci.johnson@sdstate.edu
www.sdstate.edu/uc

Faculty

Lecturers:
Teri Johnson, Amy Pedersen, Bonnie Shinn

Instructors:
Natalie Gilbert, Melissa Granum, Rebecca Kjelden

Emeritus:
Keith Corbett

Overview

Many students enrolling in the University College have elected to explore their abilities, interests and educational alternatives before declaring a major. Most First Year Students are advised by a group of Professional First Year Advisors to help them determine areas of interest. Through University College, a student will receive assistance that helps them make wise major/career choices. Most undeclared major students who enroll in University College will transfer to one of the degree granting colleges at SDSU before they reach sophomore status. The College also provides advising and general support to students enrolled in distance education programs.

Departments

The University College is organized through the following programmatic delivery structure: Academic Programs and Academic Support such as Academic Advising, Mentoring, and Tutoring.

Degrees Offered

The University College does not offer a degree; rather staff assist students in finding the right fit for a degree. The University College serves students in the following categories: undeclared pre-majors, special non-degree seeking students, first and second year students, and students admitted in the academic success program.

Accreditations and Certifications

The University College activities are covered by the institutional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

The Tutor Training program is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program, with certification at the highest level (Level 3 – Master Tutor Certification).

The Academic Success Peer Mentoring program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, with level 2 certification.

Programs

Associate of Arts

University College supervises the Associate of Arts degree in General Studies .  This degree provides a foundation of general education courses at the university level supporting bachelor’s degree programs, lifelong learning, leadership, service, and careers requiring general education coursework.

Undeclared Majors

University College allows students without declared majors to begin college work through its program for undeclared/deciding students. Deciding students are assisted in planning their college program and encouraged to explore various fields of study. Deciding student enrollment is normally for the freshman year as they are encouraged to choose a major within two semesters. Students are expected to be in good Academic Standing as they explore academic options and declare majors.

Academic advisors assist First Year Students in the process of identifying their interests, aptitudes and abilities. Students work with advisors to plan out a program that will meet their interests and needs. The University College offers a two-credit course entitled UC 102 Exploratory Studies  which assists with career decision making strategies. First Year Students at SDSU also enroll in a two-credit First Year Experience course entitled UC 119 - First Year Seminar , which helps them acclimate to college life and learn about SDSU resources. Transfer and non-traditional students enroll in UC 219 - Transition Year Seminar .  A suggested first year schedule follows:

Freshman Year

F

 

S

UC 119 First Year Seminar

2

 

 

UC 102-102L Exploratory Studies

2

or

2

ENGL 101 Composition I

3

or

3

MATH 102 College Algebra
   (or prescribed math course)

3

or

3

SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech

3

or

3

UC 143 Mastering Lifetime Learning Skills

2

or

2

Humanities Core Courses

3

or

3

Social Sciences Core Courses

3

 

3

Biological or Physical Science Core Courses

3-4

 

3-4

Interest Area Courses

3

or

3

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