Linked Courses and USC 101 Global Perspectives Section

What is a link?

A linked course is when students who are enrolled in USC 101 (Intro. to University Education), are also enrolled in a General Education First Year Inquiry (FYI) course at the same time. Because the same group of students will be in two courses together, they are able to build a smaller community of peers as they transition to college.

Unique Class Experiences for Linked Courses

Each of our linked classes provides unique in class instruction, as well as some out of classroom experiences. The instructors that choose to teach  a FYI course, create an engaging educational experience for the incoming first year students. In this smaller setting students feel more comfortable to dialogue, ask questions, and connect to the experience.

How can I sign up for a Linked Course for this fall?

If you are interested in signing up for a linked course opportunity, you will be able to do so through the Pre NSO Survey. The preferred deadline for students interested in a linked course is May 12, 2017, so be sure to submit your survey early as seats are limited! Please do not enroll in a course in which you will recieve AP/IB or college credit.

Is enrollment in a Linked Course required?

All incoming Exploratory Studies students are required to be enrolled in the USC 101 course, but enrollment in the linked course is optional.

What are the links for this fall?

  • EMA 110 (Introduction to Arts Entrepreneurship)  This course introduces students to the basic components of an entrepreneurial lifestyle in the arts for those interested in starting an arts business. Students explore fundamental issues arts entrepreneurs encounter and how they can be addressed before the startup process reaches the launch cycle. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and cover the admission costs of off-campus events.
  • Dr. Kathryn Brown: “The coolest thing about Intro to Arts Entrepreneurship is that we meet real arts entrepreneurs in the Triangle and also visit local arts businesses and organizations. I also bring in recent Arts Entrepreneurship alumni who are out there applying the skills they developed in the Minor as arts entrepreneurs in the real world. They still remember what it was like to sit where you do, and many “big brother/ big sister” relationships form between current students and alumni. Many students also find internship opportunities at the places we visit, which is pretty exciting!”


  • ENG 266 (American Literature II)  A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present, including such central authors as Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, James, Crane, Wharton, Frost, Eliot,   Hemingway, Hurston, Faulkner, Wright, O’Connor, and Morrison. Credit will not be given for both ENG 266 and ENG 252.
  • Dr. Rebecca Walsh:  “I teach American Literature as a response to American history, culture, and politics in the making. While we will learn about the literature itself and what it means to “do” literary studies/humanities analysis, we’ll focus on how individual authors respond to their own cultural moments–challenges and opportunities alike. I love the mixture of types of literature this class allows me to teach that foregrounds the promises of and inequities in our nation’s democratic experiment–a slave narrative by Harriet Jacobs, realist fiction of Edith Wharton, Sarah Orne Jewett, or William Dean Howells; the plantation tales of Charles Chesnutt; the modernist and expatriate literature of Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Jessie Redmon Fauset and James Baldwin; the science fiction of W.E.B. Du Bois, Octavia Butler and Philip K. Dick (of Blade Runner fame); the postmodernism of Percival Everett and Jennifer Egan, and more.”


  • MUS 180 (introduction to Musical Experiences)  Examination of western musical materials, forms, styles and history through the primary musical experiences of composing, performing, and listening. Course designed for students with no formal musical training.
  • Dr. Bob Petters: “I’m always interested in hearing music that students listen to; I ask them to bring examples for myself and the students to hear during class. We also discuss different feelingful responses to what is heard without being evaluated on these responses.”


  • PS 201 (American Politics and Government)Analysis of American political institutions and processes, including the constitution, political culture, campaigns and elections, political parties, interest groups, the media, the president, congress, the federal courts, and public policy. Discussion of contemporary and controversial issues in American politics. Emphasis on placing current issues in comparative and historical perspective where relevant.
  • Dr. Dan Graham: “I try to make the class a place where students and myself can have some fun as we explore many rather serious political issues and concerns in a setting that respects all student opinions where we can all agree to disagree without being too disagreeable.  I try to run a very participatory class with an emphasis on applying the concepts and information learned from the one textbook to ongoing current events. I do this by having student-led current events discussions; these sessions area also opportunities to learn and develop both critical and creative thinking skills. We also watch several fun and informative videos during the semester. My goal is for students to develop their participatory citizenship interests with respect for all political views.”


  • STS 323 (World Population & Food Prospects)   Examination of the dynamics of population size and food needs, production, distribution and utilization. Consequences of inadequate nutrition and food choices, efforts to increase the compatibility of effective food production systems and alternate crops and cropping systems examined.
  • Dr. Robert Patterson: This course involves the study of how all of us can empower ourselves to meet our current basic human needs while respecting the ecosystems that will be required for future generations (including your children) to enjoy the same choices we are privileged to enjoy today. During the course we will take several field trips, including visits to a farm (where we will plan garden vegetables), campus greenhouses, the Arboretum, university research stations, and a “green” home in Cary. The course is heavily focused on interactive learning-our students learn by designing and conducting the exercises we use to accomplish course objectives.”


  • USC 101 – Global Perspectives Section
  • This Fall 2017, Exploratory Studies will be offering a USC 101 section with a special focus on global education and cross-cultural learning.  This section of USC 101 will provide a unique opportunity for our international and U.S. students to learn with and from each other as they transition to college.  As for all USC 101 sections, course topics will also include US diversity; major and career decision making; assessment of interests, skills, and values; university resources; and academic policies and procedures.  
  • Exploratory Studies Instructors for this USC 101 section: Jordan McMican, Diversity Coordinator and Tony Shurer, Academic Coordinator for International Student Support  

View this video of Dr. Bob Patterson, instructor for STS 323, talking about the value of a linked course:








Career Connections, Saturday, March 17.

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Majors & Minors Fair!

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