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Office of Undergraduate Studies

The Office of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) works in partnership with the academic colleges in the development, review and enhancement of the undergraduate programs to assist faculty to provide outstanding undergraduate education for students. The members of the UGS team work with faculty to establish and administer academic policies, assist with undergraduate curriculum development and review, and support proposals for new and revised programs and courses through the various approval processes. In addition to assisting with the academic programs offered by the colleges, Undergraduate Studies offers a number of academic programs:

Undergraduate Studies provides strong set of Student Success programs designed to make it more likely that students will successfully navigate the complexities of the transition to college and the baccalaureate experience. (It integrates academic endeavors with meaningful experiences within myriad student development programs.) Together, they aim to provide coordinated opportunities for students to develop their identities and intellectual competencies for successful careers and lifelong learning. Those services include:

Common Reading Experience

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2014-15 Book Selection
The Common Reading Experience (CRE) is designed to provide USF students with a common intellectual experience to generate discussion, promote critical thinking, and instill a sense of community among students, faculty/staff, and alumni.

The CRE is an initiative that the Office of Undergraduate Studies launched in cooperation with Student Affairs for academic year 2013-2014. With the slogan of "One Book - Global Connections," the goal is to involve students, faculty and the University community in a lively discussion about important world issues connected to a common reading.

Freshmen students will have the book integrated into their First Year Composition and Academic Foundations courses. Other faculty teaching in both undergraduate and graduate courses are making plans to include parts of the book into their coursework. A series of events are being developed by various offices, such as New Student Connections, Housing & Residential Education, Faculty Fellows, and Parent & Family Programs. The author, Kristen Iversen, will be at USF on Friday, Sept. 26, to kick-off Fall Family Weekend and other prominent university events that involve undergraduate and graduate students in this year-long focus on the common reading.

Visit the CRE Website >

Last Updated > August 29, 2014

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