Prospect for Success Courses

Prospect for Success Course Options

All first-year students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Prospect for Success course.  Below is a list of options for University College students only.

Note:  Unless enrolled in a learning community, HPEX Students will enroll in a dedicated section of UCOL 1200.

Option 1 – Learning Community

The Explore Learning Community is designed to help undeclared first year students engage in self, major and career exploration.   Click here to apply for the EXPLORE LC or to find other learning community options.  Residential learning communities can only accept applications until June 30 (or until full).

Option 2 – First Year Seminar Course

UCOL 1200: First Year Seminar is a seminar-style learning experience designed to introduce you to campus resources and provide ongoing support and orientation during your transition to college. This is a great option for students who want to explore majors and careers. 

  • College Transition
    Designed to provide an orientation to campus resources and
    promote problem-solving and writing skills.  Includes some career and major exploration.
  • Exploring Business
    Designed for students who are strongly considering a major in business

Option 3 – Prospect Big Question Course

Each of the courses listed below satisfy a general education requirement while also helping students engage in the life of college academics. When registering for a Prospect Big Question course, be sure the course number ends in “Q."

  • LBST 2101Q - When Nations go to War (HIST):

The last two centuries have seen more war and devastation than ever before in civilization. Why do nations decide to go to war; and at what price? What does war solve if anything; and why does peace seem so elusive? How does war affect those who fight it and those who live it? Why does one continent get ravaged while the other continent gets spared? Together we will determine the motivations for, and whether there is such a thing as a good war or a bad peace.

  • LBST 2101Q - Ordering the World (RELS):

Human beings are constantly involved in making, unmaking, and maintaining order, yet we rarely have time to reflect on this. What is order? Is order inherent in nature or is it human construct (or a mix of both)? What is order appropriate and necessary and when is it restrictive or even oppressive? What assumptions form the foundations for classifying and categorizing things, people, and ideas? Students will have several opportunities to delve into classification and order schemes outside the classroom.

  • LBST 2102Q - The Modern World That Trade Made (HIST):

From a historical viewpoint, this course examines the multiple ways that human desires and habits have transformed the world.

  • LBST 2102Q - The Paradoxical 20th Century (HIST):

Since 1900 the world has changed at an unprecedented rate. In many ways, these changes have brought progress, including new discoveries in science and technology, advances in civil rights, national independence for people once under foreign rule, and high standards of living and longer life expectancies for many. Yet these changes haves also brought tragedy, such as entrenched poverty, deadly epidemics, two world wars, and hundreds of smaller ones, numerous cases of genocide, environmental damge, terrorism, and the threat of nuclear war.  This course aims to help you make sense of the paradoxical 20th century and to explore how it affects today's world.

  • LBST 2211Q - Education and Democratic Citizenship (POLS):

This course examines the relationship between education and democratic citizenship. In addition to surveying works in the history of civic pedagogy, students will interrogate the assumptions underpinning American higher education policy and assess the degree to which educational institutions prepare students for lives of critical political engagement.

  • LBST 2211Q - Poverty, Inequality, and Justice (SOCY):

This course provides an opportunity: (1) to gain an understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in the United States (2) to learn and explore different ethical theories and frameworks and (3) to apply these ethical principles to contemporary social issues.

  • LBST 2212Q - Sexing Shakespeare (ENGL):

Sex, gender, sexuality. What do these terms mean and how has our understanding of each influenced the modern human experience over the past 400 years? In this course, we explore questions by placing four well-known plays by Shakespeare in conversation with current events and recent research by scholars in a variety of different disciplines (e.g. Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, English). Along the way, we discuss whether there might be better and more equitable ways to think about sex and about Shakespeare.