Entering students will build on their talents, skills, and experiences to successfully transition to UTEP through UNIV 1301—a course to support students’ leadership development, academic excellence, and campus and community engagement, paving the way to success in their educational and professional pursuits.
UNIV 1301 Seminar in Critical Inquiry is a core curriculum course designed to engage first-year students intellectually in an academic theme through which they will further develop their knowledge and skills, as well as their engagement with the UTEP community. A team consisting of an instructor, student peer leader, university librarian, and academic advisor teaches each section of UNIV 1301. Instructors for the course are faculty, staff, or administrators from colleges and departments across the campus as well as from the Entering Student Program, representing a multitude of academic disciplines. The peer leader is an academically successful student, who serves as a role model and guide in the classroom, helping entering students expand their academic success skills, strategies, and engagement. The librarian helps students further develop their information literacy, providing guidance for their UNIV 1301 research projects. The fourth member of the instructional team, the academic advisor provides information to help students develop knowledge of the core curriculum, degree plans, and academic policies. Through this close interaction with faculty, staff and peers, and engagement with campus resources, events and opportunities, UNIV 1301 students develop a sense of belonging to the UTEP community and begin recognizing their UTEP Edge.
Examples of themes for UNIV 1301 are “Latino Image in Film and Television,” “Inventing America,” “Voices of Protest,” “Imagining Nations, Imagining Regions: The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” and “Foundations of Engineering for the Problem Solver!”
Through UNIV 1301, students will
- develop and apply elements of leadership through effective individual participation and meaningful team collaboration to empower them to be agents of change.
- examine the roles and responsibilities crucial for their success in college and beyond.
- identify, assess, and build on their strengths and experiences to develop academic and transitional strategies necessary for success in their academic, career, and life goals.
- engage in research and critical thinking activities that demonstrate their ability to effectively integrate their learning within, across, and beyond academic settings.
- engage in campus and community activities to increase their sense of academic and social belonging.
Students who successfully complete UNIV 1301 will have increased awareness of their assets, further developed skills and strategies necessary for academic and professional success, enhanced their abilities as critical thinkers and independent learners, and developed a sense of belonging to the UTEP community. In other words, UNIV 1301 helps students develop their Edge.