The University College program, AU’s oldest and largest academic living-learning community, fosters a strong, diverse community of first-year students by developing meaningful relationships between students, peer leaders, and faculty. The University College’s central feature is Complex Problems, a living-learning seminar.
These small classes, each centered around a unique complex problem, allow students to work closely with their professors, their peer leaders, and their classmates. In addition to the
classroom, students in the University College benefit from specialized
residence hall programming and experiential learning that enhances and enriches
academic course material.
Courses for fall 2017 will
be available to view online in early February. Pictured above are the titles for eight pilot classes that were taught in fall 2016. Students who belong to University College in 2017 will be enrolled in more than 40 different Complex Problems classes.
Earn General Education credit for their Complex Problems seminar
Be supported jointly by Peer Leaders in the class and Residential Advisors where they live, in Anderson Hall
Form a diverse and inclusive community with their University College peers
Grow intellectually and personally through curricular and co-curricular experiences
Develop professional relationships with faculty teaching and interacting with the community
Begin to assemble the skills and habits of mind that will lead to future success at AU
Toward a New AU Core Curriculum
A portion of the entering class of 2020 was the first to have access to the new Complex Problems living-learning seminar. In 2017, Complex Problems will grow and become the central feature of the long-running University College program. Half of the incoming class will be invited to participate. Then in fall 2018, all incoming students will experience the course as Complex Problems will become the signature gateway to the new AU Core Curriculum, which is the academic experience that will ground the essential skills and habits of mind it provides within the complex world our students seek to serve.
Reserve Your Place
University College staff
will contact you in the upcoming months with information on how to select your
Fall 2017 Complex Problems seminar.