Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies works with various units on campus to enhance the undergraduate educational experience and provide educational opportunities and support for undergraduate scholarship both inside and outside the classroom. Offices supported by Undergraduate Studies variously work at the transition from the high school to college experience, provide a broad based general education program extending throughout a student's time at UNCW, provide targeted support for applied learning opportunities and enhancement of the undergraduate experience, and promote best teaching practices.

Undergraduate Studies News

Pathways to success

UNCW alumni discuss success 10 years post-graduation 

On April 6, 2017, from 3:30-5:00, accomplished alumni from a range of programs will return to UNCW and participate in a panel discussion during which they will describe how their educational experiences contributed to their abilities to achieve success, both professionally and personally. Our distinguished alumni panelists include Jenna Gasper (French and International Business), Jeffrey Justice (History, French), Melissa Gillespie (Social Studies/Teaching), Ashley Murphy (English), Brendon Murphy (Film Studies), Chad Porter (Physical Education), Will Thompson (Chemistry), and Rocco Quaranto (Entrepreneurship and Business Development).

Because individuals’ pathways to success are often nonlinear and even unpredictable, we will ask our panelists to discuss what their educations prepared them to do as well as how their educational experiences aided them to adapt to unexpected opportunities and challenges. Time will be allotted for audience members to pose questions to our panelists. Through this event, students, faculty, and administrators will have a wonderful opportunity to be instructed and inspired by a group of our alumni who have generously agreed to share their wisdom with the UNCW community.

Our panel discussion takes place in Lumina Theater in the Fisher Student Center and is followed by a reception in the Clock Tower Lounge.  This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Undergraduate Studies.

Publishing in Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal Prepares Students for the Future

Several UNCW students will be featured in the upcoming volume of Explorations, the journal of undergraduate research and creative activities for the state of North Carolina. Kate Bruce, director of the Honors College, serves as the editor-in-chief for Explorations and has emphasized the importance of being published as a young scholar and the impact it can have for students' future research careers. UNCW Authors include: Walter Kearnan, Sydney Bohn, Evan Hill, Derek Detweiler, Samantha Farquhar, Brian Gottwalt, and Christine Zuelsdorf. 

Read the full article here: Publishing in Explorations

Undergraduate Studies earns GA Grant to Improve Student Degree Completion

UNCW has received $33,000 to increase efforts to identify and prevent "stop-outs," students who fail to register for classes after attending for several semesters. The proposal, funded by University of North Carolina General Administration, will be used to develop support programs for students who have attempted at least 60 college credits and who are at risk of stopping out.

Read the full article here: Funding Will Help UNCW Prevent "Stop Outs"

Units supported by the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

University Studies: University Studies, UNCW's general education program, provides the basis for a liberal education that is extended throughout a student's career to provide the varied skills necessary to succeed.

General Education Assessment: UNCW helps assure that students are meeting the goals of the general education program through an assessment process that uses course-embedded assignments across the curriculum as well as standardized instruments.

ETEAL (experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning): ETEAL is UNCW's quality enhancement plan dedicated to improving applied learning experiences.

Honors Scholars College and CSURF: The Honors College oversees a rigorous academic program that provides opportunities for undergraduates to engage in creative scholarly activity. CSURF, the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, supports undergraduate scholarly activity for all UNCW undergraduates through travel grants, workshops, and logistics.

University College (UC): The University College serves all first-year students, including specialized support for distinct populations: early college, first-generation, pre-professional, first year spring admits (FYSA), select military and transfer students, and students in transition. UC coordinates the First Year Seminar (UNI 101), Learning Communities, and Pre-Professional curriculum, programs and services for all undergraduates. 

Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS): SASS provides a range of support and assistance to UNCW's student-athletes, including scheduling help, academic assistance, study and life skills development, and tutoring services and coordination. 

The Applied Learning Gallery: Created in partnership between Undergraduate Studies (ETEAL, Honors, CSURF, OIP, and CTE), Randall Library, and the Career Center, the purpose of this gallery is to highlight exemplary applied learning projects and students engaged in high-impact applied experiences.

Undergraduate Catalogue: The Undergraduate Catalogue is a resource for information on UNCW policies and regulations, degree programs and course offerings, admissions and financial aid details, as well as a guide to campus and student support services. The official university calendar is also included in the catalogue, along with a listing of administrative officers and the academic credentials of UNCW faculty.

A major emphasis of the Office of Undergraduate Studies is to support applied learning in its various forms. Application of principles in a practical setting either within the classroom or outside the classroom is an essential part of the educational experience of undergraduates at UNCW.