These groundbreaking courses embrace the mission of connecting every first-year student at one of the nation’s best research universities with distinguished faculty members utilizing innovative teaching techniques in unique learning environments. Signature Courses serve 11,000 students per academic year. The professors’ areas of expertise and passion are the vehicle for this rigorous intellectual experience, in which students develop a common set of important college-level skills in research, writing, information literacy, communication, and discussion through an approach that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential, and contemporary.

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The Signature Courses facilitate the successful transition to college (and beyond) by providing a rigorous intellectual experience, college-level skills in research, writing, speaking, and discussion through an approach that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential and contemporary. The courses are powerfully engaging, as the best teachers and scholars at UT teach the Signature Courses within their area of passion, using the content as a vehicle for enhancing critical thinking and learning.