Signature Courses (UGS 302) are small, 18-student classes that offer first-year students the opportunity to interact closely with a faculty member and their peers through class discussion. These courses have an expansive array of topics taught by faculty from almost every college and school at the university. In these seminar-format classes, students acquire knowledge through the symbiotic relationship of interdisciplinary study. For example, science will inform your interpretation of a painting and vice versa, or you will see how law, foreign policy, marketing, and education all influence the economy. Information literacy and research will play a major role in the fulfillment of the course’s Writing flag. Seminars also introduce you to the resources of the university and assist you in identifying interesting subjects for further research and future careers.
The large-format Signature Courses (UGS 303) are a way to expose students to some of UT’s top faculty, who do some of their best teaching in a large format. These courses range from 50-200 students, but discussion sessions of 17 students create the intimate environment found in the seminars. The large format courses are similar to seminars in their requirements (i.e., interdisciplinary and contemporary content, oral presentation, information literacy, use of campus resources, University Lecture Series) except that only select UGS 303 courses carry the Writing flag.
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The Signature Courses at The University of Texas at Austin will connect students with distinguished faculty members in unique learning environments. By way of this rigorous intellectual experience, students will develop college-level skills in research, writing, speaking, and discussion through an approach that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential and contemporary.