USC 101/102: Introduction to University Education


All students in First Year College are required to take "Introduction to University Education," USC 101 (fall semester) and USC 102 (spring semester), in their first year at NC State. Students earn 1 hour of letter-graded credit for each of the two semesters. The course is taught by the student's Academic Advisor and meets once a week. Classes are discussion-oriented, and students frequently work together in small groups. The course uses a textbook written by First Year College advisors, The Transition to Higher Education Workbook.

Most colleges at NC State require some sort of orientation course for their students. While all of these courses seek to help first year students become more comfortable within the university community, the First Year College orientation courses also encourage students to make rational, informed decisions about their majors. USC 101 and 102 are designed to include topics that concern undeclared students: the adjustment from high school to college, the academic expectations of a university student, the assessment of one's own personal goals and values, and the exploration of careers and the undergraduate majors at NC State. At the end of their first year, students should have enough information about themselves and the university to make informed decisions about their future.



Some additional programs/initiatives associated with USC 101 & 102 that are required for all students include: 


  • Summer Reading Program- First Year College has had a common reading program for over ten years. Our students have read Marian Wright Edelman’s The Measure of Our Success, Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, and William Cronon’s ’Only Connect’: The Goals of a Liberal Education. In 2005, the University started a common reading program in which FYC and many of the other NC State Colleges participate. We've even been fortunate to have the summer reading author serve as the Convocation Celebration Speaker. 

  • 2014 COMMON READING ASSIGNMENT (will be posted during the summer)-required of all FYC students enrolled in USC 101 is Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetrics, and the Future of Food, Pamela C. Ronald & Raoul W. Adamchak 

  • 2013-The Alchemy of Air, Thomas Hager  

  • 2012- It Happened on the Way to War, Rye Barcott *2011- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot*

  • 2010- Half the Sky, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn*
  • 2009- Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson* and David Oliver Relin
  • 2008- Sounds of the River, Da Chen*
  • 2007- Colors of the Mountain, Da Chen*
  • 2006 & 2005- Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom*

          Events for this year:

  • Fall Convocation-Thomas Hager, author of the 2013 Common Reading Book, The Alchamey of Air, will be the guest speak at NC State's Wolfpack Welcome Week Convocation Festival.  This event will be held on Monday, August 19th at the nearby PNC Arena.  Pre-Convocation activities begin at 1:30pm, followed by Convocation at 3:00pm. Transportation will be provided.

  • The Forum Series-Students are required to attend three Forum events each semester: one from each of these categories: 1. diversity/global knowledge, 2. educational enrichment category, 3. and one event from any of the four categories (this is the "student choice" event). Information about this requirement will be given in class.

  • Majors Exploration Series/Majors Fair-Students can speak personally with representatives from all of the Colleges to learn about academic majors.  Great Students will have the opportunity to develop networking skills and become more confident in thinking critically about their intended major.

  • Career Connections-This Spring event, held on a Saturday morning, takes students from the big picture of the Majors Exploration Series/MajorsFair to learning about careers.  Working professionals, many of whom are NCSU alumni, are invited to serve as panelists to give students with information and advice about the "world of work". Attendance at this event is required of all First Year College students in USC 102/106.


                                                      Questions about USC 101 or 102? Please contact Dr. Andrea Atkin.      




                                          Awesome Resident Mentors (RMs) who help with some of the USC 101 & 102 classes!