Residential Colleges

Ashby Residential College

University Teaching and Learning Commons

124 Mary Foust Hall
336-334-5915
http://ashby.uncg.edu

Sara Littlejohn, Program Chair of Ashby Residential College, Department of English
Christine Flood, Associate Program Chair of Ashby Residential College, Department of History
Will Dodson, Residential College Coordinator of Ashby Residential College, Department of English and Department of Media Studies

Ashby Residential College Core Values

Liberal education, multiliteracies, innovative learning, and social justice.

Vision Statement

Ashby Residential College is a home on campus where students can relate serious academic studies to communal issues and personal development. Ashby upholds a tradition that fosters friendships, a commitment to life-long learning, and a responsibility to the community.

Mission Statement

Ashby Residential College fosters a holistic academic community grounded in liberal education and multi-literacies. Our primary intellectual and social commitments are to global engagement, social justice, and multi-literacies, which includes sustainability, wellness, and global human rights. Our innovative, multidisciplinary curriculum and self-governing activities encourage students to:

  • Integrate and apply knowledge to societal challenges with progressively higher levels of explorations and expectations;
  • Organize, plan, and implement projects that foster personal development, innovation, leadership, and civic engagement; and
  • Develop with faculty, staff, and alumni a strong and diverse community connected by a respect for individuality and a balance between public and private values.

Overview

Ashby Residential College, founded in 1970, is the oldest residential college in North Carolina. We value faculty-student interactions and emphasize small-seminar classes that meet UNC Greensboro general education requirements. In-house programs provide support in terms of advising, library access, research, and developing skills in speaking and writing. Self-governing activities encourage students to integrate and apply knowledge to societal challenges, implement projects that foster personal development, innovation, leadership, and civic engagement. Mary Foust Hall houses approximately 120 co-ed freshmen and sophomores. All students who have been admitted to UNC Greensboro automatically qualify for application to Ashby. Anyone who wishes to receive more information about the program is encouraged to contact the Ashby Office, located in 124 Mary Foust Hall, 336-334-5915, and to visit the website: http://ashby.uncg.edu.

Ashby Residential College in Mary Foust is an inclusive, two-year program that offers a unique living and learning environment for a co-ed student community of approximately 120 freshmen and sophomores with a limited number of Upper-Class Mentor participants. Ashby is a small college but with immediate and complete access to the diverse facilities, programs, and departments of a larger university. Ashby provides a setting that encourages innovative study, small classes, unity of academic and social experiences, and close student-faculty contacts. A Residential College Coordinator, who serves on the faculty, resides in the hall. Other faculty members have offices in the residence hall. Students and faculty serve on governing committees and participate together in special events within the community.

Every semester, the Ashby curriculum includes approximately eighteen courses taught by faculty from departments across campus. These courses meet UNC Greensboro general education requirements as well as requirements for a variety of majors. All students are asked to participate in one of the ARC multidisciplinary core courses, which represent four to five integrated courses from the Ashby curriculum, and to choose another class from the other curricular offerings, which represent a wide range of academic subjects. These seminars, along with varied types of independent study and community service work, make up approximately six hours of a student’s semester course load. The remaining semester hours are taken within the greater university. Ashby students are not only full members of UNC Greensboro, but are also encouraged to participate in the life of the university.

Grogan Residential College

University Teaching and Learning Commons

108 Grogan Hall
336-334-5898
http://grogan.uncg.edu

John Sopper, Program Chair of Ione Grogan Residential College, Department of Religious Studies
Sarah Colonna, Associate Program Chair of Ione Grogan Residential College, Women's and Gender Studies Program

About

Grogan Residential College is a two year, residential and academic program that serves undergraduate students in all majors offered at UNC Greensboro. Recognizing the changing realities of work, Grogan helps students connect their passion, curiosity, and interests to their learning and development as future professionals. Grogan offers a personalized approach, project-based learning strategies, and opportunities for broad-based leadership and professional development.

Grogan College also serves as a “teaching innovations lab” where UNC Greensboro faculty develop new and more effective approaches to teaching and learning. Through its unique residential environment, dedicated faculty, innovative CORE courses and related experiential learning opportunities, Grogan College helps students develop perspectives, aptitudes, and skills needed for sustained professional success in a changing world.

Mission Statement

Grogan Residential College fosters active lifelong learners and creative future professionals.

Members of Grogan College:

  • Take Grogan Core courses that connect passion and curiosity to learning and professional development.
  • Live with other students who share similar academic and professional interests.
  • Connect with faculty through courses, workshops, field experiences, and other programs.
  • Engage with peer mentors.
  • Develop a capstone portfolio that effectively communicates the value of their Grogan experience and articulates their future professional path.

Strong Residential College

University Teaching and Learning Commons

121 Guilford Hall
336-334-1325
http://strong.uncg.edu

Sara Littlejohn, Program Chair of Warren Ashby Residential College and Cornelia Strong Residential College, Department of English
Anne Barton, Associate Program Chair of Cornelia Strong Residential College, Department of History
Will Dodson, Residential College Coordinator of Cornelia Strong Residential College, Department of Media Studies

About

Strong Residential College, founded in 1994, fosters a holistic academic community grounded in liberal education with an intellectual commitment to sustainability and hands-on research.

Strong College strives to help students make connections to the larger, global landscape by focusing on creating sustainable social, economic, structural, aesthetic, and environmental futures through fieldwork research, reflection, and learning—an approach that ultimately threads observation and analysis into intentional connections between education and social responsibility.

Students in this closely knit community will take at least two core courses focused on sustainable communities during their four semesters in the program and will also have the option of taking Minerva's Academic Curriculum (MAC) courses open only to Residential College students. In the fourth semester, students will complete independent capstone projects structured around the concept of sustainable communities. During the two years of the program, students will develop their leadership skills through participation in Strong College committees and will live in Guilford Residence Hall.

Ashby Residential College Courses (ASH)

NONE

Grogan College Courses (GRC)

GRC 101 The Grogan College Experience 1

Introductory examination of critical issues in educational theory and practice related to the learning community concept. The course also exposes students to essential competencies for academic and personal success.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in a Grogan College Learning Community.

GRC 102 Topics in Connected Thinking: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary and Cross-Professional Problem So 1

Topical exploration of interdisciplinary and cross-professional thinking through real world applications and community engagement.

Prerequisites: GRC 101 or ISL 101. enrollment in Grogan College.

Residential College Courses (RCO)

RCO 100X Experimental Course 1-6

This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

RCO 101 College Writing I 3

A course in academic writing, focusing on analysis, argument, and critical reflection using the tenets of rhetoric. Instruction in drafting, revising, and compilation of a final portfolio.

MAC: MAC Written Communication

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: Equivalent credit to ENG 101 and/or FMS 115. students may receive credit for only one of RCO 101 or ENG 101 or FMS 115.

RCO 102 College Writing II 3

A course in research-based writing, focused on analysis, argument, and critical reflection using the tenets of rhetoric. Instruction in research methodologies as relevant to college writing projects.

MAC: MAC Written Communication

Prerequisites: ENG 101, or FMS 115 or RCO 101.

RCO 112 Contemporary Topics in Mathematics 3

Practical mathematical topics including set theory, properties and operations of number systems, algebra, geometry and consumer mathematics. Additional topics may be selected from logic, systems of numeration, and mathematical systems.

MAC: MAC Quantitative Reasoning

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: Students may not receive credit for both MAT 112 and RCO 112.

RCO 114 Elementary Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3

Survey of statistics intended for undergraduates in any discipline. Graphical displays, numerical measures, relationships between variables, elements of good data collection. Basic probability, introduction to inferential techniques including confidence intervals and significance testing. Emphasis on statistical literacy.

MAC: MAC Quantitative Reasoning

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: Students may not earn credit for both RCO 114 and STA 108. may not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for ECO 250 or ECO 350 or who are concurrently enrolled in ECO 250.

RCO 115 College Algebra 3

Algebraic expressions, exponents, radicals, factoring, solving equations and inequalities, graphing, polynomial and rational functions.

MAC: MAC Quantitative Reasoning

RCO 122 Beginning Spanish I 3

Introduction to Spanish with practice in listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Students may not receive credit for both RCO 122 and SPA 101.

MAC: MAC Global and Intercultural

RCO 133 Residential College Service-Learning Seminar 3

Focus on community service in readings and field experience. Topics vary relevant to the instructor's area of expertise.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

RCO 155 Residential College Seminar in the Art of Discourse 3

An introduction to discourse in global professional, social, digital, and academic contexts, with an emphasis on oral communication and professional written and digital documents.

MAC: MAC Oral Communication

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

RCO 181 Residential College Foundations Seminar 3

An intensive focus on the successful transition to UNCG, combining university transition content, information literacy, and transferable skills acquisition to facilitate academic and personal development.

MAC: MAC Foundations

Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Residential Colleges.

Notes: May be repeated once for credit when topic varies. Must have fewer than 60 credits to enroll or can enroll by Written Permission.

RCO 184 Residential College Quantitative Reasoning Seminar 3

An intensive focus on the application of mathematical reasoning to formulate and solve problems from a variety of contexts and real-world situations.

MAC: MAC Quantitative Reasoning

Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Residential Colleges.

Notes: May be repeated up to three (3) times for credit as topic varies.

RCO 185 Residential College Health & Wellness Seminar 3

An intensive focus on the intersection of health and wellness and information literacy, with explicit instruction in how to understand decisions as they impact the health and wellness of individuals or communities.

MAC: MAC Health and Wellness

Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Residential Colleges.

Notes: May be repeated up to three (3) times for credit as topic varies.

RCO 186 Residential College Critical Thinking and Inquiry in the Humanities and Fine Arts Seminar 3

An intensive focus on foundational tools for reasoning, including constructing sound arguments; evaluating the quality of evidence; and forming judgments about the evidence, arguments, and conclusions of others in Humanities and Fine Arts disciplines.

MAC: MAC CritThink Hum and Fine Art

Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Residential Colleges.

Notes: May be repeated up to three (3) times for credit as topic varies.

RCO 187 Residential College Critical Thinking and Inquiry in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Seminar 3

An intensive focus on foundational tools for reasoning, including constructing sound arguments; evaluating the quality of evidence; and forming judgments about the evidence, arguments, and conclusions of others in Social and Behavioral Sciences disciplines.

MAC: MAC CritThink Soc and BehavSci

Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Residential Colleges.

Notes: May be repeated up to three (3) times for credit as topic varies.

RCO 188 Residential College Critical Thinking in the Natural Sciences Seminar 3

An intensive focus on explaining, predicting, and reasoning about the behavior of natural systems, or the outcomes of observations or measurements; using arguments based on established scientific principles and models; and developing, deepening, refining, or extending concepts, principles, and models to explain natural systems, based on empirical observations.

MAC: MAC CritThink Nat Sci

Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Residential Colleges.

Notes: May be repeated up to three (3) times for credit as topic varies.

RCO 189 Residential College Global Engagement and Intercultural Learning Seminar 3

An intensive focus on knowledge and critical understanding of similarities and differences across world cultures over time, emphasizing the development of global perspectives and skills to engage cross-culturally.

MAC: MAC Global and Intercultural

Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Residential Colleges.

Notes: May be repeated up to three (3) times for credit as topic varies.

RCO 190 Residential College Diversity and Equity Seminar 3

An intensive focus on systems of oppression, structures of power, and institutions, with connections to US or global societies and the examination of intellectual traditions that address systems of injustice.

MAC: MAC Diversity and Equity

Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Residential Colleges.

Notes: May be repeated up to three (3) times for credit as topic varies.

RCO 191 Residential College Data Analysis and Interpretation in the Natural Sciences Seminar 3

An intensive focus on the role of quantitative data analysis and interpretation of empirical information in the development of scientific theories and models.

MAC: MAC Nat Sci Data Analysis

Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Residential Colleges.

Notes: May be repeated up to three (3) times for credit as topic varies.

RCO 192 Residential College Written Communication Capstone 3

An intensive focus on the teaching and learning of transferable writing strategies, including invention, arrangement, style, and revision.

MAC: MAC Written Communication

Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Residential Colleges.

RCO 193 Residential College Oral Communication Capstone 3

An intensive focus on student development of oral communication knowledge and abilities, including presenting and interacting in contexts such as public speaking, interpersonal communication, and group communication.

MAC: MAC Oral Communication

Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Residential Colleges.

RCO 202 Residential College Seminar in Historical Perspectives: Modern 3

Historical study of human culture from the 17th century to the present.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.

RCO 203 Residential College Seminar in Philosophical/Religious/Ethical Principles 3

Study of philosophical, religious, and ethical traditions that have shaped societies in the past and the present.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 204 Residential College Seminar in Literature and Rhetoric 3

Study of works of literature and the social and historical contexts from which they come.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 205 Residential College Seminar in Social and Behavioral Studies 3

Study of the interrelationship between individuals and society and of the social and intellectual contexts of events and situations.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 206 Residential College Studies in the Arts 3

Lecture and/or seminar in the arts.

MAC: MAC CritThink Hum and Fine Art

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

RCO 211 Residential College Seminar in Historical Perspectives: Premodern 3

Historical study of human culture from ancient times to the 17th century.

MAC: MAC Diversity and Equity

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 212 Residential College Seminar in Historical Perspectives: Modern 3

Historical study of human culture from the 17th century to the present.

MAC: MAC Diversity and Equity

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 213 Residential College Seminar in Philosophical/Religious/Ethical Principles 3

Study of philosophical, religious, and ethical traditions that have shaped societies in the past and the present.

MAC: MAC Diversity and Equity

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 214 Residential College Seminar in Literature and Rhetoric 3

Study of works of literature and the social and historical contexts from which they come.

MAC: MAC Diversity and Equity

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 215 Residential College Seminar in Social and Behavioral Studies 3

Study of the interrelationship between individuals and society and of the social and intellectual contexts of events and situations.

MAC: MAC Diversity and Equity

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 221 Residential College Seminar in Historical Perspectives: Premodern 3

Historical study of human culture from ancient times to the 17th century.

MAC: MAC Global and Intercultural

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 222 Residential College Seminar in Historical Perspectives: Modern 3

Historical study of human culture from the 17th century to the present.

MAC: MAC Global and Intercultural

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 223 Residential College Seminar in Philosophical/Religious/Ethical Principles 3

Study of philosophical, religious, and ethical traditions that have shaped societies in the past and the present.

MAC: MAC Global and Intercultural

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 224 Residential College Seminar in Literature and Rhetoric 3

Study of works of literature and the social and historical contexts from which they come.

MAC: MAC Global and Intercultural

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 225 Residential College Seminar in Social and Behavioral Studies 3

Study of the interrelationship between individuals and society and of the social and intellectual contexts of events and situations.

MAC: MAC Global and Intercultural

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 226 Residential College Seminar in Fine Arts 3

A historical survey of various art form(s) within historical, cultural, and material contexts. Students will explore the art form(s) through historical texts that emphasize artistic technique and production.

MAC: MAC Global and Intercultural

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies.

RCO 239 Non-Western Fine Arts Seminar 3

A global historical survey of non-Western art form(s) through an examination of historical, cultural, and material contexts. Students will explore the art form(s) through global historical texts and in-class experiential practice.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor .

RCO 252 Introductory Concepts in Biology 3

Introduction to major concepts in biology for students who do not plan to take additional biology courses. Explores basic aspects of biology, including genetics, physiology, and ecology. Specific topics may include conservation biology, biotechnology, and current issues.

MAC: MAC CritThink Nat Sci

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: Students may not earn credit for both BIO 111/BIO 112 and RCO 252. Students may not earn credit for both BIO 105 and RCO 252.

RCO 253 Residential College Seminar in Life Sciences 3

Conceptual explorations in the life sciences.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

RCO 254 Residential College Seminar in Physical Sciences 3

Conceptual explorations in the physical sciences.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

RCO 255 Introductory Concepts in Earth Science 3

Survey of basic concepts and processes. Integration of issues pertaining to environmental sustainability with the nature of the earth's three primary physical systems: the solid earth and continents; the ocean basins and the oceans; and the atmosphere's weather.

MAC: MAC CritThink Nat Sci

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: Students cannot earn credit for both GES 103 and RCO 255.

RCO 273 General Psychology 3

Survey of psychology. Includes psychology as science, nervous system, growth and development, sensory and perceptual processes, motivation, emotion, learning, social behavior, personality (normal and pathological), statistics, testing, intelligence, aptitudes, and achievement.

MAC: MAC CritThink Soc and BehavSci

RCO 301 Independent Study 1-3

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the nature and structure of research/scholarship in a variety of academic disciplines.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

RCO 302 Advanced Study 3

Advanced-level study.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College;

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

RCO 306 Music in Context 3

Consideration of musical works in social, artistic, and economic contexts.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor .

RCO 390 Research Capstone 3

Locating and using primary and/or secondary source materials, published and unpublished, with an intense focus on the writing process. Variable topics, related to residential colleges' curriculum. Offerings may include digital publications, fieldwork, or professional development research.

CIC: CIC College Writing

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Admission to a Residential College.

Strong College Courses (STR)

STR 301 Strong College Tutorial 1

A small number of Strong College students meet with a faculty member to explore an agreed upon topic. Faculty member will guide the discussion.

Prerequisites: Students must be members of Strong College.

Notes: May be repeated for 3 hours of credit.