University Explorations (UE) is Saint Leo University’s general education program. We say that the UE experience is important “Because You’re More than Your Major.” Although we offer a variety of excellent academic programs at Saint Leo, a university education is broadened by the experience of an effective and rich general education program.
While some general education programs offer a cafeteria menu of courses from which to choose, we took UE in a different direction. Our students will not find a large list of courses that have no connection to each other. They also will not find sweeping survey courses or introductory courses. Instead, our UE Advisory Council and our faculty course developers created a program that demonstrates the relevance of the liberal arts to our students’ lives based on a topical model, and with that, cultivating in students essential skills in critical thinking and decision making, effective communication, problem solving, analysis, and creativity.
In the UE program, students will find Foundational Courses in mathematics, English, and computer skills and five clusters of courses from which to choose that represent the liberal arts and sciences: The Human Adventure (Social sciences), Science in a Changing World (physical and life sciences), The Creative Life (the humanities and fine arts), The Human Mosaic (diversity), and The Reflective and Spiritual Life (religion and philosophy).
We believe this vital learning experience will deepen every student’s education and will prepare them to be culturally competent members of the global workplace.
Dr. Mary Spoto, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Click here to see an introductory video about University Explorations.