Our Courses

To learn more about any of these courses, please meet with an advisor in The A Center. To find current course offerings, search the Schedule of Classes.

TLS 100: Navigating the Research University (1 unit)

This workshop is for first-semester, non-Honors students in The A Center, and is designed to provide practical application of current research about college transition strategies. These strategies increase the likelihood of successful integration into the university's academic community. Navigating the Research University is a course focused on successfully navigating and thriving as an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona. When college students thrive, they are “fully engaged intellectually, socially, and emotionally in the college experience (Schreiner, 2010, p. 4). The curriculum of this course is built upon 5 dimensions of the college experience most predictive of academic success and satisfaction in college: social connectedness, engaged learning, academic determination, positive perspective, and diverse citizenship (Schreiner 2013). Course themes and activities focus on: decision-making, motivation and goal-setting; developing relationships with faculty, advisors and other students; identifying and practicing critical academic skills, particularly time management; and learning about and applying essential university policies and procedures. Read more about who we serve here.

SERP 197P: Explore, Discover, Decide...your major (2 units)

If you're looking to explore, choose, or change majors, SERP 197P: Explore, Discover, Decide...Your Major can you help you to narrow down your options, confirm, or declare your major by the end of the semester!

In this course, students motivated to explore and decide on a major are guided through self and major exploration. The goal is for students to have the tools and knowledge necessary to help them with their major decision by the end of the class. 

Major Exploration Tools used in this class include: 
•    Interests, values, and personality inventories
•    Major exploration exercises
•    Journal writing
•    A final project involving the research of a major

What students who have taken SERP197P have said:

  • “Before SERP 197, I had no idea as to what I was doing in college and most certainly didn’t know what I wanted to major in. The assignments we did had a major impact on me…completing each assignment got me one step closer to deciding what I wanted to major in and do in college.”
  • “This class has caused me to reflect deeply about what I want my future to look like. I was apprehensive about the class at first because I don’t necessarily like to think about my future like that, but it was necessary, and this class gave me the space to do so.”
     
  • “Over this course the major exploration/ major designing was hard at first but then became an easy process. The hardest part was really the beginning thinking I really knew what major I wanted to pursue but then actually realizing that maybe that wasn’t the right choice for me. Looking at all the different majors made it difficult to choose but I eventually was able to find my best fit. The biggest thing I learned for myself was that change is extremely okay.”
     
  • “I went into college having no idea what I wanted to major in. Of course when we enroll and we don’t have a major, we are told that it is ok. I still felt left behind as my classmates in other classes already knew what their major was. Part of the reason why I couldn’t make a decision was because I didn’t trust myself. I thought that I needed to be one hundred percent sure of my major. As I learned in class it’s good to just be seventy five percent sure. This process helped me trust myself more and gave me a path to follow.”
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TLS 393/493: Internship (1-6 units)

Internship courses provide students with the opportunity to earn academic credit and pursue valuable experiential learning activities which allows them to complete an Engaged Learning Experience, and receive that notation on their transcript. An internship is a structured work experience designed to give students the opportunity to explore areas of interest and gain on-the-job skills and training. On an individual basis, internships are a way for students to complete valuable training and practice in actual service for a technical, business, or governmental establishment. Read more about internships here.

Pre-Health internships are also available with The A Center

  • These internships can take place at local community organizations and hospitals as well as through the Global MedCats Study Abroad programs in Spain which help pre-health students gain valuable clinical experiences. 

  • If you are currently working or volunteering in a healthcare-related role, an internship is a great opportunity to get upper-division academic credit for your experience.

  • Another pre-health internship opportunity is the Patient Experience Internship partnering with Banner-University Medical Center where enrolled students interact with patients towards the goal of improving patient experience for both in-patient and emergency department settings. Speak with your pre-health advisor for more information! The application for this program is currently closed. It opened February 10th and closed on March 15th, 2020 for the fall 2020 through spring 2021 internship. The application for the following year should open in February 2021.


 Pre-Health internships are also available with The A Center

  • These internships can take place at local community organizations and hospitals as well as through the Global MedCats Study Abroad programs in Spain which help pre-health students gain valuable clinical experiences. 
  • If you are currently working or volunteering in a healthcare-related role, an internship is a great opportunity to get upper-division academic credit for your experience.
  • Another pre-health internship opportunity is the Patient Experience Internship partnering with Banner-University Medical Center where enrolled students interact with patients towards the goal of improving patient experience for both in-patient and emergency department settings. Speak with your pre-health advisor for more information! The application for this program is currently closed. It opened February 10th and closed on March 15th, 2020 for the fall 2020 through spring 2021 internship. The application for the following year should open in February 2021.