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University Studies Program

General Education, done better

For Students

Learn more about Quest courses and other resources for future and current students.

For Faculty and Staff

Find out how USP can help your classroom engagement. 

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University Studies Program
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(920) 424-1402


Of Employers

want students who acquire broad knowledge in liberal arts and sciences. USP gives opportunities to engage in meaningful impacts with real world experience. 

Gen Ed at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

All American universities have a general education program.  What makes the University Studies Program (USP) special are its small, first-year-experience classes, the community engagement experience that second-year students do, and the three “signature questions” that are woven throughout USP courses.

At UW Oshkosh, your general education will inspire you, transform you, ignite intellectual curiosity and introduce you to the opportunities of university life. The USP is the gateway to a 21st-century college education.

The USP provides students with an assessable, common intellectual experience that also embraces the traditional breadth of a liberal arts education to prepare them for the challenges of work, for engaged citizenship and for a meaningful and satisfying life.

These experiences are enhanced by participation in small learning communities, civic engagement and more. At UW Oshkosh, we’re convinced that we’re doing general education better.

UWO Quest Courses

Quest courses provides community and civic engagement experiences and give students opportunities to practice the skills they have learned in the classroom. The experiences also encourage them to explore the community around them, exposing them to a broader view of the region. When adding in all the time spent on other civic and community work driven by UWO’s colleges, student organizations and athletics, the impact grows to an impressive 250,000 hours annually.

Randi McMorrow

“I think that community involvement plays a large role in not only yourself but also those around us. It helps us to see the world, and others, in many ways and helps us create a better community as a whole.”