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Online Pathways

University Studies (UNST) Online Pathways gives options for PSU students to complete Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ), Upper Division Clusters, and Capstone courses through online courses. Currently, the Environmental Sustainability, Families and Society, Interpreting the Past, as well as Knowledge, Values, and Rationality clusters have developed designated Online Pathways.  Plans are underway to develop pathways for other clusters.

The intent of UNST Online Pathways is to provide online courses for students that fulfill University Studies requirements while maintaining a focus on our four learning goals and a commitment to an interactive, engaged learning experience. It should be noted that this approach is an option and only a suggested way for you to complete your study at PSU. UNST does not require students to complete any portion of the four clusters mentioned above online.

Below is a listing of the courses that are offered. Not every course will be offered online every term. Before you register for classes, see your adviser for more information.


Environmental Sustainability

Sophomore Inquiry – UNST 224

ESM 355U:  Understanding Environmental Sustainability

PHL 310U:  Environmental Ethics

USP 313U:  Urban Planning Environmental Issues

SYSC 399U:  Modeling Socio-Ecological Systems

Families and Society

Sophomore Inquiry – UNST 228

CFS 399U:  Interpersonal Violence and Children

CFS 382U:  Mental Disorders

HST 343/WS 343U:  American Family History

SOC 339U:  Marriage and Intimacy

UNST 399U:  Experiential Pathways Cluster Course

Interpreting the Past

Sophomore Inquiry – UNST 236

ARH 357U:  Byzantine Art

ARH 426U:  African Art

HST 354U:  Early Medieval Europe: 300-1150

WLL 488U:  Major Literary Figures

Knowledge, Values, and Rationality

Sophomore Inquiry – UNST 239

PHL 306U:  Science and Pseudoscience

PHL 309U:  Business Ethics

PHL 310U:  Environmental Ethics

PHL 317U:  Philosophy of Art

PHL 351U:  Philosophy of Human Rights

UNST 399U:  Experiential Pathways Cluster Course


Available Capstones

All will be listed as UNST 421

Mobilizing Hope

Educational Equity

Water Scarcity

Grant Writing for Language Preservation

Grant Writing for Jewish Education and Culture

Leading Lives of Conviction