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Sophomore Inquiry

In Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ), students continue to build communication skills through class dialogue, individual and group presentations, and writing/research projects. Emphasis on the human experience, inquiry and critical thinking, as well as ethical and social responsibility are continually integrated into the curriculum. SINQ is an opportunity to explore topics of interest that are different from, yet complementary to, the students' majors. Students are not limited to when they should take SINQ courses or how many they take per quarter.

Course numbers with the UNST prefix are part of SINQ and serve as an introduction to the Upper Division Cluster theme. All available Cluster themes are listed in the black and green box at the left of this page. Available SINQ courses are listed below.

Each SINQ course is worth 4 credits that are counted toward University Studies (UNST) requirements. All students who began UNST with Freshman Iinquiry (FRINQ) are required to take three different SINQ courses, for a total of 12 credits. SINQ requirements for transfer students are determined by the number of credits transferred upon admission to PSU.

A corequisite weekly 50-minute Mentor Session, led by a Graduate Mentor, is connected with each SINQ course, with the exception of UNST 286 Natural Science Inquiry. In most other cases, students may choose from among three mentor session options.

Available SINQ Courses   2015-2016



UNST 212  American Identities

UNST 220  Understanding Communities

(Community Studies cluster)

UNST 222  Design Thinking/Innovation/Entrepreneurship

UNST 224  Environmental Sustainability

UNST 228  Families & Society

UNST 230  Freedom, Privacy, & Technology

UNST 231  Gender and Sexualities Studies



UNST 232  Global Environmental Change

UNST 233  Global Perspectives

UNST 234  Healthy People/Healthy Places

UNST 236  Interpreting the Past

UNST 239  Knowledge, Values and Rationality

UNST 242  Leading Social Change

UNST 254  Popular Culture

UNST 286  Natural Science Inquiry

(Science in Social Context cluster)