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Preston Residential College

Academics in Preston

Courses and Academics

Preston courses cover a number of Carolina Core requirements in a small class environment. Residents are not required to sign up for any of these courses, but are highly encouraged to do so.

Research Grants

Current and former residents can apply for a grant that offers up to $500 to fund a research project. The Magellan Explorer grant is offered in spring and fall and can be used for salary, materials, supplies or travel expenses. Get the full details about the grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Fall 2018 Courses

Although not required, Preston-only courses give Preston students an exclusive opportunity to learn together and focus on topics of particular importance to them. 

English 101 - Reading and Writing about Stand Up Comedy

This course is interested in looking at the cultural value of stand-up comedy as a specific art form, a genre of comedy that is marked by its stripped-down nature and occasionally offensive tendencies. The class will explore the Vaudeville origins of stand-up comedy, examining the historical and cultural forces that created the various genres of comedy from the physical comedy of Charlie Chaplin to the aural blackface comedy of Amos ‘n’ Andy. The class will move its focus into contemporary stand-up performances, viewing how the art form has evolved over the years and considering the cultural significance and value of stand-up and comedy in general, including neighboring genres like late-night and sketch comedy shows.  

  • Fulfills Carolina Core CMW 
Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
ENGL101.A01 10752 24  M/W/F 12:00pm-12:50pm Humanities 302 H. Buzbee


University 101 - Leadership and Career Focus

U101 is an award-winning three credit hour course designed to help you make a successful transition to the University of South Carolina, both academically and personally. It aims to foster a sense of belonging, promotes engagement in the curricular and co-curricular life of the University, highlights what the University and its faculty expect from students, and helps you develop and apply critical thinking skills. U101 provides a unique introduction to USC, and serves as a great way to learn and interact with students and faculty in the Preston Residential College community. 

UNIV101 sample syllabus

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
UNIV101.A01 12976 19 T/Th 4:25pm-5:40pm Preston 125 R. Lloyd