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Sophomore Inquiry and Cluster Courses

Sophomore Inquiry and Cluster Courses

A wide variety of Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) and Upper Division Cluster courses are offered every term, focusing on a variety of different subject areas. A complete listing of Cluster sections, with their corresponding SINQ and Cluster course options, are listed here. However, not all courses are offered each term or each year, so refer to the online course schedule, or the course planning guide in the back of the Schedule of Classes, to find out which cluster courses will be offered during specific terms.

SINQs: All students who began University Studies with Freshman Inquiry are required to take three SINQ courses. Transfer students are required to take one, two, or three SINQ courses, depending on the number of transfer credits they have the term they are admitted.

Cluster Courses: Once SINQ courses have been completed, students choose classes from among the Upper Division Cluster offerings that correspond to the SINQ the student found of most interest. Students will select three (3) classes from the same Upper Division Cluster to complete this portion of the University Studies requirement. Cluster courses are identified with a "U" in the Schedule of Classes.  These courses do not need to be taken in any specific order.

Cluster Changes Effective Fall 2012

In an effort to support effective academic planning by students and to improve the cohesion of the University Studies Curriculum, we have condensed the following SINQs and clusters effective Fall 2012:

Knowledge, Rationality and Understanding AND Morality = Knowledge, Values and Rationality

Sexualities AND Womens Studies = Gender and Sexualities Studies

The following SINQ/Cluster has a new name:
Leadership for Change is now Leading Social Change


How to Search and Register for a University Studies Cluster Course

Follow either link below to learn the best way to perform a search in Banweb for an Upper Division Cluster Courses and add one to your class schedule:

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Cluster Changes Effective Fall 2011

In an effort to support effective academic planning by students and to improve the cohesion of the University Studies Curriculum, we have discontinued the following SINQs and clusters effective Fall 2011:

Archaeology
Media Studies

If you have partially completed any of your SINQ or Cluster requirements out of any of these above clusters, please click the specific cluster link for more information on how to complete your requirements.

If you have already completed your SINQ and cluster requirement prior to Fall 2011 with any of these above clusters, they will still count toward your requirements. If you have additional questions regarding these changes, please contact SINQ Coordinator Michael Taylor at motaylor@pdx.edu or at (503) 725-8589


Cluster Changes Effective Fall 2010

In an effort to support effective academic planning by students and to improve the cohesion of the University Studies Curriculum, we have added the following SINQs and clusters effective Fall 2010:

Global Perspectives
Interpreting the Past

Also effective Fall 2010, the following SINQs and clusters will no longer be offered (You may continue to pursue a regional focus through the Global Perspectives cluster, and pursue a historical focus through the Interpreting the Past cluster):

African Studies
Asian Studies
Classic Greek Civilization
European Studies
Latin American Studies
Medieval Studies
Middle East Studies
Nineteenth Century Studies
Professions and Power
Renaissance Studies
Sciences - Humanities

If you have partially completed any of your SINQ or Cluster requirements out of any of these clusters, please click the specific cluster link for more information on how to complete your requirements.

If you have completed your SINQ and cluster requirement prior to Fall 2010 with any of these clusters, they will still count toward your requirements.