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About the Program

The Common Reading Experience is a new initiative that the Office of Undergraduate Studies launched in cooperation with the Division of Student Affairs for academic year 2013-2014. With the slogan of “One Book – Global Connections,” the goal is to involve students, faculty and the University community in a lively discussion about important world issues connected to a common reading.

The university-wide common reading program seeks to unite students from across disciplines by inviting them to read and discuss together. The CRE Curriculum includes book integrations numerous courses, including Academic Foundations classes (SLS 2901) and Honors College Acquisition of Knowledge classes (IDH2010).

Mission Statement

The Common Reading Program is designed to provide USF students with a common intellectual experience to generate discussion, promote critical thinking, and instill a sense of community among students, faculty/staff, and alumni. The USF Common Reading Program will:

  • Unite the campus community in a shared intellectual experience that generates discussions around diverse ideas, experiences, and points of view
  • Promote dialogue and connections among students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Expose students to issues relevant in today’s global society
  • Bridge learning experiences inside and outside the classroom

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