Sep 27, 2023  
2013-2014 General Catalog 

University College

School Information

Dean: Patrick Clarke
AD 304E ~ (435) 586-5479

Associate Dean: John “Jeb” Branin
AD 304D ~ (435) 586-5424

Dean’s Administrative Assistant: Debra Pool
AD 304 ~ (435) 865-8582

Associate Dean’s Administrative Assistant: Vicki Nielsen
ST 205 ~ (435) 586-7808

Photo of Admin Building/Bennion Bulding


College Website:
College Fax: (435) 586-7921 


EDGE (Education Designed to Give Experience) Program

Preparing for, and completing, your EDGE Project is a process where you can construct a hands-on learning project of your own and help decide how it advances your education. You can choose to connect your project to your major or you can pursue another area of interest. This process can give students at SUU a superior academic experience and is a requirement for graduation with a bachelor’s degree.

Experiential Education (as in “to experience something” outside the classroom) is a process that gives students at SUU an excellent academic experience and helps give SUU students an edge in applying their learning beyond the classroom.


Step 1: Exploration & Fact Finding

Register: UNIV 1010 - EDGE Program Introduction 
The idea of this first class is to help expose you to the many different experiential education and engaged learning options available at SUU and fire your imagination for creating your own EDGE Project.

Step 2: Create an Idea for Your EDGE Project

Use your imagination, curiosity, experience, passions, and academic interests to come up with a hands-on learning project that is uniquely yours!
Many students want to complete their EDGE Project by participating in ongoing programs at SUU. This page will give you a few examples of programs that you can participate in to complete your EDGE Project.
There is no class for step two but you should create your project and move to step three sometime before you’ve earned 75 credits.

Step 3: Organizing & Preparing A Proposal

Register: UNIV 3925 - EDGE Project Proposal: [Engagement Center] 
You start this class by choosing which engagement center you want to do your project through. You will explain what you want to do for your project and create a proposal to communicate your ideas to faculty who will help you fine tune and define your learning outcomes. When you successfully complete this class you will have your project approved.

You may take UNIV 3925 any time after completing UNIV 1010, but before you register for this class you should have an idea of what EDGE Project you want to create. .
Samples of Experiential Activities:

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Internship
  • Service-Learning
  • Study Abroad
  • Individualized Learning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Product Development/Enhancement
  • Develop Leadership Skills
Step 4: Formal Engagement

Complete Your Project
After you finish UNIV 3925 (and have had your proposal approved) you get to do your project! The project can be connected to something that has credit or it can be a non-credit bearing activity. The project can be in any field you are interested in regardless of your major.

Step 5: Post Activity Reflection & Synthesis

Register: UNIV 4925 - EDGE Program Completion: [Engagement Center] 
After you complete your project you will take UNIV 4925 in which you reflect on your project. You will develop different ways in which you can share your project and what you learned with others. You will get to showcase your final project.


 University College at Southern Utah University has a threefold mission: 

 1- University College provides services and resources for students who have yet to declare a major.

Services include:

  • Academic advising
  • Career coaching
  • Aptitude, skills, and interest testing
  • Courses in personal development, the decision making process, and career preparation

2- University College serves students in their academic development and career preparation through centers and programs focused on transitional academic services including career preparation services, academic advising, and support programs for those on academic probation.

Services include:

  • Career and professional development
  • Academic advising
  • Tutoring
  • Testing

3- University College promotes and facilitates significant experiential learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

Experiential Engagement Centers within University College include:

  • Community Engagement Center
  • Creativity Engagement Center
  • Harry Reid Center for Outdoor Engagement
  • Leadership Engagement Center
  • Sargon Heinrich Global Engagement Center 

Degrees/Program Titles, Services and Centers


Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, B.I.S. 
Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, B.A.  
Bachelor of Science in General Studies, B.S. 

For further information regarding the B.I.S. or B.S./B.A. in General Studies degrees, please visit

Services and Centers