Signature Work

The Signature Work experience advances the mission of St. Thomas by asking upper-class students to integratively engage with a topic that is relevant to the mission, convictions, and vision of St. Thomas. This experience is intended to be a culmination of students’ time at St. Thomas: Students showcase their ability to integrate and consciously reflect on their learning from across their years at St. Thomas in an interdisciplinary manner.

The St. Thomas Signature Work experience addresses the Integrative and Applied Learning aspects of the American Association of College and Universities’ (AAC&U) Essential Learning Outcomes. Signature Work focuses on “synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies” as “demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems” (Paul Gaston, General Education & Liberal Learning, 2010, p. 9). Culminating experiences such as Signature Work are listed by the AAC&U as high-impact practices.

Students must have already completed 80 credits of course work before taking a Signature Work Course.

A student’s major may require a specific course which satisfies the Signature Work requirement. However, if a student’s major does not require a specific Signature Work course, a student may take a Signature Work course in the field of their choosing.

A Signature Work course may also meet another (any other) core requirement.

Students must take one course:

Some sections of a course may carry the Signature Work flag while others do not. Students should use ClassFinder to determine which course sections satisfy the Signature Work requirement in the term for which you are completing the requirement. 

Fall 2020 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGR 480 - 01 Engineer Design Clinic I M - W - F - - 1525 - 1700

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43951 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Heather D. Orser, Tiffany D. Ling

Serves as the first capstone course. Student design teams, under the direction of a faculty coordinator, will develop engineering solutions to practical, open-ended design projects conceived to demonstrate the value of prior basic science and engineering courses. Ethical, social, economic and safety issues in engineering practice will be considered as well. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in either (ENGR 320, 350, 371, and 381 and satisfactory completion of ENGR 155) or (ENGR 331, 346, and 410) or (CISC 231, ENGR 345, and concurrent-registration in-or prior completion of-ENGR 431) or (ENGR 362, 363, and 365)

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SOWK 405 - 01 Sr Field Place & Integ Seminar - - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 SCB 211

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

SCB 211

Course Registration Number:

45903 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Eva M. Solomonson

Senior Fieldwork complements the student’s academic work through practical experiences in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, the student learns social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other senior social work majors while in placement. The placement is approximately 15-20 hours per week throughout two consecutive terms (fall and spring semesters). Concurrent registration in SOWK 401 is required. SOWK 405 is the fall course.

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Location Time Day(s)
SOWK 405 - 02 Sr Field Place & Integ Seminar - - - R - - - 1525 - 1700

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

45904 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Catrice M. O'Neal

Senior Fieldwork complements the student’s academic work through practical experiences in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, the student learns social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other senior social work majors while in placement. The placement is approximately 15-20 hours per week throughout two consecutive terms (fall and spring semesters). Concurrent registration in SOWK 401 is required. SOWK 405 is the fall course.

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J-Term 2021 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2021 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 481 - D01 Seminar: Gothic Literature See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

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*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

25050 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Young-ok An

Reading texts such as Ann Radcliffe’s THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO, Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, Byron’s English Cantos of DON JUAN, Hemans’s THE SPIRIT’S RETURN, and Landon’s THE ANCESTRESS, we will discuss the rise and the development of the Gothic genre as a counterpart to European Enlightenment discourse, and the contribution of women writers to the genre. This course satisfies the Signature Work requirement, an Early British Literature requirement for English majors, and a WAC Writing in the Discipline requirement. Prerequisite: Completion of five courses at or beyond ENGL 211, including ENGL 280, or for non-majors, permission of the instructor and department chair.

Schedule Details

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1330-1510- T - - - - -
1330-1510- - - R - - -
SOWK 406 - 01 Sr Field Place & Integ Seminar - - W - - - - 1525 - 1700

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23584 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Eva M. Solomonson

See description for SOWK 405. SOWK 406 is the spring course. Concurrent registration in SOWK 402 is required.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SOWK 406 - 02 Sr Field Place & Integ Seminar - - - R - - - 1525 - 1700

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23767 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Catrice M. O'Neal

See description for SOWK 405. SOWK 406 is the spring course. Concurrent registration in SOWK 402 is required.

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Location Time Day(s)
THEO 300 - D01 Signature Work: Environment M - W - - - - 1335 - 1440

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

Course Registration Number:

26378 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Cara L. Anthony, Thomas A. Hickson

Open to all students, not only theology majors, the signature work in theology course is designed as a capstone experience to integrate a student’s entire college career, bringing fullness of expression to the University’s efforts through the liberal arts core to educate morally responsible leaders who, grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. There are two types of signature work in theology: signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges, or signature work that is focused on faith and the professions. Signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges will invite students to conduct research and/or experiential learning around matters of pressing concern according to the instructor’s discretion, such as fostering understanding across lines of religious difference; cultivating interfaith leadership; searching for beauty; establishing justice and peace; or responding to contemporary challenges such as environmental sustainability, immigration, or mass incarceration. Signature work that is focused on vocation may explore the integration of theology with a profession of the instructor’s choosing, such as the management professions, the legal professions, the medical professions, the public health professions, the psychological professions, or the engineering professions. Prerequisites: THEO 100 and a student must have at least 80 credits completed.

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Location Time Day(s)
THEO 300 - D02 Signature Work: Beauty M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

Course Registration Number:

26379 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Mark J. McInroy

Open to all students, not only theology majors, the signature work in theology course is designed as a capstone experience to integrate a student’s entire college career, bringing fullness of expression to the University’s efforts through the liberal arts core to educate morally responsible leaders who, grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. There are two types of signature work in theology: signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges, or signature work that is focused on faith and the professions. Signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges will invite students to conduct research and/or experiential learning around matters of pressing concern according to the instructor’s discretion, such as fostering understanding across lines of religious difference; cultivating interfaith leadership; searching for beauty; establishing justice and peace; or responding to contemporary challenges such as environmental sustainability, immigration, or mass incarceration. Signature work that is focused on vocation may explore the integration of theology with a profession of the instructor’s choosing, such as the management professions, the legal professions, the medical professions, the public health professions, the psychological professions, or the engineering professions. Prerequisites: THEO 100 and a student must have at least 80 credits completed.

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Location Time Day(s)
THEO 300 - D04 Signature Work: Politics - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

Course Registration Number:

26380 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Michael J. Hollerich

Open to all students, not only theology majors, the signature work in theology course is designed as a capstone experience to integrate a student’s entire college career, bringing fullness of expression to the University’s efforts through the liberal arts core to educate morally responsible leaders who, grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. There are two types of signature work in theology: signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges, or signature work that is focused on faith and the professions. Signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges will invite students to conduct research and/or experiential learning around matters of pressing concern according to the instructor’s discretion, such as fostering understanding across lines of religious difference; cultivating interfaith leadership; searching for beauty; establishing justice and peace; or responding to contemporary challenges such as environmental sustainability, immigration, or mass incarceration. Signature work that is focused on vocation may explore the integration of theology with a profession of the instructor’s choosing, such as the management professions, the legal professions, the medical professions, the public health professions, the psychological professions, or the engineering professions. Prerequisites: THEO 100 and a student must have at least 80 credits completed.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 300 - D05 Signature Work: Politics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

Course Registration Number:

26381 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Michael J. Hollerich

Open to all students, not only theology majors, the signature work in theology course is designed as a capstone experience to integrate a student’s entire college career, bringing fullness of expression to the University’s efforts through the liberal arts core to educate morally responsible leaders who, grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. There are two types of signature work in theology: signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges, or signature work that is focused on faith and the professions. Signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges will invite students to conduct research and/or experiential learning around matters of pressing concern according to the instructor’s discretion, such as fostering understanding across lines of religious difference; cultivating interfaith leadership; searching for beauty; establishing justice and peace; or responding to contemporary challenges such as environmental sustainability, immigration, or mass incarceration. Signature work that is focused on vocation may explore the integration of theology with a profession of the instructor’s choosing, such as the management professions, the legal professions, the medical professions, the public health professions, the psychological professions, or the engineering professions. Prerequisites: THEO 100 and a student must have at least 80 credits completed.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 300 - D06 Signature: Nazism & Apartheid - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

26382 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Kimberly J. Vrudny

Open to all students, not only theology majors, the signature work in theology course is designed as a capstone experience to integrate a student’s entire college career, bringing fullness of expression to the University’s efforts through the liberal arts core to educate morally responsible leaders who, grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. There are two types of signature work in theology: signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges, or signature work that is focused on faith and the professions. Signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges will invite students to conduct research and/or experiential learning around matters of pressing concern according to the instructor’s discretion, such as fostering understanding across lines of religious difference; cultivating interfaith leadership; searching for beauty; establishing justice and peace; or responding to contemporary challenges such as environmental sustainability, immigration, or mass incarceration. Signature work that is focused on vocation may explore the integration of theology with a profession of the instructor’s choosing, such as the management professions, the legal professions, the medical professions, the public health professions, the psychological professions, or the engineering professions. Prerequisites: THEO 100 and a student must have at least 80 credits completed.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 300 - D07 Signature: Nazism & Apartheid M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

Course Registration Number:

26383 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Kimberly J. Vrudny

Open to all students, not only theology majors, the signature work in theology course is designed as a capstone experience to integrate a student’s entire college career, bringing fullness of expression to the University’s efforts through the liberal arts core to educate morally responsible leaders who, grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. There are two types of signature work in theology: signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges, or signature work that is focused on faith and the professions. Signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges will invite students to conduct research and/or experiential learning around matters of pressing concern according to the instructor’s discretion, such as fostering understanding across lines of religious difference; cultivating interfaith leadership; searching for beauty; establishing justice and peace; or responding to contemporary challenges such as environmental sustainability, immigration, or mass incarceration. Signature work that is focused on vocation may explore the integration of theology with a profession of the instructor’s choosing, such as the management professions, the legal professions, the medical professions, the public health professions, the psychological professions, or the engineering professions. Prerequisites: THEO 100 and a student must have at least 80 credits completed.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 300 - D08 Signature: Legal Profession M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

Course Registration Number:

26384 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Marguerite L. Spencer

Open to all students, not only theology majors, the signature work in theology course is designed as a capstone experience to integrate a student’s entire college career, bringing fullness of expression to the University’s efforts through the liberal arts core to educate morally responsible leaders who, grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. There are two types of signature work in theology: signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges, or signature work that is focused on faith and the professions. Signature work that is focused on contemporary challenges will invite students to conduct research and/or experiential learning around matters of pressing concern according to the instructor’s discretion, such as fostering understanding across lines of religious difference; cultivating interfaith leadership; searching for beauty; establishing justice and peace; or responding to contemporary challenges such as environmental sustainability, immigration, or mass incarceration. Signature work that is focused on vocation may explore the integration of theology with a profession of the instructor’s choosing, such as the management professions, the legal professions, the medical professions, the public health professions, the psychological professions, or the engineering professions. Prerequisites: THEO 100 and a student must have at least 80 credits completed.

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