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U.S. Life: Customs & Practices

A course specifically designed to boost the personal and academic success of first semester students from abroad.

  • Discover how to be successful in the U.S. classroom.
  • Practice valuable communication skills.
  • Build an understanding of American values.
  • Explore campus and the Rochester community through guided trips.
  • Have fun and earn two credits!

CAS 170 U.S. Life: Customs & Practice Video

Course Description

Two credits, graded pass/fail – this course can be taken in addition to four regular credit courses

Through this course students will explore campus, community and American culture, enhance their intercultural competence, and build academic skills to improve their success in the American classroom. Students will compare cultures through a variety of readings, in class discussions, blogs and outside class activities. Topics include verbal and non-verbal communication, education systems, ethics, relationships, perception, beliefs, values and norms.

Required Course Components

  • Classroom
    • Sections offered on: Wednesday 4:50-6:05 p.m. or Thursday 4:50-6:05 p.m.
  • Field Excursions
  • Campus and community activities offered throughout the semester
  • Off campus excursions coordinated and led by field instructors
  • Off campus excursions include Rochester attractions, historical and cultural sites

Because these classes are small and limited, all students new to the U.S. and not participating in the EAPP program, are expected to register for this course in the fall or spring semester of the first year. If you prefer not to take this class request an exemption through this online form.