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University Honors and Leadership

University Honors and Leadership Program

UHL Course Offerings - Fall 2013




UNHL 1100  Introduction to University Honors and Leadership

The UHL program was developed with the goal of creating scholars with leadership skills to communicate their ideas and strong leaders with the ability to think critically, analyze issues from alternate perspectives and develop and communicate plausible solutions that take into consideration all points of view; the ideal end result of the program would be intelligent, ethical leaders and scholars in multiple fields of endeavor.  Each of the topics covered in the course allows multiple facets of a university education in the old sense to be explored, from philosophy, history and art to chemistry, physics and engineering.  There will be multiple means of exploration for each of these topics, from lectures and in-class discussions to field trips and engagement activities; there will be writing assignments in every phase that will focus on writing skills and writing for different audiences. 

  • Instructors:  L. Ann Martin (Business School) and Georg C Gadow (UHL)
  • Meeting Pattern: Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:50 pm
  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Course Type:  UHL Core


UNHL 2755   UHL Seminar

University faculty, community leaders, and representatives of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations will address the UHL seminar on a wide variety of topics. The seminar exposes UHL students to many different issues, attitudes, problems, careers, and activities. First year UHL students must enroll in both the fall and spring semesters.

  • Instructor:  Michael Cummings (Department of Political Science)
  • Meeting Pattern:  Fridays, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Credit Hours:  1
  • Course Type:  UHL Core
  • Core Areas:  Arts, Humanities, Behavioral Science, Social Science, Natural Science, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives



UNHL 3010  Leadership Behavior:  Historical and Contemporary Perpectives

This course will provide students with an opportunity to integrate historical and contemporary issues in the study of leadership behavior.  The course is based on leadership research and writing that reveals the leader as facilitator, collaborator, servant, and follower.  The course will provide students with an opportunity to reflect, discuss, and write on topics and questions related to leadership and followership behavior.

  • Instructor:  Christina Wilson (Business School)
  • Meeting Pattern:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Course Type:  Leadership Studies Track
  • Core Areas:  Humanities, Behavorial Science,  Social Science, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives


UNHL 3100   Ethics and Leadership:  An Introduction  

This course will introduce students to the wide variety of some of the best leadership theories and their application to current ethical issues.  We will try to balance our research and class discussions in such a way that theories, viewpoints, and practical proposals regarding ethics and "good leadership" build a solid stage on which to play out the theater of controversial topics such as the pleasure of inflicting pain on others with impunity to the legalization of euthanasia without the glory of war. 

  • Instructor:  George C. Gadow (UHL)
  • Meeting Pattern:  Tuesdays and Thursday, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm 
  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Course Type:  Leadership Studies Track
  • Core Areas:   Humanities, Behavioral Science, Social Science, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives

    UNHL 3620     Migration, Modernity, and Literacy

    An examination of the causes, consequences, difficulties, and enduring problems of migration in contemporary global society.  Political, legal, and educational problems of modernity and mass migration are analyzed.  Course work includes social scientific research into historical and contemporary migration flows.   

    • Instructor:  Manuel Espinoza (School of Education and Human Development)
    • Meeting Pattern:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 10:45 am
    • Credit Hours:  3
    • Course Type:  Academic Honors Track
    • Core Areas:  Humanities, Social Science, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives


    UNHL 3820   The Economics of Life 

    Study of the economic approach to human behavior and its applications to the analysis of market and non-market behavior, including law, politics, family life, and other social issues.  Students will develop an understanding for how the economic approach to human behavior differs from other approaches to analyzing these phenomena and of its possibilities and limitations.   

    • Instructor:  Steven G. Medema (UHL, Department of Economics)
    • Meeting Pattern:  Mondays and Wednesdays,12:30 pm - 1:45 pm  and           Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
    • Credit Hours:  3
    • Course Type:  Hybrid 
    • Core Areas:  Humanities, Behavioral Science, Social Science, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives

    UNHL 3830  Jazz in American Culture

    This class will explore the influence of jazz music (and related forms with ragtime and the blues) on American culture more generally.  Specific topics to be explored include the Post-Reconstruction Race Politics, the Delta and the Great Migration, New Orleans, and the Harlem Renaissance.  Important figures of African-American literature, and Jazz & Blues music will also be presented.  Students will examine a multitude of literary and musical experiences through novels, short works, biographies, and listening.   

  • Instructor:  Sean McGowan (College of Arts and Media)
  • Meeting Pattern:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am - 10:45 am 
  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Course Type:  Hybrid
  • Core Areas:  Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Cultural Diversity



    UNHL 4991   UHL Senior Research Seminar I

    Capstone experience for UHL program - spring semester.  Students will work in teams on research projects of a multi-disciplinary nature.   This course is the second part of the two-semester Senior Research Seminar that is required for all UHL students.  The Seminar is open only to fourth-year UHL students - that is, students who will be graduating in spring 2013 or fall 2013.

    • Instructor:  Georg Gadow (UHL), L. Ann Martin (School of Business)
    • Meeting Pattern:  Fridays, 8:00 am - 9:40 am
    • Credit Hours:  2
    • Course Type:  UHL Core
    • Required for all UHL students who intend to graduate in spring 2014 or fall 2014.


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