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University Honors and Leadership

University Honors and Leadership Program

UHL Course Offerings - Fall 2014



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


UNHL 3010   Leadership Behavior:  Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 

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 quesions related to leadership and followership behavior.

  • Instructor:  Christina Wilson (Business School)
  • Meeting Pattern:  Mondays and Wednesdays , 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Course Type:  Leadership Studies Track
  • Core Areas:  Humanities, Behavioral Sciences,  Social Sciences, 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, view points, 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:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:45 pm
  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Course Type:  Leadership Studies Track
  • Core Areas:   Humanities, Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences, Cultural Diversity,  International Perspectives

    UNHL 3830  Jazz in American Culture

    This course will explore the influence of jazz music (and related forms like 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,  2:00 - 4:45 pm  
    • Credit Hours:  3
    • Course Type:  Hybrid Track
    • Core Areas:  Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Cultural Diversity


    UNHL 3910  Ideology and Revolution

    Was ideology invented in the 19th century?  Conservatism, Liberalism, Nationalism and Socialism were all invented in the short span of 1789-1870.  In this course we read works of Edmund Burke, Karl Marx, J.S. Mill, and others who reacted to the French and Industrial Revolutions, hoping to repair the social fabric.

    • Instructor:  Carl Pletsch (Department of History)
    • Meeting Pattern:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:45 am
    • Credit Hours:  3
    • Course Type:  Hybrid Track
    • Core Areas:   Humanities, Social Sciences, International Perspectives

    UNHL 4820  Scientific Thinking

    Intensive analysis of primary literature taken from across the sciences allows students to develop critical thinking, content integration, and analysis skills they will use throughout their undergraduate education and into their professional careers.  Through reading, group work, oral and written presentations, and class discussion students will expand their understanding and appreciation of the scientific method and develop the ability to critically analyze and evaluate experimental design in both scientific and social contexts.

  • Instructors:  Aimee Bernard (Biology) and Margaret Bruehl (Chemistry)
  • Meeting Pattern:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:45 am
  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Course Type:  Hybrid
  • Core Areas:  Humanities, Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives

    UNHL 4825  Nuclear Technology:  Dilemmas of Policy and Science

    From promise to devastation, nuclear technology highlights the modern dilemma of how to manage our prodigious knowledge of science with our limited understanding of human decision-making.  This course will begin with basic nuclear chemistry and move to the political history of our nuclear age, prompting discussions ranging from physics to metaphysics.

    • Instructor:  Niels Schonbeck (Department of Chemistry)
    • Meeting Pattern:  Thursdays, 2:00-4:45 pm
    • Credit Hours:  3
    • Course Type:  Hybrid
    • Core Areas:  Humanities, Natural Science,  Social Science, International Perspectives                           



    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 2015 or fall 2015.

    • Instructors:  Georg Gadow (UHL), L. Ann Martin (School of Business)
    • Meeting Pattern:  Fridays, 8:00-9:40 am
    • Credit Hours:  2
    • Course Type:  UHL Core
    • Required for all UHL students who intend to graduate in spring 2015 or fall 2015.


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