Course Directory

University Honors Program Fall 2019 Courses

 Fall 2019 Advising Information

Liberal Arts Core

CAP 3130-01

Capstone:Science & Pseudoscience:Critiquing the World Around You

COMM 1000-14

Oral Communication

ENGLISH 1120-05

Introduction to Literature: Culture and Canon 

HUM 1022-14

Humanities II

HUM 1023-02

Humanities III

HUM 3127-02

Middle East

POL AMER 1014-06

Introduction to American Politics

RELS 1020-02

Religions of the World

SPAN 3004-01

Introduction to Hispanic Literature

STAT 1772-08

Introduction to Statistics

SW 2045--02

American Racial & Ethnic Minorities

Other Honors Course Offerings

UNIV 1092-01

Presidential Scholars Seminar: American Environments (1st Year Presidential Scholars ONLY)

UNIV 1092-02

Presidential Scholars Seminar: Sophomore Think Tank (2nd Year Presidential Scholars ONLY)

UNIV 2196-01

Seminar: The Science of Color

UNIV 2196-02

Seminar: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

UNIV 4197-01

Honors Thesis

UNIV 4198-01

Honors Independent Study

Liberal Arts Core Class Descriptions



CAP 3130-01  Capstone: Science and Pseudoscience: Critiquing the World Around You with Dr. Carolyn Hildebrandt, 2:00-3:15 TTh 

Prerequisites: Junior Standing

Fulfills LAC Category VI (class in the Honors Cottage)

Course Description:  Daily, we are bombarded with interesting and novel breakthroughs involving claims that may or may not be true.  In this age of alternative facts and evidence-free assertions, critical thinking is of paramount importance. The purpose of this course is to explore science and pseudoscience from an interdisciplinary perspective. We will be applying critical thinking and scientific analysis to controversial topics from a broad variety of disciplines (e.g., evolution, psychoanalysis, climate change, vaccinations, gun control). In addition to learning about the scientific method, we will also explore common formal and informal fallacies, cognitive biases, and how anomalistic ideas (e.g., superstitions, belief in paranormal phenomena) are formed and refuted. The class will be discussion-based and will include guest speakers from across campus. Students will have opportunities to develop research projects within their own areas of interest.

Professor Biography:  Dr. Carolyn Hildebrandt is Professor of Psychology at University of Northern Iowa. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Gender, Psychology of Music, Research Experience in Psychology, and coordinates the internship program in the Department of Psychology. She earned a B.A. in Music at UCLA, M.A. in Educational Psychology at U.C. Davis, Ph.D. in Human Development and Education at U.C. Berkeley, and did a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Psychology at U.C. Berkeley.  She has published in the areas of cognitive, social, and moral development; musical development; theory building; and constructivist approaches to early education. Her current research is on the psychology of superstition.

In her free time, Dr. Hildebrandt enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, cooking, and traveling to new places. She will be teaching CAP 3130: Science and Pseudoscience in London this summer.  Honors students who wish to take this course in London in 2020 can earn credit through Seminar in Psychology.

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COMM 1000-14 Oral Communication with Dr. Ryan McGeough, 12:30-1:45 TTh

Fulfills LAC Category IB

Course Description:  This course is a survey course designed to assist the student in discovering how verbal and nonverbal communication messages function in a variety of settings--intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and public. By studying the theory and process of communication and applying communication theory and principles to diverse real-life situations, students will have opportunities to practice and analyze communication skills in various communication contexts. In order to do this, this course involves both written and oral assignments throughout the semester.

The honors section will involve more critical analysis and discussion of course concepts, with an emphasis on both speaking and listening. At least one of the assignments will have a social issues or service-learning component, and topics for speeches will have more specific guidelines than other sections. Students will complete at least three individual speeches and one group project.

Professor Biography:  Dr. Ryan McGeough is a member of the Department of Communication Studies, where he teaches courses such as Political Communication, Rhetoric and Civic Culture and Oral Communication.  His research is focused on public argumentation across various types of media. His classes ask students to take an active role in class conversations and to connect assignments to their interests and passions. In his free time, he enjoys Southern cuisine, farmers’ markets, LSU football and being walked by his dog, Vonnegut.

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ENGLISH 1120-05 Introduction to Literature: Culture and Canon with Rachel Morgan, 12:30-1:45 TTh

Fulfills LAC Category IIIB

Course Description:  While this course is a comprehensive overview of genres, literary periods, and schools of criticism, at its core the course will explore how literature influences culture and how culture is (or is not) reflected in historic and contemporary literature. This course examines who decides what is literature and why people read what they do. The course considers the usefulness (or not) of literary canons—specifically a Western canon—to discuss problems of privilege and access. Students will research and present on award committees such as: The Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize, and the National Book Award to discuss historic and contemporary trends in determining meritorious literature and work. Students will read works from recent prize winners and finalists: Milkman by Anna Burns, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay, and engage with lyrics from prize-winning artists Kendrick Lamar and Bob Dylan. They will also read selections from a Western canon: Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and selected poets. The class will be discussion-based, with various writing assignments, including a book review, and end with a debate-style project about the inclusion or exclusion of student chosen text into a Western canon. 

Professor Biography:  Rachel Morgan is an Instructor in the Department of Languages & Literatures. She also co-coordinates Cornerstone and is Poetry Editor for the North American Review, America’s oldest literary magazine. Rachel attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was a Brock Scholar and graduated from UTC’s Honor Program. She then graduated from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop with her M.F.A. in poetry. She has been teaching classes on composition, communication, creative writing, and literature at UNI since 2012. Her areas of interest are first-year writing programs, publishing and editing, poetry, and health humanities. In her classes, Rachel enjoys working closely with students on creative and academic writing projects. 

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HUM 1022-14 Humanities II with Dr. AbbyLynn Helgevold, 8:00-9:15 TTh

Fulfills LAC Category IIA 

Course Description:  The question of the good life has concerned human beings for ages; it has been a major question in the minds of many of Western civilization’s most significant philosophers, artists, scientists, and theologians. We begin this course with the assumption that the question of the good human life is a question worth asking and we will turn to some of Western history’s most significant thinkers to help us understand the depth of this question and the broad range of possible responses. This course examines the historical context in which these historically significant figures lived. It explores the way that their cultural and social context influenced how these figures thought about the good life. We will study a variety of primary texts, in various forms, in an effort to see how these figures addressed one of our most important and elusive human questions. We engage in this study not only to understand the ways that they thought about the good life, but also to help us to think deeply about this question ourselves. Throughout the semester we will open ourselves up to the insights of those who came before us and to those of our contemporaries as we engage each other in thoughtful discussion about the nature of the good human life.  This course emphasizes discussion and in class participation, and offers an opportunity for students to strengthen oral presentation and leadership skills through student-led discussion assignments.

Professor Biography:  Abbylynn Helgevold is an Instructor of Applied Ethics and Humanities in the Department of Philosophy and World Religions. Dr. Helgevold received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Ethics, Politics, and Culture from the University of Iowa in 2013. She has been teaching at UNI since 2012 where she teaches Humanities I, II, and III and courses in applied ethics.

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HUM 1023-02 Humanities III with Dr. Emily Machen, 9:30-10:45 TTh 

Fulfills LAC Category IIA

Course Description:  This class will introduce students to the major themes in the history of Western Europe from the French Revolution to the present.  We will study history’s “big” events, including wars and revolutions.  However, rather than exploring World War I or the Cold War from a purely political or military point of view, we will investigate how these events impact human society.  Students will determine how war, revolution, and social upheaval shape people’s lives depending on where they live, their social class, and their race and gender.  Men and women often experiences events differently.  The same is true for minorities. The experiences of a Senegalese soldier or a woman ambulance driver during World War I differ from the experiences of European men on the front lines or politicians on the home front.  Students will build an understanding of how Western society develops by delving into a variety of sources produced during the eras we study.  Reading materials will be supplemented by images and film clips that add an important visual component to the course.  The class will incorporate a combination of lecture and discussion of primary documents.

This class will also include a current events element.  History is not simply about what happened in the past.  It should also help students understand contemporary society and current problems.  As a result, throughout the semester, we will be discussing important stories showing up in the news.  We will situate these stories into their historical context so that students know why Europe is experiencing a growth in far right political parties or what is motivating Ukrainians to protest against their government.  By the end of the course, students will understand how Western societies have developed and how that development shapes our contemporary world.

Professor Biography:  Emily Machen is an associate professor of history.  She is a specialist in modern Europe with an emphasis in French women’s history. She received an undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University, where she studied history and French, and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi.  Professor Machen lived in France for two years while completing her dissertation. She teaches a variety of classes, including Modern France, European Society and the Great War, European Women’s History, and Humanities III.  She enjoys all of her classes and tries to engage students by incorporating news and documentary video clips, images, and artifacts related to various historical periods.

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HUM 3127-02    Middle East with Dr. Ken Atkinson, 1:00-1:50 MWF

Fulfills LAC Category IIB (class in the Honors Cottage)

Course Description:  In this course, we will explore together the history, religions, and cultures of the contemporary Middle East. We will also examine the history of the West’s involvement in the Middle East from the birth of the United States to the present. This class will feature student participation. You will have opportunities to share your thoughts on the readings and current events throughout the semester. We will also discuss events in the Middle East as they occur. To accomplish this, I will show you resources for finding reliable information about the Middle East that you can also use to help you understand other parts of the world. This is your class, so please let me know if you are interested in a particular topic and I will be happy to incorporate into the course. 

Professor Biography:  Kenneth Atkinson is a Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago (M.Div.) and Temple University (M.A., Ph.D.). He has written seven books and dozens of professional articles while at UNI on topics such as world religions, ancient history, archaeology, women’s studies, and ancient languages. He has received awards for scholarship, teaching, and a medal from the U.S. government for his public service. Atkinson has held several other jobs before entering academia, including employment as a biblical archaeologist, a full-time traveler, a factory worker, a kibbutz farm laborer, and a soldier in Cold War Berlin (U.S. Army). He is one of twelve Americans honored by the German government in Berlin last September for his military service transporting secret document across the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain. You can learn more about him and his recent professional activities, and resume (c.v.) by visiting his website:

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POL AMER 1014-06   Introduction to American Politics with Dr. Justin Holmes, 12:30-1:45 TTh

Fulfills LAC Category VB

Course Description:  The American Republic has lasted more than 200 years, despite radical changes in society, technology, and the world context it is situated in. While there is considerable consistency in the ideas behind American government, situational pressures have required constant adaptation. Developments and events of the last few years such as the internet, 9/11 and the ensuing war on terror, and increased polarization of both political elites and voters. In this class, we will look at both the historical origins and contemporary manifestations of American democracy, political institutions, and the public itself. Specific topics will include institutions of government, political participation, civil rights and civil liberties, the mass media and public opinion, elections and representation, and governance in the internet age. We will be focusing particular attention this semester on areas where the Constitution fails to give adequate instructions on what to do in unique situations, and a look at why young people, particularly young women, seem alienated from seeking political office. 

Classes will be in the lecture discussion format, with considerable discussion. Each student will be responsible for leading class for a portion of one day. There will be two reflection papers, and 3 exams.

 Professor Biography:  Justin Holmes is an Associate Professor of Political Science and has taught at UNI since 2008. He earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota.  Professor Holmes's research and teaching focuses on Public Opinion, Voting Behavior, Political Communication, and Political Psychology. Recent projects include studies of the psychology of the impact of negative information on presidential approval, a study of how citizens form opinions about intervening in foreign conflicts, an examination of how campaigns and interest group use new media to mobilize supporters, and a current study on the politics of policy for people with disabilities.He currently serves as the Chair of the American Democracy Project at UNI, which focuses on promoting civic literacy and political participation among college students. 

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RELS 1020-02 Religions of the World with Dr. Cara Burnidge, 9:00-9:50 MWF


Course Description:  It is difficult to ignore how much religious conflict is in the world. Daily (even hourly) news updates remind us of the presence of religious intolerance and conflict in the world. To many, this is surprising because “deep down, we’re all really just the same.” Artists, celebrities, teachers, family members, and faith leaders often remind us of this idea all the time. Perhaps, Maya Angelou put it best in her poem “Human Family” when she wrote: "In minor ways we are different/in major we are the same....we are more alike, my friends/ than we are unalike." But what if she—and, therefore, we—are wrong? What if we are more unalike than alike? What if our differences are major and not minor to who we are?  This class will explore that alternative idea. We will consider the significance of difference, disagreement, and debate in our understanding of religious diversity. As we do, we will strive to celebrate the ideas, customs, histories, and habits that make us unalike. We will try to embrace—rather than erase—cultural differences by asking two big questions:

1) How does “religion” influence the way people think about & experience the world?

2) What do we learn about the world when focus on how people are different rather than how they are alike?

This course will have a hybrid format, balancing in-class conversations with out-of-class assignments. Outside of class, students will independently read and/or listen to assigned material to learn about a new worldview and empathize with unfamiliar people and ideas. In-class, either through Professor Burnidge’s lectures or small group activities, we will review and reflect upon our understanding of religious diversity and difference. Finally, we will apply what we’ve learned to “rival” religions in “real world” case studies in a public presentation.

 Professor Biography:  Cara Burnidge is an Assistant Professor of Religion in the Department of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of Northern Iowa. Born and raised outside Pittsburg, Kansas, Professor Burnidge grew up in a small town and graduated with a high school of sixty students. From there, she went to a liberal arts university similar to UNI, Washburn University, where she majored in History and discovered what she wanted out of life. She went on to earn her M.A. and PhD in Religion from Florida State University. As a historian of American religion, Professor Burnidge researches and writes about the intersection of two topics many are told never to talk about: religion and politics. In 2016, the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis selected Professor Burnidge as one of ten Young Scholars of American Religion. When she's not teaching or researching, Professor Burnidge advises two student groups seeking to create an inclusive campus community: Northern Iowa Feminists and the Muslim Student Association. With these student leaders and through her classes, Professor Burnidge seeks to help UNI students become more comfortable exploring, discussing, and engaging with the controversial issues and sensitive subjects pertaining to religion and politics.

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SPAN 3004-01 Introduction to Hispanic Literature with Dr. Heather Jeronimo, 9:00-9:50 MWF

Fulfills LAC Category IIIB with submission of student request

Course Description:  This is a course dedicated to reading and discussing literature in Spanish, meant to promote reading as a habit among students and elevate their analytical capacity through the use and study of literary rhetoric in conversation. The principal objective is to better students’ capacity to understand literary texts written in Spanish and to give them a very broad overview of some influential writers from various Spanish-speaking countries. In this class, students will read a variety of texts in different literary genres, including short stories, poems, essays, and plays, as well as viewing and discussing films. The course is divided into three units, with respective focuses on the topics of identity, power, and gender, with consideration of the intersection of all three. The readings for this class are representative of writers of various genders, sexualities, cultures, and social standings, although the reading list is by no means exhaustive. Students will explore and question their own relationships with power, identity, and gender throughout the semester. This class intends to provide students with just as many questions as answers, leading them to further explore these cross-cultural topics. Students are expected to be active learners, creating and participating in an intellectual community through discussions and presentations that promote students’ ability to critically evaluate and engage with primary theoretical sources while respecting one another's perspectives and creative thinking skills.

Professor Biography:  Dr. Heather Jerónimo is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Northern Iowa. She specializes in 20th and 21st-century Spanish literature and film, with particular focus on topics of gender, sexuality, and non-normative familial relationships. Among other classes, Dr. Jerónimo teaches upper-level seminars such as the Hispanic Graphic Novel, the Spanish Civil War, and Hispanic Family in Film. Dr. Jerónimo’s research has been published in several top-tier journals, including Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, and Letras femeninas. During the summer, Dr. Jerónimo leads a two-week Capstone in Barcelona, Spain.

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STAT 1772-08 Introduction to Statistics with Dr. Mark Ecker, 2:00-3:15 TTh

Fulfills LAC Category IC

Course Description:  The Honors Introductory Statistics course covers the topics of: descriptive statistics, probability, random variables, sampling distributions, inferential statistics, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests.  Students will be exposed to critical statistical thinking, along with the statistical software package, S-Plus.  Emphasis will be on real world applications of pertinent statistical methods and ideas.  Students will collect data on a topic of interest to them, analyze the data using the tools learned in the classroom and present their results to the class.

Professor Biography:  I am Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at UNI, where I specialize in the area of spatial prediction and modeling using Bayesian and Geostatistical techniques.  My research involves hands-on data analysis and developing methodology for spatial association often present in environmental and economic data.  In the past, I had worked as part of a multidisciplinary team of chemists, biologists, and environmental scientists at the University of Northern Iowa analyzing water quality data in Iowa's lakes and wetlands.  I currently work with Iowa Workforce Development and the Institute for Decision Making to forecast the potential available workers in laborsheds across Iowa.  My most recent research project involves developing new statistical techniques to measure the negative or positive financial impact on housing prices from living close to a point source, such as a hoglot, nuclear power plant or a highly desirable school. 

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SW 2045-02 American Racial & Ethnic Minorities with Dr. Laura Praglin, 10:00-10:50 MWF

Fulfills LAC Category VC - (class in Honors Cottage)

Course Description:  Racial and ethnic minorities have always been an integral part of the United States, yet they have often been marginalized or oppressed. Why has this been the case? What has exacerbated or mitigated this history of prejudice and discrimination?  What challenges and issues remain and continue to spur controversy?  What do pluralism and diversity mean, and why do we claim to champion these ideas at UNI?

Through an interdisciplinary lens, we will explore the history, traditions, and experiences of various minority groups in the U.S. Students will have frequent opportunities to reflect upon, write about, discuss, and present a wide variety of topics related to the themes and questions posed above. Guest speakers from the community will add to the depth of our knowledge, and help promote increased awareness of and sensitivity to various diversities in our midst and throughout the United States.

Professor Biography:  I am a social work professor with interests in conflict resolution, multiculturalism, and the history of social service in the U.S. In addition to my B.A., I hold two master's degrees (in social work from the University of Chicago and in religion from Yale), as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In addition to my academic background, I have worked at various legal and social service organizations related to racial/ethnic diversity, including the legal arm of the NAACP. I enjoy teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students, and would welcome having you in this seminar!

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Honors Seminar and Elective Descriptions

UNIV 1092-01  Presidential Scholars Seminar: American Environments with Dr. Jeremy Schraffenberger, 2:00-3:50 Th 

**2 credit hour seminar - First-year Presidential Scholars ONLY 

Course Description:  Cultural representations and interpretations of the non-human natural world inform and are informed by the way humans understand and treat the environments they find themselves in. In this class students will read and respond to reflections and representations of the natural world, focusing on environmental values and ideas as they have been expressed in literary, popular, and critical texts. Specifically, students will explore this relationship between people and their environments in the context of the American experience, including their own personal experiences of the world around them: their hometowns, the UNI campus, the city of Cedar Falls, the state of Iowa, the Midwest region, and beyond. Students will be introduced to a range of critical approaches to environmental discourse. In the end, we will all emerge from this course with a more deeply considered understanding of our own relationships to the non-human world.

Active participation is the lifeblood of this class, both orally during classroom discussions and in writing assignments. Participation requires more than simply showing up and speaking. Rather, students must first prepare to participate, coming to class having read and thought deeply about the texts and topics at hand, asking questions of the material and of themselves. By participating in this way, student will cultivate their own academic authority with rigor, confidence, and self-direction, but they will be equally rewarded by participating in the spirit of generosity, humility, curiosity, and open and honest intellectual engagement.

Professor Biography:  In addition to literature and critical writing classes, I also teach creative writing here at UNI. I work under the assumption that all writing is creative and should therefore be of immediate and not just deferred value. In other words, I want the work that students do in my classes to matter. Writing need not be just about learning the rules and following the conventions of academic discourse—though we should, of course, all make ourselves aware of whatever rules and conventions we find ourselves subject to. Instead, I believe the process of writing helps us learn what we hadn’t yet realized we were thinking.

If anyone is interested, I’ve published some  books of poetry, Saint Joe’s Passion (Etruscan Press) and The Waxen Poor (Twelve Winters Press), and I’ve edited two other books, The Great Sympathetic: Walt Whitman and the North American Review and Manifold Nature: John Burroughs and the North American Review, both for NAR Press. My other creative work has appeared in anthologies and journals like Best Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Mid-American Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Apropos of the American Environments Presidential Scholars Seminar, my co-written chapter “Ecological Creative Writing” appears in Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century (Southern Illinois University Press), and my article “An Ecological Creative Writing Manifesto” appears in the Journal of Creative Writing Studies. I’m also very proud to be editor of the North American Review, the oldest literary magazine in the United States, which is housed here at UNI.

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UNIV 1092-02 Presidential Scholars Seminar: Sophomore Think Tank with Dr. Jessica Moon, 4:00-4:50pm T + arr

**2 credit hour seminar – Sophomore Presidential Scholars ONLY (class in the Honors Cottage)

Course Description: The intent of Sophomore Service Learning is to provide a structured way for Presidential Scholars to grow intellectually while combining their strengths and talents for the benefit of our campus and community. The spring semester will be devoted to the execution of the implementation plan developed during the fall Think Tank. 

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UNIV 2196-01 Honors Seminar: The Science of Color with Dr. William Harwood, 12:30-1:45 TTh

**3 credit hour seminar - Sophomore standing  

Course Description:  Since childhood, many of us have wondered why the grass is green and the sky blue?  Why roses and rubies are red?  Our world is bursting with color and this course is an exploration of the causes of color and how we interact with colors.  We will examine the physics and chemistry that produces colors along with our psychological perception of and response to colors.  We live in a vibrantly colorful world, so this class will have the opportunity to do some hands-on exploration as well as visits around campus or with special guests to connect us to the variety of color effects we experience. Bring your own questions and ideas for discussion and topics to dive into! 

 The course itself will have the opportunity for a structured project and an open-ended project that relates to any connection you’d like to make with color.  In the past, students have chosen to do creative work in a wide range of forms as well as expository work in writing or through an oral presentation to the class.  This is an opportunity to take a close look at something many of us take for granted: color.

Professors Biography:  I was born in Florida and we moved about when I was young.  I remember a short time in Minneapolis in April when I was a toddler.  My memory is of snow!  I thought it was cold sand. Eventually, my family settled in Massachusetts.  I went to college there and then to Purdue University for graduate work.  Along the way, I discovered a love of Celtic music (zero Irish background for me) as well as a variety of world music, I like to travel and learn about other countries and cultures.  And, of course, I like chemistry.

My interest in chemistry was sparked in childhood by my love of colorful compounds as well as a possibly unhealthy enjoyment of explosions.  I’ve never lost my enthusiasm for either of these and, in part, chose my area of graduate study because the colorful compounds were satisfyingly fun to make.  Over the years, I have provided lots of chemistry demonstration shows to children and adults, written articles on color and a whole textbook on chemistry.   I’ve offered versions of this Science of Color course at other universities before I came to UNI.  I always learn new things from my students and am looking forward to learning together with you.

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UNIV 2196-02 Honors Seminar: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with Dr. Elizabeth Lefler, 9:30-10:45 TTh

**3 credit hour seminar - Sophomore standing 

Course Description: This honors seminar offers a deep dive into the mental health field though the lens of one disorder: ADHD. Have you heard the myths about ADHD? Have you ever wondered how we actually diagnose mental illnesses? Do you want to learn more about how to treat childhood behavioral concerns? Are you interested in the evidence and research behind clinical psychology practices? If so, this seminar is right for you! We will be engaged with interesting readings, writing papers on topics of your choosing (within parameters), doing classroom activities, learning from guest speakers, considering clinical case studies, and engaging in many group discussions. You will of course leave this class knowing a lot about ADHD, but you will also gain a perspective on the diagnostic process, treatment planning, working with families in a clinical setting, and clinical psychology research more broadly.

 Professor Biography: Dr. Elizabeth Lefler is an Associate Professor of Psychology at UNI. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Lefler completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Throughout her training, she has conducted research and engaged in clinical work with children who have mental health concerns. Dr. Lefler’s specific research interests include the assessment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in understudied populations, as well as sex/gender differences in psychopathology. She regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at UNI related to childhood psychopathology and assessment. Dr. Lefler is the Director of the Psychological Assessment Clinic at UNI, coordinates the Psychology Department Honors program, is the UNI Fulbright Advisor, and was honored to be a Fulbright Scholar in Kraków, Poland in 2017. She has won departmental and university-wide teaching awards in her time at UNI, and is really excited to finally be teaching an honors section!

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UNIV 4197-01 Honors Thesis with Dr. Jessica Moon, arr

Course Description:  The Honors Thesis is the final step towards earning a University Honors designation from the University of Northern Iowa.  The thesis gives Honors students the opportunity to explore a scholarly area of interest with the guidance of a faculty member.  It is intended to serve as the culmination of the Honors experience. 

The thesis provides you with experience in research as well as an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise.  While the process may at times be challenging, it will also be rewarding.  You will enhance your knowledge of the chosen topic and further develop your research or creative skills.  The final product should leave you with a sense of pride and accomplishment for what you have attained. 

Students wishing to register for Honors Thesis must meet with Jessica to discuss course requirements and have their registration holds removed.  Call Brenda at 3-3175 to make an appointment.

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UNIV 4198-01 Honors Independent Study with Dr. Jessica Moon, arr

Course Description:  The purpose of independent study is to provide students with an opportunity to participate in an educational experience beyond what is typically offered in the classroom.  Students must be prepared to exercise a great deal of independent initiative in pursuing such studies.  Honors students may receive independent study credit for research projects of their own or those shared with faculty members, certain internship opportunities, or some types of work or volunteer experiences. 

Students wishing to register for Honors Independent Study must meet with Jessica to discuss course requirements and have their registration holds removed.  Call Brenda at 3-3175 to make an appointment.

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