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University Honors Program Fall 2020 Courses

 Fall 2020 Advising Information

Liberal Arts Core

CAP 3140-04

Capstone: Environment, Technology, and Society

COMM 1000-14

Oral Communication CLOSED CLASS

ECON 1031-03

Introduction to Economics

ENGLISH 1120-03

Introduction to Literature: Science Fiction, Speculation & Self CLOSED CLASS

HUM 1023-01


HUM 1023-08


HUM 3121-01

Russia/Soviet Union - CLOSED CLASS

PHIL 1020-07

Philosophy: Art of Thinking CLOSED CLASS

POL AMER 1014-05

Introduction to American Politics CLOSED CLASS

STAT 1772-05

Introduction to Statistics

WGS 1040-02

Women's and Gender Studies CLOSED CLASS

Other Honors Course Offerings

UNIV 1092-01

Presidential Scholars Seminar: Living a Life of Meaning (1st Year Presidential Scholars ONLY)

UNIV 1092-02

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

UNIV 2196-01

Seminar: Portraits: Photography & Memory

UNIV 2196-02

Seminar: Leadership Skills (Prerequiste of MGMT 3153.  Preference to CBA majors. Those interested in registering must email for registration approval.)

UNIV 4197-01

Honors Thesis

UNIV 4198-01

Honors Independent Study

Liberal Arts Core Class Descriptions


CAP 3140-04  Capstone: Environment, Technology, and Society with Dr. Kamyar Enshayan & Audrey Tran Lam, MPH, 12:30-2:20 T 

Prerequisites: Junior Standing

Fulfills LAC Category VI  

Course Description:  Is our food culture making us healthy or not?  How does our food system contribute to climate change, and how does climate change affect food production? What problems surround our current food system?  What are some features of a healthy and enduring food system?

The theme for the semester will be food, farming, and health.  Through readings, discussions, field visits, and individualized projects, we will explore the intersection of our food system, farming in Iowa, public health, and climate change.  This will be interactive, community-engaged learning through field trips, films, invited speakers, and cooking!  We will explore many dimensions of our food system in Iowa in terms of where and how food is grown, the extent to which soil and water resources are cared for, whether the people working in various sectors of agriculture are making a living and are treated well, and more. 

Our hope is that through this course you will be able to 1) make sense of the mounting human & environmental problems in our food system and their root causes with some clarity, 2) develop a basic understanding of the links between human health, food systems, ecosystem health, and Iowa's place in this picture, and 3) examine and articulate your own vision for a healthy food system as you put the pieces of the puzzle together. 

Professor Biography:  Audrey Tran Lam joined the UNI in 2017 after graduating from the University of Iowa with a Masters in Public Health. As the Environmental Health Program Director at Center Energy & Environmental Education at UNI, she is particularly interested in developing upstream solutions to a myriad of environmental health issues in Iowa. Audrey oversees statewide programs that address the intersection of human health and environmental sustainability, including Good Neighbor Iowa and Farming for Public Health. She received the Go the Distance award from the Iowa Public Health Association in 2019, and is currently enrolled at the Bloomberg College of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.  

Kamyar Enshayan has been working to strengthen the local food economy of our region by connecting people who eat to the food & farm businesses near them in the 7-county area around Black Hawk County.  He and colleagues are working to improve access to more fruits and vegetables in Waterloo's under-served neighborhoods.  A 2008 recipient of the Practical Farmers of Iowa's Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award, he is the director of the UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education.

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COMM 1000-14  Oral Communication with Staff, UNI, 12:30-1:45 TTh    CLOSED CLASS

Fulfills LAC Category IB

Course Description:   

Professor Biography:   

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ECON 1031-03  Introduction to Economics with Dr. Matt Hampton, 1:00-1:50 MWF

Fulfulls LAC Category VB

Course Description:  Why study economics? To help us better understand the world in which we live, to help us become more astute participants in the economy, and to give us a better understanding of both the potential and the limits of economic policy. We will take a deep dive into how markets work. Sometimes they work well, but sometimes they don’t. We will pay particular focus to the market for health care in the United States. In our analysis of health care we will consider issues of equity and efficiency, the role of government, and information issues such as adverse selection and moral hazard. In the study of health care and other markets, we will learn the difference between a competitive market and a monopoly. We will learn how measure the national income (GDP), the cost of living (CPI), and unemployment.  

Professor Biography:  Matt Hampton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Northern Iowa. Originally from Tennessee, he received his PhD in Economics from the University of Alabama. His research focuses on health economics, labor economics, and applied microeconomics, with particular focus on evaluating effects of economic policy. His recent work uncovers a link between the Affordable Care Act and divorce, primarily driven by decreased incentives to marry related to spousal health insurance coverage. In his free time, Matt enjoys chess, poker, and biking the wonderful trails of Cedar Falls. He can be reached at

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ENGLISH 1120-03  Introduction to Literature: Science Fiction, Speculation & Self with Dr. Rachel Morgan, 1:00-1:50 MWF    CLOSED CLASS   

Fulfills LAC Category IIIB

Course Description:  Neil Gaiman said, “I don’t think there’s a human being on the planet who has not, in some way in the last 15, 20 years, encountered the phenomenon of future shock... the idea that it’s all moving a bit fast, that things are changing, that the world that our parents and grandparents knew is not the world we are living in now.” Indeed sci-fi and spec lit certainly concern themselves with the future and hypotheticals, but these literatures also root themselves in our history and expose real human fears, weakness, and courage. Students will engage with news, film, radio, podcasts, and read Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay, Soft Science by Franny Choi, and The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. While this course is a comprehensive exploration of genres engaged with sci-fi and spec fic themes, it is also a course that uses science to frame an additional understanding of human identity and invention. Students will research and present on topics such as cloning, cyborgs, smart speakers, time travel, and digital immortality. The class will be discussion-based, with various writing assignments, and end with a creative research project that students present on their own dystopia or utopia, based on the semester’s texts.

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. She is the author of the chapbook Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey and has recent work published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, Baltimore Review, and DIAGRAM. In her classes, Rachel enjoys working closely with students on creative and academic writing projects. In her classrooms, she fosters open discussion, collaboration, and creativity. 

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HUM 1023-08  Humanities III with Dr. Jolene Zigarovich, 11:00-12:15 TTh    CLOSED CLASS

Fulfills LAC Category IIA

Course Description:  Honors Humanities III covers The Age of Revolution to the Present. We will discuss literature, philosophy, religion, and the fine arts integrated with the history of Western Civilization since the French Revolution. By comparing various works in different disciplines, we will discover significant trends and developments in cultural expression. While our primary focus will be on Western culture, we will at times put these expressions into a global context. The honors section will require seminar discussions, student presentations, and critically engaged writing assignments.

Professor Biography:   Jolene Zigarovich is an associate professor of Global Nineteenth-Century Literature in the Department of Languages & Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa. She has previously taught at Cornell University and Claremont Graduate University. Her recent book publications include Writing Death and Absence in the Victorian Novel: Engraved Narratives (2012), and she is editor of TransGothic in Literature and Culture (Routledge 2017) and Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature (2013). Her current research interests lie in the intersections of death, the Victorian novel, and the law. Her courses focus on Gothic literature, the work of Charles Dickens, and gender and sexuality. She is a recipient of the UNI Apple Polishers Award for teaching and mentoring, and her research has been recently supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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HUM 1023-01  Humanities III with Dr. Emily Machen, 12:30-1:45 TTh      CLOSED CLASS

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 3121-01  Russia/Soviet Union with Dr. Kenneth Basom, 1:00-1:50 MWF    CLOSED CLASS 

Fulfills LAC Category IIB

Course Description:  This course is an introduction to the rich and diverse cultures of Russia and the former Soviet Union.  History and literature will be our primary windows into this culture because they have been crucial to Russian ideas of what it means to be Russian.  We will also take music, film, geography, religion, the graphic arts and politics into consideration. The course will highlight the continuing conflict between Western influence and Russian distinctiveness.  The influence of the many non-Russian cultures incorporated at various times into the Russian state will also be examined.  We will read one of the most popular novels from the late soviet period, which happens to have been written by a non-Russian.  There are many and diverse sources of Russian culture.  Class discussion of films and readings will be an important part of the course.  We may also take advantage of events on the UNI campus that are related to Russian culture (such as plays, films, lectures, and musical performances).

Professor Biography:  I grew up near Washington, D.C., and I guess that helps account for my chosen career as a professor of political science.  The politics of other countries has long fascinated me.  I have spent much of my career studying the politics of Eastern Europe and the former Yugoslavia.  Nationalism and democratization have been two of my main areas of research.  Through my research I have come to appreciate the importance of culture not only for politics but for all aspects of life.  I do some of the old fashioned lecture format in my classes, but I try to keep it informal and jazz it up by impersonating various historical or imaginary characters.  I enjoy using excerpts of films and sometimes entire films in my classes.  I am increasingly relying on class discussions in my courses to allow students the opportunity to reflect on course material and try out ideas.

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PHIL 1020-07  Philosophy: Art of Thinking with Dr. Jerry Soneson, 2:00-2:50 MWF    CLOSED CLASS

Fulfills LAC Category IIIB

Course Description:  The title of our course, Philosophy: The Art of Thinking, is descriptive of what we will be doing, namely, exploring the art of thinking.  But it is thinking about what really matters in life.  The word, “philosophy,” comes from two words in ancient Greece, philo, and Sophia, the first meaning “love” and the second meaning “wisdom.”  Philosophy is the love of wisdom, and so it has to do with the search for wisdom about the great matters, the great questions, of life: in the face of tragedy, what is the meaning of life?  In times of great crisis, where do I find meaning?  What is the good life?  How do I know what is good, and how can I live that out?  Who am I as a self?  In the midst of the brokenness of life, what is it to be a genuine, authentic, integrated self? How can I achieve that? What am I doing when I think about the world as a whole, about the grand story of the cosmos in which I live?  What is the real nature of this world, what is really true about this grand story, and can I really know it, and if so, how?  While we sometimes find out that some of our friends secretly deceive and betray us, how do we know when they are genuinely telling us the truth?  So, what is truth?  How can we distinguish between the merely apparent and genuine truth?  

These questions, of course, can appear to be very abstract and dry, but if approached through reading provocative texts and carefully led discussion, as this course is designed to do, they can be some of the most exciting questions in life, for they deal with the issues that really matter, that strike at the very heart of our existence. Philosophy begins with wonder, said Socrates, and to paraphrase the philosopher A.N. Whitehead, it proceeds in the effort to live well: first, by trying to find one’s way about, second, by trying to find a better way about, and third, by trying to find an even better, a wiser, a more fulfilling way about.  What could be more relevant than that?   Of course, philosophy won’t teach you how to do business or earn a living, but it will help you learn how to evaluate and improve types of business, and how to find richness and meaning in whatever job you choose; but more importantly, it will help you learn how to choose well and so develop a life worth living.  This is the promise of philosophy, of what the love of wisdom, at its best, can do. 

Professor Biography:  Dr. Jerry Soneson, who came to UNI in 1991, has been part of the Honors Program since it began, often teaching honors sections of Humanities I and III, twice teaching the Presidential Scholars Seminar, "The Holocaust and Religion," and the honors capstone course, "The Holocaust in Literature and Film;" he also has co-taught the Honors Seminars, "The Idea of the University," "Moral Education in Literature and Film," and "Religion and Evolution."  Specializing in philosophy, religion and ethics during the Modern Period, he likes to ask, to think and write about, and to discuss with students matters which have to do with the great questions of life, such as good and evil, freedom and bondage, war and peace, tragedy and hope, ideals that make life worth living, and why humans all too often seem to blow it. He loves to co-teach honors courses with other faculty, since the various perspectives of the faculty often provoke excellent discussion among the students.   He also is a dog lover -- having had a handful of Great Danes and Labs.  He cultivates trees, especially Japanese Maples, which he keeps in the garage over the winter, and he loves to vacation in Florida, where he shares a home with his sweetheart.  And while he's not fond of the Florida summer heat, he is greatful for the moderate temperatures during winter and spring breaks which bring a relief from the Iowa winter cold, snow and ice.    

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POL AMER 1014-05  Introduction to American Politics with Dr. Justin Holmes, 2:00-3:15 TTh    CLOSED CLASS

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. 

STAT 1772-05  Introduction to Statistics with Dr. Mark Ecker, 3:30-4:45 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.  A 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.  My most current work involves analyzing statistical models that produce house valuations, called Automated Valuation Models (AVMs), such as that found on when you type in your home address.

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WGS 1040-02  Women's and Gender Studies with Dr. Elizabeth Sutton, 9:30-10:45 TTh    CLOSED CLASS 

Fulfills LAC Category VA 

Course Description:  This course is designed to familiarize students with the academic field of women's and gender studies. Women's and gender studies uses interdisciplinary tools to analyze structural power and the ways that gender manifests itself in social, cultural, and political contexts. Through diverse readings, discussion, and activities, students will be asked to think critically about gender and its construction and reproduction in society and the effect on their own lives and families. Intersectionality with theories of race, class, and other social structures will be examined.

Professor Biography:  Elizabeth Sutton is Professor of Art History and has taught at UNI since 2009. Her scholarship, while specializing in issues of globalization and power in art and in art history, also has included active pedagogical research. Dr. Sutton’s most recent project, Angel De Cora, Karen Thronson, and the Art of Place uses visual culture to investigate the overlap of Norwegian settlers onto Native American territory in Iowa and Kansas in the nineteenth century. She has published Art, Animals, and Experience: Relationships to Canines and the Natural World (Routledge, 2017), Capitalism and Cartography in the Dutch Golden Age (Chicago, 2015), and Early Modern Dutch Prints of Africa (Ashgate, 2012). She edited Women Artists and Patrons in the Netherlands, 1400-1700 (University of Amsterdam Press, 2019). Her current interests are in feminist scholarship and pedagogy as tools of empowerment.

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Honors Seminar and Elective Descriptions

UNIV 1092-01  Presidential Scholars Seminar: Living a Life of Meaning with Dr. Emily Machen, 2:00-3:50 M  

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

Course Description:  This course is designed to encourage students to consider different perspectives on how to live a meaningful life. A meaningful life does not necessarily mean an extraordinary life. Rather, it's about living a personally fulfilling life that contributes to the success and development of individuals, families, and communities. Students will discuss how to make more meaningful connections with other people and how to construct supportive communities for themselves.  To facilitate discussion, students will read a number of texts written by contemporary authors from a variety of secular and religious traditions. Readings focus on helping students understand why people are so lonely, how to deal with feelings of shame and rejection, and how to build habits that help individuals value themselves and other people. All of the writers we will read, through their own traditions, grapple with helping people live lives that they won’t be sorry about at the end. 

This class will be unique because it will include both traditional UNI students and retired students.  I have recruited a number of older adults who are interested in questions of meaning as well.  They will join the class for part of the semester, so we will have different generations of people discussing what it means to live a life of meaning.  

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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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 

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: Portraits: Photography & Memory with Dr. Philip Hopper, 2:00-3:15 MW

**3 credit hour seminar - Sophomore standing  

Course Description:  The goal, in this era of disposable selfies, is an understanding of how photography functions as both a personal and cultural form of representation and memory. In other words how can a photograph mean more then a temporary image on Snapchat or Instagram? The word photography derives from the Greek roots “photos” or light and “graphe” or writing. Photography means writing with light. In this course the relationship of written texts to images is crucial. An attempt to “abolish the notion of separate spatial and temporal genres” as cultural critic W.J.T. Mitchell writes is a central goal. 

In addition to Mitchell students will investigate Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag’s thoughts and theories about photography in a series of theoretical readings and practical exercises. We will start with what Barthes terms the “studium,” or the generalized emotional response to a photograph and the “punctum,” or the telling detail within a photograph. Sontag writes “all photographs are memento mori”, meaning photographs may become a form of commemoration or memory. Weekly written responses to the readings and subsequent discussions are required. Students will be guided in producing, evaluating and editing photographs that reveal telling details about contemporary life. The final project must reveal and then archive a nonfiction narrative.

Professor Biography:  Philip Hopper was a Fulbright Scholar in the Palestinian West Bank at Al-Quds University during the 2012-2013 academic year, then continued that teaching and research as a visiting professor during 2013-2014. He is currently a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Israel. His long-term photojournalism project, Images of Conflict in the Public Sphere has emerged in journal articles, a book chapter as well as on-line and traditional gallery shows. His award-winning documentaries include The Road Home, about injured soldiers who compete in the New York City Marathon, and The Park in Ramallah, about the safety of children in occupied territories. Prior to seventeen years of full-time teaching experience he worked professionally in film and television production. Hopper holds an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. His website is here:

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UNIV 2196-02  Honors Seminar: Leadership Skills with Dr. Russell Guay, 8:00-9:15 TTh  

**3 credit hour seminar - Sophomore standing and Prerequiste of MGMT 3153.  Preference to CBA majors. Those interested in registering must email for registration approval.

Course Description: Leadership is crucial to the long-term success of all organizations.  Yet the vast majority of organizations do not have leaders with well-developed skill sets.  This course provides an overview of leadership today and focuses heavily on developing students to be effective leaders, both on campus and in the business world.  In this course, we will use theories and concepts from a variety of disciplines to increase our understanding of leadership.  We will use cases and real-life examples in order to examine these themes in more detail and to better connect ideas and concepts to real-world situations.  Therefore, the class includes lectures, case studies, group discussions, self-assessments, role plays, videos, and other in-class activities that allow for practice and application of the various leadership skills learned.  I expect you to actively participate in all class activities and to share your experience and knowledge. 

 Specific objectives for the course include each of the following:

·       To provide you with a detailed understanding of basic and emerging theories, concepts, and perspectives on leadership behavior and effectiveness.

·       To explore leadership styles and determine your preferred style.

·       To improve your written and oral communication skills as well as your ability to analyze leadership problems and suggest realistic solutions which are sensitive to context and unintended consequences.

·       To assess, understand, and practice several leadership competencies, such as self-awareness, motivating others, goal setting, conflict management, empowerment, and managing change.  

·       To involve you in a frank assessment of your own strengths, weaknesses, and vision in relation to the competencies that are predictive of leadership effectiveness.

·       To enable you to articulate an effective strategic plan for your own continued development as a leader. 

Professor Biography:  Russell P. Guay is an Associate Professor in the Management Department at the University of Northern Iowa.  He received his PhD in Organizational Behavior / Human Resources from the University of Iowa. His research focuses mostly on leadership, fit, personality, and employee work attitudes. Russell’s work has been published in journals such as Personnel Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Human Resource Management, and International Journal of Selection and Assessment. Russell also has 10+ years of HR experience, with primary focuses in staffing, training, governmental compliance, and employee relations. He can be reached at  

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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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