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University Scholars (USCH)

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[1] University Scholars Courses (USCH)

1300 ON EXPERTISE: THE NECESSITY OF LEADERSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP This is the first course in the University Scholars Program. Program goals include leadership, scholarship, and disciplinary expertise. Therefore, the goal of this course is to explore each of those areas and provide evidence for their necessity in the education and training of future experts, scholars, and leaders. This course will draw on material from a variety of traditions and will require students to engage with challenging readings, frame arguments and provide evidence during in-class discussions, and participate in ethical decision making regarding current issues within and across disciplinary areas. USCH 1300 fulfills the FYS and Responsible Living requirements of the lower-division UCA Core. Prerequisite: Consent of the University Scholars Program director.

2000 UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM CONTRACT COURSE SHELL This course serves as a shell course for University Scholars Program students who are concurrently enrolled in a University Scholars Program contract class. The purpose of this shell course is to centralize contract course enrollment, communication of expectations, submission of course contracts, and submission of final projects. Contract classes provide a mechanism for USP students to meet their required honors course enrollment when the students already have credit for the USP course offerings in a given semester. Prerequisite: Consent of the University Scholars Program director.

2100 UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM LEADERSHIP COLLOQUIUM The University Scholars Program Leadership Colloquium is an exploration of recent advances in leadership praxis or leadership theory. Through various leadership publications, students will engage in exploration of a specific leadership theme over the course of the semester, participate in class discussions, and reflect and write about how the course content is relevant for their own leadership development.

3320 MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH METHODS A multidisciplinary research methods class for University Scholars Program students. Students will gain exposure to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research approaches; read, analyze, and synthesize current literature within their disciplinary fields; write a literature review of an approved topic; and develop and present a research proposal for their capstone thesis project. This course is typically taken in the Fall semester of the student’s third year of study. Prerequisite: Consent of University Scholars Program director. [UD UCA Core: C, I]

4320 UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM CAPSTONE This is the capstone course for students in the University Scholars Program and is designed to assist students in completing capstone projects, writing the capstone thesis or project reflection, and presenting the capstone project. Throughout the research, writing, and presentation stages, students will further develop their information literacy and communication skills. Scholars Capstone is typically taken in the spring semester of the fourth year of study. Satisfies the Capstone requirement (Z) of the upper-division UCA Core. Prerequisites: USCH 3320 (or departmental equivalent) and consent of the University Scholars Program director. [UD UCA Core: Z]