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2007-2009 Courses and Programs

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Associate Provost for Academic Programs

Certain interdisciplinary courses are offered through university studies, at the discretion of the associate provost for academic programs and upon the advice of the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee. No major is available in university studies, but credit obtained through university studies offerings may be applied toward a degree in any of the colleges, consistent with the stipulations of the student's curriculum.

Requests to make use of U St 101, 290, and 490 should be directed to the associate provost for academic programs and should be accompanied by a positive recommendation from the department heads and deans of the instructors making the request. The associate provost for academic programs will refer requests to the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee which will make recommendations to the associate provost for academic programs regarding their disposition after consultation with appropriate college and university committees.

The Graduate College sponsors U St 180 to help Non-native-English speaking graduate students communicate more effectively when carrying out their teaching assistant duties. Placement in 180 is determined by English oral profiency tests (SPEAK/TEACH).

Courses open for nonmajor graduate credit: 342.

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

U St 101. Interdisciplinary Studies. Cr. arr. Offered when demand warrants. Experimental interdisciplinary courses offered by an interdepartmental group. Intended primarily for freshman and sophomore offerings.

U St 105. Carver Academy Seminar: Freshmen. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Acceptance in Carver Academy Program, George Washington Carver scholarship recipient. Orientation to the university for Carver Academy students focusing primarily on transition and acclimation to the university environment. Individual and group identity development. Life and legacy of George Washington Carver. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 106. Carver Academy Seminar: Freshmen. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Acceptance in Carver Academy Program, George Washington Carver scholarship recipient. Introduction for Carver Academy students to resources at ISU to supplement classroom learning. Exploration of multicultural communities and leadership opportunities at ISU. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 111. Hixson Scholars Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Recipient of the Hixson Opportunity Award. Orientation to Iowa State University and the Hixson Opportunity Awards Program. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 115. MVP Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Recipient of the MVP Award. Orientation to Iowa State University and the MVP Program. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 116. MVP Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Recipient of the MVP Award, U ST 115 or consent of instructor.. A continuation of the introduction to life and resources at Iowa State University and to the functions of the Multicultural Vision Program focusing individually in areas of personal development, ethnic and racial identity, career exploration, and leadership. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 130. APEX Academic Success Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 1. SS. Prereq: Acceptance and participation in APEX Program. Develops successful academic and life strategies to reach personal and professional goals. Builds community amongst APEX participants. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 150. Dialogues on Diversity. (1-0) Cr. 1. F.S. An exploration of diversity within the context of the Iowa State University community through understanding human relations issues. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 160. Gender Justice. (2-0) Cr. 1. F.S. Half semester course. Examines the socialization process in the United States and how our perspectives are formed. An introduction to patriarchy, sexism, and ally development are explored. Skills to enhance communication and understanding among women and men will be developed. Satisfactory-fail only.

U ST 170. Leadership ISU. (0-2) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Freshman or sophomore classification. An introductory leadership course for first-year and second-year students. Students will gain a basic understanding of leadership skill development and resources available to student leaders at Iowa State University. Course content will be delivered through a variety of methods such as guest speakers, team building exercises, and small group discussions. Students will be expected to complete several out of class assignments to apply the leadership skills they have learned. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 180. Communication Skills for International Teaching Assistants. (Cross-listed with Engl). Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S. Placement based upon SPEAK/TEACH test results. Persons whose native language is English cannot take 180 for credit. No more than one section of 180 may be taken per semester; up to two sections total. Credit for U St 180 does not apply toward graduation. Satisfactory-fail only.
A. Speaking Skills. Cr. 3. Emphasis on pronunciation improvement and greater fluency in spoken English for teaching purposes.
B. Intermediate Spoken English. Cr. 3. Emphasis on classroom communication skills and strategies.
C. Advanced Spoken English. Cr. 3. For students who have completed 180A or 180B but have not reached the passing level on the SPEAK/TEACH test.
D. Presentation Skills. Cr. 3. Developing explanations, leading discussions and handling questions in a teaching environment.
E. Supervised Independent Study. Cr. 1. Seminar with individual observation and consultation.

U St 205. Carver Academy Seminar: Peer Mentors. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: 106. Leadership and peer mentor training for Carver Academy students who will be serving as peer mentors and seminar leaders in Carver Academy. Definitions and analysis of diversity in academia. Academic portfolio preparation and career exploration. Intended primarily for sophomores. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 206. Carver Academy Seminar: Peer Mentors. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: 106. Development of leadership, mentoring and teaching skills. Survey of leadership in diverse communities in the U.S. Preparation for intensive study in the academic major. Intended primarily for sophomores. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 290. Independent Study. Cr. arr. Prereq: Permission of the associate provost for academic programs. Independent study on topics of an interdisciplinary nature. Intended primarily for freshmen and sophomores.
N. Ncore. The Ncore Course: Forum on Race and Ethnicity in the United States. Cr. 3. Prereq: Selection as an Ncore student scholar. Attendance at Ncore. Exploration of issues of race and ethnicity in the United States.

U St 301. McNair Scholars Seminar: Orientation to the McNair Program and to Academic Research. Cr. R. F. Prereq: New fall admit to the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Covers program guidelines and requirements, the basics of preparing for the graduate admissions process, and the formulation of a research topic to begin the required research project. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 302. McNairs Scholars Seminar: The Review of Literature and the Methodology. (0-2) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: U ST 301. Covers the review of literature and the methodology components of the required research project. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 305. Carver Academy Seminar: Community Leaders. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Intended primarily for juniors. Leadership development for Carver Academy students; frameworks for multicultural leadership. Students will research and assess needs for community enhancement projects under faculty supervision. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 306. Carver Academy Seminar: Community Leaders. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Intended primarily for juniors. Leadership development for Carver Academy students; self-directed development of leadership abilities. Implement student-directed community enhancement projects under faculty supervision. Begin preparation for graduate and professional schools and career placement. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 311. Leadership Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. Prereq: 111, 115; selection as leader for Hixson Seminar or MVP Seminar. For students serving as leaders under faculty supervision. Development of facilitation and leadership skills. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 312. Leadership Seminar II. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. Prereq: 311. For students serving as leaders in Hixson Seminar or MVP Seminar under faculty supervision. Development of facilitation and leadership skills. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 336. International Perspectives in Career Development. (3-0) Cr. 3. Students will examine the career development process in the context of pursuing an international career. Topics will include career exploration, the job search, and cultural differences from international points of view. Faculty members will guest lecture on culture, history, economics, environment, and art of the selected country. Following the spring seminar students will participate in a study tour of the selected country where they will visit international employers and historical and cultural sites. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 342. World Food Issues: Past and Present. (Cross-listed with Agron, Env S, FS HN, T SC). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Junior classification. World hunger and malnutrition in social, ethical, historical, and environmental context. Emphasis on the origins and effects of global inequity on population trends, socioeconomic policies, and food systems in the developing world. Exploration of directions and improvements for the future. Team projects. Nonmajor graduate credit.
H. Honors Section. (For students in the University Honors Program only.)

U St 401. McNair Scholars Seminar: Data Collection and Data Analysis. (0-2) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: U ST 302. Covers the data collection and data analysis sections of the required research project. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 402. McNair Scholars Seminar: Findings, Conclusions, and the Writing of the Final Report. (0-2) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: U ST 401. Final course for second year scholars. Covers data analysis, data clean up, and the writing of the final project. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 405. Carver Academy Seminar: Fellows. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Intended primarily for seniors. Continued preparation for graduate school, professional school and/or chosen profession. Research project experience with faculty mentor is required. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 406. Carver Academy Seminar: Fellows. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Intended primarily for seniors. Oral and written presentation of research under faculty supervision. Satisfactory-fail only.

U St 471. The Tones of Florence - A Study of Humanism. (Cross-listed with Music). Cr. 3. SS. Prereq: Application through the Study Abroad Program; interview with instructor; sophomore classification. A survey of the masterpieces of music, literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, mathematics and theology that made Florence the major European center of humanism in the Renaissance.

U St 490. Independent Study. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of the associate provost for academic programs. Independent study on topics of an interdisciplinary nature. Intended primarily for juniors and seniors.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

U St 541. Technological Innovation, Social Change, and Development. (Cross-listed with Soc, T SC). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2008. Prereq: 6 credits in social sciences. Sources, theories and models of technological innovation; social and institutional contexts of technology transfer; appropriate/intermediate technology; issues and methods of impact assessment; planning technology related social change; democratic control of technological innovations and application; local and international case studies.

U St 590. Special Topics. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of graduate college. Independent study on topics of an interdisciplinary nature. Intended primarily for graduate students.
F. Technology and Social Change. (Same as T SC 590F.) Contact person: Eric Abbott.