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University College Seminars, UCOL 1022

Freshman students often find it reassuring to have assistance in making transition from high school to college.  Experiences with new intellectual standards, new social relationships, and new responsibilities are challenging. Perhaps the biggest challenge is finding the necessary support to successfully make these adjustments.

Through a series of UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SEMINARS, students have an opportunity to discover a unique support system while making a successful transition to college learning.  Each seminar features exploration of a specific topic with an outstanding instructor in a small class environment.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SEMINARS offer the following advantages:

  1. study of a topic of special interest to an outstanding instructor who has a unique perspective on the subject and is enthusiastic about sharing this knowledge
  2. a small class (maximum enrollment is 25 students)
  3. personal interaction with an experienced and carefully selected professor or instructor
  4. an opportunity to learn how to succeed as a college student by "learning how to learn" about a particular field.

All UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SEMINARS are 2-credit-hour, letter-graded electives. Your academic advisor can answer questions about seminars, or you may call Freshman Programs at 405.325.3967 or email 

A complete list of seminars offered for a specific semester can be found on Search UCOL 1022 courses. 

Fall 2019 Full-Term (16 week) Offerings

UCOL 1022, 001 (CRN 30000)  9 Things about Money & College taught by Brad Burnett from 12:30-1:20 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Physical Science Center, Room 317.

UCOL 1022, 003 (CRN 22450)  Lead Your Way taught by Kate Stanton from 9:30-10:20 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Wagner Hall, Room 145.

UCOL 1022, 004 (CRN 42291) -  Perspectives on Happiness taught by Lillian Miller from 12:30-1:20 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Wagner Hall, Room 250.

UCOL 1022, 005 (CRN 22459)  9 Things about Money & College taught by Mike Hinderman from 1:30-2:20 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Headington Residential College, Room D0125.

UCOL 1022, 006 (CRN 30004)  Sex in the 21st Century taught by Marshall (Joe) Lawrence from 12:30-1:20 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Wagner Hall, Room 140.

UCOL 1022, 008 (CRN 40207) Becoming Globally Engaged taught by Bushra Asif from 3:30-4:20 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Wagner Hall, 235.

See specific course descriptions below.

Fall 2019 Mid-Term (8 week) and Late Starting Offerings

UCOL 1022, 200 (CRN 40210)  Diversity & Inclusion: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly taught by George Lee from 1:30-3:25 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Wagner Hall, Room 235 Oct. 14-Dec. 6.

UCOL 1022, 202 (CRN 40208) -  The Stadium & The Ivory Tower taught by Mike Meade from 4:30-6:25 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Kaufman Hall, Room 319. Oct. 14-Dec. 6.

UCOL 1022, 203 (CRN 30002)  The History of Comics taught by Jeff Provine from 6-7:55 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Felgar, 320. Oct. 14-Dec. 6.

UCOL 1022, 202 (CRN 32203) Exploring Your Strengths taught by Zac Stevens from  5:30-8:40 on Mondays starting Nov. 4;  5:30-8:40 on Friday, Nov. 15 and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, Nov. 16 in Dunham Residential College, Room 128. LATE STARTING COURSE - RUNS NOV. 4-DEC. 2.

UCOL 1022, 206 (CRN 40412) Abnormal Psychology in Film taught by Cindy Torres from 4:30-6:25 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the Physical Science Center, Room 359.  Oct. 14-Dec. 6.

UCOL 1022, 207 (CRN 34322)  Hollywood Politics taught by Kim Gaddie from 10:30 am - 12:25 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the Headington Residential College, Room D0106.  Oct. 14-Dec. 6.

UCOL 1022, 994 (CRN 41820)  9 Things about Money & College taught by Judi Voeller online. Oct. 14-Dec. 6.

UCOL 1022, 995 (CRN 35907)  9 Things about Money & College taught by Jennifer Trimmer online. Oct. 14-Dec. 6.

UCOL 1022, 996 (CRN 41821)  9 Things about Money & College taught by Matt Hamilton online. Oct. 14-Dec. 6.

UCOL 1022, 997 (CRN 41822)  9 Things about Money & College taught by Trish Koonce online. Oct. 14-Dec. 6.

UCOL 1022, 998 (CRN 41823)  9 Things about Money & College taught by Dwyane Smith online. Oct. 14-Dec. 6.

UCOL 1022, 999 (CRN 41824)  9 Things about Money & College taught by Annette Moran online. Oct. 14-Dec. 6.

See specific course descriptions below.

9 Things About Money and College

 This course is designed to give students a basic knowledge of personal finance and money management, covering topics such as saving, credit cards, investing, credit scores, buying a home, and other monetary issues that directly affect college students and graduates. Students will take an active role in the course by applying lessons and assignments to their own personal situations. Students will learn how to build and maintain a personal financial plan. The goal of the course is to develop financially literate students who will be fiscally secure today and in the future.

Abnormal Psychology in Film

From Psycho to Fight Club, the fascinating aspects of abnormal psychology have been a popular topic of exciting, funny and frightening Hollywood movies for decades. How are these movies beneficial for learning about abnormal psychology? How might they be harmful? Learn about abnormal psychology while exploring and analyzing how Hollywood movies have depicted the field and those who are affected by these disorders. Assignments will include viewing and critically analyzing films which feature characters affected by abnormal psychological disorders.

Becoming Globally Engaged (Fall only)

What does it mean to be “globally engaged?” What does it take to be informed and involved in the international community? This course, which is only open to Global Engagement Fellows, will explore topics including study abroad, international engagement on OU’s campus, and current international events. Students are encouraged to also enroll in IAS 2003: The Global Community.

Diversity & Inclusion: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

What is diversity? Many academics, professionals, and experts have attempted to define the phenomenon of diversity. Students in this class will explore identity in terms of race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality from a lens of social justice. students will discuss identities in regards to political, social, and economic implications along with our responsibility in building an equitable and inclusive society.

Exploring Your Strengths

The goal of the course is to assist students in understanding, affirming, and using their strengths to create success in college and life after college. This will be accomplished by investigation and exploration of students’ strengths as defined by StrengthsQuest, creative projects, and practice of specific academic skills and self-assessment.

History of Comics

Iron-Man. Batman. Garfield. The Yellow Kid. Uncle Sam. William the Conqueror. Ramses II. All, fictional and real, have been immortalized in the often overlooked medium of comics. Our class will study comics and cartoons as pictorial literature, one of the most significant means to tell a story and convey information. We will trace the history of comics as well as create a few of our own. Students will be responsible for an exam over comic history, a research paper giving a biography of a cartoonist, and a final portfolio of original comics and cartoons. Special guests from the Oklahoma Comics Creators will give firsthand peeks into the world of art and publishing.

Hollywood Politics

Do filmmakers portray reality in their stories?  Or do filmmakers take only a minimum of actual fact and distort it to the point that it no longer has any basis in reality?  Maybe it is some of both. Often, those who write literature and produce film do so in order to make statements about politics. Producers use their observations about politics and campaigns and attempt to convey those observations in an entertaining medium in order to bring the issues to the attention of a wider audience. This course will use specific films and film segments to discuss how the American political experience is communicated through Hollywood’s feature films.

Lead Your Way: Leadership Training at OU (offered in Fall only)

Take this opportunity to become a front-running freshman by exploring your pathway to leadership:  1) Get a handle on leadership training through exploration in teamwork and self-discovery 2) Map out who’s who at OU and how to find your way 3) Discover your leader within and increase your potential as a campus leader and in life beyond college 4) Make a difference in the world around us via a service-learning project 5) Learn the art of creating a resume, completing campus applications, and knowing the best way to represent yourself on paper 6) Explore leadership in the “real world” as you select a leader in your field of interest to interview and 7) Get to know your peers in the class and be challenged to grow as a leader along the way.

Perspectives on Happiness

What is happiness? Many philosophers, psychologists, and health professionals have attempted to answer this age-old question. So, what do these experts agree and disagree on concerning the meaning and the contributors and barriers to happiness and well-being? What can be learned from the research, from the people in your everyday life, and from your own experiences to help you live a more fulfilling and productive life? Through this seminar course, Perspectives on Happiness, you can expect an exploration of happiness on a personal and societal level and consider significant inhibitors to the well-being of yourself and others. This insight will help you understand this ongoing area of research and inspire you to apply the related skills to flourish in college and beyond.

Sex in the 21st Century

The primary goal is to explore various sexual issues as they are developing today.  This may include; Abortion, STDs, Gay Marriage, Sexual Dysfunctions, Rape, and also such positive issues as Sex Education, Contraception, Love, and Relationships.  The precise issues will be determined by what will be occurring in the media at the time of the class. The purpose is to promote a forum where differing views can be discussed in an open and respectful manner.  You are not told what to think, but rather to think, and to develop your individual “meaning of sex.”  Some of the secondary goals are to enhance the students’ ability to think critically, to know and use the University’s resources, to work independently on some projects, together in teams on others, and to be aware of current events involving sex.   

The Stadium and the Ivory Tower

This course will explore current trends and issues in athletics in higher education. Particular attention will be given to the development and structure of the National collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Additionally, students will discuss recent legislation and issues surrounding such topics as academic standards, the student-athlete experience, and the pay-for-play debate.