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The program consists of curricular and co-curricular components, including four Urban Leadership courses, internships and other practical experiences. Graduates of the program earn the Certificate of Urban Leadership, awarded at graduation.

The following courses are offered for the Urban Leadership Curriculum:

POL 350. Special Topics in Politics: Moral and Political Leadership 4 hours
In this course, the lives of a number of leaders are examined and a series of questions are addressed. In what did or does their greatness consist? With what issues or moral dilemmas did they wrestle? What challenges did they face? How did they understand and perhaps overcome the constraints of their situation? Upon what moral, intellectual, and "characterological" resources could they rely? What were their strengths? What were their weaknesses? Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
ULP 303. The New American City 

4 hours

The purpose of this course is to examine the problems and prospects of politics and policymaking in the new American city and its environs. Consideration will be given to the political and sociological significance of a number of the factors that characterize this new development, including extremes of wealth and poverty, the mix of racial and ethnic groups, and the opportunities and challenges provided by progress in transportation and technology. Offered annually.
ULP 304. Community Issues Forum: Principles into Practice

4 hours

This course is taught as a weekly seminar focusing on a particular community issue and accompanied by an issue-related, off-campus internship. Together with faculty, students analyze issues confronting stakeholders, collaborate on solutions, and present findings derived from their internship assignments. Students have interned with the state legislature, local and state chambers of commerce, community food banks, arts organizations, corporations, non-profit organizations, and a number of other community groups. Topics covered in previous years include: community development, education, transportation, health care, and the environment. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Urban Leadership Elective

4 hours

With the approval of the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program Director and the academic advisor, the student selects an appropriate course to satisfy the fourth course requirement of the program. Ideally, the elective course will be part of the studentís major or minor, or in an area of vocational interest. The principal objective of the elective requirement is to look for intellectual or applied leadership in the studentís chosen field or profession.

In addition to the required academic course work, students demonstrate leadership on and off campus by their participation in University, civic, and community endeavors in Atlanta. Students organize and participate in conferences, workshops, and symposia on and off campus. At the end of each semester, students submit a brief memo to the director detailing their leadership challenges and opportunities that semester. In the final semester, students prepare a paper reflecting on their leadership experiences during college. The final portfolio contains written work drawn from the studentís leadership courses and experiences.

Admission to the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program is competitive. Students may apply in the freshman, sophomore, or junior year. The director and a selection committee evaluate candidates on the basis of commitment to leadership-related study, the desire for leadership understanding and application, extracurricular participation, academic record, and other experience.


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