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2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog ARCHIVED CATALOG: Content may no longer be accurate.

Engaged Learning, Honors, and Interdisciplinary Programs


Weber State University has a long history of engaging students in learning both inside and outside the classroom. Engaged learning fosters intellectual and personal growth, critical thinking, problem solving, civic engagement, and professional and career development opportunities. Students engage with faculty members in small groups or one-on-one, for an intellectually challenging experience that is enhanced by professional and real world application of knowledge.

The Office of Undergraduate Research, the Center for Community Engaged Learning, the Sustainability Practices and Research Center, and Honors Program continue to facilitate the engaged learning of WSU students by collaborating with disciplines across colleges. These programs offer engaged learning opportunities in undergraduate research, community engaged learning, and classes that provide a stimulating, creative and supportive learning environment.

Interdisciplinary programs provide students the opportunity to expand their learning across different subject areas, and contribute to a well-rounded educational experience. Students who want to individualize or create a unique academic program resulting in an interdisciplinary degree can do so through the Bachelor of Integrated Studies program.

  • Dean of Engaged Learning, Honors, and Interdisciplinary Programs: Brenda Kowalweski
  • Telephone Contact: Dana Gibson, 801-626-6006

Program Chairs/Directors/Coordinators

Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR): Dr. John Cavitt   801-626-8541
Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL): Dr. Becky Jo Gesteland   801-626-7737
Honors Program: Dr. Dan Bedford   801-626-7591
Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS): Dr. Michael Cena   801-626-7713
Sustainability Practices and Research Center (SPARC): Dr. Alice Mulder   801-626-6326
Library Teaching & Information Services Department: Dr. Shaun Adamson   801-626-6827
Asian Studies: Dr. Greg Lewis   801-626-6781
Environmental Studies: Dr. Mikel Vause   801-626-6659
Ethnic Studies: Dr. Eric Ewert   801-626-6197
European Studies: Dr. Thomas Mathews   801-626-6345
Latin American Studies: Dr. Isabel Asensio   801-626-6777
Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP): Debi Sheridan   801-626-6775
Legal Studies: Dr. Richard Price   801-626-6694
Linguistics: Dr. Mark LeTourneau   801-626-6386
Neuroscience: Dr. Todd Hillhouse   801-626-6315
Urban and Regional Planning: Dr. Bryan Dorsey   801-626-6944
Women & Gender Studies: Dr. Melina Alexander   801-626-7632

Offices and Programs

Office of Community Development (OCD)

Executive Director:  Bill Cook
Telephone Contact:  Bill Cook (801) 721-9382
Location:  Community Education Center, 115
Internet Address:  weber.edu/OgdenCAN
The Office of Community Development at Weber State University acts as a catalyst for fostering collaboration and partnerships between anchor institutions and partner organizations that address social determinants of health in education, health, housing and financial stability.  The mission includes engaging residents, community leaders, political leaders, students, faculty and staff to develop and implement evidence-based interventions and systemic adaptive changes.  Through the evidence-based interventions opportunities are offered to faculty and students to advance their teaching, learning and research agendas in the community (weber.edu/OgdenCAN).
The Office is responsible for developing, facilitating and maintaining critical partnerships for the university with local, regional and national partners and their networks including:  The Democracy Collaborative, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Anchor Learning Network, Promise Partnership Regional Council and the United Partnership Council.  The Office also leads the university’s anchor-mission committees and coordinates with multiple areas of campus including the development of core metrics and business practice improvements related to community wealth building in the areas of hiring, purchasing and investing.
The Ogden Civic Action Network (OgdenCAN) is a program within the Office of Community Development.  OgdenCAN is a consortium of anchor institutions, partners, allies and residents that is determined to create comprehensive neighborhood revitalization in the East Central Neighborhood of Ogden, Utah.  This initiative is designed to remove barriers, create opportunities, align available resources and provide funding for evidence-based interventions.  A Board of Directors is responsible for setting priorities and allocating funds.  Weber State University serves as the fiscal agent for OgdenCAN.

Asian Studies Minor Program Go to Asian Studies website

Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) Program Go to BIS website

Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) Go to the CCEL website

Go to information for Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL).

Ethnic Studies Program

European Studies Minor Program Go to European Studies website

Environmental Studies Minor Program (see Geography)

Honors Program Go to Honors website

Go to information for Honors Program.

Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Research

Latin American Studies Minor Program Go to Latin American website

Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) Go to ESL website

Go to information for Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP).

Legal Studies Minor Program

Library Teaching & Information Services Department

Go to information for Library Teaching & Information Services Department.

Linguistics Minor Program Go to Linguistics website

Neuroscience Minor Program Go to Neuroscience website

Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Go to Undergrad Research website

Go to information for Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).

Sustainability Practices for Research Center (SPARC)

Go to information for Sustainability Practices for Research Center (SPARC).

Urban and Regional Planning Emphasis

Women & Gender Studies Minor Program Go to WS website