Honors Course listing for Fall 2014

If you have questions about the UHP and its curriculum, please let us know. We have 400 students in the program from across the colleges and disciplines. Upon graduation, students who earn at least 19 credits in required honors courses receive the Honors Core Award; those who earn 27 honors credits in required courses receive the University Honors Program Certificate.

Reminder: Eligibility to take honors courses requires that you meet the minimum GPA and relate criteria for remaining as a member in good standing in the program.

Honors Courses

[course and section--be sure to confirm information including five-digit CRN#s as listed under each discipline heading "for example, Engl for English" in the UI online Time Schedule--honors sections carry the HON designation in the course title.]

Chemistry 111, 4 cr.,: Prof. Thomas Bitterwolf
(10726) Sec. 30 -- 9:30 am -10:20 am MWF, Lab 2:30 pm-5:20 pm M, (Limit 24/section)
(35251) Sec. 31-- 9:30 am -10:20 am MWF, Lab 2:30 pm-5:20 pm W, (Limit 24/section)
(35252) Sec. 32-- 9:30 am -10:20 am MWF, Lab 7:00 pm-9:50 pm R, (Limit 24/section)
(38137) Sec. 33 - 9:30 am -10:20 am MWF, Lab 2:30 pm-5:20 pm R, (Limit 24/section)
Principles of Chemistry. Intensive treatment of principles and applications of chemistry. Honors labs have an emphasis on independent laboratory exercises. Satisfies General Studies curriculum requirements in the natural and applied sciences. Chemistry Lab Fee of $85.50

(38055) CORS 219,(01) 3cr., 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm MWF Prof. John Byers
Human Nature.  
The course will introduce students to the explanations, as biologists currently understand them, for why humans act in the ways that they do. Student will learn the basics of biological evolution, human evolution, human anatomy and physiology, and evolutionary lag. Then the course will take up specific topics, including: Speech and language, Facial expressions. Sex differences and sexual conflict, Courtship and pair bonding, Kinship and nepotism, Religion and mythology, Social influences on personality, Motor development, Bipedal locomotion, Maternal bonding, Sexual preferences and homosexuality, Environmental preferences, Mating system and female mating decisions, Specific fears, Xenophobia, war, genocide, Life history decision-making, Standards of beauty, Artistic expression

These topics will be considered primarily from an evolutionary perspective, but information from psychology, anthropology, linguistics, and literature will be included where relevant.

(20996) COMM 101, (14) 2 cr., 1:30-2:20 pm MW: Prof. Diane L. Carter
Fundamentals of Public Speaking. Students learn how to deliver effective extemporaneous and impromptu public speeches. Topics include audience analysis, ethical communication, organization and preparation of outlines and speaking notes, identification and citation of credible supporting materials, verbal and nonverbal delivery techniques, effective use of presentation aids, and active listening. May be used as general education credit in J-3-a (Communications). Comm 101 Fee of $27.00

(15919) Engl 102 (11) 3 cr., 12:30 pm-1:20 pm MWF Zana Previti
College Writing and Rhetoric. Honors students will apply principles of expository and argumentative essay writing along with critical reading and thinking skills to analyze, synthesize and interpret texts and experiences in clear, concise, and vigorous prose. Satisfies core curriculum requirement for communication. Prereq: English 101 or equivalent. Limit 26.

(15866) English 257 (01) 3 cr., 11:00 am-12:15 pm TR: Thomas A. Drake
Literature of Western Civilization. Key historical and literary developments and themes dominating early Western culture, Ancient Era to Renaissance. This course examines Western Civilization's earliest and most beautiful attempts to understand itself through written language. We will reach back 4,000 years to find our ancestors struggling with the same questions each of us must answer: Who am I? What is love? What is God? What is happiness and how can I find it? How can I build a moral and just society? What becomes of us when we die? We will try to see our history and the seeds of our own culture not as a series of events but as an experience lived by individuals who loved, hated, yearned and often sinned with all the passionate intensity each of us brings to our own lives. We might subtitle this course "suffering and love", or "love and death", or, simply, "life", because when we refer to "the literature of Western Civilization," we're really referring to the chronicle of what it means to be alive, to feel the human experience.

Basically, our task is to better understand the worldviews that created these texts, better understand the world the texts created and, most important, better understand our own worldviews in relationship to the events, texts and authors who created them, and in that process, created us. Satisfies General Studies curriculum requirement for humanities. Limit of 30.

(26460) Philosophy 103 (11), 3 cr., 10:30 am-11:20 am MWF Prof. Janice Capel Anderson
Introduction to Ethics. An introduction to philosophical reasoning through historical study of Western moral thought. Readings, lectures, and discussions, with required individual papers, tests, and group presentation; satisfies General Studies curriculum requirement for humanities. Limit of 24.

37879 Political Science 101 (06) 3 crs., 9:30 am – 10:20 am MWF Brian Ellison
Introduction to Political Science and American Government: Introduction to the study of politics focusing on basic concepts, processes, and institutions; emphasis on government and politics of the U.S. examined in comparative perspective; probable topics include nature of constitutional democracy, ideology, parties and elections, and formation of public policy. May be used as general education credit in J-3-d.

(15581) Psych 101 (01) 3 cr., 9:30 am-10:45 am TR: Todd Jay Thorsteinson
Introduction to Psychology. An introduction to psychology covering many of its subfields, such as: personality theory, memory, biological processes, sensation and perception, human development, learning, social behavior, and psychological disorders. Limit 30. Satisfies General Studies curriculum requirements for the social sciences. Limit 30.

Honors Section of Integrated Seminars for First-Year Students

Honors Section of Integrated Seminars are open only to first year students.
Note: All entering students with fewer than 14 transferable credits earned AFTER high school graduation are considered first-year students regardless of their class standing and are required to participate in the UI general education curriculum (including completion of an ISEM 101 course in the first semester or in the second semester of the first year).
The Idaho State Board Core is reserved only for those students with 14 or more transferable credits earned after high school graduation.

(36115) ISEM Integrated Seminar 101 (02) 3 cr., 12:30 pm-1:45 pm TR: Prof. Lisa Carlson.
Human Communities: Bargaining & Negotiation: The Art and Science of Conflict Resolution. This course introduces students to the various forms of conflict between and among humans and the conflict resolution techniques that are employed to resolve these conflicts. The conflicts explored range from the interpersonal to labor-management disputes to the outbreak of civil and international war. Students will then examine the major theories and practices of bargaining and negotiation as specified primarily in the fields of political science, economics, psychology, and sociology. The bargaining problem and its resolution are also explored via literary works and in film. Thus both the disciplines of social science and humanities will be introduced. The conceptual and theoretical foundations and tools of negotiation and bargaining acquired during the first part of the semester will then be employed by the students for use in an in-class simulation to resolve a complex negotiation problem. Satisfies either social science or humanities credits in General Studies core curriculum. Limit 30 entering freshmen (and note the university does not provide waitlists for any ISEM 101s--you will need to check back from time to time if the course is full, or select a nonhonors ISEM 101 this fall, or take an ISEM 101 in spring semester).

(35355) ISEM Integrated Seminar 101 (16) 3 cr., 11:00 am-12:15 pm, TR: Prof. Kodjotse Afatchao
Globalization. This course is to be a sustained and interdisciplinary exploration of the ways American society is constructed and functions. The course is framed around four broad concepts that commonly play an important role in structuring how individuals and/or communities chose to represent themselves or how they are portrayed by others. The concepts are place, gender/sexuality, class and race. The class will explore these concepts through a variety of genres, including, social science scholarship, humor, film, literature, architecture, music as well as personal experiences, with the expectation that students will gain an understanding of the differences in the way the humanities and social sciences explore the world. Satisfies either social science or humanities credits in General Studies core curriculum.  Enrollment limited to 30 entering freshmen (and note the university does not provide waitlists for any ISEM 101s--you will need to check back from time to time if the course is full, or select a nonhonors ISEM 101 this fall, or take an ISEM 101 in spring semester).

(35362) ISEM Integrated Seminar 101 (41) 3 cr., 2:30 pm-3:20 pm, MWF: Sayantani Dasgupta
Sacred Journey:  The word “sacred” means something that is worthy of respect or religious veneration, and protected from interference or violation. Sacred can be both religious as well as secular. Sacred can be a private prayer or an extremely social festival celebrated by the entire community. Sacred can imply god, family, nation, food, art and architecture. It can build societies but also cause wars because one person’s sacred can often be another’s profane. The global world we live in requires we develop more than just tolerance for people and communities different from our own. Diversity must be embraced, differences must be celebrated, and what better way to do this than understand the ways in which we look at ourselves, see what we and other communities around the world hold as sacred, and examine the common beliefs that unite us all. In this multidisciplinary class, we will incorporate diverse fields such as history, sociology, art, and philosophy to understand the term “sacred” as relevant to our individual quests, and to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, three of the world’s most important faiths.  Enrollment limited to 30 entering freshmen (and note the university does not provide waitlists for any ISEM 101s--you will need to check back from time to time if the course is full, or select a nonhonors ISEM 101 this fall, or take an ISEM 101 in spring semester).

(36134) ISEM Integrated Seminar 101 (62) 3 cr., 11:30 am-12:20 am, MWF: Prof. Thomas Drake
Love and Happiness. Love. It’s the thing we want most and scientists and sages down through the ages agree we can’t live long or well without. And yet few of us have ever taken the time to figure out exactly what love is. When we do stop to think about love we’re likely to find that our personal definitions were shaped largely by Disney, Cosmo and Lady GaGa, and yet who’s to say these sources are wise, accurate or have our best interests at heart? Our task then is to analyze the cultural forces that have shaped our current definitions of love and then to combine perspectives from literature, philosophy and the sciences in an attempt to figure out what love actually is and isn’t, and how loving well can help us lead happier lives.
We will examine:

  • What philosophy, theology, literature and science can teach us about the nature of love and happiness
  • Our own, individual, personal assumptions concerning what love is, can and should be
  • How these assumptions have been shaped by culture, contemporary popular media as well as classic and contemporary literature and art
  • How love has been and is defined by different cultures in different times and places
  • Whether or how this knowledge can help us lead happier lives.

Enrollment limited to 30 entering freshmen (and note the university does not provide waitlists for any ISEM 101s--you will need to check back from time to time if the course is full, or select a nonhonors ISEM 101 this fall, or take an ISEM 101 in spring semester).

Upper Division Honors Courses and Seminars

Please note that upper-division seminars offer priority by class level, so that fourth and third-year students who enroll during the initial 24 hours of registration take precedence for remaining in the seminar over second-year students. Students need to have completed at least one honors course prior to the start of the seminar.

(37818) ISEM 301 (08) 1 cr., 8:30 am - 9:20 am W: Prof. Sharon K, Stoll
Competition, Values and You. This course applies sociology, history, literature, film, political sciences, physical education, and cultural studies to explore the central role of competition and its effect on social and moral values in America, especially as it exists in sport and athletics. This seminar examines the relationship of competition in sports as it relates to and affects gender, race, class, ethnicity, consumerism, media, and other topics.

(34669) INTR 450 (02) 1 cr. (P/F), 12:30 pm-1:20 pm T Profs. Kenton Bird and Daniel Bukvich
Malcolm C. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Insight and Creativity. UI faculty and staff present and describe their approaches to teaching and/or research in their respective disciplines in this series of lectures. The lectures present the specific subjects and methodologies that define the disciplines and initiate conversations about those disciplines to explore and to encourage interdisciplinary cooperation. Students attend the weekly lectures, complete journal and response assignments, and also meet with professors O’Rourke and Bukvich. Limit 20.

(38204) INTR 498 (12) 1 cr. 2:30 pm-3:30 pm M Prof. Elitza K. Kotzeva
HON: INTERN: Intercultural Mentors.  The course will train students to become academic mentors for international students who are taking courses through the American Culture and Language Program (ALCP).  Class enrollment is limited to 5 students.

(37820) ENGR 350 (04) 3 cr., 1:30 pm-2:20 pm MWF: Robert R. Stephens
Honors Engineering Mechanics of Materials: Elasticity, strength, and modes of failure of engineering materials; theory of stresses and strains for ties, shafts, beams, and columns. Prereq: Engr 210, Math 175 Coreq: Math 310

(37780) ENGR 404 (08) 1 cr., 3:30 pm-4:20 pm MW: Prof. D. Eric Aston
Creative Science Writing: This course provides a forum to practice creative writing techniques and skills with scientific content for delivery through fiction or nonfiction, for laypersons or scientists. Regular class discussions will delve into diverse fields of science from the perspective of “the interested layperson” to explore various ways of communicating scientific concepts requiring some in-depth consideration of relevant literature, history, technology, societal impacts (economic, political, ethical, moral, religious, philosophical, etc.), business, philosophy, and/or other disciplines. Biology, chemistry, physics, math, engineering, and any other science-based topics are relevant. Prerequisites: ENGL 102; junior or senior in good standing with the Honors Program. No specialized skill, knowledge, or prior intensive coursework is required in math, science, engineering, philosophy, etc.
Class will meet Aug 25, 2014 – Oct 17, 2014.
Required Text: Prof. Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams. 1993. ISBN 0-446-67011-1
{possibly one other short work}
Recommended Texts:   D. E. Aston’s Fearfully Made. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4497-8848-3
Terry Brooks’ Sometimes the Magic Works. 2003. ISBN0-345-45828-1
John McPhee’s Oranges. 1975. ISBN 0-374-51297-3

Note: Students may retake this course in Spring 2015 for additional credit, either continuing a longer/expanded project related to the first semester or a completely new project.

(38014) INTR 404 (07) 1 cr., 3:30 pm-4:20 pm MW: Prof. D. Eric Aston
Creative Science Writing: See course description above. This section is to give students an opportunity to choose either the ENGR or INTR designation for their transcripts.

(12592) Math 315 (01) 3 cr., 10:30 am-11:20 am MWF: Prof. Alexander Kar-man Woo
Honors Topics in Pure Mathematics: Coloring Maps and Counting Votes: Mathematics is unusual among subjects of study in the kind of certainty in its results that it seeks and the depth to which it studies seemingly simple, even trivial, questions.  We will study how this plays out in two landmarks of twentieth century mathematics, the Four Color Theorem, which states every map can be colored with four colors, and Arrow's Theorem, which says every method for determining the winners of an election must have potential flaws.  Given time, we may also study Hall's Stable Marriage Theorem, which gives solutions to the problem of pairing off two groups in a stable manner.  No previous knowledge of mathematics beyond basic addition and subtraction is necessary, only a willingness to carefully analyze complicated situations while considering all possibilities.  Also counts as upper-division course credits toward UHP Certificate. Limit 30.

Note: In relation to Math 315/quantitative reasoning component of the UHP Certificate requirements: Keep in mind the alternative option of using the Honors Elective Agreement for Phil 202 Symbolic Logic or with consent of a Statistics professor (or stats lecturer by permission in some cases) you might complete a special project in Stat 251 or Stat 301, to take the place of Math 315 for completing that component of the requirements for the UHP Certificate; take care, however, that you have other 300-400 level HON-designated credits to total six credits for the certificate, and that you have not used the elective agreement for another 300 or 400 level nonhonors course.

(33393) IS 404 (01) 3 cr., 2:00 pm -3:15 pm TR Prof. William Leland Smith
Seminar: Working w International Community: In a worthy development, awareness of global issues and/or global problem solving has become part and parcel of undergraduate curricula in many disciplines. Unfortunately, this is generally still done in the context of discipline-specific approaches. This renders global problem solving deceptively simple; if only everyone thought as engineers do, or textile designers do, or political scientists do, then we could solve problems effectively. The purpose of this Honors seminar is to expose you to the breadth of actors, perspectives, and processes involved in developing, honing, implementing, and assessing global policies.

Students in this seminar will have the opportunity to apply for acceptance into a research cohort affiliated with the Martin Scholars program. This would occur in the Spring 2015 term and come with a small stipend.

(38294) ENGL 493 (02) 3 cr., 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm R Prof. Kim M. Barnes
Honors: Advanced Non-Fiction Writing Telling a story well is a universally valued skill that promotes successful communication across every discipline and culture. Medical professionals rely on stories to diagnose and treat their patients. Scientists rely on stories to create human context for their objective data (thank you, Carl Sagan!). Business leaders rely on personal history to impart direction and enthusiasm. Artists provide narratives in order to convey a sense of their imaginative vision. 

While the regularly offered advanced nonfiction workshop allows writing majors to continue their academic, scholarly, and creative study of the genre in all its forms, the honors section will provide honors students from ANY discipline with the singular opportunity to explore their individual interests and professional goals through the melding of personal experience, chosen expertise, intellectual awareness, and passion-driven research. 

In addition to providing the students with the elements of narrative craft, the instructor will work with each honors students to generate a custom course of reading and writing that will benefit the student in his or her specific field of study. Informal talks, class discussion, workshop response, and one-on-one meetings will serve to heighten critical thinking, revision, and communication skills. Because of the nature of the class, the instructor may adjust assignments and discussion as the semester progresses in order to meet the needs and interests of the individual students and the class as a whole. In this way, the honors course is meant to resemble the highly personal study environment that candidates find at Oxford University colleges. 

Course requirements: a curious and nimble mind; formulation of an individualized (but malleable) study plan; completion of various assigned readings from the genre (no text will be required); completion of generative writing prompts; completion of a final essay; lively, informed discussion; sterling attendance; a willingness to play with words, experience, and ideas.

Course evaluation methods will be linked to the above requirements. Focus will be on discovering what power and pleasure resides in the sharing of story.