Courses for Fall 2012

If you have questions about the UHP and its curriculum, please let us know. We have nearly 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.


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

Honors Course listing for Fall 2012

[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]

(36113) ISEM Integrated Seminar 101 (03) 3 cr., 9:30am-10:45am TR: Prof. Rodney Frey.
Human Communities: Sacred Journey. Sacred journeys have been at the foundation of providing spiritual and cultural significance and meaning, as well as creating community. Sacred journeys go to the heart of what it means to be "human." During this semester we will consider the sacred journeys embedded in Indigenous (Coeur d'Alene and Crow Indian), Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist communities. Sacred journeys can be found at the personal level, including various "rites of passage," such as spiritual quests, initiations into religious orders or statuses, states of illness and healing, and the final rite of passage, death. Sacred journeys can also be found at the collective level, including groups of people on “pilgrimage” to “sacred places,” such as traveling to Benares in India or to the Medicine Wheel in the Bighorn Mountains. While all sacred journeys travel over and through exterior landscapes, seeking to discover the divine in a temple or at a sacred site, sacred journeys are also focused on the interior journeys of the soul and spirit, realizing the divine within oneself. Equipped with an academic approach, we will explore the nature of sacred journeys and how they help build and sustain our human communities. For more information:
Satisfies either social science or humanities credits in general studies core curriculum. Course also satisfies core international course requirement. Limit 30 entering freshmen.

(35357) ISEM Integrated Seminar 101 (21) 3 cr., 11:00 a.m. -12:15 pm, TR: Prof. Anna Banks
Human Communities: Through the Camera Lens. An exploration of the ways in which human communities are documented and shaped by visual media. Developing students’ skills in visual literacy, semiotics, and the ability to “read” images as complex visual texts, this course examines how image-based media contributes to the formation of a diverse range of communities and the maintenance of community identity. Possible subtopics to be covered by the course include indigenous media, political expression and visual media, commercial media and national communities, or media fan communities. By exploring these issues, the course will not only introduce students to the key issues and debates concerning community, diversity, and power relations but will also offer specific case studies in the use of image-based media as a tool in both individual and community expression. Satisfies either social science or humanities credits in general studies core curriculum. Enrollment limited to 30 entering freshmen.

Chemistry 111, 4 cr.,: Prof. Thomas Bitterwolf, REN 127
(10726) Sec. 30 -- 9:30 -10:20 a.m. MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 p.m. M, (Limit 23/section)
(35251) Sec. 31-- 9:30 -10:20 a.m. MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 p.m. W, (Limit 23/section)
(35252) Sec. 32-- 9:30 -10:20 a.m. MWF, Lab 7-9:50 p.m. R, (Limit 23/section)
Principles of Chemistry. Intensive treatment of principles and applications of chemistry. Honors labs have an emphasis on independent laboratory exercises. Satisfies core curriculum requirements in the natural and applied sciences.

(15911) Engl 102 (01) 3 cr., 1:30 pm-2:20 pm MWF Prof. Annie Lampman
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.

(15864) English 257 (02) 3 cr., 8:00 am-9:15 am TR: Prof. Walter Hesford
Literature of Western Civilization. With the gigantic "Norton Anthology of World Literature," Vol. 1 as our travelling companion and pillow, we explore the cultural significance of useful fictions and quests for wisdom from the "Epic of Gilgamesh" through "Don Quixote." We will mainly read texts central to the Western literary tradition, but they will be supplemented by readings from Asia, Africa, and the Americas that compare and contrast with this tradition. Students can expect to lead discussion, make short presentations, do group work, write essays, and take a test or two. Satisfies core curriculum requirement for humanities. Limit 30.

(26978) Hist 101 (03) 3 cr., 9:30-10:45 a.m., TR: Prof. Pingchao Zhu
History of Civilization. Contributions to the modern world to 1650. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for social sciences. Limit 18 (this limit will be increased as needed--contact instructor and

(34670) INTR 204 (12), 1 cr. (P/F), T 3:30-4:45pm: Prof. Alton Campbell
(34671) INTR 204 (13), 1 cr. (P/F), R 3:30-4:45pm: Prof. Alton Campbell
(36112) INTR 204 (15), 1 cr. (P/F), M 3:30-4:45pm: Prof. Alton Campbell
The Quest for Survival: The Legend of Freshman Year. Please join us in a quest for understanding! Learn about yourself, about the University, about Moscow, and about your future! In INTR 204, students will be connected with an honors mentor and 5-6 other honors freshman to face the semester together. Topics will include transitioning from high school to college and campus life, choosing a major, the "highs and lows" of being an honors student, and many others. Through "field trips," invigorating discussions, and readings, this course will be fun-filled and provide an opportunity to reflect on current experiences surrounding life and build a new circle of friends! Limit 30, each section.

(35675) INTR 204 (07): HON: The Developing Leader: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing World (2cr), W, 5:30-7:20 p.m., Prof. Alton Campbell, Location TBA.
Students will study, practice and develop leadership and citizenship skills through participation in a unique, selective, 16-member, learning community. Topics of study and discussion will include personal leadership (becoming the character-driven leader that you want to be), interpersonal leadership (working effectively and collaboratively with others), and organizational leadership (working successfully to accomplish goals within an organization). This course is focused primarily toward incoming freshmen and rising sophomore students who have significant interest in developing their leadership and service skills. Students must apply, be selected, and also attend a leadership retreat on August 25-26.

If you have interest in taking this class and becoming a member of this unique cohort community, please submit a thoughtful letter of application (maximum 2 pages, double-spaced) by Friday March 30 to Alton Campbell ( that describes your interest in the program, your past leadership and service experiences, and your goals for the future. A committee will select the cohort based on their interest, experience, passion and potential contributions to the leadership program.

(26460) Philosophy 103 (11), 3 cr., 10:30 am-11:20 am MWF Prof. Janice Capel Anderson Honors
Honors Introduction to Ethics. An introduction to philosophical reasoning through historical study of Western moral thought. Readings, lectures, and discussions, with required individual papers and group presentation; satisfies core curriculum requirement for humanities. Initial limit of 24 (with possibility of an additional three students to be added by instructor permission, if class fills, to limit of 27).

(15581) Psych 101 (01) 3 cr., 9:30am-10:45 am TR: Prof. Alan Whitlock
Honors Introduction to Psychology. An exploration of the evolution of psychology, personality theory, memory, research in psychology, biology related to psychology, sensation and perception, learning, states of consciousness, psychological disorders, and psychotherapy. Each student will evaluate their own personality and search for new meanings in their experience. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for the social sciences. Limit 30.

Fall 2012 Upper Division Honors Courses and Seminars

(62247) INTR 450 (02) 1 cr. (P/F), 12:30-1:20 pm T Profs. Michael O’Rourke, 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.
(34673) INTR 404 (13) 1 cr. (P/F), 3:30-4:20 T (by instructor's permission): Prof. Alton Campbell
(34674) INTR 404 (14) 1 cr. (P/F), 3:30-4:20 R, (by instructor's permission): Prof. Alton Campbell
(36117) INTR 404 (14) 1 cr. (P/F), 3:30-4:20 M, (by instructor's permission): Prof. Alton Campbell
Mentoring in Honors. Through small group weekly discussions, upper class students mentor first-semester freshmen in their transition to the UI and in their integration into the Honors Program. Mentors help plan the course, develop lesson plans, lead discussions, and read reflections and journals. Mentors must apply, interview and then be selected for one of the 7-10 positions.
(12592) Math 315 (01) 3 cr., 10:30am-11:20am MWF: Prof. Mark Nielsen
Honors Topics in Pure Mathematics: Unsolved Mathematics
Description: Many people falsely believe Mathematics to be an “old and stale” subject which must surely have been all wrapped up long ago. But in fact, there are more mathematical questions that we can’t answer than there are questions that we can. In this course we’ll explore the frontiers of mathematics in some particularly approachable areas, with the goal of experiencing the adventure of mathematical investigation and inquiry. No prerequisite knowledge beyond college algebra is required, though we’ll learn a bit about some more advanced topics during the course of our exploration. 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.
(36448) COMM 335.01 Intercultural Communication (3 crs) 4:30pm-7:00pm W, Prof. Stephen Banks
Honors Intercultural Communication challenges basic assumptions about culture, communication and the theories that link these two constructs. Students read classic and contemporary literature on intercultural communication, travel on Web-based sojourns, write critical evaluations of research reports, create and present case analyses, and conduct a semester-long investigation of a culture of choice. Satisfies core requirement for the social sciences and the General Core Studies International Course requirement. Also satisfies three of the minimum six upper-division course credits required for the UHP certificate.

Preview of Spring 2013

The program anticipates offering honors sections and courses as follows--tentative courses to be confirmed by October 15:
  • Chem 112 Principles of Chemistry II (5 cr) Thomas Bitterwolf
  • tentative: CORS  Integrated Science: (3 cr) 
  • Engl 258 Honors Literature of Western Civilization (3 cr)
  • tentative: ISEM 101 Human Communities (3 cr)
  • MusH 201 History of Rock and Roll (3 cr)
  • Phil 103 Introduction to Ethics, Janice Capel Anderson
  • Anth 220 Peoples of the World (3 crs) Laura Putsche
  • Hist 400-level seminar: The Occult (3 cr) Richard Spence
  • Engl 404 seminar: Speculative Fiction (3 cr) Jackie Bennett
  • Intr 404 seminar: The Uncommon Traveler (1 cr) Bob Neuenschwander 
  • tentative: Geog 165 or 200