Courses for Spring 2012

If you have questions about the UHP or its curriculum, please let us know. We have over 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 Spring 2012

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

Chem 112, 5 cr.: Prof. Thomas Bitterwolf
(45458) Sec. 21-- 8:30 am, MWF REN 111; Lab 2:30-5:20 Th, REN 233; Rec 1:30-2:20 Tu
(45460) Sec. 22-- 8:30 am, MWF REN 111; Lab 7:00-9:50 p.m. Th, REN 233; Rec 1:30-2:20 Tu

Principles of Chemistry II. Continuation of Chem. 111 for students in the University Honors Program. Some work in inorganic, organic, and biochemistry, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and in qualitative inorganic analysis. Three lectures, one three-hour lab and one recitation a week.

Prerequisite: Chem. 111(honors or nonhonors Chem 111) or permission. Satisfies core curriculum requirements in the natural and applied sciences. Majors in natural sciences and engineering are encouraged to take Honors Chemistry. Enrollment limit of 18 in each section.

(45845) English 258 (02), 3 cr., 11:00am-12:15 pm TR: Prof. Walter Hesford

Literature of Western Civilization. We will trace developments in the literature of the Western Civilization from the 18th century through the present, moving through the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism. Special attention will be given to the search for knowledge and identity, which from the 18th century onward became especially identified with faith in science, progress, and the pursuit of happiness; we will be examining how this faith has been both sustained and challenged. We will also be celebrating the value of not knowing, using as our springboard the 1996 Nobel Lecture of Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska. We will be drawing from art, architecture, and music as well as campus readings, films, and theatre productions. Our major readings will be Voltaire , Candide; Goethe, Faust, Part I; Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich; Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths; Mariama Ba, So Long a Letter; Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis and Wislawa Szymborska, Selected Poems. There will be a couple of tests and a couple of short essays; students will also be asked to take a turn leading class discussion. May be taken independently of honors English 257. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for humanities. Limit of 26.

Philosophy 103, 3 cr.,: Prof. Janice Capel Anderson
(45590) Section 12–10:30–11:20 am MWF
(56616) Section 13–11:30 am–12:20 pm MWF

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. Limit of 18 in each section.

Geog 200 HON: World Regional Geography (3 crs)  12:30-1:45pm TR: Bob Goodrich
Course Purpose: Through a combination of lectures, readings, discussions and assignments we will explore the countries, regions and peoples of planet Earth. The honors section will incorporate a wide variety of projects, methods, techniques and media, and cover certain topics in greater depth in order to highlight the breadth of expertise the honors students bring to the class. The course will emphasize critical thinking and writing skills, and will incorporate several group projects, individual presentations and writing assignments. Enrollment limit of 30

Course Schedule: The course will begin with an overview of the world and its systems, then quickly proceed to the Middle East. We will be discussing Israel and the Palestinian conflict, the current problems in North Africa and on the Arabian Peninsula, and the present situations in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. After that, we will examine the domain of South Asia and the unique position that region occupies in world affairs. We will continue around the planet, covering many of the areas currently in the news. Other regions encountered during the semester include Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Russia, Southeast and East Asia, and Latin America. By employing a regional perspective, we will explore the relationship between humans and their physical and cultural environments. Themes for discussion will include history, religion, economics, political systems, globalization, poverty, resource allocation and the legacy of colonialism. As the course progresses we can also decide as a class which topics to pursue as events unfold around the planet.

Provisional possibility: exploring possibility for those 16 UHP members who also are Engineering Scholars to be able to take that college's intended Engr 210 Statics course taught by Bob Green, and be able to have those credits designated as HON credits. Engineering Scholars would register for the course as directed by Prof. Green, and then those students who are in the UHP would then be shifted to a second section designated with HON on the time schedule (it will still be one course, the second section is just to keep track of and grant honors credits for the course). This should be determined by the end of October.

Spring 2012 Upper Division Honors Courses and Seminars

Note: 300-400 level honors courses are reserved for third and fourth year students in the program. Second year students will be allowed to register for 300-400 level honors courses beginning the third day of registration with juniors and seniors being given first priority over the first two days of registration. In any case, three credits of Honors course work must be completed prior to the semester in which a seminar is offered, in order to remain enrolled in a seminar.

(67294) MusH H400 (02) 3 cr., 11:00-12:15 TR: Prof. James Murphy
Seminar: History of Music in Film. The course is a seminar on the historical development of sound in the American cinema with particular interest on music. The course will survey major trends in film music including the silent era, the golden age, the advent of alternative styles, and the electronic age. While music will serve as the central force of the course, major cross-disciplinary discussions will focus on some of the technical aspects of film/music/sound production, the economics of the film music business, major political and social issues, legal issues, pop/commercial/classical literature, and, of course, aesthetic criticism of the films themselves. Class limited to 18, with preference given to seniors and juniors.

(47971) Hist. H404 (01), 3 cr., 2:00-3:15 pm TR: Prof. Ian Chambers
Seminar: Gangs In American Society. This seminar will offer an analysis of the emergence and development of street gangs as a historical and contemporary phenomenon. The course will begin with a broad overview of contemporary gang culture. Special emphasis will be given to conceptions, definitions, and theories of gang formation to explore what the characteristics of a gangs are. Class limited to 18, with preference given to seniors and juniors.

(67412) Intr H404 (13), 3 cr., 12:30-1:45 TR: Prof. Rodney Frey
Seminar: Turning of the Wheel: A Humanities Exploration. Who are we? How are we defining ourselves and our University of Idaho community? What is the interplay between our diversity and our universality? How we conceptualize the interplay between the unique and the universal, between the diverse spokes and common hub/rim of the Wheel has far reaching implications on our capacities for communication and collaboration, for discovery and creativity, for tolerance, respect and empathy, for building and sustaining local and global community. The relationship of the particular and ubiquitous directly affects the learning, research, creativity and civility among and between the students and faculty of the University of Idaho community, and beyond. In an era of entrenched, seemingly mutually-exclusive, partisan politics, respecting our differences and finding "common ground" are all the more critical. To address these intriguing albeit ambitious questions you're invited to take a journey through a series of talks and performances, exhibits and readings, interactive discussions and experiences throughout semester. Enrollment limited to 8 by permission of Instructor: To be considered for enrollment in this course, please submit a brief statement of no more than 150 words, addressing why you would like to participate in this course, what experiences you might bring to the course, and what you hope to learn from the course. Submit your statement as soon as possible and not later than November 3th, along with your student ID number, to You will be notified of your enrollment status by November 5th.

(67414) Intr H404 (08), 1 cr. (pass-fail), 2:30pm-3:20pm Wednesday : Prof. Matthew Wappett & Dusty Fleener (TA)
Seminar: Here There Be Monsters: Advanced interrogations of monstrous archetypes and ethical questions. The primary focus of the course would be on the tension between society and the individual, alienation and inclusion, idealism and materialism, and how these tensions force us to confront important ethical questions about what it means to be a “hero” or a “monster”. We look at how philosophy, ethics, and literature use the monster as an allegorical archetype, and how the counterpoint of the monster is necessary to highlight morality and meaning. We deconstruct the monster in order to construct a more holistic picture of the hero, which in turn provides guidance on how to be a “good person”. We are particularly interested in highlighting the parallels between the texts we have chosen and contemporary socio-political debates about what it means to be a good citizen of the United States and the world. This course will create a shared understanding of how the discursive framework of heroes and monsters continue to shape our everyday lives and social realities. Class limited to 18, with preference given to seniors and juniors.


  • Candide by Voltaire
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • We will also supplement the readings with various film adaptations and extensions of these texts.

Assignments: There will be two primary assignments for this seminar:

  1. Each student will keep a weekly reflective reading/discussion journal that will inform class discussion, but will also require students to find a more personal meaning and application in the ideas we cover.
  2. Each student will be required to be a “Discussion Leader” for at least one class session. I will expect a short presentation that summarizes the main ideas in the readings for that week, outlines the unique ethical implications/challenges, and then 3-4 discussion questions for the class to consider. It will be important to plan ahead since I would like to send out the discussion questions 1 week prior to your assigned class session so other students can read with your questions in mind

(62247) Intr H450 (02), 1 cr. (pass-fail), 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 of 20.