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University Honors Program
phone: (208) 885-6147
Idaho Commons 315
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2533
Moscow, ID 83844-2533

Courses for Fall 2008

CORE - Discovery [three different sections for freshmen]

The Monsters We Make - This class is a year-long exploration of both monsters and the themes surrounding the concept of monstrosity and evil. We will look at the creation, development, and multiple reiterations of the monstrous in literature, film, and art. We examine how notions of evil and monstrosity have shaped the ancient and modern world, and contemporary life from the end of WWII through the Cold War and into the present. Application of this information will help the student identify the societal, political, and cultural mechanisms used to influence and shape contemporary conceptions of the monster in the real world. Fall semester satisfies social science credits in general studies core curriculum. Limit 30.
  • (27249) CORE 105 (02), 4 cr., 2:30-3:20 MWF: Prof. Matthew Wappett

Honors The Sacred Journey - Religions of the World. This year-long course will introduce students to Primal Religions (Coeur d'Alene and Crow Indian), Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism during the fall semester, and Judaism, Christianity, and Islam during the spring semester. In each of these traditions, the forms of sacred journeys will be considered. Sacred journeys can be of a personal nature, such as rites of passage. They can be collective in nature, such as a pilgrimage to a sacred place. And sacred journeys can have a societal focus, such as a revitalizations movement. To understand these varied religious traditions and interpret their religious symbols, values, and narratives, an academic approach will be utilized to allow students to better see the world's great religious traditions from the perspectives of the adherents themselves. By juxtaposing what can be unique and distinct along side what is often veiled, this approach a will also help students to more clearly reveal and appreciate his or her own religious values. Fall semester satisfies social science credits in general studies core curriculum. Course also satisfies core international course requirement. Limit 30.
  • (27275) CORE 116 (01), 4 cr., 11:00-12:15 TR: Prof. Rodney Frey

Honors War and Our World - This course explores the impact of war on human lives and on the land where battles are fought. Together we will look at origins, causes and kinds of war and explore its short- and long-term consequences. We will discuss the way the arts, humanities and sciences come out of war, how they are influenced by war and how we can use them to understand war. We will also explore our power as citizens to influence decisions about war. Fall semester satisfies social science credits in general studies core curriculum. Limit 30.
  • (32765) CORE 127 (01) 4 cr., 3:30-4:45 MW, Profs. Gary Williams, Kathy Aiken, Gary Machlis (Monday lecture, combined honors/nonhonors sections; Prof. Gary Williams leads Honors only section on Wednesdays)

Honors 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.
  • Chemistry 111, 4 cr.: Prof. Thomas Bitterwolf (Lecture location TBA)
  • (10727) Sec. 33-- 8:30 MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 M, REN 222 (12/section)
  • (10728) Sec. 34-- 8:30 MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 M, REN 222 (11/section)
  • (10729) Sec. 35-- 8:30 MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 W, REN 222 (12/section)
  • (10730) Sec. 36-- 8:30 MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 W, REN 222 (11/section)
  • (31279) Sec. 37-- 8:30 MWF, Lab 7:00-9:50pm R, REN 222 (12/section)
  • (31280) Sec. 38-- 8:30 MWF, Lab 7:00-9:50 W, REN 222 (11/section)

Honors Natural Hazards and Disaster Preparedness - The End Is Nigh! Natural disasters are a fact of everyday life. On almost any day, international news bulletins tell of some disaster that has befallen a remote location on Earth. Sometimes the disasters are on our doorstep. Most places in the world are at some risk from what nature can impart, whether it be geologic hazards (e.g., earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, and landslides), weather and climate hazards (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning strikes, ice storms, drought, and global warming); and extraterrestrial hazards (e.g., meteorite impacts and solar flares). Disasters are also among the few events on Earth that unite humans. They emphasize our innate desire to reach out and help our fellow people. Unfortunately, the aid is often too little, too late. What is more advantageous is advanced planning, forethought, informed decision making, and dissemination of information through education. In other words, disaster preparedness. In order to be sufficiently prepared for any disaster, we must understand the science behind the hazard itself.

This course will examine the numerous types of natural hazards that people must face. It will examine the potential effects of natural hazards on the landscape of the Earth in general, as well as on populated areas specifically, through numerous case studies. It will illustrate both the short-term and long-term hardships and consequences of natural disasters on the social, economic, and political arenas. It will also highlight those locations (particularly using examples in the U.S.A.) where disasters are likely to occur in the future, scientific analyses of the nature of the hazards involved, and how we can prepare for them in such a way so as to minimize the damage and number of casualties. Limit 30.
  • (31173) CORS 220 (01) [core integrated science course] 3cr., 9:30-10:45 TR: Prof. Simon Kattenhorn (Course website. )

Honors Literature of Western Civilization - Reading in selected classics of Western Literature from Classical Greece to the Renaissance, reflecting the development of Western thought and culture. Discussion and lecture format; satisfies core curriculum requirement for humanities. Limit of 29. TLC 241
  • (15866) English 257 (01) 3 cr., 11:00-12:15 TR: Prof. Kurt Olsson

Honors History of Civilization - A survey of the major ideas and institutions of selected world civilizations--contributions from the ancient to the early modern world (to 1650). Differs from non-honors sections primarily in its discussion format and enlarged history of ideas component. Satisfies core curriculum requirement for social sciences. Limit of 30.
  • (12200) History 101, 3 cr., (01) 8-9:15 T-Th: Prof. Ellen Kittell

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. Limit of 30.
  • (26462) Philosophy 103, 3 cr., (13) 2-3:15 TR : Prof. Janice Capel Anderson

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.
  • (15581) Psychology 101 (01) 3 cr., 9:30-10:45 TR: Prof. Alan Whitlock
Fall 2008 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 (April 16, 2008), 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 in order to register for a seminar.

Honors Intercultural Communication - 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 counts as upper-division course credits toward the UHP certificate. Limit 27.
  • (26231) Communication 335 (01) 3 cr., 2-3:15 TR: Prof. Steve Banks

Honors Topics in Pure Mathematics - Mathematics is one of the most exciting and interesting disciplines because it is capable of making non-trivial contributions to almost every human endeavor. In this course, we will explore some of the many dimensions of mathematics. How, historically, has mathematics been used to understand the mysteries of the world? How is it being used now to help us create new knowledge in a variety of fields? What kind of mathematics enables us to study symmetry in art and in the natural world? We will explore these and many more questions. The goal is for each student to see the world in a new way using the perspective provided by mathematics. We will do some interesting mathematics along the way but the prerequisite is only basic algebra and a clear-thinking open mind. Also counts as upper-division course credits toward UHP Certificate. Limit 30.

Keep in mind alternative options of using the Honors Elective Agreement for PHIL 202 Symbolic Logic to take the place of MATH 315 for completing the certificate, though be careful that you have other 300-400 level honors credits to total six credits for the certificate, and that you have not used the Elective Agreement for another course 

  • (12592) Math 315 (01) 3 cr., 10:30-11:20 MWF: Prof. Monte Boisen

Multilateral Policy Formulation - The framework for this section honors seminar involves three aspects: a general overview of the development of multilateral agreements from the mid-1860s through the present, and on the development of the “family of nations” we know today; a series of case studies of problems that existed, agreements that were drafted to solve them, and any remaining issues; overlapping somewhat, weeks 4-6 will comprise the section of the course when you apply what we have discussed to a problem relevant to your own area of study, culminating in a final display/question-and-answer session about your work. Many people dismiss international policy formulation as “politics” and believe that it does not apply to them and/or their field of expertise. Through our efforts this semester, you will receive a framework of who the major actors are in formulating policy, learn about the applicability of the model to your major, and tackle a series of questions of policy outside of your area of training. Limit 15. In addition, up to four students will have the opportunity to continue their work as a paid research intern over the course of the remaining academic year as a Martin Scholar. More information will be available during class.
  • (30742) MRTN 404 (01) 1 cr., TR 3:30-4:20, and attendance at a talk by a visiting scholar, on a Tuesday evening, 7-9 p.m., Admin 338D, Prof. Bill L. Smith


Crossing Borders with the Graphic Novel - The graphic novel has emerged as one of the most exciting and controversial forms of contemporary literature and art. A hybrid, border-crossing textual performance, it often explores social, political, and existential issues in a highly entertaining way. Indeed this is partly what makes the graphic novel controversial: should we have so much fun while contemplating, say, the Holocaust, or the meaningless/fullness of life?

This seminar will be divided into three units. In the first, we will focus on the Jewish-American roots of the graphic novel via Will Eisner’s Contract with God, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Ben Katchor’s Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, and Harvey Pekar’s The Quitter. We also will do supplemental reading on the emergence of the graphic novel from the comic book and alternative comix industries and on the theory and practice of sequential art. In unit two, we will delve into the contemporary diversity of graphic novels that focus on social issues in a compelling and artful way, reading (most likely) Joe Sacco’s Palestine, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese, and Alison Bechdel’s Fun House: A Family Tragicomic. In unit three, seminar participants may choose either to research, write, and present a paper on another graphic novel mode or on an influential artist, or to produce a graphic novel.

In addition to producing and presenting a final project, seminar participants will write and share responses to each of the course readings and take turns leading class discussion. Limit 15.

  • (15822) English 404 (01) 3 cr., 12:30-1:45 TR: Prof. Walter Hesford

1960s Popular Culture - Popular culture both reflects and shapes the larger society. Although most people believe they know everything about popular culture, in the last forty years it has become an academic discipline in its own right–with a well-established journal, conferences, and an expanded academic press book list. This course will offer a broad survey of popular culture during the 1960s–a tumultuous period where popular culture underwent considerable change as the counter-culture and anti-establishment forces confronted more traditional elements of American society.

Topics will include: Music, Feature Films, Musicals, Sports, Comics, Television, and Stand-up Comedians. We will examine examples of all of these as well as read scholarly discussions of them. Each student will write a paper that deals with one example of 1960s popular culture in light of the theoretical readings and discussions that make up this course. Limit 15.
  • (31700) History 401 (02) , 1 cr., T 3:30-4:50 pm, Class meets on Tuesdays for four weeks, then a brief break, then again for four meetings: 8/26, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11) Prof. Kathy Aiken

Engagement & Communication - Students enrolled selectively for this new honors course will form a core (corps!) contingent for communicating with other current and prospective honors students, faculty, and alumni. Via different media and activities—and your talents and interests--we will coordinate (especially with the Honors Student Advisory Board) to represent the program’s varied facets and stories, endeavors and people. This may include creating profiles (text, photos, video, online forums?) of faculty and courses, topics of interest, direct recruitment of prospective students, program development (fundraising and other avenues of support), and perhaps even assessment (running focus groups, for example). Ideally, the anticipated contributions of this association of students not only will begin this fall semester but continue in a volunteer association of students next spring semester, running in some degree of complementary overlap with the work of the Honors Student Advisory Board (indeed, it may be the case that some of the students in this class might also be members of HSAB).

What kinds of students might be interested to contribute?
Have you valued your UHP experience and would you like to promote the program as you also meet students and faculty, and develop your abilities to communicate and to engage with others? This course will thus function as a kind of internship and workshop experience. The baseline required work will accord with the one-credit load, and we will also read and discuss together a yet-to-be-determined text (novel or work of nonfiction that you could read this summer) to provide a further basis for sharing our perspectives and engagement in dialogue. One possibility is for us to read whatever text is under selection by the university as a “common read” for incoming freshmen.

Interested? Express your interest in enrolling in this course by replying to me ( your
Current year (first year, or second year, or . . .):
HON courses completed by end of spring 2008 (prior and current):
Plans for honors coursework fall 2008:

Please respond succinctly (fairly quickly!) to the following questions:

1. Explain to a prospective student what you have valued, found meaningful in your UHP experience (benefits).

2. What might you like/hope to contribute to the UHP through this endeavor?

  • Spring Semester 2009
  • (32909) INTR 404.07 1 cr P/F HON:ST:Engagement & Communication
  • 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Wednesdays
  • Instructor: Stephan Flores
  • Enrollment limit: 12
  • Instructor Permission Rqd

List of courses to be offered:

  • Anthropology 100 Introduction to Anthropology (3 crs)

  • Biology 115 Cells and the Evolution of Life (4 crs)
  • Chemistry 112 Principles of Chemistry II (5 crs)
  • Core The Monsters We Make (3 crs)
  • Core The Sacred Journey (3 crs)
  • Core War and Our World (3 crs)
  • Economics 272 Foundations of Economic Analysis (4 crs)
  • English 258 Literature of Western Civilization (3 crs)
  • Music History 201 History of Rock and Roll (3 crs)
  • Philosophy 103 Ethics (3 crs)
  • Biology 404 Business and Medicine (1 cr)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 404 Colloquium (1 cr)
  • FLEN 404 seminar: Hollywood Remakes France (3 crs)
  • History 401 seminar: Understanding Modern Communist China (3 crs)