NOTE: Class time and location may change at any time; honors courses include an HON designation in the online class schedule. Please check the most current class schedule



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 2009

CORE DISCOVERY[three different honors sections]

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. Enrollment limited to 30 entering freshmen.
  • (27957) CORE 105 (04) 4 cr., 1:30-2:20 MWF: Prof. Matthew Wappett

Honors Globalization - This course is the study of how different cultures influence and interact with each other. It examines how people from different backgrounds come together through war and peace, marriage and divorce, food and drink, sickness and health, life and death, travel and work, buying and selling, faith and science, and a multitude of other daily acts. The course helps students better understand globalization and its players and the immense impact this phenomenon is having on people around the world. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for the social sciences and also General Core Studies International Course requirement. Enrollment limited to 30 entering freshmen.
  • (27268) CORE 113 (03) 4 cr., 12:30-1:45 TR: Prof. Dr. Jeff Bohlscheid

Honors Earth and Our Place on It - Our global population is 6.5 billion.and counting. As we continue to transform the workings of the Earth's interconnected biological and physical systems, our actions bring about a wide and dynamic range of ecological, social, and political outcomes, many of which have taken center stage in the global theatre. We will use international perspectives to explore the timeless resilience -- yet fragile balance -- of the Earth's interconnected environmental workings through the voices and observations of scientists and sociologists, architects and artists, humorists and historians. Throughout this course we will not only seek new perspectives and understandings of how and why the Earth's systems are changing, but also take new actions through a team-based service project that will serve the local community. Fall semester satisfies social science credits in general studies core curriculum. Enrollment limited to 30 entering freshmen.
  • (32570) CORE 125 (02) 4 cr., 11:00 a.m.-12:15 pm TR: Prof. Lee Vierling

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 (23/section)
  • (10729) Sec. 35-- 8:30 MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 W, REN 222 (23/section)
  • (31279) Sec. 37-- 8:30 MWF, Lab 7-9:50 R, REN 222 (12/section)

Honors Insects and Human Health - The course will explore the relationships between insects and human societies and the parasites that colonize them both. Students will gain an understanding of mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, entomology, parasitology and human behaviors and cultural practice that may lend themselves to increased possibilities for disease. Satisfies core curriculum requirements in the natural and applied sciences (non-lab course). Limit 30.
  • (33793) CorS 210 (01) Integrated Science, 3 cr., 9:30-10:20 MWF: Prof. Marc Klowden

Connecting with Honors - Note that though this course is listed in the time schedule at 3:30-4:20 T, this is a nominal placeholder time slot--the small groups of students and mentors will determine a mutual time that they can meet on a weekly basis. Here are some welcoming "greetings" from UHP mentors. And here is a provisional draft of course requirements and syllabus, along with the companion mentor course, EDCI 404 Mentoring and Leading in Honors.
  • (33792) EDCI 200 (01) , 1 cr (P/F) Prof. Rodney McConnell, with Dr. Stephan Flores and Dr. Alton Campbell

Michele Leavitt Honors Writing and Rhetoric - 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 of 25.
  • (15920) Engl 102 (12), 3 cr., 11:30-12:20 pm MWF

Honors Literature of Western Civilization - What does it mean to be a hero? What is death? What is God? What is love? When am I justified laying waste to my enemies, and when must I show restraint? Can I choose my fate, or has it been chosen for me? In this course we find that from at least the very inception of writing people have been telling each other stories that struggle to answer these questions. From the ancient Sumerians and Hebrews on through the ancient and classical Greeks, into and through the Middle Ages and finally into the Renaissance, our reading takes us through nearly 3500 years of great literature exploring what it means to be alive. Discussion and lecture format; satisfies core curriculum requirement for humanities. Limit of 29.
  • (15866) Engl 257 (01) 3 cr., 11:00-12:15 TR: Tom Drake

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) Hist H101 (01), 3 cr., 8-9:15 TR: 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) Phil 103 (13), 3 cr., 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) Psych 101 (01) 3 cr., 9:30-10:45 TR: Prof. Alan Whitlock 

Topics in Pure Mathematics - The Fourth Dimension Description: The main focus of this course will be introduce you to multidimensional mathematics and its implications. Major topics we'll spend time on include non-Euclidean geometry, relativity theory, the topology of surfaces and their higher-dimensional counterparts, and the possibilities for the shape and structure of our universe. If that sounds intimidating, don't worry -- we'll keep the mathematical prerequisites to a minimum. Sometimes we'll discuss and use calculus, but we'll try to keep it general enough that even those who haven't had a calculus course will be able to understand what we're doing. (In fact, this will be a good opportunity for those who haven't studied calculus to at least get a feel for the power of calculus as a tool of science and its importance to human intellectual progress.) Much of what we cover will be descriptive or of a historical or philosophical nature. But we'll also be sure to actually do a sampling of the mathematics we discuss along the way as well. Also counts as upper-division course credits toward UHP Certificate. Limit 30.
  • Math 315 Topics in Pure Mathematics (3 crs) 10:30 a.m. MWF Dr. Mark Nielsen Honors
Fall 2009 Upper Division Honors Seminars
Note: Students must have completed at least one honors course prior to enrolling in an honors seminar, and as with other upper-division honors courses, preference for enrollment during the initial registration period is given to fourth and third-year honors students.

Energy Issues - Virtually every morning brings a news report of an issue relating to the broad question of how our society and the world will deal with providing sufficient energy for our populations while walking like a drunken sailor on the edge of global climate catastrophe. Energy Issues is a student led exploration of the issues that make up energy policy. Belying its home in Chemistry, the course covers political, economic, environmental, and technical issues with a focus on understanding the complex weave of these components. The course features a number of speakers ranging from UI faculty such as Roger Korus (nuclear reactor design), Dean Edwards (batteries and electric cars), Dave Drown (energy efficient housing), Dean Emeritus Mal Miller (global climate change), Ghazi Ghazanfar (Middle East politics), as well as visiting speakers such as Prof. Phil Appel of Gonzaga University (wind energy and batteries), former Sen. Jim McClure, representatives of the Northwest Power Commission, and staff from both the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (hydrogen energy) and the Idaho National Laboratory (nuclear energy and fuel recycling). Students are expected to read voraciously and participate energetically in class discussions. A paper and in-class presentation provides closure to the semester. There are no prerequisites, but each student is expected to bring insights from his/her major and personal experiences to the table. Limit 15.
  • Chem. 400 Honors Seminar (3 crs) Dr. Tom Bitterwolf, 1:30-2:20 MWF

Mentoring and Leading in Honors - in coordination/collaboration with UHP director and associate director. Here are some welcoming "greetings" from UHP mentors. And here is a provisional draft of course requirements and syllabus, along with the companion mentee course, EDCI 200 Connecting with Honors.
  • EDCI 404: Mentoring and Leading in Honors (1 cr) Dr. Rodney McConnell

Literature of Addiction honors seminar - Students will explore the phenomenon of addiction as represented in four genres of literature: creative non-fiction, fiction, drama and poetry.
Some of the questions we consider are what is addiction? What causes some people to become addicted to substances or behaviors? Why do other people escape addiction’s grasp? Is addiction an innate or deviant aspect of the human condition? How does addiction impact the family and the larger community? What archetypes and figures are associated with addiction in literature?
Like many aspects of human nature, addiction has been defined and explained by theories from the disciplines of law, theology, psychology, philosophy and biology. Students will be encouraged to challenge cultural images of addicts and to articulate their own definitions of addiction by synthesizing their knowledge of literary texts with theories of addiction from one or more of these disciplines.
Class meetings will focus on discussion and student presentations, with occasional lectures from other members of the community. Students will give introductory presentations on the life and work of particular authors as we begin our consideration of particular texts and will give more in-depth presentations later in the semester. A research paper that combines literary analysis with analysis of one or more theories or models of addiction will also be required. Limit 15.
  • Engl 404 Literature of Addiction honors seminar, (3 crs) Michele Leavitt, 2:30 MWF

Gender and Science: Historical Perspectives - This seminar will explore how ideas about gender and sexuality have influenced scientific and medical knowledge since the late 17th century. By using case studies taken from different times and places, we will look at how ideas about sexuality influenced the practice of science and medicine. We will also cover a number of other general themes: how contemporaries have ‘gendered’ science as either masculine or feminine; how women did or did not do science; and how science has helped define modern ideas about gender roles through the study of sex difference. Generally, our class sessions will follow an open discussion format, with each period devoted entirely to an open exchange of commonly shared readings or visual materials.
  • Hist. 401, Honors Seminar, Gender and Science: Historical Perspectives, (3 crs) Dr. Sean Quinlan, 4:30-7:20 p.m., W