Courses for Fall 2013

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.


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 2013

[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--also note new option to apply for Semester in the Wild program--see further below]
HONORS SECTIONS OF INTEGRATED SEMINARS* FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS are open only to first year students. Note that 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.

(35320) ISEM Integrated Seminar 101 (01) 3 cr., 12:30pm-1:45pm 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).

(35413) ISEM Integrated Seminar 101 (61) 3 cr., 9:30am-10:20am, MWF: Prof. Mark Warner
Human Communities: American Identities. 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).

Chemistry 111, 4 cr.,: Prof. Thomas Bitterwolf
(10726) Sec. 30 -- 9:30am -10:20am MWF, Lab 2:30pm-5:20pm M, (Limit 23/section)
(35251) Sec. 31-- 9:30am -10:20am MWF, Lab 2:30pm-5:20pm W, (Limit 23/section)
(35252) Sec. 32-- 9:30am -10:20am MWF, Lab 7pm-9:50pm 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 General Studies curriculum requirements in the natural and applied sciences. Chemistry Lab Fee of $95.00
(37180) CORS 229 (01) 3 cr., 1:30pm-2:20pm MWF: Prof. Dennis J. Geist
The Nature Of Islands. Ocean islands make up a very small part of the earth’s surface, but they are incredibly important natural laboratories for geology and biology. Islands have captured the interest of explorers throughout history, and authors have repeatedly used them as metaphors for humans’ isolation (think Robinson Crusoe here). The Nature of Islands is an interdisciplinary course that uses ocean islands to examine basic concepts in volcanology, tectonics, evolution, biogeography, and the history of exploration. It is my intention to make the class really participatory, so roll up your sleeves and get ready to ask, discuss, reason, and argue at all levels. Satisfies General Studies curriculum requirements in the natural and applied sciences. Limit 30.
Required readings will come from David Quammen’s The Song of the Dodo, and some supplementary stuff which I will provide. Everyone needs to buy a copy of the National Geographic map of the world and bring it to class every day unless you won your state’s geography bee.
My goals for this class are to help you develop skills in:
-Integrating knowledge from several disciplines;
-Communication, including reading, oral presentation, and writing;
-Designing, executing, and evaluating simple experiments to test a hypothesis
-Working both individually and in teams.

(15919) Engl 102 (11) 3 cr., 12:30 pm-1:20 pm MWF Jackie Bennett
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., 11:00am-12:15pm 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.

(26978) Hist 101 (03) 3 cr., 8:00am-9:15am, TR: Prof. Ellen E. Kittell
History of Civilization. Contributions to the modern world to 1650. Satisfies General Studies curriculum requirements for social sciences. Limit 18 (this limit will be increased as needed--contact instructor and
(26460) Philosophy 103 (11), 3 cr., 10:30am-11:20am 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 and group presentation; satisfies General Studies 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-10:45am TR: Alan Whitlock
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 General Studies curriculum requirements for the social sciences. Limit 30.

Fall 2013 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.

(62247) INTR 450 (02) 1 cr. (P/F), 12:30pm-1:20pm 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.
(12592) Math 315 (01) 3 cr., 10:30am-11:20am MWF: Prof. Robert E Ely
Honors Topics in Pure Mathematics:  The Infinite. Some of mathematics' greatest discoveries and thorniest paradoxes come from our attempts to comprehend the infinitely large and the infinitely small. In this course we will explore worlds within worlds of infinitesimals, infinite different sizes of infinity, deranged series, paradoxical supertasks, and much more, and we'll learn how the human mind thinks about these things. No particular prerequisite knowledge is required. 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.
(29569) HIST 401 (01) 3 cr., 9:30am,-10:45am TR Prof. Dale T. Graden
Seminar: Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. This history course is designed for specialists and non-specialists. Though a minimal background in Spanish, European or United States history is helpful, it is
not a prerequisite. In many ways, the Spanish Civil War compares to the Civil War of the United States (1861-65) in terms of its impact and legacies. A traditional society quickly became enmeshed in the modern world and international politics. The conflict unleashed unimagined violence and hatred. In the wake of the Second World War which ended in 1945, many purposely sought to erase the memory of
this conflagration. Hence, only in the past two decades has the Spanish Civil War taken a central place in histories and cultural studies of the 20th century. We will read history and literature, and also watch films related to the war, including The Butterfly’s Tongue and Soldiers of Salamina. Discussion
will play a central role in this seminar. Limit 17.
Primary readings:
Paul Preston, The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-
Century Spain
(New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012) ISBN 039396476X
Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls (New York: Scribner, 1995) ISBN
George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia (New York: Harvest Books, 1987) ISBN
Peter N. Carroll, The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the
Spanish Civil War
(Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1994) ISBN 0804722773
Pablo Neruda, Spain in the Heart: Hymn to the Glories of the People at War
(1936-37)/ España en el Corazón: Himno a las Glorias del Pueblo en la Guerra
trans. Richard Schaaf (Azul Editions, 1997) ISBN 1885214146 (Also available online)
Additional course description:
Political polarization in Spain during the 1930s resulted in the emergence of two broad coalitions. These included the National Front on the right and the Popular Front on the left.  A brutal civil war ensued that lasted for nearly three years (July 1936 - April 1939) and claimed the lives of some 400,000 people. The Spanish Civil War remains alive in the historical memory of the Spanish people and has provoked huge debate. Alicante, Spain was the last enclave of Republican resistance in the Spanish Civil War. Children and grandchildren of Republicans reside in Alicante and continue to celebrate the Republican cause. I will incorporate interviews taken in Alicante during summer 2013 into the fall 2013 seminar. 

(29230) CHEM 400 (01) 3 cr., 2:00pm-3:15pm TR, Prof. Thomas E. Bitterwolf
Seminar: Energy Issues. Energy Issues explores the myriad of factors that must be considered when providing power for an energy hungry world recognizing that all choices have consequences. The course explores economic, environmental, political, ethical and technical aspects of energy decisions through readings and
intensive in-class discussion. Numerous invited speakers contribute to these conversations that are lively and often involve students drawing information from the Internet and breaking news during the class.
While certain themes reoccur from class to class the direction of the course is dictated by events and student interest. I anticipate the themes in the Fall will include fracking, energy independence, alternative energy sources, the impact of deliberate misinformation campaigns in public perceptions and the
role of geopolitics in energy decisions.The course is seminar style with my role being that of a ringmaster. In the early days of the class I lay out a picture of the possible terrain, assign readings and
keep the discussion on task. Limit 17.
Primary text/reading:
N. Oreskes and E. Conway, Merchants of Doubt, Bloomsbury Press, 2010
Examples of additional readings:
Hardin, Garrett. “The Tragedy of the Commons” (1968)
Hidden Costs of Energy: Unpriced Consequences of Energy
Production and Use (2010) Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other
External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption;
National Research Council National Security and the Threat of Climate Change (2007)
S. Pacala, et al. “Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Nexst 50
Years with Current Technologies” Science 305, 968 (2004)
Plass, Gilbert N. “Carbon Dioxide and the Climate.” American Scientist (2010

Semester in the Wild option (selective, by application--apply as soon as possible)

A new opportunity to earn six honors/equivalent credits for this fall 2013 semester has
just developed.

UHP members who are accepted, by application, among the 17 students chosen for this fall's Semester in the Wild program in the Frank Church Wilderness (with coursework also in McCall, Idaho),
will be able to earn three HON-credits in Engl 316 (see below, taught by the highly distinguished scholar/teacher, Dr. Scott Slovic), and also will have an additional three credits counted
in progress toward achieving the UHP Core Award or UHP Certificate (those
additional three credits will be treated similarly to study abroad credits
or other national exchange credits, where the program counts up to three
credits per semester toward the certificate, with a total limit of seven of such credits combined from Semester in the Wild, study abroad, or national exchange, eligible to be applied toward the certificate).

For full information see the Semester in the Wild website and related links, including profiles of the terrific faculty leading/teaching in this unique setting, and directions on how to apply (apply as soon as
possible--applications will be accepted beyond the initial April 1st deadline--the faculty in this program encourage you to apply!).

Semester in the Wild main site

Who Is Teaching--faculty self-introductions/profiles:

What You'll Learn

Western Literature (ENG 473, 3 credits)--see site for description.

Outdoor Leadership (CSS 304, 3 credits)--see site for description.

Environmental Writing (ENG 316, 3 credits), Dr. Scott Slovic [includes
HON-section, with additional daily journal entries, longer main essay, and
perhaps a shorter essay, required for members of the University Honors
Program to receive three honors credits--an additional three credits from
the Semester in the Wild courses also will be counted toward the UHP Core
Award or Certificate]
Much of this class will be spent reading and discussing stories, essays,
and poems. Students will do in-class writing exercises, practice taking
field notes and craft imaginative works to explore their ideas on the
environment and their own experiences. We will work toward developing
practical approaches to the communication of ideas and information about
scientific and environmental issues to general audiences.

River Ecology (FISH 404, 3 credits)--see site for description.

Wilderness and Protected Area Management (CSS 490, 3 credits)--see site for description.


How to Apply