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Fall 2016 Classes through the University of Honors program

English and Communications:

English (ENGL) 102, 3 cr., Barbara Kirchmeier and Victoria Arthur

(15914) Sec. 04 --- 10:30 - 11:20 a.m. MWF

(23522) Sec. 19 --- 2:30 - 3:20 p.m. MWF

Enrollment Limit: 20

HON: 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. Pre-req: English 101 or equivalent.

Communications (COMM) 101, 3 cr., Diane Carter

(20996) Sec. 14 --- 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. MW

            Enrollment Limit: 27

HON: Fundamentals of Public Speaking. Students learn how to deliver effective extemporaneous and impromptu public speeches. Topics include audience analysis, ethical communication, organization and preparation of outlines and speaking notes, identification and citation of credible supporting materials, verbal and nonverbal delivery techniques, effective use of presentation aids, and active listening. May be used as general education credit in J-3-a (Communications).

Natural and Applied Sciences:

Chemistry (CHEM) 111, 4 cr., Tom Bitterwolf

(10726) Sec. 30 --- 9:30-10:20 a.m. MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 p.m. M

            Enrollment Limit: 24

(35251) Sec. 31 --- 9:30-10:20 a.m. MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 p.m. W

            Enrollment Limit: 24

(38137) Sec. 33 --- 9:30-10:20 a.m. MWF, Lab 7:00-9:50 p.m. T

            Enrollment Limit: 24

HON: Principles of Chemistry I. Honors Chem 111 is an introduction to modern chemistry that incorporates, but goes well beyond traditional introductory courses by delving deeply into the concepts and foundations of modern atomic and molecular chemistry. Starting with the formation of the elements in the Big Bang and stars, and continuing through quantum mechanics, cutting edge explanations of bonding and the intermolecular forces that give the materials of the world their form and texture. The course is intended to give students a solid foundation in chemistry that they may take into their courses in the physical and life sciences and engineering. Honors labs have an emphasis on independent laboratory exercises. Satisfies General Studies curriculum requirements in the natural and applied sciences.

Math and Statistics:

Statistics (STAT) 251, 3 cr., Renae Shrum

(38408) Sec. 05 --- 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. MWF, Recitation 12:30-1:20 p.m. W (every other week)

            Enrollment Limit: 25

HON: Statistical Methods. Stat 251 is an introduction to the basic principles of statistical methods and analyses but will expand beyond the traditional course. In addition to the normal course topics, students will learn more advanced sampling methods, create, complete, analyze and deliver their own survey and its results.  They will also prepare and give lecture(s) on 1-2 extra topics throughout the semester. Students enrolled in HON Stat 251 will attend the regularly scheduled class and an additional 1-hr meeting every other week, as indicated on the UI course schedule page.

Social Sciences:

Psychology (PSYC) 101, 3 cr., Russell Jackson

(15581) Sec. 01 --- 2:00-3:15 p.m. TR

            Enrollment Limit: 30

HON: Introduction to Psychology. An introduction to psychology covering many of its subfields, such as: personality theory, memory, biological processes, sensation and perception, human development, learning, social behavior, and psychological disorders. Satisfies General Studies curriculum requirements for the social sciences.

Political Science (POLS) 101, 3 cr., Aman McLeod

(13463) Sec. 03 --- 3:30-4:45 p.m., MW

            Enrollment Limit: 30

HON: Introduction to Political Science and American Government: Introduction to the study of politics focusing on basic concepts, processes, and institutions; emphasis on government and politics of the U.S. examined in comparative perspective; probable topics include nature of constitutional democracy, ideology, parties and elections, and formation of public policy. May be used as general education credit in J-3-d.


English (ENGL) 257, 3 cr., Tom Drake

(15864) Sec. 02 --- 12:30-1:20 a.m. MWF

            Enrollment Limit: 30

HON: Western Civilization Literature: 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.

Philosophy (PHIL) 103, 3 cr., Janice Anderson

(15561) Sec. 09 --- 1:30-2:20 p.m. MWF

            Enrollment Limit: 24

HON: Ethics: An introduction to philosophical reasoning through historical study of Western moral thought. Readings, lectures, and discussions, with required individual papers, tests, and group presentation; satisfies General Studies curriculum requirement for humanities.

Art (ART) 100, 3 cr., Val Carter

(15347) Sec. 05 --- 9:30-10:20 TR, Lab 11:30-1:20 W.

            Enrollment Limit: 20

HON: World Art & Culture: An introductory historical survey of art and culture in Western and non-Western contexts. Major cultural sites, monuments, image traditions and technologies will be examined alongside the historical, religious, political, economic, and aesthetic contexts which produced them. Cultures studied include China, Islam, Pre-Columbian civilizations in North and South America, Africa, India, Japan, Oceania, the ancient Near-East, Greece and Rome, Western Medieval, the European Renaissance, and Western and non-Western Modernism. A theoretically comparative approach will be followed, towards an understanding of both similarities and differences between Western and non-Western cultural production. Two hours of general lecture and one 2-hour, honors section for lab/recitation.

Integrated Seminars:

ISEM 101: Sports and American Society, 3 cr., Sharon Stoll

(35360) Sec. 31 --- 11:30-12:20 MWF

            Enrollment Limit: 30

HON: Sports and American Society: This course uses ethics, sociology, history, literature, film, political science, physical education, and cultural studies to explore the central role of sports in America. This integrated seminar examines the relationship of sports to gender, race, class, ethnicity, consumerism, media, and a number of other topics.

ISEM 101: The Creative Mind: Exploring Infinite Possibilities for Critical Thinking, 3 cr., Elizabeth Sloan

(35411) Sec. 56 --- 3:30-4:45 p.m. TR

            Enrollment Limit: 30

HON: The Creative Mind: The Creative Mind provides an interactive platform to explore avenues of investigation, apply creative strategies to pertinent opportunities, and encourage asking questions over finding answers. Supported by a Forbes article on what employers want, and in accordance with University of Idaho’s liberal arts learning outcomes, students will most importantly apply creative thinking to problem solving. This skill in particular will set them apart to achieve many career and interpersonal goals. Through humanities and social sciences, multiple perspectives will allow diverse interpretations. If students don’t begin the semester with an insatiable curiosity, they should expect to end the semester with this foundation.

ISEM 101: Musical Rhythms of the World, 3 cr. Barry Bilderback

(37797) Sec. 45 --- 12:30-1:45 p.m. TR  

            Enrollment Limit: 30

HON: Musical Rhythms of the World: Through applying a wider definition of “rhythm” than that of music, this course examines the ways that musical practice can reflect cultural beliefs. Through examining and listening to different musical forms from around the world, students will begin to observe and understand underlying similarities within forms that may sound very different. Students will also discover the ways that social standards can influence musical practices within cultures. No musical background is necessary for this course.

ISEM 101: The Monsters We Make: Asian Edition, 3 cr. Matthew Wappett

(38520) Sec. 06 --- 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. TR

            Enrollment Limit: 30

HON: The Monsters We Make: Asian Edition: This Integrated Seminar (ISEM) is an exploration of monsters and the themes surrounding the concepts of evil and monstrosity… especially from an Asian perspective.  In past iterations of this course we have examined evil and monstrosity through a Western lens, using Western ethical theory as a framing concept.  In this re-visioning of the class we will look at how evil and monstrosity are framed from an Asian perspective, and will use Asian philosophy and ethical concepts to further understand how and why Asian concepts of evil and monstrosity differ from traditional Western notions. We will look at the creation, development, and multiple reiterations of the monstrous, through both classic and contemporary works of Asian literature, film, and art…with a special focus on Chinese mythology and philosophy.  Application of this information will help the student identify the philosophical, social, political, and cultural mechanisms used to influence and shape contemporary conceptions of evil and monstrosity, in addition to providing a unique multicultural lens into Asian philosophy, ethics, and belief systems.


Integrated 301 Seminars:

ISEM 301: Sustainability of Human Ecosystems, 1 cr. Jo Ellen Force

(37821) Sec. 09 --- 3:30 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. TR

            Enrollment Limit: 30

HON: Sustainability of Human Ecosystems: This Integrated Seminar (ISEM) will examine a human ecosystem model and its relevance for better understanding how to sustain our natural resources and environment. We will describe the structure of human ecosystems using a specific, interdisciplinary model and demonstrate how the model can serve management of natural resources and inform decisions about our environment. We defined the human ecosystem as a coherent system of biophysical and social factors capable of adaptation and sustainability over time. The course will focus on a regional environmental issue, such as the current drought conditions in the Pacific Northwest, and use the model to define measures for variables, obtain secondary data from the US Census database and other sources, and examine relationships between components of the model and possible consequences of various policy decisions.

ISEM 301: HON: Future Agriculture: Promise or Peril, 1 cr. Erik Anderson

(37815) Sec. 05 --- 3:30-4:20 p.m. MW  

            Enrollment Limit: 30

HON: Future Ag: Promise or Peril: Modern agriculture has achieved remarkable gains in productivity and efficiency through the application of science and technology. Some agricultural practices have been linked to environmental problems while others may cause harmful effects on human health. Future agricultural systems hold great promise yet bring new potential threats to the world. This seminar will explore key advances in agriculture and will examine the associated challenges that may result from emerging agricultural systems. Topics include the globalization of food and fiber, the use of genetically modified organisms, and environmental impacts of agriculture and food systems


Interdisciplinary Studies (INTR) 404: Research Proposal Writing, 1 cr., P/F, Dave McIlroy

(39278) Sec. 03 --- 2:30-3:20 p.m. W

            Enrollment Limit: 10

HON: Research Proposal Writing: Students will learn about the process of proposal writing; and then they will develop, write, and present a formal research proposal that will include an abstract, literature review, goals, methods and procedures, timetable, and budget.  The proposal can be used as the first step in the completion of an Honors Thesis.  By the first day of class, students must have selected a research topic and have a faculty mentor who is willing to assist them in preparation and evaluation of the research proposal. 

Interdisciplinary Studies (INTR) 450: Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Insight and Creativity, 1 cr., Kenton Bird and Dan Bukvich 

(34669) Sec. 02 --- 12:30-1:45 p.m. T  

            Enrollment Limit: 10

HON: University Interdisciplinary Colloquium: 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 Bird and Bukvich.

Engineering Courses (taught through the Engineering Scholars Program):

Engineering (ENGR) 350, 3 cr. Matt Riley

(37820) Sec. 04 --- 1:30-2:20 p.m. MWF  

            Enrollment Limit: 25

HON: Engineering Mechanics of Materials: Elasticity, strength, and modes of failure of engineering materials; theory of stresses and strains for ties, shafts, beams, and columns.  Pre-req: Engr 210Math 175 and Co-req: Math 310


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