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Honors Courses for Spring 2015

If you have questions about the UHP and its curriculum, please let us know. We have 468 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.

Reminder: 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 Courses

Important Note about 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.

(45395)  ART 100 (05) 3 cr., 12:30pm-1:20pm TR  & 11:30am-1:20pm Lab W.  Val Carter 

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. 2 hours of lecture with one 2-hour lab/recitation.

Chemistry 112, 5 cr., Prof. Thomas Bitterwolf
(45458) Sec. 21 -- 9:30 -10:20 a.m. MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 p.m. R, (Limit 24/section)
(45460) Sec. 22 -- 9:30 -10:20 a.m. MWF, Lab 7:00-9:50 p.m. R, (Limit 24/section)

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 or permission. Satisfies core curriculum requirements in the natural and applied sciences. Majors in natural sciences and engineering are encouraged to take Honors Chemistry. Chemistry Lab Fee of $85.50

(51091) COMM 101, (01) 2 cr., 8:30-9:20 a.m. MW: Prof. Diane L. Carter

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). COMM 101 Fee of $27.00

(45809) ENGL 102 (08) 3 cr., 10:30-11:20 a.m. MWF Zana Victoria Previti

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.

(67075) ENGL 258 (03) 3 cr., 11:30 -12:15 a.m. TR Prof Gary Williams
Literature of Western Civilization. This course surveys culturally significant literary works in the Western tradition from the 17th to the 21st centuries, with the goal of walking you through major literary movements and building your sense of the variety of literary genres. The readings are challenging in several ways—elevated and syntactically complex language, lots of pages, big ideas, innovative forms, sometimes edgy subject matter. A prerequisite to doing well in the course is a commitment to reading carefully and on schedule. The payoff should be a series of amazing, life-altering, mind-blowing epiphanies about the power of literary art. May be taken independently of honors English 257. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for humanities. Prereq: English 101 or equivalent. Limit 26.

(67524) ENGR 210 (04) 3 cr., 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MWF Prof. Robert Stephens

Engineering Statics. Primarily for UHP first-year students who also are Engineering Scholars to be able to take that college's intended ENGR 210 Statics course, and be able to have those credits designated as HON credits. Instructor permission required. If space remains available, honors students who are not Engineering Scholars may request permission to enroll--send request to Prof. Bob Stephens (

(69094) ENGR 220 (04) 3 cr., 9:30-10:20 a.m. MWF Staff

Engineering Dynamics. Primarily for UHP first-year students who also are Engineering Scholars to be able to take that college's intended ENGR 210 Statics course, and be able to have those credits designated as HON credits. Instructor permission required

(45554) GEOG 200 (01) 3 cr., 9:30 -10:45 a.m. TR Raymond J. Dezzani

World Regional Geography. 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. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for the category of the social sciences as well as the International course requirement. Enrollment limit of 30

(69804) HIST 102 (04) 3 cr., 8:00-09:15 a.m. TR Prof. Pingchao Zhu

History of Civilization. From the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for social sciences and also General Core Studies International Course requirement. Limit of 24.

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

(69000) ISEM Integrated Seminar 101 (39) 3 cr., 12:30-1:45 p.m. TR: Russell Meeuf

Nightmares in Red-White-Black. Covering the history of the US horror film, this course explores the nightmarish vision of the “American Dream” offered by popular cinema. Connecting horror films to a variety of historical traumas, students will examine how cinema addresses these challenges to the dream of upward mobility, equality, and democracy

(69809) MusH 201 (05) 3 cr., 1:30 -2:20 p.m. MWF: Prof. James Reid

History of Rock and Roll. This class looks at the development of rock music from its roots in the 1940s to contemporary styles such as hip-hop. Students will have access to an extensive on-line listening list and classes will include lectures along with additional listening and appropriate film segments. Genres and sub-genres include instrumentals, doo-wop, soul, protopunk, metal, progressive rock, and others. Artists examined include the Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Run DMC, etc. Coursework includes four tests and a paper. May not be counted as a required music history elective for music majors. Satisfies core curriculum requirements in the humanities. Course limit is 30

(45590) Philosophy 103 (12), 3 cr., 10:30-11:20 a.m. 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, tests, and group presentation; satisfies General Studies curriculum requirement for humanities. Limit of 24

Spring 2015 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

(45883) ENGL 317 (05) 3 crs., 9:30 -10:20 a.m. MWF Kelly Suzanne Roberts

Technical Writing. Principles of clear writing related to technical style; problems such as technical description, proposals, formal reports, and technical correspondence. Prereq: Engl 102 or Equivalent; Junior standing or Permission. Enrollment limited to 26

(69819) ENGR 404 (08) 1 cr., 3:30 -4:20 p.m. MW: Prof. D. Eric Aston

Creative Science Writing. This course provides a forum to practice creative writing techniques and skills with scientific content for delivery through fiction or nonfiction, for laypersons or scientists. Regular class discussions will delve into diverse fields of science from the perspective of “the interested layperson” to explore various ways of communicating scientific concepts requiring some in-depth consideration of relevant literature, history, technology, societal impacts (economic, political, ethical, moral, religious, philosophical, etc.), business, philosophy, and/or other disciplines. Biology, chemistry, physics, math, engineering, and any other science-based topics are relevant. Prerequisites: ENGL 102; junior or senior in good standing with the Honors Program. No specialized skill, knowledge, or prior intensive coursework is required in math, science, engineering, philosophy, etc. Class will meet Jan. 14 – Mar. 13, 2015

Required Text: Prof. Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams. 1993. ISBN 0-446-67011-1
{possibly one other short work}
Recommended Texts: D. E. Aston’s Fearfully Made. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4497-8848-3
Terry Brooks’ Sometimes the Magic Works. 2003. ISBN 0-345-45828-1
John McPhee’s Oranges. 1975. ISBN 0-374-51297-3(69820)

INTR 404 (07) 1 cr., 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. MW: Prof. D. Eric Aston

Creative Science WritingSee course description above. This section is to give students an opportunity to choose either the ENGR or INTR designation for their transcripts

(53038) History 401 (01) 3 cr., 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. TR : Prof. Richard Spence 

The Occult in History This seminar will explore the influence of occult doctrines, groups and individuals on Western society and culture from roughly the 17th century to the present with emphasis on the 19th and 20th. While the common perception is that modern Western history has been shaped by scientific rationalism and materialism, beneath the surface there also has been a pervasive and powerful influence of the “occult” which has shaped popular culture, politics, economics and even the sciences themselves. Such topics as witchcraft (past and present), paganism, shamanism, Satanism and occult elements in mainstream religions will be examined. Occult themes and influences in popular culture, including film and television, the connections of occultism to crime and politics and the efforts of military and intelligence agencies to exploit the paranormal and "weaponize magic" will also be covered. Limit 15

(69875) INTR 400 (01) 3 cr., 3:00 - 5:50 p.m. R: Profs., Matthew Wappett & Luke Harmon

The Wild. The primary objective for this Honors seminar will focus on interrogating the relationship between (wo)man and the “wild”. This course will utilize the medium of cinema as our window for analysis into how we, as a culture, portray our relationship to the wild and how we navigate our individual journeys through the wild in the world without and the wild within each of us. Joseph Campbell’s work on the hero’s journey and the power of mythology will form the primary theoretical lens for the class. The course will meet once a week for a 3-3.5 hours block. Each class session will begin by watching a film, and the last part of class will be spent analyzing and critiquing the films viewed the week prior. This course will be co-taught by Luke Harmon from the Dept. of Biology and Matthew Wappett from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Enrollment limit of 20

(62247) INTR 450 (02) 1 cr. (P/F), 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. 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

(69800) ISEM 301 (12) 1 cr., 6:00 - 8:45 p.m. T Prof. Rodney Frey

What’s An Educated Person? ISEM 301 Great Issues seminars are intended for sophomore or junior year students 
Course Web Page: Enrollment limit: 30 Class will meet March 23 – May 15, 2015

(69816) ISEM 301 (13) 1 cr., 8:00 - 9:15 p.m. T Prof. Frank M. Willhelm

Water in Society. ISEM 301 Great Issues seminars are intended for sophomore or junior year students 
Course Web Page: Enrollment limit: 30 Class will meet Jan 14 – March 13, 2015

(69835) INTR 498 (13) 1 cr., 2:30 - 3:20 p.m. M Prof. Elitza K. Kotzeva

Intercultural Mentors for Academic Success. By instructor permission only. Enrollment limited to sophomore, junior and senior Honors Program students.

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