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Spring 2016 Classes through the University of Honors program

In order to be a member of the Honors Program, first-semester students must be enrolled in at least one, three-credit honors course.

In order to remain a member of the program, students must earn a 3.3 or above GPA and must meet the Honors Program credit requirements.

Graduates who earn at least 19 credits in required honors courses receive the Honors Core Award; and those who earn 27 credits in required, distributed honors courses receive the Honors Certificate. Honors course sections carry the HON designation in the title.

Lower Division Courses


(51091) Comm 101: HON: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2 cr), Diane Carter, 8:30-9:20 a.m, MW

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

Chem 112:  HON: Principles of Chemistry II (5 cr), Tom Bitterwolf 

(45458) HON: Sec. 21 -- 9:30 -10:20 a.m. MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 p.m. R, (Limit 24/section) 
(45460) HON: 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

Engineering and Statistics

(67524) Eng 210:HON: Engineering Statics (3 cr) (honors section is taught as a part of the Engineering Scholars section), 11:30 a.m. -12:20 p.m., MWF 

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 ) Eng 220: HON: Engineering Dynamics (3 cr) (honors section is taught as a part of the Engineering Scholars section), 9:30-10:20 a.m., MWF 

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

Social Sciences

(45554) Geog 200: HON:  World Regional Geography (3 cr), Ray Dezzani, 9:30-10:45 a.m., TR

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: HON: History of Civilization, (3 cr), Pingchau Zhu, 8:00-9:15 a.m., TR 

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.   


(57742) Eng 257: HON: Literature of Western Civilization (3 cr), Tom Drake, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., TR 

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.

(58523) Mush 201: HON: History of Rock and Roll (3 cr), (James Reid, 12:30-1:20 p.m., MWF 

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.

Honors Sections of Integrated Seminars for First-Year Students

Honors sections of Integrated Seminars are open only to first-year students. Enrollment is limited to 30 and the university does not provide waitlists for ISEM 101s.  You will need to check back from time to time if the course is full, or select a non-honors ISEM 101, or take a non-honors ISEM 101 in spring semester. Note: 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. Integrated Studies 

(68032) ISEM 101:  HON: Contemporary American Experience, Mark Warner, 10:30-11:20 a.m., MWF 

This course is designed to be a sustained and interdisciplinary exploration of the ways American society is constructed and functions. It is framed around several broad concepts such as race, class, gender and religion and how they commonly play an important role in structuring how individuals and/or groups choose to represent themselves or how they are portrayed by others. These concepts will be explored through a variety of genres, including social science scholarship, humor, film, literature, architecture, and music, as well as personal experiences. Limit of 30.

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.


(45882) ENGL 317: HON Tech Writing (3 crs), Karen Thompson, 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., MWF
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.

ISEM 301 Integrated Seminars (69799) ISEM 301: HON: The Dust Bowl, John Hammel and Kathy Aiken, 2:30-4:20 p.m., T 

The Dust Bowl region of the southern Great Plains was devastated by a decade of drought and horrific wind erosion in the 1930s while the U.S. was embroiled in a severe economic depression. This environmental disaster degraded more than 150 million farmland acres and caused an exodus of over 2 million people from the Plains states, many to the western U.S. This drought period, which lasted from the early 1930’s through the early 1940s, is considered to be the severest historically in the Great Plains. Importantly, the combination of poor agricultural practices, harsh drought, and economic hardship created the worst ecological catastrophe ever to occur in the US. The impacts of the Dust Bowl had marked social and economic implications for the affected Plains region, the West Coast states and the U.S. overall. With scores of farming families unable to survive financially due to the depression, drought and horrendous dust storms, many immigrated to the western U.S., particularly California. While these migrants were commonly known as Okies (based on the exodus from Oklahoma), the majority of those migrating were from other states within the region, and regardless of their origin, were American environmental refugees. While the general perception of the Dust Bowl era is that of the mass migration from the southern Great Plains region, the majority of people remained and persevered with an enduring faith and a dogged belief of better times to come under extraordinarily appalling living and poverty-stricken conditions. The plight of these people and of the country will be examined through America’s agriculture, its economic and social fabric, and its art and literature. The class will read Timothy Eagan's The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl.

(69817) ISEM 301: HON: Discovery/Invention/Society, Eric Aston, 3:30-4:20 p.m., W 

Human history is punctuated with many diverse technological advancements, as well as radically destructive events and eras, that helped to establish civilizations and catalyze change in societies. The class will consider the impacts of various inventions with particular emphasis on engineering and scientific perspectives. Since many of the most important discoveries and inventions occurred outside of the USA, diverse international topics will dominate the course content. Topics will include, but not be limited to, ancient weapons and water (purification and delivery); farming, fermentation, and food processing; mining and metallurgy; machines, engines, and electricity; petroleum and “plastics,” drugs and surgeries; sand-to-semiconductors; writing media from stone to flexible screens; etc. In considering these and other items, the class will discuss how various cultures, values, and belief systems contributed to the historical evolution of discovery-to-inventions and their associated modern developments. Most of these inventions, if not all, have significant and often missed or ignored roles associated with society and the world economy, in times of peace and conflict, both in the USA and globally. Students will contribute ideas for discussions on particular technologies and their societal and international impacts. The common theme will be a multidisciplinary understanding of how technological developments spread and of the scientific reasons for why they were and/or are so formative to civilization and our perspective regarding human value and our worldview.


(53038) History 401: HON: 1914-1919: The Making of the Modern World (3cr), Rick Spence, 2:00-3:15 p.m., TR 

The First World War irretrievably shattered the world that existed before and gave birth to the “modern” one we inhabit today. This seminar will explore not only how this traumatic upheaval changed the character and conduct of warfare, but also its impact on politics, culture, technology, economics and medicine.

(58547) Jamm 404: HON: Stardom and Society: Understanding Celebrity (3 cr), Russell Meeuf, 12:30-1:45 p.m., TR

This course explores the social and cultural significance of celebrity in the modern world. Paying particular attention to film and television stardom, we will interrogate U.S. culture’s obsession with stars while exploring the complex role of celebrity in popular media. We will ask: Why do we attach such importance to fame as a marker of success in U.S. culture? Why have stars been so important to the economics of entertainment industries? How does celebrity culture impact ideas about identity and citizenship? Why do the popular images of stars create such intense interest and devotion from their fans? How has the culture of celebrity changed over the 20th and early 21st Century? By analyzing a series of case studies from the dawn of the modern, mass-media star system in the early 20th Century to the rise of reality TV and internet stardom in the 2000s, we will study the shifting nature of stardom in U.S. society as ideas about gender, race, labor, nationalism, and individualism have changed. Instructor permission required to register and contact Russell Meeuf at

(62247) INTR 450: HON: Interdisciplinary Colloquium:  Insight and Creativity (1 cr), Kenton Bird and Dan Bukvich, 12:30-1:45 p.m., T

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.

(69583) IS 498:HON INTERN:Martin Scholars, Bill Smith, TBA

Seminar: Working w International Community: In a worthy development, awareness of global issues and/or global problem solving has become part and parcel of undergraduate curricula in many disciplines. Unfortunately, this is generally still done in the context of discipline-specific approaches. This renders global problem solving deceptively simple; if only everyone thought as engineers do, or textile designers do, or political scientists do, then we could solve problems effectively. The purpose of this Honors seminar is to expose you to the breadth of actors, perspectives, and processes involved in developing, honing, implementing, and assessing global policies.

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