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Spring 2017 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

English and Communications

English (ENGL) 102: College Writing and Rhetoric, 3cr, Victoria Arthur, 11:30-12:20 p.m. MWF (CRN# 52045)

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.

Communications (COMM) 101: Fundamentals of Public Speaking, 3 cr, Diane Carter, 1:30-2:20 p.m. MW (CRN# 51091)

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, 9:30-10:20 am. MWF, Lab 7:00 – 9:50 p.m. TH, 2:30-5:20 p.m. TH, Recitation 12:30-1:20 p.m. T (optional) (CRN# 45458)  

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.

Core Science (CORS) 233: How Humans Use Insects, 3cr, Steve Cook, 10:30-11:20 p.m. MWF

Throughout much of North America, insects are typically viewed as pests that stand in the way of human activity. However, insects have played (and continue to play) vital roles in the development of human behavior. The course is designed to provide basic information on entomology as a scientific discipline and strengthen student knowledge about scientific inquiry. This foundation will be used to explore the use of insects by multiple human societies and will include such topics as human entomophagy, manipulation of insect populations for use in agriculture and warfare, insect imagery in religion, and the impact of insects on international trade. Because insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet, it is important to understand how and why they have helped shape human behaviors and societies.

Engineering and Statistics

Engineering (ENGR) 210: Engineering Statics, 3cr, Faculty, 11:30-12:20 MWF (CRN # 67524) 

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 Joe Law at

Engineering (ENGR) 220: Engineering Dynamics, 3cr, Faculty, 9:30-10:20 MWF (CRN #69094) 

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

Geography (GEOG) 165: Human Geography, 3cr, Courtney Thompson, 9:30-10:45 a.m. T/TH (CRN # 62172)

Intro to geographical dimension in human behavior and how this is evident in population distribution, rural and urban land use, and social, economic, and political attributes of societies.   

Anthropology (ANTH) 220: Peoples of the World, 3cr, Laura Putsche, 2:30-3:20 p.m. MWF (CRN# 71628) 

Anthropology 220 is designed to familiarize you with the variety of cultures and cultural adaptations around the world. We will focus on types of subsistence patterns, from hunting and gathering to intensive agriculture, and political organizations, from bands to states, as well as other associated cultural features, and will illustrate each type with discussions of specific cultures and culture areas. Learning Objectives: Through this course, you should gain knowledge and an understanding of the various ways that people around the world deal with problems that all humans face, an understanding of factors that contribute to this diversity as well as to cultural similarities, how increasing size and complexity of societies relates to the ways that people interact with each other and their environments, and the impacts of globalization on cultures around the world. You will use the knowledge and understanding acquired to reflect upon your own culture and explore another culture through papers and the group project. Ultimately you should gain an appreciation for the diversity of cultures found around the world and the impacts of globalization. 


English (ENGL) 258: Literature of Western Civilization, 3cr, Tom Drake, 11:00-12:15 p.m. T/TH

At its best, literature can change our lives, connecting us through language and imagination to different people, times, and spaces. It can interrogate and challenge the lives we lead, our choices, our actions. This course surveys culturally significant literary works in the Western tradition from the 17th to the 21st centuries, with the goal of introducing you to 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 life-altering and surprising epiphanies about the power of literary art.

Music History (MUSH) 201: History of Rock and Roll, 3cr, James Reid, 12:30-1:20 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.

Math and Statistics

Statistics (STAT) 251: Statistical Methods, 3cr, Renae Shrum, 10:30-11:20 MWF, Recitation 12:30-1:20 (bimonthly) (CRN #70169) 

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..

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.


English (ENGL) 317: Technical Writing, 3cr, Karen Thompson, 1:30-2:20 p.m. MWF (CRN# 45879)

Technical Writing is both a field of study and a profession with a unique history and set of distinctive practices. It is also the writing done by professionals in other careers. Technical writing may be defined broadly as any professional workplace writing or more narrowly as in this definition written by the Society of Technical Communication and the US Department of Labor: Technical writers, also called technical communicators, prepare instruction manuals, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information among customers, designers, and manufacturers.

This course uses both definitions and the philosophy of User-Centered Design (UCD). UCD informs the design of everything we use. So, whether have an interest in becoming a technical writer or are preparing to write in another career, in today's workplace you will craft messages using ever changing and increasingly integrated media. The projects in this course will help you meet these challenges and include projects in both written and oral communication.
Prereq: Engl 102 or Equivalent; Junior standing or Permission. This course does not require a textbook.

Social Sciences

Sociology (SOC) 404: Farm to Table: The Political Economy of Eating, 3cr, Ryanne Pilgeram, 12:30-1:45 p.m. MWF (CRN #71607) 

This class examines the national and international policies and processes that have given rise to the contemporary food landscape in the US. We will examine the relationship between “alternative” food systems and “conventional” or “industrial” food systems and explore how issues such as obesity, farmworkers rights, and genetically modified foods are entrenched in these geopolitical systems. We will also examine the racial, class, and gendered aspects of the alternative food movement. Throughout the term students will create a commodity chain analysis of a particular food in order to apply the concepts from the course to a specific food item.


ISEM 301: Discovery/ Invention/ Society, 3cr, Eric Aston, 3:30-4:20 p.m. W (CRN# 71607) 

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.

ISEM 301: Water, Water, Everywhere…, 1cr, Patricia Colberg, 2:30-3:20 p.m. W (CRN# 70945) 

The primary objective of this seminar entitled “Water, Water, Everywhere ..” is to challenge students to consider a more comprehensive understanding of the complexities of the global water crisis from a variety of perspectives: historical, engineering/scientific, legal, socio-political, economic, and environmental. The overall goal of this seminar is to engage students in a topic that is broad enough to allow divergent thinking, while insuring the incorporation of multidisciplinary perspectives. This approach should result in the development of more integrative thinking skills in the students who enroll in this seminar.

Interdisciplinary Studies

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

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.

Interdisciplinary Studies (INTR) 404: Research Proposal Writing, 1cr, Dave McIlroy, 3:30-4:30 p.m. TH

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) 404: Historical Memory in the Northwest, 1cr, Richard Stoddart, Erin Stoddart, 3:30-5:20 p.m. T 

This course explores the relationship between history, memory, and identity. We will learn about different types of memory (personal, generational, historical, flashbulb, institutional) and how it is represented in archives, photographs, film, art, and literature. How is memory embodied in material things such as archival collections and museum artifacts? How is collective memory shaped through sites (landscapes, memorials, monuments, heritage sites) and commemorative activities (traditions, rituals, and holidays)? How does society contribute to systematic remembering and forgetting of historical events? How does one’s gender, race, or ethnicity alter one’s collective memory? This course will explore how the Pacific Northwest remembers its past through shared memories, experiences, understanding, and consciousness through weekly readings, guest speakers, and discussion. For the final project, students will examine issues and debates that surround collective remembering and forgetting in the region through original primary source research.

Interdisciplinary Studies (INTR) 400: Utopia, 3cr, Matt Wappett & Luke Harmon, 6:30-9:30 p.m. TH 

The primary objective for this Honors seminar will focus on the evolution of utopian ideals as represented in political thought and film. This course will utilize the medium of cinema as our window for analysis into how we, as a culture, define the ideal society and how we lose our way in the pursuit of those ideals. We will use key texts from political theory and philosophy to form the theoretical lens for this class. A secondary aim of the class is to familiarize students with basic film criticism and provide them with additional tools to understand the role cinema plays in the construction of our individual and collective identity. We will watch one film every week in class. In the interest of helping students become familiar with various directorial styles we have decided to structure the course around paired films from a select set of seminal directors. We hope that this structure will provide students with the opportunity to engage in a richer dialogue about the influence of the director on the stylistic preferences displayed through the narrative and artistic direction of the film.

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