University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Fall 2013 Honors Seminars

The listings below are tentative and subject to change. Please contact your honors academic advisor with questions.

Seminars with course number and title underlined have a study tour component.

  Course Number     Title       Call #       Day/Time     Instructor     BoK      
HIST3096 Global History of World War II: Ideology, Culture, Politics 909058;
permission required.
Mondays 3:35 - 5:25pm; includes required study tour to UK/France. J. Zalar DC, HP
This course examines the Second World War in its global contexts.  It emphasizes the comprehensive impact of warfare not only on the battlefield, but also on the intellectual, cultural, and political life of belligerent states, above all Germany, the Soviet Union, Japan, and the United States.  It attends to everyday life during the war, to the experience of women and children, and to the “barbarization of warfare” that led to the enslavement, murder, and genocide of millions of noncombatants.  It addresses, finally, developments that portended the division of Europe and the world after 1945.

Application required. Includes required study tour to the UK (London) and France (Normandy). Learn more.
INTB3094 Social Entrepreneurship: Sustainable and Profitable Solutions to Global Challenges Canceled due to low enrollment.
  C. Polychroniou DC, SE

**This seminar has been canceled due to low enrollment. We hope to offer it again in fall 2014

This multidisciplinary course introduces and promotes entrepreneurial thinking for effectively responding to key challenges in our new global economy. The course centers on global issues such as environment, health, poverty, education, sanitation, agriculture, trade and migration/immigration. The focus is on social entrepreneurship and how to develop an offering (a product or service) that would be responsive to a societal need, produce a social benefit and make a nominal profit. Students will work in teams to develop a product or service that meets the triple bottom line of profit, environment, and social good. These low cost, innovative products or services will be for consumers who make between just $2.00-$5.00 a day and will contribute to solutions to complex global problems.

UC students will collaborate with University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) students to develop the products/services, working in cross-national and cross-discipline teams through video conferences and direct meetings in Cincinnati and Montreal. These student teams will create entrepreneurial solutions to above-mentioned challenges, using critical thinking in bringing about economically sound decisions to solve contemporary global challenges.

A required study tour to Montreal will take place early in the fall semester. Learn more.

Application not required. Students can register for the course directly.

Water Justice 906156; permission required. TR 11:00am-12:20pm,
includes required study tour to Mexico.
A. Parr DC, SE
Water is the source of all life on earth and in this respect it is an important 'commons'. However, climate change, privatization, and poor management are placing the world's water resources under stress. For the world's poor the right to access affordable clean water is becoming increasingly difficult. Similarly the health of water ecosystems is being compromised. This course will study the economic, cultural, social, environmental, and political importance of water. Students will compare different cultural approaches to the conservation of water resources; they will be encouraged to critically assess different modes of water governance all the while studying the daily struggles encountered by people, communities, and animals the world over to access scarce water resources.

Application required. Includes required study tour to the Maya Riveria in Mexico. Learn more. 
CI3010 Save Our Schools! Education Controversy and Change 907627 Tuesdays
S. Stitzlein SE, SS
Students will delve into educational issues central to improving schools, many of which are marred in controversy: from school vouchers to national standards and charter schools to teacher merit pay. Students will work with teachers, community groups, and elected officials to save our schools using knowledge of good education reform.
*honors sections only*
Intermediate Composition See OneStop See OneStop and search for sections with the honors attribute. See OneStop See OneStop
This course emphasizes critical reading and writing, advanced research and argument skills, and rhetorical understanding of language as it is used in different discourse communities.

Honors sections will require students to conduct field research in a local community setting. This research will serve to amplify and enrich the related secondary research gathered. In addition, since English 2089 focuses on discourse community conventions and genre characteristics, the students' field research will be one of the primary ways that students come to appreciate and investigate these issues.
FAA3090 Greenly Spirits: Nature, Culture, Art Canceled   D. Burge FA, HU
**This seminar has been canceled. We hope to offer it again in the future. In this Seminar, students will examine ways in which we relate to the natural environment, and how that relationship manifests as cultural imagination. We will approach the subject from the vantage points of philosophy, literature, and art. Students will research both on-and off-campus, and will create a culminating art project. 

Open to students across disciplines regradless of artistic ability. All welcome and encouraged to enroll!
FAM3097 Music and Architecture: Correlation and Comparison 907626 TR 9:30-10:50am T. Milligan FA
“Music and Architecture: Correlation and Comparison,” will introduce the students to the spatiotemporal correlations that are common to both architecture and music, will demonstrate that these art forms are related superficially as well as fundamentally, will compare elements that are common to both art forms, and will focus upon various artistic styles that have been prevalent during certain periods of history. Rather than attempting to provide an exhaustive history of various global trends, this course will focus on certain principles found in these two art forms as they have developed with the Western world. Among other topics, for example, the course will examine the influence of Classical thought and the effect of golden Proportion, the importance of form when applied to music and architecture, and the influence of societal demands and desires upon the architect and the composer or performing musician. The course is unified in part through the overarching examination of these two art forms from an historical perspective.
Section 002
Health, Sex, and Birth: Using the Past to Change the Future 909061 Tuesdays
W. Kline SE, HP
This honors course will integrate historical readings on women’s health with community action through service learning. Students will read and conduct research on particular historical aspects of women’s reproductive health and then share their findings with the Prematurity Initiative (suggested topics include the history of nursing, the politics of midwifery, feminism and the women’s health movement, the birth control pill, and the history of adoption).
Section 001
Making the Metropolis 909059 Thursdays
D. Stradling SE, HP
This course examines the evolution of American cities. Focusing on the physical metropolis and using Cincinnati as a case study, the course analyzes changing ideas about cities as revealed in urban planning, the creation of public spaces, the development of transportation systems, and neighborhoods segregated by race and class.
HNRS2031 Inquiry to Innovation: Cities 904073 TR 3:30-4:50pm at the Niehoff Studio on Short Vine Street F. Russell SE, TI

This seminar is designed to introduce students to the creative process of research and innovation as well as collaborative cross-disciplinary teamwork necessary to address specific and real-world urban problems. The seminar will explore aspects of personal creativity that promise innovation in problem solving. The dynamics of team work will be examined and practiced. The nature of positive cross-disciplinary interaction will be reviewed and tested. Best practices in research and of representation of findings will be discussed. Tools for each of these aspects will be developed and applied during a nine week innovation exercise in collaboration with community partners that will produce specific proposals for implementation.

Today, more than ever, innovative problem solving in our urban environment relies on cross-disciplinary collaboration among teams of practitioners and extensive engagement between stakeholders and service providers. As we find more than half of world population in cites today and predicting that that proportion to grow to three quarters, our ability to address urban issues becomes ever more important. Our ability to see and understand these urban issues is critical to defining these problems. A willingness to engage with the people that live and work there is essential to interpreting the city. An openness to collaborating with teams of diverse partners will promise more comprehensive solutions.  Our aptitude in thinking beyond traditional approaches to design and implementation is a key to innovation.

This approach to community engaged interdisciplinary coursework is being supported by the UC Forward program which sponsors these entry level seminars as an introductory experience in collaborative learning. The Niehoff Urban Studio is one of the UC Forward venues for this seminar.  The studio is an interdisciplinary off-campus academic program that promotes community based urban research and design in the central area of Cincinnati. The activities of the studio are intended to connect students of diverse disciplines with community stakeholders in a shared problem solving process addressing urban problems and opportunities to vision for a more functional, liveable, and vibrant city.

HNRS2040 Exploring Community Engagement 902600 Wednesdays 6:00-8:50pm J. King DC, SE
Designed especially for first and second year students (but open to all). Coursework and experiential learning activities provide students with a forum to explore their place within our campus and city communities. UC's urban environment provides many advantages and confronts us with many challenges as we seek to enhance community. Class sessions will be held at various locations on and around campus and in the city of Cincinnati.
**UHP students must enroll in the honors section.**
Take the Challenge for Sustainable Development Section 002 - 910753 TR
R. Apana DC, SS
Working in groups (teams) of three to five students, together with their international student team partners in India, students will develop sustainable business and technical solutions for one of two challenges offered by the Acara Challenge. The Challenge usually addresses a problem related to food and/or water and/or significant environmental issue, and could be related, but not limited, to the production, transport, marketing/selling, processing, storage, treatment or consumption of food and/or water. All collaboration with foreign members of the team will be done electronically or through Skype. The partner school in India, IIT R will establish connections with a nearby community where their students will do field research. Teams must analyze market potential and identify target customers in order to develop a product or service and a corresponding sustainable business model for delivery of the product or service. A report will be the final product of teh group effort. Teams will be judged by the Acara Challenge organization. Winning teams will receive financial support to attend the two-month University of Minnesota Acara Institute in India.
*UHP students must enroll in the honors section.*
Washington Center Internship TBA TBA Z. Osborne N/A
Are you interested in gaining real-world leadership experience in Washington, D.C.?  Consider applying to participate in The Washington Center during any academic term (fall, spring, or summer). The Academic Internship Program within the Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning serves as the campus liaison for The Washington Center, an independent non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington D.C. that provides students semester-long internships at one of over 900 different public, private and governmental institutions. Learn more on the Academic Internship Program's website.

UHP students who participate and enroll under the honors section of INT3030 will recieve a $1000 honors grant (provided the student is eligible for a grant; grant funds are posted to a student's account as a scholarship and can affect the student’s financial aid; a student’s financial aid award could be adjusted as the result of receiving a scholarship and/or some students may not be eligible to receive the funds). Please notify your honors advisor upon enrollment in the honors section of the INT3030 course.
Section 007
(Must enroll in honors section!)
Multivariate Calculus - Honors Canceled
Canceled TBA QR
Honors section canceled due to low enrollment.
Section 001
College Physics I - Honors 906648 MTWF
P. Espositio TBA
Covers topics in physics using methods of calculus, algebra and trigonometry, including vector arithmetic. The course includes the study of motion in one and two dimensions, and the applications of the concepts of force, work, energy and momentum to linear and rotational motion. Simple harmonic motion, waves, elementary thermodynamics and properties of solids, fluids, and gases are also explored.
RELG3010 Understanding Religious Intolerance 905052 TR 3:30-4:50pm D. Griffith DC, SE
The course examines the phenomenon of religious tolerance and intolerance through readings, guest speakers from a wide range of religious backgrounds in the Cincinnati area, and an experiential learning component where students visit various religious communities in the area and come to fuller understandings of particular religious beliefs, individuals who hold them, and any instances of intolerance the community may have faced.