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The listings below are tentative and subject to change. Please contact your honors academic advisor with questions.
Seminars in the first table have international study tours.
|Honors Seminars with International Study Tours|
|Course Number||Title||Call #||Day/Time||Instructor||BoK|
|HNRS3067||Public Health and Infectious diseases: the South African Experience||202156
(Must have permission to register.)
|Wednesdays 5:30-8:20pm (changed from original time);
with two-week study tour to South Africa
|J. Blackard||DC, SE|
|This course will provide students with hands-on, real word exposure to public health and infectious disease research in South Africa. The focus will be on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis and include semester-long instruction at the University of Cincinnati followed by a two-week study tour to South Africa. Class will meet on the College of Medicine campus.
Application required. Learn more.
||Nasty, Brutish & Short: How the Enlightenment Gave Us the Modern World and Transformed Our Lives||200231
(Must have permission to register.)
with week-long study tour to the UK
|T. Grundy||HP, HU|
For nearly all of human history, life, as Thomas Hobbes observed, was “nasty, brutish and short.” This began to change in some of the lands of Northern Europe during the 18th century, the era known as the Enlightenment. This interdisciplinary course will focus on the developments of that era, especially as they were experienced in Great Britain. It will examine the evolution of the Enlightenment and its importance to the emergence of the modern world, with a focus on its themes of scientific and technological progress, improved living standards, accountable government, individual human rights, and the revolutionary role of arts and culture in social progress.
Students will travel to the United Kingdom, a "cradle land" of the Enlightenment, to visit sites associated with the Enlightenment and meet with representatives of institutions that continue to promote it.
|INTB3094||Social Entrepreneurship: Sustainable Solutions to Global Challenges||203200||TR 3:30-4:50pm; with five-day experience in Montreal
||C. Polychroniou||DC, SE|
|This multidisciplinary and cross-cultural course is designed to introduce and promote entrepreneurial thinking for effectively responding to key challenges in our new global economy. The course will center on global issues such as the environment, health, poverty, education, sanitation, agriculture, trade, and migration/immigration.
Students may register directly, application not required. Learn more.
|Course Number||Title||Call #||Day/Time||Instructor||BoK|
||It's in the Water: Waterborne Infections||208596||MWF 11:15-12:10pm||E. Kaneshiro||TI, NS
View Professor Kaneshiro's Syllabus
This honors seminar can count as an upper-level Biological Sciences elective.* Students wishing for this to count as an upper-level elective must complete a petition signed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biological Sciences (currently Dr. Charlotte Paquin). This petition must be kept in the student's file in Biological Sciences.
*Only one honors seminar can count as an upper-level elective in Biological Sciences. Students cannot count more than one honors seminar towards the upper-level elective requirements for Biological Sciences.
|COMM3031||Collaborative Leadership||208414||TR 9:30-10:50am
||G. Fairhurst||SE, SS|
|This course challenges the assumption that leaders are heroes with sweeping visions who can transform their organizations and society. Instead, this course will focus on leadership when problems are "wicked" or exceedingly complex such that collaboration is necessary. The course will be divided into two parts, collaborative leadership in the organizational context and collaborative leadership in public contexts. Although collaborative leadership is making headway in the organizational context, the same cannot be said for public contexts-as increasing amounts of incivility are threatening good governance at local, state, and national levels. The major project for the course focuses on an experiment in returning civility (and, by implication, a more collaborative stance) to local government entitled, Beyond Civility. Students will research and experience the efforts of Beyond Civility firsthand.|
|ENED3014||Engineering Your Community||206697||Mondays 5:45-8:45pm||G. Bucks
|This honors seminar is intended to provide students with an experience in using disciplinary knowledge to design assistive devices for individuals with debilitating neurological diseases at Beechwood Home, an inpatient facility which oversees the care of approximately 50 individuals. Students will spend the semester meeting with the staff at Beechwood Home to identify a need among the residents and applying knowledge from their discipline to design a device, process, or system to enable residents to lead more independent lives. By the end of the semester, students should have a functional prototype of their device or system that can be delivered to Beechwood Home to test with the residents.|
|ENGL2002||The American Campus in Film, Fiction and Fact||205232||TR 9:30-10:50am
DESIGNED FOR STEM, DAAP, CCM, CEAS & HUMANITIES STUDENTS
IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE WHO PAYS TUITION, TAXES AND PLANS A FULFILLING CAREER
OVER THE NEXT DECADE COLLEGES WILL CONTINUE RADICAL CHANGE, AND SOME WILL DISAPPEAR.
THIS CLASS WILL EXPLAIN HOW AND WHY.
|ENGL2089 (honors sections only)||Intermediate Composition||See OneStop||See OneStop and search for sections with the honors attribute.||See OneStop||N/A|
|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.
|FAM3001 (honors section 002 only)
MUHS3001 (honors section 002 only, this MUHS listing is for honors CCM students only)
|The Social Life of Music
(Alternate Title - Introduction to Music of the World's Peoples)
|TR 11:00-12:20pm||S. Fiol||DC, FA|
|Music has existed in every human society, past and present. Why has this phenomenon, considered by many to be mere entertainment, been so essential to human life? This course explores this question by examining a range of musical and artistic forms from various regions of the world, including, but not limited to South Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America. By looking at music across several cultural contexts and including our own, we can begin to understand the numerous ways in which music not only reflects but also constitutes the self and society. Students will be required to do reading and listening assignments, participate in in-class musical demonstrations, observe performances outside of class, and conduct a final project.|
|FAM3000||Listen to the Music||208402||MWF 10:10-11:05am||M. Morrow||FA, HP|
|If an eighteenth-century countess had slipped into a time machine that dropped her off at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2014, she would probably have been less astonished by the music than by the audience:Why were they sitting there in the dark paying complete and silent attention to the performance? Where were the gambling tables? Why didn’t the boxes have curtains that you could close? Musicians and audiences had very different relationships in the century to which she belonged because music had a different place in culture and society than it does today. Understanding the musical culture of a particular time can make its music easier to understand and enjoy. This course will examine western music from medieval times to the present by considering modes of listening, the relationships between musicians and their audiences, the function of music in society, and the intersection of music and politics.|
|FAM3097||Music and Architecture: Correlation and Comparison||204538||TR 9:30-10:50am
|This course introduces students to the spatiotemporal correlations that are common to both architecture and music, demonstrates that these are forms are related superficially and fundamentally, compares elements that are common to both art forms and focuses upon various artistic styles that have been prevalent during certain periods of history.|
|HNRS2020||Exploring Leadership||202155||Wednesdays 3:35-6:25pm||B. Rinto||SE, SS|
|This course is designed to explore the nature of leadership - across the world, our country, and our campus. We will examine and discuss leadership theory, styles, skills and historical and cultural references. We will appraise common beliefs about leaders and leadership. Because leadership, at its essence, is about working with other to get things accomplished, we must know ourselves and learn to appreciate differences. Course activities will move students toward the practical process of leadership in their own lives.|
|HNRS2031||Inquiry to Innovation: Burnet Woods
||209293||TR 3:30-4:50pm||F. Russell||SE, TI|
This year, there is an exciting new twist to this introductory UC Forward course!
Inquiry to Innovation is a unique course in which undergraduates from different disciplines work together to solve real world problems facing UC students on and around UC’s campus. Students in Inquiry to Innovation learn to work collaboratively across disciplines to develop innovative and actionable solutions to complex problems. They learn how to cultivate relationships with professional partners both inside and outside the university, and they how to harness the power of these relationships to implement solutions or even to bring new products to market. Students from different backgrounds and perspectives share methods, ideas, and insights with each other and in doing so, develop a rich, systems-based approach to thinking and working. Students in this course not only learn sought after skills, but they do so by practicing these skills to solve a real, tangible problem. They learn how to be successful and creative leaders who can recognize the value in opposing viewpoints and lead a diverse team towards a shared vision.
The 2014 Inquiry to Innovation course will give students the opportunity to help re-imagine Burnet Woods. Every UC student knows Burnet Woods, but surprisingly there are relatively few students who take advantage of this 98 acre city park. Originally purchased by the city in 1872, this urban green center has been designated as an “Important Birding Area” by the Audubon Society. For many UC students, Burnet Woods is a place to hike, take a break from classes, play game, and – recently – practice their trapeze skills. With all that it has to offer – and thinking about all that it could be, why isn’t it more highly utilized, especially by UC students? What would it take to make Burnet Woods the next great urban park?
Students participating in Inquiry to Innovation; Burnet Woods will have a voice in how this park – our park – evolves. Topics to be discussed will include: urban planning, greenspace, wildlife, public safety, transportation, and recreation – in addition to focused discussions about collaboration, innovation, and working across disciplines.
|MATH2063 (001, honors section only)||Multivariable Calculus - Honors||200707||MTRF 10:10-11:05am||TBD||QR|
|Study of lines and planes, vector-valued functions, partial derivatives and their applications, multiple integrals and calculus of vector fields.|
|MKTG3014||Innovation Methods||203845||TR 2:00 - 3:20pm||D. Boyd||TI|
|Creativity is not a gift. It is a skill that can be mastered like any other skill. In this course, students will learn a method of creativity called Systematic Inventive Thinking, a method based on patterns. For thousands of years, inventors have embedded five simple patterns into their inventions, usually without knowing it. These patterns are like the DNA of products that can be extracted and applied to any product or service to create new-to-the-world innovations. Students will learn how to use these techniques and apply them to generate innovative ideas for an assigned organization from the local community. The course will be taught using interactive workshop methods and techniques throughout. Students will first experience these facilitation techniques while learning creativity. They will then learn and practice these techniques so that they can apply them routinely throughout their professional life and beyond.|
|PHYS2005 (section 001 or 002, honors sections)||Honors Physics
(College Physics for Physics Majors - Honors)
|MTWF 1:25-2:20pm||P. Esposito||QR|
|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.|
|POL3062||Beyond Belief: Global Religion and Politics||205012||Mondays 2:30-5:20pm||L. Jenkins||DC, SS|
Religion is central to freedoms and oppressions worldwide. Through field trips (Hebrew Union College, the Islamic Association of Cincinnati, and the Creation Museum), primary religious and political texts, and new research, students in this class will compare and contrast religion and politics both locally and globally. Different relationships between religion and the state impact everything from marriage, to science education, to minority rights. Students from a variety of backgrounds will deepen our discussions, so this interdisciplinary course is open to students from any major or college, without prerequisites.
|RELG3010||Understanding Religious Intolerance||205127||TR 3:30-4:50pm||D. G. Griffith||DC, SE|
|This Honors Seminar explores tolerance and intolerance in various religions. Topics include theoretical models, scriptural sources, and concrete expressions of intolerance and tolerance. The course also has a crucial experiential component. Through guest speakers and visits to religious groups and sites in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area, students will have the opportunity to directly analyze how contemporary religious institutions relate to the "stranger in their midst".|