University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Fall 2014 Seminars

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.)
Tuesdays 3:35-6:40pm;
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.

Application required. Learn more.

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.


Honors Seminars
  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

Water is essential for all life and all organisms must consume this molecule.  Over 4 million people worldwide die each year by diseases caused by microbes contracted from contaminated drinking water.  In the USA 4-33 million waterborne infections are reported each year.  Students will become familiar with what pathogens can be present in water and what are involved with keeping drinking water safe.  The course will include (1) classroom discussions, reading and research assignments (2) an epidemiological project on gastroenteritis using social media for data-gathering (3) tours of drinking and waste water facilities, and (4) gene sequencing identification methods, and hands-on laboratory experiences and virtual presentations of methods used in water research. Student outcomes include enhance cognitive, behavioral and attitudinal changes in their regard for the amount, quality and safety of drinking and recreational waters.

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
K. Ossman
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
B. Dziech HU





“The American Campus” is an interdisciplinary course relevant for students in all disciplines as we use articles, films and fiction to understand the crises confronting American colleges and universities. In all probability, the American campus as we have known it is rapidly changing and, in many cases, disappearing. From extraordinary increases in tuition to heavy institutional debt to debates over unionizing athletes, there is no end to the challenges higher education faces as it witnesses the departure of the Millennials and a new, far smaller generation of students. We’ll discuss differing evaluations of you and your peers. Are you the next “great generation” or narcissistic, “dumb,” “trophy children,” as some have called you? What about college professors and administrators? What are their values and lifestyles? Are they the reason tuition is so high? Do they care too much about research and not enough about teaching? What’s the public’s attitude toward higher education? How do employers evaluate college graduates, and how do American students fare in international rankings? What should be the mission of higher education? Are women taking over the campus? Do colleges/universities do enough to help students get jobs? We’ll compare life at UC with Ivy League institutions and those that have constructed “campus playgrounds.”  We’ll compare real college experience with dramas about the campus and with movies like America’s highest ranked college comedy, “Animal House.”  You’ll learn more than you thought possible about the different paths tomorrow’s graduates will take to earning degrees, and much of it will surprise you.

Guest speakers typically include community members such as Greg Hand.

Learn more (pdf).

**There was a weekend experience connected with this seminar. That has been canceled. There is no longer a weekend travel component in this seminar.**

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)


202524 (for honors CCM students only)



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
T. Milligan FA
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.

It may be possible for advanced POL or INTA majors taking this honors seminar to count it as their capstone. Please discuss this with Professor Jenkins on the first day of class or before (

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".