University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Autumn 2009 Honors Seminars

Courses with the course numbers listed in red have a required travel component immediately following the end of the quarter. 


Course Title

Call Number




15GRMN387H Focus on Berlin TBA (must have permission to register) TH 9:30-10:45am R. Schade HU
In 1949, Germany and Berlin were the focus of worldwide attention - The Berlin Airlift was winding down, the two German states came into being, the Cold War got underway.  This course will interpret the events of the past 60 years, including the Berlin Wall's rise and Fall (1961-1989) and the Unification of Germany into the so-called "Berlin Republic" (1990-present), surely one of the most dynamic periods of modern urban cultural history anywhere.  Embedded in the course is attendance at an international conference for the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall to be held on the UC campus (8-9 November) and the requirement for participation in a "Focus Berlin Study Tour" in early December 2009.

Learn more on the Berlin study tour webpage.
20CEE600H & 601H Ensuring Environmental Sustainability TBA (must have permission to register) MWF 9:00-9:50am &
W 3:00-4:50 (lab)
D. Oerther SE, QR
In this exciting honors seminar, students will focus on the development of sustainable potable water systems in developing countries. The course will culminate in a required study tour to India in which students will engage in hands-on application of what they have been learning in class.

Students will register for both 20CEE600H and 20CEE601H. The lecture and lab are 4 credit hours total. 20CEE600H can count as SE or QR BoKs.

During the required two-week study tour to rural areas of India (immediately following autumn quarter), students will accomplish three activities, namely: (1) assessing water quality conditions (chemistry, aquatic biota and health), economic conditions, and societal preferences and taboos regarding water quality; (2) examine the feasibility of adoption of the technologies developed in the term course; and (3) generating a submission for future support for the village from a Non Governmental Agency such as Engineers Without Borders.

Learn more on the India study tour webpage. An application is required.
32INTR394H Ancient Egypt Architecture, Construction and Culture Canceled for 09A H. Elzarka,
G. Suckarieh
Canceled for Autumn Quarter 2009:
This study tour course, originally scheduled for fall 2009, has been postponed. At this time, we expect it to be offered during the 2010-11 academic year. The specific quarter is to be determined. Information will be updated on the Egypt study tour webpage as it is available. 

Learn more on the Egypt study tour webpage.
38HNRS367H Nicaraguan Culture and Social Service TBA September 2-17 in Nicaragua C. Bryant SE, DC
Engage in a truly memorable experience through this two-week honors study abroad program in Granada, Nicaragua. You will study Spanish while immersed in the Nicaraguan culture, feeling as a local native, sharing your time living with host families and engaging in social community service in the oldest colonial city in mainland America.

Study abroad dates are September 2 - 17, 2009. Course assignments will run through October.

Learn more on the Nicaragua study abroad webpage.
15BIOL609H & 15EVST609H Galápagos: History and Future of a Natural Laboratory TBA TH 3:30-4:45pm K. Petren,
E. Maurer
Students and faculty will travel to the Galapagos Islands immediately following the end of autumn quarter 2009. Tentative travel dates are December 10 - 24, 2009.

The course preceding the trip will prepare students in terms of the history, geology, biodiversity, and environmental issues confronted in the Galapagos. The Galapagos are a natural experiment, not only for plants and animals but also for a full range of conservation and environmental issues that humans face on a global scale. 

Learn more on the Galapagos study tour webpage.

15PHIL388H The Darwinian Revolution 307618 TH 11:00am-12:15pm R. Richardson HU
This historically oriented course focuses on the development of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, the emergence of evolutionary theory in the 19th century, the intellectual and social context crucial to that theory, and the immediate scientific responses to Darwin's theory in the last half of the century. The course will be wide-ranging, covering not only Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859), but also original writings from Darwin's contemporaries.
16FAM397H Music and Architecture: Correlation and Comparison 307378 TH 9:30-10:50am T. Milligan FA
Introduces 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 within 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.


Readings in Sustainable Urban Engineering 306921 TH 2:00-3:15pm D. Oerther DC, SE

By 2050, more than five billion people will live in urban agglomerations.  Learning how to sustain living conditions in mega cities is critical for human capital, natural capital, and financial capital.  The objective of this course is to integrate readings from urban planning, engineering, and public health with an understanding of the social implications and financial opportunities of mega cities and urban lifestyles.

38HNRS360H Global Studies 300028 Mondays 6:30-8:50pm R. Templeman DC, SS
Students will learn about the concept of global competence. Global competencies include: (a) global knowledge (b) empathy and appreciation (c) the ability to learn cross-culturally and (d) the ability to perform in cross-cultural situations.
23ARTH333H William Morris and His World
Tuesdays 2:00-4:30pm C. Damschroder,
K. Nelson 
Afternoon tea, art museum visits and more – all in one amazing honors seminar!

William Morris was one of the world's most influential designers whose work was the basis of the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britain during the late 19th - early 20th centuries. This seminar will examine the profound influence of Morris and how the Arts and Crafts movement was embraced in America  and specifically in the Midwest. The significant Arts and Crafts collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum will be studied.

Students will learn more about William Morris and his world through engaging experiences such as lectures/tours at the Cincinnati Art Museum, as well as afternoon tea at the BonBonerie. This class is designed for students in all majors -- register now!

An the Industrial Revolution swept through Great Britain great change was felt in all areas of life not just in industry. Aesthetic and social change was occurring and not all were in favor. William Morris was one of the world’s most influential designers whose work was the basis of the Arts & Crafts movement in Great Britain during the late 19th early 20th century. The term can be defined as an English movement in applied art and indirectly in architecture during the second half of the 19th century, emphasizing the importance of craftsmanship and high standards of design for everyday objects.
Hearing and Sound Production Through the Ages: Jurassic Acoustics 302650 Wednesdays 1:00-3:50pm P. Scheifele HP, NS
100 million years ago dinosaurs roamed the earth eating, breeding, and, most likely, calling out to each other. What did they sound like? What type of ears did they have? Scientists now believe that birds are descendents of dinosaurs. Are birds ears similar to reptile ears? Darwin believed that the ways that animal species change over long periods of time had a lot to do with survival. An animal that was slightly better at hearing a predator coming would live longer and have more offspring. What does that tell us about how human ears and voices evolved to modern day? How did our voice and speech come to be? Why are we afraid when a dog growls? Are we do acoustically different than other animals? In this class, you will find out that the human ear actually performs poorer than many other animal ears. We will investigate the development and operation of strange ears and vocal apparatus such as those found in fully aquatic animals (dolphins and whales) and how bats and dolphins use sound as a tool to find their way and to hunt their pray. We'll explore vocalization then and now. It's Jurassic acoustics!

The class will observe live animals in the classroom. Animals will be a sampling of invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, avians, and mammals.

It is recommended that students have taken basic math and biology (high school biology is OK).

Dr. Pete Scheifele's work has been shown in the Discovery Channel. Learn more about some of Dr. Scheifele's work at

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Character-Based Leadership Must have permission to register. Contact Jen Lile at MW 4:00-5:15pm B. Bagley SS, SE
This course focuses on developing personal leadership skills. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, personal awareness, personal substance, professionalism, boardroom presence, effective presentation and communication skills, time management skills, servant leadership, and marketplace eminence.

Students are required to participate in a 2 1/2 day (overnight) leadership program at the Joy Outdoor Education Center at the end of finals week. Cost for the leadership program is estimated at $300 per student. University Honors students will be provided with a grant to offset half of the cost.

Space is very limited. Contact Jen Lile ( or 556-1003) for permission to register. Once spaces are filled, a waiting list will be maintained.
Innovation and You 309647 MW 3:00-4:15pm R. Apana HU, SS
This course explores the dimensions of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The focus is to stimulate you to be inspired to dream, imagine and implement. You are encouraged to think boldly and to break with convention and rules. You will learn how to market your ideas from people in the field and learn to make short video films. You will work in small teams and make team presentations to the class including a film that you will make exploring your product, marketing and launching strategies, and interviews with customers etc. 
38HNRS382H The Culture of Books and Reading 308633 Wednesdays 4:00-6:20pm K. Grace HU, DC
This course provides a cross-cultural study of books and reading in world societies and how ethnic, religious, and national cultures have regarded the printed work now and in the past, as well as the electronic book.  Readings, presentations, experiential research, and hands-on familiarity with rare book forms and contemporary formats will acquaint the student with ethnographic differences and the varieties of reading heritage.


New Global Economy: Sustainable and Profitable Solutions to Global Challenges 310189

TH 9:30-10:45am
(with travel to Montreal from Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2009)

C. Polychroniou SE, DC
This multidisciplinary and multicultural course is designed to introduce and promote entrepreneurial thinking for effectively responding to key challenges in our new global economy. The focus is on how to develop a product or service that would be responsive to a societal need and make a nominal profit.

Students will collaborate with University of Quebec at Montreal students through video conferences and direct meetings in Cincinnati and Montreal to work on a field case related to contemporary issues in international business. 

The class will travel to Montreal from Sept. 30 - Oct. 4 to visit and work with students from University of Quebec at Montreal. Participation in the travel component is required. While cost is estimated at $1000, University Honors will provide a $400 grant to participating University Honors students who are in good standing, making the actual estimated cost $600.
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Live Well Collaborative studios are open to juniors and seniors of all majors with an interest in creating product and service innovations for the 50+ age segment. Students work with faculty and corporations to conduct research and develop ideas within an interdisciplinary environment encompassing design, engineering, business, medicine, anthropology and social science. Projects have already been completed for P&G, General Mills, Hill-Rom and Citigroup. 

The following studios are available in autumn quarter:

P&G Oral Care
Focus: Discovering consumer insights for the 50+ generation that lead to new product opportunities
MWF 12-1:50
Faculty: Ann Welsh (CoB) and Mike Sanders (DAAP)

LG Electronics
Focus: Exploring the kitchen experience for the 50+ consumer, emphasizing the development of refrigeration concepts
MW 2-5
Faculty: Inigo Arroniz (CoB) and Peter Chamberlain (DAAP)

Class sessions are not a standard classroom lecture format, but rather a time for company presentations, group work, and faculty/student collaboration. Work will also be completed outside of the class. Students will not have tests or individual assignments but will be graded on contributions made on the final project deliverables to the company sponsor. 

Students can register for 3-4 hours of credit (depending on what fits into a student's schedule). For students who entered the honors program before Autumn 2007: The number of special topics hours awarded is determined by the number of academic credits earned. For students who entered the honors program in or after Autumn 2007: Completing one quarter of Live Well Collaborative fulfills one honors experience.

Studios take place in the lower level of the Turner Innovation Center, which is near campus on the corner of Daniels and Vine.

Interested College of Business students should email a resume to Dr. Karen Machleit; all other students (DAAP, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, etc.) should contact Craig Vogel for more information.

Read more about the Live Well Collaborative on DAAP's website or Live Well Collaborative's website.