University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Autumn 2010 Honors Seminars

Courses with the course numbers listed in red have a required travel component that could take place before, during, or immediately following the end of the quarter. 


Course Title

Call Number




23ARTH334H Reflections: Artists - Their Self Portraits in Written and Graphic Form 709894 Wednesdays 3:00-5:20pm C. Damschroder FA, LT

An intimate look at some of the world’s most well known artists from 1880 until the modern movement. This seminar will examine artisans and how they reflect their inner selves in written and graphic form. Students will engage in workshops on portrait creations, visit art museums, and engage in an end-of-the-quarter study tour to Washington D.C. to visit sites such as the National Portrait Gallery.

Current estimated cost for the study tour is $1000 (not including meals). University Honors will provide a travel grant of $400, making the actual estimated cost $600. Students must be in good standing with University Honors to receive the grant. Final cost is contingent upon airfare and hotel accommodations. Information will be updated as it is available.

Learn more about the study tour to Washington, D.C.!

38HNRS367H Nicaraguan Culture and Social Service TBA; must apply and be accepted to participate. Sept. 1-16, 2010 in Granada, 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 1-16, 2010. Course assignments will run through fall quarter.

Learn more on the Nicaragua study abroad webpage.
23DSGN301H Integrated Approach to Rural Development (in India) TBA (must have permission to register) MW 5:30-6:45pm (note that this is a change) R. Ford &
K. Hanisian
Expected to be DC and SE

This exciting honors seminar will connect classroom lessons with meaningful service to a community. Students will take a critical look at various approaches to international development, and will also engage in specific design and research on water, cooking, and economic development issues facing India. It will culminate in a required trip to rural south India in which students work closely with an Indian non-profit organization to apply what they have been learning in class.

BoKs TBD, but expected to be DC and SE.

Learn more!


New Global Economy: Sustainable and Profitable Solutions to Global Challenges TBA TH 9:30-10:45am, with travel to Montreal on one weekend 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. The course will center on global issues such as environment, health, poverty, education, trade, and migration/immigration.

Students will collaborate with University of Quebec at Montreal students and work in cross-national teams 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 for a weekend early in fall quarter, to visit and work with students from University of Quebec at Montreal. Participation in the travel component is required. While cost is currently 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.

Travel dates expected to be September 29 - October 3, 2010.

Learn more!

16FAM397H Music and Architecture: Correlation and Comparison 708356 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.
15HIST397H The Commodities of Empire 709356 TH 4:00-5:20pm

D. Ciarlo,
S. Sellers-Garcia

Focusing on the history of commodities that appear everywhere in our modern world, this course will explore how the acquisition of commodities helped to drive imperialism and how the consumption of commodities transformed the society of colonizer and colonized alike.
15HIST398H Reading the Past: Reconstructing the Visual Culture of America 707629 Mondays 4:00-6:20pm K. Wright HP, DC
Most American historic sites still present a whitewashed view of the nineteenth century, but such interpretations are boring, and worse, often completely wrong. The American past was wildly colorful, and writers captured its colors in print. Students will consider the sights, sounds, and even smells of the past as they learning how to see it through images, objects, words and ideas.
22QA360H Quantitative Analysis in Sports 708939 Wednesdays 6:00-8:40pm M. Fry,
M. Magazine
Examines the use of quantitative methods in sports. The course will introduce a variety of quantitative methods and problem solving methodologies using sports applications as motivating examples. The goal is to help students become more familiar and more interested in problem solving and quantitative methods. Many students already spend much of their time following and participating in sports. We will use sports examples to introduce the power and relevance of formal problem solving and quantitative methods. We will use mathematical techniques from statistics, economics, and operations research in our analysis. Previous background in statistics will be helpful.
38HNRS368H Humor, Ethnicity, and the Modern World 705151 TH 3:30-4:45pm K. Grace SE, DC
Provides a cross-cultural study of humor and ethnicity in various societies and subgroups around the world, and how it is manifested as part of religious, political and economic factors. Through readings, presentations, discussions, and experiential research, students will achieve an understanding of this basic aspect of human affairs and interaction.
TBA Live Well Collaborative TBA TBA TBA N/A

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 project sponsor(s) for fall is to be announced.

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.