University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Spring 2010 Honors Seminars

This is a tentative listing and is subject to change.

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

Course Number Course Title Call Number Day/Time Professor BoK
38HNRS359H The Roman Experience Across Two Millennia:  A First-Hand Experience of the Roots of Western Civilization Students must apply and have permission to register. Wednesdays

G. Rassati, K. Nelson, R. Zierolf


This seminar introduces the students in a weekly classroom meeting to fundamental concepts linking art, architecture, engineering, and music.  Also, the students will be introduced to cultural aspects of Italian life and customs, to prepare them for the final activity of the class, a week-long trip to Rome. 

Learn more on the Rome study tour webpage.

15CHEM322H Chemical Aspects of Forensic Science TBA TH 11:00am-12:15pm A. Pinhas NS
This course is designed for honors students interested in forensic science, regardless of  their majors. They will concentrate on the chemistry involved in forensic investigations. The chemistry will include analyzing auto glass, auto paint, links used in forgery, blood types, drugs, poisons, and DNA. Students will perform many tests themselves.

Students must have permission from Jen Lile, University Honors academic advisor, in order to register for this course. Contact Jen at to express your interest.
15COMM349H Cincinnati, Poverty, and Intercultural Communication 508605 TH 11:00-12:15pm M. Woeste DC
This course provides honors students with an introduction to current intercultural communication theory through experiential involvement with local marginalized communities (those living in poverty).
15COMM442 Public Relations Campaigns TBA (must get permission of instructor)

MWF 10:00-10:50am

M. Metzler SS

In this course, students will work with community-based clients to develop public relations campaigns. Strategic thinking and planning are emphasized.

Enrollment is limited to juniors and seniors. Students should contact Dr. Maribeth Metzler to get permission to take this class. Contact Dr. Metzler as early as possible at

Pre-requisite - 15COMM242 (offered in winter quarter; contact Dr. Metzler at to receive permission to register for this pre-requisite in winter quarter).

15ENGL381H The American Campus in Film, Fiction, and Fact 504933 TH 9:30-10:45am B. Dziech HU
This course is designed to provide students with a basic overview of contemporary higher education and representative debates, problems, and challenges it faces in the present and future. It employs film and fiction depictions of the American campus so that students can compare and contrast them with “real life” as they know it from personal experiences and non-fiction readings about higher education.
*Newly Listed*
Global Climate Change 502713 MWF 10:00-10:50am T. Algeo SE
A study of the global climate system, including the records of past and present climate change and the prospects for future change as a function of natural and anthropogenic influences on climate.
15PHIL396H Conversations About Life 505247 Wednesdays 6:30-9:10pm J. Martin HU

Built into college life are the late night conversations about love, sex, religion, politics - life's most important things. This seminar is designed to encourage this tendency in an informal but structured setting. Serious topics will be selected by the students and then "hashed out" with the professor contributing to give direction and suggestions or to referee.

This class is expected to meet in the University Honors House in Stratford Heights.

15POL397H Abolition of 21st Century Slavery 509038 Wednesdays 2:00-4:50pm H. Tolley SE
An interdisciplinary human rights seminar covering US and international law against trafficking, the comparative economics of forced labor, politics of the freedom  movement, the moral/religious crusade against prostitution, and historical evolution of the campaign. In 2000, the UN adopted a treaty and the US enacted a law against trafficking in response to alarming reports about the sexual abuse of women and children and millions forced into contemporary forms of slavery. After a decade of expensive anti-trafficking initiatives in the US and abroad, activists as well as scholars disagree about the campaign's value and whether the abolition of prostitution should be a top priority. Service and experiential learning with Cincinnati based Freedom Center Museum and Restavek Foundation (Haitian child slaves), YWCA Rescue project, U.S. and international interest groups/NGOs.
*newly listed*
Practical Aspects of Building Energy Audits 508772 Tuesdays 5:00-7:00pm J. Harrell,
D. Oerther
Global warming represents one of the great problems confronting our civilization today. At the core of this problem is the massive generation of green house gases (GHGs) that result from the burning of fossil fuels. In our country approximately 40% of all our energy consumption is associated with the heating, cooling, and lighting of buildings, so increasing the efficiency of these processes is a prime target for reducing our GHG production. This course uses lecture-discussion and hands-on energy audits as a means of teaching students how to perform a basic assessment of ways to reduce GHG production for non-commercial buildings.
Introduction to Forensic Science G. Labiner N/A
Due to lack of enrollment by University Honors students, this course will not count as an honors experience.
38HNRS356H Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: Vegetated Roofs 509386

TH 11:00am-12:30pm

V. Russell SS, NS
This seminar will study the feasibility and design of green roofs for public buildings, taking into account the context, structure, interior and exterior programming, and options in green roof design and installation. Students will be exposed to the environmental, economic, and social benefits of vegetated roofs and their role in sustainable design.  The research component of the seminar will be to develop feasibility studies, exterior and interior programming, and preliminary design schemes for a vegetated roof(s) in location(s) in Cincinnati. Students will work with local practitioners and members of the Cincinnati community. Students will actively participate in the construction of a new vegetated roof when possible, if construction schedules coincide.
38HNRS370H Exploring Leadership 508567 Wednesdays 4:00-6:20pm R. Robles SE
A historical perspective of leadership and exploration of leadership theories and their applications.
38HNRS378H Business Etiquette and Professional Image 503163 Tuesdays 6:30-9:10pm L. Luccioni SE, SS

Whether you do business in-person, over the phone, by email, or across a dining table, people are forming perceptions about you and by extension, the company you represent.  This integrated class (etiquette and image) teaches strategies for communicating a professional presence.  The culmination of the course will be a multi-course etiquette meal during the final class session.

Students will be required to pay a course fee to cover costs for the etiquette dinner that will take place during the final class period. We expect this fee to be $30.

38HNRS389H Creative Power 503164 *Thursdays 6:00-8:30pm K. Kannikes-waran FA, DC

An exploration into the realm of creativity in the arts. What is creativity? How does the creative power of the human mind manifest itself? How does it work in groups? How does the extraordinary happen in the midst of the ordinary? What is a mental block? How are blocks overcome? This course is a hands-on experience in the domain of creativity. In a combination of lecture/discussions and a hands-on group project, the class will harness its collective creative potential and work towards a finished product in the form of an end-of-quarter performance.

It is often in the world of art and performance that there are no self-imposed borders. Innovation thrives in such a borderless paradigm. This is a paradigm that can easily be extended to other disciplines such as engineering, business, public policy and art administration. Through the process of identifying and distinguishing certain key distinctions and working as a group in creating a presentation that has an impact on the University, honors students will carry the lessons learned from this course into other walks of their career.

*Rehearsal for the performance will take place the evening of Thursday, June 3 from 6:00pm-10:00pm. Participation required.
*Students must also be available on June 4 for the end-of-quarter performance. The performance will be in the evening. Participation required.

**There is a required course fee of $20 payable at the beginning of the quarter. This will cover supplies and other expenses related to the performance.


Community Engagement Gateway 509301 Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm J. King SE
Gateway course for students interested in pursuing the community engagement thematic area within University Honors. Coursework and experiential learning activities provide students with a forum to critically explore their own identities and develop community awareness in the context of both the University of Cincinnati and the city of Cincinnati.
TBA Live Well Collaborative Studios 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 sponsor for the Spring Quarter project is TBD.

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.