University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Winter 2010 Honors Seminars

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
15ENGL397H Charleston to Hilton Head: Exploring the Low Country in Fiction and Personal Experience 407402 Thursdays 5:00pm-7:45pm B. Dziech, M. Fox LT

This course offers a low-cost opportunity for students in all disciplines to experience the ecology and culture of the Hilton Head and Charleston, South Carolina region, in person and in selected readings by popular author Pat Conroy. Students will spend winter quarter studying the region and selected literature. The course will culminate in a required trip to Hilton Head and Charleston, South Carolina over spring break.

Learn more on the Charleston to Hilton Head study tour webpage.

Students wishing further information at this time should consult Professors Billie Dziech at or Mary Fox at

18CNSL501 Special Topics: Becoming a Social Entrepreneur 405066 Tuesdays 3:30-6:00pm T. Hadley N/A

Students will develop an appreciation for and a deeper understanding of social entrepreneurism; learn how social entrepreneurism is embedded in all facets of our social and economic fabric; develop an in-depth assessment of how to integrate personal values with professional career goals; develop an individual social entrepreneur ”business plan”.

18CNSL501 only counts as an honors seminar if taken in 10W with Dr. Tom Hadley.

35CSD568H Hearing and Sound Production Through the Ages: Jurassic Acoustics 407813 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).

Class will meet on east campus, likely in French Hall East (the medical campus).

Dr. Pete Scheifele's work has been shown in the Discovery Channel. Learn more about some of Dr. Scheifele's work at
38HNRS357H Social Entrepreneurship 410573 Saturdays** 9:00am-1:00pm (meets at UC Carver Woods Facility in Blue Ash) A. Raturi SE

Social entrepreneurship recognizes social problems (hunger, poverty, environment, health) and uses entrepreneurial skills to create, organize and manage a venture for social change.  This seminar exposes students to basic ideas of social entrepreneurship as well as provides them with an opportunity to design and create a venture with a mature and experienced mentor.

The mentors are experienced professionals from UC’s Back to Business program (Back to Business is a learning opportunity for business professionals with strong credentials who have been disadvantaged by the recent economic slump). These professionals come from a wide variety of fields. Mentors will be matched with UC students according to areas of interest.

Mentors will learn new technologies, methods, and ideas from the students. Mentors, in return, will guide students in creating a plan for a social business/project that encompasses a triple-bottom-line of profit, social welfare, and sustainability.

**Class meets on 7 Saturdays in winter quarter:




Introduction & Community Engagement


For Profit Social Enterprise


Engineering radical solutions


Designing for profit and social welfare


Developing a project plan


Developing a business plan



Class meeting location is UC's Carver Woods Facility in Blue Ash:
4550 Carver Woods Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

38HNRS366H Experiencing International Cultures and their Cuisine 409981 Wednesdays 5:30-8:00pm & other times as designated below S. Gravas HP, DC
The course shows how food is an integral part of society, focusing on the cultural attributes that shape eating habits and gastronomy. More specifically, it depicts the links between food, geography, climate, religion, folkways, mores, and rituals, while exposing students to the culinary heritage and to modern cuisine trends of the countries and regions covered. Cuisines of the Mediterranean, France, Italy, Latin American, and China are presented via their ingredients, flavor profiles, preparations, and service techniques. Classroom lectures alternate with hands-on culinary demonstrations and tasting, during which students actively participate and present.

Course taught by Spyros Gravas, Director of Operations for Aramark/UC Dining. Mr. Gravas has also held leadership positions with Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment (in Cincinnati) and within the hospitality industry in Las Vegas and Greece.

Class Meeting Days/Times:
-Class meets every Wednesday from 5:30-8:00pm with two exceptions - class will begin 1/2 hour early and meet from 5:00pm-8:00pm on January 13 and March 10.
-Class meets Saturday, Feb. 6 from 8:30am-12:30pm (expected visit to Findlay Market)
-Class meets Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9:30am-1:30pm
-Class will also meet on Friday, March 12 from 3:30-7:00pm for a final gala and presentations

Course Fee
-Required course fee of $70 payable at the beginning of the course.

**Note - if the class fills, no students will be signed in. If the class is full when you try to register, email Jen Lile ( to be placed on the waiting list.
38HNRS375H Experiencing International Protocol 404975 TH 3:30-4:45pm F. Postell DC, HU
The world of international protocol is rich in history, customs, and rules. Protocol is experienced in business, government, and military. Students taking this seminar will learn the historical background of international protocol and access common resources used today by professionals. They will learn current, standard elements and apply them in mock situations, such as planning and executing a trade mission.

View tentative syllabus (MS Word).
38HNRS376H Creative Thinking and Problem Solving in Leadership Development 404974 Mondays 3:00-5:20pm K. Dillard SE, SS
Leadership is now characterized as the catalyst for change, while creative thinking is the process that leads to change. This course will intimately connect leadership and creativity. It will utilize the Creative Problem Solving process in order to promote "deliberate creativity." Take your leadership to the next level.
38HNRS379H Situational Business Etiquette and the Art of Interacting with Society 404978 Wednesdays 5:30-7:50pm K. Ridel HU, SE
A fusion of academic historical perspective and practical business skills that is bound by the common theme of etiquette. Students will be exposed to and obtain experience in practical etiquette. Etiquette will also be explored from the perspective of the Victorians and early Americans in the setting of current, practical skills sets.
38HNRS380H Exploring Research 409978 TH 12:30-1:45pm R. Mehta SS, HU
Students will be introduced to the methods, problems, and processes of research, thereby developing a fuller understanding of the nature of scientific knowledge.  Course format will  include guest speakers (researchers), lecture, and discussion. The course is most appropriate for freshmen, sophomores, and other students who are interested in pursuing research opportunities. It is also intended for those who wish to pursue further research opportunities in preparation for graduate school.
38HNRS385H Contemporary Issues in American Medicine 404979 TH 4:15-5:30pm J. Rosichan & faculty from UC's College of Medicine SE

Explore three important issues defining the American healthcare experience: technology, policy, and PhRMA. Learn how a new drug is born and why telemedicine may be how you care for your aging parents. You will also leave the course better equipped to weigh in on domestic healthcare policy issues.

Note: Class will meet at the College of Medicine. Specific location TBA.

38HNRS387H Global Public Health:  Understanding Tuberculosis, Malaria, and HIV/AIDS 404976 Wednesdays 6:00-8:20pm J. Blackard NS
This course will provide students with a comprehensive biological understanding of several diseases of global public health importance – tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS.  Topics include important concepts in public health epidemiology, microbiology, and immunology, modes of transmission, pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment strategies.

Course instructor is Jason Blackard, PhD, a faculty member and researcher in UC's College of Medicine (Internal Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases).
38HNRS388H Exploring Biomedical Research TBA Thursdays 3:00-5:20pm L. Hildreth NS

The course will prepare freshmen and sophomores to be competitive for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF). Weekly seminars will feature overviews of research training programs and tours of biomedical laboratories. Students will meet potential mentors. Peers who have engaged in research will help students identify areas of research interest and career opportunities in biomedicine.

Speakers are expected to include:
Tim LeCras, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center LeCras Lab:

Alison Weiss, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology, Medical Sciences Building Weiss Lab:

Jason Blackard, Department of Internal Medicine, Graduate Program in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine, Medical Sciences Building. Blackard Lab:

Carolyn Price - Cancer and Cell Biology:

Bruce Aronow - Pediatrics:


Other Information:
Class will meet at the College of Medicine's Medical Sciences Building (MSB)

38HNRS394H Beyond IQ: Developing and Applying Emotional Intelligence 404977 TH 9:30-10:45am J. Lile,
C. Lottman,
G. Kiley
Research indicates that Emotional Intelligence can be measured, can be developed over our life spans, and can have a significant impact on both academic success and life success and happiness in general. In this course students will have the opportunity to explore the concept of emotional intelligence and teach some of the skills and competencies involved to Cincinnati Public School students.
*Important notes: This class will meet once each week at the elementary school. We will meet on campus the first week of winter quarter and arrange for transportation for everyone--a car is not required. Additionally, all students in the class will need to undergo a paper background check prior to the beginning of winter quarter; the instructors will provide more detail after registration. 
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 Winter 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.