University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Spring 2013 Honors Seminars

Spring semester 2013 honors seminars are listed below (subject to change). Additional information will be added as it is available.

Seminars with study tour components are listed first, with underlined course numbers and titles.

If you have questions, please contact your honors academic advisor.

  Course Number  Title                          Call #     Days/Time     Instructor     BoK    
ENGL3091 Charleston to Hilton Head: Exploring the Low Country in Fiction and Personal Experience 707774 Thursdays
(Includes required study tour to South Carolina over spring break.)
B. Dziech, M. Fox DC, HU

This course offers the opportunity for students in all disciplines to experience the ecology and culture of the region from Hilton Head to Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, in person and in selected readings by popular author Pat Conroy. It will involve study of the ecology and current environmental concerns of the Low Country and Savannah regions, as well as examinations of its history and architecture. Media and film interest in and influence on the area will be discussed. Excerpts from other more academically significant authors whose fiction employs the region as a setting will be examined. Opportunities for community service on site will be available.

Includes a required study tour to South Carolina over spring break. Learn more!

FAM3095 Music, Art and Thought in Medici Florence 706668;
Must have permission to enroll.
MWF 2:30-3:25pm 
(Includes required study tour to Italy at end of semester.)
S. Schlagel FA, HP

From c1420 to the end of the sixteenth century, Florence witnessed a remarkable synergy of music, art, and thought. With the 1436 completion of the cathedral dome, an architectural and engineering feat designed by Brunelleschi, and the rise of the Medici dynasty, Florence became the embodiment of humanistic ideals. Inhabited by such artists as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, musicians Guillaume Du Fay and Heinrich Isaac, and writers Angelo Poliziano and Niccolò Machiavelli, Florence was the Renaissance city ―par excellence.‖ Florence also witnessed its share of calamities, particularly as religious fanaticism fomented by Girolomo Savonarola and foreign invasion ravaged the city, before another branch of the Medici family retook the city by force.

In this interdisciplinary course we will study the political, economic, artistic, and cultural forces that gave rise to Florence as a vortex of European Renaissance civilization. The course will culminate with a one-week study tour of Florence, where history will come to life. The streets of modern Florence are relatively unchanged from Renaissance times, and an abundance of art and architecture remains available to modern viewers to witness and experience first-hand.

Application required. Includes required study tour to Italy. Learn more!

FREN3032 Contemporary Paris 706401;
Must have permission to enroll.
MWF 1:25-2:20pm (Includes required study tour to Paris over spring break.) K. Lorenz DC, HU
The city of Paris, the "City of Light", is perhaps the most well-known city in the world. Why are people attracted to Paris? Where does the reputation of Paris come from? In this course, students have the opportunity to explore the city of Paris using historical and literary sources and contemporary media. Students will develop insights into physical and cultural development of the city and the nature of travel to a city such as Paris. Students are exposed to the tools necessary to explore the city in person or from afar. Taught in English.

Application required. Includes required spring break study tour to Paris. Learn more!
HNRS2060 Exploring Global Studies 707071;
Must have permission to enroll.
TR 2:00-3:20pm(Includes required study tour to Montreal or Cuba over spring break.) K. Grace DC, SS
This seminar is specially designed for first and second year students, but is open to all.  Students will learn about the concept of “global competence,” such as empathy and appreciation for other cultures, ability to learn in a cross-cultural environment, and the ability to perform in cross-cultural situations. The student will develop an understanding of global differences as well as an analytical view of multiculturalism, and, this course will help the student establish a foundation for future study abroad opportunities.  In enrolling in this seminar, students will choose a Spring Break study abroad opportunity to either Cuba or to Montreal.   Meeting twice per week (TR, 2:00-3:20pm), the Tuesday class meeting will provide a comprehensive view of global culture for everyone, while the Thursday class meetings will be divided for focused instruction for either Montreal or Cuba. Students will then apply the concepts through a study tour to either Montreal (in the Canadian province of Québec) or Cuba.

Learn more!
HNRS3064 Envisioning the City 706683;
Must have permission to enroll.
Saturdays, 10:00am-12:50pm
(Includes required study tour to Ireland over spring break.)
K. Grace HP, SS
This seminar provides an examination of how cities have been portrayed over the centuries by artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and cartographers.  Using primary sources from the 15th century to the present in the Archives & Rare Books Library, field research in Cincinnati as an experiential laboratory, and study abroad in Dublin, students will discover how the structures and human diversity of urban live are developed and how they influence our cultural view of cities.

Application required. Includes required study tour to Ireland. Learn more!
JOUR3090 Telling True Stories in Tanzania: A Multi-Disciplinary Documentary 709801;
Must have permission to enroll.
TR 3:30-4:50pm(Includes required study tour to Tanzania over spring break.) E. Yancey TBA
Telling True Stories in Tanzania is an intensive semester-long journalism boot-camp, including the basics of reporting, interviewing and writing for multiple media platforms, culminating with the creation of an interactive website and video documentary. No previous journalism experience is required for this seminar.  While this course touches on global studies, its main emphasis will be cross-cultural community engagement.

You will learn from immigrants and NGO professionals as we construct our documentary with the support of Village Life Outreach, which has been working in Tanzania since 2004. Through hands-on training, interviews and cultural research, we will explore the many riches of Tanzanian culture, the impact of the work of VLO as well as the efforts of a new NGO being by Tanzanians. Find out more about VLO here:

During our study abroad, we will meet with village leaders and workers as well as VLO representatives to gain a broader and deeper understanding of the values and the cultures of Tanzania.

We will then return home to complete and edit our documentary projects, which will include video as well as text.

Application required. Includes required study tour to Tanzania. Learn more!
HNRS3067 Public Health in Southern Africa (South Africa and Botswana) 709591;
Must have permission to enroll.
(Includes required study tour to South Africa and Botswana at end of semester.)
T. Weitkamp,
J. Blackard
Students will gain hands-on, real word exposure to public health in Southern Africa during the semester and will then engage in a two-week study tour to South Africa and Botswana. Students will develop a working knowledge of the millennium development goals, public health, and microbiology as it pertains to our understanding of diseases.  Topics to be covered include modes of transmission, the pathogen life cycles, prevention/education, treatment strategies, and social/ethical issues, with a particular emphasis on Africa.  The focus will include diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Students will also learn more about Southern Africa through guest speakers, as well as student-led, in-class discussions. 

Application required. Includes required study tour to Botswana and South Africa. Learn more!
SAID3010 Humanitarianism: Design Thinking Across Disciplines 707050;
Must have permission to enroll.
(Includes required study tour to Tanzania over spring break.)
M. Zaretsky SE, HU

In this honors seminar, students from across colleges and disciplines will combine research into humanitarianism, social responsibility and the principles of design thinking into the development of a project that will benefit a non-profit organization doing work in impoverished communities in rural Tanzania.

In spring 2013, we will explore how the fields such as engineering, nursing, medicine, education, business, liberal arts, design and more are all critical in the development of effective and inspiring humanitarian design projects. Together, we will explore the social, cultural and technological issues inherent in the field of humanitarian design and work collaboratively to create and implement projects that will have a positive impact on communities in need. The course includes a required trip to Tanzania during Spring Break 2013.

The projects will be designed and implemented in three villages in rural Tanzania through the Cincinnati-based non-profit organization Village Life Outreach (

Application required. Includes required study tour to Tanzania. Learn more!

ARAB3011 Arab-American Society, Literature, and Culture 701206 TR 2:00-3:20pm F. Cadora DC, HU
Introduces students to the history and structure of the Arab-American community in the United States, providing a diachronic and synchronic cross-cultural approach to the development of American society. Reading materials derived largely from critical, anthropological, sociological, and literary texts will be discussed from the perspective of important social issues such as gender, class, race, marginality, identity, ethnicity, discrimination, assimilation, representation, alienation, and otherness.

Weekend study tour canceled. Class will run as a regular class without the study tour.
AFST3052 Community Health: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 710366 TR 12:30-1:50pm E. Wallace Update - will meet the DC and SS BoKs

**Updated Course Description*

This course is designed to provide students with theoretical foundations, methods, and skills essential to professional community health education practice in minority populations.  Through field observations, students determine the ways in which health providers, community leaders, and community residents view health problems in underserved communities, and compare these views with more objective data as a means to develop health intervention strategies. 

Course Objectives

  1. Students will apply health theories (Health Belief Model, Stages of Change Theory etc) to explain the health needs of specific target communities.
  2. Analyze cultural differences and use Healthy People 2020 as a tool to develop healthier minority communities.
  3. Describe methods for conducting qualitative research on community health needs such as questionnaires, interviews, observations, and focus groups.
  4. Describe the use of computer programs such as INFOSHARE, census data, and other resources for describing the health status of specific communities.
  5. Identify methods for describing a community's health resources, most pressing health-related problems, and recommendations for programs to address health needs, and effective ways to present that information.
ARTH3096 Public Art in the United States 701889 TR 11:00-12:20pm T. Leininger-Miller FA, HP

This art history course is designed to familiarize students with key issues involving public art in the U.S. by examining: patriotic and war memorials, a democratic vision for the arts, public funding, control of space, the identity of the public and its involvement in the creation of public art, mural projects, and race, sexuality, and class politics.

CHEM2041L-009 - honors section only Organic Chemistry Laboratory II - Honors 707060 (Must have permission to register.) R 2:00-4:50pm D. Lieberman N/A
By invitation only. UHP students must be invited to enroll by the Chemistry Department.  
CHEM4020L-002 - honors section only Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - Honors 702326 M 1:25-4:45pm H. Guan N/A
UHP students who meet the pre-requisites for this class do not need special permission to register for the inorganic chemistry lab.  
COMM3030 Communicating Images: Rhetoric, Design, and Culture 707055 TR 2:00-3:20pm S. Jenkins TI, HU

This course provides students with an extensive look at how visual imagery shapes contemporary persuasion and communication. With corporations, politicians, subcultures, and individuals all seeking to construct and manage their images, visual artifacts play a central role in every medium and message.

This course examines visual artifacts across many different media, focusing on their formal features such as the points-of-view, color, framing, style, modes, shape, line, texture, symbolism, saturation, and definition. Students will learn how these formal techniques communicate messages, being received in ways different from traditional language. Students will learn to critically analyze as well as construct their own visual images.

ENGL2989 or ENGL2089 - honors sections only Intermediate Composition - Honors Check OneStop Check OneStop Check OneStop N/A
Honors sections of ENGL2989 or ENGL2089 count as an honors seminar/experience.
The Crowded Greenhouse: Human Populations and Climate Change 704279
MWF 10:10-11:05am W. Eisner SE, NS
This course is an exploration of the interaction between our growing population and the planet’s rapidly changing environment. We will analyze human-environment interactions in various regions of the world and identify solutions for a sustainable future. Students will be actively engaged in an ongoing, online discussion with community members and scientists from Barrow, Alaska.
FAM3001 Music as Social Life 707775 Time Change
TR 3:30-4:50pm
S. Fiol DC, FA
How and why is musical performance essential to human social life? We examine this question through comparative study of artistic traditions from four continents. Besides learning to read, write about, and listen to diverse musical styles, students learn to play music on indigenous instruments from Peru, India, and Zimbabwe.
HNRS2031 Inquiry to Innovation Section 001 - 709880

Section 002 - 709896
MW 3:35-4:55

Wednesdays 4:00-6:50pm
D. Cline

Kevin Grace
SE, TI  

In a global world, being smart and working hard isn't enough. Through collaborative learning experiences in this UC Forward gateway course, students will be able to demonstrate clearly—precisely and convincingly—constructive, effective and transformative solution-oriented outcomes for problems brought by a client or user group.

Students will:
-Identify and distinguish differences between types of collaboration
-Perform as a constructive and effective member of a trans-disciplinary team
-Appraise opportunities to create new perspectives for problem-solving
-Conduct qualitative, quantitative and archival research
-Synthesize research and ideas to develop initial concept prototypes
-Justify solutions based on market and societal inquiry.

Students this year mentioned...

"I feel as though the knowledge I've gained from this course has been the most applicable to the real world out of everything I have learned in college thus far."

"I was able to do something I had never done before, and I did it with a variety of personality types. It really showed me how groups of people interact in the business world."

"The experiential aspect is truly what made the learning in this class. It was nontraditional, and almost all the learning was through working on the project and through activities done in the classroom."

"I really liked how we were put into groups with people who were different disciplines and personalities. This really helped improve my communication skills, and also my ability to work well in teams."

Here is a link to the course website:

HNRS2081 Exploring Biomedical Research 709554 Thursdays
(Class will meet on the Medical campus.)
L. Hildreth TI, NS
Designed especially for first and second year students (but open to all). Students are introduced to a fundamental element of undergraduate education - scientific knowledge. College of Medicine faculty will present overviews of research training programs and conduct tours of biomedical laboratories. Students will meet graduate students and potential mentors who have engaged in research, who will help students see themselves as future scientists, being to identify research areas of interest, and expand their understanding of career opportunities in biomedicine. The course will prepare students to be competitive for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) and other undergraduate research opportunities.
IT3070C Social Networks and Disaster Management 701542 TR 9:30-10:50am H. Said TI, SE
When a disaster strikes (earth quake, hurricane, flood, Tsunami, war, etc), the connections someone has to other people can make one of the most significant differences in how well they do during an event and how well they recover after. This course will survey and examine social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc and explore the use of the existing connections a person has to prepare for emergencies. Students will create a Lifeline mobile application (iPhone, Android, iPad) that utilizes a person's existing connections on social networks to prepare and respond to emergencies. This course is based on a challenge by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the US Department of Health and Human Services. There are no prerequisites for this course. Students will work in multidisciplinary teams contributing within their areas of expertise.

Read a UC news atricle about this honors seminar!
(must register for the honors section)
Practice of Leadership
(must register for the honors section)
(must register for honors section)
Wednesdays 2:00-4:50pm A. Brown SS
UHP students must register for the honors section for the course to count as an honors experience.

Designed for students who are not majoring or minoring in Organizational Leadership who desire an introduction to the practice of leadership. Multidisciplinary groups of students will engage in a variety of individual- and team-based experiential activities in order to learn about and then apply contemporary social sciences theories and perspectives of leadership. These activities, when combined with selected readings on leadership, will also provide students with multiple opportunities to assess and develop their own leadership competencies so that they may be more effective leaders within their own disciplines, communities, and places of work.
PHIL2085 Conversations About Life 702860 Wednesdays
J. Martin SE
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 "hased out" with the professor contributing to give direction and suggestions only as a "referee". Students will come with topics to discuss and write a research paper on one of the topics raised in the course of the semester's conversations.
SW3090 Developing an Insider's Perspective: Qualitative Research Canceled due to low enrollment. Canceled. S. Acquavita DC, SS
Qualitative research methods are tools that enable researchers to learn "insider" perspectives that are not necessarily represented by what we think we know and that may not be otherwise adequately represented in textbooks, scholarly sources, media or clinical and policy settings. Qualitative research methods are person centered, and use the interviewer as the instrument for data collection. These methods rely on firsthand observation for data collection. Participants in the course will gain an in-depth look at a particular subject matter, specifically UC students' health and wellness, with results to inform and support programs for UC's Student Wellness Center. Studnets will work in groups conducting a qualitative research project that will result in a poster presenation.
WGS3029 Researcher Know Thyself Canceled due to low enrollment. Canceled. A. Howton
V. Louis
Understanding research as inherently political and therefore powerful in its ability to create social change, this course deeply explores research ethics and praxis. Researchers, learners, leaders/activists must learn practices of self reflection and inquiry in order to avoid inevitable blindspots that result from unexamined beliefs.  Students learn theory and methodology associated with action research and engage in first and second person action research projects that examine power, privilege, and leadership.