University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Spring 2014 Honors Seminars

Please contact your honors academic advisor with questions about honors seminars.

Honors seminars with domestic or international study tours are listed first with underlined course numbers and titles.

  Course Number     Title       Call #       Day/Time     Instructor     BoK      
EVST3014 On the River - Experiencing the Brazilian Amazon 004726 TR 3:30-4:50pm; with required spring break study tour. J. Shann SE, NS
The Amazon River basin is one of the largest, intact, tropical ecosystems in the world. This course offers students the opportunity to personally experience it and develop a passion for its sustainability. Students begin the semester preparing across disciplines for an immersion trip to the upper Amazon River. During the actual trip, students, instructors, and crew live on a boat that travels over 600 nautical miles along the river-­‐stopping to explore the flooded forests by canoe, and the upland, villages, and cities, on foot. On return, students will report on individual projects and use their journals for reflection.

Application required. Learn more.
FAA3030 The Sky's the Limit: Dubai as a Laboratory for Creativity 004661 MW 2:30-3:50pm; with required spring break study tour. J. Girandola
V. Sansalone
This course will discover the creative roots of the Arab Spring and the ongoing struggle for voices to be heard in the Middle East. Contemporary artist are at the forefront of the movements and th rough readings by noted art historians/curators. The course will explore the influential creative minds and works of the region including. Through conversations, interviews, presentations and Skype discussion groups with the artists, musicians, poets, curators and critics the course will open a line of communication to the future of the freedom to create in the region and the responsibility of artists with dynamic ties to the region. A study tour to Dubai for the Dubai Art Fair with visits with contemporary artists will occur over spring break. Over the last five years, Art Dubai, the leading contemporary art fair in MENASA (Middle East/North Africa/South Asia), has become a cornerstone of the region's booming contemporary  art community.

Application required. Learn more.
Landscape Evolution and Environmental Change on the Edge of the Caribbean, Trinidad 002048
MW 3:35-4:55pm; with required study tour. D. Buchholz
N. Dunning
L. Owen

**This seminar has been canceled due to low enrollment. .**

This course examines how landscapes in Trinidad have developed from their geologic origins to occupation by humans some 7,000 years ago, to post-Columbian settlement and into the present. Aspects of how humans have influenced and will continue to influence Trinidad’s landscapes are considered from geologic, geographic, ecological and anthropologic perspectives.

Application required. Learn more.

HIST3096 Immigration Across the Disciplines 001924 Tuesdays 3:30-6:20pm; with required study tour. S. Porter DC, HP
Course explores major themes of immigration from the 18th century through the recent past with an emphasis on the United States. It asks what differences various approaches to a given topic (i.e. immigration) make to what and how we learn. Includes a week-long experiential learning trip to New York City.

Application required. Learn more.
HNRS2060 Exploring Global Studies 006415 TR 2:00-3:20pm
K. Grace
DC, SS  

**The travel components of this seminar have been canceled. The seminar is now open to all UHP students.**

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. Develop an understanding of global differences as well as an analytical view of multiculturalism and establish a foundation for future study abroad opportunities.

HNRS3065 Art, Architecture and Engineering: the Roman Experience 006418 Mondays 6:00-8:50pm; with required study tour to Italy. K. Nelson
G. Rassati
In a weekly classroom meeting, this course introduces the students to fundamental concepts of art, architecture, and engineering focusing on an era in which they were three facets of the same product of human intellect. The students will also be introduced to cultural aspects of Italian history, lifestyle, and customs, to prepare them for the final activity of the class, a 10-day trip to Rome, where students will study and learn at significant sites and monuments in Roman history.

Application required. Learn more.
HNRS3074 The Culture of Books and Reading 006402 Saturdays 10:00am-12:50pm; with required study tour to Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. K. Grace DC, HU
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.

Application required. Learn more.
AFST3052 Community Health and Minorities: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 006148 TR 4:00-5:50pm
E. Wallace DC, SS
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 under served communities and compare these views with more objective data as a means to develop health intervention strategies. Course will include work on-site in a local community agency.
Section 005 - honors section only
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II - Honors 002377 Thursdays
D. Lieberman N/A
By invitation only. UHP students must be invited by the Chemistry Department.
Section 002 - honors section only
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - Honors 002391 Mondays 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.
Sex and Gender: Insights from Biology, Film and Literature 008612 Thursdays
B. Dziech
M. Fox
Designed for both males and females, this course will link science and the humanities to encourage more holistic, objective and educated discussion and debate about gender issues. It will include experiential learning and will relate current research on neurobiological differences between the sexes to analyses of male and female characters in representative film and literature. 
ENGL2089 -
honors sections only
Intermediate Composition - Honors 000756


MWF 9:05-10:00am

MWF 10:10-11:05am

This course emphasizes critical reading and writing, advanced research and argument skills, and rhetorical understanding of language as it is used in different discourse communities.

Section 034 will include a service-learning component with a local community garden organization. The class will be working with the organization Granny's Garden in Loveland, OH.  The in-class focus will include work on community garden movements, civic engagement, education, and general issues of the environment and sustainability. This class is an honors seminar/honors experience.
FAA3039 Fast Forward: The History and Practice of Video as Art 002831 TR 9:30-10:50am
C. Woodman FA, HP
Learn more through this flyer created by Professor Woodman.

The class combines hands on training in video production with a overview of the history of video art. The studio portion of the class will engage students directly with the tools of video art making and with the concepts and challenges of using video as means of individual creative expression. The art history portion of the course will examine some of the ways in which video has been used as an art-form. Students will watch a range of masterworks in the field, then discuss, analyze, and write about them.

Video Art is a relatively new form, which was born in the late 1960's when the advent of small portable video recording equipment made it possible for artists to explore the creative possibilities of what had until then been the sole province of large television production facilities. By the end of the century video art had become one of the most important forms of contemporary art. Today access to video cameras and editing has become almost commonplace. This class will provide students with the skills and perspectives to use these tools as a means for creative expression, and a basis from which they can examine media forms as objects of critical inquiry.
FAA3090 Greenly Spirits: Nature, Culture, Art 002833 Tuesdays 3:00-5:20pm
D. Burge FA, HU
In this seminar, students will examine ways in which we relate to the natural environment, and how that relationship manifests as cultural imagination. We will approach the subject from the vantage points of philosophy, literature, and art. Students will research both on-and off-campus, and will create a culminating art project.

Learn more.

Open to students across disciplines regardless of artistic ability. All welcome and encouraged to enroll!
FREN3023 French Business on the Big Screen: Cinematic Perspectives on Work and the Economy 002423 TR
M. Gott DC, HU
Using the vantage point of cinema, this course will help students understand how France, the planet’s 5th largest economy, sees the world of business, the economics, and work. We will focus on making critical comparisons between French and American outlooks.
HNRS2020 Exploring Leadership 006390 Mondays 3:35-6:20pm K. Dillard SE, SS
Designed especially for first and second year students (but open to all), as the gateway to the leadership thematic area of the UHP. Course activities, assignments and discussion will cover foundational leadership theories that have been influential to many of today's popular leadership theories and emerging transformational lines of thought. The overall outcome is for students to develop inter- and intra-personal understandings of the process of leadership.
HNRS2081 Exploring Biomedical Research 006423 Thursdays 3:00-5:50pm at the College of Medicine
I. Cartwright
R. Brackenberry
This course is intended to give students some broad insight into the world of biomedicine from the perspective of people who work in and around a large Academic Health Center.  One section of the course will emphasize the research enterprise, with talks from funded biomedical research investigators, and tours of their laboratories to meet graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with career goals as research scientists.  Furthermore, how to apply for and obtain undergraduate research experiences – especially funded summer opportunities at UC and CCHMC - will be emphasized.  To broaden the perspective, however, students will also be exposed to other biomedical professionals who are essential to the research mission, including those who oversee the care and proper treatment of animals, directors of essential core service laboratories, those who work with patients or the community, bioethicists, genetic counselors, public health practitioners, and finance and administrative people.  To supplement the weekly meetings, there will be opportunities to consider and discuss topics of current interest in medicine and medical research, facilitated by the course directors.
HNRS3041 The Achievement Gap: Structure and Causes of Educational Inequality 006432 Wednesdays 3:35-6:20pm J. King SE, SS
Inspired by the continued movement toward alternative models of education, this course will explore the educational inequalities related to the "achievement gap". Visits to local public schools will serve as the backdrop for discussions, resources and projects related to the social structure of and path to educational opportunities.
HNRS3042 Design for Community Development 008819 Wednesdays 6:00-8:50pm K. Hanisian DC, SS
Engages students in creative placemaking practices through multi-disciplinary discourse, critical reflection, and service-based action. Using a community development lens, students analyze the causes of community breakdown and discuss processes for its restoration.  Through a design-based lens, students learn about the creative process of design and its place in addressing social issues.  Students then actively apply their knowledge through out-of-the-classroom, neighborhood service projects in close partnership with the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington.

Creative Power 009963   K. Kannikeswaran FA, DC
**This seminar has been canceled due to low enrollment. .**

MG3000 Climate Change – Think Globally, Act Locally 001399 TR 11:00am-12:20pm
E. Gruenstein SE, NS
This course has three goals: (i) To have students understand the scientific basis of climate change and the technology for dealing with it, (ii) To have them appreciate that mitigation of climate change will be a political and ethical as well as a technological activity, (iii) To have them realize that they can personally make a significant contribution to solving the problem. The first goal will be addressed through classroom discussions of seminal climate change literature facilitated by the course director. The second goal will be addressed by interactive seminars with Cincinnati leaders in politics, community action and philanthropy. The third goal will provide the experiential component of the course. $2000 will be made available to the students for philanthropic distribution to non-profit organizations which promote climate change mitigation in the Cincinnati community. Student teams will select local organizations to champion and each team will promote its organization before a panel of community leaders for a share of the philanthropic funds.
PHIL2054 Emotion in the Arts 008563 TR 2:00-3:20pm
J. Robinson FA, HU
In this class we examine the nature of aesthetic experience, how works of music, literature, visual art etc. express emotions, why people engage emotionally with disgusting or sad artworks, how having our emotions aroused helps us understand artworks, and why people get emotionally involved with characters they know do not exist.
PHIL2085 Conversations About Life 007765 Wednesdays 6:00-8:50pm J. Martin SE
In this course students learn what it is to talk intelligently about the topic they are interested in. Built into late adolescence and college life are the late night conversations about love, sex, religion, and politics – life’s important things. These talks take place far from the formal university of professors and classrooms – in dorms, apartments, bars, cars, even camping. They happen naturally, and with enthusiasm, as young people work out as their own ideas and test those of others. Sometimes, especially among good students like those in the Honors Program, these turn in to memorable arguments with real intellectual content.

This “seminar” is designed to augment this natural tendency. We will meet one evening a week off campus or in the dorms, someplace where students live—in the past we have meet in Stratford Commons. We will talk about serious topics, which the students will choose. Only rules will those of civility and serious intellectual discussion.

In the first half of the semester topics will be entirely open. Students will come prepared to introduce a topic by having written a short introduction based on some article they have encountered in the press or the web, and class members will choose the topic for discussion from those prepared. In the first half of the course a student must come to class with at least six topic preparations. At least one of these will be discussed at some point – there has never been a problem in the past doing so. The student whose topic it is leads the discussion. (The instructor remains in the background as “referee.”)

Each student will then choose one of their topics chosen for discussed to write a term paper on. In the second half of the semester we will return to these topics and reconsider it as a group, with the student whose topic it is leading the discussion again but in light of the richer information provided by his or her research.

The role of the instructor will be that of “intellectual referee.” He will interject himself only briefly and with the goal of keeping the conversation lively and serious, as much as possible in the context, on a high intellectual plain. Honors students like to talk seriously – if not, they would not sign up for the course in the first place – and this “seminar” will give them a chance to do what they like well. Students no doubt learn from even their untutored late night bull sessions. In the context of these more structured and informed sessions, however, they will learn what it is to raise the intellectual level of informal conversation. They will become better leaders in how to talk intelligently about their natural interests, and how to do research to inform their interests. In doing so, they will also become better informed citizens of the community.
PHYS2015 Physics of Superheros 009164 TR 12:30-1:50pm D. Mast NS
Students will investigate the laws of physics through the powers portrayed by superheroes in films, cartoons, and comics. Extensive use will be made of superhero movies in order to learn physical concepts. Students will “create” their own superhero and super villain (with costumes), and develop of conflict “episode.”