University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Winter 2012 Honors Seminars

The listing below is tentative and subject to change.

Courses with required study tour components are listed first with the course number underlined.


eCourse Number Title Call Number Meeting Day/Time Instructor BoK
15FREN468H Contemporary Paris Application required. 304215 MWF 1:00-1:50pm K. Lorenz DC, HU
Interdisciplinary seminar which explores the 21st century city of Paris.  Attention given to the history of Paris as well, but students concentrate on contemporary Paris, its citizens, its culture and its reality.  Exploration of comparisons with other cities.  Students examine their own attitudes toward urban life and travel.  Projects for the course may be completed individually or in teams and may include academic essays as well as creative and innovative projects.  Taught in English, with group work carried out in French, according to the abilities of the students taking the course.

Culminates in a required one-week study tour to Paris.

Application required to participate. To access application and learn more, visit the course webpage.
15GEOL380H Landscape and Environmental Change: Trinidad Application required. 304618 TH 3:30-4:45pm L. Owen DC, NS

Trinidad is situated at an extremely interesting geographic position within the Caribbean, sandwiched between the South American mainland and Amazonia, and the Windward Islands. Geologically, anthropologically and culturally, Trinidad is fascinating and provides a superb natural laboratory to examine the interaction between natural equatorial systems and humans. This honors course will examine how the landscapes in Trinidad have developed from its geologic origins to its occupation by humans some 7000 years ago, to post-Columbian settlement and into the present day. Aspects of how human have influenced Trinidad’s landscapes and how they will continue to in the coming years will be considered from geologic and anthropologic perspectives. In addition, the course will examine how natural processes such as earthquake, landslides, floods and extreme weather threaten the inhabitants of Trinidad. A key component of this course will be to develop scientific hypotheses to test during a required 10 day field trip to Trinidad to help faculty and future students develop a long-term commitment to examining environmental change and landscape evolution in Trinidad and adjacent regions.

Learn more and access the application.

38HNRS359H The Roman Experience Application required. 305348. Wednesdays 6:00-8:20pm 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. 

Application required. To access application and learn more, visit the course webpage.

15HIST398H Women's Health, Sex, and Birth: Change the Future 303029 Thursdays 4:00-6:20pm W. Kline HP, SE
This seminar will integrate historical readings on women's health and sexuality with community action through service learning. Students will read and conduct research on particular historical aspects of women's reproductive health and then share their findings with a community organization.
23PLAN333H Constructing Deliberative Democracy in Local Government Activities Canceled Canceled M. Zapata SS

Canceled due to low enrollment.

Community participation in local government policy and plan making is vital to an effective and just democratic society. Constructing opportunities for members of civic society – individuals and organizations – to shape policies and plans is not easy. This course examines participatory democratic theory and corresponding processes and techniques for public participation.

18HNRS210H (two sections are being offered) The BIG Honors Course: Becoming Impossibly Good

Section #1 - 310366

Section #2 - 310367

Section 1 -Wednesdays 3:00-5:20pm

Section 2 -
Tuesdays 6:00-8:20pm

T. Gilmore DC, SE

Becoming Impossibly Good: How can you become "impossibly good"? In a global world, being smart and working hard isn't enough. Becoming impossibly good means being able to demonstrate clearly, precisely and convincingly that you can add value, make a difference and do work that will leave a legacy. Students will learn how to use every opportunity that comes their way to create new ways of looking at problems.

This honors seminar helps students become productive members of interdisciplinary teams. Multidisciplinary interactions around projects will simultaneously add value to the University and you. The course is multidisciplinary. You will immerse yourself in a problem brought to you by a client or user group, come to define the problem broadly, conduct qualitative, quantitative and archival research into the user/client and integrate learning into a set of concepts offered to the user/client for subsequent experimentation/prototyping. You will create the foundation for effective collaborating, self-organizing and creating connections between individuals, disciplines and institutions.

38HNRS344H Frontiers of Neuroscience 305377 Wednesdays 3:00-5:30pm J. Suszkiw NS
This seminar is designed to expose students to recent advances in our understanding of the human brain. No prior knowledge of neuroscience is required. The seminars will consist of brief presentations to introduce participants to the core neuroscientific concepts and roundtable discussions revolving around selected episodes from the highly acclaimed Charlie Rose Brain Series (PBS).  
38HNRS349H The Achievement Gap: The Structure and Causes of Educational Inequality 305372 Thursdays 2:00-4:30pm J. King,
R. Robles
Inspired by the dialogue resulting from the movie, “Waiting for Superman,” 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.
38HNRS353H The Irish in America 305371 TBA (online) K. Grace DC, HU
This seminar provides a cultural study of the Irish in America, examining reasons for emigration and the shaping of American life by a particular ethnic group. Using digitized sources and internet interaction with students of Dublin City University, students will learn about contemporary issues between two nations and extrapolate that learning to global affairs. As this will primarily be an online course, students will utilize digitized original source material and streaming video as research sources, as well as assignments that incorporate internet sources from Ireland, Europe, and America. Most importantly, they will engage in point and counterpoint online with students from Dublin City University at different stages of the academic term.
38HNRS366H Experiencing International Cultures and their Cuisine 305329 Wednesdays 5:30-8:00pm J. Pierre-McFalls 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.

Class Meetings & Required Field Experiences
In addition to Wednesday class meetings, students are required to participate in additional field experiences listed below.

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Saturday, February 4, 9:00am-1:00pm - Visit to Findlay Market
Wednesday, February 29, 4:00-8:00pm - TUC Catering Facilities
Friday, March 11, 3:30-7:00pm - Gala Reception and Final Presentations

Course Fee
There is a required course fee of $75. This fee is payable at the beginning of the course.

Instructor Bio
Growing up in the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area, Jacquelyn Mcfalls was exposed to quite the melting pot of cultures.  With Cincinnati's deep German and Irish heritage, she quickly developed an appreciation for cultural diversity and the many flavors of the world.  Jacque's parents come from families who make cooking and mealtime a priority.  Jacque graduated from the Midwest Culinary Institute in 2002, and after working for a local franchise restaurant for more than 10 years decided to explore a career with Aramark University Dining Services where she could apply both her love for people and diversity in an environment that fosters growth and encourages versatility.  She has been with UDS for seven years and is now the Retail Food Service Director at the University of Cincinnati.  She also stays involved in community by volunteering to cook for the City Gospel Mission and serve at the FreeStore Food Bank.  
38HNRS370H Exploring Leadership 305330 Mondays 3:00-5:20pm K. Dillard SE

Designed especially for first and second year students (but open to all). 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 an interpersonal and intrapersonal understanding of the process of leadership.   

38HNRS380H Exploring Research TBA TBA R. Mehta SS, HU
Canceled for winter 2012. Will be offered in spring 2012.
38HNRS388H Exploring Biomedical Research 305332 Thursdays 3:00-5:20pm

Class will meet at the College of Medicine, in the MSB building.
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. Potential speakers will be added as they become known.

Class will meet at the College of Medicine's Medical Sciences Building (MSB).
38HNRS394H Beyond IQ 305374 Tuesdays 8:30-10:45am
hursdays 9:30-10:45am
G. Kiley,
J. Lile,
C. Lottman
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. 
see LWC website
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 sponsor for the Winter Quarter project is Kraft.

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 in or after Autumn 2007: Completing one quarter of Live Well Collaborative fulfills one honors experience. 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.

Studios take place in the lower level of the Turner Innovation Center, which is near campus on the corner of Daniels and Vine.

Students must receive permission from instructors to register for the studio. Please visit Live Well Collaborative's website for contact information.