University Honors Program courses, with their characteristic small size and active student involvement, replace many required "core" courses. A seminar-style class typically consists of 15 to 17 members; it emphasizes critical reading, writing, and interaction among students and professors. Courses available exclusively to UHP students include distinctive, interdisciplinary Cultures & Ideas seminars, and special classes in critical thinking and writing, psychology, religious studies, and philosophy. The UHP also provides limited-enrollment courses, laboratories, and seminars in such fields as mathematics, chemistry, biology, English, and history.
First-year UHP students take about half of their first-year classes within the Program. Most are enrolled for UHP seminars that complete their core Cultures & Ideas and Critical Thinking and Writing requirements. UHP first-year students fill out their curriculum with other Honors classes as well as other university courses.
The student and the faculty member agree on a course of independent, mentored research conducted over the entire quarter that results in the student’s acquisition of a deeper and richer command of some aspect of the course material. In some sense, the “contract” is the equivalent of an Oxford tutorial, with set meetings, a reading list, and expectations for an outcome. The student should be afforded an opportunity to present the results of the research to the class. Honors Contract courses are especially valuable in the student’s junior year as a precursor to the senior thesis and as an opportunity for students pursuing nationally competitive fellowships to develop a working relationship with a faculty member.
Download: Contract Course Guidelines 2018
Download: Contract Course Form 2018
HNRS 20 - Difficult Dialogues:
Freshman Seminar devoted to the analysis from different perspectives of some issue, text, or problem in the area of a professor's expertise. This course will hone critical thinking skills and provide students an opportunity to discuss and debate the toughest questions faced by society today.
HNRS 20 courses to be offered in 2018-2019:
- Wilderness: History of an Idea (Tim Lukes, Political Science)
- Food Systems: Sustainability and Change (Chris Bacon, Environmental Science and Studies)
- Sex, Gender, and Identity (Stephen Carroll, English)
- Making Life Meaningful with the Ancient Greeks (Daniel Turkeltaub, Classics)
- Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Civil Discourse (Lawrence Nelson, Philosophy)
- Cancer, The Emperor of all Maladies (Angel Islas, Biology)
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