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University Honors Courses 

University Honors students can complete their UH course enrollment one of two ways:

  1. Complete one UH course per year.

  2. Complete two UH courses in either the first (freshman) or second (sophomore) years. If a student chooses this option, they can combine the remaining two UH courses in any way that works; however, it is not an option to complete two courses a second time.

In summary, students must take at least one class freshman and sophomore year. Below is an outline that displays five UH course completion options:

Year in SchoolOption 1Option 2Option 3Option 4Option 5

Spring 2018 UH Courses

Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (ANTH 1602, Sect. 550)
Dr. Jennifer Jones
Mo & We  2-3:50pm, Cina Hall 214
Social Science
Course #65648

In Biological Anthropology and Archaeology we will explore questions that are at the foundation of what it means to be human via the discipline of anthropology – How have humans developed physically into our modern form? What does it mean that modern humans around the world look different from one another? What does it mean for our health that we now live lives much different than the conditions we evolved under?

  1. The skeletons and artifacts of extinct two-legged human ancestors tell us about the history of our ancestors. How did we develop into the walking, talking, aggressive and altruistic apes of today?
  2. Primate physiology and behavior tells us about our place in the natural world. Learn why this matters.
  3. Humans look different from each other. Learn why anthropology is interested in human biological variation and race.
  4. We’ve changed. Once egalitarian food gatherers, now we go to McDonalds and shop at the grocery store. What might our future look like?

We will read popular science non-fiction, science articles, and watch digital clips and documentaries to immerse you in how science is done and communicated to non-specialist audiences. You will also do a series of active learning exercises including 1) hands-on activities with replica casts of human fossils, skeletal material, and archaeological artifacts, and 2) a role-playing historical reenactment of the Royal Society’s nomination of Charles Darwin for a major scientific honor of his day.

Creating Art (FA 1102, Sect. 550)
Dr. Justin Henry Rubin 
MWF Noon-12:50pm, H222
Fine Arts
Coure# 66882

No textbooks, only hands-on interactive learning. What do we do? We make films when you've never made one before, create an illuminated manuscript, study paintings of recluses and hold lively discussions on how and why people never stop making interesting things from every era and perspective.

Encountering Death and Grief: A Multicultural Journey (HLTH 3341 Section 550)
H (Mitzi) Doane
Th 3:30-6pm, Cina Hall 214
3 credits
Course #62063

This class incorporates field trips and guest speakers who come from different cultures, religions or death experiences (such as loss due to suicide, murder, accident). Students have an opportunity to explore death via reading and discussion including such topics as capital punishment, the right to die, war. The class is not a lecture, it is a seminar where there is a free give and take.

Global Infectious Diseases (HON 3095 Section 550)
Dr. John Dahl
Tu & Th 8-9:15am, Humanities bldg 484
Course #61464

Prior to the discovery of antibiotics in the first half of the 20th century, infectious diseases regularly killed huge numbers of human beings, and epidemics have routinely altered historical events in communities and whole societies. In the past several decades, improvements in public health and availability of effective drugs have greatly reduced human morbidity and mortality. However, the threats of drug-resistance and new emerging infectious diseases pose increasing challenges to global health. In this course we will examine microbiology, epidemiology, health management, and social impacts of several major infectious diseases from historical and global perspectives. Infections will include influenza, HIV/AIDS, cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, and syphilis as well as others. Necessary biological background will be provided where appropriate, e.g. the anatomy/physiology of the human respiratory, digestive, circulatory, integumentary, and immune systems. We will also look at antibiotic discovery and the molecular actions of antibiotics and explanations for why antibiotic resistance occurs.


Biology of Women (HON 3095 Section 551)
Colleen Belk
W 4-7pm, Montague Hall 206
3 credits
Course #68144
Fulfills Cultural Diversity liberal education requirements

The Biology of Women course will undertake a comprehensive examination of the biology of the human female life cycle with a focus on learning to challenge prevailing stereotypes and double standards that are harmful to both males and females. Topics include: How two different sexes evolved; sex differences in embryonic and pubertal development; sex differences in human skeletal structure, body composition, reproductive anatomy, and physiology. Disordered eating, violence against women as a health issue, premenstrual syndrome, menstruation the female sexual response, pregnancy and birthing, control of fertility and abortion, menopause and aging issues relevant to women.

Advanced Writing (WRIT 3180, Sect 550)
Rebecca Boyle 
T & R 11-12:15pm, Darland 16A
Course #62677

Develops research, critical thinking, and collaborative writing strategies as well as rhetorical skills to draft documents in multiple genres for multiple audiences. This includes professional correspondence and reports, research proposals, literature reviews, oral presentations and related documents for the honors project.