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 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 School Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4 Option 5
First 1 2 2 1 1
Second 1 1 1 2 2
Third 1 1 0 1 0
Fourth 1 0 1 0 1


Spring 2023

FA 1102: Creating Art, Sec. 550, #47275
Dr. Justin Rubin | MWF 12-12:50 pm
Fine Arts

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.

HON 1003: From Beethoven to the Beatles, Sec. 550, #45724
Dr. Tom Wegren | MWF 10 - 10:50 am
Fine Arts

Beethoven to the Beatles develops basic musicianship, enhances artistic expressive awareness, provides historical and cross-cultural contexts, and encourages creative and analytical thinking through written expression. World-music perspectives are presented with live piano performances. Music can only be really alive when there are listeners who are really aware. Learning how to listen to and what to listen for in music is vital to artistic growth. Aaron Copland, the Dean of American Composers, said: “To listen intently, to listen consciously, to listen with one’s whole intelligence is the least we can do in furtherance of an art that is one of the glories of mankind.

HON 3895: The Ethics of Call Out Culture, Sec. 550, #45747   
Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer | MWF 9 - 9:50 am
Cultural Diversity in the US

Public shaming is not new, but social media has upped the stakes. People have lost jobs, careers, and even their lives in the aftermath of something as simple as a scolding on Twitter.  This also makes Twitter one of the main destinations for some of the most important discourses of our time: Genuinely diverse communities come together to communicate within and across boundaries about racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism.  By reading ethicists, feminists, critical race theorists, and black feminist theorists, and their thinking on the purpose of blame, the importance of public blame, the challenges of shame, the epistemic challenges of structural oppression, the challenges of social media, this course will map an Ethics for the age of the Call-out.  

WRIT 3180: UH Advanced Writing,  Sec. 550, #46599
Rebecca Boyle, MFA : T & Th 11-12:15pm
**Senior and Junior UH students will have priority access, then sophomores and first-year students who are interested if they have completed 60 credits and seats remain.

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 as well as the production and publication of Aisthesis, UH's own interdisciplinary honors journal. If you want to take this course, email Joelle McGovern ([email protected]) to process your request.


Fall 2022

AST 1050, Sect. 550, Native Skywatchers #32627
Tuesday & Thursday,  3 - 4:15pm
Cultural Diversity in the US
Dr. James Rock

Our Universal Story usually opens with “Once upon a SpaceTime…” and the very first stuff that would become our bodies today came from the stars and existed long before there was ever a first day on Earth! Is this idea from modern western science or from ancient Indigenous scientists? The answer is: “Yes! Star-Stuff-R-Us…by way of nucleosynthesis, but also according to Dakota Otokahekagapi.”

We have always been both scientists and storytellers who carefully read and told the story as written in Nature. Indigenous ethno- and archaeo-astronomy (IE&AA) looks at the ways in which the motion and cycles of celestial bodies as measured from architectural structures and natural features at sacred places can provide an essential framework for daily and seasonal activities, social and political relationships, and ethical and spiritual beliefs, including a 26,000 year cycle. How can and do we still live the “M”yth now as then? How and why is there “Math in the Myth?”

The answers to these place-based Indigenous science questions will likely lead you to even more questions, ideas and hypotheses. The interdisciplinary nature of ethnoastronomy combines and applies astronomy, cultural astronomy, cultural anthropology, archaeology, history, architecture and even linguistics, dance, music, games, mathematics and technology to investigate and interpret many kinds of evidence. We search and synthesize these fields as we first come to appreciate, then respect and honor the deep wisdom of our Elders and ancestors as it was preserved, passed down and still comes alive within us.

BIOL 2001, Sect. 550, Our Food:  Science, Nutrition and Production #13065
Mon, Wed, Fri,  9 – 9:50 am
Dr. Paul Bates

This course will examine 3 large aspects of the food we eat: food science, human nutrition, and agricultural production methods.  We will look at the main components of food, and how manipulation of food molecules creates different flavors, textures, and structures. We will then focus on the relative nutritional value of different foods and their effects on the human body, including illnesses related to poor nutrition.  Finally, we will explore modern agricultural practices and discuss ways to enhance stability and sustainability in our food supply

HON 3398, Sect. 550  Special Topics:  Natural Sciences in Our Daily Life #10691 (3 credits)
MWF  2-2:50pm, LSBE 129 
Natural Science and Sustainability
Dr. Ahemd A. Heikal

This interdisciplinary, systems-thinking, student-driven course will engage the students in active learning towards discovering the role of natural sciences in our daily life as well as its social and environmental impacts. The students will be engaged in discussing contemporary scientific issues that affect their life at home, at work, on the road, health, and environment. Topics may include beauty products, energy (food, conventional and renewable sources), plastics, health care, and environment. The underlying foundational knowledge in related scientific field across many disciplines will be discussed while providing the students with many opportunities for active learning, teamwork, and communications skills as well as critical thinking.  

HON 3495 Section 550, Community Immersion and Entrepreneurship #33635 (3 credits)
Thursday, 4 to 6:50 pm
Social Science
Dr. Aparna Katre

This is a seminar course and it involves partially off-campus meetings and engagement in situ with community partners. The course is designed to facilitate long-term collaborations between the University and the Twin Ports community to respond entrepreneurially to community issues. It provides a framework for thoughtful, sustained engagement where responses to community issues are developed organically, collaboratively, and with grassroots participation. Supported by academic theories about systems thinking, entrepreneurship, and intersectionality for social change, students immerse themselves in projects to strengthen the community. The emphasis is on building a sound grasp of the topics by connecting them to community issues and entrepreneurial activities.