W.A. Franke Honors Courses

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Learn from top professors. Collaborate with inspired students. Each W.A. Franke Honors College Course is designed to deepen your understanding of the topics you care about through interdisciplinary thinking and meaningful dialogue.

Fall 2022 Courses

Find brief descriptions of fall 2022 course offerings below. For more information on a specific course, click "Learn More."

When creating your class schedule, you will need to log in to UAccess and search for courses. All general education, special topic, and seminar courses are listed under the "HNRS" prefix and course number. All other courses can be found under their departmental prefix and course number. 

New Gen Ed attributes still under review are marked with an *

 

HNRS 150C1: Knowledge, Power and Nature

Instructor: Caitlyn Hall     WF | 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM | Hybrid 

Want to help tackle the critical environmental issues present in our world through designing actionable solutions to bring about sustainable change? Step up to the challenge in HNRS 150C1.

New GE:
*
BC + D&E US

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier I Individuals and Societies


HNRS 160D4: Culture, Place, Identity: Musical Heritage in North America

Instructor: Kate Alexander       TR (Tue/Thurs) | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM | Hybrid 

Analyze the historical and contemporary lived experiences of ethnic communities in North America through their musical cultures and heritage. Ethnicity, place, and music unite in HNRS 160D4.

 

New GE:
GE- Building Connections
GE Course Attribute - Writing & Diversity/Equity U.S.

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier I Traditions and Cultures 
Diversity Emphasis


 

HNRS 160D2: Activism, Social Media & Popular Culture: A Calderwood Seminar in Contemporary Experiences in the Humanities

Instructor: Stephanie Troutman     TR| 12:30PM – 1:45PM | In-person | 3 units

This interdisciplinary Calderwood seminar introduces students to the humanities in a contemporary context and explores the relationship of current 'public' works to social and cultural issues that shaped them. Students will examine, explore and write about popular cultural symbols and spaces--hashtags, TikTok videos, Instagram content in the context of activism and expression. Course material will engage with movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #SayHerName, and #YouthforClimate. Students will read texts in a range of genres, but the key component of the course will be a significant encounter with current and public texts and artifacts. Focusing on the role of humanistic endeavors as undertaken through modes of activism—including protest, art, film, technology (and social media) will form the basis of study and the production of writing assignments geared toward public audiences and online spaces.

New GE:
 

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier I Traditions and Cultures

 


 

HNRS 203H: Art as Awareness

Instructor: Kate Alexander       TR (Tue/Thurs) | 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM | Hybrid  

HNRS 203H will make you rethink your definitions of ‘art’ by viewing it as a network of cultural spaces. Engage with houses of worship, ritualized music genres, and public murals to connect the dots between culture, identity, and art.

New GE:
BC + Writing, WC&S

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier II Arts


HNRS 205H: Cultures of Surveillance

Instructor: Victor Braitberg      MW | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM | Hybrid  

Interested in the current ‘culture of surveillance’ and its implications for our society? Take HNRS 205H and study the consequences and effects of information and communication technologies.

New GE:
TBD

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier II Individuals and Societies


HNRS 210: Art and Anatomy

Instructor: Patrick Baliani     TR (Tue/Thurs) | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM | In-Person  

Leonardo da Vinci’s artistic portrayal of the human body has been studied for generations. Explore the intersections of art, philosophy, and science that challenged not only da Vinci but contemporary artists, scientists, and thinkers in HNRS 210.

 

New GE:
TBD

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier II Humanities


HNRS 212: Humanities in Context: The Southwest

Instructor: Jennie McStotts     MW | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | Hybrid  

Dive into the spectacular Southwest region by investigating the shifting narrative of power and conflict. Engage in active discussion with fellow classmates to analyze the strength of storytelling, facilitated by an interdisciplinary instructor.

 

New GE:
*BC + D&E US, Writing

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier II Humanities


HNRS 216: An Encounter with Poets and Their Poetry

Instructor: Claire McLane    TR (Tue/Thurs) | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM | Hybrid  

Poetry comes alive in HNRS 216! Explore, analyze, and discuss both written word and poetry performances.

 

New GE:
*
EP(A) + D&E (US), Writing

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier II Arts


HNRS 218: Calderwood Seminar: Wording Pictures: Writing and Art

Instructor: Jennie McStotts    TR (Tue/Thurs) | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | Hybrid | 3 credits

Have an interest in photography? HNRS 218 is for you! This Calderwood Seminar combines public-facing writing with exploration of photography.

 

New GE:
*
BC + D&E US, Writing

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier II Arts


HNRS 219: Our Human Footprint

Instructor: Joost Van Haren    TR (Tue/Thurs) | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM | Hybrid  

Learn how to analyze underlying human drivers of impact on the planet and explore and assess your own impact through different projects in HNRS 219.

 

New GE: ​​​​​​
EP(N) + QR, Writing

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier II Natural Sciences


HNRS 222: Explorations in Creative Writing

Instructor: Claire McLane    MW | 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM | Hybrid  

Examine multiple genres including poetry and fiction through this part-critical studies, part-workshop deep dive into creative writing.

New GE:
EP(A) + Writing

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier II Natural Sciences


HNRS 295G: Global Diversity & Voices

Instructor: Nadia Alvarez Mexia    TR (Tue/Thurs) | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM | In-Person 

Expand your perspective and voice, and explore the multicultural intersectionality of different nations and individuals. Enroll in HNRS 295G today and watch your horizons broadenThis course is being taught entirely in Spanish.

This class will fulfill the Franke Honors Seminar requirement.

New GE:
Being worked on

GE prior to 2022: 
No attributes

 

HNRS 160D2: Activism, Social Media & Popular Culture: A Calderwood Seminar in Contemporary Experiences in the Humanities

Instructor: Stephanie Troutman     TR| 12:30PM – 1:45PM | In-person | 3 units

This interdisciplinary Calderwood seminar introduces students to the humanities in a contemporary context and explores the relationship of current 'public' works to social and cultural issues that shaped them. Students will examine, explore and write about popular cultural symbols and spaces--hashtags, TikTok videos, Instagram content in the context of activism and expression. Course material will engage with movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #SayHerName, and #YouthforClimate. Students will read texts in a range of genres, but the key component of the course will be a significant encounter with current and public texts and artifacts. Focusing on the role of humanistic endeavors as undertaken through modes of activism—including protest, art, film, technology (and social media) will form the basis of study and the production of writing assignments geared toward public audiences and online spaces.

New GE:
 

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier I Traditions and Cultures

 


HNRS 218: Calderwood Seminar: Wording Pictures: Writing and Art

Instructor: Jennie McStotts    TR (Tue/Thurs) | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | Hybrid | 3 credits

Have an interest in photography? HNRS 218 is for you! This Calderwood Seminar combines public-facing writing with exploration of photography.

 

New GE:
*
BC + D&E US, Writing

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier II Arts

 


HNRS 395H-001: Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: Race, Class, Gender on the American Stage

Instructor: Patrick Baliani    MW| 1:00 - 2:15PM | In-Person  | 3 credits

Race, class, and gender are explored through American theater in this Calderwood Seminar. Improve your writing while collaborating with professionals and discussing, reading and experiencing theatrical works. 

This class will fulfill the Franke Honors Seminar requirement.

New GE:
TBD

GE prior to 2022: 
No attributes


HNRS 395A-001-Southwest Scholars Section: Where Are We Going? Life on Our Planet with 7.6 Billion People—and Counting

Instructor: Bob Costantino    M | 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM | In-Person  | 1 credit

It’s Anthropocene, a human-dominated, geological epoch. Where are we going? With world numbers approaching eight billion people, it’s an appropriate question.

This class will fulfill the Franke Honors Seminar requirement.

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 
N/A

  


HNRS 395M: Health and Human Values Special Topics: The History of Medicine and Religion: The Rise and Limits of Biomedical Scientific Model 

Instructor: Hester Oberman     MW | 1pm- 2:15pm | Hybrid | 3.00 units

As an interdisciplinary health humanities course, H395 will examine the evolving role from Shamans to healthcare practitioners, historically shifting concepts of the body and disease, and the fraught question of religion, race, and gender in medicine today. We will end by taking stock of  Western medicine and exploring the tensions between medicalization and forces of demedicalization in its future. The seminar-style course will include a student-tailored project exploring personal or professional-oriented goals to meaningful integrate scientific knowledge with the human experience.

HNRS 195B-001: Biomedical Ethics, Health Policy, and Society

Instructor: Gail Burd & John Hildebrand    Th | 5:00 PM - 6:40 PM | In-Person  

Has the COVID-19 pandemic piqued your interest in healthcare and policy? Investigate biomedical ethics and its implications both in historical and contemporary contexts by taking HNRS 195I-001.

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 
N/A


HNRS 195I-003: The Climate Crisis and How to Solve It

Instructor: Don Falk

Our society is full of urgent, dire warnings about the potential ecological, social, and economic consequences of climate change. Students will play a key role in the course by conducting independent research of various climate solutions.   

 

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 
N/A


HNRS 195J-001: Reflections on Life: The Late Medieval Poet Heinrich Kaufringer

Instructor: Albrecht Classen    Fr | 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM | Live Online 

Heinrich Kaufringer, a prominent late medieval German poet, will captivate your attention in this seminar. Want to critically examine your own life through the analysis of Kaufringer’s poems? Enroll in HNRS 195J-001 today! 

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 
N/A


HNRS 195J-002: Myth, Epic, and History in the Persian Book of Kings

Instructor: Austin O'Malley   

Examine the role of fate, the nature of the demonic, and the complexities of kingship as well as the role of literary works in the formation of group and national identities.

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 
N/A

 


 

HNRS 195J-003: The Otherness: Migrations and Integration Shaping and Reshaping Identities

Instructor: Rafael Barceló-Durazo

Consider a historical, sociological, and political account of migrations and integration in contemporary societies, with a succinct analysis of the legal framework and policies that regulate them.

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 
N/A


HNRS 195J-004: Bilingual Communicative Spaces in the United States: Cultural Industries and News Media

Instructor: Jessica Retis        Thur | 5PM – 5:50PM | In-person | 1 unit

This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of communication, media, and language policies, as well as the complex linguistic networks and currents that underpin our post-digital society, and Latinx cultural politics and practices. Surveying the origins, current trends, and future scenarios of bilingual spaces in the United States, the course introduces the main developments in critical language studies and Latinx communication and media scholarships. Students will examine the diverse linguistic contexts in their future professional careers and discuss their role in contemporary society. 

The course will be taught interchangeably in English and Spanish.


HNRS 195J-005: Psychology in the Borderlands: Well-being in Bicultural Context 

Instructor: Dr. Andrea Romero      Mon | 10:00AM – 10:50AM | In-person | 1 unit

Bicultural and bilingual approaches to psychology derived from indigenous Mexican worldviews to promote resilience in the face of challenges, overcoming societal oppressions, and creating healthy communities. This course discusses psychology from a borderlands perspective that is rooted in being socially just, inclusive and situated within a global context.


HNRS 295G: Global Diversity & Voices

Instructor: Nadia Alvarez Mexia    TR (Tue/Thurs) | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM | In-Person | 3 credits

Expand your perspective and voice, and explore the multicultural intersectionality of different nations and individuals. Enroll in HNRS 295G today and watch your horizons broadenThis course is being taught entirely in Spanish.

This class will fulfill the Franke Honors Seminar requirement.

New GE:
Being worked on

GE prior to 2022: 
No attributes


HNRS 395H-001: Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: Race, Class, Gender on the American Stage

Instructor: Patrick Baliani    MW| 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM | In-Person  | 3 credits

Race, class, and gender are explored through American theater in this Calderwood Seminar. Improve your writing while collaborating with professionals and discussing, reading and experiencing theatrical works. 

This class will fulfill the Franke Honors Seminar requirement.

New GE:
TBD

GE prior to 2022: 
No attributes


HNRS 395A-001-Southwest Scholars Section: Where Are We Going? Life on Our Planet with 7.6 Billion People—and Counting

Instructor: Bob Costantino    M | 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM | In-Person  | 1 credit

It’s Anthropocene, a human-dominated, geological epoch. Where are we going? With world numbers approaching eight billion people, it’s an appropriate question.

This class will fulfill the Franke Honors Seminar requirement.

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 
N/A

  

These are only a few of many Honors sections offered across other departments for fall. There are a variety of Honors sections scheduled in other departments outside the Franke Honors College. To search for more Honors sections across departments on campus please utilize the Class Attribute filter for 'Honors Course' in your Class Search in UAccess.


ECON 200-004: Basic Economic Issues

Instructor: Justin Jarvis

3 units. National and international economic issues. An introduction to economic analysis.

New GE:

Exploring Perspectives, Social Scientist

GE prior to 2022: 

Tier II Individuals and Societies


MATH 263-003H: Introduction to Statistics and Biostatistics 

Instructors: Taryn Laird & DeAnna McDonald     MWF| 8am- 8:50am | 3.00 units. |  In-Person

Organizing data; distributions, measures of center and spread, scatterplots, nonlinear models and transformations, correlation, regression. Design of experiments: models from probability, discrete and continuous random variables, normal distributions, sampling distributions, the central limit theorem. Statistical inference; confidence intervals and test of significance, t procedures, inference for count data, two-way tables and chi-square procedures, inference for regression, analysis of variance.  Examinations are proctored.

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 
N/A

 


RELI 372A-002: History and Religion of Israel in Ancient Times—The Biblical Period

Instructor: J Edward Wright

Survey of the history and religion of ancient Israel. Biblical period through the Babylonian Exile; introduction to the Hebrew Bible.

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 

Tier II Humanities & Diversity Emphasis


AREC/NAFS 365-002: The Food Economy – Efficiencies, Gaps, and Policies

Instructor: Na Zuo 

This course familiarizes students with the food economy and its efficiencies while identifying where gaps occur as food flows from producers to consumers.

 

GE prior to 2022: 
Tier II Individuals and Societies


PSY 150A1-003: The Structure of the Mind and Behavior

Instructor: Jeanmarie Bianchi

An introduction to mind and behavior. Broad coverage of wide-ranging issues including how minds reflect social influence and how neural systems underlie thoughts and conscious awareness.

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 

Tier I Individuals and Societies


NSC 170C1-002: Nutrition, Food, and You

Instructor: Sarah Lavelle

Nutrition, Food and You covers the principles of human nutrition.

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 

Tier I Natural Sciences


PAH 372-003: Intercultural Competence: Culture, Identity, Adaptation, and Intercultural Comprehension

Instructor: Nick Ferdinandt

Take a critical perspective on intercultural competence and its future for them in a globalized world.

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 

Tier II Individuals and Societies

Writing Emphasis Course


FSHD 150B1-002: Men, Fatherhood & Families: Bicultural Perspectives

Instructor: Joel Muraco Mon/Wed/Fri | 11am- 11:50am | In-person

This course provides a synthesis of our understanding of men in their role as fathers in families from biological and cultural perspectives. The biological perspective explores the evolutionary history and adaptive dimensions of human fatherhood, including comparisons with forms of parenting and family life in other primate species, male life history strategies, and the contributions of genetic, developmental, physiological and ecological factors to fatherhood. The cultural perspective examines the ways in which fatherhood, marriage, and families vary across cultures, in relation to differences in social traditions and practices, socio-political systems, and modes of subsistence. The synthesis of these two perspectives consists of understanding socio-cultural variability in human paternal behavior in the context of human evolutionary adaptations to past and ongoing social and ecological pressures. Through in-class group activities and homework assignments students will apply current theories and data concerning fatherhood to their own lives, and will pursue their implications for society at large.

New GE:
 

GE prior to 2022: 


RNR 160D1-108: Wildlife, Conservation, and American Culture

Instructor: TBA, Fully Online

Wildlife, Conservation, and American Culture explores the significance of wild animals in society as reflected in governmental agencies and laws, how people spend their time and money, and in the social controversies that stem from efforts to conserve animal populations in the face of human development.

New GE:
N/A

GE prior to 2022: 

Tier I Natural Sciences


CHEM 161-001: Honors Chemical Thinking I

Instructor: John Pollard and Thomas Gianetti  | Mon/Wed/Fri | 9:00 am - 9:50 am | In-person

This Honors version of Chemical Thinking is designed to help students develop a basic understanding of central ways of knowing, thinking ,and acting in chemistry that are useful to explain and predict the physical and chemical properties of chemical substances in real-world systems. Additionally, students participate in experimental activities that promote the development of fundamental science and engineering practices. As an Honors course, students will go deeper into the concepts, explore the scientific literature, and use it to think about the costs and benefits of the decisions humans make to diversify and control matter and energy.

New GE: Exploring Perspectives, Natural Scientist 

GE prior to 2022: 
 


ENGR 196A: Survey of Engineering Professions

Instructor: Paul Blowers   Th 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm | In-person

The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers. Class is only available for Honors Cambium students. 

New GE:
 

GE prior to 2022: 

 


ASTR/GEOS/PTYS 214-2: Astrobiology: A Planetary Perspective

Instructor: Dante Lauretta   TR 9:30 am - 10:45 am | In-person

We will explore questions about the origin, evolution, and future of life on Earth and the possibility of life arising independently elsewhere in the Universe. We will examine what it means for a planet to be habitable, both in terms of basic necessities for living organisms to function and environmental limits to their ability to survive. Finally, we will review different approaches for searching for life within the Solar System and beyond using direct and remote sensing techniques

New GE:
Building Connections- BC

GE prior to 2022:  
BC Tier II Natural Sciences
 

 


SPAN 210-2: Latin America on Film

Instructor: Beatriz Urrea   MW 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm | In-person

Throughout its history, Latin America has witnessed a conflict of social, cultural and political differences. The challenges of defining Latin America have been arduous and at times difficult. Each academic discipline has taken a narrow prospective view of what is Latin America. Therefore, this class Introduces students to the concept and origins of popular culture and to social theories used to analyze its impact on self, culture in modern consumer societies and national and regional images of identity. Students will focus on understanding the history, politics, cultural, and social reality changes in Latin America. 

New GE:
Building Connections- BC

GE prior to 2022:  
Tier II Humanities

 

 

HNRS 321-7W1: Ignite Proseminar

Instructor: Jennie McStotts   TR (Tue/Thurs) | 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM | Hybrid

Have no clue where to start with the Honors Thesis process? Take HNRS 321 to gain knowledge in how to approach independent research, project design and portfolio creation.

Thesis Prep

Offered during the first seven weeks of fall 2022

 


HNRS 321-7W2: Ignite Proseminar

Instructor: Jennie McStotts    Fully Online  | 7 weeks

Have no clue where to start with the Honors Thesis process? Take HNRS 321 to gain knowledge in how to approach independent research, project design and portfolio creation.

Thesis Prep

Offered during the second  seven weeks of fall 2022

 

How Do I Earn Honors Credits?

General Education Franke Honors Courses

All Franke Honors students have the opportunity to take interdisciplinary courses with highly engaged faculty to fulfill their University general education requirements while also receiving honors credit.

Franke Honors Special Topics Courses

These close-knit courses challenge students to take their work to the next level. While open to all Franke Honors students, these can be taken instead of a first year seminar-specific course. 

Franke Honors Seminars

All Franke Honors students must complete a 1 credit seminar that opens doors to community partnerships, service learning, and deep exploration of course topics. These seminars are also a great way to meet fellow Franke Honors students, study buddies, and life-long friends. 

Premiere Courses across the University

The W.A. Franke Honors College collaborates with departments across the University to offer honors sections of classes within major and degree programs. These courses, taught by the University's most passionate and engaged educators, offer opportunities to earn honors credits within another college at the University. See specific course descriptions for number of credits and other info. 

More Ways to Get Honors Credits

Franke Honors courses are just one way to receive honors credit—study abroad, honors contracts, internships, research, graduate study, and more await our Franke Honors students. Contact your Franke Honors advisor for more information on additional ways to receive honors credit within your major discipline.