As you plan or adjust your Spring schedule, take a look at the interesting courses below (many of them being offered in the Honors College for the first time!).

See the Spring 2018 course descriptions for more details, or check out the Academic Year Schedule for all of the honors courses currently planned for 2017-18. And don’t forget the HC 409 options for cultural ambassadorship and civic engagement! Click on the links for more information.


ENSC 407H Introduction to Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)

CRN: 58898; Section 001; T 1200 - 1350; 2 HC Credit(s) 

Instructor(s): Samantha Hatfield

The goal of this course is to understand Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and sustainability practices from a Native American perspective, focusing on the Pacific Northwest but also addressing other Tribes nationally. The emphasis will be on techniques the Siletz have implemented and continue utilizing, but we will also incorporate other techniques from tribal perspectives in local and national areas, as well as how these utilizations coincide with agencies on local, state, and federal levels. This class is crosslisted with HC 407 section 019. Satisfies: HC Colloquia


HC 299 Current Biomedical Research Topics

CRN: 59803; Section 002; T 1600 - 1750; 1 HC Credit(s) 

Instructor(s): Kevin Ahern & Jackie Wirz

Students in this course will learn about current biomedical research topics from a variety of guest speakers from OHSU. This class meets weeks 1-5 only. Satisfies: HC Colloquia


HC 407 Sex and Gender in the Archives

CRN: 58905; Section 017; MW 1400 - 1450; 2 HC Credit(s) 

Instructor(s): Bradley Boovy

In this colloquium, you will conduct original archival research on topics related to gender and sexuality, aspects of people’s life experience that are often hidden from plain view in historical records. You will learn how to identify, obtain, and review primary sources, and formulate an original research question based on your research. We will make several visits to OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC) for hands-on experience working in archives, and will also go on an excursion to the Oregon Historical Society in Portland on 5/11/18. We will work together to create and curate an exhibit in the Valley Library based on your archival research. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia


HC 407 Adapting to Global Interdependence

CRN: 58900; Section 003; R 1000 - 1150; 2 HC Credit(s) 

Instructor(s): Richard Clinton

After some discussion of how Global Interdependence has developed and its implications for many of the values, assumptions, and institutional arrangements that we may have thought were well grounded and in play for the foreseeable future, we will study in detail the concept of a "steady state economy" and the radical challenges this idea presents. In essence, this course will confront head-on the unsustainable way of life of the modern era, while offering viable and well-thought-out alternatives. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia


HC 407 Explanations that Transform the World

CRN: 59917; Section 023; W 1700 - 1750; 1 HC Credit(s) 

Instructor(s): Roy Haggerty

In this colloquium we will read, discuss, and critique physicist David Deutsch's The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World.  Deutsch posits that all progress has resulted from a single human activity: the search for good explanations. Deutsch's deep and wide-ranging book delves into the philosophy of science, quantum computing, evolution, history, the multiverse hypothesis, sustainability, art, and the origin of creativity. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia