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 2021 course descriptions for more details, or check out the Academic Year Schedule for all of the honors courses currently planned for 2020-21. And don’t forget the HC 409 options for cultural ambassadorship and civic engagement!


ART 323H Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture

3 HC Credit(s), CRN: 59364, Section 001, MWF 1000 - 1050

Instructor(s): Daniele Di Lodovico

This course surveys Italian art and culture in the pivotal period between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries that we call the “Renaissance.” It traces the roots of the Renaissance in late medieval Gothic society to its “classical” apogee in the era of Leonardo and Raphael through the later expressive, anti-classical tendencies of Mannerism. Satisfies: HC BaccCore - Literature and the Arts; OR Western Culture


FILM 220H Queer Cinema

4 HC Credit(s), CRN: 59389, Section 001, MWF 1000 - 1050

Instructor(s): Zachary Price

Queer cinema, despite its counter-cultural roots, must work within the larger movie industry it aims to critique. This class examines how queer cinema since the 1990s intervenes in public debates over the rights and representation of sexual minorities. As a class, we will understand the stakes of this visibility and the consequences of looking closely at desire.      Satisfies: HC BaccCore - Difference, Power, and Discrimination


PAC 145H Modern Dance I: Study of Movement

1 HC Credit(s),CRN: 59419, Section 001, MW 1000 - 1050

Instructor(s): Lila Reid

Study of Movement I is an introductory, experiential course focusing on basic principles of movement: body, space, energy, and time.  The course emphasizes the study of these elements through an exploration of creative movement, modern and contemporary dance techniques, and improvisation.  Students will also learn about modern dance history from the 20th century to present day.  The course will develop skills that include alignment, kinesthetic memory, rhythm, footwork, spinal articulation, dynamic range, and musicality.  Additionally, students will look critically at movement both inside and outside of class in a breadth of different styles.  Students will gain an appreciation of modern dance as an art form that is both a reflection of and and impetus for contemporary cultures.  Course Fee: $57. Satisfies: HC BaccCore - Fitness


ENGR 299H From Lab to Industry: Electrochemical Energy Systems

1 HC Credits, CRN: 59387, Section 001, T 900 - 950

Instructor(s): Zhenxing Feng

This course emphasizes the experiential learning on how lab-scale research for electrochemical energy systems can be transferred to everyday products. These electrochemical energy systems include capacitors/super capacitors, batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, and photoelectrochemical devices. The everyday products refer to portable electronics, stationary storage systems, electric vehicles, water splitting for hydrogen generation, and so on. At the beginning of the course, brief fundamentals of electrochemistry and related concepts will be introduced via lectures. Then this course will be presented in form of virtual lab demos, seminars, class discussions and presentation, and group design.  Satisfies: HC Colloquia


HC 407 Apply Here: National Awards, Fellowships, and More

1 HC Credits, CRN: 59392, Section 010, F 1000 - 1050

Instructor: LeAnn Adam

This learning community is designed to guide students through the process of identifying nationally competitive fellowships such as Fulbright, Truman, Rhodes, and Marshall and preparing to apply. Topics covered include risk taking in competitive scenarios and historical legacies of national awards, as well as how to obtain strong letters of recommendation, engage in self-reflection regarding short and long- term goals, write compelling research proposals and personal statements, and develop strong interviewing skills. Students will work collaboratively, regularly sharing samples of their work for feedback and documenting lessons learned in an online journal. At the completion of the colloquium, students will produce either a full sample application package or an application for an actual scholarship. Though the focus is fellowships, the skills gained in this class also apply more broadly to other scholarships, graduate school applications, and job searches. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia


HC 407 Tyrant Kings and Gentle Giants: Dinosaurs from Prehistory to the Modern Age

1 HC Credit(s), CRN: 59409, Section 019, F 900 – 950

Instructor(s): Kate Schilke

Explore the natural history, evolution, and cultural importance of Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops – arguably the most iconic of the Dinosauria. Students will build model skeletons and visit virtual museum exhibits to study the anatomy and physiology of Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops. We will discuss engineering and science aspects of the excavation and display of dinosaur fossils, framed in the context of the “Bone Wars” – the colorful history of rivalry and legal battles between fossil hunters from prehistory to modern day. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia



HC 407 What Makes Your Neighborhood Healthy: Investigating Policymaking in Action

2 HC Credit(s), CRN: 59413, Section 027, W 1600 – 1750

Instructor(s): Marion Ceraso & Allison Myers

Our health is determined more by our zip code than by our genetic code.  But who makes the decisions driving what our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces look like?  This course will take students through a journey of exploration of case studies and live, real-world debates, in the places where the decisions that impact their health happen.  These decisions can be far-ranging, from a local school district deciding how to reduce exposure to junk-food advertising, to county health departments helping address housing and homelessness, to state legislators working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or achieve safe storage of firearms, to federal policymakers acting to improve family and medical leave. Satisfies: HC Colloquia



HC 407 Science, Ethics, Star Trek: Continued

1 HC Credit(s), CRN: 59416, Section 031, F 1100 – 1150

Instructor(s): Diana Rohlman

“Some day, my people are going come up with some sort of a doctrine, something that says what we can and can't do out here, should and shouldn't do.” Captain Jonathan Archer.

This course continues the conversation we started in Science, Ethics and Star Trek, but you can take this course whether or not you’ve taken the original course. Scientific advances move at a pace that far exceeds our ability to consider the ethical implications of these advancements. As dual-use technologies continue to grow, these ethical considerations grow as well. We will boldly examine current scientific advances through the lens of Star Trek.  This course will focus on emerging ethical dilemmas (examples include genetic engineering, big data, artificial intelligence and more) and use all new episodes.  Engage! Satisfies: HC Colloquia