As you plan or adjust your 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 2023 course descriptions for more details, or check out the Academic Year Schedule for all of the honors courses currently planned for 2022-23. And don’t forget the HC 409 options for cultural ambassadorship and civic engagement!




COMM 218H       Interpersonal Communication   

3 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 60117         Section 001         LEC         MWF 900 - 950

Instructor(s): Erin Cook  

Introduction to dyadic and relational communication. Overview of current research in such areas as verbal and nonverbal messages, self-concept and perception, culture and gender stereotypes and styles, relational development and dissolution, deception, compliance gaining and conflict management. Satisfies: HC BaccCore – Speech



HC 407  The Evolving Role of Alcohol in Society  

1 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 58703         Section 050         SEM       MT 1200 - 1650

Meets in the pre-term extension period, meets 3/27/23 & 3/28/23 only.

Instructor(s): Paul Hughes  

Across most of the world, alcoholic drinks have had a substantial, sustained impact on man from economic, social and technical perspectives. This belies the fact that today the alcoholic drinks sector is essentially part of the leisure sector. In this colloquium, we will explore the development of the alcoholic drinks sector, focusing on beers, wines and spirits, and to explore their changing role in society, from a potable source of water to social lubricant. We will then debate the definitions of “beer”, “wines” and “spirits” as innovation challenges the traditional definitions and then consider innovation in the context of business growth and the role of the rapidly-growing craft sectors as a foil to megamergers and global brands. By the end of this colloquium you will be in a good position to understand, for better or worse, how the alcohol industry impacts everyday lives across the globe. Meets in the pre-term extension period, meets 3/27/23 & 3/28/23 only. This class has no age restriction. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia




HC 407  Animals and Religion     

2 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 60133         Section 001         SEM       TR 900 - 950      

Instructor(s): Geoffrey Barstow  

Animals, it turns out, really are good to think with.  Thinking about them, and our relationship with them, challenges us to be better, more ethical humans.  But it also challenges what it means to be human in the first place.  After all, what, exactly, is the difference between us and them?

This colloquium looks at how several major world religions have responded to these challenging questions.  To do this, we will be discussing texts and stories from a variety of traditions.  Which texts, which traditions, and which themes we discuss will be decided on the first day of class, with possible selections coming from the Christian, Buddhist, Yoruba, Native American, Jewish, Confucian, and Hindu traditions, all of which question what it means to be human (as opposed to animal) and what, if anything makes us special.  Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia




HC 407  Indigenous Science Fiction          

2 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 60130         Section 006         SEM       R 1000 - 1150    

Instructor(s): Rebekah Sinclair  

Digital buffalo roaming a space ship, sacred corn saving humans on Mars, a sentient AI wrestling with Native identity and blood quantum laws...these elements belong to the many worlds Indigenous sci-fi authors create in order to affirm Indigenous thriving and Indigenous futures. This class gives students the chance to engage Indigenous (principally but not exclusive Native American) perspectives, philosophies, and cultures through close engagement with media from Indigenous science fiction (ISF). This will include films, short stories, short films, poetry, comic books, and anything else we can get our hands on! Non-fiction articles about Indigenous philosophy, traditional ecological knowledge, Native ethics, and so forth will be interwoven with fiction pieces, to give us a better sense of how ISF authors are both reflecting and generating contemporary Indigenous philosophy and culture. We will learn from the way Indigenous authors play with, subvert, or reimagine traditional settler SF genre tropes (like contact or apocalypse narratives) in ways that resist colonial versions of the past and future, even as they also contribute to the survival, thriving, and renewal of Native communities. The course hopes to create deeper awareness of and interest in Indigenous philosophical themes, Indigenous cultures, and settler-Indigenous relations; to motivate and provide a toolkit for allyship; and to provide a mile-long reading/watch list of hilarious, brilliant, critical, and insightful sci-fi that can keep students engaged with Indigenous communities, authors, and issues well beyond the course. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia






HC 407  Road Trip to Nowhere: Hollywood Encounters the Counterculture            

1 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 60125         Section 018         SEM       W 1600 - 1750

Meets weeks 1-5 only   

Instructor(s): Jon Lewis  

A multi-media, interdisciplinary look at Hollywood during the counterculture era -- 1967-1976 -- including film screenings (The Graduate, Easy Rider), music (Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock), and cultural history (from the summer of love through the Manson murders to the bicentennial). Meets weeks 1-5 only. Satisfies: HC Colloquia





HC 407  Protecting Oregon's Endangered Species on Private Land              

2 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 60123         Section 021         SEM       F 800 - 950

Required all-day field trip Saturday May 20th      

Instructor(s): Joe Kerkvliet  

There are 108 animals and plants in Oregon at risk of extinction and listed as threatened or endangered under the U.S. and/or Oregon  Nearly all of these species live on or strongly depend upon privately owned land for food, shelter, breeding, or migration.  Can private landowners be persuaded to forego profits and control of their land to protect at-risk species? This colloquium explores how public agencies and non-profit organizations are working to incentivize private landowners to help conserve at-risk species in Oregon.  We first learn the nuts and bolts of the tools used to incentivize private landowners:  Habitat Conservation Plans, Safe Harbor Agreements, Candidate Conservation Agreements, conservation easements, and mitigation banking.  We then learn how these tools are applied in Oregon via classroom discussions with conservation practitioners from the Greenbelt Land Trust, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Institute for Applied Ecology.  We then take a one day fieldtrip to visit nearby private lands being managed to conserve species such as Kincaid’s lupine, Fender’s blue butterfly, Nelson’s checkermallow, and Bradshaw’s lomatium. Class discussions and readings explore the plusses and minuses of relying on private landowners to protect at-risk species. Required all-day field trip Saturday May 20th, 2023. Course Fee: $8. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia





MB 302H              General Microbiology    

3 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 60424         Section 001         LEC         MWF 1000 - 1050           

Instructor(s): Kimberly Halsey  

Emphasis on cytology, physiology, virology, growth and control of growth with coverage of the role of microorganisms in nature, in disease, and as useful tools.  PREREQS: (CH 332 or CH 335) and ((BI 212/212H and BI 213/213H) or (BI 204, 205 and 206) or (BI 221/221H and BI 222/222H)).  Satisfies: HC Elective






SOC 444H             Prisons and Communities            

4 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 58697         Section 001         SEM       W 1700 - 2050  

Instructor(s): Michelle Inderbitzin  

Do you want to know what prisons are really like? Are you curious how formerly incarcerated individuals make the transition back into the community? What are their fears? What obstacles do they face? How do communities welcome them back and/or construct obstacles for their successful reintegration? Pre-COVID, students in this class went into a state prison or youth correctional facility to share class with “inside” students for a full quarter. COVID has unfortunately – but rightly – limited our access to correctional facilities and their medically vulnerable populations, so this class is now focused on bringing first-hand perspectives on the prison experience to campus. The class will be co-facilitated by a community activist who is a formerly incarcerated juvenile lifer, and most class sessions will feature guest speakers who have spent time in prison and who are willing to share their stories and to answer your questions. As we learn and build our knowledge about the realities and challenges of prisons, we’ll consider alternatives and work as a class to understand and influence state legislation and policies. We hope you’ll join us in this totally unique, active, and fascinating class!

Satisfies: HC Elective