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

See the Winter 2020 course descriptions for more details, or check out the Academic Year Schedule for all of the honors courses currently planned for 2019-20. And don’t forget the HC 409 options for cultural ambassadorship and civic engagement!


TA 360H - Multicultural American Theatre

CRN: 39594; Section 001; TTh 1400 - 1520; 3 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): DeMara Cabrera

We will look at theatre that represent a variety of cultures and students will present on the issues in the plays (such as civil rights movements, violence against a particular group of people, key moments in US history, etc). For example, the play Twilight: Los Angeles examines the riots in Los Angeles in 1992. We will learn about the events explored by this play as well as current issues surrounding police violence and Black Lives Matter. We will also watch films adaptations of plays. Satisfies: HC BaccCore - Difference, Power, and Discrimination 

ES 241H - Introduction to Native American Studies

CRN: 39574; Section 001; MW 1400 - 1550; 4 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): David Lewis

A survey of Native American cultures and history, both prior to and following contact with Europeans. Introduces the key contemporary issues and questions in the field of Native American studies. Satisfies: HC BaccCore - Cultural Diversity

PS 366H - From Atlantis to Utopia

CRN: 39872; Section 001; TTh 1400 - 1550; 4 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): Philipp Kneis

The search for the ideal state has occupied political philosophy since antiquity. From Plato’s Atlantis story through More’s Utopia and beyond, philosophers, writers and filmmakers have pondered how to create a perfect state with perfect citizens which will stand the test of time. Each week will combine theoretical reflections from antiquity through post-modernity with a selection of examples from more or less contemporary fiction that will ideally already be known to the audience. Satisfies: HC BaccCore - Social Processes and Institutions

HC 407 - Language and Identity: How We Speak and Who We Are

CRN: 39579; Section 023; Th 1200 - 1350; 1 HC Credit(s); meets on odd weeks only
Instructor(s): Amanda Kibler

What do the ways we use language say about who we are? And how can language serve to both draw us together and set us apart? In this colloquium, students will have an opportunity to develop a multifaceted understanding of the relationships between language and identity and to engage in sociolinguistic fieldwork aimed at deepening their understanding through hands-on learning. Students will first read and discuss foundational theories and concepts in linguistics and sociolinguistics, exploring the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and more recent theories focused on the social construction of language and identity, including the work of scholars who consider the learning and use of different languages as well as social and regional dialects/varieties of a particular language. Students will then engage in a field project that allows them to explore aspects of their own languages and identities by collecting data and reflecting upon it. Meets weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 only. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia  

HC 409 - Professional & Career Development

CRN: 38491; Section 008; T 1000 - 1150; 1 HC Credit(s); meets weeks 3 & 7 only
Instructor(s): LeeAnn Baker & Nathan Petitti

This professional and career development course is designed to increase your awareness of skills necessary for a successful life after college. We will work together to create a customized development plan focused on your strengths and weaknesses with an aim to achieve your development goal. We will give you the fundamentals and you will practice these skills with your classmates and the larger community. Part of the course will include attending professional development and career events. This course is for anyone who hopes to have a smooth transition to adulting! Meets weeks 3 & 7 only. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Elective