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 Fall 2022 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!


CS 331H                Introduction to Artificial Intelligence      

4 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 19942         Section 001         LEC         TR 800 - 950       

Instructor(s): Prasad Tadepalli  

Fundamental concepts in artificial intelligence using the unifying theme of an intelligent agent. Topics include agent architectures, search, games, logic and reasoning, and Bayesian networks.  PREREQS: CS 325/325H. RESTRICTIONS: Must be enrolled in the College of Engineering. Not for Computer Science Double Degree students.   Satisfies: HC Elective




FILM 145H           Introduction to Film Studies: 1968-1999 

3 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 19827         Section 001         LEC         TR 1600 – 1720 & M 1800 - 2150 film screenings              

Instructor(s): Jon Lewis  

Explores and examines American and European cinema, 1968-1999. Emphasizes on important films and filmmakers of the era as well as key events in American and European cultural history.  Satisfies: HC BaccCore - Literature & The Arts





HC 299  Internationalize Your HC Experience       

1 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 15049         Section 002         SEM       R 1500 - 1550    

Instructor(s): David Kovac  

The Honors College wants you to be successful—not just in the classroom, but in the world. Learn about the benefits of “internationalizing” your OSU education and your Honors College experience. This colloquium will help you explore options such as faculty-led study abroad programs, international service experiences, the International Studies Undergraduate Major, and the Global Development Studies minor. Melding these opportunities into your Honors College experience will require some thought and planning, and this course is designed to help you discover which opportunities will best supplement your HC and OSU experience as we prepare for a more globally connected future. Satisfies: HC Colloquia





HC 299  Designing Behavior Change for Sustainability      

1 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 19831         Section 004         SEM       T 1500 - 1550     

Instructor(s): Deann Garcia  

To move societies toward a sustainable future, permanent behavior changes must happen at both the institutional and individual level. This course examines the leverage points that can be used to trigger desired changes in behavior, in order to design effective communication strategies to inspire action. Using design thinking, behavior-centered and persuasive design, the social sciences, and tactics for effective communication, this course examines strategies for identifying resistance and motivators to design systems and technologies that enable desired sustainable behaviors.      Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia





HC 407  Seeing the Impacts of Climate Change in Oregon: a Field Course

2 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 19833         Section 052         SEM      

Instructor(s): Philip Mote   

Meets in the pre-term extension period: first meeting 9/13, field trip 9/14-9/16, final meeting 9/19.         

As recently as 10 years ago, most of the impacts of climate change were still ambiguous. Now, though, hardly a season passes without new extremes: heat waves, floods, droughts, coastal erosion, ecological impacts, and social disruption. This course combines academic understanding through reading, discussion, and analysis, with experiential learning in the form of a tour of western Oregon.  Participants will synthesize data, visible evidence, and human experiences, as they visit locations affected by the devastating fires of September 2020, coastal communities coping with erosion and inundation, agricultural and urban communities affected by the deadly summer 2021 heat wave, a municipal water utility planning for changes in water supply and demand, and a tribal community coping with cultural dimensions of environmental change. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia





HC 407  It’s ALL about SOIL!!!     

2 HC Credit(s)      CRN: 19832       Section 051         SEM      

Instructor(s): James Cassidy  

Meets in the pre-term extension period: class consists of an all-day field trip 9/12/22, an all-day field trip 9/14/22, and an overnight field trip 9/16/22-9/17/22.

Soil is where everything comes from and where everything goes, and yet most people will spend their entire lives never having once considered the fact that they are made from the very same things that can be found in a handful of soil.  Every atom in your body was once stored on the exchange complex of clay or organic matter colloids that was then taken up by a plant, and either then you ate that plant (or ate an animal that ate the plant), or your mother did, and now here you are, reading these words and reflecting on the idea that soil is the incontrovertible fact of our human existence.  In this course we will explore these ideas as we take a fast and deep dive into the reality that is soil.  Its all there – the physics, the chemistry, the biology – all of which we are totally dependent on for every second of our lives.  If you are interested in science, ecology, history, philosophy, the future; there’s no other subject that is so integral to what has happened, and what will happen to life on this planet (or beyond).  Above all, soil is habitat, the most diverse habitat on the planet by any measure - diversity of organisms, sheer numbers, total mass – its where life on the planet earth is.  A single pinch of soil contains over one billion living organisms representing tens of thousands of deferent species, the vast majority have yet to be studied.  Soil is endlessly fascinating - there’s just so much to know and so much going on in the soil.  Take this class and learn about where you are, what you are, and perhaps who you are.

In addition to lectures, discussions, and demonstrations describing the properties of soils, how soils form, and how soil self-organizes and supports all life, we will spend at least half of our time in the field to see soils close-up, get your hands dirty, and really see and feel what soil is, what it does, and how it works.  Oregon has the some of the greatest diversity of soils anywhere in the world. You will see and experience that diversity – it is in fact why you are here at OSU.  This class will change your life.  Come and learn what every human on planet earth should know.  Soil!  There’s no alternative. Course Fee: $28. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia





HC 407      A Field to Fork View of Farming Systems in Oregon

2 HC Credit(s)     Meets 9/9/22 - 9/11/22 only, all-day field trips each day

Instructor(s): Dan Arp


Over 200 agricultural commodities are produced in Oregon, more than almost any other state. Producers use a variety of farming approaches (e.g. organic, conventional) from small scale (a few acres) to large scale (thousands of acres). In this course, students will learn about these diverse farming systems in Oregon and finish each day with a meal based on Oregon produce. The format will consist of visits to local farms, processing plants and research centers. Students will participate in the preparation of evening meals that will be based on Oregon produce. Meets 9/9/22 - 9/11/22 only, all day field trips. Course Fee: $60. Satisfies: HC Colloquia




HC 407  In The Beginning: When Science Meets Religion

2 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 19821         Section 014         SEM       T 1200 - 1350     

Instructor(s): Luke Painter  

Explore conflicts between science and religious beliefs, with the goal of understanding why conflicts arise and how, if possible, they might be resolved. Disagreements about the origins of life and the universe have been important in history, and continue to influence education and politics in the modern world. Does science rule out a creator god? Is evolution necessarily anti-religion? What is the role of evidence, and why do people believe what they believe? Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia





HC 407  Survey of the Sacred: Mystical Texts & Traditions              

2 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 19994         Section 033         SEM       MW 1100 - 1150              

Instructor(s): Eric Hill  

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”

“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham…”

“I begin with the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful All praise is to God, Lord of all the worlds…”

“O Sanjay, after gathering on the holy field of Kurukshetra, and desiring to fight, what did my sons and the sons of Pandu do?”

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts; it is made up of our thoughts.”

The above quotes are from the central texts of five world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. What each of these religions have in common is the fact that they also contain traditions of mysticism. What is mysticism? What makes it different than orthodox interpretation and practices?

We’ll be answering this question by examining excerpts from the core texts and practices reflected in traditions of Kabbalah, Christian mysticism, Sufism, Esoteric Buddhism, and various schools of Hinduism. We’ll begin with a basic understanding of each of these faiths, largely through reading the central texts, and then we’ll explore the mystical traditions of each and how they differ, inform, and conflict with orthodox interpretation. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia