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 Winter 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!


BOT 101H            Botany: A Human Concern          

4 HC Credit(s)     Register for the LEC and the LAB:

CRN: 40667         Section 001         LEC        MWF 1600 - 1650           

CRN: 40668         Section 010         LAB        T 1500 - 1750    

Instructor(s): Stephen Meyers  

Introductory botany for non-majors, emphasizing the role of plants in the environment, agriculture and society. Includes molecular approaches to the study of plant function and genetic engineering. Course Fee: $15. Satisfies: HC BaccCore - Biological Sciences



COMM 111H      Public Speaking 

3 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40438        Section 001         LEC        MWF 1100 - 1150           

Instructor(s): James Roberts  

Public communication as it relates to informative and persuasive discourse. The theory and practice of public speaking in informative and persuasive contexts. Satisfies: HC BaccCore - Speech



COMM 218H      Interpersonal Communication    

3 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40191        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



CS 391H               Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science     

3 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40661        Section 001         LEC        MWF 1200 - 1250           

Instructor(s): Weng-Keen Wong  

In-depth exploration of the social, psychological, political, and ethical issues surrounding the computer industry and the evolving information society. RESTRICTIONS: Minimum of junior standing required. Satisfies: HC BaccCore - Science, Technology, Society



WR 222H             English Composition       

3 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40904        Section 001         LEC        TR 1200 - 1350

Instructor(s): JT Bushnell  

Continued practice in expository writing with an emphasis on argumentation and research. PREREQS: WR 121/121H. Satisfies: HC BaccCore - Writing I



HC 299  Expanding Sustainable Design for Society into K-12 Schools          

1 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40192        Section 002         SEM       T 1600 - 1650 & Required field trip, date TBD            

Instructor(s): Cory Buxton  

This colloquium will bridge two new projects at OSU: the interdisciplinary “Engineering and Design for Society (EDS)” initiative and the National Science Foundation funded “Language, Culture and Knowledge-building through Science (LaCuKnoS)” project. Students will get an overview of current ideas about sustainable design and using design thinking to solve social problems. Students will then work in small groups to develop an activity that teaching about sustainable design aimed at either middle school or high school students. This involves working directly with K-12 students in afterschool clubs and with families during family STEM workshops. This colloquium will teach skills in communicating and disseminating ideas about sustainability and design with broader community audiences who may be unfamiliar with these ideas. Required field trip, date TBD. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia



HC 299  Experiencing Transdisciplinary Research

1 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40215        Section 004         SEM       T 1000 – 1150, Meets weeks 1-5 only.               

Instructor(s): Irem Tumer & Andy Dong

To introduce students to transdisciplinary research methods, and to a collection of OSU faculty and their research projects. Class sessions will be split between introduction of information and concepts around research, and a research talk by a faculty speaker.  Group discussions and collaborative learning activities will be used to further explore the concepts and topics under discussion. Students will conduct literature search and submit a written summary.  Students will journal their summary of the research topics discussed during each lecture, including a summary of the research talk presented by the speakers. Meets weeks 1-5 only. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia



HC 299  Under Surveillance: Drones, Data, and More       

1 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40194        Section 005         SEM       T 1000 - 1050    

Instructor(s): Joshua Reeves  

Students in this introductory course will learn to think critically about many of the most important sociotechnical developments in the digital world, including transhumanism, state and corporate surveillance, drone warfare, and e-waste and environmental destruction. Ethical questions will be emphasized. Satisfies: HC Colloquia



HC 407  Nuclear Weapons - What to Know           

2 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40203        Section 003         SEM       MW 900 - 950 & Required all-day field trip, date TBD.      

Instructor(s): Jack Higginbotham  

Explore the development of nuclear weapons; the science, the engineering, the political forces driving their development, the strategies of deployment, the effects of detonation, how countries maintain their stockpiles and why the genie can’t be put back in the bottle. Required all-day field trip, date TBD. Course Fee: $39. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia



HC 407  All About Algae 

1 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40699        Section 009         SEM       R 1700 - 1750   

Instructor(s): Skip Rochefort  

All About Algae will cover exactly what the title indicates. We will go from definition of algae (biological), types of algae, algae growth, algae blooms (good and bad aspects), and algae uses in food, medicine, environmental sustainability, and energy production. Most important of all, we will attempt to address any and all of your questions about algae!      Satisfies: HC Colloquia



HC 407  Introduction to Fan Fiction Studies          

2 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40200        Section 014         SEM       M 1000 - 1150  

Instructor(s): Rebecca Olson  

Uses students' own participation in or research on self-selected fandoms to examine the critical distinction between affirmative and transformative fan practice. To what extent do works in a given fandom reinforce canon and to what extent do they present a political reimagining of the fictional world and/or its characters? Explores what fan fiction suggests about the limitations of mainstream and canonical narratives, the inherent value of authorship as a category, and the creative potential of passionate audiences. Satisfies: HC Colloquia



HC 407  American Society and Politics in Film      

1 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40199        Section 016         SEM       M 1400 - 1450  

Instructor(s): David Bernell & Catherine Bolzendahl

This course examines American society and politics through the medium of film. We will look at several topics such as democracy and governance, gender inequality, race and racism, religion in American life, the exclusion and inclusion of people identifying as LGBTQ, political dysfunction, and environmental protection. The course will look at the history and evolution of the conflicts that have characterized these issues in American society and politics, with the aim of understanding the present state and how we arrived at this point. Satisfies: HC Colloquia



HC 407  Adulting: Being a Young Professional in Today's Society  

1 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40769        Section 017         SEM       MW 1500 – 1550, Meets weeks 1-5 only.     

Instructor(s): LeeAnn Baker  

The course will explore the process of coming of age as a young professional in today’s society. We will look at how society defines “childhood” or “adulthood” throughout history,  popular culture, and media to investigate the concept of what it means to be an adult today. Students will identify the ways in which American adulthood is socially constructed, utilize effective strategies for time management, career development, and financial responsibility and understand the civic responsibility of coming of age and its applications. Meets weeks 1-5 only. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia



HC 407  Eating Insects    

1 HC Credit(s)     CRN: 40204        Section 020         SEM       R 1200 - 1250   

Instructor(s): Rebekah Sinclair  

Insects are extremely delicious… if you’re a bird. But would you incorporate them as a mainstay of your diet? In this class—which, to be clear, is not a cooking class—we’ll consider emerging arguments for and technologies around the large-scale consumption of insects as a replacement for other animal proteins. We will ask questions like, Is it ethical to eat insects and how do we decide? Do the same kinds of moral concerns about eating mammals or birds (or humans) apply to insects, or do we need to ask totally different questions? How do we think about and determine insect sentience and is sentience the most important moral question? Is eating insects really more sustainable than eating other animal proteins or only eating plant proteins? And if the problem is more with the capitalist systems we’re producing within, not individual protein choices, then might insect protein face similar problems as other animal agriculture? In addition to moral questions, we will consider how different cultures have understood and practiced eating insects for centuries and how the disgust factor (whether evolutionary or cultural) might impact the success of entomophagy at a global scale. We will wrestle with the relationship between rational arguments and moral intuitions around one of the most ignored and underappreciated groups of the animal world, and you will get a chance to develop and reflect on your own relations to insects as well as your stance on if they are food, foe, friends, or all of the above. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia