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Because it's not just about completing your degree, it's also about the quality of your learning experiences.
Honors classes are not ony taught by some of the best professors on campus, they are filled with amazing students - students like you: lively, engaged, and eager to learn!

Information on Honors Courses

-- No special permission or requirements are necessary to register for an Honors course!
-- If you are new to Honors, we highly recommend taking one of our intro classes - HNRS 1110: Constellations of Identity OR HNRS 2110: The Meaning of Life.
Upper-division courses do not require pre-requisities.

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HNRS 1530 CA
Words & Wares

Writing and art both use symbols on a page to express thoughts & feelings and evoke meaningful responses from others. Through words and wares, through writing and pottery, you’ll explore different creative ways to express your story. Sharing your story will move and inspire others in ways you can't yet predict.

CRN 23075

Monica Linford | 5:30 - 8:10 pm | Wednesdays | KA 307
This course fulfills a Creative Arts general education requirement.









HNRS 2020 CA
Echoes of the Painted World

Have you ever found yourself gazing at a piece of art or reading a poem, only to feel bewildered by its enigmatic and cryptic nature? Do you wish you could decipher the hidden significance of various artistic and literary creations? Whether you're an aspiring artist, writer, or simply a lover of art and literature, this course will expand your horizons, challenge your preconceptions, and develop your abilities to uncover the complex meanings in art.

CRN 23096

Aubrey Jones & Nicolas Mugavero | Tuesday/Thursday | 12 - 1:15pm | LI 325
This course fulfills a Creative Arts general education requirement.


HNRS 1110 HU
Constellations of Identity
Intro to Honors

We’ll treat art, music, literature, and science as collaborative forces in the project of understanding the world and our place in it, our identities, and our connections to others. We’ll examine the ways we make meaning through the heart and the mind, through the cognitive and affective dimensions. From the fusion of science, song, and story, we’ll reflect on the things we learn and the lives we lead.

CRN 23073

Christy Call | Tuesday/Thursday | 9 - 10:15am | LI 322
This course fulfills a Humanities general education requirement.









HNRS 2110 HU
The Meaning of Life
Intro to Honors

Ever wonder about the meaning of life? So have a lot of other people! Explore and examine with us the various answers that Western societies, religions and thinkers have offered to this timeless question from the dawn of civilization to the Black Death.

CRN 23076

Marc Nelson & Katie Nelson | Tuesday/Thursday | 9 - 10:15am | LI 325
This course fulfills a Humanities general education requirement.









HNRS 1540 HU
Hiking for Mind, Body, & Soul

Commune with nature, explore local trails, study philosophy, taste wild berries, find greater peace & relaxation, learn about how hiking & nature affect the brain, and experience their effects on your whole self through this immersive class that combines academic learning with local hiking & meditation.

CRN 23081

Marc Nelson | Wednesdays | 1:30 - 4:10pm | LI 325
This course fulfills a Humanities general education requirement.









HNRS 2010 HU
Blood: Science, Culture, & the Monstrous

Housed within cultural and literary studies, medical history, and medical laboratory sciences, this interdisciplinary course will explore the intersections of monstrous representations of blood in culture, literature, film and history, alongside the scientific advancements in hemotological study (the science of blood) and transfusion medicine.

CRN 23094

Cynthia Jones & Justin Rhees | Tuesday/Thursday | 1:30 - 2:45pm | LI 325
This course fulfills a Humanities general education requirement.







HNRS 1510 LS
Omnivore's Dilemma

How do you decide what to eat? Why is this decision so easy for some, yet fraught with stress & guilt for others? Delve into Michael Pollan’s best-selling book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and learn about how the human diet has changed over time, its implications on our health, and its effects on the environment. Through readings, discussions, projects, and eating, we will explore the current food system one bite at a time.

CRN 23080

Michele Skopec | Wednesdays | 12:30 - 3:10pm | TY 459
This course fulfills a Life Science general education requirement.









HNRS 2040 LS
Innovations: Cancer Immunology

Your body is making tiny tumors all the time, but most are destroyed before they do damage. Many anti-cancer drugs work by killing enough of the tumor for the immune system to take care of the rest. Explore new and exciting immune-based cancer therapies, learn the basics of the development & immune evasion of cancer, and discuss what we know about how to stop it.

CRN 23097

Daniel Clark & Gennie Parkman | MWF | 9:30 - 10:20am | TY 459
This course fulfills a Life Science general education requirement.







HNRS 2030 PS
Living Amidst the Cosmos
The Art & Science of Light

Study and experiment with light through art, astronomy, archaeology, philosophy, physics, and psychology. We’ll learn under the sun and stars by visiting local sites of interest, like the Sun Tunnels and North Fork Dark Sky Preserve. Our observations and experiments will inspire you to create light-based artworks of your own. You’ll leave this hands-on course with a greater understanding of the role of light in your life and in the physical world around you.

Can substitute for ART 4660 – Advanced Photo: Special Topics for BFA students.

CRN 23095

Ariel Wilson & John Armstrong | Tuesdays | 1:30 - 4:10pm | LI 246
This course fulfills a Physical Science general education requirement.







HNRS 1520 SS
Dare to Repair
Explorations in Sustainability

What can you do in your life to help the environment? Environmental issues often seem overwhelming, but there are things we can do to improve things. Learn how to repair and maintain items in your daily life with skills like welding and maintenance. We’ll analyze the economic and environmental ramifications of reusing and repairing things that otherwise get thrown away.

CRN 23074

Matt Gnagey & Taylor Foss | Tuesdays | 1:30 - 4:10pm | HB 100
This course fulfills a Social Science general education requirement.









HNRS 2050 SS
Organizing for Social Change

Ignite social change! Learn principles and techniques for impactful action, apply skills in local settings for hands-on experience, and empower yourself to lead meaningful change. Join us and make a difference!

CRN 23098

Barrett Bonella | Tuesday/Thursday | 3 - 4:15pm | LI 325
This course fulfills a Social Science general education requirement.







HNRS 2830
Bang Your Head: Heavy Metal Music & Society

“Metal confronts what we'd rather ignore. It celebrates what we often deny. It indulges in what we fear most. And that's why metal will always be a culture of outsiders.” In this class we will examine what makes metal music and its fans a culture of outsiders, as anthropologist and documentarian Sam Dunn suggests, through the study of masculinity, class, race, and sexuality.

CRN 23099

Jessica Fisher | Mondays | 11:30am - 12:20pm | LI 325
This course is 1 credit hour.









HNRS 2900
Rules for Radicals

Whether you’re an accomplished activist or a curious student of grassroots organizing, this class will offer a primer on power-to-the-people techniques. We’ll read Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” to better understand how a set of pragmatic principles can apply to mass movements in the 21st century.

CRN 23100

Chris Scheidler | Mondays | 10:30 - 11:20am | LI 325
This course is 1 credit hour.







HNRS 3900
Afro-Latin America: History & Culture

Explore the vibrant cultures and contributions of people from African descent in Latin America and in the US. Learn about how Afro-Latin people have fought for freedom, citizenship, and equity.

CRN 23077

James Almeida & María del Mar González-González
Tuesday/Thursday | 10:30 - 11:45am | LI 325









HNRS 4830
Motor Art & History of Hot Rods

Look at the impact of hot rods on American culture to see how they epitomize freedom, rebellion, and innovation. We’ll analyze the portrayal and symbolism of cars in films, music, and advertisements to see how they reflect and influence societal values and trends. We’ll also learn about the mechanical, cultural, and artistic elements of these cars through direct engagement & hands-on experiences.

CRN 23101

Brandon Stevenson & Sheldon Slaughter
Wednesdays | 9:30am - 12:10pm | CAE 123









HNRS 4900
Meditation & Mindfulness

Learn and develop techniques that will help you to ease anxiety, reduce stress, and achieve greater balance in your life through the practice of meditation & mindfulness.

CRN 23078

Michael Olpin | Mondays | 12:30 - 3:10pm | SW 225









HNRS 4920
On-Air: The Honors Podcast

Do you like listening to podcasts? Are you interested in making one? Learn the ins-and-outs of podcast production, including interview techniques, story development, scriptwriting, audio recording, sound editing, and streaming. You’ll also help create a new season of the Weber PodCats Podcast.

CRN 23102

Andrea Baltazar & Melina Alexander
Tuesday/Thursday | 9 - 10:15am | LI 076







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