Lower Division Course Offerings (Spring 2018)

Most students will register for one section of HON101 at a minimum for their first semester.  To complete HIP, you will take HON 101, LIB151 and 9 credits of any of the HON/LEAD/MIND classes, or complete a study abroad.


LEAD100 - Contemporary Leadership Theory 

CRN 21790 or 23180 - 3 Credits

TR 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


MWF 2:30-3:20

Instructors: TBD

In the 21st Century, leaders are required to respond to a multitude of issues and challenges that range from the context of the individual, to the community, to the national setting, and finally in a global context.  This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to examine contemporary approaches in leadership as they manifest in the local, national, and global communities.  Special emphasis is placed on students’ ability to develop and apply cultural fluency through a leadership perspective in the afore mentioned contexts and communities.


LEAD200 - Risk and Change in Leadership

CRN 22072 - 3 Credits

TR 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Instructor: TBD

(Note: You do NOT need to take LEAD100 prior to enrolling in LEAD200.  There is NOT prerequisite for LEAD200). This course, which provides experiential learning opportunities, explores the core concepts of risk and change that inform the complex nature of engaged leadership in a local, national, and international contexts.


*HON351/LIB251 - JR Honors Seminar & Research as Inquiry

CRN 21200 & 24312 - 1 credit each (2 total credits)

Monday 4:00-6:00 PM

Instructors: Loree Crow and Brianne Markowski

Juniors and new UHP students should take these concurrent courses. These courses examine how to begin an honors project, the literature review, and project designs. Emphasis is on developing an honors project proposal for a research, applied or creative works project. This course further develops the student's scholarly writing skills. Sophomores or Above. 

 * Email honors@unco.edu to have a seat opened for you


*HON451 SR Research Thesis 

Once a moth class meetings TBD on student schedules.

Instructor: Loree Crow

Students will work independently in this course primarily with their Honors Thesis/Capstone Advisor, and will meet at least once a month with other students as a full class meeting with instructor Loree Crow. this class is for students who have completed HON351.

* Email honors@unco.edu to have a seat opened for you


MIND 180-001 – Great Ideas of the Western Tradition

LAC Area – 3b and 7 - CRN 21006 - 3 Credits

TR 9:30-10:45 AM

Instructor: Richard Bownas

This course will explore the ‘dark side’ of the Western tradition. It will cover such classics as The Book of Job, Oedipus, and Macbeth, as well as exploring pessimistic, cynical, stoical, skeptical and nihilistic strands of thought in literature, philosophy and social theory including diverse genres such as the short story, the detective movie, theology, science fiction, contemporary philosophy of mind, ‘civilizational decline’ narratives and horror. Through these texts we will explore the big questions about the place of human values in the cosmos. (LAC Area 3b –Literature and Humanities AND LAC 7 - International Studies)


 MIND180-002 - Great Ideas of the Western Tradition

LAC Area-3b and 7 - CRN 23934 - 3 Credits

TR 12:30-1:45 PM

Instructor: Jeraldine Kraver

This course is designed to enhance your understanding of main lines of literary and philosophical development that have shaped western thought for nearly three millennia. It asks you to become critical readers of the literary past and to explore moral universes radically different from our own. We will consider why these works have been valued so highly for so long and, in working to appreciate and understand them, imagine what we can learn about ourselves. Among the authors or texts we will encounter are Homer, Sappho, Job, Dante. Milton, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, Faust, and Moby Dick. As we read, we will consider these four questions: 1) What does it mean to be human in these texts? 2) How or where do these writers and/or their characters find meaning? 3) What do these writers have to say about who we are in relation to the sources of meaning outside ourselves (e.g., god, law, society, etc.)? and 4) What can we take from these texts to help us make meaning in our world? (LAC Area 3b – Literature and Humanities AND LAC7 - International Studies)


MIND 182 - Confluence of Cultures

LAC Area 3b and 8 - CRN 20940 - 3 Credits

W 1:25-4:25 PM

Instructor: Michael Kimball

In this class, we explore the diversity of Islam and Muslim identities through interdisciplinary readings (fiction and nonfiction); documentaries; guest speakers; critical examination of the Media; intensive discussions; student-led investigations of and presentations on West-MENA (Middle East & North Africa) relations; and personal reflection on issues and direct experience. This course is partnered with the international nonprofit organization, Soliya. Soliya’s Connect Program is a unique cross-cultural education program that enables college students in the U.S., Europe, and MENA countries to collaboratively explore interpersonal and cross-cultural relations with the aim of improving intercultural awareness and understanding. Participating students from across the globe literally see and hear one another in a rich and intimate online environment utilizing the latest in videoconferencing and online collaboration technology. (LAC 3b – Literature and Humanities AND LAC8 -US Multicultural Studies)


MIND 286 - Value Issues in Political Economy

LAC Area 5a - CRN 21109 - 3 Credits

TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Stan Luger

This course will focus on the relationship between capitalism and democracy and the value issues inherent in a market society. It will examine ancient and early modern view of markets, and both conservative and radical critiques of capitalism. It will also examine contemporary views of the role of government, the relationship between capitalism and freedom, possibilities of freedom and satisfaction within market society, and perceptions of and attitudes toward inequality. Thus, the course provides students with the opportunity to examine the connection between the economic and political sphere. No background in either economics or political science is required. (LAC Area 5a – Economics and Political Systems)


MIND 288 - Contemporary Arts Connections

LAC Area Electives - CRN 20292 - 3 Credits

MWF 10:10-11:00 AM

Instructor: Kristin Bovaird-Abbo

The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien – This course seeks to understand the appeal of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth by situating it within the context of Tolkien’s work as artist and scholar alongside his medieval sources and modern parallels. We will explore the impact of WWI and WWII on Tolkien, Hitler’s misappropriation of Nordic myths (as well as current misappropriations of Tolkien’s work by white supremacists), Tolkien’s childhood and education, Tolkien’s medieval and modern literary sources (including the works of George MacDonald), as well as the impact of Tolkien’s writings on modern literature, music, and film. A variety of perspectives will be used, from autobiographical and biographical readings, historical texts, primary literary texts, secondary scholarship, et cetera. We will also analyze clips from the most recent live-action film versions of LOTR and The Hobbit, discussing the changes introduced by director Peter Jackson to Tolkien’s original works. Possible themes include the use of myth, the nature of history and its relationship to place, the activity of creation and its relationship to language, beauty, evil and power, the role of the environment, war, the role of monsters in imagination and criticism, the twinned challenges of death and immortality, fate and free will, and the interaction between the world of “faerie” and religious belief. This class will be largely driven by discussions interspersed with lectures, slide presentations, and film clips. (LAC – Electives)


MIND 291- Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies

LAC Area Electives - CRN 24502 - 3 Credits

TR 8:00-9:00 AM

Instructor: Thomas Smith

Religions and World Views – In this course we will explore religious and non-religious worldviews by examining the history, literature, and teachings of major Western and Eastern religious traditions, and some of the more important ancient and modern critiques of religion as such. We will do so in the larger context of the idea of a worldview. A “worldview” (translation of the German Weltanschauung), whether religious or nonreligious, is one’s comprehensive construction of reality and meaning, often termed a "life understanding." Each of us has a worldview, developed in part because we have sought some understanding of our own significance. At the end of this course you will, among other things, be able to articulate your own worldview and gain a scholarly understanding of the phenomenon of religion.


HON 492 - Honors Internship or Study Abroad

Consent of instructor is needed to take this class. This course offers variable credit in an approved study abroad and/or internship for the Honors Program. The specifics of what is required for credit in HON 492 is worked out ahead of time with the Honors department- contact the office about internship/study abroad opportunities on an individual basis. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credit hours. Can be taken for credit for HIP or UHP.


Honors Courses By Contract - Undergraduate or Graduate

Most regular courses can be developed as an Honors course by contract. This is a great opportunity to work closer with a professor with subject matter of your interest. You will select an additional project approved by the professor. The course can be one that you are already taking to meet LAC or Major or Minor requirements. The additional project that goes along with the course material, etc. See the Honors Handbook for more information and to complete the forms .