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Honors Course Offerings

HON 101 - Introduction to Critical Thinking

Three sections offered in Fall 2020

M/W 11:15 - 12:05 Instructor Shawn Montano

M/W 12:20 -1:10 Instructor Shawn Montano

M/W 1:25 - 2:15 Instructor Patricia Jolly

Honors Introduction to Critical Thinking:  An introductory seminar for honors students, emphasizing critical and creative thinking, perspective taking, inquiry, and intercultural competencies through in depth discussions on contemporary issues, engaged learning opportunities, and community-based projects.

 HON 100, 200 & 395- Honors Seminars

Variable Content Seminars

Previous HON Seminars have included:

  • Fear of Other, Travis Boyce
  • Harry Potter and the Medieval Tradition, Kristin Bovaird-Abbo
  • Aesthetics in Action, Andrew Svedlow
  • Journalism for non-journalism majors, Rhonda Corman
  • Dictatorship and Democracy, Christiane Olivio

Instructor: Varies


LIB151 -Honors Research Skills

MWF 2:30 - 3:20

Instructor: Rachel Dineen

Students will gain active learning experience in managing information in a dynamic research environment. Includes skills in identifying, retrieving, organizing, and evaluating information necessary for academic research and scholarly writing.

HON351/LIB251 - JR Honors Seminar & Research as Inquiry

Monday 4:00-6:00 PM

Instructor: Brianne Markowski; Matt Birbaum

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

 HON451 Honors Senior Thesis 

Class meetings TBD

Instructor: Loree Crow (coordinates student experience with research & project mentors)

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 the instructor. Prerequisite: HON351.

 MIND 180 - Great Ideas of the Western Tradition 

T/TH 12:30 - 1:45

Instructor: Jeffrey Brown

“Liberalism and Its Discontents” – This class explores the historical and philosophical foundations of liberalism.  Liberalism, in its various forms, is committed to individual freedom, and it is opposed to several types of tyrannies.  The class will investigate liberalism’s connection to other values, such as equality, democracy, and community.  We will also explore various historical and contemporary challenges to liberalism from socialist, conservative, feminist, and communitarian thinkers.  (LAC Area 3b – Literature and Humanities; LAC Area 7)

 MIND 185 - Religions and Worldviews

T/TH 9:30 - 10:45

Instructor: Thomas Smith

This course offers an opportunity to think critically, deeply, and across disciplines about our religious worlds: how they are symbolically structured, how myth, ritual, and philosophical reflection function in them, how they are rooted in long historical processes, and how they influence the societies in which they are embedded.  It also provides a forum to consider how people construct or (inherit) a worldview that may or may not encompass religion.  We will consider how different religious worlds relate to each other, given differing practices, deities, and beliefs, as well as how critiques, and rejections, of religion have developed.  Students will learn the categories necessary to ask such questions intelligently and honestly.  Students will become better able to define their own religious or non-religious worlds, and gain some knowledge of the history and methods of the professional study of religion.  They will also be better equipped to analyze comparatively the “other worlds” of humanity's religious traditions through a set of comparative patterns or themes.  Students who complete this course will possess a level of religious literacy appropriate to an educated citizen in a religiously plural global setting. (LAC Area 3c – Ways of Thinking)

MIND 292 - Ideas in Conflict

Wed 2:30 - 5:30 PM

Instructor: Patricia Jolly

This course takes a multi-disciplinary approach that is rooted in anthropological methods.  The course takes a look at the ideas that shaped key events in the 20th and 21st century.  By looking at these ideas and events, students can gain a better understanding into how current issues have come to exist.  The course leans heavily on understanding how ideas and culture are entwined.  We begin with a close look at Gandhi and the decolonization of India brought into being by the ideology of nonviolence and civil resistance.  Other topics look at how colonialism, imperialism, isolationism, globalization, communism, capitalism, socialism and corporatism have woven through the last 100 years and how each sculpts the culture and events we are living in.  We will look closely at events such as the civil rights movement, The Dirty Wars, Apartheid and other seminal events that are often missed in our look at 20th and 21st Century history.  We also spend time looking closely at issues surrounding migration and the global refugee situation currently taking place.  As a part of that unit this course is an engaged learning course and students will have the opportunity to work closely with the Northern Colorado Immigrant and Refugee Center in putting together there annual signature event, “A Walk in Their Shoes.”  This course will be especially relevant in light of our recent global experiences.  Make sure to register soon for this exciting and challenging course!

HON 492 - Honors Internship or Study Abroad

This course offers variable credit in an approved study abroad and/or internship for the Honors Program. Contact the Honors Program about internship/study abroad opportunities. 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 an instructor with subject matter of your interest. You will select an additional project approved by the professor. The course can also meet LAC or Major or Minor requirements.  See the Honors Handbook  for more information and to complete the forms.