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Lower Division Course Offerings (FALL 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.

UNIV 101 - HONORS ONLY SECTION: Foundations for Learning & Development

CRN 11222- 3 Credits

MWF 9:05-9:55

Instructors: Alexis Hauck

The purpose of this course is to help students successfully navigate the challenges and meet the expectations of being an undergraduate student Honors scholar at a research university. This course will introduce theoretical models and the application of these models to help build the foundation for continued intellectual, personal, and professional growth and development. With a broad focus on reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills and competencies, this course will help students become independent, strategic learners who can contribute to the university as scholars and who can determine and construct their own futures.

HON 101 - Honors Critical Thinking 

CRN 12621 OR 12623 - 1 Credit 

TR 11:00 - 11:50


MW 11:15-12:05

Instructor: Rebecca Broghammer

 LIB151 - Research Skills (Honors Only)

CRN 11509

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.

TR 2:00-3:15pm

Instructor: Brianne Markowski

*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 11313 - 3 Credits

MWF 11:15-12:05 p.m.

Instructor: Tracey Sedinger

“On Civilization and Violence.”—This course explores the following problem: so many of the “great ideas of the western tradition” emerged as efforts to restrain the human propensity to violence, even as many of our canonical (and popular) stories represent human violence—in all its nastiness and glory—for our enjoyment. We will discuss the following questions: Are human beings innately violent, or just violent when we “need” to be? How do we justify violent actions against others? Does civilization (including Liberal Arts courses in the humanities) restrain innate human impulses towards brutality, or does it create them? Why do ostensibly civilized people enjoy reading about or watching fictional violence (including playing video games)? (LAC Area 3b –Literature and Humanities AND LAC 7 - International Studies)

 LEAD100 - Contemporary Leadership Theory

CRN 11511 OR 12057 - 3 Credits

MWF 2:30-3:20 p.m.


TR 2:00-3:15 p.m.

Instructor: TBD


Instructor: Alethea Stovall

An examination of the 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 11513 - 3 Credits

TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Instructor: Liane Ortis 

(Note: You do NOT need to take LEAD100 prior to enrolling in LEAD200. There is NO 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 context.

MIND 281 - Modernity in East Asia

CRN 13389 - 3 Credits

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

Instructor: Kenneth Chan

This interdisciplinary course analyzes the rise and development of modernities in Asian countries and cultures and their intersections with Asian traditions. For much of the twentieth century, “Asia” as a site of academic inquiry has focused its attention on cultural tradition. While cultural traditions are important, this one-sided perspective unfortunately objectifies “Asia.” In the new millennium, we must understand Asian countries as new modernities that intersect and interweave with the cultural and historical traditions from which these Asian identities emerge. This course turns to various historical, theoretical, political, philosophical, literary, artistic, and/or pop cultural works from diverse Asian cultures including films.

MIND 292 - Ideas in Conflict 

CRN 12053 - 3 Credits - LAC Elective

W 2:30-5:30 p.m. 

Instructor: Patricia Jolly

The 20th century provides a rich context to look at cultures in conflict throughout the globe. These conflicts have spilled over into our current times and often we are left wondering how the world became this way and do we have a legitimate role to play in shaping it differently. The course will look at the ideology and sources of cultural conflict. The focus will be on examples where culture change took place through nonviolence. Examples we will study in this class include Gandhi, the Chicano rights movement, the fall of the Berlin wall, the Velvet Revolution, the end of Apartheid, the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the recent Occupy movements and Arab Spring.

MIND 290- Search for Meaning

LAC  Area 3c - CRN 11634 - 3 Credits

MWF 2:30-3:20 p.m. 

Instructor: Tom Trelogan

This course will be devoted to a series of sustained reflections on Sokrates, Francis of Assisi, Laozi, and Zhuangzi—figures whose lives or writings have been a source of inspiration for enormous numbers of people in their attempts to make sense of our existence and the world in which we live - and on the traditions associated with their names. The aim: to use these reflections to crystallize and explore a set of general problems concerning history and tradition.

MIND 295 - Religions & Worldviews 

CRN: 14855  - 3 Credits

TR 9:30-10:45 p.m.

Instructor: Tom Smith 

This course offers an opportunity to think critically and deeply about our religious worlds: how they are symbolically structured, how myth and ritual function in them, how they are rooted in long historical processes. It also provides a forum to consider how people construct (or inherit) a worldview that encompasses 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.

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.