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Honors Course Offerings
Fall 2021

HON 101 - Introduction to Critical Thinking

3 sections
MW 11:15-12:05

TR 11:00 - 11:50

MW 12:20 - 1:10

Sec. 1 & 3  Instructor: Shawn Montano
Sec. 2 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.

Shawn Montano is the Hansen Professional in Residence in Journalism and Mass Media, and is an Emmy recipient and award-winning documentarian.

Patricia “Trish” Jolly ’has taught Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado for more than 10 years. Born in Bolivia and raised throughout South America, she enjoyed a young life immersed in the South American tribal culture and history that planted seed to her anthropological interests. Her accomplishments include consultation on the Ayore/English Dictionary, research that created the framework for integrating Ayore Mythology, and numerous awards for being an outstanding and inspirational faculty member, advocate and mentor.

 HON 395: Sound Cultures: Art, Music &  Everyday Life

(Counts as MIND course for HIP students and Upper Division Honors elective for UHP students)

Fall 2021 MWF 2:30 - 3:20
Face to Face class; Michener Library Lower Level Room L 174

Instructor: Joseph Chaves, Ph.D.

This class examines several uses of sound that are crucially related and increasingly difficult to differentiate, but that are often considered separately: 1) the burgeoning field of sound art, 2) the production, appreciation, and circulation of music, 3) the various practices by which sound shapes our everyday lives, which have come into scholarly analytical focus via the emerging discipline of sound studies.

While examining instances of sonic art, we’ll also explore how we use different kinds of sound, from earbud audition to the programming of ‘background music’ in public spaces, to various ways of understanding and managing ‘noise pollution.’ We’ll listen to and read about such cultural practices as sound ecology, gender and early telephone culture, radio listening communities in post-colonial Algeria and Latin America, the acoustic design of early-20th century concert houses and medieval churches, and the circulation of cassette sermons in the context of the Islamic revival in Cairo.

In addition to essay exams and brief papers, students will explore more creative and informal assignments, such as the following:

  • Audiography: curate a play list of sounds typical of your everyday life.
  • “Found Sound” exercise: gather a series of sound clips from a particular medium, location, or archive.
  • Soundscape ethnography: perform your own sound study of a location
  • Creative sound project: create an artwork that responds to our readings and activities. -May be collaborative.
  • Soundwalk: experience a 20-minute exercise in deep listening while walking

Honors students only  or  by Instructor Consent for non-Honors students.


LIB151 -Honors Research Skills

Fall 2021

MWF   10:10 am - 11:00 am (08/23-10/17)

Instructor: Darren Ilett

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.  Students will be prepared to participate in scholarly discourse throughout their academic and post graduate careers.

HON351/LIB251 - JR Honors Seminar & Research as Inquiry

Fall 2021 Monday 4:00-6:00 PM

Instructor: Brianne Markowski; Honors Faculty Chair

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 (Scheduled every 2-4 weeks and around student schedules)

Instructor: Loree Crow or Honors Faculty Chair (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.

 Counts toward MIND Path HIP Students:

ANT 292- Culture and Conflict

W 2:30 - 5:30 PM

Instructor: Patricia Jolly

‘ABANDON ALL HOPE, YOU WHO ENTER HERE,’ warns the message over the gateway to Hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy. This course traces the journey of Dante’s famous pilgrim through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. On the way, we will discuss of some of the Western tradition’s greatest texts—Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, the Bible, the Arthurian legends, Milton’s Paradise Lost, and more—as we explore the roots of our own modern attitudes about virtue, evil, and the complexities of the human condition. (LAC Area 3b – Literature and Humanities; LAC Area 7)

 ANT 331/ENST 331 - Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems

Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems

TR 9:30-10:45

Instructor: Michael Kimball

We live in a time of global and growing contemporary human problems, from human rights violations, to economic crises, to climate refugees. People and organizations have proposed a lot of solutions. Some of them work in some places. Some work in others. Some don’t work at all. Why is this? And what can you do about it?

ENG195 - JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth

MWF 10:10 - 11:00 AM

Instructor: Kristin Bovaird-Abbo

This class is designed to introduce English majors to the study of English through an examination of selected works of J. R. R. Tolkien with an emphasis on close reading.  In the words of I. A. Richards, our focus will be “the words on the page.”  How do literary tropes (characterization, imagery, point of view, etc.), syntax (word order, construction of sentences, etc.), word choices (connotation vs. denotation, synonyms, word forms, etc.), and even phonetic choices (harsh sounds vs. soft sounds, etc.) generate meaning in a text?

HUM130: Introduction to Cultural Studies: BLM

MWF 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM

Instructor: Yavanna Brownlee

We will examine the Black Lives Matter movement (sometimes beyond what is comfortable), what it can mean to be Black in the US right now, and how Black lives are viewed from multiple perspectives. We will also make connections from this discussion to other peoples, such as Native American and Latinx peoples (among others) who have and do face oppression and persecution in the US. Towards the end of the semester, we will examine what it means to be a (sometimes queer) woman of color writer in the world we exist in and how multiple stories and perceptions can help up to understand what others are going through and support them.

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.