Fall 2015 Courses
Are you looking to engage in an in-depth and meaningful discussion with peers, where you can seek understanding of enduring topics for humanity? The Honors College Core Seminar program is an enriching and engaging curriculum which is open to students of all majors.
Permission to register for these courses is granted by the
University Honors College. Contact Dr. Suzanne Forster at 786-1057 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about registering for a course or applying to the Honors College.
HNRS A192- HONORS SEMINAR: ENDURING BOOKS
Honors seminars focusing on the directed reading of a single book of enduring significance include the following:
In Plato's Symposium, a variety of speakers expound on the nature of love (eros) and its role in life. The dialogue culminates in Socrates' speech about love, ranging from the erotic drive towards beautiful bodies to beauty and truth.
Section 602- Now More than Ever, The Grapes of Wrath
Will use John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath as a lens for exploring the contemporary sociological, political and environmental issues in migration, economics, resource use, and climate change; a source text for exploring various approaches to the novel; and a model for sustainable communities.
To be eligible to register for an HNRS 192 course a student must have
tested into ENG 111. A student does not need to be accepted into the Honors
College but priority will be given to honors students when necessary. HNRS A192 courses fulfill 3 credits of Humanities GER.
HNRS A292- HONORS SEMINAR IN SOCIAL SCIENCE
Examines selected topics from a social science perspective. Exposes students to a broad range of social issues, and helps them to develop skills to examine and evaluate their world. Emphasizes research findings and skills, including the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. Students will gain considerable experience communicating both orally and in writing.
Section 601- Issues and Implications of Climate Change
Instructor: Paula Williams
Explores the science and varying perspectives of climate change and how values and social paradigms shape those perspectives. Students will explore their values and gain a basic understanding of social science research methods and how to design research projects
Section 602- Cuteness and Carefulness
Explores the science and varying perspective of climate change and how values and social paradigms shape those perspectives. Students will explore their values and gain a basic understanding of social science research methods and how to design research projects.
Section 603- Global Environmental Governance
Surveys a very complex and rapidly evolving global environmental governance system that has emerged over the past four decades, covers the main issues in this area, and prepares students to become competently engaged in the debates over the international environmental issues while applying the issues to the circumpolar north.
Registration limited to students admitted to the University Honors College and to students who have permission from the University Honors College. HNRS A292 courses fulfill 3 credits of Social Sciences GER.
HNRS A310 COMMUNITY SERVICE: THEORY AND PRACTICE
This course explores questions of service, community, and self, and includes guided volunteer service with a cultural organization, social service organization, or government agency.
Sophomore or junior standing. Registration open to students admitted to University Honors College, students who have permission from the University Honors College, and students who are working on the Certificate in Civic Engagement.
HNRS A392 HONORS THESIS SEMINAR
This course is an in-depth application of discipline research skills to a particular problem in concert with development of understanding the research problems addressed and research methods used by different disciplines.
Registration limited to students admitted to the University Honors College and to students who have permission from the University Honors College.
HNRS A495 HONORS INTERNSHIP
Applying interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to a student internship project, through a variety of governmental and private settings both within and outside of Alaska.
Permission required from the University Honors College as well as approval by a faculty member acting as the internship advisor.
HNRS A498 HONORS RESEARCH
Individual research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The project will include an academic literature review, experimental design, implementation, analysis, and written paper and/or presentation.
Permission required from the University Honors College as well as approval by a faculty member acting as a the internship advisor.
HNRS A499 HONORS THESIS
The focus of this arranged course is to articulate a researchable idea or develop a creative idea to fruition as appropriate to the student's discipline. Students design and undertake a method of information gathering or creative presentation or performance that sheds light on the articulated idea. Finally, students report findings and draw valid conclusions based on new research or demonstrate these findings through creative presentation.
Senior standing, permission from the University Honors College and approval by a faculty member acting as a thesis advisor required for registration.