Honors gives students the opportunity to take classes that are interesting, engaging, and thought-provoking.
Required First-Year Honors Courses
- HON 101: Research Scholars -Introduction to critical thinking, scholarly inquiry, and diversity of perspectives through an interdisciplinary approach to a societal problem. This is a small, discussion-based course focused on what it means to be an active, engaged Honors student.
- HON 102: Leaders in Action -Introduction to leadership, public service, and being a democratic citizen through an interdisciplinary approach. Students will learn what it means to bridge theory with action through guest speakers, lectures, and mentorship.
These courses provide you with an excellent starting point in Honors and in college. Your thinking will be sparked by interesting readings, films, cultural and intellectual experiences, service, and discussion on the big questions in life.
Fall 2020 Courses
Fund your Future: Scholarship Planning
Honors seats: 10/20
M, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.
Extend your intellectual development beyond the boundaries of the UND classroom. Earn funding for your research, creative projects, international opportunities, or the remainder of your education including graduate or professional degrees through nationally competitive scholarships. This course prepares high-achieving, motivated students for fellowship and scholarship opportunities. Together, we will walk through every step of the process by reflecting on and refining professional and personal goals, researching appropriate scholarships and fellowships, writing compelling research proposals and personal statements, answering essay prompts, crafting strong curriculum vitae (résumés), interviewing well and assembling helpful letters of reference.
MWF, 10:00 am - 10:50 am, Lab TH, 7:00 pm - 8:50 pm
Elements of the atmosphere with emphasis on those processes that affect the global atmospheric circulation. Real time weather data is incorporated into lecture to aid in transferring the subject matter to real life experiences.
Global Perspectives in Aviation History
T, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This course investigates aviation’s effects on global culture, commerce, and politics throughout its history by examining original historical sources and evidence from significant events in aviation. After taking this class, students will be more aware of their own and other cultural frameworks and biases and be able to use that perspective effectively as aviation professionals in a global industry. Prerequisite: Minimum GPA 2.6.
General Biology I
TR, 11:00 am-12:15 pm.
Welcome to Biology 150! This course is designed primarily for students majoring in Biology and many other science-related disciplines. We will spend this semester studying fundamental aspects of biology at the cellular and physiological level. Just a few of the questions we'll explore include: Why do we need oxygen to survive? Plants: how exactly do they feed themselves? How many combinations of chromosomes are found in your sperm or eggs? How do our kidneys and heart work? How fast can neurons send electrical signals throughout your body?
TR, 9:30 am - 10:45 am
This course will explore the environmental and chemical aspects of microplastics through discussions and laboratory exercises. Students will apply laboratory skills to separate potential microplastic contamination from various sample matrices such as water, soil, and biological samples from commercial products and from North Dakota. Students will discuss the impact plastic has on the environment and the social and economic roles plastic plays in our world.
Honors seats: 20/20
T, 11:00 am - 11:50 am, Lab, TR, 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm.
The theory and practice of public speaking with emphasis on content, organization, language, delivery, and critical evaluation of messages. Basic principles of speech from the viewpoint of composition and delivery. Emphasis on student performance stressing original thinking, effective organization and direct communication of ideas.
MWF, 1:00 pm-1:50 pm
This course which builds upon ENGL 110, gives students experience with genres and rhetorical situations beyond the academic classroom. It begins with a set of common readings on an important social issue to establish a context for the work of the class. Throughout the semester, students engage in a series of research tasks and writing projects that center on a collaboratively-authored project proposal or recommendation for a specific audience or community. Then, students use the knowledge gained through research and rhetorical awareness to produce documents that will help inform and persuade the public.
Sustainability & Society
TR, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm.
David Foster Wallace's question of "what is water" is an analogy for the unseen influences in our lives. Thsi course looks at the concept of sustainability, the theory behind it, and what it means for individuals and societies. Above all, this course encourages students to ask themselves "what is my water?"
German Culture Through Film
Honors seats: 10/20
TR, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm.
This course introduces students to Germany's turbulent modern history by exploring how historical, political, and social developments are reflected through the medium of film. By analyzing the aesthetics of representation, we will discuss depictions of race, class, and gender, as well as the use of nostalgia in the creation of cultural memory.
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Invest in your community, gain practical knowledge and experience, and earn up to 4 Honors credits by volunteering or interning at select organizations. A two-page or more reflection paper will be due at the end fo the semester.
Advanced Colloquium in Humanities: Medical Humanities
M, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm.
What can the humanities teach us about medicine, illness, and health care? What does the term "medical humanities" actually mean? And, most importantly, why does the work in this field matter? This writing-intensive* course will explore these questions, offering an introduction to the medical humanities and the broad variety of work done in this field.
In this course, students will be able to formulate their own definition of "medical humanities" and come to a deeper understanding of the complexity of health, illness, and the practice of medicine. We'll examine how healthcare and medicine go beyond biomedical ways in which both doctors and patients can be dehumanized by illness and the practice of medicine; analyze medical-themed short stories, film, poetry and other cultural works; and reflect on the issues in this field through our own personal experiences and observations. In doing all this, we'll work to develop a sense of how the medical humanities can offer meaningful insights not just to future healthcare workers, but to anyone who grapples with the experience of being human.
*Many medical schools require a writing-intensive course in Humanities or Social Sciences field, which they define as a course in which you wrote a substantial paper of 8-10 pages (some schools say 8, some say 10). This class will fulfill that requirement for those students anticipating med school.
Advanced Colloquium in Sciences: Wilderness
MW, 11:00 am - 11:50 am.
A course with field experience that examines American ideas of Wilderness-what do
we mean when we talk about "wilderness" what does it look like, where is it found,
who has access to it, do we need it? Is wilderness only "out there" in remote areas
of the country, or can we also find wilderness in our city partks, rivers, and backyards?
Waht are the issues and dilemmas facing us today where wilderness is concerned, and
what might the future of wilderness look like?
The course looks at what ecologissts, biologists, geologists, entomoligissts, and botanists see when they look at wilderness, and how writers communicate the nature of wildersness.
This course includes a field experience trip to Lake Metigoshe State Park in northern North Dakota for 5 nights (Thursday-Tuesday) October 1-5, 2020. (All lodging and meals paid for by Honors Program)
National Scholarship Peer Advisors
T, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.
Are you interested in joining a group of highly motivated students who are dedicated to promoting national and international scholarship opportunities on campus? National Scholarship Peer Advisors: 1) Particiapte in events and other activities to promote national and international scholarship opportunities; 2) Help recruit students to apply for national scholarships through meaningful conversations; 3) Provide advising and support to students applying for national scholarships by answering questions, offering advice, helping with complications, and keeping students engaged in the application process; and 4) Help develop advising materials that make transparent scholarship due dates and applications processes.
Senior Honors Project
By permission of the Honors Director only.
Independent research on a significant project with an expert faculty advisor.
Infertility Across the World
W, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm.
The World Health Organization categorizes infertility as a global public health issue. Students in this course will study representations of infertility and reproductive health as presented in a selection of world literature, film, and art. Key issues addressed will be access to assisted reproductive technologies, reproductive tourism, surrogacy, sexual and reproductive health, and maternal health.
Intro to Global Health
This course intends to provide students with the basic knowledge of major determinants, health indicators, and trends of global health. Upon completion of the course, will be able to demonstrate through testing, discussion, and personal experience, the following:
- Analysis of the impact of culture, the environment, the economy, and nutrition on global health.
- Identification, description, and analysis of the magnitude of health indicators, trends, and determinants of global public health problems by selecting and interpreting measures of disease frequency, distribution, and risk factors.
- Access to, examination, and effective evaluation of relevant sources of global public health information.
- Collection, organization, and analysis of information needed to assess the health status of any populations.
- Recognition and analyze of the impact of social, cultural, and ethical factors, health policy and law, environment, and health care systems in global health.
Death and Dying
MW, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm.
Is death bad? If so, for whom? These will be the questions that start our inquiry. We will then consider approaches to death before considering how to approach dying. For example, we'll ask what does it mean to die with dignity, and how should we care for those who are dying? In the process, we'll discuss a variety of related issues such as immortality and physician-assisted aid in dying.
The Study of Women
TR, 9:30 am - 10:45 am.
WGS 225, provides an introduction to the rich and dynamic interdisciplinary academic field of Women and Gender Studies. Drawing on feminist theory and scholarship, we will address critical questions about he status of women and girls around the world today and engage in self-reflection about our own experiences and views as gendered beings (individuals of all gender identities are welcome!). We will explore the ways in which gender shapes social, cultural, economic, and political systems and institutions, as well as the ways in which those systems and institutions shape the lives of women and girls. Intersectionality will be at the heart of our studies as we will always consider how race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, and other important factors intersect with gender to influence women and girls' complex experiences, oppressions, opportunities, and methods of resistance and empowerment. We aim to not only better understand the local and global world in which we live, but to also imagine ways in which we can transform it. While we will cover a wide variety of topics in the course, we will spend an extended period of studying the global problem of sex trafficking, which offers important insights into the key issues, questions, and debates whithin the field of Women and Gender Studies.
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