Honors Courses

The Honors Program offers a variety of courses.

Search our course schedule for  the most recent courses. Use the prefix HONO to search in the database or look for FYE or CLQ courses with HO in the title, in Self Service.

 

Fall 2018

Honors 2101: Me, You & the World (3 units) Gay Lynch, TR 3;05-4:20pm, Honors program requirement 
This interdisciplinary course engages you in the study of written, spoken, and digital texts, while using a framework developed to deepen understanding of cultural influences and the social constructs of power experienced by you and others. It also guides you through the transition from the first-year to upper-division work in Honors, while emphasizing the skills of close reading, critical thinking, literary and visual analysis, collaboration, and personal and professional communication.

HONO 3190: World Religions: Worldview & Practices (3 units) Phil Novak, MW 6:00-7:15pm, Meets both GE religion requirements 
An exploratory course designed to introduce students to six of the world’s traditions. In addition, themes may include forgiveness, dance, pluralism, the aftermath of 9-11 and weeping.

HONO 3210: Bay Area Rocks: Lecture (2 units) Amy Young, T 12:05-2:05pm, Meets both GE natural & physical science requirements
This class investigates the unique geology of the Bay Area and Northern California. It explores how the geology and physical environment have and continue to shape the way people live here. Topics include natural disasters, resource use and allocation, water rights, development limitations and energy generation. Students will engate in a civic outreach project that benefits the local community. 2 lecture hours. For non-Honors students by permission only.

HONO 3215: Bay Area Rocks Lab: (1 unit) Amy Young, R 12:05-2:55pm, Meets both GE natural and physical science requirements 
Lab component of HONO 3210. Laboratory investigations will take place as much as possible in the field, using local State Parks, National Recreation Areas and educations institutions to illustrate the concepts and issues. 3 lab hours.

HONO 3301 SL: Community Engaged Art (3 units) Lynn Sondag, MW 3:05-5:45pm, Meets creative and performing arts requirement GE
This course introduces students to the concepts and craft of community-engaged art. In their assignments, students will think critically and creatively about how art intersects with community concerns. The creative process will serve as an inquiry-based, hands-on approach to explore ideas, collaborate with others, and hone a unique and impactful artistic statement. Ultimately the class will produce a work of art with and for the community, which addresses locally relevant sustainability or social justice issues. Service Learning: Academic content is applied and enriched through work with community partners addressing social/environmental issues. Community-engagement may occur during scheduled class meetings or may be integrated into the overall homework expectation and course load.

HONO 3500 SL: Self, Community, and Service (3 units) George Faithful, W 3:05-5:45pm, Meets ethics requirement in GE

A rigorous examination of contemporary movement in ethical theory, focusing on the essential need for moral meaning and its modern implications. Themes include questions of identity, responsibility, perception of and relation to the “other”. Critical analysis of texts and key issues will be performed and understanding of key issues will be deepened through a service component that allows for active cultivation and expression of core values in the local community. Service Learning: Academic content is applied and enriched through work with community partners addressing social/environmental issues. Community-engagement may occur during scheduled class meetings or may be integrated into the overall homework expectation and course load.

HONO 3801: Great Minds Social Science (3 units) Christian Dean, TR 4:30-5:45pm, Meets social science requirement in GE
The social sciences seek to understand the individual and communal behavior of humans within a variety of contexts, such as the personal, political, economic, and moral. The methods employed in the social sciences are varied as well and are premised upon fundamental philosophical assumptions regarding, among other things, the nature of reality and what can be known. This course explores the range of methodologies utilized in the social sciences with particular attention paid to the thinkers whose philosophies have had the most influence on the development of the social sciences.

HONO 4920: Honors Capstone (3 units) Leslie Ross, T 6:00-8:40pm, Honor Program requirement (Meets CLQ requirement in GE)
This course describes the first moments of our universe, the birth of stars and planets, the formation and evolution of life on earth, the origins of humanity, the evolution of human culture to the present, and goes further by theorizing about potential futures for us and for our planet. The course discussions will be enriched by including the works of notable scholars from a diverse array of humanities and scientific disciplines.

 

ding the works of notable scholars from a diverse array of humanities and scientific disciplines.