Course Descriptions

While many students have a notion that honors courses are, by default, harder, we always say that honors classes are different. With an average class size of just 17 students, honors classes allow students to have far more interaction with their professors and fellow students; in turn, this allows professors to design their classes to revolve around discussion and active learning rather than lectures and tests.

The Honors College offers two types of honors courses that are available to all honors students. Liberal Studies honors sections (LBST-H), which also fulfill general education requirements, and honors topics seminars (HONR 3700), upper-level discussion-intensive courses.

Please note, you must be enrolled in the University Honors Program, Business Honors Program, Levine Scholars Program, Crown Scholars Program, Martin Scholars Program, Art + Architecture Honors Program or have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey (Office Administrator) at shannonzurell@uncc.edu.  

Fall 2021 Schedule of classes

Honors College

 

LBST 1103 – H70 (CRN#16491)        Arts & Society:  Music (HONR)
Tucker, Lindsey                                 Monday and Wednesday 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm (
Online – Synchronous)

Must be enrolled in Honors (AAHP, BHP, UHP, or departmental) OR in one of the following Scholars programs: Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine or Martin; OR have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu.  “Music, Culture, and Identity” - An introduction to music in the context of the arts and society.  Students experience a wide range of musical styles, approaches to musical performance, and perspectives on the diverse role of music in America ranging from the 1920s to present day.  Students analyze musical sound and style as “text” from historical, cultural, racial, socio-political, and economic perspectives. Students form communication skills by learning and applying basic musical terminology, developing critical and thoughtful listening skills, and examining how individual perspectives impact music in its creation and its acceptance. 

 

 

LBST 1105 – H71 (CRN#13347)        Arts & Society:  Visual Arts (HONR)

Pereira, Malin                                     Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Must be enrolled in Honors (AAHP, BHP, UHP, or departmental) OR in one of the following Scholars programs: Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine or Martin; OR have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu. "Inquiry into the Visual Arts" -In this course, we will conduct an individual and group inquiry into the visual arts. We will attend a range of art events, museums, galleries and public spaces, aiming to experience and investigate a range of artistic expression from the classical to the experimental and from a variety of cultural perspectives. Assignments will require attendance, academic research, reflection, and discussion. Some activities will fit our Tuesday/Thursday late afternoon class time, but there also will be some daytime and/or weekend substitutions, all of which will be on the course calendar the first day of class.

 

LBST 1105 – H72 (CRN#17337)        Arts & Society:  Visual Arts (HONR)

TBD – Art History                              Monday and Wednesday 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Must be enrolled in Honors (AAHP, BHP, UHP, or departmental) OR in one of the following Scholars programs: Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine or Martin; OR have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu.  An introduction to the visual arts in the context of the arts and society. The analysis of visual culture in a variety of media and genres in different historical periods and geographic locations. The function, meaning, and politics of individual works of art and art movements. Also addresses the role of art as a site for the articulation of value systems, including gender, class, and race.

 

LBST 2101 – H73 (CRN#14602)        Western History & Culture (HONR)

Cheyney, Steve                                  Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 am – 9:45 am


Must be enrolled in Honors (AAHP, BHP, UHP, or departmental) OR in one of the following Scholars programs: Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine or Martin; OR have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu.  "Politics and Religion in the United States" - If Thomas Jefferson ran for political office today, chances are he would not be elected. Jefferson was a critic of organized religion, and today religion is one of the most influential forces in politics. The religious influence of politics in America is both obvious and covert. This course will survey this influence and help students discover a more critical understanding of the role religious institutions, organizations, leaders, and ideologies impact policymaking and the political process. Students will study the diversity among religious actors and learn to differentiate and discern their respective motives, and ascertain, understand, and predict their political behavior and sway. Religion and politics both elicit strong emotions and feelings. This class is not a forum for evangelization, proselytization, conversion, or campaigning. In discussing these topics in class and into the future, students will gain the tools to respect all viewpoints, especially those that are different from their own.

 

LBST 2301 – H74 (CRN#13350)        Critical Thinking & Comm (HONR)
Lewis, Erin                                           Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 am – 12:45 pm              

Must be enrolled in Honors (AAHP, BHP, UHP, or departmental) OR in one of the following Scholars programs: Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine or Martin; OR have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu. “Multiculturalisms and Citizenship in Schools and Society.” -  A study of multicultural perspectives and insights on the concept of citizenship through the lens of education and society. Lectures, reading, and seminars explore cultural and national identity development fostered in school curricula, literature, and digital media with an emphasis on cultural competence and culturally responsive strategies. Includes a service component that allows students to explore the relations of citizenship and public service. Students enrolled attend seminar meetings, complete 40 hours of service in the community and create a reflective journal assignment and final portfolio. All service opportunities will be planned in accordance with University guidance on public health and safety.

 

LBST 2301 – H90 (CRN#13670)        Critical Thinking & Comm (HONR)
Owens, Cache                                     Tuesday 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Must be enrolled in Honors (AAHP, BHP, UHP, or departmental) OR in one of the following Scholars programs: Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine or Martin; OR have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu. “Citizenship and Critical Community Engagement.” - A study of the concept of citizenship with an emphasis on scholarly understandings of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Lectures, reading, and seminars explore the historical, ethical, and political foundations of voluntary service for issues such as poverty, homelessness, and social justice. Includes a service component that allows students to explore the relations of citizenship and public service. Students enrolled attend seminar meetings, complete 40 hours of service in the community and create a reflective journal assignment and final portfolio. All service opportunities will be planned in accordance with University guidance on public health and safety.

 

HONR 3700 – H01 (CRN#16856)      Honors College Topics:  Churches and Temples as Inner/Outer Theatres

Pizzato, Mark                                      Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm (Online - Synchronous)

Must be enrolled in the University Honors Program, Business Honors Program, Levine Scholars Program, Crown Scholars Program, Martin Scholars Program, Art + Architecture Honors Program or have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu.  This course explores how the architecture, artworks, and performances in religious spaces involve the inner theatre of the visitor’s brain, through Western and Eastern traditions.

 

HONR 3700 – H02 (CRN#14109)      Honors College Topics: The Black Intellectual Tradition

Cameron, Chris                                  Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm (Online – Synchronous)
Must be enrolled in Honors (AAHP, BHP, UHP, or departmental) OR in one of the following Scholars programs: Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine or Martin; OR have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu.  This course is intended to provide you with a wide-ranging introduction to some of the most important developments and debates concerning the history of African American thought and culture. We will explore the diversity of African American beliefs, experiences, and expressions from the revolutionary era to the present.  African American thought has been central to the creation of black culture in America, political mobilization, and community formation. Our coverage will be both historical and thematic.  On one hand, it will help you to recognize changes and continuities over time (historical development) within African American intellectual traditions.  On the other hand, it will help you to discern and analyze the inherent plurality of ideas, opinions, and cultural practices within African American communities at any given moment (thematic development).

 

HONR 3700 – H03 (CRN#12677)      Honors College Topics:  The Pursuit of Happiness for Health

Dahl, Alicia and Beete, Deborah   Monday and Wednesday 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Must be enrolled in Honors (AAHP, BHP, UHP, or departmental) OR in one of the following Scholars programs: Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine or Martin; OR have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu.  This course is designed to challenge students to explore diverse sources of happiness and study how happiness can improve overall health and quality of life. In an era of uncertainty and widespread stress, the scientific understanding of happiness may be more important now than ever. Students will participate in experiential learning activities to engage the intellectual mind, physical body, and spiritual self in the pursuit of happiness. The course will be interdisciplinary in nature with modules that provide evidence-based approaches for improving quality of life and health across the arts, sciences, and humanities.

HONR 3700 – H04 (CRN#16496)      Honors College Topics:  Creativity and Creative Problem Solving

Gilson, Cindy                                       Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am – 11:15 am


Must be enrolled in Honors (AAHP, BHP, UHP, or departmental) OR in one of the following Scholars programs: Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine or Martin; OR have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu. This course introduces the concept of creativity and explores how it can facilitate student success in their future careers and professions across a variety of disciplines. Major topics in this interdisciplinary course include characteristics of creative individuals, myths about creativity, and strategies for thinking creatively. A key emphasis in the course is on the application of the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process to a student-selected real-world problem.

 

HONR 3700 – H05 (CRN#11328)      Honors College Topics:  From Intersectionality to Misogynoir:  The Literary Origins of Black Feminist Thought

Benjamin, Shanna                             Tuesday 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Must be enrolled in Honors (AAHP, BHP, UHP, or departmental) OR in one of the following Scholars programs: Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine or Martin; OR have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu.  Individuals active on social media invoke a range of terms—intersectionality, misogynoir, and #metoo, for example—often with little knowledge of the Black feminist origins of these terms. Black Twitter responds with correctives and contemporary research does, too, (see Feminista Jones’ Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets (2019)), but there is nothing quite like returning to the source and engaging, first hand, with the movies and books, letters and personalities, newspaper articles and scholarly essays that combined to form the uniquely Black feminist foundation on which these movements stand. “From Intersectionality to Misogynoir: The Literary Origins of Black Feminist Thought” travels back in time to read the books that marked the beginning of what we now know as Black feminist thought. The early, formative work of writers and scholars like Toni Cade, Barbara Smith, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Mary Helen Washington, Nellie Y. McKay, Barbara T. Christian, Ann duCille and others changed the game. Unfortunately, both then and now, the intellectual labor of Black women thinkers is subject to erasure, used as “raw material” for the intellectual pursuits of others. Join me as we reclaim books like Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (1970), and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (1982) to better understand how Black women’s narrative theorizing remains indispensable to critical thought in the ivory tower and the public sphere as well.

 

HONR 3700 – H06 (CRN#14652)      Honors College Topics:  Leadership:  Theory and Practice

Adnot, Mindy                                       Monday 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Must be enrolled in the University Honors Program, Business Honors Program, Levine Scholars Program, Crown Scholars Program, Martin Scholars Program, Art + Architecture Honors Program or have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu.  In this course, we will examine leadership theories from multiple disciplinary perspectives including psychology, management, political science and communication studies. How do conceptualizations of a “good leader” vary across fields? Students will be asked to develop an interdisciplinary framework for leadership by drawing together ideas from across disciplinary boundaries, and to put these ideas into practice as discussion leaders for the University Honors Program’s Colloquium course (HONR 1700). By engaging in a cycle of study, application, and reflection, students will develop their leadership identity and build their capacity for effectively facilitating discussion in a peer learning community.  Permission of the instructor (through application) is required.

 

ECON 2101 – H01 (CRN#11532)       Principles of Economics-Macro

Amato, Ted                                           Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Must be enrolled in Honors (AAHP, BHP, UHP, or departmental) OR in one of the following Scholars programs: Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine or Martin; OR have permission of the Honors College.  To obtain permission please contact Shannon Zurell-Carey at shannonzurell@uncc.edu.  Scope and methodology of economics as a social science, the measurement of national income, the theory of national income determination, money and banking, monetary and fiscal policy, and international economics.

University Honors Program 

HONR 1700 – H01 (CRN#13748) University Honors Program Colloquium 

Lynch, Denise Wednesday 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm 

Must be enrolled in the University Honors Program. This course introduces students to the University Honors Program and  explores topics such as scholarship, community engagement, and leadership opportunities in the honors program, the  university, and larger community. Students will complete a series of writings and create an e-portfolio. Students will also  participate in occasional activities outside of class including our Venture program and City as Text event. 

HONR 1700 – H02 (CRN#13747) University Honors Program Colloquium 

Lynch, Denise Thursday 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm 

Must be enrolled in the University Honors Program. This course introduces students to the University Honors Program and  explores topics such as scholarship, community engagement, and leadership opportunities in the honors program, the  university, and larger community. Students will complete a series of writings and create an e-portfolio. Students will also  participate in occasional activities outside of class including our Venture program and City as Text event. 

HONR 1700 – H03 (CRN#13750) University Honors Program Colloquium 

Lynch, Denise Friday 12:20 pm – 1:35 pm 

Must be enrolled in the University Honors Program. This course introduces students to the University Honors Program and  explores topics such as scholarship, community engagement, and leadership opportunities in the honors program, the  university, and larger community. Students will complete a series of writings and create an e-portfolio. Students will also  participate in occasional activities outside of class including our Venture program and City as Text event. 

HONR 3791 – H90 (CRN#12288) Senior University Honors Program Project 

Adnot, Mindy Wednesday 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm (Hybrid) 

Must be enrolled in the University Honors Program. The Senior University Honors Program project is directed by an  honors faculty committee selected by the student. This course provides the opportunity for writing workshops, group  discussions, and feedback. The course is offered only in the Spring semester for students planning to graduate the same  semester or in the following Fall semester.

Previous Course Listings

Curious about previous honors courses? The links below are to honors course listings from previous semesters. Some courses may be offered again in future semesters.