Course Descriptions

Each semester there are unique honors courses that are open to honors students. 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. Many students prefer this format and do their best work in honors classes. Honors classes draw on the best faculty from across UNC Charlotte's campus and give them the opportunity to design and teach a class of their choosing.

There are two types of honors courses offered, program-specific honors courses and courses offered by the Honors College.   


Program-Specific Honors Courses

Many honors programs offer courses for students in their program. Some of these may fulfill degree requirements for the major.

To learn more about the courses your program offiers, visit the Honors Programs page. 


Honors College Courses

In addition to program-specific courses, the Honors College offers honors courses that are available to all honors students. There are two types of courses, LBST honors sections that also fufill general education requirements, and honors topics seminars (HONR 3700), which are among the most unique and interesting courses on campus. Given the diversity of majors in the Honors College, there is a wide variety in the subjects of honors topics courses, as you can see below.

  • Criminal Minds
  • Italian Mafia through Italian Film
  • Game Theory
  • The Ecological Citizen
  • Consuming Southern Foodways
  • Art as Contemplative Practice
  • Global Climate Change: Beyond the Arctic
  • City As Text: International Edition (a study abroad course to Dublin, Edinburgh, and London)

To learn more about previous courses offered by the Honors College, scroll down to look at Previous Course Listings. 


Honors College Courses for the Upcoming Semester


The following courses will be offered by the Honors College for the Spring 2019 semester:   

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

LBST 1103 – H70 (CRN#27586)                             
Arts & Society: Music (HONR)
Instructor: Denise Lynch                                                                                
Date and Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:15 am – 12:05 pm

"Inquiry into the Musical Arts" - In this course, we will conduct an individual and group inquiry into the musical arts. We will attend a range of musical performances, both on and off campus, 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 in the classroom and at events, research, reflection, and discussion. Our events will likely not coincide with class time, so attendance of certain class days/times will be forgiven throughout the semester, all of which will be on the course calendar the first day of class.

LBST 1105 – H72 (CRN#27586)                            
Arts & Society:  Visual Arts (HONR)
Instructor: Carol Bacon                                            
Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 am – 9:45 am

“Architecture and Pop Culture” – This course will involve readings, graphic and writing assignments, and discussion sessions, engaging various forms of multi-media including Youtube clips, social media and interviews to engage ideas and questions of architecture and pop culture.

LBST 2301 – H75 (CRN#26219)                            
Critical Thinking & Comm (HONR)
Instructor: Thomas Howarth                                            
Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

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. This course will be coordinated with the other honors section of LBST 2215 and CHARP (Charlotte Action Research Project).

LBST 2301 – H76 (CRN#26276)                              
Critical Thinking & Comm (HONR)
Instructor: Cache Owens                                                             
Date and Time: Wednesday 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm

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. This course will be coordinated with the other honors section of LBST 2215 and CHARP (Charlotte Action Research Project).

HONR 3700 – H01 (CRN#23742)                               
Honors College Topics:  Beast-People in Theatre, Film, an dthe Brain
Instructor: Dr. Mark Pizzato                                                                 
Date and Time: Tuesday 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Why are ape, vampire, and werewolf movies (and TV shows) so popular these days?  This course will explore such films through the lenses of theatre and neuroscience.  First, we'll consider the animal stages of our brain's "inner theatre" in relation to prehistoric cave art and historical plays onstage.  Then we'll compare such inner theatre elements and outer theatre examples to specific films (or TV shows) that students will choose to present.  We'll explore how our "reptilian" instincts, mammalian emotions, primate egos, and higher-order aspirations have been projected as supernatural, animal-human figures on cave walls, stages, and screens, in ritual, tragedy, sci-fi, and horror, reflecting also the cultural contexts when those works emerged. 

HONR 3700 – H02  (CRN#23740)                            
Honors College Topics:  Contextualizing the Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis
Instructor: Dr. Kent Brintnall
                                                                  
Date and Time: Wednesday 3:30 pm – 6:15 pm

This research seminar will ask students to examine the Catholic sex abuse crisis from several different angles to understand its enormity and complexity. What do we notice, for example, when we look at the crisis in relation to a long history of American anti-Catholicism? What do we notice about its gendered character when we question our assumptions about the gender (and age and sexuality) of abusers and victims? What do we notice about its American character when we consider responses in Ireland or Latin America? What do we notice about its Catholic character when we consider sex abuse in other religious contexts or secular institutions? What do we notice when we place it alongside moral panics about daycare abuse, child pornography, and the sexual vulnerability of children? What does Church's institutional homophobia or its commitment to clerical celibacy reveal about the crisis?  Throughout the course and in their final research paper, students will engage resources from the digital archive amassed at BishopAccountability.org. 

HONR 3700 – H74 (CRN#27507)                            
Honors College Topics:  Constitutional Law:  Principles and Policies
Instructor: Delbridge Narron
, J.D.   
Date and Time: Tuesday 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm

This class is a survey of the Constitution of the United States.  Students will read the Constitution in whole, following revisions and amendments through time.  Using Erwin Chemerinsky’s Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies, 5th Edition, as a text, the class will examine various Constitutional topics to investigate the meaning of the Constitution, the various methods of interpretation that have been employed by the Supreme Court, and the current state of Constitutional law with respect to various basic rights. 

HONR 3700 – H05  (CRN#12136)                            
Honors College Topics:  Game Theory
Instructor: Jonathan Perry, J.D.                                                         
Date and Time: Thursday 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Strategic thought is the attempt to surpass a competitor, knowing that the competitor is making every attempt to prevent that from happening.  In this course, students will learn the basics of game theory and how it can be applied to a variety of circumstances.  They will learn how to analyze situations in which two or more parties are competing and decide what the best course of action for each is, and what the outcome of the conflict will or may be students will see how game theory (the modeling of interactive decision making) applies in everyday life, demonstrated in classroom discussions, interactive assignments, and films.  The models and theories of the field will be used and demonstrated by students in projects to be presented to the class as a whole.  The last section of the class will take a brief look at how behavioral economics – the study of how people make decisions in experimental (controlled) and non-experimental settings.

HONR 3700 – H06  (CRN#26227)                            
Honors College Topics:  Caribbean Thoughts
Instructor: Dr. Eddy Souffrant 

Date and Time: Thrusday 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

The course will provide an introduction to Caribbean Thought and its practical and intellectual motivations.  It combines conceptions of History and the intersection of Philosophy and International Affairs to argue that the Caribbean is the cradle of what we have come to know as modernity.  It consists, despite its interdisciplinary aspirations, of a careful inclusion of philosophy even as we consider some of the influences that help shape what might be classified as a Caribbean Thought emanating from uniquely distinct Caribbean conception of identity.  

HONR 3700 – H07  (CRN#26209)                            
Honors College Topics:  Music in the Holocaust
Instructor: Dr. James Grymes
                                                                
Date and Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:10 pm – 11:00 pm

A survey of the roles music played in Jewish lives during the Holocaust.             


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.