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 offers, 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 Fall 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 1101 - H71 (CRN#15475)                            
Arts & Society: Dance (HONR)
Instructor: Kaustavi Sarkar                                                                                
Date and Time:
Monday and Wednesday 4:00pm – 5:15pm

This course foregrounds praxis: theory enmeshed within practice in the field of dance studies. Dance is known for its vibrancy and entertainment value. In order to contextualize the movement, the social, political, economic, and religious contexts need to be weighed upon as well. This class will entail understanding of material through both movement-based and text-based learning. Students will be expected to come to the class everyday and be ready to move in comfortable dance clothes. They will also need their laptops and texts in order to be ready to find the theoretical contexts and basis of the movement they experienced. Every class will be a combination of movement and lecture. This will be an active learning endeavor and flipped classroom system where students will actively engage with the dances and come prepared to class with the day's readings. The class will invite multiple artists from the community to come and share their expertise with the students in live performances and studio teaching.

LBST 1103 – H72 (CRN#16684)                             
Arts & Society: Music (HONR)
Instructor: Denise Lynch                                                                                
Date and Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:15am – 12:05pm

"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 – H73 (CRN#15476)                            
Arts & Society: Visual Arts (HONR)
Instructor: Malin Pereira                                          
Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday 5:30pm – 6:45pm

"Inquiry in the Arts" - In this course, we will conduct an individual and group inquiry into the arts. We will attend a range of art events/performances, such as the symphony, opera, art museums, theatre, and poetry readings/slam, 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, research, reflection, and discussion. Most events will fit our Thursday night class time, but there will be one or two Friday night substitutions, and one or two Sunday afternoon substitutions, all of which will be on the course calendar the first day of class.

LBST 2101 – H74 (CRN#17620)                              
Western History & Culture (HONR)
Instructor: Lennin Caro                                                             
Date and Time: Wednesday 10:00am – 11:15am

“The Self in Cross-Cultural Perspectives” - This course focuses on the idea of the self/individual and its historical development in Western discourse. Students will read excerpts of important works by significant thinkers like Plato, Descartes, Freud, Marx, and Foucault. While these works can be difficult to read and understand, it gives students the opportunity to engage with each other and create a community of readers in which lively discussions can take place. Throughout the course, we will compare and contrast these various ideas of the self not only to other Western scholars, but to other non-Western cultures as well. The purpose of this is to introduce students to new concepts of selfhood that challenges existing ones in our current discourse.

LBST 2213 – H75 (CRN#11835)                               
Science, Technology, & Society (HONR)
Instructor: Murray Webster                                                                 
Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00pm – 2:15 pm

The course will have three broad themes: 1) growth of science and the roles of government and universities in the 20th century; 2) sources and effects of anti-science movements; and 3) applying scientific knowledge to policy issues. The goal is to help students develop an understanding of interrelations among institutions and knowledge structures, and to form a deeper appreciation for knowledge and viewpoints, and how they relate to social issues. As a result of assignments and discussion, I hope that students will come to see the bigger picture of how knowledge develops and how social structures relate to that and how social structures are themselves affected by popular beliefs and values.

LBST 2301 – H76  (CRN#15479)                            
Critical Thinking & Comm (HONR)
Instructor: Thomas (Joe) Howarth                                                                 
Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday 7:00pm – 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 – H77  (CRN#16086)                            
Critical Thinking & Comm (HONR)
Instructor: Cache Owens
Date and Time: Wednesday 6:30pm – 9:15pm

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 – H78  (CRN#16857)                            
Critical Thinking & Comm (HONR)
Instructor: Thomas (Joe) Howarth                                                                 
Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday11:30am – 12:45pm

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#16871)                            
Honors College Topics: Female Ghosts in Theatre, Film, and the Brain

Instructor: Mark Pizzato
Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

This course explores connections between our physical brain, the internal theatres it stages, and the appearance of female ghosts in plays and films – using neuroscience, theatre terms, and feminist film theories.

HONR 3700 – H02 (CRN#14185)                            
Honors College Topics: Key African American Figures: Douglass, King, X and Obama
Instructor: Leeman, Richard                                                            
Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am – 11:15am

This course will be focused on an intensive, interdisciplinary study of the work of four key figures in African American history. Students will mostly read primary source material, i.e. speeches, autobiographies, essays and/or articles about these figures. Some attention will also be paid to how these figures and their work have been popularized in media (e.g., the CBS documentary "The Hate that Hate Produced," Spike Lee's Malcolm X, etc.). The class will be discussion-focused and ask students to make careful, nuanced analysis of the rhetors and their times.   

HONR 3700 – H04 (CRN#11841)                          
Honors College Topics: Migrations Across the Mediterranean Sea and Beyond
Instructor: Daniela Dal Pra                                                            
Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

"Migrations Across the Mediterranean Sea and Beyond” is a topic of global dimensions, a complex critical sociological and political issue. Students’ will be directed to co-construct, through assigned projects, their awareness through detection, analysis and discussions in-groups about this geopolitical issue. Students will research, analyze and focus on the existing international governments’ laws regulating this matter and identify historical, geographic, economic and political motivations of the migration flows to different areas.

HONR 3700 – H05 (CRN#17711)                        
Honors College Topics: Performance in African Art
Instructor: Lisa Homann                                                           
Date and Time: Wednesday 10:10am – 1:00pm

Performance is an essential element of African artistic practices. In addition to the quintessential African art of masquerade, others also involve, or even depend on, performance. Fashion, body art, studio photography, militia and military parades, funerary arts, and worship in churches, mosques, and temples, have all involved performance. Why? What does performance offer that is apparently unachievable by other means (or at least demonstrably preferable to the alternatives)? This course investigates these and other questions related to performance and African art.

HONR 3700 – H90 (CRN#15979)                        
Honors College Topics: Critical Trans Politics & Worldmaking Beyond the Binary
Instructor: Andrea Pitts                                                           
Date and Time: Monday 5:30pm – 8:15pm

This course aims to provide an advanced survey of major themes within transgender studies, including a focus on the field’s engagements with political philosophy. This course includes theory-heavy readings and a semester-long social engagement project in which students present on their work with local Charlotte- and North Carolina-based organizations supporting transgender communities (e.g. TimeOutYouth, Southern Vision Alliance, Transcend Charlotte, and the Freedom Center for Social Justice). This level of advanced research and public engagement encourages students to expand the resources they have developed in the classroom and to construct productive dialogues and projects beyond their curricular efforts at UNC Charlotte.


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.