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 Sping 2020 semester:   

Please note, you must be enrolled in Honors (Art + Architecture, Business, Honors, University Honors, or Departmental Honors) OR one of the following Scholars Programs:  Albert, Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Levine, or Martin; 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#26455)                            
Arts & Society: Music (HONR)
Instructor:  Kelsey Klotz                                                                     
Date and Time:
 Tuesday, Thursday 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

“Hearing America” - This course is an introduction to music in the context of the arts and society. Students will experience a wide range of musical styles, approaches to musical performance, and perspectives on the diverse role of music within society in cultures from around the world. Specifically, this course will ask what it means to “sound American.” We will consider the sounds of America, exploring musical forms and genres from a diverse set of individuals who are and call themselves American. In addition, we will attempt to understand how other countries hear America. Through in-class discussions, primary and secondary source readings, listening assignments, and attendance at musical performances, students will 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 1103 – H71 (CRN#26255)                             
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 – H75 (CRN#26400)                            
Arts & Society: Visual Arts (HONR)
Instructor:  Jim Frakes                                       
Date and Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:10 am - 11:00 am

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 address the role of art as a site for the articulation of value systems,
including gender, class, and race.

LBST 2102 – H72 (CRN#26256)                              
Global Connections (HONR)
Instructor: Chris Cameron                                                              
Date and Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm

“The Black Atlantic” - The formation of "the Black Atlantic" or "the African Diaspora"
began with the earliest moments of European explorations of the West African coast in the fifteenth century and ended with the
abolition of Brazilian slavery in 1888. This class will trace this history at two levels; first, we examine large scale historical processes including the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the development of plantation economies, and the birth of liberal democracy. With these sweeping stories as our backdrop, we will also explore the lives of individual Africans and African-Americans, the communities they built, and the cultures they created. We will consider the diversity of the Black Atlantic by examining the lives of a broad array of individuals, including black intellectuals, statesmen, soldiers, religious leaders, healers and rebels.

LBST 2301 – H73  (CRN#24761)                            
Critical Thinking & Comm (HONR)
Instructor: Cache Owens                                                                 
Date and Time: Tuesday 6:30pm – 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).

LBST 2301 – H74  (CRN#24811)                            
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).

HONR 3700 – H01 (CRN#23166)                            
Honors College Topics: Consuming Southern Foodways

Instructor: Ashli Stokes
Date and Time: Thursday 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Many Southerners love to talk about food, quickly revealing likes and dislikes, regional
preferences, and their own delicious stories. This course will examine the origins and practice of southern foodways (what
people eat and why) from critical, rhetorical, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Food supplies a common fuel to launch
discussion, and in class we will examine, debate and eat to understand how foodways reflect regional cuisine. We will study the
region’s culinary history, the relationship between food and race/class/gender dynamics, think about food as a sign of regional
identity, and examine the cultural representation of southern food. We will analyze scholarship about regional foodways, read
cookbooks and novels, and watch movies and listen to music about Southern food. Students will be required to go outside the
classroom to research a southern foodway and present their findings digitally, in a collaborative final project, and in a research
forum.

HONR 3700 – H02 (CRN#23165)                            
Honors College Topics: Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies
Instructor: Delbridge Narron                                                           
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 – H03 (CRN#25833)                          
Honors College Topics: CAT Abroad: Reading the Text of Budapest and Vienna
Instructor: Abby Moore                                                           
Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am – 11:15 am

This course embraces the City as Text approach to learning, in which the city becomes our laboratory and our classroom. Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria, will serve as our “class test” and by engaging fully with our surroundings, students from a variety of majors will experience the culture of the destination through an immersive exploration of popular attractions and off-the-beaten-path places. This required trip takes place during spring break. Students who are members of any honors program at UNC Charlotte are invited to participate.

HONR 3700 – H04 (CRN#23129)                        
Honors College Topics: Evaluating Educational and Social Innovation for Youth
Instructor: Mindy Adnot                                                          
Date and Time: Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm

This course will survey selected social innovations aimed at improving social and educational outcomes for youth, and introduce students to theoretical and empirical approaches to assessing the effectiveness of innovations. Following the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, a social innovation is defined as “a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than present solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals.” Through the course, students will understand the evaluative needs of different stages of innovation, learn to connect appropriate research designs, and become critical consumers of research that examines social and educational innovation. In addition, students will engage in intensive case study of select social innovations, and design an evaluation plan for a new or existing innovation.

HONR 3791 – H01 (CRN#22002)                        
University Honors Senior Seminar
Instructor: Mindy Adnot                                                           
Date and Time: TBD

Must be enrolled in the University Honors Program. This is the semester you will actually write your thesis or create your
honors e- portfolio. The class meets every other week with hard deadlines for drafts and revisions. You will work closely
with your thesis committee during this process as well as attending class sessions. Presentations will be in mid-April.


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.