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University Honors Program

Course Descriptions

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Students may select a variety of honors courses. Courses are available through departments or through the University Honors Programs. Course descriptions for the Spring 2020 University Honors (UH) classes as well as a list of Departmental Honors Courses are posted here. Refer to WINGS Express via the WINGS portal for a complete listing of all Honors courses, including days, times, and locations.

Fall 2020 University Honors Courses

UH 1010-01 (CRN 84580)
Honors First Year Seminar (Turner)

Honors students experience opportunities to build their collegiate identity by clarifying their values while engaging the campus community and experiencing diversity. Students also explore learning strategies to set goals, plan their courses, develop their communication skills, and explore careers while learning to achieve overall health and wellness.

UH 1010-02 (CRN 74599)
Literature and Rock 'n' Roll (Rubin)

How are literature and rock ‘n’ roll related? What do song lyrics and literary works have in common? How has rock ‘n’ roll influenced literature, and how has literature influenced rock ‘n’ roll? How are literature and rock ‘n’ roll similar in producing social and political commentary? What kinds of literary themes are common in rock ‘n’ roll songs? This course examines the literary influences in rock 'n' roll and examines these questions and much more!

UH 1010-04 (CRN 84582)
World Languages and Culture (Cipriano)

In today's globally connected society, cross-cultural communication skills are necessary for a successful career. Students in this course will develop a broader cultural perspective by studying other cultures and comparing them to their own. The course will focus on contemporary customs, language, music, film, food, family life, as well as religion, politics, marketing, art and geography.

UH 1010-07 (CRN 74604)
Engineered for Success (Tygret and Luckett)

For all Engineering majors (except Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Technology & Cybersecurity). Introduces Honors students to information, activities, and discussions that will enhance the success of first-year Honors students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

UH 1010-09 (CRN 74606)
Pre-Health (Christian and Cowles)

This course will explore health careers and the activities necessary to prepare for graduate schools in the health professions. This course is ideal for pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, other other pre-professional students.This course will explore health careers and the activities necessary to prepare for graduate schools in the health professions. This course is ideal for pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, other other pre-professional students.

UH 2010-01 (CRN 74608)
Travel Literature (Rubin)

This is a course about travel and a course about literature -- the literature that people write inspired by their travels. In this course, we will define travel literature, examine its origins and history, and analyze and interpret the writings of travelers. We will become travel writers ourselves, composing a piece of travel literature based on our own previous travels.

UH 2010-02 (CRN 83893)
War, What is it Good For? (Stoermer)

An exploration of Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners and runners up in fiction and nonfiction, with an eye for what literature can teach us about conflict and its resolution.

UH 2020-90 (CRN 74611)
Decision Making (Morrisette)

Decision making is an integral part of our daily lives, ranging from the relatively simple--shall I have Coke or coffee?--to the complex and seemingly insoluble--how can we reduce the rate of violent crime in the U.S.? Regardless of one's area of interest or expertise, difficult decisions must be made. This course provides an introduction to the concepts of decision theory, systems analysis, and rational analytic techniques of decision making, as well as an exploration of non-rational theory and processes. Students will analyze the process and the assumptions that underlie the process from several viewpoints and disciplines: rationality, incrementalism, analytical reasoning, and complexity and chaos. (UH 2020 satisfies the Social Science Element in the Core curriculum.)

UH2020-91 (CRN 86086)
Health and Disease (Rodgers)

This course will explore disease and its historical effect upon religion, exploration, politics, war, the economy, and other social and cultural aspects of our world. We will also look at modern disease and its effect upon these social and cultural matters, and in turn how these same social and cultural aspects affect the course of disease and human health.

UH 4000-02 (CRN 74613)
Election of American President (Leonard)

This course, entitled Election of the American President, will focus on the three segments of a Presidential election: the nomination of the major party candidates, the respective Party conventions and the platforms fashioned by both Parties, and the general election in November.

UH 4000-03 (CRN 74612)
Marxism (Osborne)

Communism was very possibly the most significant sociopolitical phenomenon of the twentieth century. It arose out of a particular set of circumstances, provided a model of how to think about the world, changed history for billions of people, and left a legacy that is still being sorted out. In this class we will try to understand communism as an economic theory and as history, philosophy and artistic laboratory.

Fall 2020 Departmental Honors Courses


  • BIO 1120L Cells and Genes Lab
  • BIO 1190 Biology Recitation


  • CLS 1600 Intro Classical Mythology

Computer Science

  • CS 1030 Survey of CS and CEG
  • CS 1180 Computer Science I
  • CS 1180L Computer Science I Lab


  • ED 2100 Education in a Democracy


  • EGR 1010L Intro Math Engineering Lab
  • EGR 1010R Intro Math Engineering Rec


  • ENG 2100 Res. Writing and Argument


  • HST 1200 West & World since 1500

Modern Languages

  • ML 2020 Chinese Culture in Film


  • MUS 2140 Music in Western Culture


  • PHY 2400 General Physics I 
  • PHY 2400R General Physics I Rec
  • PHY 2410 General Physics II 
  • PHY 2410R General Physics II Rec


  • PSY 1010 Intro to Psychology
  • PSY 1010L Intro to Psychology Lab

Regional Studies

  • RST 2710 Regional Studies: Africa


  • REL 2320 Nonwestern Religions


  • SOC 2000 Intro to Sociology


  • TH 3990 Special Project
  • TH 3990 Acting Honors Thesis Project