These are courses offered through departments across campus. They count as an Honors course and fulfill the normal slot of the regular course.
All Honors students are expected to complete an Honors version of the UF required Quest 1 course. Quest 1 courses fulfill the UF Quest 1 requirement and 3 credits of the General Education requirement in the Humanities.
These one-credit courses are discussion-oriented, seminar courses centered on a performance or an exhibit.
We will watch, analyze, and discuss at least 10 movies in each class. Students will learn to participate in discussions, expressing their opinions that may contradict those of others. Students will learn to lead discussions, usually with one other student as a co-leader. Students will learn a variety of movie genres, and see how movies affect society and our common fund of experiences (e. g. the impact of Star Wars). Assignments are class participation, helping to choose interesting/impactful/entertaining movies, and leading one or two discussions. In order to lead the discussion, the students submit a list of topics one week ahead of their discussion which is distributed to the other students in the class.
These are discussion-oriented, one-credit seminar courses centered on a book.
History + Biography
Science (Non-Health) + Science Fiction
Madagascar is best known in the west for its unique flora and fauna, with over 80% of its wildlife found nowhere else. But this engaging country is also home to 23 million people, comprising 18 distinct ethnic groups, unified by a common language and Malagasy identity. Madagascar - The Eighth Continent: Life, Death and Discovery in a Lost World introduces the reader to the unique fauna, flora, and cultures of Madagascar through the authors’ travels with researchers in herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians), paleoecology, archaeology and primatology. Not only do readers learn about the biodiversity and cultures of this fascinating “eighth continent”, but they also get a sense for the joy of scholarly exploration and discovery in the natural world, what it is like to be a field-based (rather than laboratory-based) researcher, and the rationale for and continued importance of such work. While describing these discoveries, the author interweaves stories of Malagasy history, the mystery of the peopling of the island, and culture (language, music, religion, written and oratory arts) into the conversation, providing much fodder for discussion. Overall, this book is a celebration of the people, the wildlife, and the culture of Madagascar.
This (Un)Common Read course is perfect for students with an interest in/love for nature, exploration, discovery, and learning about distant lands and cultures. We will read the book Madagascar - The Eighth Continent in its entirety. Prior to some readings, the instructor (or students, if interested) will provide short introductions to the localities, wildlife, people, and customs described in the readings, augmented by photographs (unique species, environment, habitat loss, the local people and cultural activities) from recent trips to Madagascar. One of the unique strengths of the class will be the sharing of first hand experiences and impressions from multiple trips to the country, providing valuable context to the readings.
Although Madagascar is the focus of the course, this class will provide students with an overview of field research, and why it remains important in the modern world of science. Students will be able to view Madagascar as a model for research in areas such as conservation and sustainability, and the importance of culture and the buy-in of the local peoples. Students will be graded on class participation and a presentation on one auxiliary reading. Finally, students will complete a class project –academic paper or poster, or artistically creative work related to the course. The last class meeting (or two, depending on class size) will be used for students to present and discuss these final projects. This is an opportunity for students to get creative with class content and what they have learned.
Madagascar: The Eighth Continent stands alone as a great read, but this course makes an excellent primer for two other classes at UF: ZOO4956: Madagascar – Biodiversity & Conservation in a Developing Country (UF’s study abroad course in Madagascar) and BOT4935/ZOO4926: Global Biodiversity and Culture: Integrating Conservation and Human Well-being (part of UF’s International Scholars Program).
Society + Culture + Politics
An excerpt from the publisher: “Young people are told that college is a place where they will ‘find themselves’ by engaging with diversity and making friendships that will last a lifetime. This vision of an inclusive, diverse social experience is a fundamental part of the image colleges sell potential students. But what really happens when students arrive on campus and enter this new social world? The Cost of Inclusion delves into this rich moment to explore the ways students seek out a sense of belonging and the sacrifices they make to fit in.”
In this course, students will interrogate their own paths to inclusion at the University of Florida alongside a class reading of Silver’s book. We will use the book and supplementary materials to cover topics such as diversity and inclusion, inequality, controlling images, campus life, and more. The term’s major assignment will be an ongoing autoethnography of student organizations that class members are personally involved in, much like the one Silver conducted for his study. Students will make mini presentations on their progress throughout the term before delivering a final presentation of their findings to the class at the end of the semester. The instructor hopes to arrange a virtual visit to the classroom with author Blake R. Silver himself so that students might ask him questions about his study and book after they have completed it.
Business + Economics
These courses are interdisciplinary in nature and often team-taught.
These courses are aimed at developing skills that will help students over their career.
Signature Seminars offer opportunities to work with UF's top faculty in their research areas of interest.