Fall 2018 Courses

The Honors Program offers five types of courses. We also offer Honors Contract courses - 1 credit of additional material to supplement any upper-division (> 3000) level course.

Honors Sections Versions of Regular Courses for Honors Students, usually smaller and more in depth
(un)common arts  1 credit courses centered around performances or exhibits (arts)
(un)common reads 1 credit courses centered around great books
Interdisciplinary Courses  Course for Honors students that cross and combine disciplines
Professional Development  Professional Development, Leadership, Research, Internships
Signature Seminars Leading Researchers share their area of expertise with select undergrads

NEW - Signature Seminars!  Please consider applying for a spot in this prestigious class.

IDH 4903 - Honors Program Course Contract

Turn any upper division course into an Honors Course!

How the honors contract works:

  • Within the first three class days of the semester, student and professor agree on how to structure the contract and jointly complete the Honors Contract Form
  • Student takes the form or emails it to the Honors Program Director for approval.
  • If approved, the student is added to a section of IDH 4903.
  • Professor submits the final grade for the student for the honors section to the Honors office.

What an honors contract should and should not be:

  • It should enhance the quality of the learning experience in the course, rather than simply increasing the quantity of work.  In most cases, a higher quality experience will require more time and effort, so Honors students will indeed be working harder.
  • It should hone the student’s critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills in addition to enhancing their grasp of the subject.
  • It should enhance interaction between the student and the professor.
  • It should not be burdensome to the professor in terms of time or resources.

Some ideas for contracts that have worked well:

  • Student participates in lab meetings and/or research with professor and grad students on course topic.
  • Student attends and summarizes seminars on campus related on course topic.
  • Student does independent reading on the topic with guidance from professor, and then presents analysis (either oral or written, to professor or to class).
  • Student helps professor develop lecture(s), lab exercise(s), or multimedia on course topic.
  • Student helps with web design, publication writing/revision, or other extension- related activities on course topic.



ENC2305 Analyzing Propaganda

The Analytical Writing and Thinking Seminar is designed to advance students’ critical thinking and writing skills beyond first-year composition.  To achieve those goals, students will learn advanced analytical techniques and communication strategies that professors in all disciplines expect them to know. The texts and assignments in the course will expose students to challenging ideas. 

 This semester, we will explore the nature of propaganda and how it differs from other forms of persuasive or political communication.  We’ll consider some visual media (film and art), and texts of varying sorts.  We will focus on identifying, defining and comparatively analyzing propaganda, mostly from the 20th century to the present day (but with examples from previous centuries), and we will ask questions including: Can we agree on what makes a work of propaganda?  How do moral or ethical concerns shape our perception of propaganda, and its effectiveness?   

 In this course, students will hone their reasoning skills through engagement with the concept of propaganda, and sharpen their writing skills through multiple drafts of papers with substantial feedback from their peers and instructor.