Spring 2018 Courses - Honors Sections of UF Courses

Please use the UF Schedule of Courses to find times, places, and other course information.

These are courses offered through departments across campus, reserved for Honors students.  These will count as both an honors course as well as fulfilling the normal slot of the regular course.

ART 2936C HNR Sketchbook 3 16C0 Micah Daw  Sketchbook 
CHM 2051 Gen Chemistry Honors 3 115G  Richard Yost  General Chemistry II Honors 
CRW 2100 Fiction Writing 3 2269  Perry Hungerford  Fiction Writing 
CRW 2300 Poetry Writing 3 1645  Erin O'Luanaigh  Poetry Writing 
ENC 2305 Alternative Facts 3 09A7 Carolyn Reed  Alternative Facts 
ENC 2305 No Place Like "Home" 3 108H Jennifer Coenen   
ENC 2305 Language of Civil Rights 3 2A37 Sean Trainor  Language and Liberation Movements 
ENC2305 Poverty and Power 3 045C Angela Bacsik  Analytical Writing/Poverty & Power 
ENC 2305 Analyzing Propaganda 3 1071 Martin Simpson ENC2305 Analyzing Propaganda 
ENC 2305 Disease and Diagnosis 3 1068 Tonia Howick  ENC2305 Analytical Writing and Thinking 
ENC2305 Ghosts and Race 3 047C Yeh Loh ENC2305 Ghosts and Race 
ENC 2305 Media and Activism 3 039G Andrea Caloiaro Media & Activism 
ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers 3 1527  Ryan Good  Professional Communication for Engineers  
ENC 3254  Writing in Humanities 3 1E16  Mallory Szymanski  Writing in Humanities 
ENC 3459 Writing in Medicine 3 1E88 Carolyn Kelley/Kellie Roberts  Writing in Medicine 
ENC 3465 Writing in Law 3 2530  Creed Greer  ENC3465 Writing in the Law 
EUS 3930 The Other Europe 3 1964  Esther Romeyn  European Identity and the "Other" Europe 
EUS3930 The Politics of Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Europe 3 21F5  Esther Romeyn The Politics of Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Europe 
IUF1000 What Is The Good Life 3 04G7/08H9 Laura Dedenbach  What is the Good Life 
MAP 2302 Elem Diff Equations 3 3149  David Groisser  HNR Elementary Diff Eq 
PHY 2060  Enriched Physics w/Calc 1 3 5183  Selman Hershfield  PHY2060 Enriched Physics 1 
PHY 2061 Enriched Physics w/Calc 2 3 3691  Yoonseok Lee   PHY2061 Enriched Physics
PHY 3063 Enriched Modern Physics 3 0313  Tarek Saab  Enriched Modern Physics 
RUS 1131 Intro Russian Language & Cuture 2 5 17A6  Ingrid Kleespies   
RUT 3442 Cold War Culture 3 12E9  Ingrid Kleespies   
SPC 2608 Intro to Public Speaking 3 1030  Emily Butler  Intro to Public Speaking
SPN 2201 Intermediate Spanish 2 3 4157  Clara Sotelo  SPN2201 Intermediate Spanish II 
SPN2240 Intens Comm Skills 3 4887 Su Ar Lee  Inten Comm Skills in Spanish 
SPN 3300 Spanish Grammar and Composition 3 4809  Ximena Moors  SPN3300 Spanish Grammar & Composition I 

PHY2060 Enriched Physics w/Calc 1

This is our most advanced introductory physics class.  It covers the same topics in Newtonian mechanics as PHY2048, Physics 1 with Calculus, plus in addition Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity.  Students will derive the famous equation E = mc^2 at the end of the semester.  A course in high school physics is a prerequisite, and even students who receive 5's on AP Physics exams are encouraged to take this course.  The class is small compared to other introductory physics classes at UF with plenty of interaction with the instructor, with other students, and with fun Physics demonstration

EUS3930 The Other Europe

This course explores the complexities and contradictions inherent in the concept of European identity. “European Identity” is a concept whose precise meaning and definition, at the turn of the 21st century, has become the focal point for political and cultural contestation, on the level of the European Union and its individual member states, over issues ranging from European expansion, asylum and refugee politics, global capitalism, national identity, immigration, citizenship, racism, anti-Semitism, to the place of Islam within Europe.   

The discourse of “Europeanness” presumes an essential “core” of European identity.  But “Europeanness” is, and has historically been, always constructed in a relation of opposition to its various internal and external “Others.” This course critically examines the construction of “European Identity” in relation to the social and ethnic groups, regions, and religions which have been, and in some cases still are, posited as Europe’s  “Other.” It explores the after effects of these constructions of Otherness on the contemporary scene of European politics, in the light of recent events such as the Euro crisis, the refugee crisis and the rise of anti-immigrant xenophobia


ART 2936C Honors Sketchbook

Honors Sketchbook Development focuses on the artistic practice of a sketch journal and bookmaking as a method of investigation and research. In this course, students will learn and produce a portfolio from basic and experimental drawing methods, collage, bookmaking, conceptual development, and strategies of a successful creative habit. The course components are: material demonstrations, lectures, studio projects, readings, written responses, and field trips.

PHY2061 Enriched Physics w/Calc 2

This is the second semester of the Enriched Physics with Calculus (Honors Physics) sequence PHY 2060–2061 for students with prior preparation in physics who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of the subject. The enriched sequence covers similar material to the Physics with Calculus sequence PHY 2048–2049, but treats basic topics at a faster pace, incorporates more advanced material, and places greater emphasis on instilling conceptual understanding and on developing the ability to solve more challenging problems. PHY 2061 covers concepts in electromagnetism

ENC2305 No Place Like "Home"

ENC 2305 There’s No Place (Like Home) explores how we define certain places, how places are imbued with a variety of identities, and how we create and use spaces. In order to develop a better understanding of ourselves, our history, and our relationships with the world around us, we will consider what forces influence our understanding, knowledge about, relationship to, and behavior in a particular place.

ENC2305 Poverty and Power

ENC2305 Writing Freedom

Explores the movements that spring from powerful words. From Thomas Paine to Frederick Douglass, Emma Goldman to #BlackLivesMatter, writing and speech have figured prominently in American freedom movements. In this course, we will analyze the language used by American freedom fighters; uncover forgotten specimens of freedom writing; and consider how language continues to influence freedom movements today.

ENC2305 Alternative Facts

Examines the concept of a “fact” as it is interpreted and disseminated across a variety of disciplines including science, history, art, religion, and politics. Typically, facts are presented as immutable truths about the world, giving them tremendous power within social institutions and over our human experience. Assignments and discussions in this course, however, will challenge students to unpack their assumptions about what facts are, how they are established, and the purposes they serve in society. Key questions include: “What defines a fact?” “Who controls access to facts?” and “Why do facts matter – or do they?”

Cold War Culture

Emerging from the chaotic destruction of WWII, the Cold War in both physical and symbolic ways seemed to divide the world in two.  It amplified extant political and sociocultural binaries of “good” and “evil,” “us” and “them,” and “capitalism” and communism,” to an unprecedented degree.  Under the harsh glare of the threat of total destruction, nearly all aspects of Soviet and American life were organized around these poles for a period of nearly fifty years.  What were the American and Soviet cultural responses to the intense and unprecedented situation of the “atomic age?”  How can we compare these “rival” visions and experiences?  In this course, students will be asked to examine the culture of the Cold War from the Soviet and American perspectives across a wide range of phenomena (including novels, film, and propaganda), to consider how and why relations between the U.S. and the USSR came to be framed as a global ideological contest, and to be aware of the legacy of the Cold War and the unique cultural response to it in today’s world. 

ENC2305 Diagnosis and Disease

Disease and Diagnosis:  Language, Identity, and Belief 
To ground your investigations for the semester, the course will focus on a particular formative theme. The theme of this section is disease and diagnosis – a topic that invites analysis through many disciplinary perspectives (psychology, literature, political science, history, medicine, and many more). We will begin by looking at Freud's well-known psychoanalytic theory of 'the Self' in order to ground ourselves in a common language of identity; from there, we will continue on to an examination of the relationships among diagnosis, language, and identity (including, perhaps secondarily, other people's shifting perceptions of the diagnosed person).
The topic of disease and diagnosis -- and how diagnosis impacts language and identity -- raises many questions.  How does diagnosis impact the identity (a diagnosed person’s conception of ‘self’)?  Can a diagnosed person ever get back to her previous conception of her ‘self’ before diagnosis? Is it even possible to fully recall this pre-diagnosis identity?  Could the desire to return to (or to visit the memory of) the pre-diagnosed self be viewed as a sort of transgression to the diagnosed, or to a diagnosed community?
Of course, there are no easy answers to any of these questions; however, we don’t seek to provide easy answers. Instead, our aim is to have a good time as we investigate, and to reach a new understanding of the course’s themes as we work.​

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. 


ENC2305 Ghosts and Race

Explores the trope of ghosts in multiethnic American literature as a means of understanding why the dead refuse to remain buried. To help us read these ghost stories in relation to the contexts of their production, we will draw from anthropological, sociological, philosophical, feminist, and historical texts, among others. We will consider the following questions: Why are some people and places more haunted than others? Are phantoms those who were unjustly killed and so ghost stories always involve a question of justice? What kinds of histories of violence and oppression haunt these narratives? Is haunting a question of memory and trauma, of remembering and forgetting?

ENC2305 Media and Activism

Explores the interrelationship between media and activism/outreach through service learning. The collective act of protesting/reaching-out has swept the U.S. and the globe, from Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring, to Black Lives Matter, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the FCCLA. Central to these movements is the role that media plays in molding, mobilizing, and mapping agendas for constructive change. This course will examine contemporary examples of mediated activism/outreach, that is, movements that specifically employ media and social media to advocate for a specific cause, propose a plan of action, and ally for that action.


This course is the second of a two-semester Russian-language sequence that is designed to introduce students to the basics of Russian language and culture through a variety of interactive methods.  The course is structured around the development of the four most important language-learning skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Class will be conducted almost entirely in Russian.  Students who attend class regularly, participate actively, and perform competently on written and oral quizzes, tests, and exams can expect to be able to produce and comprehend both spoken and written Russian in a variety of basic communicative situations by the end of the semester.

IUF1000 What Is The Good Life

Through a close examination of relevant works of art, music, literature, history, religion, and philosophy, students in this class will consider the basic question, “What is the Good Life?” The course will serve as an invitation to the Humanities and to a lifetime of reflection on the human condition through the unique opportunities available to the students at the University of Florida.

The Humanities, a cluster of disciplines that inquire into the very nature and experience of being human, provide many approaches to the question ‘What is a good life,’ as well as a multiform treasury of responses that comprises the cultural and intellectual legacy of world humanity.

The question is especially relevant for a detailed examination as you become more and more involved in making the decisions that will shape your future and the future of others. In order to make reasonable, ethical, well-informed life choices, it is useful to reflect upon how one might aspire to live both as an individual, and a member of local and global communities.

The course is interdisciplinary and draws on the considerable humanities resources at UF. It is also cross-cultural and draws on the full range of human experience across the world and through time in trying to answer the question: “What is the good life?” It contains elements such as the gateway readings, museum exhibits, and performances that are common to the several sections being taught this semester. The lectures, discussion sections, and other readings are specific to your section of this course.

The course counts for three (3) credits of the General Education Humanities (H) requirement.

SPC2608 Intro Public Speaking

Theory and practice presenting public speeches, determining communication purpose(s) and adapting to organization, evidence, language and other message characteristics for designated audiences.

The Honors Section of SPC 2608: Introduction to Public Speaking encompasses all of the elements of the non-Honors sections of the course, but with enhanced learning opportunities and expectations that other sections do not have. The major additions to the course involve one extra speech presented at a class banquet outside of class time, two additional homework assignments, and one additional peer review of a speech.

The additional speech that the students are required to present for credit is a 2-3 minute “Toast Speech”. Students are introduced to the concept of speaking for special occasions, and the techniques learned include how to create a speech that is both heartfelt and brief. Students are assigned to write and perform the Toast Speech at a “banquet” that is held outside of class time and which is catered using the funds that the Honors Program provides for class socials. Students are allowed to toast anyone they want or imagine any scenario they’d like, such as a graduation, wedding, or funeral. The banquet allows us to celebrate our own classroom community in a more relaxed setting while still doing a public speech for a grade. This event is always a favorite among the students in the class.

In addition to the Toast Speech itself, students are required to do a peer review of five of their classmates’ toasts for credit. This helps reinforce their evaluative skills of the formal components of a Toast Speech beyond the fun of actually participating in the banquet. The peer review form template has been created by the instructor, although the commentary and ratings are completed by each student.

Lastly, Honors students are required to do two additional homework assignments beyond what their non-Honors counterparts are required to do in the general sections of this course. These assignments include a self-critique of their own Demonstration Speech and their Team Presentation. All speeches are video-taped in class and then made available to the students for viewing. In each of these assignments, students are required to complete a self-critique for their own speeches, as well as produce a one to two page written reflection paper on their strengths and weaknesses in the speech. The self-critique forces students to think critically about their performance and self-reflect in depth on what speaking techniques they have or have not mastered thus far in the course beyond the feedback from the instructor and their peers. Typically, this assignment is offered in non-Honors sections as extra credit; however, it is a requirement for Honors students because of the extra critical thinking and self-reflection involved.

ENC3465 Writing in the Law

Credits: 3; Prereq: ENC 1101 or ENC 1102. ENC 3265 meets for 3 periods per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or on Tuesday and Thursday.

In courts of law, people depend on the ability of their attorneys to use language effectively, which generally means winning arguments. And while some of the most eloquent writing about our society has been set down by lawyers and judges, the discipline of law is notorious for producing impenetrable, and as a result, ineffective documents. Our job will be to learn what we can from those well-stated arguments and opinions and to avoid what makes legal writing so notoriously difficult to read. 

Writing well and winning arguments don't happen by accident, so this course is designed to be a practical workshop in which students put legal reasoning into practice. In this setting, students learn to write the most common legal forms: the legal brief and the researched legal memorandum. Conducting legal research, students become familiar with law library resources, and, in all of the work, develop the rhetorical skills of argument and persuasion while mastering the basic elements of style. Field trips to the county court or the UF Law School's moot court will show that speaking is also integral to the discipline of law; in class, students will have the opportunity to develop their own speaking skills in moot court-style debates.


CRW2100 Fiction Writing

This course is a traditional fiction workshop, with an emphasis in reading, writing, and critiquing literary fiction. Learning to be a better reader is essential in becoming a better writer. Throughout this course, we will read from an anthology of contemporary fiction. Students are also required to read two additional books outside of class––one short story collection and one novel. All of this reading will provide insight into how the elements of craft can be utilized to produce a moving, effective piece of fiction. Students will produce their own stories and workshop them in class. Critiquing skills will be expected to sharpen over the semester. 

ENC3459 Writing in Medicine

The honors section of Writing in Medicine incorporates both speaking and writing skills. This course is the new listing for “Speaking and Writing for Pre Med” previously offered. This 4 unit course focuses on preparing you for medical school. In Unit 1, you will read and synthesize important material from medical research reports. In Unit 2, you will read several medical research reports in order produce an Annotated Bibliography and a State-of-the-Art Medical Review paper. You will present your research to the class in an oral presentation. Unit 3 concentrates on professionalization. You will prepare a resume, personal statement for medical, dental, or osteopath school, and sit for a mock medical school interview. Unit 4 has you working with your peers to produce a fun and informative CME (Continuing Medical Education) unit in which you prepare a written report and oral presentation.

This course is designed to expose you to kind of writing and speaking you will engage in to get ready for medical school and then in your medical school career. Honors students are inspired to think and write about challenging topics in project-based environments. Teachers selected to lead honors courses for the University Writing Program are experts in experiential learning and are consistently ranked among the best at UF.

SPN2240 Intensive Communication Skills in Spanish

Develops the ability to understand oral and written Spanish and is required of all majors and minors who are not bilinguals, unless they initially placed above this level.

The section of SPN2240 designated for Honors credit is distinguished as an Honors in three ways. First, it caps enrollment at 15 students, rather than the normal 25 or 26 students, thus ensuring more attention and talk time for students, as well as the ability to investigate course themes in much greater depth. Secondly, the section is assigned to one of our most distinguished language instructors, thus ensuring high-quality instruction. Finally, students enrolled in the Honors section of the course engage in experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom, allowing them to critically consider how language is used in the community, and to further their understanding of the diversity of the local Hispanic/Latino community.

Course Core Goals. By the end of the course, the students should develop:

1. Ability to understand the main ideas of most speech in a variety of contexts and topics

2. Ability to describe and narrate about a variety of topics as well as communicate facts and talk casually about topics of current public and personal interest

3. Proficiency in reading and interpreting texts

4. Knowledge of cultural practices and historical events from the Spanish-speaking world


ENC3246 Professional Communication for Engineers

This course has been expressly designed for engineering students in order to equip you for speaking and writing assignments during your undergraduate coursework and in your future careers in the field of engineering. You will learn valuable techniques and tools that will enable you to become effective communicators of technical material, capable of organizing and  expressing your ideas to satisfy the demands of both general and specialist audiences. Throughout the semester, you will learn how to make your writing clearer and more concise and your ideas more coherent. You will also learn to apply the more important grammatical rules. Your writing and speaking assignments will mirror actual tasks awaiting you both in school and in the engineering field. In the process, you will learn how to become a critical evaluator of your own communication skills by commenting on and evaluating the spoken and written work of your peers in class.

SPN2201 Intermediate Spanish 2

SPN2201 Intermediate Spanish 2 is an exciting course that brings students to a world of knowledge and adventure. The course completes the grammar picture for the student ready to mayor or minor, and takes him or her to the world of business, art, health, and even the environment in several of the most popular countries in Latin America. Videos, audios, dialogs and all forms of conversational activities make students practice the language skills with each new and exciting chapter. The critical thinking aspects are never absent, and the classroom is a workshop space during which we all engage in practicing the most important language skills.

SPN3300 Spanish Grammar and Composition

"Intensive language course to develop mastery of grammatical principles, increase vocabulary and enhance writing and composition skills.

This course (or SPN 3350 for bilingual speakers) is a prerequisite for most 3000/4000-level Spanish courses."

CRW2300 Poetry Writing

"I often don't write more than a couple of lines in a day of, let's say, six hours of staring at the sheet of paper. Composition for me is, externally at least, scarcely distinguishable from catatonia." -Richard Wilbur

This course does not require poetic catatonia, per se, but it does require the understanding that poetry is quite hard work--even for the masters. A willingness to undertake this work, along with an ear attuned to the music of language, an obsession with the absolutely-right-word, and a sense of humor, are necessary to succeed in this course. 

Each class period will be divided into two halves: workshop and the discussion of assigned readings. You will write roughly one poem per week, which will serve as the "fuel" for our workshops. Other written assignments include several short critical papers and one final book review. 

Our poetic readings will follow the theme "A Journey Through Form." We will survey the poetic forms, looking at examples from across the centuries. Readings will be difficult but rewarding. (Note: much of our readings will consist of "poetry packets" via Canvas; thus the brevity of the required textbook list is rather misleading.)

CHM2051 General Chemistry Honors

Overview: CHM 2051 is an Honors alternate to the traditional General Chemistry II course, CHM 2046, in a more intellectually stimulating small-course environment. The smaller class size (60 – 70 students) and innovative format (two back-to-back periods twice a week - periods 3 and 4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays) offer us the opportunity to explore material in more depth and at a more personal level, including extensions to real-world applications and insight into current research. The course includes ~2 periods a week of lecture, with the balance of the time devoted to discussions, small-group study, problem solving, demonstrations, and guest lectures. We will also replace much of the descriptive inorganic chemistry covered towards the end of 2046 with advanced topics in atmospheric chemistry (acid rain and global warming, for instance), nuclear chemistry, and introductions to organic, polymer, and biochemistry. The goal of the course is to help you both master the material and develop the skills to think critically about the impact of chemistry on important issues, be they global or personal

MAP2302 Honors Elementary Differential Equations

This course provides an introduction to ordinary differential equations (ODEs).  ODEs enable a mathematical description of the laws of simple physics and virtually every science. 

The content of this course will be similar to that of the non-honors sections, but with some enhancements that go beyond the textbook.  Concepts, definitions, and some theorems will be important, in addition to techniques for solving ODEs. Since this is an honors mathematics course, the instructor will have stricter grading standards than he applies to non-honors sections.