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Current Honors Courses | Fall 2020

Meeting times, locations, CRNs, specific section numbers, are all listed in WyoRecords under the “Look Up Classes” search function.  USP and/or A&S attributes are listed for those that are currently updated with WyoRecords. Please refer to WyoRecords for these details as any updates will be made there.
HP 2020:  First Year Colloquium I
Instructor: Various 
USP and/or A&S attributes: O, WB, C2
*A first year student is any student who begins at UW with fewer than 30 post high school college credit hours.  Students who earn an associates degree while completing their high school degree are still considered first year students.

HP 2020 is the first course in the Colloquium sequence.
The first-year Colloquium is a required two-semester sequence of courses that takes a complex topic – for example, Dreams and Reality – and explores it with readings based in the humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences. The courses build community in the Honors College while promoting high levels of academic achievement. In the Colloquium, students push themselves to become stronger critical thinkers. They weigh and consider multiple points of view; they develop thoughtful, well-supported perspectives on important issues of our times; and they defend their ideas in public presentations.
Colloquium is enriched with visits to UW’s Theatre and Dance department, Art Museum, Archives, and Library, and with service projects carried out around Laramie. Expert faculty from various departments give specialized lectures on relevant topics. Distinguished visiting scholars and writers meet with students to discuss their work. In all these ways, Colloquium teaches students to take advantage of the rich resources we are privileged to have at UW.

HP 1101: FYS: Travel Writing
Instructor: Paul Bergstraesser
USP and/or A&S attributes:
“True travels and the inquiry of the essayist,” states travel writer Paul Theroux, “require the simpler stratagems of being humble, patient, solitary, anonymous, and alert.”  In this course, you will be asked to explore your “traveling self” as well as refine your skills as a writer.  We will study the essays of such writer/travelers as Pico Iyer, Gary Shteyngart, Andrea Lee, and Colson Whitehead, whose work stretches from Las Vegas to Bombay.  We will also look closely at the act of writing nonfiction, focusing on its analytical and creative techniques.  Through a series of trips based on and off campus (to the Art Museum, to Laramie, to Southeast Wyoming) and a slate of activities (essays, interviews, a travel video) you will learn to define yourself as a traveler and enrich your life experience through travel.    

HP 1101: FYS: Calling BullS#!% In a Science-Driven World 
Instructor: Patrick Kelley
USP and/or A&S attributes: TBD
Science depends on thoughtful collection, analysis, and interpretation of quality data. If not handled responsibly and transparently, data can yield bull$#!% science. Our primary goal will be to learn to identify bull$#!% in our scientific environment, namely in the publication, reporting, interpretation, and application. During this course, we will seek out, define, and quantify the amount of scientific bull$#!% (relative to non-bull$#!%) in an attempt to understand if the rate of accumulating bull$#!% is causing irreversible damage to science. We will work to investigate the nature of mistakes, obfuscations, and other types of bull$#!% in science and its reporting. We will explore topics such as publication bias, meta-analyses and multiple working hypotheses, statistical traps, data blinding, as well as the increased focus on Big Data and data visualizations that impact how people view the scientific process. We will engage with scientific articles, topic reviews, and popular press articles and spend much time thinking about the data that surround us (e.g. social interactions, movement patterns of students and other animals, instructor behavior, eating habits) to understand what data are. Students will design and execute original research on data bull$#!% and present this work as a conference-style poster. Students will be exposed to data processing (to gain an understanding of basic data informatics, i.e. what it means to collect and organize data. Students will gain an appreciation for formal scientific research as well as an understanding of how scientific research careers develop.

HP 2151: NW Modern Japanese Society and Culture 
Instructor: Noah Miles
USP and/or A&S attributes:
H, AS Global Core
This course is designed to introduce Japanese society and culture.  The class will take a thematic approach to the study of Japan.  We will integrate history and literature from the Jomon to the Edo periods, covering a diverse range of topics including: language development, the introduction of Buddhism, poetry, classical and modern literature, traditional arts and holidays concluding with the development of popular culture.

HP 3152: Classical Islam, Honors Non-Western, ONLINE
Instructor: Erin Abraham
USP and/or A&S attributes:
This course provides a survey of Classical Islam, from the rise of the Abbasid caliphate in 750 to the Mongol conquest of Baghdad in 1285.  Often described as the Golden Age of Islam, this was a period of remarkable achievements in science, mathematics, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as law and religion. Using primary and secondary sources, we will explore the rich history of this cosmopolitan age through several themes, including religious and legal developments within Islam; inter-faith relations and diplomacy; social structures, with emphasis on status and gender; and the cultural and intellectual spheres of literature, science, philosophy, medicine, and art.   We will also examine the ways these achievements influenced the wider medieval world and the role that they continue to play in modern society. 

HP 3153: Picturing Mental Illness in Art, Film and Literature
Instructor: Breezy Taggart
USP and/or A&S attributes: TBD
This course will provide a multidisciplinary introduction to the impact of mental health and illness on the human experience and its representation in art, film, and literature. Drawing on social theory, humanities perspectives, and visual formal analysis we will explore various themes, including: representations of healthy/unhealthy bodies and minds, depictions of mental health and its treatment, and constructions of healing and care or lack thereof.  Through the lens of art, literature, and film we will examine the evolving roles of those who have treated and cared for the mentally ill and examine how humans have explored mental health. A general goal of the class is to understand and reconstruct societal views on mental illness/health.  Classes involve a mix of discussions based on course materials, films, literature, and cultural artifacts, in-class activities and presentations, and writing assignments and is organized into thematic units.

HP 3152: Medical Anthropology
Instructor: Joslyn Cassady
USP and/or A&S attributes:
Medical anthropology involves the study of health, healing and bodily experience in cross-cultural perspective.  While there are a vast array of theoretical and methodological approaches available to contemporary medical anthropologists, this course will focus on the three most commonly encountered: critical medical, interpretative, and applied. By reading ethnographic case studies utilizing each of these approaches, including sexuality in Nigeria and Uganda, “fattening” of girls in the Sahara, and drug addiction in San Francisco, students will gain a dynamic awareness of the complex relationship between culture, power, and illness in day-to-day life.  The three primary learning outcomes of this course are: 1) understanding the importance of culture to bodily experience,  2) understanding ways in which Western biomedicine is a cultural system, 3) identifying how “structural violence” creates and sustains human suffering,  In the end, I hope you will agree that medical anthropology offers a vital approach to understanding health and healing in the 21st century.   

HP 4151: Religion, Unbelief and the Human Condition 
Instructor: Tyler Fall
USP and/or A&S attributes:
This course ranges across academic disciplines and examines and questions some of the dominant ideas western civilization has produced about religion, skepticism, unbelief, morality, society, and the ideal human life. We will read authors from antiquity to the present. They have divergent perspectives: some are militant atheists; others are deeply religious. Some are optimistic about human potential and progress; others are starkly pessimistic. The course readings are drawn from a variety of literary genres -- philosophical treatises, poetry, memoirs, drama, and fiction -- but they all circle back to one fundamental question: what should we humans do?"

HP 4152: Futurism 001, ONLINE
Instructor: Adrian Molina, JD
USP and/or A&S attributes:
This course is about the present human condition, human diversity, and the future of humanity.  Is there any question that we are living in the future?  Is there any doubt we are in times of accelerated change and shifting landscapes?  Whose future is it?  Whose imagination are we living in?  It is a time of mass movements for racial and economic justice, new gender orientations, populism and fascism, anti-fascism and mass protests.  Mixed reality.  Wearable technology.  Virtual headsets.  Artificial intelligence.  Robots.  Cyborgs.  Self driving vehicles and flying cars.  Singularity.  Questions of human survival.  Time travel.  Quantum leaps…  Future Studies 101 places students in the context of present and future times.  Most college classes and the bulk of academia revolves around the distant past or recent history, with select courses focusing on current events.  While it is critical to study history from a multitude of perspectives, young people know intuitively that we are in different times. The social rules, norms, modes, moods, pace, and dialogue have shifted dramatically over the past decade.  Popular media, social media, and social and political movements indicate that further shifts will come in rapid succession.  Students now need to study the future as much as they study the past.  Given the multitude of present and future problems facing the human species, we have never been more in need of imagination, expansions of consciousness, and forward thinking.  Futurism 101 exposes students to various futurist movements of the past 100 years, with a focus on contemporary perspectives of Women of Color, and the futurist movements of people of color.  Course topics include: futuristic depictions in popular media and alternative media; philosophies of time and space; future cultural, social and political identities; human agency to determine future life on planet earth; and emerging strategies for social change.

HP 4152: Ideation, Innovation, and Invention
Instructor: Chris Rothfuss
USP and/or A&S attributes:
From Fortune 50 corporations to garage start-ups, open innovation has become a standard practice for overcoming challenges, developing solutions and bringing new products to market.  In this course we will learn and apply various innovation techniques to develop and refine REAL potential solutions to REAL targeted challenges. With sufficient skill, determination and some luck, these solutions may result in products, start-ups, or intellectual property.  This course will be primarily experiential and student interest driven as we work to implement concepts and best practices for innovation. We will research, we will brainstorm, we will prototype, we will refine, and we will repeat. We will benefit from a broad range of backgrounds and interests - all majors are welcome!

HP 4976: Independent Study
Instructor: Student must identify faculty mentor and receive approval from faculty mentor and Honors
Why might you take an Honors independent study?  Register for one if you need additional upper division elective hours to graduate, if you need additional hours to be a fulltime student in any given semester, if you feel you need the structure to help you complete your senior thesis project, or if you have been working with an instructor on a particularly interesting area for which there is no designated course. You can take up to 3 credit hours of an Honors independent study per semester for up to a total of 6 hours overall. 
You don’t need to sign up for an independent study to complete the senior project.  Please note that these hours do not meet any specific requirements towards your degree or your Honors minorThey do not count towards the required Honors upper division electives.


For a look at past Honors courses: Spring 2020 CoursesFall 2019 Courses
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