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Summer 2021 Honors Courses

Registration Guidelines

Meeting times, locations, CRNs, specific section numbers, are all listed in WyoRecords under the “Look Up Classes” search function. 

Pre-Requisites: All Honors Upper-Division Classes (3000 and 4000 level) require students to have completed their COM 1 and COM 2 requirements.

Main campus Honors College fall courses will open to non-Honors College after the early enrollment period. Non-Honors College students wishing to register for these courses need to have at least a 3.25 cumulative UW GPA and will need to request an override from the Honors College. Students should email Cass Tolman at to make this request. Online Honors classes are open to all students.

*Please note that Honors College FYS courses are open to all UW students with no override necessary.


Please reach out to the Honors Advising Team for more information and guidance when registering.

Course Modalities

  • In-Person and/or Hyflex – This means that the class is scheduled to be in-person, with the possibility that there will need to be flexibility for some students to meet in person on selected days and other students will be participating online, with the expectation that all students will be in Laramie to successfully complete the class.  

  • Online-Asynchronous –  This means that the course will be completely online, without any scheduled meeting dates or times. 

  • Online-Synchronous – This means that the course will be completely online, but there will be a synchronous requirement, meaning students will have specific day/times scheduled for Zoom sessions.


Summer 2021 Course Descriptions

HP 3151-40: Harry Potter
Instructor: Dr. Tammy Mielke
Asynchronous Online
Honors College Attributes: 
Upper-division elective
USP attributes: none
A&S attributes: none

This course focuses on gaining a greater understanding of Harry Potter as literary and cultural phenomena. Together, we will study the critical discourse that has emerged over the last decade or so as it relates to the Harry Potter novels and other cultural and artistic manifestations. We will further explore this series in terms of their relation to the world of the Muggles (us); and the broader social and political implications of this series.



HP 3153-41: Introduction to Medical Humanities
Hosanna Krienke 
Modality: Asynchronous Online
Honors College attributes: Upper-Division Elective

Course Description: The doctor-patient relationship is founded on storytelling. Whether you hope to become a healthcare provider or not, the medical experience requires a kind of narrative literacy. Both physicians and patients must grapple with narrative expectations (such as notions of causal sequence, symbolism, and closure) when conferring on medical decisions. As a group of future doctors, nurses, caregivers, and patients, we will explore what kinds of stories congregate around Western conceptions of the medical experience. We will approach this task with a multi-disciplinary lens, examining the history of medicine, medical ethics, religious practices, and narrative theory. We will pair contemporary theoretical and non-fiction works on illness with various kinds of narratives designed to communicate a patient’s perspective. We will analyze the distinctive opportunities for immersion in stories about illness offered by different genres and media, including personal essays, poetry, films and even a cancer-themed video game. Finally, we will debate the limits of narrative in medical practice—as in communicating the unique cognition of autism, the experience of physical pain, or the process of dying.



HP 3151: Modern Japanese Society and Culture
Instructor: Noah Miles
Modality: Asynchronous Online
Honors College Attributes: Honors Non-Western. Note: Students who have already completed their Honors Non-Western requirement may use this course as an Honors upper-division elective
USP attributes: (H) Human Culture
A&S attributes: (G) Global
This course is designed to introduce Japanese society and culture.  The class will take a thematic approach to the study of Japanintegrating important cultural concepts through their development in history, covering a diverse range of topics including: language, Buddhism, art, literature, anime and music concluding with the development of popular culture.


HP 3153: Art and Culture of Hip-Hop
Instructor: Adrian Molina
Asynchronous Online
Honors College attributes: 
Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: (H) Human Culture
A&S attributes: (D) Diversity in the US

This course is an inter- and multi-disciplinary course that explores a culture and form of music that hundreds of millions of young people throughout the world identify with. Hip-Hop was born in the South Bronx, NY in the early 1970s, where African-American, Latino, and immigrant populations were essentially cast off as a result of the construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway, white flight into the suburbs, and the politics of abandonment. Hip-Hop music and culture has now spread throughout the world, and regardless of whether the discussion is about mainstream gangster rap or underground, socially and political conscious Hip-Hop, this emerging field of study has broad, cultural, social, political, and economic implications. Students will explore the following issues in this course: race relations, racism, sexism and misogyny, class struggle, urbanization, white flight, pan-ethnicity and ethnic/cultural diasporas, civil rights era activism, post-civil rights Black and Latina/o leadership, activism through art, globalization, the commodification of art and culture in corporate America, and the perpetuation of racism and sexism through mass media.



HP 3151-42: Heroes, Heroines, and What Stories Tell Us About Who We Are
Instructor: Ann Stebner Steele 
Modality: Asynchronous Online
Honors College attributes: Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: (H) Human Culture

In this class, we will explore the ways that story structures and patterns shape not only the movies and books we consume but the way we make meaning of our own lives. Starting with Joseph Campbell’s work on the Hero’s Journey and the Three Act Structure epitomized by Pixar films, we will begin to identify the major narrative arcs that show up again and again in popular and classic films and literature. From there, we will complicate our understanding of what a story is, who it is about, and who it is for by studying the concept to the Heroine’s Journey (originally developed by Maureen Murdock in response to Campbell’s work). 

We will ask who can be a hero, who can be a heroine, if there is any difference, what constitutes a journey, and if there is greater meaning in pursuing resilience and authenticity than hoping for happily ever after. Ultimately, we will explore how an understanding of these story structures helps us better recognize the stories that we have been told and which we tell ourselves about who we are and how we should be in the world. From there, we will begin to take control of the narratives and author the stories we need to help us navigate both times of victory and times of challenge.



HP 4151-40: Futurism 001
Instructor: Adrian Molina
Modality: Asynchronous Online
Honors College attributes: Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: (H) Human Culture
A&S attributes: none

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…  

Futurism 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 001 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.

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