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Non-Honors students are invited to email for an override to register for an Honors course.

A student may repeat a course number for up to 6 credits if the course name, course syllabus, and faculty/instructor teaching the course is different.

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Fall 2020

Rhetoric in and for the Real World

HNRS ENGL 1010: Introductory College Writing

Come learn to rule the world with us! Read great rhetors and learn to write intelligently, logically and persuasively for our world and your world. 

9:30 - 10:20 AM MWF
Elizabeth Hall (EH) 317
Sylvia Newman (English)

HNRS + ENG Credit | Course Poster | Course Syllabus

The Construction of Knowledge

HNRS 1110: Introduction to Honors

This course examines how knowledge is produced, what it is used for, and what it means for lived experience. We will look at ways of knowing and thinking through science and through literature and art. These ways sometimes correspond to each other and sometimes diverge. Mapping the various intersections and differences will open a greater understanding and appreciation of the ways that we construct knowledge and establish meaning in our lives.

9:00 - 10:15 AM TTH
Library (LI) 325
Christy Call (English)
Daniel Bedford (Geography)

HNRS + HU Credit | Course Poster | Course Syllabus

Nuclear Landscapes: Culture and Society in the Atomic West

HNRS 1520: Perspectives in the Social Sciences

Nuclear Landscapes: Culture and Society in the Atomic West Students will study the various cultures and societies that arose and continue to exist around the atomic bomb and nuclear energy production. Included are physicists and engineers, uranium miners and millers, pop-cultures, the military-industrial complex, environmental countercultures, white western technophilia, Native American and LDS resistance and complicity, and the complicated relationships between ethnicity, cultures, and advanced technology in the American West. Students will also discuss the ongoing debates between various actors in the nuclear story.

12:30 - 1:20 PM MWF
Lindquist Hall (LH) 212
Rob Reynolds (Sociology)

HNRS + SS Credit | Course Poster | Course Syllabus

ArtsBridges: Murals

HNRS 1530: Perspectives in the Creative Arts

Learn about murals and public art in the community, work with professional mural artists in hands-on workshops, design and create an original mural/art installation in Ogden, and reflect on the collaborative and generative processes involved in a public art project. Students will then complete weekly journal prompts, and present on an artist. Students will earn up to 15 Community Engaged Learning hours and 3 Creative Arts general education credits.

4:30 - 7:10 PM W
Community of Education Center (CEC) TBA
Tamara Goldbogen (Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Arts Learning)
Erinne Roundy 

HNRS + CA Credit | Course Poster | Course Syllabus

Prescriptions for Empathy

HNRS 1540: Perspectives in Humanities

The course uses literature about healthcare and medicine to talk about the importance of and definition for empathy in culture and personal relationships.

12:30 - 1:20 PM MWF
Elizabeth Hall (EH) 215
Sally Shigley (English)

HNRS + HU CreditCourse Poster | Course Syllabus


HNRS 1540: Perspectives in Humanities

What makes parents different from their children? It's more than age. Each generation is shaped by different events, holds unique values and exhibits its own personality. Explore those differences and how they are measured. Examine life from the perspectives of those who have gone before and who will come after. Think about how this may shape the future of the nation.

12:00 - 1:15 PM TTH
Library (LI) 325
Jean Norman (Communications)

 HNRS + HU Credit | Course Poster | Course Syllabus

TV - Media History

HNRS 2050: Exploring Key Concepts in the Disciplines - Social Sciences

TV-Media History will look at the development of television as a factor in reinforcing and influencing social trends. The business side of the broadcast industry will be discussed, but the programming angle will be more heavily studied. Issues will include minorities, gender issues, and politics as they influenced social transition.

10:30 - 11:20 AM MWF
Library (LI) 325
Tracey Smith (History)

 HNRS + SS Credit | Course Poster | Course Syllabus

Repairs as a Radical Act

HNRS 2050: Exploring Key Concepts in the Disciplines - Social Sciences

What can I do in my life to help the environment? Environmental issues can seem overwhelming, but there are things we can do everyday to improve the environment. Learn how to repair and maintain items in your everyday life with skills like welding, using a multi-meter, changing outlets, and vehicle maintenance. Analyze the economic and environmental impacts of reuse and repair.

1:30 - 4:10 PM W
Engineering Technology (ET) 230
Taylor Foss (Engineering)
Matt Gnagey (Economics)

HNRS + SUS + SS Credit |  Course Poster | Course Syllabus

Tackling Wicked Problems

HNRS 2050: Exploring Key Concepts in the Disciplines - Social Sciences 

Wicked problems are societal problems that are difficult, if not impossible to solve because the problem is interconnected with other problems and transdisciplinary in nature. In this course, we will examine sociocultural, economic, sustainability, and political frameworks to identify root causes of wicked problems. We will explore the role of political engagement, policy, advocacy, economics, community building and community mobilizing in tackling wicked problems. Finally, we will discuss important skills needed for tackling wicked problems, such as managing meetings and demonstrating the effectiveness of your proposed solution. This course will take a social justice perspective and take into consideration the ethics and unintended consequences involved in implementing solutions on underrepresented and vulnerable populations. Students will explore the feasibility of their own project meant to address the wicked problem of their choice.

1:30 - 2:20 PM MWF
Library (LI) 325
Azenett Garza (Psychology)
Leah Murray (Political Science)

HNRS + SS Credit | Course Poster | Course Syllabus

The Meaning of Life

HNRS 2110 A: Intellectual Traditions - Great Ideas of the West in the Classical and the Medieval Eras

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of life? So have millions of other humans since before the dawn of civilization. Some even claimed to have figured out the answer! From ancient philosophers to extinct civilizations, from the oldest stories to medieval arguments, from Epicureanism to Monasticism: explore this enigmatic question of human existence and the many answers offered to us throughout Western history. We will explore tantalizing poetry, inspiring literature, sacred texts, philosophical advice, arguments and more.

1:30 - 2:45 PM TTH
Library (LI) 325
Marc Nelson (Philosophy)
Katie Nelson (History)

HNRS + HU Credit | Course Poster | Course Syllabus

Persian Poets

HNRS 2130 A: Intellectual Traditions - Great Ideas of the East

Read books from 9th through 14th-century Persian poets. Examine the relevance of their writings in societies and cultures. Does their poetry have any influence in today's society, culture, and politics in Iran? How about the "New Poetry"?

10:30 - 11:45 PM TTH
Tracy Hall (TY) 240
Morteza Emami (Community Education Center)

HNRS + HU Credit | Course Poster | Course Syllabus

Reading and Discussing the New York Times

HNRS 2920: Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes, and Special Programs

This workshop provides an opportunity for students to gather and discuss the news as covered by the New York Times, currently available to all members of the Weber State community via a digital subscription and/or 15 paper copies that are delievered daily to the Honors Center during the week.

10:30 - 11:20 AM W
Library (LI) 324
Dave Ferro (Dean of Engineering, Applied Sciences, and Technology)
Eric Swedin (History)

Course Poster | Course Syllabus

Introduction to Data Science and Statistics

HNRS 2920: Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes, and Special Programs

Learn about how statistics is central to one of the most exciting new fields that is shaping 21st century using Python. This course places emphasis on statistical reasoning with data and decision making. No prior experience is needed, but the course will use the Python programming language and reasoning with mathematics.

11:30 - 12:20 PM MWF
Tracy Hall (TY) 342
Julian Chan (Mathematics)

Course Poster | Course Syllabus

Nietzche Contra Wagner: Art, Philosophy, and Politics in the Age of German Romanticism

HNRS 3900: Honors Colloquium (Eccles)

An examination of the arc of German history from roughly the middle of the 19th century to the rise of Nazi Germany (the period of high German Romanticism), with an emphasis on the interplay between art, music, philosophy, and politics in the rise of German identity and Nazi ideology. 

10:30 - 11:45 AM TTH
Library (LI) 325
Robert Fudge (Philosophy)
Brady Brower (History)

   Course Poster | Course Syllabus

Drive: Leadership in the Age of Disruption

HNRS 4920: Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes, and Special Programs

Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and so many other technologies dominate headlines and discussion; are these megatrends that will influence and permeate through every tier of society or are they buzzwords better left on unread? Students from all backgrounds will come together in a discussion-oriented classroom to explore the implications of emergent technology and assess its potential impact in business, government, and non-profit sectors. This course is designed as a graduate school style curriculum using Harvard’s Case Method approach combined with Community Engaged Learning requiring students to speak up and be heard. Your personal background, professional interests, and academic pursuits will all come together to help shape this course. It’ll be challenging. It’ll be fun.

8:30 - 9:20 AM MWF
Library (LI) 325
Ben Barraza (Web Application Development)

Course Poster | Course Syllabus

R.E.A.L Projects

HNRS 4920: Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes, and Special Program

Real Experience Applied Learning Projects (R.E.A.L. Projects): Employers are looking more at experiential learning to determine the best candidates for today's jobs. "R.E.A.L. Projects" gives students real-world experience, working as part of an interdisciplinary team on a real project for an employer. The course will teach project management, communication, and leadership skills, helping to set you apart from other potential candidates in the job market.

9:00 - 10:15 AM TTH
WB 113
Robert Ameling (Career Services)

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Course Poster | Course Syllabus


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