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Teaching Options in Honors

1-credit text discussion course: HNRS 2830

Read a good book lately? Listened to impactful lyrics? Watched a cool film or discovered an impactful piece of art? If it would make an interesting discussion course, consider teaching for Honors! These 1-credit Honors courses are light on outside-work, homework, and grading. They meet once a week for 50 minutes. This options is great for students (and faculty) with packed schedules or who are new to Honors and want to try it out in a low-pressure course.

3-credit course:
HNRS 1100 - 4990

Have a cool idea for a course that you've been dying to teach, but it doesn't quite fit in your department? Want to co-teach with an instructor outside your department or college? Consider teaching a 3-credit Honors course. We cap our courses at 15 students, commonly feature interdisciplinary classes, we favor a seminar-style that is discussion-based. We love outside-the-box topics!

Eccles Fellowship:
HNRS 3900

The Honors Eccles Fellows Program encourages faculty to work on their scholarship as they teach. You would teach one 3-credit Honors class of your design and receive 6 hours compensation,  3 of which is release time for research. The Fellowship also includes a funding stipend for the class experience. 

This is a competitive process. See link for more details & deadlines. 


Course Examples:

1-credit text discussion: HNRS 2830

HNRS 2830: In the Stars: Identity Through Science Fiction

This book discussion will take two seminal novels from the 1960's New Wave of Science fiction, Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) and Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand Of Darkness (1969) and explore their treatment of gender, sex and society, and how their visions may or may not resonate with our contemporary world. 

Taught by Paul Crow, Visual Art & Design                        

3-credit course: 1000-level

HNRS 1510: Tangled Banks and Tangled Trees: Understanding and Conserving Biodiversity

The history of life on Earth spans nearly 4 billion years and has provisioned the planet with over 2 million species. This course will explore our understanding of life’s history as inferred from the molecular record contained in its many species. It will also consider what efforts will be needed if humanity is to preserve much of life’s diversity beyond the 21st Century.

Taught by John Mull (Zoology)
Fulfills a Life Science Gen-Ed

3-credit course: 2000-level

HNRS 2110A: The Meaning of Life 

Ever wonder about the meaning of life? So have a lot of other people! Explore and examine with us the various answers that Western societies, religions and thinkers have offered to this timeless question from the dawn of civilization to the Black Death.

Co-taught by Marc Nelson (Philosophy) & Katie Nelson (History)
Fulfills a Social Science Gen-Ed                             

3-credit course: HNRS 3000-level

HNRS 3900: Children's Literature - Book Arts and Science

How do the “book arts” integrate environment, community engagement, purpose, and message? Explore and engage in the creative process through the creation of an original children’s book from design to creation to dissemination. The children's book will address current issues (science, environment, sustainability) in our world and serve as a valuable educational resource connecting the creative arts and community. 

Co-taught by Tamara Goldbogen & K Stevenson (Visual Art & Design)                                           

3-credit course: HNRS 4000-level

HNRS 4900: Podcasting

Like listening to podcasts? Interested in making one? Learn the ins and outs of podcast production as you help create the newest season of the Weber PodCats Podcast. Students will learn components of podcast production including: interview techniques, story development, scriptwriting, remote and studio audio recording, sound editing/mixing, and streaming.

Taught by Andrea Baltazar (Communication) & Melina Alexander (Teacher Education and Women & Gender Studies)                                         

Eccles Course

HNRS 3900: Worth 1000 Words: The Impact of Photography and Digital Media on Communication, Science, and Technology

The invention of the camera and the subsequent rapid proliferation of visual media have transformed modern society. From Muybridge’s Horse in Motion to James Balog’s opinion-altering photos of shrinking glaciers, the camera is central to global culture, communication, and scientific research and exploration. Synthesizing viewpoints from the humanities and the sciences, our course will explore the history of captured motion, the development of photographic technology-including photo and video processing software-and the impact of photography on culture, communication, and science. Along with lectures and discussions, students will learn basic photographic theory and technique. By the end of the course, students will be able to operate a camera, use software to edit and process photos and videos, and capture visually striking and data-rich images. We hope that dynamic course design, coupled with the broad appeal of the subject matter, will draw students from all corners of campus and foster valuable inter-disciplinary connections. 

Taught by Aaron Atkins (Digital Media) & Randy Hurd (Mechanical Engineering)