Honors courses include all disciplines and are taught by various professors from each department. There are several courses offered each semester.
Fall 2020 Course Schedule
HON 100/101 Dig It: Gardening for Social
Course open to new incoming first year students only.If you want to ground yourself in the earth, get your hands dirty, grow and harvest food, connect with your community, and study issues such as food justice, organic farming, sustainable and restorative agriculture, and local foodways, this combined HON 101 and HON 100 class is for you. These first year courses are designed to help you develop strong skills in personal and academic writing, critical thinking, and creative problem solving. This will all happen under the umbrella of "Gardening for Change." With ample time to experience, contemplate, and explore, students will tend to the UMF vegetable garden and other campus grow spots, including the UMF arboretum. In addition to hands-on gardening and field trips to local farms, food banks, and related venues,the course will include readings, new media and other cultural resources to delve into the garden as a concept in historical, political, aesthetic,cultural, and spiritual contexts; as a site for experiential learning and personal healing; and as a human-scale solution to our current environmental crises. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the UMF Honors Program, or permission of instructors.
HON 101 Success and Failure
What does it mean to be successful? What does it mean to fail? We use the terms often noting someone is "a success,¿ or asking a friend "did you see my epic fail?" but what do these concepts really mean? How are they related? And how can we build a life that we see as successful? This Honors section of How to Succeed in College will explore these questions as well as help you get the most out of UMF and the Honors Program as you make your transition to college life. In addition to considering success and failure through studying the works of great writers and turning a critical eye to our culture, this course will focus on uncovering your passions and interests in relation to other courses you take in college, the major you select, and the career you choose to pursue. The course will begin with a 5-day seminar on campus prior to orientation during which we will explore UMF, the local community and the outdoors, while building on our understanding of success, failure and resilience.
HON 101 Bigfoot
This course explores the role that Bigfoot plays in American culture while also examining its historical, cross-cultural roots. Much of the course considers how the Bigfoot phenomenon offers a window into the complex relationships between belief, evolution, science, myth and culture. Students will consider the existing evidence for Bigfoot and come to understand those who "hunt", study, ridicule and celebrate this legendary creature. In a broader context, the course questions why belief in Bigfoot continues and how it may reflect our own separation from nature and our ancient, wild past. HON 101 is equivalent to FYS 100.
HON 101 The Case for the Extraordinary
The Big Bang. The quasar. The black hole. Quantum theory. Time. The human genome. The human brain. The Internet. Culture. The laws. God. The virus.Evolution. Plate tectonics. The periodic table. The infinitesimal. Gödel's theorems. The unconscious. Spiderman. The imagination. Classical Greece. Medieval Cathedrals. Renaissance art. The hurricane. Beethoven. The Beatles. Alex Honnold. What goes into making a list of what most intrigues us? How is it even possible? What is the most astonishing thing on it? In the course of learning as much as we can about those things we humans find most amazing and why, we will explore the philosophy and psychology of the wonderful, miraculous, astounding, and sublime. Through assigned readings and class-wide debate, the class will develop and adopt suitable criteria for determining what is most extraordinary. Then the class will be divided into pairs. Each pair will be charged with researching what they believe to be the most extraordinary thing. They will report what they discover about that thing to the rest of the class and,using the criteria the class developed, advocate for their thing's being the most extraordinary thing of all. HON 101 is equivalent to FYS 100.
HON 177M Mathematical Content for Elementary Education
This is one of two courses designed to provide elementary education, special education, early childhood, and early childhood special education majors with the mathematical content they will need. This course concentrates on ideas of numbers, sets and operations, looked at from a problem-solving perspective.Additional topics may come from geometry, statistics and probability. Prerequisite(s): Two years of high school algebra and high school geometry. Letter Only. HON 177M is equivalent to MAT 103M.
HON 180N Sex, Drugs and Twinkies
This interdisciplinary science course uses the lens of chemical and biochemical sciences to examine various topics in human history, human behavior, and the world around us. Topics vary by semester and with student interest, but may cover subjects as diverse as food chemistry, global warming, the biochemistry of addiction, the molecular origins of disease, and the biochemical origins of human sexuality. Hands-on laboratory exercises will demonstrate the underlying chemical concepts.
HON 277A Drawing and the Self
To approach the world through the act of drawing is to relate to it in a way that is fundamentally different from the way we typically do. This class will explore drawing as a non-verbal way of thinking. Through the practice of drawing, students will develop their understanding of representation, perception,and meaning. In discussions and written assignments students will hone their abilities to respond to, analyze, and interpret visual works. A large component of creation is looking at the process of production, which demands self-reflection regarding motivation, thought processes, emotion and biases. Assignments Will include drawings for group critique, reflection papers, and responses to local exhibits. Readings will range from philosophical texts regarding perception from a western and eastern mindset, right and left brain characteristics, anthropology of line and John Berger's reflection, "On Visibility."
HON 277H Telling a Story:Page to Screen
Film art reflects(on),integrates and develops the concerns and strategies of literary narratives and movements. This course explores the work of key filmmakers of world cinema in conjunction with the discussion of relevant literary texts. It will emphasize differences between media as well as how the two media intersect.
HON 277S Child and Adolescent Development
This course is designed to expose students to the complexities of development from conception through adolescence. Emphasis will be placed on relations among physical, cognitive and social development in a variety of contexts and cultures. Prerequisite(s): None. This course is equivalent to PSY 225S.
HON 377 Making Stuff with Others
Students harness their individual skills and interests to create collaborative works. For example, a student with a background in music joins a student with a background in digital arts to create a music video; a student with a background in writing joins a student with a background in drawing to create a limited-run zine; A photography student works with a music and podcasting student to create a video cast; or two students with music backgrounds create alive soundtrack for a 1920s silent film. Students do NOT need to be experts in their `backgrounds' but should be open to taking risks and working with others.