Fall 2014 Course Offerings

Are you looking to engage in an in-depth and meaningful discussion with peers, where you can seek understanding of enduring topics for humanity? The Honors College Core Seminar program is an enriching and engaging curriculum, open to students of all majors.

Permission to register for these courses can be granted from the University Honors College. Contact Jennifer Headrick at 786-4524 or jeheadrick@uaa.alaska.edu for more information about registering for a course or applying to the Honors College.


HNRS A192- HONORS SEMINAR: ENDURING BOOKS
Honors seminars focusing on the directed reading of a single book of enduring significance include the following:

Section 601- Lennon & McCartney: Their Lives & Work
Instructor: Michael McCormick
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 79386
TR 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Using a variety of texts, including Barry Miles' biography of Paul McCartney, the course will focus on discussing, writing about, and understanding the lives and work of Paul McCartney and John Lennon.


Section 602-
Emotional Intelligence for the 21st Century
Instructor: Ron Kamahele
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 79388
MW 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Students will examine aspects of being human through concepts and perspectives presented in Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence.


Section 603-
Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges, & Decisions
Instructor: Paula Williams
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 79389
MW 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Climate Changes: Global Risks, Challenges, and Decisions by Richardson et al and supplemental readings are used to explore the science of climate change, counterarguments, climate model predictions of the future, and likely societal consequences. Learn the facts; make your own decision.

Section 604- Saving the World with Ishmael
Instructor: Don Rearden
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 79390
TR 9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Through Daniel Quinn's book Ishmael and various literary and media works inspired by the novel, explore mankind's role in nature, critically analyze what Quinn and others feel has gone wrong with civilization, and dare to utilize your own creative and intellectual talents to try and save the world. 

To be eligible to register for an HNRS 192 course, a student must have tested into ENG 111, but does not need to be accepted into the Honors College. HNRS 192 courses fulfill 3 credits of Humanities GER.


HNRS A292- HONORS SEMINAR IN SOCIAL SCIENCE

Examines selected topics from a social science perspective. Exposes students to a broad range of social issues, and helps them to develop skills to examine and evaluate their world. Emphasizes research findings and skills, including the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. Students will gain considerable experience communicating both orally and in writing.

Section 602- A Critical Look at Saving the World
Instructor: Corrie Whitmore
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 79391
R 5:30 - 8:15 p.m.

*Due to popular demand, a second section of this course has been added:

Section 603- A Critical Look at Saving the World
Instructor: Corrie Whitmore
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 81209
T 5:30 - 8:15 p.m.

In "A Critical Look at Saving the World," students will examine social movements, explore what fictional superheroes tell us about real people, investigate the intersection of individual and collective behavior, and gain a basic understanding of social science research methods.

Registration limited to students admitted to the University Honors College, and to students who have permission to register from the University Honors College.

HNRS A310 COMMUNITY SERVICE: THEORY AND PRACTICE

This course explores questions of service, community, and self, and includes guided volunteer service with a cultural organization, social service organization, or government agency.

Section 601
Instructor: Dennis McMillian
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 73376
M 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Sophomore or junior standing. Registration open to students admitted to University Honors College, to students who have permission to register from the University Honors College, and to students working on the Certificate in Civic Engagement.


HNRS A392 HONORS THESIS SEMINAR

This course is an in-depth application of discipline research skills to a particular problem in concert with development of understanding the research problems addressed and research methods used by different disciplines.

Section 601
Instructor: Rob Lang
Credits: 1.0
CRN: 73377
Meets Fridays Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 28
from 1:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Registration limited to students admitted to the University Honors College, and to students who have permission to register from the University Honors College.


HNRS 394 MEDIA ONTICOLOGY: AUGMENTED REALITY, VIDEOGAMES, AND NEW MEDIA

Selected topics in augmented reality development, with readings in video game theory, object-oriented ontology, media ecology, and aesthetics.

Section 601
Instructor: Nathan Shafer
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 79392
TR 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.


HNRS A495 HONORS INTERNSHIP

Applying interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to a student internship project, through a variety of governmental and private settings both within and outside of Alaska.

Section 601
Instructor: Staff TBA
Credits: 1.0-6.0
CRN: 73378
Arranged

Permission from the University Honors College and approval by a faculty member acting as the internship advisor.


HNRS A499 HONORS THESIS

The focus of this arranged course is to articulate a researchable idea or develop a creative idea to fruition as appropriate to the student's discipline.  Students design and undertake a method of information gathering or creative presentation or performance that sheds light on the articulated idea.  Finally, students report findings and draw valid conclusions based on new research or demonstrate these findings through creative presentation.

Section 601
Instructor: Staff TBA
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 73379
Arranged

Senior standing, permission from the University Honors College, and approval by a faculty member acting as a thesis advisor required for registration.


CPLX A200 INTRODUCTION TO COMPLEXITY

An introduction to the science of complexity, currently used to predict system behavior in the physical, life, and social sciences.

Section 651
Instructor: Martin Cenek
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 72548
TR 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Prerequisites: MATH A107 or MATH A172

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