University Honors Program

Program Director: Michael E. Sloane, Ph.D.
Associate Director: William J. Rushton, IV, Ph.D.
Program Manager: Donna Andrews, M.P.A.
Student Counselor: Rebecca Freeman, M.A.

The University Honors Program draws on the wide range of resources available at a comprehensive research university and concentrates those resources within a small, personal, liberal arts setting. Designed for students who want to satisfy their intellectual curiosity both inside and outside the classroom, the program accepts about 50 students a year representing a wide variety of disciplines, backgrounds, and interests. The program offers an innovative, interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum taught by faculty who are known for their excellence in teaching and scholarship. Without delaying progress toward a degree, the University Honors Program provides students an opportunity to participate in a community of committed scholars, to form close relationships with faculty, to explore new ideas, and to share their ideas and interests in the friendly confines of the Spencer Honors House. 

Benefits

Students in the University Honors Program (UHP) receive a more intensive and innovative education that consists of a 33 credit hour interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces a student’s regular core curriculum without adding any additional time to degree completion. Students take two, nine-credit hour interdisciplinary courses and five UHP honors seminars on topics not offered in the regular academic departments. Since the five UHP honors seminars are capped at 16 UHP students, they get to know their instructors and other students very well, providing a sense of community and identity within the larger university context. UHP students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by involvement with several student-lead UHP committees and university-wide organizations and initiatives. UHP students receive priority registration and are typically involved in undergraduate research mentored by renowned faculty.

The Spencer Honors House, with all of its facilities, belongs exclusively to students in the UHP and is accessible to them at all times. UHP students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cultural, social, and scholarly events and are funded to present their research at state, regional, and national honors conferences.  After completing the program, students graduate with a special designation on their transcripts. In addition, UHP students are recognized annually at the UHP Honors Day ceremony. Graduation from the UHP, with its broad interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum gives students a distinct advantage when applying for national awards and scholarships as well as graduate or professional schools.

Spencer Honors House

The center of identity and community for the University Honors Program is the Spencer Honors House, located on campus in the spacious and attractive environment of the Old Church at 1190 10th Avenue South. All instructional and social activities of the University Honors Program take place there. The Spencer Honors House is also available for day-to-day use by UHP students for recreation, studying, meeting, and relaxing. The facilities include a kitchen, lounge areas, library, computer clusters, and pool and Ping-Pong tables. The offices of the director, associate director, program manager, and student counselor are also located in the Spencer Honors House.

Scholarships

The Hess-Abroms Honors Scholarships, awarded annually, are valued at $24,000 each and provide $6,000 per year. Application is open to incoming freshmen. The award is based on superior academic achievement, creativity or talent, strong motivation, character, and intellectual promise. Application materials are made available at the time of interview. The University Honors Program also has a number of smaller ($1,000-$2,000) annual scholarships that are awarded in May each year. Students who have committed to entering the program can apply for these scholarships that are distributed based on merit and need.

Application

For more information on applying to the Honors College or its programs, visit http://www.uab.edu/honorscollege/

Honors Coursework

Instead of the 41 semester hours of Core Curriculum requirements, students in the University Honors Program take 33 semester hours of honors coursework and three semester hours in mathematics. In addition, they participate in a variety of special events, most of which are centered in the Spencer Honors House. While in no way delaying progress toward a degree or interfering with commitment to a major, the University Honors Program provides a stimulating range and depth of scholarly pursuits within an interdisciplinary arts and sciences context. Students have frequent individual contact with the teaching faculty and have unusual opportunities for independent projects and research.

Honors students have two options for completing their 33 semester hours in honors:

  • Two 9-semester-hour fall-semester interdisciplinary honors courses plus five 3-semester-hour honors seminars (only two of which can be related to the student’s major or minor); or
  • Two 9-semester-hour fall-semester interdisciplinary honors courses, a minimum of three 3-semester-hour honors seminars (not related to the student’s major or minor), and up to six semester hours of departmental honors coursework within the student’s major (with the total number of semester hours adding up to 33).

The interdisciplinary honors courses are offered during the fall semester and are open only to University Honors students. These courses are team-taught by faculty members (usually six) from different schools in the university and by guest lecturers from the medical center, the business, and other areas. Each interdisciplinary course is organized thematically and designed to cover a broad range of material so the student is introduced to all areas covered by the Core Curriculum and to a wide variety of other areas as well. Topics of past interdisciplinary courses have included “Minds and Realities," "In Search of Human nature," "It's About Time," and "The Anatomy of Desire." As part of the course, each student works on an independent project related to the central theme. Since instructors are committed to full-time teaching of this course, students receive ample advice and guidance on their projects.

The University Honors program offers about 18-20 different honors seminars each year. Some are cross-listed in other departments and so are open to all students at UAB. These seminars are offered during the fall semester, spring semester, and summer term and are limited to 16 students. Honors seminars are available in a variety of different fields and focus on issues that are of major interest within the field and also have implications and applications beyond it. Examples of honors seminars which have been taught are "Ethnographic Filmmaking," " China's Next phase," "Cognitive Brain Imaging," Philosophy, Psychology, and the Economics of Happiness," Existentialism and Modern Literature."

Additional Information about the Curriculum Core Requirement in Mathematics

In addition to the honors coursework, University Honors Program students must fulfill the mathematics requirement of Area III of the Core Curriculum.

Credit for Participation in Honors

Students may receive up to three semester hours of credit, graded on a pass/fail basis, for participating in the range of special events sponsored by the University Honors Program. Those events include:

  • The monthly lecture
  • First Thursday Lecture series
  • Afternoon receptions for visiting speakers
  • The fall film series
  • Workshops
  • Field trips

Credit for Community Service

Students may receive up to three semester hours of credit, graded on a pass/fail basis, for completing long-term service projects. Available projects are announced before each semester and typically include:

  • Work at a recycling center
  • Homeless shelter
  • Public school

As well as regular meetings to reflect on these service projects.

Independent Study

Students may propose an internship or independent study project in place of one seminar. An example of such a project is an internship at city hall, leading to a policy proposal on some area of city government. Proposals for these projects must be approved by the Honors Council.

Honors Research

Students can register for one, two, or three credit hours of Honors Research, and receive a letter grade for their research. Students arrange for a research mentor and conduct a project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Continuation in the Program

A student who leaves the University Honors Program for any reason will receive full credit toward graduation for all coursework completed in the program. The director of the University Honors Program will designate which of the Core Curriculum requirements have been fulfilled by the individual student’s honors coursework. In addition to the UAB Honors College's requirement to maintain a 3.0 cumulative UAB GPA, UHP students are expected to maintain a 3.0 average in University Honors Program coursework.

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
Select three 100 level Honors courses - selection is dependent on Fall offereing19One Honors Seminar 3
Select two (non-honors) courses in major/pre-professional courses6Select four (non-honors) courses in major/pre-professional courses12
 15 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
Select three 200 level Honors courses - selection is dependent on Fall offering29One Honors Seminar3
Select two (non-honors) courses in major/professional courses6Select four (non-honors) courses in major/pre-professional courses12
 15 15
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
One Honors Seminar3One Honors Seminar3
Select four (non-honors) courses in major/pre-professional courses12Select four (non-honors) courses in major/pre-professional courses12
 15 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
One Honors Seminar3Select five courses in major/minor/pre-professional courses15
Select four (non-honors) courses in major/minor/professional courses12 
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120
1

Select 3 of the following: hon 101, hon 102, hon 103, hon 104,hon 105, hon 106, hon 107, hon 108, hon 109,hon 111, hon 151, hon 152, hon 154,hon 155, hon 156, hon 157, hon 159, hon 161,hon 162

2

 Select 3 of the following: HON 201, HON 202, HON 203, HON 204, HON 205, HON 206, HON 207, Hon 208, HOn 209, HON 211, HON 251, HON 252, hon 254, hon 255, hon 257, hon 258, hon 259, hon 261, hon 262

Courses

UHP 101. Interdisciplinary: English. 3 Hours.

Process and final product of expository, argumentative, and analytical essays in a variety of disciplines. Research and documentation required on most essays. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 103. Interdisciplinary: Psychology. 3 Hours.

Application of scientific method to behavior. Takes an interdisciplinary approach in exploring areas of psychology including learning, motivation, perception, physiological, comparative, personality, abnormal, social, clinical, child development, and individual differences. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 104. Interdisciplinary: Theology. 3 Hours.

Introduction to foundations of the major religions. An exploration of religion, its nature, warrant, and significance. God, evil, religious experience, faith, and reason. Takes an interdisciplinary approach to religion and religious practices. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 105. Interdisciplinary: Science. 3 Hours.

Survey of scientific methodologies in biology, chemistry and physics. Recent advances and topics in modern biology, chemistry examined from an interdisciplinary approach. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 110. Participation in Honors. 1 Hour.

Student must participate in at least eight special events sponsored by the University Honors Program including special lectures, visiting speakers, workshops and field trips. Permission of instructor. Pass/Fail.

UHP 111. Interdisciplinary: Philosophy. 3 Hours.

Introductory survey of philosophy, its nature, methods, and problems explored in an interdisciplinary context. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 151. Interdisciplinary: Art and Art History. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the study of visual culture, prehistoric to present. Emphasis on form and context, and acquiring understanding of art materials and techniques. Not for Art majors. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 153. Interdisciplinary: Biology. 3 Hours.

Selected topics in contemporary biology for non-majors. Animal form and function, behavior, ecology, and evolution. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 154. Interdisciplinary: Literature. 3 Hours.

Short stories, novellas, poems, and plays with an emphasis on the techniques of each genre. American, British and Irish, and world literature from a variety of historical periods. Emphasis on writing and literary analysis while taking an interdisciplinary approach. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 158. Interdisciplinary: Economics. 3 Hours.

Economic principles, economic analysis, trading blocks, examined in an interdisciplinary context. Not intended for Business majors. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 160. Interdisciplinary: Government. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the institutions and processes of American government in an interdisciplinary context. Exposure to political cultures and systems around the world. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 162. Interdisciplinary: Mathematics. 3 Hours.

Mathematics is studied in an interdisciplinary context focusing on the development of quantitative reasoning skills, quantitative literacy, and deductive inference. Topics incorporate pre-calculus algebra, pre-calculus trigonometry, probability, descriptive and inferential statistics in the exploration of key mathematical ideas and concepts within the framework of applied math and physics. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 163. Interdisciplinary: Justice Sciences. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the criminal justice system. Examination of crime and delinquency in an interdisciplinary context. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 164. Interdisciplinary: Sociology. 3 Hours.

An interdisciplinary approach to human social life, its forms and consequences for everyday life. An exploration of social inequalities and differentiation by race, ethnicity, class, and gender. This course is an option for freshmen students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 165. Interdisciplinary: Communications. 3 Hours.

Perspectives on the history of newspapers, books, magazines, radio, television, cinema, recording industry, and the Internet examined in an interdisciplinary context. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 179. Interdisciplinary: Public Health. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the scope of modern public health. Epidemiology. Epidemics and pandemics. Health behavior and occupational health and safety. This course is an option for freshman students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 194. Interdisciplinary: Social and Behavioral Science. 3 Hours.

An in-depth interdisciplinary study of major topics and movements within the fields of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and social work. This course is an option for freshmen students admitted to the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 200. Seminar: Independent Project. 3 Hours.

The University Honors Program student writes a two-page proposal describing the scope and outcomes of the proposed project to be conducted under the mentorship of an internal and external advisor. The project replaces a regular honors seminar. HON 200 is taken for a grade (A-F). Prerequisite: The proposal must be pre-approved by a majority of the Honors Council. Permission of instructor.

UHP 201. Interdisciplinary: English. 3 Hours.

Process and final product of expository, argumentative, and analytical essays in a variety of disciplines. Research and documentation required on essays. Introduction to fundamentals of creative writing. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 203. Interdisciplinary: Psychology. 3 Hours.

Advanced application of scientific method to behavior. Areas of psychology including learning, motivation, perception, physiological, comparative, personality, abnormal, social, clinical, child development, and individual differences are studied in an interdisciplinary context. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 204. Interdisciplinary: Theology. 3 Hours.

An exploration of religion, its nature, warrant, and significance in an interdisciplinary context. God, evil, religious experience, faith, and reason. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 205. Interdisciplinary: Science. 3 Hours.

Exploration of recent developments in modern biology, chemistry, and physics in an interdisciplinary context. Basic physical laws and structures, cosmic history and evolution. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 210. Participation in Honors. 3 Hours.

Student must participate in at least eight special events sponsored by the University Honors Program including special lectures, visiting speakers, workshops and field trips. Must have completed UHP 110 or HON 110. Permission of instructor. Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites: UHP 110 [Min Grade: P]

UHP 211. Interdisciplinary: Philosophy. 3 Hours.

Introductory survey of philosophy, its nature, methods, and problems explored in an interdisciplinary context. Classic and contemporary readings. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 251. Interdisciplinary: Art and Art History. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the study of visual culture, prehistoric to present. Emphasis on form and context, and acquiring understanding of the aesthetic experience. Various media, methods, subject matter, and vocabulary discussed in an interdisciplinary context. Not for Art majors. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 253. Interdisciplinary: Biology. 3 Hours.

Selected topics in contemporary biology discussed in an interdisciplinary context. Animal form and function, behavior, ecology, and evolution. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 254. Interdisciplinary: Literature. 3 Hours.

American, British and Irish, and world literature from a variety of historical periods studied in an interdisciplinary context. Emphasis on writing and literary analysis. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 258. Interdisciplinary: Economics. 3 Hours.

Economic principles, economic analysis, stock exchange, trading blocks and world trade examined in an interdisciplinary context. Not intended for Business majors. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 260. Interdisciplinary: Government. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the institutions and processes of American government in an interdisciplinary context. Exposure to political cultures and systems around the world. Transitions to democracy. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 262. Interdisciplinary: Mathematics. 3 Hours.

Mathematics is studied in an interdisciplinary context focusing on the development of quantitative reasoning skills, quantitative literacy, and deductive inference. Topics incorporate pre-calculus algebra, pre-calculus trigonometry, probability, descriptive and inferential statistics in the exploration of key mathematical ideas and concepts within the framework of applied math and physics. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 263. Interdisciplinary: Justice Sciences. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections). Examination of crime and delinquency in an interdisciplinary context. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 264. Interdisciplinary: Sociology. 3 Hours.

An interdisciplinary approach to human social life, its forms and consequences for everyday life. An exploration of selective topics related to social inequalities and differentiation by race, ethnicity, class, and gender. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 265. Interdisciplinary: Communications. 3 Hours.

An interdisciplinary approach to issues in the history of newspapers, books, magazines, radio, television, cinema, recording industry, and the Internet. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 267. Seminar: Tropical Ecology. 3 Hours.

Major tropical ecotypes; ecology of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine tropical organisms. Major portion conducted at tropical field station in Caribbean. Lecture and field trips (May session). Permission of instructors, University Honors Program Director, UAB Education Abroad Director and payment of all study abroad fees required to enroll. This course is equivalent to BY 267 Tropical Ecology, which will take place in the Bahamas.

UHP 279. Interdisciplinary: Public Health. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the scope of modern public health. Interdisciplinary perspectives on epidemiology, Disease transmission, epidemics and pandemics. Health behavior and occupational health and safety. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 294. Interdisciplinary: Social and Behavioral Science. 3 Hours.

An in-depth interdisciplinary study of major topics and movements within the fields of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and social work. This course is an option for sophomore students in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 301. Interdisciplinary: English. 3 Hours.

Process and final product of expository, argumentative, and analytical essays in a variety of disciplines. Research and documentation required on most essays. Emphasis on developing theses and arguments with textual support. This course is an option in the curriculum of the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 303. Interdisciplinary: Psychology. 3 Hours.

Advanced application of scientific method to behavior. In-depth analysis of areas of psychology including learning, motivation, perception, physiological, comparative, personality, abnormal, social, clinical, child development, and individual differences. This course is an option in the curriculum of the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 304. Interdisciplinary: Theology. 3 Hours.

An in-depth exploration of the nature of religion and its role in society in an interdisciplinary context. Comparative religion. This course is an option in the curriculum of the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 305. Interdisciplinary: Science. 3 Hours.

Selected topics in contemporary biology, chemistry, and physics. Takes an interdisciplinary approach with a strong emphasis on understanding at the systems level. This course is an option in the curriculum of the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 310. Participation in Honors. 1 Hour.

Student must participate in at least eight special events sponsored by the University Honors Program including special lectures, visiting speakers, workshops and field trips. Must have completed UHP 210 or HON 210. Permission of instructor. Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites: UHP 210 [Min Grade: P]

UHP 313. Seminar: Theology. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the nature of religion and its role in culture and society; God, evil, religious experience, faith, and reason; comparative religion; and religious practices. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 314. Seminar: Medicine. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the history of medicine, the practice of modern medicine, narrative medicine, medical instrumentation and surgical techniques. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 316. Seminar: Filmmaking. 6 Hours.

Students will document and analyze aspects of human social life using film and video. They will develop an understanding of the visual syntax and narrative structure of successful ethnographic and documentary films through discussion and criticism in the classroom as well as through short film projects of their own. Permission of instructor.

UHP 317. Seminar: English. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in creative writing; poetry; expository, argumentative, and analytical essays in a variety of disciplines. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 320. Seminar: English. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in creative writing; poetry; expository, argumentative, and analytical essays in a variety of disciplines. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 321. Seminar: History. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the evolution of religious, political, social, military and economic structures and relationships in Western and non-Western societies. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 322. Seminar: Law. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the nature and function of law and legal institutions, the US Constitution, decisions of the US Supreme Court, International law, or Ethics and morality in modern society. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 323. Seminar: Sociology. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in human social life, social inequalities and differentiation by race, ethnicity, class, and gender. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 324. Seminar: Foreign Languages and Literature. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics related to the customs, traditions, languages, ancestry, religions, values, and institutions of varied western and non-western nations through the use of humanities disciplines. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 325. Seminar: Psychology. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in brain-behavior relationships, mental illness, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience, learning and memory, human sexuality, personality, cross cultural issues, and human development. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 335. Seminar: Library Science. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: the historical role of the library in culture and society; how libraries play a role in society as disseminators, defenders and preservers of knowledge; issues affecting intellectual freedom; the effects of digital publishing on scholarship; and the evolving structure and function of libraries. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 336. Seminar: Political Science. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the institutions and process of American government, comparative politics, political theory, and contemporary political issues. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 342. Seminar: Medicine. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the history of medicine, the practice of modern medicine, narrative medicine, medical instrumentation and surgical techniques, and issues in bioethics. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 343. Seminar: Medicine. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in information technology, fundamentals of hardware and software, and human-computer interfaces. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 346. Seminar: Health Related Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in clinical and diagnostic sciences, nutrition, nuclear medicine technology, occupational and physical therapy, and rehabilitation sciences. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 347. Seminar: Accounting. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in accounting and taxation, management, information systems, business ethics, marketing, and industrial distribution. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 348. Seminar: Business. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in accounting and taxation, management, information systems, business ethics, marketing, and industrial distribution. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 351. Interdisciplinary: Art and Art History. 3 Hours.

Exploration of visual culture in an interdisciplinary context. The aesthetic experience. Various media, methods, subject matter, and vocabulary. Not for Art majors. This course is an option in the curriculum of the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 353. Interdisciplinary: Biology. 3 Hours.

In-depth study of selected topics in contemporary biology discussed in an interdisciplinary context. From microscopic to macroscopic. This course is an option in the curriculum of the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 354. Interdisciplinary: Literature. 3 Hours.

Close analysis of a selection of books from American, British and Irish, and world literature in an interdisciplinary context. Emphasis on developing themes for writing literary analyses. This course is an option in the curriculum of the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 360. Interdisciplinary: Government. 3 Hours.

In-depth analysis on selective issues regarding the institutions and processes of American government in an interdisciplinary context. Exposure to political cultures and systems around the world. Transitions to democracy. This course is an option in the curriculum of the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 362. Interdisciplinary: Mathematics. 3 Hours.

Mathematics is studied in an interdisciplinary context focusing on the development of quantitative reasoning skills, quantitative literacy, and deductive inference. Topics incorporate pre-calculus algebra, pre-calculus trigonometry, probability, descriptive and inferential statistics in the exploration of key mathematical ideas and concepts within the framework of applied math and physics. This course is an option in the curriculum of the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 363. Interdisciplinary: Justice Sciences. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections). Examination of crime and delinquency in an interdisciplinary context. Analyses of rends in crime statistics. This course is an option in the curriculum of the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 379. Interdisciplinary: Public Health. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the scope of modern public health. Interdisciplinary perspectives on epidemiology, Disease transmission, epidemics and pandemics. Health behavior, occupational health and safety, and health policy. This course is an option in the curriculum of the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 383. Seminar: Theatre. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the theatre experience; the history of theatre; and theatre and society. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 384. Seminar: Theatre. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the theatre experience; the history of theatre; and theatre and society. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 386. Seminar: Theatre. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the theatre experience; the history of theatre; and theatre and society. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 387. Seminar: Theology. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the nature of religion and its role in culture and society; God, evil, religious experience, faith, and reason; comparative religion; and religious practices. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 390. Seminar: Theology. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the nature of religion and its role in culture and society; God, evil, religious experience, faith, and reason; comparative religion; and religious practices. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 394. Interdisciplinary: Social and Behavioral Sciences. 3 Hours.

An in-depth interdisciplinary study of major topics and movements within the fields of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and social work. This course is an option for third and fourth year Teaching Assistants in the University Honors Program, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum that replaces the core curriculum.

UHP 399. Honors Research. 1-3 Hour.

This research practicum provides students in the University Honors Program an opportunity to receive academic credit for conducting supervised research with a faculty mentor. Students are required to work 3 hours a week. The practicum does not replace any component of the University Honors curriculum. HON 399 is taken for a grade (A-F). Permission of instructor. (1-3 hrs.).

UHP 400. Seminar: English. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in creative writing; poetry; expository, argumentative, and analytical essays in a variety of disciplines. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 410. Seminar: Social Work. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in empirically based social work practice, history of social welfare, family care in cross-cultural perspectives, and social welfare policy analysis. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 412. Seminar: Literature. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in books, short stories, novellas, poems, and plays from variety of historical periods and cultures. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 416. Seminar: Literature. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in books, short stories, novellas, poems, and plays from variety of historical periods and cultures. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 417. Seminar: Creative Writing. 3 Hours.

In this creative writing course, groups of writers who are joined together by aesthetic approach or political beliefs are studied. Students examine the different sub-genres, styles, and forms, and analyze how authors do what they do and learn how to apply what they learn to their own creative work. Weekly writing assignments and student workshops are designed to produce better writers and also better critical readers of others work. Literary journals are reviewed with an eye toward publication and engagement with the broader world of contemporary poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 418. Seminar: Anthropology. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include core topics in cultural anthropology and physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 419. Seminar: Mathematics. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in history of mathematics, quantitative reasoning, deductive inference, probability, and descriptive and inferential statistics in the exploration of key mathematical ideas and concepts within the framework of applied math and physics.

UHP 420. Seminar: Sociology. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in human social life, social inequalities and differentiation by race, ethnicity, class, and gender. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 421. Seminar: Art & Art History. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in ancient and medieval art, Renaissance art, African and Asian art, modern art, two- and three-dimensional design, graphics, and photography. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 422. Seminar: Art & Art History. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in ancient and medieval art, Renaissance art, African and Asian art, modern art, two- and three-dimensional design, graphics, and photography. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 423. Seminar: Art & Art History. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in ancient and medieval art, Renaissance art, African and Asian art, modern art, two- and three-dimensional design, graphics, and photography. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 424. Seminar: Art & Art History. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in ancient and medieval art, Renaissance art, African and Asian art, modern art, two- and three-dimensional design, graphics, and photography. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 426. Seminar: Literature. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in books, short stories, novellas, poems, and plays from variety of historical periods and cultures. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 427. Seminar: History. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the evolution of religious, political, social, military and economic structures and relationships in Western and non-Western societies. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 430. Seminar: Music. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in music appreciation, history of music, music and mathematics, music perception, and musical genres. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 439. Seminar: Publishing English. 3 Hours.

This course is a recurring seminar that is designed to facilitate in the development and production of the University Honors Programs publication(s) and newsletter(s). The course will provide students with up-to-date information about the printing and publishing industry. It will also give students hands-on experience by developing publication(s) and/or newsletter(s) in class throughout the semester. At least one newsletter is issued semi-annually to students, alumni, and friends of the University Honors Program. Concepts discussed will include writing, proofreading, copy editing, photography, layout and design, printing, publishing, packaging, and distribution. Students may be expected to gather articles and artwork related to the University Honors Program, as well as write, edit, and proofread those articles.

UHP 440. Seminar: Political Science. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in American government, political cultures and institutions of political systems around the world, political theory, political economy, and contemporary political issues. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 446. Seminar: Political Science. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the institutions and process of American government, comparative politics, political theory, and contemporary political issues. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 447. Seminar: History. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the evolution of religious, political, social, military and economic structures and relationships in Western and non-Western societies. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 449. Seminar: English. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in creative writing; poetry; expository, argumentative, and analytical essays in a variety of disciplines. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 458. Seminar: Justice Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the criminal justice system, crime and delinquency, trends in crime statistics, forensics, privacy, cybercrime, and corrections. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 459. Seminar: Justice Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the criminal justice system, crime and delinquency, trends in crime statistics, forensics, privacy, cybercrime, and corrections. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 462. Seminar: Law. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the nature and function of law and legal institutions, the US Constitution, decisions of the US Supreme Court, international law, ethics and morality in modern society. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 463. Seminar: Law. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the nature and function of law and legal institutions. The US Constitution. Decisions of the US Supreme Court. International law. Ethics and morality in modern society. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 464. Seminar: Literature. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in books, short stories, novellas, poems, and plays from variety of historical periods and cultures. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 465. Seminar: Literature. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in books, short stories, novellas, poems, and plays from variety of historical periods and cultures. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 469. Seminar: History. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in the evolution of religious, political, social, military and economic structures and relationships in Western and non-Western societies. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 488. Seminar: Business. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in accounting and taxation, management, information systems, business ethics, marketing, and industrial distribution. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 489. Seminar: English. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in creative writing; poetry; expository, argumentative, and analytical essays in a variety of disciplines. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 496. Seminar: Public Health. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in epidemiology; disease transmission; epidemics and pandemics; health behavior, occupational health and safety; health care administration, and health care policy. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 497. Seminar: Public Health. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in epidemiology; disease transmission; epidemics and pandemics; health behavior, occupational health and safety; health care administration, and health care policy. See Class Schedule for specific topic.

UHP 498. Seminar: Public Health. 3 Hours.

This course is a seminar whose content may be different each time it is taught. It provides instructors with the opportunity to deal with topics that may not be covered in a regular departmental course or which may be treated in another course but only at an introductory level. Topics may include: special topics in epidemiology; disease transmission; epidemics and pandemics; health behavior, occupational health and safety; health care administration, and health care policy. See Class Schedule for specific topic.