University of Central Florida

Honors Courses - Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Interdisciplinary Seminars

All seminars are 3 credit hours. Please check this list and the Class Schedule frequently, as additions and corrections to meeting times/days may occur. To search for class times and class numbers for registration purposes, use myUCF.


Honors Analysis & Application Of Ethical, Legal, & Safety Issues In Schools

EDF 4603H, Class Number: 82470

R 10:30 AM–1:20 PM, TA 321

Critical analysis of contemporary educational issues, including ethical, safety, legal, cultural, and linguistic considerations which directly impact schooling in a democracy.



Honors Argumentation & Debate

SPC 3513H, Class Number: 91911 

TR 10:30–11:45 PM, BHC 0127

Advanced study and practice in the preparation and delivery of argumentative speeches emphasizing argument, evidence, and organization. PR: SPC 1608 or SPC 1603C or COM 1000.


Honors Case Studies In Ethics 

IDH 3600H, Class Number: 80871

TR 3:00–4:15 PM, BHC 0126 

Case Studies In Ethics is an interdisciplinary, case study approach to practical, contemporary ethical issues in a variety of contexts. For example, ethical problems and dilemmas in education, engineering, law, medicine, personal relationships, and politics, among others, are included and serve as a basis for students to conduct significant research on the cases. Among the requirements for the course are position papers applying creative and critical thinking skills and ethical concepts to the cases and in-class debates/ethics bowl practice. Students will participate in the on-campus UCF Ethics Bowl competition, and selected students may participate in the Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl on the UCF team. It is possible that participation in the regional ethics bowl will lead to an invitation to the national competition. If you are interested in this seminar, please contact Dr. Madi Dogariu at or Dr. Michael Strawser at


Honors Creative Processes: Theory & Practice

EDG/THE 3930H, Class Number: 82942/91891

TR 1:30–2:45 PM, PAC T118

Creativity is explored historically, psychologically, spiritually, and artistically through educational theory. Thinking and problem solving creatively applied to all professions. 


Honors Cultural Traditions Of India

IDH 3101H, Class Number: 83040

R 3:00–5:50 PM, BHC 131 

The integration of Indian culture, philosophy, and art.


Honors Film Adaptations: From Page To Screen 

FIL 4103H, Class Number: 81449

T 12:00–2:50 PM, NSC 183 

Exploration of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic context in which literary works and their film counterparts inform each other.


Honors Geography In Latin America

GEA 4405H, Class Number: 81893

R 6:00–8:50 PM, BHC 128

Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean, including geophysical, cultural, economic, and social characteristics and processes.


Honors Global Perspectives On Terrorism

INR 3930H, Class Number: 90149

TR 3:00–4:15 PM, CB1 113

Emergence and development of modern terrorism and how changes in terrorism are in part a manifestation of the transformation of international order.


Honors Human Trafficking

INR 4933H, Class Number: 90763

MW 10:30–11:50 AM, BHC 131

This course will help students gain an interdisciplinary awareness of contemporary human trafficking, also known as slavery and forced servitude. It will offer definitions of human trafficking; explore the various types of forced servitude that are prevalent today; and examine the global and domestic dimensions of the problem, including in Central Florida. Students will have the opportunity to meet and engage survivors and abolitionists; learn the methods of traffickers; conduct their own research; evaluate the roles of organizations from all sectors that are involved with human trafficking; and contemplate short-term and long-term solutions.


Honors Introduction To Game Theory

ECO 3930H, Class Number: 83512

TR 1:30–2:45 PM, CB1 103

This seminar studies the science of strategic decision-making in which one's own optimal action depends on the actions and beliefs of others. Applications abound in the fields of biology, economics, marketing, law, politics, international relations, and war. By the end of the course students will be able to "solve" a game using game theoretic tools as well as formalize a strategic situation into a well-defined game and know which analytical tools should be employed to analyze it and predict outcomes.


Honors Islamic Thought & Culture

HUM 3419H, Class Number: 91524

TR 1:30–2:45 PM, VAB 107

The development of Islamic thought and culture, concentrating on religion, jurisprudence, philosophy, science and art with special focus on perception of Islam in Western literature and scholarship.


Honors Italian Renaissance: From Dante To Michelangelo

ITA 3930H, Class Number: 81606

W 3:00–5:50 PM, BHC 126

This course joins together the fields of music, drama, and literature. In a time when 'globalization' actively shapes our world, this course offers tools for analyzing diverse cultural expressions. The central focus is Italian opera, literature, and film of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as they inform our understanding of Italian culture. We will watch and listen to opera as well as read Italian novels and poems on the same subjects. Comparing opera to other artistic genres, including film, illuminates the modernity and universality of the messages it carries. We will also analyze how words, music, and image create cultural meaning. Group presentations and brief response papers will guide students to develop skills necessary for the final research paper.


Honors Mass Media & Politics

POS 3235H, Class Number: 90627

TR 4:30–5:45 PM, BA1 115

Influence of media on campaigns, public officials, public opinion, the definition of political news, and selected public policies.


Honors Medical Sociology

SYO 4400H, Class Number: 90664

TR 1:30–2:45 PM, CB1 109

Analysis of patient behavior, health practitioners, the social organization of health services, and delivery of health care.


Honors Moot Court

PLA 3951H, Class Number: 86976

F 1:30–4:20 PM, HPA1 110

The course is designed to prepare UCF Honors and Legal Studies students for the American Collegiate Moot Court Tournament. Students enrolled in the class will be given the opportunity to represent UCF and compete at UCF’s South Atlantic Regional Moot Court Tournament in November. This class counts as an Honors interdisciplinary seminar for all majors and will also satisfy the Capstone requirement for a Legal Studies major. If you are interested in this seminar, please contact Mr. Rupert Neish at


Honors Motion Picture Genre: Comedy 

FIL 4830H, Class Number: 81356

T 6:00–8:50 PM, NSC 148

This class examines "subversive" American comedies.


Honors Professional Writing

ENC 3250H, Class Number: 81555

TR 9:00–10:15 AM, BHC 129

Robert Southey once said, “It is with words as with sunbeams—the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.” Learn how to write clearly, concisely, and vigorously to meet your audiences’ needs. Honors Professional Writing is a hands-on course that will introduce you to a variety of common workplace writing situations, including writing instructional documents of LEGO models.


Honors Religion & Medicine 

REL 4180H, Class Number: 81494

TR 12:00–1:15 PM, BHC 126 

A comparative study of the approaches toward medicine and healing in different religious traditions, both in the U.S. and the wider world.


Honors Science Fiction Literature

LIT 3313H, Class Number: 91285

MW 12:00–1:15 PM, CNH 203

An investigation of science fiction as a literary form, together with selected readings.


Honors Sport & Society In The Ancient World 

EUH 4674H, Class Number: 80827

TR 10:30–11:45 AM, BHC 126

A comparison of the original form of the Olympic Games (and ancient notions of sport) to their modern counterparts.


Honors Superheroes In American Popular Culture

IDH 3930H, Class Number: 91414

R 12:00–2:40 PM, BHC 131

A historical, sociopolitical, cultural, aesthetic and thematic examination of the superhero mythos, this course will explore popular and obscure superheroes as they appear in several art forms.


Honors Trauma Within A Global Context

IDH 3930H, Class Number: 91534

TR 9:00–10:15 AM, BHC 131

This course addresses the psychological effects of different forms or trauma within a dynamic global context. The course will challenge our understanding of the consequences of traumatic events and explore how trauma can have long term effects on individuals and communities and can help to perpetuate a cycle of violence. The course will use both theory and stories (film) to gain a broader knowledge of trauma and traumatic events and its potential impact. Students will need to engage with topics that may not be comfortable for them (such as sexual trauma, torture, and genocide) and recognize that these traumatic experiences influence us all in some way.


Honors Water: Disease, Sanitation, & Sustainability

ENV 3930H, Class Number: 91483

TR 3:00–4:15 PM, ENG2 105

The objective of this course is to view water as it has affected and currently affects the sustainability and quality of life for both ancient and modern societies. Water, and the means of conveying and treating it, has been a critical aspect of sustaining human societies since the advent of settled agriculture and urban centers. The role of water use practices and basic sanitation in transmitting disease or in sustaining disease vectors (mosquitoes, rats) will be viewed throughout history. The course will give students a sweeping overview of waters role throughout history and in the world today, as well as the possible role it could play in the future with global climate change and a burgeoning population potentially causing severe water shortages or water-based conflicts in some regions.


Honors Why Are People Fooled?

ENG 3930H, Class Number: 81750

TR 10:30–11:45 AM, BHC 129

Why are people fooled? The course intends to investigate this enduring question as it relates to three areas of inquiry: the human capacity for being fooled, the ability of con artists and propagandists to fool people, and the ways in which people might avoid being fooled.


Honors Women In European Society

EUH 4610H, Class Number: 91053

TR 4:30–5:45 PM, BHC 126

Interdisciplinary approach to the changing situation of women in Europe across space and over time with honors-level content.


Honors Women, Race & Struggle

WST 3460H, Class Number: 82742

MWF 11:30–12:20 PM, BHC 129

Interdisciplinary study of issues, perspectives, and scholarship by and about women of color.


Honors Writing In Digital Environments 

ENC 4416H, Class Number: 81355 

MWF 10:30–11:20 AM, BHC 0126 

Blog, tweet, and web code your way toward a deeper understanding of how digital environments function as rhetorical contexts. Learn strategies for critiquing, composing in, and improving digital writing genres and networks.


Honors Writing With Communities & Non-Profits

ENC 4354H, Class Number: 81749

TR 1:30–2:45 PM, BHC 126

Are you interested in making a difference in the Orlando community? Want to know more about how you can use the power of writing to accomplish social action in real-world organizations? This class will explore why writing matters for communities and non-profits. You'll look at why a writer would choose one social action or genre over another, and research how writing works to sustain grassroots community organizations and non-profits.