University of Central Florida

Honors Courses - Spring 2017

Spring 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 class schedule search.


Honors Anthropology of American TV

ANT 3930H, Class Number: 18742

MWF 12:30–1:20 PM, MSB 149

This class will explore the power of American culture and Americans’ cultural receptivity for particular cultural narratives as represented on American television.


Honors Bioethical & Legal Issues in Health Care

NUR 3826H, Class Number: 16194

T 9:00–11:50 AM, UT 650A

Includes questions concerning human values, legal and ethical questions arising in health care delivery policy issues and professional practice among licensed health care professionals.


Honors Creative Writing

CRW 3010H, Class Number: 10976

TR 10:30–11:45, BHC 126

Theory and techniques of literary genres with honors level content; practice and critique of original writing by peers and critical reading of established authors.


Honors Cultural Traditions of India

IDH 3101H, Class Number: 12513

TR 3:00–4:15 PM, BHC 131

The integration of Indian culture, philosophy, and art.


Honors Diplomacy (Pre-req: POS 2041)

INR 4030H, Class Number: 17850

TR 4:30–5:45 PM, CB1 113

Prerequisite: POS 2041. Concepts, theories, and methods of contemporary diplomacy; diplomatic processes in the international arena.


Honors Ethics & Biological Sciences

PHI 4633H, Class Number: 18293

TR 12:00–1:15, BHC 127

An application of contemporary thinking to ethical issues arising from the biological sciences, including human and animal experimentation, genetic engineering, biodiversity.


Honors Ethics, Society & Technology: Preparing for Our Cyborg Future

PHI 3930H, Class Number: 18294 / 18295

TR 3:00–4:15 PM, BHC 126

Explores human-centered technology, what it means to be human in an age of such technology, and the social and ethical ramifications of ubiquitous technology.
(1)  What does it mean to be human in the context of technology that dramatically alters our cognitive and physical abilities?  Are these technologies changing that meaning?  Are we becoming “less human” in any significant way by augmenting our abilities in these ways?  
(2)  In what ways do humans and our technology together form a symbiotic system? What principles of good design of such technology can help this symbiotic system flourish?
(3)  What are the ethical, social and environmental impacts of new technologies?  How can we effectively analyze these implications of such developments and use it to inform and shape the direction that humanity takes by developing new technologies?


Honors Evolution of Hip Hop

AFA 3371H, Class Number: 11611

MW 3:00–4:15 PM, BHC 127

Historical analysis of hip hop from its African roots to the present with emphasis on the socio-political implications of this phenomenon.


Honors Film Adaptations: From Page to Screen

FIL 4103H, Class Number: 11441

M 6:00–8:50 PM, NSC 148

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


Honors Game Design

DIG 3930H / ENC 3930H, Class Number: 10974 / 10984

MW 11:30–12:20 PM, BHC 129

Explores impact of video games on culture and society through the lens of game literacies, or methods of communicating using gaming conventions.


Honors Harry Potter: Literature, Film, & Children Culture

LIT 3930H, Class Number: 18290

TR 12:00–1:15, BHC 126

This course focuses on the global literary and cinematic phenomenon of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, which we will explore and analyze through the lenses of literature, cinema, and children’s culture. By studying the Harry Potter novels, we will also practice critical thinking and communication skills. It is essential that you come to class having read the assigned texts carefully; you should note points of interest or perplexity, and be ready to engage in discussion.


Honors Law in Film

FIL 3930H / POS 3930H, Class Number: 11231 / 18258

R 12:00–2:50 PM, NSC 148

Films that highlight different aspects of the law as an institution or as a profession are examined.


Honors Medical Sociology

SYO 4400H, Class Number: 17969

TR 3:00–4:20 PM, VAB 113

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


Honors Motion Picture Genre: Zombies & Beyond – Monsters, Movies & Metaphors

FIL 4830H, Class Number: 18296

M 12:00–2:50 PM, NSC 148

In this class, we'll watch about a dozen monster movies, plus clips from several others, featuring such classic creatures as zombies, vampires, and Frankenstein's monster.  We'll explore what these monsters mean on the surface, as well as how they function as metaphors in psychological and sociological contexts. We will also examine how these films convey their deeper meanings cinematically and what these films represent in film history. Among the movies we'll be watching are Night of the Living Dead, Shaun of the Dead, World War Z, Dracula, Frankenstein, Jaws, The Birds, Alien, The Exorcist and X-Men: First Class.


Honors Music & the Brain

MCB 3930H, MUS 3930H, Class Number: 18917 / 10736

TR 1:30–2:45 PM, BHC 126

Exploration of the effects of music on the brain functions including mood, emotion, pain, cognition, and memory using interdisciplinary approaches.


Honors Politics of the Middle East

CPO 3403H, Class Number: 18089

TR 3:00–4:15 PM, BA1 212

An examination of the dynamics of Middle East politics, including both regional and international dimensions.


Honors Professional Writing

ENC 3250H, Class Number: 18289

TR 1:30–2:45 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 Public Relations


PUR 4000H, Class Number: 17907

TR 12:00–1:15 PM, NSC 143D

Principles and practice of public relations, including techniques, research tools publicity, and management.


Honors Sport & Society in the Ancient World

EUH 4674H, Class Number: 20027

M 6:00-8:50 PM, BHC 126

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


Honors System Analysis for Sustainability in Industrial Engineering

CCE 3930H, Class Number: 19561

TR 9:00–10:15 AM, NSC 112

Paper or plastic? Today’s consumers routinely encounter this question at the check-out stand. The answer to a seemingly easy question in reality depends on the metrics and methods used to assess the choice of bag. For instance, paper bag production – even bags made of post-consumer waste – has significant impacts on natural resources, and plastic bag production depletes fossil fuels. Extending this example to relevant case studies, this course will introduce students to: the principles of sustainability in industrialized systems; the use of systems analysis and life-cycle assessment in design of industrial systems; the development of sustainability metrics and indicators; and the fundamentals of natural ecosystems as models for the design and operations of industrial systems.

Honors Trauma within a Global Context

IDH 3930H, Class Number: 20050

TR 9:00–10:15 AM, BHC 126

This course addresses the psychological effects of different forms or trauma within a dynamic global context. The world is experiencing greater social pressures and more human interactions (with a world population of over seven billion people, geopolical conflict, economic uncertainty, considerable social issues, and climate change) and this course aims to explore the consequences of this global context through the lens of psychological trauma. This 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 gain an understanding of how we all operate within a global context which is inter-connected and will bring an awareness of how traumatic events extend beyond that of the victim and perpetrator. 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 Theatre for Social Change


THE 4543H, Class Number: 11213


TR 10:30–11:45 AM, PAC M263


Theatre activists’ impact on theatrical art forms.


Honors Women, Race & Struggle

WST 3460H, Class Number: 18546

TR 1:30–2:45 PM, HPA1 363

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


Honors Writing for Publication

ENC 3351H, Class Number: 11226

TR 12:00–1:15 PM, BHC 129

This interdisciplinary seminar provides ample opportunity to investigate the world of 21st century publishing in the field that most interests you: science, memoir, medicine, finance, advocacy journalism, blogging, environment, humor, engineering, education. You choose your area of concentration. Your investigation will serve as the foundation for developing an understanding of how writers in that field build their reputation and for selecting a target publication for your own writing. Preparing your ideas for publication will include the strategic selection of genre, research tools, developing a rhetorical stance and style appropriate to the publication, and learning the craft of query letter writing to market your idea.