University of Central Florida

Honors Courses - Spring 2018

Spring 2018 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 Bioethical & Legal Issues In Health Care

NUR 3826H, Class Number: 15675

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 Chinese History, Culture, & Fashion

ASH/THE 3930H, Class Number: 18659/18660

TR 4:30–5:45 PM, BHC 126

This course promotes a better understanding of Chinese culture through the dual lenses of history and fashion/theatrical costume changes over the centuries. It will examine how historical events have influenced life practices and social customs as well as how fashion as a cultural expressive form has responded to and underscored those historical changes. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of Chinese civilization and acquire a more nuanced understanding of Chinese fashion/theatrical costume cultures.


Honors Creative Writing 

CRW 3010H, Class Number: 10941

TR 9:00–10:15 AM, 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: 11674

R 3:00–5:50 PM, BHC 0131 

The integration of Indian culture, philosophy, and art.


Honors Evolution Of Hip Hop

AFA 3371H, Class Number: 11452

TR 3:00–4:15 PM, BHC 126

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: 11358

T 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 From Greece To Grease

THE 3006H, Class Number: 19015

MWF 9:30–10:20 AM, BHC 129

Development of Western Theatre from Ancient Greece to today.


Honors Game Design 

DIG/ENC 3930H, Class Number: 10939/10949

MW 11:30 AM–12:20 PM, BHC 126

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: 11481

TR 10:30–11:45 AM, 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 & Lawyers In Film 

POS/FIL 3930H, Class Number: 17585/19811 

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: 17391

TR 3:00–4:20 PM, BA1 116 

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: 11486

W 6:00–8:50 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 And The Brain 

MCB/MUS 3930H, Class Number: 12490/10722

MWF 12:30–1:20 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: 17491

TR 3:00–4:15 PM, HPA1 363

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


Honors Professional Writing

ENC 3250H, Class Number: 11480

MWF 12:30–1:20 PM, BHC 128

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: 17347 

TR 12:00–1:15 PM, NSC 209

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



Honors Superheroes In American Popular Culture

IDH 3930H, Class Number: 19498

T 3:00–5:50 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 Theatre For Social Change 

THE 4543H, Class Number: 11167 

TR 3:00–4:15 PM, PAC T110 

Theatre activist's impact on theatrical art forms.


Honors The Buddha’s Brain: Buddhism & Cognitive Sciences In Dialogue

PHI/REL 3930H, Class Number: 18771/18772

TR 4:30–5:45 PM, BHC 128

Buddhism and cognitive sciences are brought together to examine: nature of mind and self; meaning of life; and role of culture in religion and science. With Honors content.


Honors Trauma Within A Global Context

IDH 3930H, Class Number: 18895

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 Women, Race & Struggle

WST 3460H, Class Number: 11530

TR 1:30–2:45 PM, BHC 128

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


Honors World Political Geography

GEO 3930H, Class Number: 19484

MWF 11:30–12:20 PM, CB1 113

Analysis of factors which affect power relations among nations, including area, location, political styles, ethnic divisions, and the politics of energy.


Honors Writing For Publication 

ENC 3351H, Class Number: 11180

TR 12:00–1:15 PM, BHC 126 

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.