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+ - University Honors Cluster - 2018-2019 Catalog

Focus: This cluster for Honors Program students immerses them in interdisciplinary studies, covering the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and history. Students must complete the Honors Program to fulfill the GE I/M Cluster.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Director, Honors Program; Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Dr. Carmichael Peters 

Restrictions: Honors Program students.

Courses: Eight courses must be completed to graduate in the Honors program: six courses plus the three credit Honors Forum (during the first year in the program) and the three credit Honors Capstone in the senior year. Of the six courses, at least one course must be taken in each of the three main categories (human sciences, natural sciences, social sciences). Transfer students with 60 credits or more prior to matriculation must complete five courses to graduate in the Honors program: three courses plus Honors Forum (during their first year in the program) and the Honors Capstone in the senior year. Of the three courses, one of each must be taken in each of the three main categories. Nine credits, other than the capstone seminar, must be at the 300 level or above. Courses under multiple categories can only be assigned to one category.

  • 2018-2019 Catalog: 6 courses (must include 1 from each of the 3 Honors core areas); plus Honors Forum and Honors Capstone. 24 credits
  • 2012-2013 Catalog: 7 courses (must include 1 from each of the 3 Honors core areas); plus  Honors Forum and Honors Capstone. 25 credits
Human Sciences
HON 202: On Being Ethical in the World
HON 207: Darwin’s Evolutionary Theory: The Science and the Controversy
HON 209: Death, Self, and Society
HON 210: Monsters and Monstrosities
HON 215: Art and Anthropology
HON 216: Twilight of the Gods
HON 220: Disney: Gender, Race and Religion
HON 222: Honors Composition: Rhetorical Agency Across Genres
HON 240: Anime and War
HON 242: Beyonceé, Madonna, Nina Simone
HON 266: Sound and Spirit
HON 277: Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall
HON 282: Evolution, Morality, and Ethics
HON 288: Close Reading
HON 292: The Art of Revenge
HON 313: Golden Opportunities: Immigration and the Arts in Southern California, 1900-1950
HON 317: Visual Literacy in a Generation of Visible Surplus: Its Theory, Practice and Applications
HON 324: Modern Political Argument
HON 327: Revolution and Philosophy
HON 333: Creativity and the Human Condition
HON 334: Rhetoric of the Western World
HON 335: The Enigma of Being Awake: Zen Buddhism
HON 338: Thana Tourism: Traveling the “Dark Side”
HON 340: Social Justice: Mirage or Oasis?
HON 342: Memory, Media, and Image
HON 344: Illustrating History/the World: Graphic Memoirs, Novels, and Reportage
HON 347: Listening to Time: Area Studies in Ethnomusicology
HON 359: Fundamentals of Deductive and Inductive Logic
HON 360: Performing Americas: Celebrating American Identities
HON 362: Philosophical Themes in the Films of Ingmar Bergman
HON 363: The Castaway Narrative in World Literature
HON 366: Deities and Demons: Ancient and Modern
HON 367: Pythagoras Revisited: A Quest for Interior Precision
HON 368: Community and Identity in Musical Theatre
HON 371: The World of Fellini's Cinema
HON 372: MOOCs as Phenomenon
HON 373: The Puppet Metaphor Across Media
HON 376: Sustainability in Unsustainably Structured World
HON 377: Critical Animal Studies
HON 379: Philosophy through Film
HON 381: Think for Yourself: From Socrates to Adorno
HON 385: Is Big Data Enough? A Conceptual Exploration of Data Science
HON 387: Food and Philosophy
HON 396: The Politics of Waste
HON 409: Hermes Unbound: Divining Hermeneutics
HON 412: “Seas of Stories:” Postcolonial Literature and Theory
HON 416: Sex, Self, Society
HON 418: Critical Pedagogy: Teaching to Transgress
HON 419: The Search for an American Voice: Huck Finn to Harlem
HON 424: Magic, the Occult and Art in the Earl Modern Period
HON 427: Topics in the Great Operas of the Western Tradition
HON 432: Queer Theory
HON 440: Up
HON 447: The “Real” Westeros: Game of Thrones and Northern Ireland
HON 455: Interpreting the Past: An Experience of Italy

As of June 1, 2016, the following courses are no longer available for selection in this cluster:
HON 309: American Storytellers
HON 322: Political Literacy
HON 329: Quest for Immortality (Experimental course - only this title is approved for this cluster, and only for academic term 2014-2015)
HON 395A: History of Cities: From Origins to the Ephemeral City
HON 395B: New Media

Natural Sciences
HON 207: Darwin’s Evolutionary Theory: The Science and the Controversy
HON 208: Universal Geometry
HON 254: Symmetry
HON 350: Scientific Prediction: Information, Technology and Progress
HON 364: Biology in Media and Reality
HON 367: Pythagoras Revisited: A Quest for Interior Precision
HON 372: MOOCs as Phenomenon
HON 375: Environmental and Social Cost of Coffee
HON 376: Sustainability in Unsustainably Structured World
HON 378: The Ecology, History, and Politics of California Ecosystems
HON 382: The Fabric of the Universe: Space, Time, and Reality
HON 383: Controversial Topics in Biology
HON 384: Ethical Implications of Biotechnology
HON 385: Is Big Data Enough? A Conceptual Exploration of Data Science
HON 389: The Science Blender
HON 392: Adventures in Cosmologies

As of June 1, 2016, the following courses are no longer available for selection in this is cluster:
HON 329: Paradoxes in Early 20th Century, and the Birth of Set Theory (Experimental course - only this title is approved for this cluster, and only for academic term 2012-2013)
HON 329: Quest for Immortality (Experimental course - only this title is approved for this cluster, and only for academic term 2014-2015)

Social Sciences
HON 206: Media, Self and Society
HON 209: Death, Self and Society
HON 210: Monsters and Monstrosities
HON 215: Art and Anthropology
HON 218: Social Movement in the Sixties
HON 220: Disney: Gender, Race, and Religion
HON 240: Anime and War
HON 266: Sound and Spirit
HON 275: Thinking and Risk Taking from Outside the Box
HON 277: Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall
HON 308: Consciousness and Cognition
HON 311: Ethnicity, Race and Nationalism
HON 313: Golden Opportunities: Immigration and the Arts in Southern California, 1900-1950
HON 324: Modern Political Argument
HON 327: Revolution and Philosophy
HON 338: Thana Tourism: Traveling the “Dark Side”
HON 340: Social Justice: Mirage or Oasis?
HON 342: Memory, Media and Image
HON 344: Illustrating History/the World: Graphic Memoirs, Novels, and Reportage
HON 345: Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy
HON 360: Performing Americas: Celebrating American Identities
HON 366: Deities and Demons: Ancient and Modern
HON 372: MOOCs as Phenomenon
HON 373: The Puppet Metaphor Across Media
HON 375: Environmental and Social Costs of Coffee
HON 376: Sustainability in an Unsustainably Structured World
HON 377: Critical Animal Studies
HON 378: The Ecology, History, and Politics of California Ecosystems
HON 385: Is Big Data Enough? A Conceptual Exploration of Data Science
HON 387: Food and Philosophy
HON 392: Adventures in Cosmologies
HON 393: Tricksters and Cosmopolitans
HON 396: The Politics of Waste
HON 412: “Seas of Stories”: Postcolonial Literature and Theory
HON 414: The Politics of Law
HON 416: Sex, Self, Society
HON 418: Critical Pedagogy: Teaching to Transgress
HON 424: Magic, the Occult, and Art in the Early Modern Period
HON 432: Queer Theory
HON 455: Interpreting the Past: An Experience of Italy
HON 477: The “Real” Westeros: Game of Thrones and Northern Ireland

Other categories
HON 280: Honors Forum
HON 329: Experimental Course
HON 395: Topics in Honors
HON 399: Individual Study
HON 498: Honors Capstone Seminar
HON 499: Individual Study

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