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University Honors Program

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Students who wish to complete the University Honors Program, which culminates with a capstone senior seminar, must fulfill the requirements listed below under the first two tabs. 

To remain in the program, Honors students are expected to hold a 3.3 GPA by the end of their sophomore year and maintain it through their senior year. If a student's GPA drops below 3.3, the student is on probation, with the expectation that the GPA will return to the required level by the end of next semester. The student should also consult with the director during this period.

Below are also the syllabi for all of Chapman's Honors courses in PDF format. Some courses may fall into multiple categories. Course descriptions may be found in the Chapman catalog.

 * Courses under multiple main categories can only be assigned to one category. 


 

+ - Requirements for those who entered the program during or after Fall 2018

  • Complete 8 Honors courses for a minimum of 24 credits.*
  • Select 6 classes from a variety of courses. Must take 1 course from each of the 3 main categories: Human Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences.
  • Take the Honors Forum their 1st year as an Honors student.
  • Take the Honors Capstone Seminar in their senior year

* Transfer students with 60 units or more prior to matriculation are required to complete 3 Honors courses (1 course from each category), the Honors forum their 1st year as an Honors student and the Honors Capstone seminar in their senior year. Nine credits, other than the capstone seminar, must be at the 300 level or above.

Total Credits: minimum of 24 for students who entered the program in Fall 2018 or later.

+ - Requirements for those who entered the program prior to Fall 2018

  • Complete 9 Honors courses for a minimum of 25 credits.*
  • Select 7 classes from a variety of courses. Must take 1 course from each of the 3 main categories: Human Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.
  • Take the 1-credit Honors Forum their 1st year as an Honors student.
  • Take the Honors Capstone Seminar.
  • Transfer students with 60 units or more prior to matriculation are required to complete 4 Honors courses (at least 1 course from each category), the 1-credit Honors forum their 1st year as an Honors student and the Honors Capstone seminar. Nine credits, other than the capstone seminar, must be at the 300 level or above.
Total Credits: minimum of 25 for students who entered the program prior to Fall 2018

+ - Human Sciences

HON 202 

On Being Ethical in the World

3

HON 207

Darwin’s Evolutionary Theory: The Science and the Controversy

3

HON 209

Death, Self and Society

3

HON 210

Monsters and Monstrosities

3

HON 215

Art and Anthropology

3

HON 216

Twilight of the Gods

3

HON 218

Social Movement of the Sixties

3

HON 220

Disney: Gender, Race and Religion

3

HON 222

Honors Composition: Rhetorical Agency Across Genres

3

HON 240

Anime and War

3

HON 242

Beyoncé, Madonna and Nina Simone  

3

HON 266

Sound and Spirit

3

HON 277

Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall

3

HON 282

Evolution, Morality, and Ethics

3

HON 288

Close Reading

3

HON 292

Art of Revenge

HON 313

Golden Opportunities: Immigration and the Arts in Southern California, 1900-1950

3

HON 314

Dante’s Afterlife

 

HON 315

Power and Imagination in the Italian Renaissance

 

HON 317

Visual Literacy in a Generation of Visible Surplus: Its Theory, Practice and Applications

3

HON 324

Modern Political Argument

3

HON 327

Revolution and Philosophy

 

HON 329

 

3

HON 329

Euclid’s Geometry

3

HON 329

History, Culture and Politics of Hip­Hop

HON 333

Creativity and the Human Condition

3

HON 334

Rhetorics of Western Consciousness

3

HON 335

The Enigma of Being Awake: Zen Buddhism

3

HON 338

Thana Tourism: Traveling the "Dark Side"

3

HON 340

Social Justice: Mirage or Oasis?

3

HON 342

Memory, Media, Image

3

HON 344

Illustrating History/the World: Graphic Memoirs, Novels, and Reportage

3

HON 347

Listening to Time: Area Studies in Ethnomusicology

3

HON 359

Fundamentals of Deductive and Inductive Logic

3

HON 360

Performing America(s): Creating, Celebrating, and Contesting Nationhood in U.S. Theatre and Popular Entertainment

3

HON 362

Philosophical Themes in Ingmar Bergman, et al.

3

HON 363

Castaway Narrative in World Literature

3

HON 366

Deities and Demons: Ancient and Modern 

3

HON 367

Pythagoras Revisited - A Quest for Interior Precision

3

HON 371

The World of Fellini's Cinema

3

HON 372

MOOCs as Phenomenon

3

HON 373

The Puppet Metaphor Across Media

3

HON 376

Sustainability in an Unsustainably Structured World

3

HON 377

Critical Animal Studies

3

HON 379

Philosophy through Film

3

HON 381

Think for yourself: From Socrates to Adorno

3

HON 385

Is Big Data Enough? A Conceptual Exploration of Data Science

3

HON 387

Food and Philosophy

3

HON 391

Close Reading

3

HON 396

The Politics of Waste

3

HON 409

Hermes Unbound: Divining Hermeneutics

3

HON 412

"Seas of Stories": Postcolonial Literature and Theory

3

HON 414

Politics of Law

 

HON 416

Sex, Self, and Society

3

HON 418

Critical Pedagogy

3

HON 419

The Search for an American Voice: Huck Finn to Harlem

3

HON 424

 Magic, the Occult and Art in the Early Modern Period

3

HON 427

Topics in the Great Operas of the Western Traditio

HON 432

Queer Theory

3

HON 440

Up

3

HON 447

The “Real” Westeros: Game of Thrones and Northern Ireland

HON 455

Interpreting the Past: An Experience in Rome

+ - Natural Sciences

HON 207

Darwin's Evolutionary Theory: The Science and the Controversy

3

HON 208

Universal Geometry                                                                

3

HON 254

Symmetry

3

HON 286

Origins

 

HON 310

Experiencing Forms and Colors: Goethe’s Approach to Science

HON 329

 

HON 350

Scientific Prediction: Information, Technology and Progress

3

HON 354

Origin and Evolution of the Universe and Life

HON 364

Biology in Media and Reality

3

HON 367

Pythagoras Revisited - A Quest for Interior Precision

3

HON 372

MOOCs as Phenomenon

3

HON 375

Grande, Fair-Trade, Organic, Shade-Grown Espresso: Unpacking the Environmental and Social Costs of Coffee

3

HON 376

Sustainability in an Unsustainably Structured World

3

HON 378

The Ecology, History, and Politics of California Ecosystems

3

HON 382

The Fabric of the Universe: Space, Time, and Reality

3

HON 383

Controversial Topics in Biology

3

HON 384

Ethical Implications of Biotechnology

3

HON 385

Is Big Data Enough? A Conceptual Exploration of Data Science

3

HON 389

The Science Blender

3

HON 392

Adventures in Cosmologies 

3

HON 395H

Newton and the Scientific Revolution

+ - Social Sciences

HON 206

Media, Self and Society

3

HON 209

Death, Self and Society

3

HON 210

Monsters and Monstrosities

3

HON 215

Art and Anthropology

3

HON 218

Social Movement of the Sixties

3

HON 220

Disney: Gender, Race and Religion

3

HON 240

Anime and War

3

HON 275

Thinking and Risk Taking Outside The Box

3

HON 277

Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall

HON 308

Consciousness and Cognition

3

HON 311

Ethnicity, Race and Nationalism

3

HON 313

Golden Opportunities: Immigration and the Arts in Southern California, 1900-1950

3

HON 314

Dante’s Afterlife

HON 315

Power and Imagination in the Italian Renaissance

3

HON 324

Modern Political Argument

3

HON 327

Revolution and Philosophy

3

HON 329

 

HON 338

Thana Tourism: Traveling the “Dark Side”

3

HON 340

Social Justice: Mirage or Oasis?

3

HON 342

Memory, Media, and Image

3

HON 344

Illustrating History/the World: Graphic Memoirs, Novels, Reportage

3

HON 345

Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy

3

HON 360

Performing America(s): Creating, Celebrating, and Contesting Nationhood in U.S. Theatre and Popular Entertainment

3

HON 366

Deities and Demons: Ancient and Modern

3

HON 372

MOOCs as Phenomenon

3

HON 373

The Puppet Metaphor Across Media

3

HON 375

Grande, Fair-Trade, Organic, Shade-Grown Espresso: Unpacking the Environmental and Social Costs of Coffee

3

HON 376

Sustainability in an Unsustainably Structured World

3

HON 377

Critical Animal Studies

3

HON 378

The Ecology, History, and Politics of California Ecosystems

3

HON 392

Adventures in Cosmologies

3

HON 395H

Newton and the Scientific Revolution

3

HON 396

The Politics of Waste

3

HON 412

“Seas of Stories”: Postcolonial Literature and Theory

3

HON 414

Politics of Law

3

HON 416

Sex, Self, Society

 

HON 418

Critical Pedagogy

3

HON 424

Magic, the Occult and Art in the Early Modern Period 

3
HON 432 Queer Theory 3
HON 447 The “Real” Westeros: Game of Thrones and Northern Ireland
HON 455 Interpreting the Past: An Experience in Rome

+ - Other Categories

HON 280

Honors Forum (Combined Syllabus)

3

HON 329

Experimental Courses

3

HON 395

Topics in Honors

3

HON 399/499

Individual Study

.5-6

Study Abroad

Any course taken while studying abroad for a semester can count as 1 of the honors elective courses.

Honors Preceptorials

A preceptorial is a student-designed and student-directed course that can be offered during interterm sessions.

Senior Seminar (required)

HON 498-01

Honors Capstone

3

HON 498-02

Honors Capstone

3

+ - Past Courses

Human Science

HON 309

American Storytellers

3

HON 322 Political Literary Theory and the Modern Novel

3

HON 327 Revolution and Philosophy

3

HON 329

 

HON 336 New Voices in U.S. Literature

3

HON 360 Performing Americas: Creating, Celebrating, and Contesting Nationhood in U.S. Theatre and Popular Entertainment

3

HON 368 Community and Identity in Musical Theater

3

HON 369 Select Contemporary Problems: Religion and Politics

3

HON 374 Philosophy of Science: Interdisciplinary Applications

3

HON 387 Food and Philosophy

3

HON 414 The Politics of Law

3

Natural Science

HON 321

New Math of the Italian Renaissance

3

HON 329

3

HON 331 The Ecology of Sustainable Food

3

HON 332 The Birth of Calculus: History of an Idea

3

HON 343 Intro to Computational Sciences

3

Social Science

HON 329

 

3

 HON 337

Credit, Growth, and Economic Cycles

3

HON 357 - ECON 420 Foundations of Economic Exchange

3

HON 385 Is Big Data Enough? To Be Human Among Machines

3

HON 393 Tricksters and Cosmopolitans

3

HON 395g Gold Diggers: Economic development in the wake of the California gold rush

3

HON 408 Alternative Approaches to Political Understanding

3

HON 414 The Politics of Law

3

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