Honors Signature Courses

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America Abroad: U.S. Empire in Pop Culture - IDH 2113

This course will examine the history of U.S. empire by analyzing how popular culture has depicted, supported, or challenged American expansion and interventions abroad.

[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity in Western Experience (Y) and History.]

Asking Questions and Finding Answers: Information Literacy and Research Methods - ISS 2937

This is a foundational hands-on course in college-level research that will empower students to ask questions and feel confident they can find answers. Through navigating the information landscape and using academic libraries, students will learn to read and evaluate research for empirical rigor, transparency and replicability, and ethical research design. Students from all disciplines will learn to identify and apply research methods for answering unique and complex questions. This course will equip students with the skills to translate information into knowledge, insight, and creativity.

[Requirements Satisfied: Quantitative and Logical Thinking, Scholarship in Practice, and Upper Division Writing (UDW).]

Documenting Race, Gender, Work, and War Through Oral History - HUM 2937

This course will offer an introduction to the methodology, theory and practice of oral history with a focus on documenting the history of communities in Northern Florida and Southern Georgia. In this course, we will give particular attention to analyzing questions of class, race, gender, and ethnicity from a historical context. It will afford students the opportunity to participate in an oral history interview.

[Requirements Satisfied: History and Upper Division Writing (UDW).]

Domestic, Factory, and Sex Work: Feminist Perspectives on Globalization - IDH 2403

By focusing on the roles that domestic workers, factory workers, and sex workers play within the global economy, this course engages feminist debates about the ethics of globalization, the challenges of transnational activism, and the potential complicities of U.S. citizens in maintaining global structures of inequality.

[Requirements Satisfied: Cross-Cultural Studies (X), Ethics, Social Sciences, and Upper Division Writing (UDW).]

Ecology of Food - IDS 2470

This course explores the basic ecology of agriculture and fisheries and consider how conventional and alternative food-production practices generate and solve ecological problems. We will focus on several major current issues (e.g. genetically modified organisms, pollinator declines, organic agriculture, and fisheries), and learn the science behind the issue and the social forces shaping the problem. Students also learn through discussions of scientific and popular writings, lectures, hands-on and written projects, oral presentations, local speakers and field trips.

[Requirements Satisfied: E-Series, Natural Science, and State-Mandated Writing (W).]

Environmental Justice - ISS 2937

This course engages with the history, core concepts, and effects of the environmental justice movement, examining how race and class interact to produce and sustain environmental inequities. Foundationally, it approaches environmental issues from a lens attentive to issues of social justice. Course materials highlight the need to address thorny environmental issues and their long-term consequences including the disproportionate burdening of historically marginalized communities with debilitation, displacement, and death.

[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity in Western Experience (Y), Social Science, and Upper Division Writing (UDW).]

Ethics, Art, and Freedom – IDH 2119 (formerly Truth, Justice, and the American Way? Ethics, Religion, and Superheroes - HUM 2937)

What limitations can be justly imposed on the freedom of individuals? Are there certain basic goods that society must provide for citizens so that they can rightly be considered free? This course draws on various moral theories as well as forms of art such as film, narrative fiction, and music to explore what it means to be free in the context of a pluralistic society.

[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity in Western Experience (Y), Ethics, and Scholarship in Practice.]

Everyday Life: Time/Space/Power - ISS 2937

This course focuses on everydayness as an object of inquiry. We will focus on the notions of habits, routines, tempo, rhythms, plans, schedules, programs as well as boredom, lack of spontaneity and surprise, anxiety, and familiarity. We will explore the intricate relationships between power, social space, and everyday life and web of rhythms, places, objects, and bodies.

[Requirements Satisfied: Social Sciences and Upper Division Writing (UDW).]

Freedom and Religion: Liberal, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives - IDH 2140

By addressing issues such as free speech, sexual mores and identity, and compulsory military service, this course examines the ways that religious norms and practices across the globe sometimes come into conflict with the norms of liberal democracy.

[Requirements Satisfied:  Cross-Cultural Studies (X), Ethics, and Upper Division Writing (UDW).]

Global Urbanization - ISS 2937

We live in a world where globalization has increasingly rendered the urban space the mainframe, the catalyst, and the stake of social action and human existence. In this course, students will focus on the great urban diversity (e.g., language, citizenship, religion, ethnicity/race, class and socioeconomic status, gender, and sexuality). Through class materials and assignments, students will acquire a solid perspective on how urban diversity is transformed into inequalities and exclusion in the cities. With case studies from around the world, students will explore how urban lifeways and cultural forms without giving in to ethnocentrism while acknowledging urban cultures’ broad cross-cultural and historical validity beyond European civilization.

[Requirements Satisfied: Cross-Cultural Studies (X) and Social Science.]

Green Global Health - URP 3527

In this course we explore how nature conservation is necessary for the continuation of life on earth with particular attention on the myriad ways that the natural environment and systems support human health, livelihoods, and wellbeing. We will investigate the numerous ecological theories of health and the evidence-based mechanisms by which nature supports human health. We will analyze not only the benefits (i.e. ecosystem services) that the natural environment provides to humans globally but also the local and global effects of human actions on the natural environment, and the disproportionate effects on racial and economic subsets of humanity.

[Requirements Satisfied: Cross-Cultural Studies (X) and Social Sciences.]

Information Ethics for the 21st Century - IDS 2144

Many diverse ethical challenges face us in the global information age. This course identifies past, present and future information ethics challenges and encourages students to develop their own standpoints from which to address them. The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to make informed ethical decisions about information production, management and use. Students explore and apply a wide range of ethical theories to examine critical information ethics issues raised by recent advances in information and communication technology.

[Requirements Satisfied: E-Series, Ethics, and State-Mandated Writing (W)]

Innovation by Design - ENT 3607

This course teaches methods common to human-centered innovation frameworks such as Design Thinking: empathizing with people in given situations, framing and reframing problems, ideating, prototyping and testing solutions. Students will learn the process of developing products, services, systems and other solutions from the initial discovery of needs, to presenting a tested solution ready for deployment. This course features learning by doing with the vast majority of class time dedicated to collaborative exploration, supported by inspirational case studies, insightful video lessons from thought-leaders in the field, and abundant online resources.

[Requirements Satisfied: General Education Elective (no area) and Scholarship in Practice.]

Life with Google: The Unintended Consequences of Information Technology - IDS 2683 

What are the unintended and unanticipated social consequences of implementing new information technologies in the 21st century? Does our increased reliance on, and trust in, advanced information systems pose dangers to life and limb? Do we risk losing the recorded knowledge of humanity as we produce more data? Are we becoming too dependent on the information technologies we created to make our lives easier? This course will explore the pros and cons of information technology in our everyday lives, and examine how we can identify and mitigate against risk factors that lead to information technology disasters.

[Requirements Satisfied: Upper Division Writing (UDW).]

LGBTQ Oral History Methods - IDH 3405

In this course students are trained in oral history theory, method, and interpretation by examining the emergence of oral history practice in the 20th century and oral history's specific relevance to LGBTQ communities and experiences. Course work includes reading scholarship, listening to oral histories, examining oral history projects, and conducting oral history interviews with LGBTQ people.

[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity in Western Experience (Y) and Upper Division Writing (UDW).]

Race and Religion in America Today: The Legacies of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements - IDH 2611

Focusing on the legacies of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, this course explores the ways that appeals to religious concepts and identities have influenced racial relations and politics in America.

[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity in Western Experience (Y), Oral Communication Competency.]

Radical Visions of Freedom: Imagining Black and Queer Liberation - IDH 2108

This course explores how U.S. intellectuals, artists, and activists have responded to the devaluation of black and queer lives by creating radical visions of freedom that call into question the foundations of our social, economic, and legal institutions.

[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity in Western Experience (Y), Humanities and Cultural Practice, Scholarship in Practice, and State Mandated Writing (W).]

Social (In)equalities - IDH 2117

This course explores the structures and institutions of social inequality along the intersectional axes of class, race, and gender/sexuality by focusing on how these categories are socially constructed, maintained, and experienced.

[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity in Western Experience (Y), Social Science, and Upper Division Writing (UDW).]

Sustainable Public Discourse - HUM 2937

Known alternatively as "ecospeak," "popular science," and "science-based CSR," the phenomenon of moving scientific facts into the public sphere is one that deserves our critical attention. Literally speaking, we will examine academic and real-world genres that advocate for sustainability and analyze the principles underlying their construction and reception. Figuratively speaking, we will consider specific paradigms in written communication that perpetuate, devolve, or recycle themselves over time. We will focus our study in three different spheres--scientific and technical writing, environmental rhetoric and public policy, and daily persuasion and propaganda.

[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity in Western Experience (Y) and Upper Division Writing (UDW).]

Us & Them: Navigating Disagreements in a Polarized Society - HUM 2937

Contemporary society is deeply divided along political, cultural, regional, religious, racial, and socioeconomic lines. This course will help students to both understand the sources of those divisions and develop strategies to navigate our polarized society.

[Requirements Satisfied: Ethics & Social Responsibility, Oral Communication Competency, and Scholarship in Practice.]

Utopias/Dystopias: An Homage to Social Dreaming - IDH 2118

As models of a perfect society or fictional contemplations of bleak futures, utopias and dystopias shed light on our present condition. This course examines utopian thinking and differing perspectives on state-society relations and the question of individual freedom within society through various materials such as political manifestos, movies, novels or poems.

[Requirements Satisfied: Humanities and Cultural Practice, Scholarship in Practice, and Upper Division Writing (UDW).]

Yesses and Noes: The Ethics of Consent - IDS 3364

This course provides a critical philosophical examination of consent and the role of consent in everyday life. In the first half of the course, students examine theoretical perspectives on the nature and moral force of consent. In the second half of the course, students examine issues of consent in a broad range of applied contexts.

[Requirements Satisfied: E-Series, Ethics, and State-Mandated Writing (W)]

Youth Subcultures - ISS 2937

What is the role of youth subculture in challenging and reproducing structures of inequality? We will address this question by examining how youth subcultures are embedded within their particular sociohistorical contexts, indexing not only intergenerational difference but also changing race, gender, sexuality, and class relations.

[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity in Western Experience (Y), Scholarship in Practice, and Social Sciences.]


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