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Director's Cut for Fall 2017


Here's a look at some noteworthy courses for Fall 2017 scheduling. We call them the "Director's Cut." If you have specific questions about how these courses will work with your particular degree requirements, please email your advisor.


Honors 135 Mini-Courses for Fall 2017

Link to Honors 135 in Course Guide F17.

Link to YouTube Video of course descriptions pending.

Honors Seminars for Fall 2017

This is a brief description from the LSA Course Guide. For more detailed information, click the link.

HONORS 250 | Evolution of Cognition and Social Science Ways of Knowing
Instructor: William Birdsall
There is now overwhelming evidence for the evolution of all known life. This course will focus on the evolution of human cognition and its implications for what we know and believe about cognition today, particularly social science knowledge.

HONORS 309 | Imagination
Instructor: Frederick Amrine
The Romantics made major claims for imagination: that it was both an artistic and cognitive faculty. Thus the seminar will begin by considering both the structure of the Romantic literary imagination and the romantic theory of knowledge in works by Wordsworth, Blake, Coleridge, Kant, and Fichte.

HONORS 365 | Cyberspace: Computational Science and the Rise of the Fourth Paradigm
Instructor: August Evard
In the late 20th century, the role of computation in the sciences grew rapidly, driven by advances in silicon processors, fiber-optic networks, a host of numerical algorithms, and sets of standard protocols for processing and exchanging data. These digital technologies now permeate everyday life. Building on this continuing stream of innovation, the 21st century is poised to unleash a new, data-intensive paradigm of scientific discovery that will dramatically enhance the scope and scale of data analysis from experiments, observations and simulations. This new (4th) paradigm of science is empowered by the union of computational science, statistical methods and domain science (e.g., astronomy, bioengineering, public policy). This course will invite students to explore the development and current state of computing for the sciences. 

Departmental Honors Courses for Fall 2017

We've combed the Course Guide to create a list of departmental Honors courses, but this list is organic. If you find a class we've missed, please let us know. As always, it's best to check with the department with specific questions.

[Alphabetical by subject.]

Departmental Honors Courses Fall 2017

ANTHRCUL 101 – Introduction to Anthropology (SS, RE)

Section: 001 (LEC); 007(DIS) LSA HNRS or 002 (LEC); Sec 037 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Abigail Dumes, Holly Peters-Golden

This introductory course surveys the field's four subdisciplines (biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology), providing a first glimpse of the field's overall context, history, present status, and importance. The principal aim of the course is to help students develop a coherent view of the essential concepts, structures, and intellectual methods that typify the discipline. It stresses unifying principles that link the subdisciplines and thereby create anthropology's comprehensive, holistic world view. It teaches students various ways of learning and thinking about the world's many designs for living in time and space. It prepares them to integrate and interpret information, to evaluate conflicting claims about human nature and diversity, and to think critically. Topics covered include:

  • the nature of culture;
  • human genetics, evolution and the fossil record;
  • the concept of race;
  • primate (monkey and ape) behavior;
  • language and culture;
  • systems of marriage, kinship and family organization;
  • sex-gender roles;
  • economics, politics, and religion in global perspective;
  • the arts; and
  • medicine

Required readings come from one introductory text, a case studies book and one ethnography.

BIOLOGY 171 – Introductory Biology:  Ecology and Evolution (NS)

Section: 002, 004 (LEC), Sec 200, 201 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Meghan Duffy

BIOLOGY 171 is a one-term course in ecology and evolutionary biology that, together with BIOLOGY 172 and 173, collectively form the introductory biology course unit.

The primary aims of BIOLOGY 171 are:

1.     to provide factual and conceptual knowledge concerning the origin and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity

2.     to give an integrated overview of biological organization including genes, individuals, kin groups, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems

3.     to engage with biological hypotheses dealing with prominent current issues such as human evolutionary origins, emerging diseases, conservation biology and global change

4.     to develop critical-thinking and writing skills.

Topics in BIOLOGY 171 are divided among three primary areas:

  • Mendelian genetics and evolutionary processes
  • Biodiversity, organismal biology
  • Ecology

BIOLOGY 172 – Introductory Biology – Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental (NS)

Section: 002, 004 (LEC), Sec 201 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Matt Chapman

BIOLOGY 172 is a one-term course in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology that, together with BIOLOGY 171 and 173, collectively forms the introductory biology course sequence.

The aims of BIOLOGY 172 are:

  • to provide factual and conceptual knowledge of how cells, organs, and organisms work; and
  • to develop scientific hypothesis-testing and critical-thinking skills.

CHEM 211 –Investigations in Chemistry (NS)

Section: 400 (LEC), Sec 401, 402, 411, 412, 421, 431 (LAB) LSA HNRS


CHEM 211 is a laboratory course that aims to provide a hands-on approach for learning organic chemistry concepts while at the same time demonstrating why those concepts have relevance to real-world contexts. The course aims to develop your scientific mindset, including formulating hypotheses, designing experiments to test a hypothesis, collecting and interpreting new data, and creating a scientific explanation. To achieve these course goals, you will work collaboratively and cooperatively in the lab, mirroring the more collaborative nature of scientific research. The course is also designed to acquaint you with different forms of science communication through writing assignments. Although we will cover some concepts from CHEM 210, there is no expectation that you are currently (or were previously) enrolled in this course, although it is highly recommended.

Please note: this is a genuine set of Honors sections, but alone Chem 211 will not count for the Sophomore Honors Award.  For that you must participate in a Structured Study Group (SSG) in Chem 210.

COMPLIT 141 – Great Performances (HU)  Counts for Sophomore Honors Award, though not marked as “Honors” on the transcript

Section: 001

Instructor:  Yopie Prins

Designed for students in the Honors Core Curriculum, this course is an introduction to performance in music, theater, dance and related arts. In a combination of lecture and discussion sections, the course will focus on specific works to be performed on campus, while also exploring the relation between tradition and innovation in performing “great” works, and asking what makes a “great” performance. Students registered for the course attend a series of events presented by performing arts organizations in the university community, including the University Musical Society (UMS), the U-M School of Music, Theater, and Dance (SMTD), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), and the Michigan Opera Theater (MOT). A course fee of $50 (added to your UM fees) will cover all performance tickets. Do not buy these tickets yourself. Your instructor will distribute these in class. Students will attend the following events in Fall 2016:

·         Sept 18: National Theater Live Broadcast of "Richard III" (sponsored by UMS at the Michigan Theater)

·         Sept 29: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with Hilary Hahn performing Beethoven Violin Concerto

·         Oct 13: Mark Morris Dance Group and The Silk Road Ensemble (sponsored by UMS at the Power Center)

·         Oct 20: Dorrance Dance (sponsored by UMS at the Power Center)

·         Nov. 12: Michigan Opera Theater (in Detroit) production of "Silent Night" (contemporary opera)

·         Nov. 18: A musical theater production (featuring students at SMTD) Class lectures will introduce students to these works and also to some of the performing artists, who may visit the class or participate in public events on campus.

ECON 101 – Principles of Economics I (SS, QR/2)

Section: 300 (LEC), Sec 313 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Ronald Caldwell Jr.

This course introduces microeconomic concepts and analysis, supply and demand analysis, theories of the firm and individual behavior, competition and monopoly, and imperfect competition. Throughout the semester, the course will stress applications of elementary economic theory to real world issues and problems. Topics that we will investigate include the basic supply and demand model, price controls, taxes, trade, pollution, and monopolies.

INTLSTD 101 – Introduction to International Studies (SS)

Section: 001 (LEC), Sec 012 (DIS) LSA HNRS


This interdisciplinary course explores the historical, cultural, political, economic, and technological factors that drive global interdependence. Using case studies and historical examples, the course examines the ways in which people, goods, diseases, and natural resources have flowed across political and cultural borders over the course of human history.

LATIN 231 – Roman Kings and Emperors

Section: 004

Instructor:  Donka Markus

This course reviews grammar as it introduces you to the masters of classical Latin prose and poetry through readings from Livy, Caesar, Catullus and Ovid (first centuries B.C. and A.D.). The goal is to acquire efficient reading, translation and study skills while exploring texts, concepts and historical traditions that shed light on Rome's growth into an Empire. Free tutoring and computer support for self-practice are available to help you succeed in the course.

LING 209 – Language and Human Mind (ID)

Section: 001 (LEC), Sec 004 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Samuel Epstein

This course is designed to introduce students to the “cognitive revolution” and its impact on the contemporary study of language. The course reviews the Chomskyan shift away from speech behavior or “languages” as the object of inquiry to the experimental and theoretical study of the cognitive mechanisms underlying our unique human capacity for language, the exercise of which permeates virtually every aspect of human life, including what you are now doing! In every household, all of the children, barring pathology — but none of the dogs, cats or other organisms (nor the inanimate objects!) — acquire the language spoken (or signed) by the adults. There is some biological property of humans that makes this feat possible.

  • What do we know when we know a language?
  • What does it mean to say that humans have an innate capacity for language?
  • Why has this innateness claim generated so much contentious debate?
  • How do languages differ, and why?
  • How is it that you are now scanning text with your visual system, and converting little squiggles you perceive into meanings?
  • What is a meaning?
  • Given that you can perform this squiggle-to-meaning conversion, how does your converter work?
  • How do speakers of sign languages (again, humans but not dogs) convert moving hand shapes into meaning?

Isn’t it true that the conversion to meaning you are now performing allows your mind to now know what my mind was thinking when I wrote this? That is, through this process aren’t you acquiring knowledge of my thoughts, (thereby facilitating educated guesses as to what this course and this Prof. will be like?) or is that crazy talk about “mind reading”?

MATH 156 –Applied Honors Calculus II (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001, 002, 003, 004

Instructors:  Robert Krasny, Ling Xu

MATH 156 is part of the applied Honors calculus sequence for engineering and science majors. Applications and concepts receive equal treatment. Theorems are stated precisely and are derived, but technical details are omitted. Examples are given to illustrate the theory. Critical thinking and class participation are encouraged. The goal is to provide students with the solid background needed for subsequent courses in mathematics, engineering, and science.

MATH 175 – Explorations in Calculus (MSA, QR/1) First Year Honors Seminar

Section: 001, 002 An Introduction to Cryptology

Instructor:  Evangelia Gazaki

This course is an alternative to Math 185 as an entry to the honors calculus sequence. The course stresses discovery as a vehicle for learning. Students will be required to experiment throughout the course on a range of problems and will participate each semester in a group project. Grades will be based on homework and projects, with a strong emphasis on homework. Personal computers will be a valuable experimental tool in this course and students will be asked to learn to program in one of BASIC, PASCAL, or FORTRAN.

MATH 185 – Honors Calculus I (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001, 002

Instructor:  Scott Schneider

Most students take calculus in high school, and it may seem that there isn't much new to learn. The goal of this course is to develop the familiar concepts of calculus using a more rigorous and theoretical approach. In particular, with its emphasis on how to use appropriate mathematical language, this course lays a solid foundation for future math courses, and is suitable for students intending to pursue a major in mathematics, science, or engineering who desire a more complete understanding of the underpinnings of calculus. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program.

MATH 285 – Honors Calculus III (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001, 002, 003

Instructors:  Rohan Kadakia, Ian Tobasco

The sequence Math 185-186-285-286 is an introduction to calculus at the honors level. It is taken by students intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields who want a somewhat more theoretical approach. Although much attention is paid to concepts and solving problems, the underlying theory and proofs of important results are also included. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program.

MATH 286 – Honors Differential Equations (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001

Instructor:  Thomas Bothner

The sequence Math 185-186-285-286 is an introduction to calculus at the honors level. It is taken by students intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields who want a somewhat more theoretical approach. Although much attention is paid to concepts and solving problems, the underlying theory and proofs of important results are also included. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program.

MATH 295 – Honors Mathematics I (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001

Instructor:  Stephen DeBacker

Math 295-296-395-396 is the most theoretical and demanding honors math sequence. The emphasis is on concepts, problem solving, as well as the underlying theory and proofs of important results. It provides an excellent background for advanced courses in mathematics. The expected background is high school trigonometry and algebra (previous calculus is not required, but is helpful.) This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LS&A Honors program. Math 295 and 296 may be substituted for any Math 451 requirement. Math 296 and 395 may be substituted for any Math 217 requirement.

PHYSICS 160 – Honors Physics I (NS, QR/1)

Section: 001

Instructor:  Bradford Orr

Did you take an AP physics class in high school? Do you want to explore physics in new ways? PHYSICS 160 covers the fundamental principles of mechanics using a modern perspective. It emphasizes the applicability of these laws in systems ranging from binary stars to nuclear collisions. This class will be different, and more interesting, than any physics course you h

160 – Honors Physics I (NS, QR/1)ave taken yet.

The goals of the course are:

1.     Application of fundamental principles to a wide range of systems, i.e., from nuclei to stars (unify mechanics)

2.     Integrate contemporary physics (atomic models of matter, relativistic dynamics)

3.     Engage students in physical modeling (idealization, approximation, assumptions, estimation)

4.     Integrate computational physics (now a partner of theory and experiment) into problem solving


PHYSICS 161 – Honors Introductory Mechanics Lab (NS)

Section: 001, 002, 003


PHYSICS 161 is a three-hour weekly laboratory designed to accompany PHYSICS 160.

This lab introduces students to the core concepts of physics, namely careful observations, both quantitative and qualitative, followed by comparison with appropriate mathematical models that serve as the basis for descriptive interpretation. Course material is focused on developing a good understanding of the concepts and principles of Newtonian mechanics while providing sophisticated experiments for demonstrating the validity of these fundamental paradigms.

PHYSICS 260 – Honors Physics II (NS, QR/1)

Section: 001

Instructor:  Myron Campbell

PHYSICS 260 is a continuation of PHYSICS 160 and introduces the theory of electromagnetic phenomena. This course will introduce you to:

1.     The deeper physical meaning of the concepts

2.     A rigorous mathematical approach, using vector calculus when applicable

3.     Problem solving including computer use

4.     Contemporary applications

If you like physics and math, appreciate the deeper meaning and derivation of concepts and equations, and if you like to do problems, you are in the right course.

PHYSICS 261 – Honors Electricity and Magnetism Lab (NS)

Section: 001

Instructor:  Andrew D. Tomasch

PHYSICS 261 is a three-hour weekly laboratory designed to accompany PHYSICS 260. This lab introduces students to the core concepts of physics, namely careful observations, both quantitative and qualitative, followed by comparison with appropriate mathematical models that serve as the basis for descriptive interpretation. Course material is focused on developing a good understanding of the concepts and principles of Newtonian mechanics while providing sophisticated experiments for demonstrating the validity of these fundamental paradigms. The analytical techniques require high school level algebra and some familiarity with statistical measures of significance, procedures common to any scientific, technical, or medical area of inquiry. Although not an academic requirement, it is assumed that the students will have some basic skills in using a computer at the level of a word processing program or similar application task.

PSYCH 114 - Honors Introduction to Psychology


Instructor: Twila Tardif

This course is designed to introduce Honors students to contemporary psychology. At the end of this class, the student should realize that psychological research addresses a wide range of issues, and that the methods used to study these issues are equally numerous. The three primary areas are (1) a general introduction to definitions, history, and methods, (2) the four primary levels of analysis, and (3) the study of a specific problem, namely stress in college.

STATS 280 – Honors Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001

Instructor:  Johann Gagnon Bartsch

STATS 280 will provide in-depth discussion of models and methods that are appropriate to specific situations, criteria for selecting among them, their strengths and weaknesses and their conceptual footing. Interactive learning will be emphasized in lectures and the laboratory module. During the lab, students will learn to use modern statistical software for visualization and data analysis, and carry out the computational parts of lab assignments.

STATS 280 includes derivations of basic statistical results such as expected values and sampling variances using techniques from pre-calculus mathematics. Students will also be expected to master quantitative relationships such as scaling relationships between variances, sample sizes, and standard errors

Definition and summary of univariate and bivariate data, distributions, correlation, and associated visualization techniques; randomization in comparative studies and in survey sampling; basic probability calculus, including conditional probabilities, concept of random variables and their properties; sampling distributions and the central limit theorem; statistical inference, including hypothesis tests, confidence intervals; one sample and two sample problems with binary and continuous data, including nonparametric procedures; analysis of variance; simple and bivariate regression; simple design of experiments; chisquare and rank-based tests for association and independence.

WOMENSTD 240 – Introduction to Women’s Studies (HU, RE)

Section: 001 (LEC), Sec 012 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Maria Cotera

A survey introduction to the critical, theoretical, and historical study of women and gender in America from a feminist perspective. Readings range across a wide body of feminist scholarship in order to familiarize students with key questions, theoretical tools, and issues within the field. The course aims to sharpen critical awareness of how gender operates in institutional and cultural contexts, in students’ own lives and the lives of others. Two questions are central to the course:

  • How is gender created and maintained through social practices (e.g., ideology or media representations)?
  • How do these gendered social practices intersect with other social categories, such as race and ethnicity, social class and sexuality?

Because Women’s Studies grew out of women’s activism, this course explores the relationship between the generation of knowledge about women and gender, and how to bring about gender equity in a society where race and ethnicity matter. Most of the course materials are drawn from the U.S. context; however, several weeks’ readings and lectures address feminist work in other parts of the world and transnationally.

Honors Core Curriculum for Fall 2017

These are brief discriptions of the next term of Honors Core Courses.
Use the link to read the full LSA Course Guide Description.

HONORS 230 | Living with Animals (SS)
Instructor: Robin McQueen
Much human social life involves interactions with non-human animals or interactions with other humans about animals. This course creates a space to explore those interactions. In it, we think about broad questions connected to the fundamental distinctions many humans draw between themselves and other animals and about the nature of our relationships with those other animals. 

HONORS 232 | Biology and Society (NS)
Instructor: Trisha Wittkopp
Are GMOs dangerous? Do vaccines cause autism? Should we be worried about antibiotic resistance? Biological research and the way it is communicated to the public by media outlets impacts our everyday lives in many ways. In this course, we will discuss the nature and process of science, how scientific results make their way from laboratory benches to media headlines, and examine a series of biological “hot topics” currently in the news.

HONORS 240 | The Games We Play (SS, FYWR)
Instructor: Mika LaVaque-Manty
Games — real and metaphorical, formal and informal — are everywhere where humans are: Games are a metaphor for politics, romance, and much in between. There are children's games, war games, and the Olympic Games. In the world of fiction, there are games of thrones and hunger games. People watch and play football; others play it on their XBox and Playstation consoles. Some games seem to have a gender, while some gamers want to exclude one gender from their world. Language is a game. There’s the game of life, and college is an important part of it.This Honors Core course introduces students to the social sciences through the concept of games. 

HONORS 241 | Fall and Rise of American Empire (HU, FYRW)
Instructor: Sandra Gunning
Today, long after the demise of old European empires the United States as a superpower is expected to intervene in anti-totalitarian revolutions around the world, and since 9/11 U.S. troops have invaded and occupied entire nations, as was the case with Iraq, and is the case now with Afghanistan. With the ongoing "War on Terror" the U.S. practices extra-judicial drone killings of suspected enemies, and listens in on the private conversations of almost any individual, be they ordinary American citizens, or foreign heads of state.Given its far reach, is the United States now the face of 21st-century empire? If the destiny of every empire is to rise and then fall, when will "the end" arrive for the United States?

HONORS 242 | Controversy in Scientific Discovery (NS, FYWR)
Instructor: Anna Mapp
Throughout history, scientific advance unaccompanied by controversy has been rare. From the nature of the carbocation in organic chemistry to the role of humans in global warming, experimental protocols, data interpretation, and intellectual contributions have been the source of significant disagreement among scientists and in the broader community. Here we will examine controversial discoveries in the last 60 years, putting the central findings on trial in the classroom. 


Honors Core Curriculum for Winter 2018

For planning purposes, these are the expected Honors Core Courses for Winter 2018. Please continue to check for any additions or changes.

  • Reasoning About Reasoning (HU) w/ Sarah Buss
  • History of Human Experimentation (SS) w/ Joel Howell
  • Capitalisms (SS) w/ Jim Adams
  • NEW: Astrobiology (NS) w/ Eric Bell

NEW (pending): Unititled Relationship w/ DIA and Its Urban Neighborhood (HU) w/ Kristin Hass

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