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As the situation develops, we are compiling a complete list of Honors COVID-19 FAQ. Topics range from Courses, Registrations & Transcripts through Graduation. It's conveniently anchored, so that you can hyperjump to your item of interest. 

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Honors Core Curriculum for Winter 2021

Use the links below to read the full LSA Course Guide description of each course. 

Please note:  The course descriptions in the Atlas Course Profile tool may not be up-to-date. Refer to the LSA Course Guide for the most current course descriptions.

Honors 230 / Violent Environments:  Oil, Development, and the Discourse of Power (SS)

Instructor:  Omolade Adunbi

Honors 231 / Reading the Qur'an (HU)

Instructor:  Karla Mallette

Honors 232 / The Anthropocene (NS)

Instructor:  Anne McNeil

Honors 233 / Health, Biology, and Society:  What is Cancer? (ID)

Instructor:  Laura Olsen

Honors Mini-Courses for First-Year Students for Winter 2021

No courses offered for WN21.

 

Honors Seminars for Winter 2021

Note:  Seminars are not Honors Core courses

No courses offered for WN21.

 

Departmental Honors Courses for Winter 2021

By selecting Honors under Special Offerings in the LSA Course Guide, students will find a fairly comprehensive list of Honors courses available for the term. Depending on course coding used by the department, you may find other courses throughout a search, but this is a great start in planning your schedule.

ANTHRCUL 258 – Honors Seminar in Anthropology 
Section: 001 Culture and Medicine
In this seminar, we will examine the ways in which health and illness are both constructed out of, and interpreted within, cultural settings. Focusing on Western biomedicine, we will discuss a broad range of illness experiences - from schizophrenia to cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder to asthma, Tourette's to Alzheimer's, among others - to address a number of questions currently central to medical anthropology. Topics may include (but will not be limited to) the meaning and alteration of self and personhood in illness; the ways in which medical knowledge is produced and imagined, the culture of science and technology, immunity and risk, illness narrative, and social and historical views of the body.
 

BIOLOGY 171 – Introductory Biology: Ecology and Evolution (NS)
Section: 002 (LEC), Sec 201 (DIS) 
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:
• Genetics and evolutionary processes
• Biodiversity
• Ecology


BIOLOGY 172 – Introductory Biology – Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental (NS)
Section: 002, 004 (LEC), Sec 200, 201 (DIS) 
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 215 – Structure and Reactivity II (NS)*
Students get further practice in applying the major concepts of chemistry to predicting the physical and chemical properties of organic compounds, including macromolecules, both synthetic and biological.

*To receive Honors credit in CHEM 215
Elect any CHEM 215 section and join an Honors Structured Study Group (SSG). (3 Honors engagement points)

CHEM 216 – Synthesis and Characterization of Organic Compounds (NS)
CHEM 216 builds on the experimental approach started in CHEM 211. Students participate in planning exactly what they are going to do in the laboratory by being given general goals and directions that have to be adapted to fit the specific project they will be working on. They use microscale equipment, which requires them to develop manual dexterity and care in working in the laboratory. They also evaluate the results of their experiments by checking for identity and purity using various chromatographic and spectroscopic methods.
NOTE: Students should elect both CHEM 215 (for 3 credits) and CHEM 216 (for 2 credits).
 

For further information, please contact the Chemistry Undergraduate Office.


GEOG 145/INTLSTD 101– Introduction to International Studies (SS)
Section: 001 (LEC), Sec 003 (DIS) LSA HNRS
This is the introductory core course for the International Studies major at the University of Michigan. The course explores human rights, human development and human security in historical and comparative perspective using multiple disciplinary approaches. The curriculum is divided into six modules that cover:
• globalization;
• international relations and organizations;
• human rights and humanitarianism;
• global environment and health;
• human development; and
• culture and identity.
Honors:
Students in the Honors section will have discussions with the primary instructor for the course. These discussions will address special topics that build on material covered in lecture, and enable the students to explore key topics of international significance in more depth. Students in the Honors section will also write a longer paper and make one short presentation to their group.

 

LATIN 231 – Roman Kings and Emperors
Section: 003 (REC) Contact instructor for permission to register.
This course is a continuation of LATIN 193, a beginning language course which will have covered, by the end of the Fall term, the essentials of Latin morphology and syntax, with some experience in reading continuous Latin prose. The second term of this introductory sequence will continue the reading of Latin with extended selections from both prose and poetry. Through readings and discussion students will be introduced to significant aspects of Roman history and culture. Learning will be enhanced by oral activities. 

 

MATH 176 – Explorations in Calculus (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001 Explorations in Topology and Analysis
This course is an Inquiry-Based version of Honors Calculus I and II (such as Math 185/186) and provides the necessary preparation for Multivariable Calculus (Math 215 or the honors version, Math 285). A student who has had some exposure to calculus (e.g., AB or BC in high school, or Math 115) will be well-prepared for this course. The majority of class time will be spent working in groups and presenting ideas and solutions to problems.

MATH 186 – Honors Calculus II (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001
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. This course is a continuation of Math 185.

MATH 285 – Honors Multivariable and Vector Calculus (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 002
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
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 296 – Honors Mathematics II (QR/1)
Section: 001
Math 295-296-395-396 is the most theoretical and demanding honors calculus 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 LSA 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.

MATH 297 – An Introduction to Analysis (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001
This is a course in analysis for students who know how to write rigorous mathematical arguments and possess a firm understanding of the standard concepts of linear algebra. It is specifically designed for students who excelled in Math 217, love mathematics, and wish to transition into the Honors Analysis Sequence.

For more information on these courses, please visit the Department of Mathematics webpage.

 

PHYSICS 160 – Honors Physics I (NS, QR/1)
Section: 001
PHYSICS 160 covers the fundamental principles of mechanics using a modern perspective and is intended for students who have had significant exposure to physics at the high school level and/or have AP credit for physics. 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 have 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
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
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, 002
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.

 

SPANISH 295 - Introduction to Literature, Culture, and the Arts in the Hispanic World
Section: 003 (REC) LSA HNRS
How are narratives created? How can we use them to understand the ways ideas of power, race, ethnicity, gender or class are formed? How can new narratives challenge or dismantle the ideas created by previous ones? The goal of this honors section of Spanish 295 is to provide students with an understanding of how narratives work and with the tools to interrogate them critically in the context of the Hispanic world. By doing so, the course also provides an introduction to the creativity of the Spanish speaking communities through the study of literature and films.
In class, we will work with the same selection of readings used in all other sections of Spanish 295 and learn key concepts that enable students to succeed in future literature courses in Spanish.
The amount of writing will also be the same. However, there will be more opportunities for independent work through writing geared specifically to:

  • elevate the ability to ask good analytical questions

  • polish writing skills in Spanish

  • further investigate and reflect about the issues raised by the texts (i.e. power, race, ethnicity, gender or class).

  • This course counts as literature credit for the Spanish minor.

 

WGS 240 - Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (HU, RE)
Section: 001 (LEC), 012 (DIS) LSA HNRS
A survey introduction to the critical, theoretical, and historical study of women and gender from feminist and cross-cultural perspectives. 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, ethnicity, class, disability, and sexuality?
Because Women’s and Gender Studies grew out of activism, this course will explore the relationship between how we generate critical knowledge about gender and how we work to use this knowledge to promote social justice at gender's intersection with other identities. Most of the course materials are drawn from the US context; however, we will also engage with feminist issues and activism in other parts of the world and transnationally.

 

 

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