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Honors Core Curriculum for Fall 2018

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

GTBOOKS 191.001 | Great Books (HU, FYWR)
Instructor: Sara Ahbel-Rappe

HONORS 232.001 | Your Inner Ape (BS, NS)

Instructor: Laura MacLatchy

HONORS 233.001 | Honors Core in Interdisciplinary Studies (ID)
 Health, Biology, and Society: What is Cancer?
Instructors: Laura Olsen & Alexandra Stern

HONORS 240.001 | The Games We Play (SS, FYWR)
Instructor: Mika LaVaque-Manty

HONORS 241.001 | The Fall and Rise of the American Empire (RE, HU, FYWR)
Instructor: Sandra Gunning

HONORS 241.005 | Detroit and Gentrification Now (HU, FYWR)
Instructor: Kristin Hass

HONORS 241.010 | What Westworld Tells Us About Being Human (HU, FYWR)
Instructor: George Hoffman

HONORS 242.001 | Controversey in Scientific Discovery (BS, NS, FYWR)
Instructor: Anna Mapp

Honors Seminars for Fall 2018

HONORS 250.002 | Evolution of Cognition and Social Science Ways of Knowing (SS)
Instructor: William Birdsall

HONORS 251.001 | Opera, Gender and Culture (HU)
Instructor: Naomi Andre

HONORS 309.001 | Imagination (HU)
Instructor: Frederick Amrine

HONORS 493.001 | Poetry and the Language of Oppression: A Poet's Perspective 
[Minicourse, w/ Permission of Instructor]
Instructor: Carmen Bugan

Departmental Honors Courses for Fall 2018

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.

Here is a listing compiled for your scheduling:

ASTRO 101, 102, 115

Option for an Honors Structured Study Group (SSG) for Honors credit exists. See instructor.

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

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

Instructor:  Trisha Wittkopp

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:

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

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

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

·         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


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

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

Instructor:  Matthew 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 210 (NS)

Option for a Structured Study Group (SSG) exists. See instructor.

CHEM 211 (NS)

Honors Sections: 400s 

Primary Instructor: John Wolfe

This 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.

GEOG 145/INTLSTD 101– Introduction to International Studies (SS)

GTBOOKS 191 – Great Books (HU, FYWR)

Section: 001 (LEC), Sec 002-014 (DIS) LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Sara Ahbel-Rappe

This course provides students an introduction to some of the most influential ancient texts of the western tradition as well as the rudiments of college-level writing. The narratives of Homer, the Bible, tragedy, and fifth-century prose furnish the subject matter for a series of small exercises and larger drafted essays to guide students through the practice and refinement of specific skill-sets of writing. With the help of oral and written feedback from section leaders and peers, students will learn critical reading and writing skills which are essential to success in the advanced stages of their academic programs as well as their later professional lives. The "Greek classics" and the narratives of the Old Testament highlight Physical, Intellectual, and Moral Struggles: of the individual against self, society, Others, and gods; of the city against its neighbors, as well as against its people and even its own ideals; of the ideal against the reality. These texts have endured for thousands of years as the basis of "the canon" of western literature because their picture of the human condition resonates, particularly in times of conflict and uncertainty. GTBOOKS 191 will thus regularly reflect upon these works’ continued relevance to our own times. In addition to becoming better readers and writers, students will acquire practice in conducting respectful yet rigorous debate, a broader cross-cultural understanding, and an appreciation for ancient literature’s timeless relevance to contemporary political and cultural issues.

HISTORY 215 - The History of Disaster (HU)

Section: 001 LSA HNRS

Instructor:  Douglas Northrop

Pompeii. The Black Death. A “Great Fire.” Earthquakes. Monsoon floods. Natural disasters may appear to be a constant of life on earth, but human responses to, and interpretations of, such “acts of God” vary dramatically. While on the surface these calamities bring only death and destruction, they also reveal much that otherwise would remain hidden. How have human societies interacted with (and explained) “nature” and its hazards? Why have some groups and places been more vulnerable than others? The history of disaster is as much about what happens afterwards, about how men and women respond: to develop religious or scientific explanations for what happened, to criticize state responses or ill-preparedness, to debate questions of responsibility and blame. Catastrophes make it possible to reorganize social relations, to rethink personal priorities, and to rebuild identities and cityscapes in new ways.

This global, comparative course ranges widely through space and time to explore the history of natural disasters: fires, floods, famines, hurricanes, tornadoes, epidemics, tsunamis, earthquakes, blizzards, volcanoes, and more.

INTLSTD 101/GEOG 145 – Introduction to International Studies (SS)

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

Instructor:  Greta Uehling

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.

Students in the Honors section of INTLSTD 101 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: 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/PSYCH 242 – Language and the Human Mind (ID)

See Psych 242

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

Section: 001, 002, 003, 004

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 – An Introduction to Cryptology (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001, 002

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. 

For more information on this course, please visit the Department of Mathematics webpage

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

Section: 001, 002

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 Multivariable and Vector Calculus (MSA, QR/1)

Section: 001, 002, 003

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

Section: 001

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

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:

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

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

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

·         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

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

·         The deeper physical meaning of the concepts

·         A rigorous mathematical approach, using vector calculus when applicable

·         Problem solving including computer use

·         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

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 242/LING 209 – Language and Human Mind (ID)

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

Instructor:  Emily Atkinson

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, recognizing the text as symbols, and converting these perceived symbols into meanings?

·         What is a meaning?

Given that you can perform this text-to-symbol-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 or is that crazy talk about “mind reading”?

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

Section: 001 (LEC), 002, 004 (LAB)

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.


HONORS 135 Seminars

Honors 135 seminars give first-year Honors students the opportunity to engage in what it means to do topic-driven scholarship at the advanced undergraduate level in a low-stakes environment. These seminars are wholly designed and led by outstanding senior Honors students who are eager to share with our first-year students how they navigated from first day to Honors thesis. All seminars meet for nine weeks and earn 1 credit. Watch this Youtube video to meet our instructors for fall!

First-year Seminar: #HONSTRONG

#HONSTRONG, HONORS 135.020 (a new pilot first-year CR/NC seminar) is a seven-week mini course offering Honors students the "inside scoop." We've surveyed other Honors students on the things they'd wished they'd known when arriving on campus. What did they say? They wanted to know how to:

  • navigate U-M, 
  • manage time effectively,
  • connect extracurriculars to their academic lives,
  • explore identity and culture,
  • plan academics,
  • understand finance and scholarship.

Each session will provide information from academic research on an individual topic, as well as personal exploration activities designed for you to get the most out of your time at U-M and in Honors.

Students also found that talking to other Honors students helped pave their way. Seminar participants will work with peer mentors throughout the course.

This is why our tag-line is "Inside Honors - Your Way." 

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