University Programs

University Honors Program

Carmichael C. Peters, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director

The Chapman University Honors Program is a broad interdisciplinary course of study based on great books and events from cultures around the world. Students and faculty concentrate on mutually critical exchanges between the classics of human cultures and the contemporary world. The goal of these dialogical exchanges is collaborative and intentional learning in which students and faculty together connect enduring and emerging ideas, drawing on shared texts, lectures, seminar discussions and cultural experiences.

Students in this university–wide program are required to complete a minimum of 25 credits. They select from a variety of courses from three main categories (human sciences, natural sciences, social sciences). During their first year at Chapman they enroll in the one credit Honors Forum and complete their Honors Program with the three credit culminating experience, Honors Capstone Seminar. Credit for one honors elective can be earned for a full semester course taken abroad. Students who satisfy the program requirements are recognized at graduation with completion of the University Honors Program noted on their transcript and diploma.

To remain in the University Honors Program, students are expected to hold a 3.300 GPA by the end of their sophomore year and maintain it through the end of their senior year. If a student's GPA drops below 3.300, the student is on probation, with the expectation that the GPA will return to the required level by the end of the next semester. The student should also consult with the honors director during this period. All honors courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Completion of the program satisfies the GE Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster; select courses may also satisfy major, minor, other GE and/or elective requirements.

Entrance into the program requires a separate application, which can be found at www.chapman.edu/honors.

admission to the program

A successful candidate for the University Honors Program will exhibit a strong motivation for interdisciplinary studies and an enthusiastic commitment to learning. The purpose of the Honors Program is less to recognize past academic accomplishments than to encourage continued intellectual development, nurture a lifelong love of learning and prepare each student for a personally fulfilling and socially responsible life during their college years at Chapman and beyond.

Applicants typically have a first–rate GPA and highly competitive SAT and ACT scores. Other criteria may include outstanding leadership and/or creative achievement, community involvement and a range of interests and experiences. The program best serves students who approach their education in a mature and responsible manner, which includes showing respect for others in the classroom as well as in the community at large. Once accepted, students are expected to be active participants in honors activities and are required to attend the annual University Honors Conference on the first Saturday each May. Current Chapman students are welcome to apply prior to accumulating 60 credits.

All students who wish to complete the University Honors Program, which culminates with a capstone seminar, must fulfill the requirements listed below. A minimum of nine credits, other than the capstone and Honors Forum, must be upper–division.

required core courses

Nine courses must be completed to graduate in the Honors Program: seven courses plus the one credit Honors Forum (during the first year in the program) and the Honors Capstone. Of the seven courses, at least one course must be taken in each of the three main categories (human sciences, natural sciences, social sciences). Transfer students with 60 credits or more prior to matriculation must complete six courses to graduate in the Honors Program: four courses plus Honors Forum (during their first year in the program) and the Honors Capstone. Of the four courses, at least one must be taken in each of the three main categories. Nine credits, other than the capstone seminar, must be at the 300 level or above. Courses under multiple categories can only be assigned to one category. Current Chapman students are welcome to apply prior to accumulating 60 credits.

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 220

Disney: Gender, Race and Religion

3

HON 222

Honors Composition: Rhetorical Agency Across Genres

3

HON 317

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

3

HON 333

Creativity and the Human Condition

3

HON 334

Rhetorics of Western Consciousness

3

HON 335

The Enigma of Being Awake: Zen Buddhism

 

HON 338

ThanaTourism: Traveling the "Dark Side"

3

HON 340

Social Justice: Mirage or Oasis

3

HON 341

Storytelling

3

HON 342

Memory, Media and 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 349

Discontented Culture: Fantasy, Intimacy and the Talking Cure

3

HON 359

Fundamentals of Deductive and Inductive Logic

3

HON 360

Performing Americas: Celebrating American Identities

3

HON 366

Deities and Demons: Ancient and Modern

3

HON 367

Pythagoras Revisited: A Quest for Interior Precision

3

HON 368

Community and Identity in Musical Theater

3

HON 369

Select Contemporary Problems: Religion and Politics

3

HON 371

The World of Fellini's Cinema

3

HON 372

MOOCs as Phenomenon

3

HON 374

Philosophy of Science: Interdisciplinary Applications

3

HON 395a

Kotkin Presidential Fellow Seminar: The History of Cities: From Origins to the Ephemeral City

3

HON 395b

Kotkin Presidential Fellow Seminar: New Media

3

HON 395e

Kotkin Presidential Fellow Seminar: A History of the Future of Commerce

3

HON 409

Hermes Unbound: Divining Hermeneutics

3

HON 412

"Seas of Stories": Postcolonial Literature and Theory

3

natural sciences

HON 207

Darwin’s Evolutionary Theory: The Science and the Controversy

3

HON 208

Universal Geometry

3

HON 321

The New Mathematics of the Italian Renaissance

3

HON 331

The Ecology of Sustainable Food

3

HON 332

The Birth of Calculus: History of an Idea

3

HON 350

Scientific Prediction: Information, Technology and Progress

3

HON 367

Pythagoras Revisited: A Quest for Interior Precision

3

HON 372

MOOCs as Phenomenon

3

HON 374

Philosophy of Science: Interdisciplinary Applications

3

HON 375

Environmental And Social Costs of Coffee

3

HON 382

The Fabric of the Universe: Space, Time and Reality

3

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 220

Disney: Gender, Race and Religion

3

HON 311

Ethnicity, Race and Nationalism

3

HON 337

Credit, Growth and Economic Cycles

3

HON 338

ThanaTourism: Traveling the "Dark Side"

3

HON 339

Body, Flesh, Subject

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 and Reportage

3

HON 345

Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy

3

HON 360

Performing Americas: Celebrating American Identities

3

HON 366

Deities and Demons: Ancient and Modern

3

HON 369

Select Contemporary Problems: Religion and Politics

3

HON 372

MOOCs as Phenomenon

3

HON 375

Environmental And Social Costs of Coffee

3

HON 395e

Kotkin Presidential Fellow Seminar: A History of the Future for Commerce

3

HON 412

"Seas of Stories": Postcolonial Literature and Theory

3

HON 416

Sex, Self, Society

3

other categories

HON 230

Honors Forum

1

HON 329

Experimental Course

3

HON 395

Topics in Honors

3

HON 399

Individual Study

½–6

HON 499

Individual Study

½–6

 

semester–long study abroad course

3

senior seminar

HON 498

Honors Capstone Seminar

3

total credits

minimum of 25

Course Descriptions – Honors

HON 202 On Being Ethical in the World

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course surveys the history of ethics, with particular attention to the history of philosophical approaches to ethics as well as to the process of moral decision-making in major religious traditions. These philosophical and religious perspectives are then critically examined in light of some contemporary moral problems. Among the moral problems considered are abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, sexuality and marriage, the moral status of animals, and the environment. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 206 Media, Self and Society

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. An analysis of mass media as a social institution. This course is an interdisciplinary approach to the origins, history, evolution, and social functions of the mass media. It addresses the impact of the media on the social self. Though it addresses the transitions from oral to print to electronic media the emphasis is on the electronic media and its impact on the social construction of reality. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 207 Darwin's Evolutionary Theory: The Science and the Controversy

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course will address the topic Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection and its place in scientific thought, and explore the controversy surrounding it for many in the general public. We will explore the options for finding comfort with both the science of evolution and one’s personal religious beliefs. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 208 Universal Geometry

Prerequisite, MATH 104, or equivalent, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Students will learn elements of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries in the context of axiomatic systems. The main objective of this course is to help students develop quantitative and logical skills of mathematical reasoning. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 209 Death, Self and Society

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Students participate in an interdisciplinary investigation of death, dying, and the grieving process. Topics include: The American way of death as a social institution, dying as a psychological process, how society conditions us to deny death and repress grief, how students relate to their own death, and the death of significant others. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 210 Monsters and Monstrosities

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will investigate and interpret the stories we construct about ourselves and the Other by exploring works from east/west involving the vampire, the specter, and the witch. We will particularly focus on cultural, literary, and political representations from various periods and locations. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 215 Art and Anthropology

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course will use anthropological approaches to analyze artistic movements and the ideological construction of "art" itself as cultural constructs. It will take both western and non-western art as its subject, situating them within larger issues of taste, class, politics, identity, and economy. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 216 Twilight of the Gods

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course examines the history of thought on agnosticism, atheism, and skepticism by studying a selection of classical writings from some of the most celebrated thinkers in the West - from Lucretius to Carl Sagan. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 220 Disney: Gender, Race and Religion

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course examines Disney’s portrayal of gender, sexuality, race, and religion by employing interdisciplinary methods such as cultural criticism, narrative criticism, feminist theory, and deconstruction to animated film and related products. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 222 Honors Composition: Rhetorical Agency Across Genres

Prerequisite, acceptance to University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Honors Composition prepares students to write effectively in response to on-going academic discussions in a number of different genres. This class is about writers learning to “situate” themselves in relation to texts and ideas, learning to analyze for rhetorical effect, and writing through those processes. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 230 Honors Forum

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. The Honors Forum meets once a week to familiarize students with the academic and social dimensions of the University Honors Program. Required for all incoming and transfer students during their first year at Chapman, and open to all Honors students. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1 credit.

HON 311 Ethnicity, Race and Nationalism

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. All around us we see the rising tide of ethnic, racial, and national conflicts. From terrorist acts in New York City to war in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda, we see people divided along ethnic, religious, and national identities. Is this inevitable? What are the possible causes and consequences of these conflicts? We will explore what we mean by identity and its various representations such as ethnic, religious, and national identities today. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 317 Visual Literacy in a Generation of Visible Surplus: Its Theory, Practice and Applications

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. The generation of online social networking, competitive commerce, instantaneous global and local media, and excessive visual diversion is changing the way we filter, access, and understand the world around us. This course will explore the histories, theories, and strategies of visual literacy and apply them to personal experience as well as professional case studies, including business, social, political, and cultural applications. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 321 The New Mathematics of the Italian Renaissance

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. The class is designed to explore the birth of new mathematics during the Italian Renaissance. On one hand painters and mathematicians invented perspective and projective geometry, building on the body of Greek geometry. On the other hand merchants, accountants, and mathematicians developed modern algebra, building on the existing body of Islamic algebra. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 329 Experimental Course

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with different topic. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 331 The Ecology of Sustainable Food

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course will address the topic of sustainability of our global food supply. We will explore the concepts of sustainable food production and critically evaluate issues such as the environmental impacts of our food choices, the role or organic food and locally grown food, and controversial food technologies. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 332 The Birth of Calculus: History of an Idea

Prerequisites, MATH 104, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Calculus is the greatest achievement of western civilization, but students study it within the confines of the mathematical curriculum, and thus regard it as a technical tool for the solution of mathematical problems. This course will focus on its intellectual significance and its historical developments. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 333 Creativity and the Human Condition

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course will explore the human creative process as it has developed in various cultures around the globe throughout history. Representative works from many disciplines will be examined with an emphasis placed on how various historical, environmental, philosophical, sociological, and biological factors have helped to shape creative thought and the expression of the human condition. This course is writing intensive. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 334 Rhetoric of the Western World

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Through this course, students will engage with major themes and epistemologies in the history of Rhetoric. Beginning with the pre-Socratics and ending with post-modernism, students will explore the theoretical shifts and major figures that define a modern study of Rhetoric. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 335 The Enigma of Being Awake: Zen Buddhism

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course will involve a three-part study: 1) we will explore the history of Buddhism in general and Zen Buddhism in particular, 2) we will investigate the central concept of anatta, along with attendant Buddhist concepts and critically examine the Zen claim of immediacy, and 3) we will experimentally engage in dharma practices employed by Zen. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 337 Credit, Growth, and Economic Cycles

Prerequisite, acceptance into the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course examines the interaction between credit and economic development, the impact of limitations of existing credit systems over the past millennium, responses undertaken to alleviate observed weaknesses of the credit system, and the tendency for the economy to grow and contract with credit cycles. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 338 ThanaTourism: Traveling the “Dark Side”

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will focus on diverse travel narratives, literary works, and theoretical approaches to investigate the increasing allure of various tourist and historical sites that are associated with collective traumas and that raise questions about memory, commemoration, and exploitation. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 339 Body, Flesh, Subject

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course analyzes emerging political and ethical considerations of the body – how we care for and how we interpret the body – in contemporary visual culture. We consider how technology has intervened on our understanding of the ‘natural’ body and subsequent influences on our construction of self and other. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 340 Social Justice: Mirage or Oasis

Prerequisites, acceptance into the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Also, the disposition to be challenged and to wrestle with new ideas. This course attempts to clarify our understanding of the pervasive and yet obscure concept of social justice in the modern world. F.A. Hayek contends that the concept, despite well-meaning intentions, is meaningless, incoherent, and harmful to the prosperity of a free society. David Miller argues that when considered contextually the principles of desert, need, and equality can be used to delineate a theory of social justice as a viable political ideal. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 341 Storytelling

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. How important is storytelling to our daily lives? What can improving one’s storytelling actually achieve? Using multiple approaches, we explore storytelling as an essential mode of human connectivity with a central focus on improving storytelling skills. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 342 Memory, Media and Image

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. It is getting harder and harder to retain, separate and protect a sense of our private self. Digital identities ask that we archive a very visual public self and this complicates our traditional narratives of memory. This course explores the contemporary tensions between media, memory and image. It examines the concept of archive and its relationship to memory by engaging with topics of trauma, voice, repression and power. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 344 Illustrating History/the World: Graphic Memoirs, Novels, and Reportage

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course will explore the ways in which history and culture, the “Other” and the “Self,” are conveyed and/or challenged through visual texts, such as graphic memoirs, novels, and reportage. We will examine the relationship between text and image as well as the efficacy of representing individual and collective histories and experiences in “comic” form. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 345 Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy explores the causes and effects of illegal immigration, legal responses to immigration, challenges faced by immigrant communities, challenges faced by states and localities with high immigrant populations, the development and implementation of refugee law, and human trafficking. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 347 Listening to Time: Area Studies in Ethnomusicology

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course examines various musical traditions from non-western cultures. Topics are approached with an emphasis on the sociohistorical climate at the time of each tradition’s inception and throughout the path of its evolution. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 349 Discontented Culture: Fantasy, Intimacy and The Talking Cure

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Our lives are constantly engaged with negotiating conflict between our inner self and outer world. Why does trauma hold our cultural and individual attentions so readily? Why is talking and hearing about ourselves so seductive? We use 3 core psychoanalytic concepts as a methodology for cultural analysis against examples from popular culture (film, novels, music) - to ultimately ask are we contented only through our discontent? (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 350 Scientific Prediction: Information, Technology and Progress

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course examines the philosophy and techniques for creating forecasts and making predictions. Historical context of prediction is discussed. Qualitative and quantitative techniques are covered. Traditional quantitative methods and probabilistic approaches will be applied. Evaluation of forecast accuracy and its implications are considered. Prediction applications include, but are not limited to economics, science, social science, business, sports and weather. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 359 Fundamentals of Deductive and Inductive Logic

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. A study of methods to distinguish good and bad reasoning. Students will learn how to “translate” natural language arguments into formal languages of sentential and predicate logic, to construct proofs in the language, and to understand the semantics (or model theory) for the language. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 360 Performing Americas: Celebrating American Identities

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. As a public platform, the stage has long been a site for expressing or challenging individual, national, or group identities. Students will examine primary materials including plays, vaudeville, minstrel, and circus entertainments from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, in conjunction with multidisciplinary critical and theoretical scholarship, to develop an understanding of the history of U.S. performance as a tool for political and social agency. (Offered as needed) 3 credits.

HON 366 Deities and Demons: Ancient and Modern

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Embark on a journey to ancient Mesopotamia through an examination of myths and rituals from the "cradle of civilization." Our journey moves thematically through the literature exploring creation, afterlife, deities, magic, witchcraft, sexuality, and gender roles, with special attention to modern expressions of these ancient themes. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 367 Pythagoras Revisited: A Quest for Interior Precision

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program. Can precision and quantitative reasoning be integral parts of spirituality and introspection? How do we express a contemplative experience that does not renounce to exacting discrimination of inner and outer phenomena? In this course we will move at the intersection of mathematics, literature, philosophy and religion, to find possible answers to these questions. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 368 Community and Identity in Musical Theater

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Works of musical theater (Broadway musicals, film musicals, operas), created by the coming together of multiple disciplines, are explored through several interdisciplinary lenses, to uncover their function as community-builders and their role as definers of identity (including race, gender, orientation, class, [dis]ability) in society. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 369 Select Contemporary Problems: Religion and Politics

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Examination of current issues involving the interaction and conflict of religious beliefs and practices with the political process. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to: gay marriage, physician assisted suicide and religious expression and practice in the context of school, government or public settings. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 371 The World of Fellini's Cinema

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course investigates the work of the Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, including both the aesthetic innovations of his films and the cultural and philosophic context surrounding them. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 372 MOOCs as Phenomenon

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. MOOCs (massive open online courses) hit the world stage in 2012. In this course, we will examine MOOCs from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. We will review the learning theory underlying MOOCs and will assess this theory for adequacy. We will inquire whether there is an ideology implicit in the creation and promulgation of MOOCs, given their genesis at elite American universities. We will examine the curricular and financial implications of MOOCs for postsecondary education, both in the US and internationally. In addition to other course requirements, each student will be required to receive a certificate of completion from two distinct MOOCs* on two distinct MOOC platforms, one in a subject that the student has studied in the context of a face-to-face course and one in a subject new to the student. One of these certificates of completion may be for work completed prior to this course. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 373 The Puppet Metaphor Across Media

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor and Honors Director. This course investigates the theoretical and historical significance of the myth of the puppet by examining its cultural history and its life across media boundaries. The coursework traces the evolution of influential European, and especially Italian, puppets and puppeteering traditions comparatively with other types of theatre of animation around the world, from Renaissance theatre to avant-garde literature, film, and digital media. This course also addresses the archetype of the transformation from animate to inanimate in literature and cinema, including the theme of the cyborg. Readings and lectures provide historical background and dialogue with recent theories of theatricality, intermediality, and post-human. Through class discussions, presentations and critical papers, students will analyze a number of literary, cinematographic and digital texts that intersect with puppetry in various ways. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 374 Philosophy of Science: Interdisciplinary Applications

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Through a chronological review of contemporary philosophical positions, students will critique the social construction of science. In the problem-based intellectual engagement, students will explore how science is practised and how scientific progress is attained in different fields. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 375 Environmental And Social Costs of Coffee

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor and Honors Director. Coffee is ubiquitous in our lives. This course will examine the environmental impacts and political economy of coffee. Students will follow coffee as it moves from production into the global market and will explore the implications for its consumption in terms of sustainability and culture. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 376 Sustainability in an Unsustainably Structured World

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor and Honors Director. The students will be introduced to the fundamentals of sustainability including historic background, population trends, pollution control laws and regulations, carbon footprints, climate change impacts, ozone depletion, elements of life cycle assessments, and evaluating issues associated with fossil fuels and green energy/renewable energy sources. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 377 Critical Animal Studies

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor and Honors Director. How and when did animals come to be distinguished from humans? What other kinds of relationship to/with animals might we develop? What does the representation of animals in cultural productions suggest about the world views of the producers and consumers of those productions? This course engages with these and other related questions through in-depth study of the interdisciplinary field of Critical Animal Studies. Students engage with key articles, films, and books in Critical Animal Studies, and produce their own creative and critical projects in response. Discussion-based seminar. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 378 The Ecology, History and Politics of California Ecosystems

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor and Honors Director. California is a biodiversity hotspot with a number of distinctive ecosystems from deserts to kelp forests, and redwoods to skyscrapers. This course will explore the ecology of several California ecosystems, the historical, current and future impacts of humans on ecosystems, the political and social issues surrounding resource extraction in California, and recent conservation efforts. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 379 Philosophy Through Film

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor, and Honors Director. An underlying assumption of this course is that some films can be interpreted as an attempt to provide an answer to a classic question in philosophy. We will investigate a range of feature films running the gamut from Hollywood blockbusters such as Inception to art house classics such as The Seventh Seal to experimental films such as Koyaanisqatsi. In addition to the films, we will read from primary sources, and explore the philosophical issues as addressed in both the films and the texts. While our main concern will be examining some classic debates in philosophy on such topics as the nature of the individual, our knowledge of the world, and our relationship to one another (both ethical and political), we will also consider the relative merits of film versus text in presenting philosophical arguments. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 381 Think for Yourself: From Socrates to Adorno

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor and Director of Honors. This course analyzes texts that deal with the philosophical and literary concepts of the ideal individual, emphasizing reason and individualism rather than tradition. It covers selected periods from Classical Antiquity to the 20th Century. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 382 The Fabric of the Universe: Space, Time, and Reality

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor and Honors Director. Did you ever wonder what is the arena of our physical Reality, what is the Shape of the Universe, or what is the Arrow of Time? Through concrete examples and engaging exercises that teach mind-expanding ideas in an intuitive and informal way, we will learn connections between Geometry and recent developments in Cosmology. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 395 Topics in Honors

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This is a special topics course to provide additional opportunities to explore subjects of special interest. Each topic will have a specific syllabi and bibliography. May be repeated for credit provided the course content is different. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 395a Kotkin Presidential Fellow Seminar: The History of Cities: From Origins to the Ephemeral City

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. A study of the evolution of the city across eras and cultures, including a focus on the formation of downtowns and suburbs; topics such as urban poverty, the concept of the "village," and class issues. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 395b Kotkin Presidential Fellow Seminar: New Media

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course, designed to develop expertise in online media as the dominant form of contemporary public discourse, will focus on Internet-based publications, and will include guidance on the use of video, journalistic writing, and graphics to address an array of audiences and communities. Most class sessions will be spent devoted to "hands on" expertise by working on real projects for and at real sites, to gain understanding of the new-media-driven shift in journalism and public exchange and to enhance new-media communication skills. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 395e Kotkin Presidential Fellow Seminar: A History of the Future for Commerce

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. The purpose of this course is to understand the trajectory of history and historical models which can be applied to understand the future. We will focus in particular on historical models that provide insight into the future of business and the associated implications for entrepreneurs and managers. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 399 Individual Study

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. The student initiates and conducts an in-depth study or research in a specific area in conjunction with an individual faculty member. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) ½–6 credits.

HON 409 Hermes Unbound: Divining Hermeneutics

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Reflections on Hermes, the messenger of the Greek gods, gave rise to hermeneutike, the art of interpretation. This art of interpretation, hermeneutics, is the discipline arising from reflection on the problems involved in the transmission of meaning from text or symbol to reader or hearer. This course will survey reflections on these problems from ancient times to our own. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 412 “Seas of Stories”: Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will explore diverse “seas of stories” (as Salman Rushdie terms it) from various parts of the world. We will focus on key issues involved in postcolonial theory as well as the complexities, possibilities, and challenges of this particular theoretical approach to the study of literature and culture. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 414 The Politics of Law

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course will explore law as an aspect of the foundations of American and Western thought and as a significant source of debate in contemporary politics and culture. We will examine primary texts and secondary materials as we begin to study law as a source of ideas, culture, and institutions in American society. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 416 Sex, Self, Society

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course explores the ways in which macro and micro institutions structure gender and sexual relations in society and how gender and sexual practices in turn structures and stratifies the social order. It addresses our sexual socialization, gender identities and the social consequences of gender stratification. It seeks to promote greater literacy regarding our lives as sexual beings, as gendered beings, and as romantic beings. This course is best suited for mature upper division students. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HON 498 Honors Capstone Seminar

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. Each senior Honors student is required to complete the Honors capstone. For this capstone, students will complete an interdisciplinary version of their departmental senior projects using the methodology (and, if possible, the content) of other relevant disciplines. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

HON 499 Individual Study

Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. The student initiates and conducts an in-depth study or research in a specific area in conjunction with an individual faculty member. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) ½–6 credits.

Course Description – Freshman Foundations

FFC 100 Freshman Foundations

Prerequisite, freshmen. This course engages students in interdisciplinary, university-level critical inquiry and reflection. The FFC course focuses more on critical engagement, exploration, and communication related to complex issues than on mastering a body of material. The section topics vary, and students select a topic according to their academic and personal interests. Must be taken for a letter grade. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

FFC 100L Freshman Foundations Lab

Prerequisite, freshmen. A single-credit lab appended to selected FFC sections for co-curricular activities. Only specific sections of FFC 100 noted in the class schedule will require this lab as a corequisite to FFC 100. P/NP. (Offered as needed.) 1 credit.

Course Descriptions – General University Studies

GUS 101 Cooking in the 21st Century

This hands-on course will provide the foundation of culinary techniques and instill the skills and confidence to prepare complete meals. Taught by expert chef-instructors, the course will introduce students to basics of knife work and sauce preparation and various techniques of cooking a range of products from appetizers to desserts. Classes held in Sodexo’s state-of-the-art kitchen in Sandhu Conference Center. Cut-resistant gloves provided; slip-resistant shoes required. P/NP. Fee: $75. (Offered every semester.) 1 credit.

Course Descriptions – Individualized Experiential Learning Project

IELP 201 Individualized Experiential Learning Project

Prerequisites, sophomore standing or above, consent of sponsoring faculty and Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education. Students enrolled in IELP 201 will pursue an individually designed experiential learning project that has clearly stated academic objectives and outcomes tied to community-based learning. Projects may be in conducted with organizations or individually. While the experiential learning project must be faculty-sponsored, the student assumes primary responsibility for designing, documenting, and completing the project. Credit equivalents: 40 hours = 1 credit; 60 hours = 1.5 credits; 80 hours = 2 credits; 100 hours = 2.5 credits; 120 hours = 3 credits. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

IELP 201C Individualized Experiential Learning Project

Prerequisites, sophomore standing or above, consent of sponsoring faculty, GE Committee, and Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education. Students enrolled in IELP 201 CC will pursue an individually designed experiential learning project that meets the academic purposes of the Citizenship, Community, and Service portion of the 2007 GE program. Projects may be conducted with organizations or individually. While the experiential learning project must be faculty-sponsored, the student assumes primary responsibility for designing, documenting, and completing the project. Credit equivalents: 40 hours = 1 credit; 60 hours = 1.5 credits; 80 hours = 2 credits; 100 hours = 2.5 credits; 120 hours = 3 credits. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

IELP 201G Individualized Experiential Learning Project

Prerequisites, sophomore standing or above, consent of sponsoring faculty, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, and GE Committee. Students enrolled in IELP 201 GC will pursue an individually designed experiential learning project that meets the academic purposes of the Global Study portion of the 2007 GE program. Projects may be conducted with organizations or individually. While the experiential learning project must be faculty-sponsored, the student assumes primary responsibility for designing, documenting, and completing the project. Credit equivalents: 40 hours = 1 credit; 60 hours = 1.5 credits; 80 hours = 2 credits; 100 hours = 2.5 credits; 120 hours = 3 credits. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

IELP 401 Individualized Experiential Learning Project

Prerequisites, junior standing or above, consent of sponsoring faculty and Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education. Students enrolled in IELP 401 will pursue an individually designed experiential learning project that has clearly stated academic objectives and outcomes tied to community-based learning at an advanced level. Projects may be conducted with organizations or individually. While the experiential learning project must be faculty-sponsored, the student assumes primary responsibility for designing, documenting, and completing the project. Credit equivalents: 40 hours = 1 credit; 60 hours = 1.5 credits; 80 hours = 2 credits; 100 hours = 2.5 credits; 120 hours = 3 credits. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

IELP 401C Individualized Experiential Learning Project

Prerequisites, junior standing or above, consent of sponsoring faculty, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, and GE Committee. Students enrolled in IELP 401 CC will pursue an individually designed experiential learning project that meets the academic purposes of the Citizenship, Community, and Service portion of the 2007 GE program at an advanced level. Projects may be conducted with organizations or individually. While the experiential learning project must be faculty-sponsored, the student assumes primary responsibility for designing, documenting, and completing the project. Credit equivalents: 40 hours = 1 credit; 60 hours = 1.5 credits; 80 hours = 2 credits; 100 hours = 2.5 credits; 120 hours = 3 credits. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

IELP 401G Individualized Experiential Learning Project

Prerequisites, junior standing or above, consent of sponsoring faculty, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, and GE Committee. Students enrolled in IELP 401 CG will pursue an individually designed experiential learning project that meets the academic purposes of the Global Study portion of the 2007 GE program at an advanced level. Projects may be conducted with organizations or individually. While the experiential learning project must be faculty-sponsored, the student assumes primary responsibility for designing, documenting, and completing the project. Credit equivalents: 40 hours = 1 credit; 60 hours = 1.5 credits; 80 hours = 2 credits; 100 hours = 2.5 credits; 120 hours = 3 credits. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

Course Descriptions – Internship Temporary Subject Code

INTP 290 Independent Internship

This course serves as a place holder for the 290 level internship to be used for on-time financial aid eligibility. This course only serves as a place holder while the student works to secure an internship site and formally register for the internship course through the online internship portal. Students enrolled in INTP are required to enroll in an internship course by the 5th week of the semester. The internship course replaces the INTP on the student’s schedule. Any INTP courses not replaced by a formal academic internship by the end of the 5th week will be withdrawn. INTP credits are subject to regular tuition and fees and follow the regular add/drop or withdrawal tuition refund policy. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) ½ - 6 credits.

INTP 490 Independent Internship

This course serves as a place holder for the 490 level internship to be used for on-time financial aid eligibility. This course only serves as a place holder while the student works to secure an internship site and formally register for the internship course through the online internship registration portal. Students enrolled in INTP are required to enroll in an internship course by the 5th week of the semester. The internship course replaces the INTP on the student’s schedule. Any INTP courses not replaced by a formal academic internship by the end of the 5th week will be withdrawn. INTP credits are subject to regular tuition and fees and follow the regular add/drop or withdrawal tuition refund policy. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) ½ - 6 credits.

Course Descriptions – Physical Activity

PA 101 Volleyball

(Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

PA 104 Bowling

Fee: $60. (Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

PA 105 Ultimate Frisbee

(Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

PA 106 Outdoor Soccer

(Offered spring semester.) ½ credit.

PA 107 Aerobics

(Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

PA 108 Tennis

(Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

PA 109 Martial Arts (Aikido)

(Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

PA 110 Self Defense for Women

(Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

PA 111 Yogalates

(Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

PA 113 Personalized Fitness

(Offered every semester.) 1 credit.

PA 114 Weight Training

(Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

PA 120 Swimming Activities

(Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

PA 121 Sailing

Fee: $75. (Offered spring semester.) ½ credit.

PA 126 Slow-Pitch Softball

This course is designed to introduce students to the recreational and competitive slow-pitch softball and teach basic physical fitness concepts. Students will learn the basic rules, strategies, and techniques in slow-pitch softball for league and tournament play, including fundamental skills of batting, infield, outfield, and base running. (Offered fall semester.) ½ credit.

PA 127 Lacrosse

Offered to help students become more familiar with the game of lacrosse and stick skills that are needed to play the game. This class will consist of aerobic conditioning and stick skill development. This class may be repeated for credit. (Offered fall semester.) ½ credit.

PA 128 Basketball

(Offered every semester.) ½ credit.

PA 129 Experimental Course

(Offered as needed.) ½–6 credits.

Course Descriptions – Athletic Teams

PA 140 Football

(Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PA 141 Men’s Soccer Team

(Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PA 142 Men’s Basketball Team

(Offered every semester.) 1 credit.

PA 143 Cross Country Team Men/Women

(Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PA 144 Water Polo Team

(Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PA 145 Baseball Team

(Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

PA 146 Golf Team

(Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

PA 147 Lacrosse Team

(Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

PA 148 Men’s Tennis Team

(Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

PA 151 Women’s Volleyball Team

(Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PA 152 Women’s Softball Team

(Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

PA 153 Women’s Basketball Team

(Offered every semester.) 1 credit.

PA 154 Women’s Soccer Team

(Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PA 155 Women’s Tennis Team

(Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

PA 156 Swimming and Diving Team Men/Women

Students participating on the intercollegiate Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Team meet for scheduled practices and intercollegiate competition. May be repeated for credit. (Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PA 157 Women’s Track Team

(Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PA 158 Crew (Rowing) Men and Women

Students participating on the Men's and Women's Club Crew Team meet for scheduled practices and competition throughout the spring semester. May be repeated for credit. (Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

PA 159 Women’s Water Polo Team

(Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

PA 160 Women's Lacrosse Team

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. Students participating on the intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse team meet for scheduled practices and intercollegiate competition throughout the spring semester. May be repeated for credit. (Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.