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University Honors Program

» Honors Courses

Students who wish to complete the University Honors Program, which culminates with a capstone senior seminar, must fulfill the requirements listed below.

Students take 9 or more courses, for a minimum of 25 credits.* Students select 7 classes from a variety of courses, and must include 1 from each of the three main categories (Human Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences). In addition, all students must take the 1-credit Honors Forum their first year as an Honors student, and complete the Honors Capstone Seminar.

*Transfer students with 60 units or more prior to matriculation take 4 Honors courses (1 from each of the 3 main categories), Honors Forum and Capstone Seminar, for a total of 16 credits.

To remain in the program, Honors students are expected to hold a 3.3 GPA by the end of their sophomore year and maintain it through their senior year. If a student's GPA drops below 3.3, the student is on probation, with the expectation that the GPA will return to the required level by the end of next semester. The student should also consult with the director during this period.

Below are the syllabi for all of Chapman's Honors courses in PDF fromat. Some courses may fall into multiple categories. Course descriptions may be found in the Chapman catalog.

 ** Courses under multiple main categories can only be assigned to one category. 


TOTAL CREDITS:  minimum of 25

+ - 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 218

Social Movement of the Sixties

3

HON 220

Disney: Gender, Race and Religion

3

HON 222

Honors Composition: Rhetorical Agency Across Genres

3

HON 240

Anime and War

3

HON 242

Beyoncé, Madonna and Nina Simone  

3

HON 288

Close Reading

3

HON 313

Golden Opportunities: Immigration and the Arts in Southern California, 1900-1950

3

HON 317

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

3

HON 324

Modern Political Argument

3

HON 329

Aristotle's Physics: Meaning(s) and Legacy

3

HON 329

The Great Operas of the Western Tradition

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

3

HON 338

Thana Tourism: Traveling the "Dark Side"

3

HON 340

Social Justice: Mirage or Oasis?

3

HON 342

Memory, Media, 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 359

Fundamentals of Deductive and Inductive Logic

3

HON 360

Performing America(s): Creating, Celebrating, and Contesting Nationhood in U.S. Theatre and Popular Entertainment

3

HON 362

Philosophical Themes in Ingmar Bergman, et al.

3

HON 363

Castaway Narrative in World Literature

3

HON 366

Deities and Demons: Ancient and Modern 

3

HON 367

Pythagoras Revisited - A Quest for Interior Precision

3

HON 371

The World of Fellini's Cinema

3

HON 372

MOOCs as Phenomenon

3

HON 373

The Puppet Metaphor Across Media

3

HON 376

Sustainability in an Unsustainably Structured World

3

HON 377

Critical Animal Studies

3

HON 379

Philosophy through Film

3

HON 381

Think for yourself: From Socrates to Adorno

3

HON 385

Is Big Data Enough? A Conceptual Exploration of Data Science

3

HON 387

Food and Philosophy

3

HON 391

Close Reading

3

HON 396

The Politics of Waste

3

HON 409

Hermes Unbound: Divining Hermeneutics

3

HON 412

"Seas of Stories": Postcolonial Literature and Theory

3

HON 416

Sex, Self, and Society

3

HON 418

Critical Pedagogy

3

HON 419

The Search for an American Voice: Huck Finn to Harlem

3

HON 424

 Magic, the Occult and Art in the Early Modern Period

3

HON 432

Queer Theory

3

HON 440

Up

3

+ - Natural Sciences

HON 207

Darwin's Evolutionary Theory: The Science and the Controversy

3

HON 208

Universal Geometry                                                                

3

HON 254

Symmetry

3

HON 350

Scientific Prediction: Information, Technology and Progress

3

HON 364

Biology in Media and Reality

3

HON 367

Pythagoras Revisited - A Quest for Interior Precision

3

HON 372

MOOCs as Phenomenon

3

HON 375

Grande, Fair-Trade, Organic, Shade-Grown Espresso: Unpacking the Environmental and Social Costs of Coffee

3

HON 376

Sustainability in an Unsustainably Structured World

3

HON 378

The Ecology, History, and Politics of California Ecosystems

3

HON 382

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

3

HON 383

Controversial Topics in Biology

3

HON 384

Ethical Implications of Biotechnology

3

HON 385

Is Big Data Enough? A Conceptual Exploration of Data Science

3

HON 389

The Science Blender

3

HON 392

Adventures in Cosmologies 

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 218

Social Movement of the Sixties

3

HON 220

Disney: Gender, Race and Religion

3

HON 240

Anime and War

3

HON 275

Thinking and Risk Taking Outside The Box

3

HON 308

Consciousness and Cognition

3

HON 311

Ethnicity, Race and Nationalism

3

HON 313

Golden Opportunities: Immigration and the Arts in Southern California, 1900-1950

3

HON 324

Modern Political Argument

3

HON 327

Revolution and Philosophy

3

HON 338

Thana Tourism: Traveling the “Dark Side”

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, Reportage

3

HON 345

Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy

3

HON 360

Performing America(s): Creating, Celebrating, and Contesting Nationhood in U.S. Theatre and Popular Entertainment

3

HON 366

Deities and Demons: Ancient and Modern

3

HON 372

MOOCs as Phenomenon

3

HON 373

The Puppet Metaphor Across Media

3

HON 375

Grande, Fair-Trade, Organic, Shade-Grown Espresso: Unpacking the Environmental and Social Costs of Coffee

3

HON 376

Sustainability in an Unsustainably Structured World

3

HON 377

Critical Animal Studies

3

HON 378

The Ecology, History, and Politics of California Ecosystems

3

HON 392

Adventures in Cosmologies

3

HON 396

The Politics of Waste

3

HON 412

“Seas of Stories”: Postcolonial Literature and Theory

3

HON 418

Critical Pedagogy

3

HON 424

Magic, the Occult and Art in the Early Modern Period 

3
HON 432 Queer Theory 3

+ - Other Categories

HON 230-01

Honors Forum

1

HON 230-02

Honors Forum

1

HON 329

Experimental Courses

3

HON 395

Topics in Honors

3

HON 399/499

Individual Study

.5-6

Study Abroad

Any course taken while studying abroad for a semester can count as 1 of the honors elective courses.

Honors Preceptorials

A preceptorial is a student-designed and student-directed course that can be offered during interterm sessions.

SENIOR SEMINAR (required)

HON 498-01

Honors Capstone

3

HON 498-02

Honors Capstone

3

+ - Past Courses

Human Science

HON 309

American Storytellers

3

HON 322 Political Literary Theory and the Modern Novel

3

HON 327 Revolution and Philosophy

3

HON 336 New Voices in U.S. Literature

3

HON 360 Performing Americas: Creating, Celebrating, and Contensting Nationhood in U.S. Theatre and Popular Entertainment

3

HON 368 Community and Identity in Musical Theater

3

HON 369 Select Contemporary Problems: Religion and Politics

3

HON 374 Philosophy of Science: Interdisciplinary Applications

3

HON 387 Food and Philosophy

3

HON 414 The Politics of Law

3

 

Natural Science

HON 321

New Math of the Italian Renaissance

3

HON 329 From Natural to Real Numbers: A Conceptual Approach

3

HON 331 The Ecology of Sustainable Food

3

HON 332 The Birth of Calculus: History of an Idea

3

HON 343 Intro to Computational Sciences

3

 

Social Science

 HON 337

Credit, Growth, and Economic Cycles

3

HON 357 Foundations of Economic Exchange

3

HON 385 Is Big Data Enough? To Be Human Among Machines

3

HON 393 Tricksters and Cosmopolitans

3

HON 395g Gold Diggers: Economic development in the wake of the California gold rush

3

HON 408 Alternative Approaches to Political Understanding

3

HON 414 The Politics of Law

3

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