Honors Course Offerings

Please go to the class schedule website for days and times.

Unless otherwise noted, Honors sections are open to current members of the Honors College.

Fall 2020

CRN DEPT COURSE TITLE

11561

ACS

5996

Honors Project

12270

AH

5998

Honors Thesis

15208

AH

1110

Srvy:Ancient-Medieval-HONORS

15209

AH

1120

Srvy:Renaisce-Modern-Honors

16211

AH

1120

Survey of Art History: Renaissance through Modern

16213

AH

1120

Srvy:Renaisce-Modern-HONORS

11167

ANT

4999

Honors Research and Thesis

11192

BE

5998

Engineering Honors Thesis

13210

BE

2100

Basic Engg 3:Problty&Stats-HON

13306

BE

2100

Basic Engg 3:Problty&Stats-HON

13307

BE

2100

Basic Engg 3:Problty&Stats-HON

14034

BE

2100

Basic Engg 3:Problty&Stats-HON

10066

BIO

6990

Honors Directed Study in Biology

10369

BIO

6999

Terminal Essay-Honors

11606

BIO

1500

Basic Life Diversty-Honors

11614

BIO

1510

Bas Lif Mch-Honors

11628

BIO

3070

Genetics-Honors

11629

BIO

3070

Genetics-Honors

11655

BIO

2200

Intro Microbio - Honors

12031

BIO

1510

Bas Lif Mch-Honors

12347

BIO

3100

Cellular Biochem-Honors

12349

BIO

4200

Evolution-Honors

12371

BIO

2600

Intr To Cell Biolgy-Honors

12471

BIO

3200

Human Physiology-Honors

12483

BIO

3500

Ecology & Environment-Honors

12604

BIO

1500

Basic Life Diversty-Honors

12605

BIO

1510

Bas Lif Mch-Honors

12606

BIO

1510

Bas Lif Mch-Honors

13117

BIO

5020

Comprehensive Virology-Honors

13830

BIO

2200

Intro Microbio - Honors

15440

BIO

1030

Biology Today-HONORS

15887

BIO

6894

Honors Undergraduate Research in Biological Sciences

15890

BIO

6890

Introduction to Research Practice - Honors

15897

BIO

6891

Honors Undergraduate Research in Biological Sciences

15898

BIO

6892

Honors Undergraduate Research in Biological Sciences

15902

BIO

6893

Honors Undergraduate Research in Biological Sciences

12679

BME

4910

BME Capstone Design 1 HON

10466

CHM

2999

Honors Research Problems in Chemistry

10655

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

12443

CHM

1220

Genl Chm 1-Honors

12444

CHM

1220

Genl Chm 1-Honors

12597

CHM

2220

Organic Chemistry 2-Honors

12598

CHM

2220

Organic Chemistry 2-Honors

12599

CHM

1240

Organic Chem 1-Honors

12874

CHM

1240

Organic Chem 1-Honors

13415

CHM

1240

Organic Chem 1-Honors

14793

CHM

2280

Gen Chm 2/Analytical Chm-HONOR

14794

CHM

3000

Metals in Biology-HONORS

14795

CHM

5600

Survey: Biochemistry-HONORS

15990

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

15991

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

15993

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

15994

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

15996

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

15998

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

15999

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16000

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16001

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16002

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16003

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16004

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16005

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16006

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16007

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16008

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16009

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16010

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16029

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16030

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16036

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16037

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16038

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16039

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

16040

CHM

5998

Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry

13690

CLA

4998

Honor's Thesis

16021

CLA

2200

Greek Tragedy-Honors

16022

CLA

3050

Cleopatra-Honors

16427

CLA

3150

Athens & Ancnt Grk World-HONOR

11055

COM

1010

Oral Cmucn:Basc-Honors

11063

COM

1010

Oral Cmucn:Basc-Honors

11093

COM

4996

Senior Honors Thesis

13661

COM

4996

Senior Honors Thesis

10302

CRJ

4998

Honors Thesis in Criminal Justice

10777

CSC

4999

Honors Thesis

10545

ECO

4997

Senior Honors Research

16202

ED

4998

Education Honors Thesis

10289

ENG

4990

Directed Study: Honors Program

10393

ENG

4992

Honors Project

11577

ENG

1020

Intro: College Writing-HONORS

15110

ENG

4991

Honors Seminar

15269

ENG

3050

TechnicalComm1: Reports-Honors

15392

ENG

3010

Intermediate Writing-Honors

16489

ENG

4991

Honors Seminar

13831

GEL

4998

Honors Thesis

12868

GSW

5990

Sr Proj Seminar-Honors

15176

GSW

5990

Sr Proj Seminar-HONORS

10411

HIS

5995

Honors Seminar

11146

HON

4998

University Honors Thesis

12369

HON

4990

Honors Directed Study

12425

HON

4980

University Scholars Seminar

12484

HON

3000

Field Learning

13005

HON

1000

The City: Changing Detroit

13225

HON

4930

Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project

13226

HON

4930

Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project

13473

HON

1000

The City: Changing Detroit

15177

HON

4250

Smr: Amer Med in 20th Cent.

15601

HON

4970

BStart Seminar

15876

HON

4250

Smr: Citizenship

15877

HON

4250

Smr: Jews and the City

15968

HON

4260

Smr:Space&Everyday China

15969

HON

4260

Smr:Languages of Asia

15987

HON

4250

Smr:Holocaust Studies

15989

HON

4200

Smr:DanteTrnsltionDivineComedy

16011

HON

4260

Smr:Russian & E. Europian Film

16151

HON

4280

Smr:Internatl Communications

12961

LIN

5993

Wrtg-Intnsv:LIN-Honors

16481

LIN

1860

Honors Introductory Symbolic Logic

10430

MAT

4990

Directed Study: Honors Program

10737

MAT

2010

Calculus 1-Honors

10756

MAT

2010

Calculus 1-Honors

12126

MAT

2020

Calculus 2-Honors

13636

MAT

2020

Calculus 2-Honors

15899

NEU

6990

Honors Introduction to Research Practice

15901

NEU

6993

Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience

15903

NEU

6994

Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience

15907

NEU

6992

Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience

15908

NEU

6998

Honors Thesis in Neuroscience

10688

NFS

5990

Honors Directed Study

15105

NFS

3230

Human Nutrition-Honors

14387

PH

5100

Capstone Course in PH - Honors

16135

PH

5100

Capstone Course in PH-HONORS

13066

PHI

2860

Honors Introductory Symbolic Logic

14039

PHI

4890

Honors Thesis

16195

POL

2710

Survey Polish Culture-HONORS

10585

PS

4995

Senior Honors Paper

10060

PSY

4991

Honors Directed Study

11036

PSY

4998

Senr Thesis Seminar-Honors

13398

PSY

5020

Honors Research in Psychology

14144

PSY

2400

Developmental Psy-Honors

16218

PSY

3310

Abnormal Psychology-HONORS

12297

SLP

4998

Honors Seminar

12224

SOC

4996

Sociology Capstone-Honors

14178

SOC

3200

Mthds: Social Research-Honors

14225

SOC

3050

Basic Soc Theory-HONORS

14448

SOC

3220

Intro to Social Statistics-HON

14685

SOC

1010

Understanding Human Scty-Honor

16413

SOC

1010

Understanding Human Scty-HONOR

14759

SPA

2010

Intermediate Spanish-HONORS

 

WINTER 2020 Foundational Seminars

 

ANT 3410: Global Health --Jonathan Stillo

CRN 28603   Thursday 5:30-8:00pm     GL, SI                            

This honors seminar takes a holistic, biosocial approach to global health. We will look at the biological as well as social aspects of disease and disorder paying special attention to the social, economic, political and cultural factors that both cause disease and hinder its management. This will be accomplished by focusing on, health inequalities between and within wealthy and resource-constrained settings, how health systems are funded, the globalization of pharmaceuticals and clinical trials, the role of international and local development and civil society organizations, the effects of migration (whether routine or due to conflict/disaster) and how human rights concepts and laws impact (or not) people's health. Special attention will be paid to anti-microbial resistant infections (AMR) and neglected tropical diseases. This course is particularly appropriate for pre-health majors as well as public health, and social sciences.

 

ENG 3020: Community Cartographies: Community Engagement, New Media, and the Composition of Space (2 sections)--Christopher Susak      

CRN 24188  Tuesday/Thursday 10:00am - 11:15am         ICN

CRN 25781  Tuesday/Thursday 11:30am - 12:45pm        ICN                                      

In this section of ENG3020, we will explore how technical, cartographic, and other digital forms of writing can help "give data empathy" in community engagement scenarios (Hill 2015). Students work as interns (not volunteers) with the Brightmoor Artisans Collective (BAC), a non-profit community center where community members can safely and creatively work and learn together to process, market and consume affordable and healthy food using a holistic, wellness-based approach. Course topics include community-based research and writing methodologies; technical and professional communication strategies, multimedia composing; big data and radical geography; gentrification, white-knighting, writing across differences; and the ethics of community engagement. Requires 20 hours of off-site work (at BAC) roughly between weeks 6 and 14.

 

HON 2000: Doing Well and Doing Good? - Aaron Martin

CRN 28875 Monday/Wednesday 10:00am - 11:15am       SI, CI

This seminar explores the related ideas of doing well and doing good—and whether or not both can be done at the same time. In short, we'll be investigating the politics surrounding becoming successful and being charitable in the U.S. In doing so, you'll learn about what shapes our understanding of these terms and concepts. To that end, we'll discuss how much "volunteering" really helps solve structural problems. So, if you've ever asked yourself, "Have I even made a difference?" or, "How can I make a real difference?" come find out about how you can be successful at creating meaningful,  lasting positive change—for yourself and others.

 

HON 2000: Food in America - Aaron Martin

CRN 28877 Monday/Wednesday 11:30am - 12:45pm       SI, CI

If kids hate eating broccoli, but kids need their veggies to be healthy, and where kids love pizza, then let's just make pizza a vegetable so they'll be healthy, right!? (Yes, we did that.) This seminar introduces analytical tools to identify and evaluate various discursive points at which food narratives and cultural politics intersect in society and within research programs—ones like engineering, health sciences, anthropology, and, well, yours. By semester's end, you'll have learned about what informs people's relationship with food as well as how institutional processes shape—and, at the same time, are shaped by—food habits.

 

HON 2000: Pop Goes the World: Global Freedom Movements and U.S. Popular Culture - Beth Fowler

CRN 28882 Tuesday/Thursday 10:00am - 11:15am          SI, CI

CRN 28883 Tuesday/Thursday 11:30am – 12:45pm         SI, CI

This seminar class will teach students to examine how American music, movies, television shows, dance, and fashion was used to challenge political and social systems in the United States, Europe, Central America, Asia, and Africa between the 1940s and 1980s. Topics include popular culture within the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and Third Worldist Decolonization movements. 

 

HON 2000: Race and Sports in the United States - Bryan R. Ellis

CRN 28878 Monday/Wednesday 11:30am – 12:45pm      SI, CI

CRN 28880 Monday/Wednesday 2:30pm – 3:45pm          SI, CI

In our everyday, common-sense consumption of cultural production, we view the market of sports as the toy department of human affairs. It is constructed as a site of leisure and enjoyment—as an escape from the real-world. Many Americans naively believe sports are apolitical and meritocratic. This course will move beyond the passive, leisure-faire understanding of sports toward a deeper appreciation of the sports milieu and market as a contested site where race is produced and reproduced. We will study the ever-present but latent social, economic, and political dimensions of sports. Upon completing this course, you will see sports anew.

 

HON 2000: Crime and Media - James Buccellato

CRN 28885 Tuesday/Thursday 11:30am – 12:45pm         SI, CI

This course seeks to explain the ways in which the various types of media, such as newspapers, magazines, movies, television, books, radio, the Internet, music, and video-games shape and influence our beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors regarding crime and criminal justice. It further investigates the cultural, historical, and political interactions between the construction of criminality, the operations of the criminal justice system, and the dynamics of mass media.

 

HON 2000: Gangs and Organized Crime - James Buccellato

CRN 28884 Tuesday/Thursday 2:30pm – 3:45pm            SI, CI

The course examines how the cultural, economic, and political processes of globalization facilitate transnational criminal networks. Students will conduct individual and collaborative research that analyzes and evaluates the past and present transformations of gangs and organized crime groups.  Furthermore, we will investigate the global problems emerging from these networks, such as human trafficking, money laundering, crimes against nature, the drug trade, cybercrimes and public corruption. 

 

HON 2000: Disagreement in Detroit - Soraya Saatchi

CRN 28876 Monday/Wednesday 10:00am – 11:15am         SI, CI

CRN 28881 Tuesday/Thursday 10am – 11:15am                 SI, CI

"We can agree to disagree." You've likely heard this statement or thought it yourself many times. We live in a period of great political, religious, cultural and economic divisions, when people hold very strong views and are not afraid to express them. How should we react to disagreement? What effect should it have on our own beliefs, especially our deeply held ones? We will examine these contentious epistemic questions and apply various theories to specific, current and popular disputes in Detroit--with the hope of arriving at (or coming close to) a method for reconciliation and compromise.

 

HON 2000: What Plagues Detroit? - Tim Moran

CRN 28879 Monday/Wednesday 2:30pm – 3:45pm          SI, CI

CRN 28886 Tuesday/Thursday 2:30pm – 3:45pm            SI, CI

A history overview of the city's development with a focus on response to epidemic disease, public services, and public health, this seminar will explore the shaping of the city as a response to biological events, resource constraints, and social and medical advances. We will consider the city's cultural and structural responses to traditional infectious disease outbreaks over time, and we will also examine factors that have affected the city through public health issues such as violence, criminalized activity, access to clean water, adjacency to pollution, and drug use.

 

NE 2060: Trends in Israeli Cinema—Edith Covenskey   

CRN 23904  Tuesday 2:30 pm – 5:00pm                 GL                            

This course traces the development of Hebrew/Israeli Cinema from the start of the 20th century to the present. The class presents major directors and their representative films in documentaries, fictional dramas, and those based on true stories. The themes studied in class include: The senselessness of war; Holocaust Survivors; Siege in a personal and collective way; The ills of bureaucracy, and more.

 

PHI 1500--Race, Sex, and Religion: Philosophy of Substance and Transition—Justin Sledge  

CRN 28925 Monday/Wednesday 10:00am - 11:15am     CI                                                                             

One of the longest standing philosophical puzzles concerns how exactly an entity can remain identical to itself while undergoing change or transition from one state to another.  This class will explore this puzzle at the level of social philosophy.  Specifically we will look at three difficult and probing issues:  The first will concern the transition in 'western civilization' from the religious hegemony of the pre-modern period to the tenuous triumph of secularism.  What are the arguments that propelled the separation of 'church and state' and do they still obtain today?  Is secularism even social progress?  Secondly, we will explore the relationship of gender and sexuality from the philosophical lens of metaphysics.  Is gender/sexuality an essence, a process, a role, etc.?  How might one's metaphysical commitments actually impact the ability to, for instance, transition from one gender to another?  Finally, we will explore the concept of race which, despite being rejected by biological science as non-existent, still retains enormous social reality.  What does it mean for a concept/entity to be socially constructed?  How can such 'fictions' have such power over our daily lives?

 

PHI 2360--Feminist Perspectives in Philosophy – Mark Wenzel

CRN 27704  Tuesday/Thursday 1:00pm - 2:15pm            CI

What are feminist perspectives in philosophy and how are they different from traditional perspectives? Since philosophers have the intellectual duty to identify distorting biases in their work as well as the work of others and correct them, feminist philosophers continue that tradition.

Why are there real differences between feminist philosophers regarding the nature of gender, sex, sexuality, sexual difference and their roles in the oppression of women? What value do these categories have such that they can help us understand, and undo, the oppression of women?

How do categories like class, race, disability, religion, (de)colonial / diasporic subjects, and ethnic identity also matter to the oppression of women?

To begin to explore those issues, we will take an international focus on developing a 'feminist without borders'. Decolonizing feminist perspectives to make them inclusive is the work of this course.

 

PS 1010: Introduction to American Government—Kevin Deegan-Krause

CRN 29075 Tuesday/Thursday 10:30am - 12:10pm         SI, CIV     

Learn how to make things better!  Politics has a bad reputation but the practice of politics is an essential human skill and when used well it is the best path to social change.  We will learn the basic concepts necessary for understanding American public opinion and public institutions but we will go much deeper. Through a combination of active discussion, critical reading, analytical writing, group work, community engagement and advocacy, we will come to understand our own political power and use it in practical ways.  We will ask "What's wrong?"—identifying social problems—"What works?"—identifying policy solutions—and "What wins?"—planning action to move our policies forward.


SOC 2300: Urban explorations: social (in)justice in Detroit —Michelle Jacobs

CRN 28980  Tuesday 11:30am-2:00pm      SI, DEI                                                                  

Using a sociological lens, students in this course will explore the theme of social justice in urban contexts.   We will investigate the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of urban inequalities and interrogate systems of privilege and oppression that perpetuate unequal access to resources for some urban residents. A complex array of urban issues like concentrated poverty, mass incarceration, and environmental justice will be covered. The course capitalizes on WSU's midtown location to engage with community organizers and organizations working for social justice in Detroit.

 

SW 1010--Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare-- Shantalea Johns

CRN 28467  Monday 2:30pm-5:00pm        DEI

This course explores issues of fairness and equality in economic, political and social systems, and teaches how to apply social justice principles to major social problems in everyday life.  Students attend out-of-the-classroom events on campus and in the community to learn from social workers and social justice leaders who are engaging in work with vulnerable and at-risk populations in Detroit. 

 

US 2000: Introduction to Urban Studies—Andrew Guinn

CRN 29078 Monday/Wednesday 12:30pm - 02:10pm      SI                     

Do you want to understand the emerging challenges and transformations that face Detroit and cities across the world? Through Introduction to Urban Studies, you will learn about Detroit's history, grow conversant in current issues in urban planning, and obtain real-world skills to conduct research about the place where you live.