Previous Honors Courses

Here is a list of our previous honors courses.

Sign up for an Honors Class

To help you decide among the offered classes, we are asking you to contact each instructor directly. Email your instructor with the address provided in the class description and attach a copy of your Honors letter.

Contact your instructor about an override for the section. Please have your Honors email ready to verify eligibility.

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Fall 2021 Course Offerings

CRN 77731 GNHN 1021, Section 201: The Legacy of Power in the Novel in English. Honors Legacy. (Hybrid)

Instructor: Chris Prentice (

In this class, we examine four novels' depictions of power and its extraordinary influence on the lives of individuals as well as the course of world events. In Gulliver's Travels, Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, and The White Tiger, we meet an incredible cast of characters: talking horses, religious fanatics, scrappy social-climbers, mysterious fortunetellers, imprisoned dreamers, Bangalore entrepreneurs, Byronic heroes, and mad scientists. These novels are separated by hundreds of years and widely diverse cultural contexts. They take us from the political upheavals of the European Enlightenment to nineteenth-century feminism, from the 19C transatlantic slave trade in the Caribbean to today’s dog-eat-dog capitalism in India. For all their differences, these novels share a primary focus on the interplay between lesser and greater powers, between individuals, groups, nations, systems, and even species. As we read these novels, we will build our knowledge of what they contain—history, aesthetics, philosophy, economics, biography, and more—all the while honing our own analyses of power.

Note: The format of the course is hybrid: We meet once a week in person, on Montoya Campus, Tuesday 3-4:15 p.m. The rest of the class is taken online. 

CRN 76977 GNHN 1021, Section 1O1: The Legacy of Gender Trouble. Honors Legacy. (Face-to-face)

Instructor: Megan Abrahamson (

This class explores the nature of femininity, masculinity, and gender-nonconformity from the Ancient world to today. What does it mean when we teach children to “be ladylike” or “act like a man,” and what power do biology, anthropology, and social constraints have on how we present our own gender? How has masculinity been discussed, historically, by women, and how do men write and think about femininity? How have our present-day biases inflected our interpretations of the past? Do we still need Feminism? What is the legacy of gender that we have inherited from history, and how does it differ across cultures?

Note: This class will meet in-person, T/R 3-4:15 p.m. on Main Campus.   

CRN 76974 GNHN 22O4, Section D01: Disaster and the Nation State. The Individual and the Collective. (Online)

Instructor: Vincent Basso (

Our course traces the ways that disaster has shaped modern states and societies. Through readings in literary fiction, autobiography, and essay, and applying a variety of critical methods, we examine the ways global writers and activists address disasters that range from endemic poverty to the consequences of unmitigated industrialism, war, disease pandemics, and environmental catastrophe. Questioning why impoverished and marginalized people are often more at risk of being the direct victims of disaster, our course evaluates the risks and rewards disaster poses to the nation state and assesses the ways writers and activists push back against the political and socioeconomic conditions that exacerbate social problems and environmental calamity. From the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 to COVID-19, our course analyzes the ways disasters fundamentally structure the modern world. 

Summer 2021 GNHN Course Offerings

CRN 92772 GNHN 1021, Section D01: The Utopian Legacy. Honors Legacy (Online)

Zachary Cannon (

This course follows the 500-year legacy of the idea of utopia as it evolves from political tract to fiction, from the depiction of utopian ideals to dystopian fears. We’ll look at philosophical/political tracts, novels, films and contemporary culture as we analyze the development of utopia from a blueprint of an ideal society to a structure for describing social calamity and handbook for resistance. We’ll start with More’s Utopia and end with Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games series and the deployment of its symbols of resistance in protests as far away as Thailand and Myanmar.

Spring 2021 GNHN Course Offerings

CRN 83754 GNHN 1021, Section D01: Legacies of Foodways: A Global Look at Food and Culture. Honors Legacy (Online)

Instructor: Jessica Craig (

The consumption of food is not merely a human biological need, but also a means of defining ourselves, both in the past and today.  Like all aspects of culture, the sharing of food creates cohesiveness and unity among a given community.  This course will explore the influential role food has played in shaping human governance and power, economy, religious practice, and gender roles. We’ll also examine modern foodways, paying careful attention to issues of identity, food security, and health. We will address the issues of globalization, immigration, and human labor as it’s related to food.  We will explore the social norms of food preparation, food sharing, and food consumption.  We will identify and look to better understand food taboos and other rules that govern cultural ideologies surrounding what we eat and how we eat it. 

CRN 84325 GNHN 2201, Section D01: Writing the Environment: The Nature of Nature. Rhetoric and Discourse (Online)

Instructor: Rebecca Aronson (

 In this class we will explore environmental writing. Reading selections will include reportage, journals, and non-fiction personal essays, as well as poetry and a few films, with particular focus on Native American, African-American, and women writers. We’ll examine how people have observed, interacted with, romanticized, feared, measured, and reported on the natural world, while also thinking about our own stances towards our environment, through analytical and creative work. Come explore the nature of nature! 

CRN 84024 GNHN 2205, Section D01: Mindfulness in the Digital Era. Humanities in Society (Online)

Instructor: Julie Dunlop (

Do you feel stressed? How much has your “screen time” increased during the pandemic? This course offers an opportunity to examine stress (and stress relief) in relationship to the digital era by exploring benefits and drawbacks of technological innovation—especially in relationship to your academic major and career path. Through writing, analysis, research, discussion, and experiential learning, we’ll move toward a deeper understanding of how technology is shaping our lives, as well as the choices we have in relating to our increasingly digitized society. Cross-pollination of ideas from different academic disciplines, cultures, and time periods will support our journey. (This class is 100% online and asynchronous; weekly work is required, with the opportunity to participate at the times that are most convenient for you.)

CRN 83938 GNHN 2207, Section D01: Dance as Diplomacy. Fine Arts as Global Perspective (Online)

Instructor: Bridgit Lujan (

In this course students will explore how dance serves as a cultural ambassador around the world.  Dance performances, videos, and images of dance influence peoples’ beliefs about a culture and a nation’s politics and values.  In this course students will explore how different styles of dance (ballet, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop) have influenced world views and served to increase harmony across nations through live performance and recorded media.  Students will do readings, observe videos, and participate in discussions.  This is not a movement class however there is an occasional movement component that gives students the opportunity to participate in embodied exploration of simple movements of each dance style to create reflective writings.