General Honors Program

The School of Liberal Arts (LA) and School of Math, Science & Engineering (MSE) General Honors (GNHN) Program

Upcoming GNHN Course Offerings

Spring 2023

Homeless in America

What is the relationship between homelessness and civil society? How do writers and activists challenge social stigma? What are the aesthetics of homelessness in popular culture?

In 2021, over half a million people were homeless in the United States and of the 34 million Americans who live in poverty today, roughly 10 million are at-risk of homelessness. From present day Albuquerque to nineteenth-century New York, our course looks squarely at the issue of homelessness in America and the ways that poverty, mental illness, and addiction generate social precarity.

Through the study of literature, film, and social and political writings, we will assess how social inequalities contribute to homelessness and evaluate the social practices and policies affecting some of our most vulnerable citizens.


Vinnie Basso, Ph.D.,, is a longtime CNM educator whose research interest is in 19th and 20th-century American literature. Vinnie also has over 20 years of experience in behavioral healthcare, mental health services, and supportive housing interventions and services. He looks forward to bringing this expertise to his teaching in this class. 

Registration Information

GNHN 2204 Section 101
CRN 88824
Tuesday/Thursday 6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Main Campus MS 207
No prereqs--all are welcome!

Previous Honors Courses

Interested in joining the GNHN student club for meet-ups with pizza and activities like book-clubs, going to lectures and concerts? (You don’t have to have taken a course to join!)

Please email GNHN Director Chris Prentice (

About Us

College beyond the core curriculum. Experimental, fun courses that take deep dives into the big questions of our times. 

  • Become a self-inspired scholar, an agent of change, a better-connected entrepreneur. 

  • Make friends and closer connections with professors in small, seminar-style courses. 

  • Gain a credential to improve your career, in academia and beyond. 

  • Get better letters of rec.  

  • Financial aid eligible. 

  • Helping towards degree and/or transfer.

GNHN classes can count as electives towards your degree. Honors credits transfer to UNM Honors College.