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First-Year Cohort Curriculum (Students take all four classes)

FALL

HON 1100 Writing Rhetorically (3 units)

Concentrated composition course for first-year Honors students. Examines the ways written language functions in various contexts. Students will conduct research and draw upon critical readings of texts to develop their own arguments, as well as examine and use rhetorical strategies that respond to different situations. Satisfies GE requirement A2, Written Communication.

HON 1200 Thinking Critically (3 units)

Analysis of various kinds of reasoning employed in everyday life and in more specialized contexts, to develop each student's skill in understanding and using carefully constructed arguments. Illustrations will include materials drawn from contemporary issues. Satisfies GE requirement A3, Critical Thinking. Corresponds to HON 104B

SPRING

HON 1300 Communicating Orally (3 units)

Introduction to effective speech communication with emphasis on thinking about the decisions that are made to construct informative and persuasive presentations that are rhetorically and visually engaging. Satisfies GE requirement A1, Oral Communication. Corresponds to HON 104C.

HON 1000 Constructing Knowledge (3 units)

An exploration of the ways in which knowledge is constructed and the active role individuals play in the creation of their own learning. Satisfies GE requirement E, Foundation Seminar.

 

Junior-Level Interdisciplinary Experience (students take one pair of courses)

2020-21 Course Descriptions 

FALL or SPRING

HON 3100/3150 Natural Sciences & Humanities (3 units each, concurrent enrollment)

Inquiry into a discrete scientific topic integrative with study of that topic's subject matter in the Humanities. Satisfies GE requirements B, Upper Division Scientific Inquiry, and C.

HON 3200/3250 Social Sciences & Natural Sciences (3 units each, concurrent enrollment)

Inquiry into a discrete scientific topic integrative with study related social scientific issues. Satisfies GE requirements B, Upper Division Scientific Inquiry, and D, Upper Division Social Science.

HON 3300/3350 Social Sciences & Humanities (3 units each, concurrent enrollment)

Inquiry into a discrete social scientific topic integrative with study of that topic's subject matter in the Humanities. Satisfies GE requirements D, Upper Division Social Science, and C.

 

Senior-Level Project Support Workshops

FALL (one of the below)

HON 4100 Senior Research Workshop (1 unit)

Workshop designed to advance progress on students' individual research theses. Students will meet to discuss research strategies and challenges and to review each other’s' work.

HON 4200 Collaborative Project Workshop (1 unit)

Workshop designed to advance progress on students' collaborative community projects. Students will work together to discuss project strategies and challenges and to review one another's work.

SPRING

HON 4500 Senior Research Symposium (1 unit)

Workshop designed to complete senior theses and project and to prepare students for presentation of work. Students will review one another's work, collaborate on the planning of the Spring Symposium, and workshop their presentations.

 

Honors Course or Independent Study in the Major (3 units)

This course will be the place for completion of the senior research project.

 

Optional Sophomore Level classes (neither is a program requirement)

HIST 1460H: American Civilization—Honors (3 units)

Examination of historical development of the fundamental values of the American culture and the influences of these in selected areas of American life through reading and discussion of original documents and secondary scholarship. Satisfies GE requirement D, US History.

 

PSCI 2030H: American Government—Honors (3 units)

Examination of the political structure and processes of the American governmental system, including study of primary documents. This course meets the state code requirements in U.S. Constitution and state and local government. Satisfies GE category D in American Government.