Honors (HON)

HON 202  Inquiry, Discovery, and Literature  (3 credit hours)  

A study of works of literature that treats the themes of inquiry and discovery--its risks, its creativeness, its ambiguities and complexities, and its moral dilemmas--through selected works from literature and other media, including theater, music, visual arts, and film. Analysis of each work in terms of its historical context and internal structure as well as its treatment of the nature of inquiry and discovery.

Prerequisite: HON student

GEP Humanities

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 290  Honors Special Topics - Humanities/US Diversity  (3 credit hours)  

Seminar for University Honors Program students, repeatable if content varies, meeting GEP requirements in Humanities and US Diversity co-requisite. Interdisciplinary in character and often team-taught.

Restricted to students in the University Honors Program. Other students upon approval.

GEP Humanities, GEP U.S. Diversity

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 291  Honors Special Topics-Mathematics  (3 credit hours)  

Seminar for University Honors Program students, repeatable if content varies, meeting GER requirements in mathematics, interdisciplinary in character and often team-taught.

Prerequisite: HON student

GEP Mathematical Sciences

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 292  Honors Special Topics-Natural Sciences  (3 credit hours)  

Seminar for University Honors Program students, repeatable if content varies, meeting GER requirements in the natural sciences, interdisciplinary in character and often team-taught.

Prerequisite: HON student

GEP Natural Sciences

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 293  Honors Special Topics - Interdisciplinary Perspectives/Global Knowledge  (3 credit hours)  

Seminar for University Honors Program students, repeatable if content varies, meeting GEP requirements in Interdisciplinary Perspectives and and Global Knowledge co-requisite. Interdisciplinary in character, and often team-taught.

Restricted to students in the University Honors Program. Other students upon approval.

GEP Global Knowledge, GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 294  Honors Special Topics-Humanities  (3 credit hours)  

Seminar for University Honors Program students, repeatable if content varies, meeting GER requirements in the Humanities, and interdisciplinary in character.

Prerequisite: HON student

GEP Humanities

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 295  Honors Special Topics-Social Science  (3 credit hours)  

Seminar for University Honors Program students, repeatable if content varies, meeting GER requirements in the social sciences, interdisciplinary in character, and often team-taught.

Prerequisite: HON student

GEP Social Sciences

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 296  Honors Special Topics - Interdisciplinary Perspectives  (3 credit hours)  

Seminar for University Honors Program students, repeatable if content varies, meeting GER requirements in Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

Prerequisite: HON student

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 297  Honors Special Topics - Interdisciplinary Perspectives/US Diversity  (3 credit hours)  

Seminar for University Honors Program students, repeatable if content varies, meeting GEP requirements in Interdisciplinary Perspectives and US Diversity co-requisite. Interdisciplinary in character and often team-taught.

Restricted to students in the University Honors Program. Other students upon approval.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives, GEP U.S. Diversity

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 298  Honors Research/Independent Study  (1-3 credit hours)  

Research/independent Study for University Honors Program students. Repeatable if content differs. Research or independent study under supervision of faculty members. Project approval by the Honors Program Advisory Committee necessary prior to registr

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 299  Honors Special Topics - Visual and Performing Arts  (3 credit hours)  

Seminar for University Honors Program students, repeatable if content varies, meeting GER requirements in Visual and Performing Arts, interdisciplinary in character and often team-taught.

Prerequisite: HON student

GEP Visual and Performing Arts

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 300  Race, Membership, and Eugenics  (3 credit hours)  

Theories of race are linked to eugenics, a belief and practice of improving the genetic quality of the human population drove much of American social policy in the early 20th century. The practice and science that supports it has historical roots in the US and in particular for poor people and people of color. This course will examine race, membership, and eugenics and the impact on American society, as well as explore the scientific and social trends that supported the movement. Course restricted to University Honors Program Students; others by permission of the UHP.

R: University Honors Program Students; others by permission of the University Honors Program

GEP U.S. Diversity

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 310  The Creative Process in Science: Realities, Comparisons, and Culture Perceptions  (3 credit hours)  

What is creativity in the context of the sciences? How does the creative process in science differ from and how is it similar to the creative process in other fields? This interdisciplinary perspectives course helps students to develop an understanding of scientific creativity through readings in history and philosophy of science, in the psychology of creativity, in original scientific papers, in biography and in memoirs. Student will analyze representations of scientific creativity in films and literature, conduct interviews with scientists, artists, musicians, and humanists, and analyze the social and institutional context of creativity.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives, GEP U.S. Diversity

Typically offered in Spring only

HON 311  Words through Space and Time  (3 credit hours)  

Cultures differentiate and frame events in various ways. At the heart of conceptual events are WORDS: an inventory of the ways a particular group of people depict and understand the interactions they have with each other and with the world around them. Through a detailed examination of lexical phenomena in cultures around the world, we will become familiar with the ways in which language and culture interact, the extent to which these surface in our everyday lives and the explanations proposed by various fields for their existence.

GEP Global Knowledge, GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

HON 312  Outbreak  (3 credit hours)  

Students will evaluate disease outbreaks from multiple different perspectives, including the biology of the infectious agent, clinical implications, and social/economic/political factors contributing to the spread of the disease or that were impacted by a major epidemic/pandemic. This course will be inquiry-guided. The instructor will not generally be "presenting material", but rather providing the structure in which students will be guided to investigate the issues from multiple perspectives through the use of case studies, primary and secondary literature, student-driven research and presentations, and concept mapping.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

HON 313  Reading Machines  (3 credit hours)  

This course invites first-year students into a historically ranging, critically intensive, and hands-on learning environment about the technologies by which humans transmit our cultural inheritance and ideas. "Reading Machines" takes a long view of how we got to now, from the history of manuscripts and books to the electronic platforms of the digital present. These are all machines of reading; in turn, this class will "read" those machines as objects of study. The course proposes that 1) then and now, our technologies for sharing text, image, and data crucially shape the ideas which they convey, and 2) these contexts can help students plan and execute new mechanisms for communication in the present. The course's modules offer critical frameworks of background readings and discussions, a lab-like experience with the materials or skills involved, and applied projects for students to experiment with and study.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 340  Religion and Freedom  (3 credit hours)  

For a variety of reasons, "religion" is one of the most controversial subject matters in contemporary cultures. Beyond sensationalism and outrage, though, modern societies have taken shape in part through complex debates about the role (or lack thereof) of religion in public life. At the core of these considerations are clashing understandings of the relation between religion and freedom, two broad categories with a range of different meanings. This course will explore these differing understandings by considering: legal arguments proposing freedom of religion, and the challenges of religious pluralism; arguments urging freedom from religion, in defense of secular public life; and invocations of freedom through religion, via human creative expression, social activism, ritual, or cosmology. We will examine not just scholarly writings about religion but literature, films, and other media that have shaped the ongoing conversation.

R: University Honors Program Students; others by permission of the University Honors Program

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall only

HON 341  Time Travel  (3 credit hours)  

A study of contemporary metaphysics organized around the topic of time travel. David Lewis, perhaps the foremost contemporary metaphysician, argues that time travel is possible. His argument is based on ingenious positions about three central topics of metaphysics, personal-identity, causation, and free will. Students will consider each of these topics in some detail, always with an eye to their implications for time travel.

Prerequisite: HON student

GEP Humanities, GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Spring only

HON 344  Kantian Ethics  (3 credit hours)  

In this course students will be introduced to foundations of morality by exploring one of the most significant moral theories in the history of philosophy, Kantian ethics. The course will focus on Kant's ideas about morality and discuss his proof of the fundamental principles of ethics. Students will be introduced to some of the enduring moral questions, such as What ought I to do? What can I hope? Are there universal moral principles and whether I ought to follow them? They will learn a variety of approaches to ethical issues and their reflection in social and political reality.

GEP Humanities

Typically offered in Spring only

HON 345  On the Human  (3 credit hours)  

Students in this seminar course actively explore human singularity: the properties, if any, that distinguish persons from animals and machines. Do we have souls? To what extent can we give physical explanations of our thoughts and actions? What, if anything, do scientific experiments tell us about our differences from chimps and artificial intelligences? What are the ethical implications of new biotechnologies? Should we be allowed to use genetic and neural engineering to change human nature? Students read articles, watch videos, stimulate class discussions with prepared questions, write short essays and a final paper, and participate in a 60-minute team presentation.

GEP Humanities, GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 347  Freedom and the Self  (3 credit hours)  

This course explores the complex and interrelated concepts of freedom and the self. The bulk of our time will be devoted to a close reading of several philosophical texts in which these concepts loom large. The course ends with a careful examination of three novels that, in various ways, take up the central themes of the class. Our intention in doing so is to reflect on the way that imaginative novelists treat these themes. This will enable us to ask broader and more interesting questions about freedom and selfhood.

R: University Honors Program Students; others by permission of the University Honors Program

GEP Humanities, GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 348  Emotion and Reason  (3 credit hours)  

Consider the range of emotions that one experiences in a lifetime, from the joy of being with your loved ones to the fear of losing them, from the thrill of success to the sadness of defeat. Pleasant or aversive, emotions play a central role in our lives. Despite their obvious importance, emotions have been considered by many philosophers to be inferior to another distinctive faculty in human beings, namely reason. The idea that emotions are primitive, irrational and dangerous and thus to be controlled and constrained by reason has been embraced by eminent thinkers from Plato and the Stoics to Kant. In this course, we will focus on the relationship between reason and emotion in moral cognition and cognition more generally, and we will investigate how/to what extent reason can be said to be distinct from and superior to emotion.

Restriction: University Honors Program students. Open to other students by permission of the UHP.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall only

HON 352  Self, Schooling, and the Social Order: A Critical Examination  (3 credit hours)  

What is the purpose of schooling? What role does it play in producing particular types of citizens and social structures? Theorists have imagined education as a space for democracy, as a way to cultivate identity, or as a method to train workers. All of these imaginaries attempt to understand interrelationship between the self, schooling, and the social order. This course will survey major social theories and, within the context of those theories, encounter texts which examine how schooling serves to maintain or subvert the social order. Course restricted to University Honors Program students; others by permission of the UHP.

GEP Social Sciences, GEP U.S. Diversity

HON 353  Code Breakers: Unlocking the Mysteries of One Human Language  (3 credit hours)  

This course will introduce you to the architecture of one language. Students will work from scratch with a speaker of a language that none of us know, with the goal of unlocking the mysteries of that language at all levels - sound system, word formation, sentence structure, semantics and pragmatics. You will learn how to elicit field data through direct questioning and gathering of texts, how to organize field data, how to prepare entries in a field dictionary, and how to organize and write grammar. Course restricted to University Honors Program students; others by permission of the UHP.

GEP Global Knowledge, GEP Social Sciences

HON 360  Music and Oppression  (3 credit hours)  

Music and Oppression will examine how people use music both as a tool of oppression and a method of resisting oppression. Course topics will include the use of western classical music by colonial powers; music and torture; music during World War II (including the use of music in concentration camps and as propaganda in Allied and Axis countries); music in Indian Boarding Schools; music in the American Civil Rights Movement; and hip hop as the music of oppressed populations in Europe and the United States. Reading assignments will come from a wide range of sources and disciplinary perspectives including scholarly articles, book chapters, and personal memoirs. We will listen to and discuss music from multiple genres including hip hop, pop, jazz, folk, and the western classical tradition. No previous musical experience as a performer is required to be successful in this class.

R: Honors or Scholars

GEP Global Knowledge, GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 390  Music and the Celtic World  (3 credit hours)  

In this course, students explore the diverse musics of the Celtic world, from cultural practices of the ancient Celts to folk and popular traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Galicia, Cape Breton, and the United States. They investigate the origin and meanings of "Celtic music," and study its diverse instrumental, vocal, and dance traditions, and its varied performance practices, occasions, and purposes. Through history, literature, poetry, spirituality, and mythology, students examine the realities and fictions of the ancient and modern Celtic world. Through live and recorded music and dance performance, they consider the continuities of Celtic culture across time and space, and the significance of Celtic music today in terms of cultural identity, tradition, and globalization.

R: University Honors Program

GEP Global Knowledge, GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives, GEP Visual and Performing Arts

Typically offered in Spring only

HON 395  Honors Cooperative Education  (3 credit hours)  

Experimental work in government or industry for Honors Program students with two semesters completed in Honors. Typically students work 40 hrs/week with salary. Work supervisor, faculty adviser and Honors Program Director must sign HON 395 Honors Cooperative Ed contract. NC State cooperative Education requires paper work; student must pay fee rate for a 0-5 credit hour course. No other courses permitted along with HON 395. Student report of the independent project is required.

Prerequisite: Two semester full time in University Honors Program

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 397  Honors Extension and Engagement  (1-6 credit hours)  

Opportunity for significant hands-on involvement in extension and engagement research/project as mentored by NC County Extension employees often in cooperation with community employers/executives, local and government officials, and county citizens. Approved plan of work required with significant independent research/project including a reflective journal, a final paper and presentation at the NC State Undergraduate Research Symposium or a venue appropriate to the discipline. Students must provide their own transportation.

Prerequisite: One semester good standing in University Honors Program

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 398  Honors Special Topics  (1-6 credit hours)  

A seminar or other learning experience within an academic framework that may be on- or off-campus. Enables the development of new HON courses outside the GER list.

GEP U.S. Diversity

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

HON 496  Honors Capstone Seminar  (3 credit hours)  

Honors Seminars open to Juniors and Seniors in all disciplinary Honors Programs, and others with permission of the University Honors Program. Repeatable if content differs. A series of seminars with differing subjects, interdisciplinary in character and sometimes team-taught, allowing advanced students to explore topics from a multidisciplinary perspective and to apply their knowledge to issues and problems in the present world. Permission of the University Honors Program

Prerequisite: HON student

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

HON 498  Honors Research/Creative Project 1  (3 credit hours)  

Opportunity for hands-on faculty mentored research/creative project. Course may be stand-alone project completed in one semester/summer, or serve as part of a two semester project that is completed at the end of Honors Research/Creative Project 2 (HON 499). Approved plan of work required with significant independent research/creative project culminating with final paper and presentation at the NC State Undergraduate Research Symposium or other venues appropriate to the discipline. Research within or outside the student's discipline may fulfill experience. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

Prerequisite: One semester in good standing in University Honors Program, UHP student

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

HON 499  Honors Research/Creative Project 2  (3 credit hours)  

Opportunity for hands-on faculty mentored research/creative project. Course serves as final part of a two-semester project that began with Honors Research/Creative Project 1 (HON 498)or approved disciplinary research experience. Approved plan of work

Prerequisite: One semester in good standing in University Honors Program, UHP student

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer