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HON 202 Inquiry, Discovery, and Literature 3.
Prerequisite: HON student.

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.

HON 290 Honors Special Topics - Humanities/US Diversity 3.
Restricted to students in the University Honors Program. Other students upon approval..

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.

HON 291 Honors Special Topics-Mathematics 3.
Prerequisite: HON student.

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

HON 292 Honors Special Topics-Natural Sciences 3.
Prerequisite: HON student.

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

HON 293 Honors Special Topics - Interdisciplinary Perspectives/Global Knowledge 3.
Restricted to students in the University Honors Program. Other students upon approval..

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.

HON 294 Honors Special Topics-Philosophy or Religion 3.
Prerequisite: HON student.

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

HON 295 Honors Special Topics-Social Science 3.
Prerequisite: HON student.

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

HON 296 Honors Special Topics-Science, Technology, Society-H&SS Perspective 3.
Prerequisite: HON student.

Seminar for University Honors Program students, repeatable if content varies, meeting GER requirements in Science, Technology and Society (humanistic perspective) interdisciplinary in character and often team-taught.

HON 297 Honors Special Topics - Interdisciplinary Perspectives/US Diversity 3.
Restricted to students in the University Honors Program. Other students upon approval..

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.

HON 298 Honors Research/Independent Study 1-3.

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 registration. Permission of the University Honors Program required. 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.

HON 299 Honors Special Topics - Visual and Performing Arts 3.
Prerequisite: HON student.

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.

HON 300 Race, Membership, and Eugenics 3.
R: University Honors Program Students; others by permission of the University Honors Program.

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.

HON 310 The Creative Process in Science: Realities, Comparisons, and Culture Perceptions 3.

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.

HON 311 Words through Space and Time 3.

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.

HON 312 Outbreak 3.

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.

HON 313 Reading Machines 3.

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.

HON 340 Religion and Freedom 3.
R: University Honors Program Students; others by permission of the University Honors Program.

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.

HON 341 Time Travel 3.
Prerequisite: HON student.

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.

HON 344 Kantian Ethics 3.

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.

HON 345 On the Human 3.

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.

HON 347 Freedom and the Self 3.
R: University Honors Program Students; others by permission of the University Honors Program.

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.

HON 352 Self, Schooling, and the Social Order: A Critical Examination 3.

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.

HON 353 Code Breakers: Unlocking the Mysteries of One Human Language 3.

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.

HON 390 Music and the Celtic World 3.
R: University Honors Program.

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.

HON 391 Music and Social Life 3.

At NC State and in the Triangle people are actively engaged in music-making, dancing, devotional practices, and a multitude of other kinds of artful performance. Students in this class think about the relationship between music and other aspects ofsocial life by doing field research to answer questions about creativity, listening, performance, and the ways music and dance shape social life, values, and ideas about difference. Students consider modes of research about music and learn techniques for doing ethnographic research. Must be a University Honors Program student or have permission of the UHP.

HON 395 Honors Cooperative Education 3.
Prerequisite: Two semester full time in University Honors Program.

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.

HON 397 Honors Extension and Engagement 1-6.
Prerequisite: One semester good standing in University Honors Program.

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.

HON 398 Honors Special Topics 1-6.
Prerequisite: HON student.

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.

HON 496 Honors Capstone Seminar 3.
Prerequisite: HON student.

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.

HON 498 Honors Research/Creative Project 1 3.
Prerequisite: One semester in good standing in University Honors Program, UHP student.

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.

HON 499 Honors Research/Creative Project 2 3.
Prerequisite: One semester in good standing in University Honors Program, UHP student.

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 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.