Jesup Scott Honors College

Course Offerings

Honors core classes provide our high-ability students a common liberal arts experience, bringing together a multitude of majors and perspectives to share meaningful ideas in small classes. Taught by dedicated Honors faculty, our "HON" classes emphasize discussion and collaboration to analyze and solve real-life problems. These courses are also designed to satisfy core requirements and move students closer to graduation while polishing professional skills.

These courses interface seamlessly with an enhanced major experience, connecting students with faculty mentors as well as research opportunities and internships in their field.  A list of Honors sections from across all university departments for Fall 2019 can be found here.


Honors Course Descriptions

Read below descriptions of each of our core courses and click here for a list of Fall 2019 HON 4950 seminars.

Honors 1010HON 1010: Ideas & Society

Core Humanities
Through a process of critical examination, analytical thought, and intellectual exchange, students engage in study of ideas in society during different time periods and across different cultural contexts as well as intellectual disciplines. Drawing upon primary and secondary sources using multiple humanities discourses, students analyze and evaluate and respond to diverse populations and perspectives. From this synthesis, students gain ability to apply understanding of ideas in contemporary society as well as ideas in their fields of study.

Read here how our instructors make the sections of HON 1010 they teach unique.

Honors 1020HON 1020: Innovation & Society

Core Humanities
In this interdisciplinary course, students will analyze and critique various processes of innovation in society with an emphasis on its impact on human society. Students will gain the ability to evaluate course concepts against competing approaches and solutions in society, as well as in their own fields of study.

HON 1010 is not a pre-requisite for HON 1020.

Honors 2010HON 2010: Multicultural Toledo

Core Social Science & Multicultural U.S. Diversity

Multicultural Toledo is an interdisciplinary investigation into the multicultural, historical, and socio-economic development of the greater Toledo area and the ways that different community groups respond to, and shape, this transformation. Topics may include: ethnicity, race, gender, gender orientation, socioeconomic class, religion, national origin, dis/ability, and age within the Toledo community. The course features multiple site visits to community organizations.


HON 2020: Multicultural Literatures: North American Experience

Core Multicultural U.S. Diversity & humanities

This reading, writing, and discussion course examines selected literatures of the North American experience: for example, texts by African American, Arab American, Asian American, Hispanic, or Native American authors. Through fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry from multiple American cultures, students will gain a greater awareness of the diverse cultural practices, beliefs, and societal contributions of North Americans. Topics may include race, ethnicity, identity, gender, and class.


HON 2030: Multicultural Literatures: Non- European World

Core Multicultural Non-Western Diversity & humanities

This reading, writing, and discussion course examines selected non-European literatures. Through fiction, history, current commentaries, and other documents created by the people living in the locales examined, students will gain an awareness of diverse world cultures, their histories, current situations, practices, beliefs, and global significance in the world.  The course may contain segments on selections from China and Japan, India, Southeast Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, and/or Polynesia.


HON 3010HON 3010: Community Engagement

This research intensive, interdisciplinary course is designed to provide students with experience in effective community engagement through work on a local issue or problem in a mentored, multidisciplinary team. Class will focus on developing practical skills, identifying best practices, and exploring potential solutions for complex problems. The course culminates in a grant proposal that can be adopted or adapted by our community partners. Class time consists of short instructional presentations, group work, and class discussions.

Students must take an HON multicultural course (i.e., HON 2010, HON 2020, or HON 2030) as a pre-requisite before being able to register for HON 3010.


HON 4960HON 4950/4960: Honors Seminars

These interdisciplinary seminars are organized around a variety of subjects and intellectual concerns.

A unique slate of Honors seminars is offered each Fall and Spring, with occasional offerings during intersession terms. The content of these courses is quite often interdisciplinary and is shaped by the research interests of the JSHC faculty as well as specialists from fields across campus.

See below for a list of the Fall 2019 Honors seminars:

HON 4950-002 | Hidden History
Barbara Mann
CRN 54694 | MW  12:55 pm - 2:15 pm | 3 credit hours | Memorial Field House 2230

Most Americans believe that “it can’t happen here,” so they are stunned to learn of what is now called “The American Holocaust.” More and more, long-obscured governmental documents being resurrected show that the “Indians” did not just “vanish” but were, in period terminology, deliberately “extirpated,” “wiped out,” and “annihilated” to “make room” for Euro-American settlers. This seminar critically surveys and analyzes modern literature and primary documents on the unnerving subject of The American Holocaust.


HON 4950-003
| Visual Literacy

Mysoon Rizk
CRN 52645 | W  1:30 pm - 4:15 pm | 3 credit hours | Center for Visual Arts 1050

This course introduces students to the concept of visual literacy and strategies for observing and analyzing the visual world. Students will learn to analyze images in an art museum setting as well as apply such strategies to visual information from a wide range of disciplines.


HON 4950-004
| Inside Out

Ashley Pryor
CRN 54696 | T  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm | 3 credit hours | MacKinnon Hall 1370

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program facilitates dialogue and education across profound social differences. Inside-Out courses bring traditional college students and incarcerated students together in jails and prisons for semester-long learning. These courses ignite enthusiasm for learning, help students find their voice, and challenge students to consider what good citizenship requires. The course theme will be the nature and scope of human happiness. We will explore this theme by considering relevant works of philosophy, literature and art.

Last Updated: 9/9/19