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. For instructions on searching for Honors sections of classes by term, click here. 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 Spring 2021 HON 4960 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 Spring 2021 Honors seminars:

HON 4960-001
| Utopia in History & Literature
Mary Templin
CRN 20039 | TR  9:35 am - 10:55 am | 3 credit hours | Carlson Library 1025

Is “utopia” possible? Can human beings create a perfect society, or is that only a fantasy - an unattainable ideal? Over the centuries, many utopian visions have taken form, both in fiction and in reality, with the aim of modeling a society free from various perceived social or political problems. This seminar will approach the subject of utopia through literature, history, philosophy, and the social sciences. We will read a number of utopian novels, study the development of actual utopian communities, and look at ways utopian (and dystopian) elements can be seen in contemporary culture, including in amusement parks, reality television, and social media. We will also discuss how we would design our own utopias, including their philosophical bases, their laws and structure, elements of daily life, and even their layout and architecture.

HON 4960-006 | Philanthropy & Service Learning in Jamaica
Ashley Pryor
CRN 20019 | 1:30 pm - 4:15 pm | 3 credit hours | Memorial Field House 1030

In this class, students will learn about and have the chance to apply some best practices for working with an underserved population in Jamaica. Students will learn about the historical, social, and economic context that gave rise to racialized poverty and inequality in Jamaica. Students will have the opportunity to learn from philanthropists, administrators of an international relief agency, as well as local community activists and citizens of Riverton, and work with them to create a grant proposal that will speak to the community’s need. All meetings will take place remotely. This class serves as an excellent preparation for our International Samaritan service-learning trips, which we hope to resume in Spring 2022.

HON 4960-007
| Science & Cinema
Dan McInnis
CRN 22396 | W  4:00 pm - 6:45 pm | 3 credit hours | University Hall 4010

Cinema has served science for over 130 years as a conduit by which we might better understand and explore our existence. Films allow a wider audience to understand the nuance of STEM-based research, but perhaps more importantly, how these disciplines impact and interact with our everyday lives.
This Honors seminar is designed to appeal to students from any discipline, as film can act as a crossroads of science and the humanities. Without science, we cannot progress. Without a well-constructed story, scientific research can remain hidden from the public eye.
This course will use 8-10 contemporary films as texts that span different majors and disciplines, ultimately to allow students to ask fundamental questions about the manifold issues and goals in their chosen careers and practices.
Last Updated: 10/22/20