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 Fall 2022 HON 4950 seminars as well as Spring 2023 HON 4960 seminars.

Honors 1010 HON 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 1020 HON 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 2010 HON 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 & WAC

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 & WAC

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 3010 HON 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 4960 HON 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 2022 HON 4950 seminars followed by the Spring 2023 HON 4960 seminars:

HON 4950-001
Social Determinants of Health: Food Insecurity
Heidi Appel
CRN 41670 | F  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm | 3 credit hours | Memorial Field House 1050

Access to food is an important component of health. Yet, in 2018, over 10% of the U.S. population was food-insecure with Ohio and Lucas County even higher. Estimates put the rates even higher now. Poverty, and its consequences such as poor access to transportation, jobs, adequate housing, etc., all contribute to food insecurity. This action-based seminar includes discussion of readings in the academic literature, local experts on and off campus, and local solutions. The course meets on nine Fridays from 1 pm - 5 pm (9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, and 11/18) with discussion and site visits, and for a weekend-long Design Challenge (10/21 – 10/23, lasting 1 pm Friday through 5 pm on Sunday).

HON 4950-002 | Dimensions of Sustainability
David Krantz
CRN 54694TR  9:35 am - 10:55 am | 3 credit hours | Memorial Field House 2480

The two related issues of global climate change and sustainability are probably the most critical challenges facing the world today. We will investigate the physical and ecological changes impacting global systems as affected by human activities, population growth, and resource utilization.

Through an interdisciplinary lens, the course will study sustainability with perspectives from economics, policy, behavioral psychology, communications, as well as the sciences. Students will be introduced to topics by expert guest speakers and will work in small groups to research and present topics ranging from biodiversity to economic models for a carbon tax. By the end of the semester, students will have the opportunity to bring their work full circle and propose sustainable actions at UToledo.


HON 4950-004 | Visual Literacy
Mysoon Rizk
CRN 54696 | 2:30 pm - 5:15 pm | 3 credit hours | Center for Visual Arts 0140

Visual literacy is an understanding of our visual biases and enables us to consider how broader historical, cultural, religious, and political frameworks impact our individual responses to the visual world. In this Honors seminar, students from all disciplines will explore strategies for observing and analyzing the visual world. With the Toledo Museum of Art as the classroom, students will gain tools for not only looking at art but also the visual world around them and learn how such ways of looking can improve their practices in fields unrelated to the arts.

Students will discuss articles about visual literacy and make active use of the TMA during class. By studying important theories and considering the impact and limitations of sensory processes, students will reflect on the ways in which cultural and personal biases lead to everyone seeing the world differently.


HON 4950-005 | Hidden History: Native American Survival
Barbara Mann
CRN 57431MW  11:10 am - 12:30 pm | 3 credit hours | Memorial Field House 2480

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 4960-001 | Policy, Internationalization and Leadership
Shamila Chaudhary
CRN 20039 | R  5:45 pm - 8:30 pm | 3 credit hours | Remote Course

Shamila Chaudhary, a 1999 UToledo Honors alumna and currently a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council South Asia Center and U.S. foreign policy analyst, will draw on her wealth of experience working for the U.S. State Department and as an adviser to the White House to explore leadership and policy on the international stage.


HON 4960-003 | Science and Cinema
Dan McInnis
CRN 27500 |  4:00 pm - 6:45 pm | 3 credit hours | University Hall 4520

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.


HON 4960-004 | Philanthropy & Service Learning in Jamaica
Ashley Pryor
CRN 22396R  1:30 pm - 4:15 pm | 3 credit hours | Memorial Field House 2820

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 City, Jamaica, and work with them on a project that will benefit the community need. This class serves as an excellent preparation for our International Samaritan service-learning trips, which we hope to resume in Spring 2023.

Last Updated: 6/27/22