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 2022 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 Spring 2022 Honors seminars:

HON 4960-001
The Harlem Renaissance: Literature, Racial Politics, and the Arts
Mary Templin
CRN 20039 | TR  9:35 am - 10:55 am | 3 credit hours | Memorial Field House 2860

This seminar will examine the historical, political, and social contexts of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as explore its literature, art, and music. Students will be exposed to the movement’s philosophy, behind-the-scenes decision-making, and long-range influences, as well as the actual artistic works that were produced. We will read poetry and fiction by authors such as Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman, and Zora Neale Hurston. We will also attempt to capture something of the sensory nature of the Harlem Renaissance by immersing ourselves in the rag-time, jazz, and blues of the era while viewing some of its visual art and film. Course requirements will include active participation, weekly journal writing, and an oral presentation based on research.

HON 4960-002 | Biodesign Challenge
Eric Zeigler & Brian Carpenter
CRN 25876 | MW  6:00 pm - 8:40 pm | 3 credit hours | Center for the Visual Arts 2060

The Biodesign Challenge offers students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology to tackle pressing biological issues in a competition that highlights student work. Students from participating schools will be connected with a team of biologists and experts to guide them as they develop their ideas. At the semester's end, the winning teams are invited to The Museum of Modern Art in New York City to showcase their designs for the academic, industrial, and design communities at the Biodesign Summit in June 2022. The students will be competing against teams from other universities for prizes offered by the Biodesign Challenge as well as prizes from organizations that support the challenge.


HON 4960-003 Law, Justice, and Mass Incarceration
Renee Heberle
CRN 27500 | 4:00 pm - 6:45 pm | 3 credit hours | Memorial Field House 1100

As a senior seminar, this course will ignite your enthusiasm for learning, encourage connections to be made to other courses you have taken, and help you find your own voice when addressing critical issues of the contemporary moment. It takes an approach to topics of law and justice that will focus participants on studying how people on the inside and on the outside of the criminal justice system shape our system of punishment. Course readings will include critical analyses of historical developments in the way we think about crime and punishment; assessments, both normative and empirical, of our current practices; and alternatives to contemporary institutions related to criminal justice.


HON 4960-006 | Inside-Out
Ashley Pryor
CRN 20019 | F  9:00 am - 12:00 pm | 3 credit hours | Toledo Correctional Institution

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: 12/17/21