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 2021 HON 4950 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

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 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 2021 Honors seminars:

HON 4950-001
| Reel Law: A Study of Movies and the Law
Judge Gene Zmuda
CRN 41670 | MW  4:00 pm - 5:20 pm | 3 credit hours | University Hall 4010

Whether it is Legally Blonde, Anatomy of a Murder, or Judgment at Nuremberg, the law has proven to be a treasure trove of material for making movies we love. The Honors seminar, “Reel Law: A Study of Movies and the Law,” taught by Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals Judge and Honors alumnus, Gene Zmuda, will explore why this is so. The seminar will teach students about the court process and evaluate whether movies about the law correctly depict legal concepts.
Class discussion will examine issues such as whether a movie format is suited to the depiction of legal concepts and how well the format permits the filmmaker to tackle issues confronting society. Each week will include the viewing and discussion of a different law movie. Through the course, students can expect to gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for the role law plays in society, the accuracy of movie depictions, and how this impacts the court process. The only thing not included is the popcorn, so BYOP!

HON 4950-004 | Visual Literacy
Mysoon Rizk
CRN 54696 | 2:30 pm - 5:15 pm | 3 credit hours | Toledo Museum of Art

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
| Cannabis Science: Plants & Products
Steven Peseckis
CRN 57431 | R  6:00 pm - 8:50 pm | 3 credit hours | Health and Human Services 3316

“Cannabis Science: Plants & Products” considers in-depth the growth of Cannabis sativa and its subspecies as well as the production and physical properties of both chemical and consumer products derived from them. Examining the factors, procedures, and techniques that make for optimal medicinal and recreational outcomes, the course is designed for learners with diverse backgrounds and interests.
Last Updated: 3/15/21