The Honors curriculum offers interdisciplinary courses that fulfill the University Core Curriculum requirements, as well as upper-division electives. This flexibility allows us to welcome majors from all academic disciplines.
Honors courses do not entail more assignments than a regular course, but do require a deeper level of thinking and analysis in classroom discussion and assessment. While Honors classes have higher expectations than most, the resulting benefits are well worth the effort. Not only will you develop your intellectual abilities, but you'll build close relationships with the faculty. Our Honors students do well in this environment because they find themselves supporting each other and working together in and out of the classroom.
Students are required to take at least five Honors courses to satisfy their Curriculum requirement within the Honors Point System. Three of the five courses are required for incoming students to take:
- Introduction to the Honors Program
- Choice of either Honors Introductory Philosophy ( The Intellectual Quest) or Honors Religious Theological Anthropology). An upper level course in philosophy/religious studies is available to transfer students bringing in lower level philosophy or religious studies credits.
- Honors Composition II (This can be waived if students already have college credit for Composition II)
Otherwise, students may choose from our course selection below to earn Honors Points, or they may "contract" a course with a professor to do an Honors project in an upper-level course in their major.
More interdisciplinary courses are in development for future academic years.
This introduction to philosophy treats the origin and definitions of philosophy; the divisions of philosophy; important philosophers and some of their theories; the relationships between philosophy and poetry, faith-based theology, and the natural sciences. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement for Philosophy and is restricted to students in the UIW Honors Program.
Part of the UIW Core Curriculum, this Honors course is writing intensive and focuses on three components: making and evaluating complex rhetorical arguments, developing a research question which culminates in a formal researched paper and presentation at the Water and Culture Symposium, and exploring the theme of sustainability. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
This is a philosophical exploration of the ethical issues relating to life in general and human life in particular, with special attention paid to the ethics of health care. Topics may include the treatment of animals, stewardship of the environment, abortion, euthanasia, biotechnological enhancement, the justice of health care distribution, matters of professional ethics for health care professionals, and a variety of other bioethical issues.
Students focus on significant developments in Western social and political thought exploring in-depth into the writings and thoughts of those great thinkers who have shaped our understanding of modernity and what it means to be human. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement for social sciences and is restricted to students in the UIW Honors Program.
Students explore select elements of the human story within the modern period to examine the question of what it means to be human. Interpretations of human records, families, and societies help explore several interrelated themes: individual dignity; community and the common good; class and how the poor are treated; human rights and responsibilities; forms of government; economic organization and justice; human environmental impact; concepts of peace; and religious or spiritual practices to provide evidence of the enduring nature of the human story. This course fulfills the UIW Core requirement for a World or U.S. history course and is restricted to students in the UIW Honors Program.
This course involves a philosophical examination of the world and nature and the nature and significance of aesthetic experience. Topics may include definitions of art, the idea of beauty, aesthetic value and experience, the nature of the creative process, form versus content in art, expressiveness, symbolism, the role of theory in aesthetics, art criticism, art and religion, art and morality, art science, and art and the community.
Students examine the basic facts and principles of psychology. As a course in the Honors Program, this is a writing-intensive course. Students will read from several classic research reports, and consider the influence of trauma and other environmental influences on development, personality, and behavior. Enrollment is restricted to Honors Program students, or instructor permission.
This course in theological anthropology examines both traditional and contemporary understandings of the biblical view of humanity as made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). Special attention is given to how theological anthropologies can function both as a foundation for human dignity and as an inspiration for equality and social justice in the midst of human failings and suffering. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement for Religious Studies and is restricted to students in the UIW Honors Program.
This course will explore the basic theological foundations of the Christian faith in relation to contemporary ethical concerns related to inequality, poverty, violence and ecological destruction. In an increasingly globalized world, the Christian tradition has to engage with these questions in a world-wide, cross-cultural manner that engages with other religious traditions.
This course covers elementary probability theory; techniques of statistical inference including sampling theory, estimation procedures, and hypothesis testing; and the use of the statistical software package R. It can be used to satisfy the core requirement in mathematics for students in certain major programs as well as enhance those programs with a strong mathematics component.
This course includes close reading and discussion of texts of all kinds from a wide range of periods and societies to reveal the diversity of literature as a means of cultural statement. This course fulfills the UIW Core requirement for a world literature course. This course is restricted to students in the UIW Honors Program.
A capstone course for students in the Honors Program with a focus on the in-depth exploration of their discipline culminating in a research paper or creative project. This one credit course will be taken during three consecutive semesters. Prerequisite: Approval of the research project proposal. This course is restricted to students in the UIW Honors Program.