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Honors Courses

Below is a list and brief description of all the courses offered through the Honors College.

HON 100 – Honors Rhetoric

Study and practice of writing at the college level with the primary emphasis on persuasive rhetoric. Requirements include library research paper. Must be completed by the end of the student’s first year in the Honors College.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 101 - Honors Public Speaking

Theory and performance work in extemporaneous and related persuasive speaking. Emphasis placed on developing critical thinking, research, and performance skills necessary for effective public speaking. Must be completed by the end of the student’s first year in the Honors College.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 102 – Honors Critical Thinking

Introduction to (1) analysis and evaluation of arguments, (2) construction of logically sound arguments, and (3) logic as the theory of argument. Emphasizes arguments of current or general interest.
Prerequisite: Good standing in Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 105 – Honors Orientation Seminar

Provides students in the Honors College with information about the college and the university. Major areas of focus are University and Honors College core requirements, campus resources, campus organizations, various college presentations, and study skills. S/F grading only. Must be completed during the student’s first semester in the Honors College.
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the Honors College. 1 credit.

HON 110 – Perspectives on the Western Experience I

Survey of Western civilization from its origins in Egypt and Mesopotamia to the beginning of the modern world. Major periods and cultures considered include the Hebrew, Ancient Greek, Roman, Christian, Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 111 – Themes in American Civilization

Explores a very important question: “How did Americans become what they are in the early twenty-first century?” Traces the development of the American people within the broader framework of western civilization, using an analytical rather than factual approach. Satisfies both the United States and Nevada Constitutions requirements.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 112 – Exploring American Politics

Exploration of unique features of the American political system. Particular attention paid to federalism and the role of states in the American polity using theoretical and analytical approaches. Satisfies both the United States and Nevada Constitutions requirements.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 115 – Perspectives on the Western Experience II

Survey of Western civilization from the Reformation to the present including: the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the American, French, and Russian Revolutions, nineteenth century systems of thought, World Wars I and II, fascism, and contemporary issues in art, science, technology, politics and philosophy.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 125 – Adventures in Data Analysis

Introduction to the basic terminology and methods of both modern information technology and statistical methods, coupled with detailed examples from campus researchers and community practitioners of statistical applications, typically with reference to the computer technology required to support these analysis.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 181 – Honors Calculus I

In-depth coverage of differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions including computational and physical applications.
Prerequisites: MAT 128 or equivalent and admission to the Honors College. 4 credits.

HON 182 – Honors Calculus II

Integration, polynomial approximations, sequences, series, and introduction to differential equations including computational and physical applications.
Prerequisites: Good standing in the Honors College and HON 181. 4 credits.

HON 201 – Honors General Psychology

Introduction to psychology including introductory treatment of sensation-perception-cognition, physiological psychology, learning, personality, development, social psychology, abnormal psychology, assessment, psychological interventions, and the history of psychology.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 202 – Honors Microeconomics

Considers how prices guide and direct economic activity under both perfect and imperfect competition. Consumer theory, producer theory, management decision making and government policy formulation. Theoretical models and their assumptions. Solving problems using the methodologies developed.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 203 – Honors Macroeconomics

Study of the relationships and implications of the level of employment and production, interest rates, inflation rate, government budget deficit and national debt, trade deficit and trade indebtedness, international finance and exchange rates, long-run growth in productivity and living standards, and government policies that affect the macro economy.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 204 – Individual, Society, and Freedom

Survey of the major approaches in the social sciences and humanities which deal with the relationship of the individual and the social milieu.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 205 – Honors Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Survey of the nature of culture with emphasis on the variation in human behavior in contemporary societies, including a review on the alternative theoretical frameworks used to explain and interpret human variation.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 230 – Scientific World View I

Examination of the scientific world view, including scientific methodologies and paradigms. Emphasis on the origin and development of the physical universe. One three-hour laboratory per week or equivalent.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 4 credits.

HON 231 – Scientific World View II

Continuation of HON 230, with emphasis on the earth and life. One three-hour laboratory per week or equivalent.
Prerequisites: Good standing in the Honors College and HON 230. 4 credits.

HON 280 – The Development of Science

Historical survey of science, emphasizing major developments leading to the application of mathematics and experimentation to theories about the natural world. 3 credits.

HON 395 – Honors Internship

Students gain off-campus experience designed to familiarize them with different careers. Mentors are chosen from the business, medical, professional, and technical community in Las Vegas. Before registering for this course, students must have a proposal outlining the objectives of the mentorship signed by the mentor and student. May be repeated to a maximum of three credits. S/F grading only.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 1-3 credits.

HON 400 – Special Topics Seminars

Honors 400 level seminars provide an opportunity for students and faculty to be innovative and explore a wide range of topics not covered by regular honors courses. May be repeated to a maximum of 30 credits with different topics.
Prerequisite: Good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 410 – Special Topics Seminars that satisfy the Social Science requirement
HON 420 – Special Topics Seminars that satisfy the Fine Arts requirement
HON 430 – Special Topics Seminars that satisfy the International requirement
HON 440 – Special Topics Seminars that satisfy the Multicultural requirement

HON 493 – Self-Directed Study

Students submit a proposal to the Honors College listing tentative readings and outlining the objectives of the self-directed study. They keep a weekly journal and are encouraged to let the focus of the study evolve in response to the earlier readings and discussions with a faculty mentor. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. S/F grading only.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior in good standing in the Honors College. 3 credits.

HON 498 – Honors Thesis/Project I

Required senior thesis/project for students in Department Honors. Student works under the supervision of a faculty mentor and must have Honors College approval before registering. S/F grading only.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior in good standing in the Honors College.

HON 499 – Honors Thesis/Project II

Required senior thesis/project for students in Department Honors. Student works under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students are required to give a presentation based on their thesis/project to an appropriate audience at UNLV.
Prerequisites: Two HON 410-440 seminars and HON 498. 3 credits.