Honors Seminars

Campuswide Honors offers specially designed seminars on a variety of topics each quarter taught by top UCI faculty.  These courses are open to all rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and Honors to Honors transfer students in Campuswide Honors on a first come, first served basis. The seminars are worth 4 units each.  Campuswide Honors students may take as many of these seminars as they wish, and can even use one of them to substitute for one quarter of an honors core course as designated by Campuswide Honors.
Only one substitution total permitted per student.

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Fall 2019 Seminars


  • Experiments in Music
    Instructor: Professor Christopher Dobrian
    Enroll in: Music H80
    This class will study those two types of experiment as they have been applied in music. One is the attempt to explain our cognition of music by means of scientific experimental methodology. The other is the attempt to expand the domain of music by exploring previously unknown ways of making it.
    Credit: GE Category IV, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core.
  • Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law
    Instructor: Professor Kyle Stanford
    Enroll in: LPS H95
    Applies competing theories of the nature of law and legal reasoning to evaluate decisions of the U.S Supreme Court in controversial areas of constitutional law such as free speech, privacy, sexual conduct, affirmative action, and political campaign contributions.
    Credit: GE Category III credit, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core.
Kyle Stanford
  • What is Space
    Instructor: Professor JB Manchak
    Enroll in: LPS H81
    Historical, philosophical, scientific exploration of the concept of “space.” Questions of interest include: What kind of a thing is space? How can we know what space is like? How is space different from time?
    Credit: GE Category II, may substitute for one quarter of Science Core
  • Improvisation and Modes of Research and Creative Expression
    Instructor: Professor Alan Terricciano
    Enroll in: Arts H81
    The course frames improvisation as a complex of powerful, formal research tools applicable to many fields. It addresses improvisatory practices within the arts and extrapolates a set of tools embedded in artistic improvisation – temporal awareness and engagement in time; real-time design; pattern recognition and pattern repetition; and the ability to identify, illuminate and explore connections between disparate phenomena. Through readings, guest lectures by UCI faculty and visiting artists (when possible), in-class student-centered learning, and project design, this course sets out to demonstrate how these tools apply across the disciplines, from creative writing to the analysis of large-scale data sets to the application of the scientific method. This course is available to all disciplines with no prerequisites.
    Credit: GE category IV credit, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core
  • TENTATIVE: neuro-Divergent
    Instructor: Professor Robin Steinberg-Epstein
    Enroll in: University Studies H80
    This seminar examines the evolution of the diagnosis of autism through history. Deep inquiry of the neuroscience, etiology, and genetics of neurodivergent individuals as well as a review of the validity of the varied treatments will inform critical thinking. Students will learn how the understanding of neurodevelopment and can be applied to the fields of science, medicine, education, psychology, and sociology.
    Credit: GE Category III credit, may substitute for one quarter of Science Core or Social Science Core
  • Traveling East/West
    Instructor: Professor Hu Ying
    Enroll in: Humanities/East Asian Languages and Literature H84
    Traveling East/West presents a wide range of travel writings by Chinese, Indian, and Euro-American authors in which they contemplate the complexities of cross-cultural encounters and how knowledge about others and knowledge of ourselves are closely intertwined. It invites students to consider how travel literature affects and shapes its readers and their perception of the world.
    Credit: GE category IV credit, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core

Tentative Winter 2020 Seminars


  • Exploring Memory
    Instructor: Professor Sarah Farmer
    Enroll in: Humanities H80
  • What is a Person
    Instructor: Professor Oren Izenberg
    Enroll in: English H81
  • The Philosophy and Biology of Sex
    Instructor: Professor Cailin O’Connor
    Enroll in: LPS H91
  • Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
    Instructor: Professor Jeffrey Barrett
    Enroll in: LPS H141
  • What is Disease?
    Instructor: Professor Lauren Ross
    Enroll in: LPS H123

Tentative Spring 2020 Seminars


  • Ethics, Technology and Design
    Instructor: Professor Katie Tekinbas
    Enroll in: Informatics H81
  • Drugs and Society
    Instructor: Professor Sam Schriner
    Enroll in: Pharm Sci H80
  • Race/Sport/Media
    Instructor:
    Enroll in: FMS H80
  • The Properties of Property
    Instructor:
    Enroll in: CLS H80

2018-2019 Honors Seminar Archive
2017-2018 Honors Seminar Archive
2016-2017 Honors Seminar Archive
2015-2016 Honors Seminar Archive