Honors Seminars

The CHP 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 the CHP on a first come, first served basis. The seminars are worth 4 units each.  CHP students may take as many of these seminars as they wish, and can even use one of them to substitute for one quarter of a CHP core course as designated by the CHP.
Only one substitution total permitted per student.

More course information:

Fall 2018 Seminars


  • Exploring Memory
    Instructor: Professor Sarah Farmer
    Enroll in: Humanities H80
    Questions about human memory are central to a wide range of disciplines. Students will explore how historians, sociologists, social psychologists, legal experts and neuroscientists understand human memory and apply their findings to understand and shape their own societies.
    Credit: GE Category IV, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core
Sarah Farmer
  • How Nations Remember
    Instructor: Professor Anke Biendarra
    Enroll in: Humanities H83
    Just like people, nations select and organize what and how they want to remember. Students in this seminar compare how specific historical events (such as slavery and the Holocaust) are memorialized in various countries and represented in public art works, museums, literature, and film.
    Credit: No GE credit at this time GE Category III, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core.
Anke Biendarra
  • What is Space
    Instructor: Professor John 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
John Manchak

Winter 2019 Seminars


  • Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
    Instructor: Professor Jeffrey Barrett
    Enroll in: LPS H141
    An examination of the standard von Neumann-Dirac formulation of quantum mechanics. The quantum measurement problem is discussed along with several proposed solutions, including GRW, many-worlds, man-minds, and Bohm’s theory.
    Credit: No GE, may substitute for one quarter of Science Core
Jeff Barrett
  • What is Time?
    Instructor: Professor Jim Weatherall
    Enroll in: LPS H125
    This seminar will examine how scientists, philosophers, and artists have thought about and tried to represent time over the last ~2500 years, by studying historical and contemporary scholarly work, literature, film, and physical theories.
    Credit: GE Category III, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core.
James Weatherall
  • The Philosophy and Biology of Sex
    Instructor: Professor Cailin O’Connor
    Enroll in: LPS H91
    Covers the origins of biological sex, dynamics of sexual selection, the evolution and cultural creation of sexual behavior in humans, and the construction of gender in human societies.
    Credit: GE Categories II or III, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core OR Science Core (not both).
Cailin O'Connor

Tentative Spring 2019 Seminars


  • Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law
    Instructor: Professor Kyle Stanford
    Enroll in: LPS H95

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

Other 2018-2019 Faculty:

Kyle Stanford
Prof. Kyle Stanford
Katie Salen Tekinbas
Prof. Katie Salen Tekinbas