Sustainable Societies

Beginning in fall 2017 the Campuswide Honors Program will be offering a new, additional honors curricular track open to all majors called Sustainable Societies, to be taken in the sophomore and junior years, beginning fall 2017 and ending spring 2019. Taken after completing Honors Humanities Core in the freshman year, this new track consists of six sequential courses (one per quarter) that would be taken instead of Honors Social Science and Science Core.

The Sustainable Societies track is team taught by top faculty from a variety of disciplines, examining the topic from two broad perspectives:

  • Exploring the features of societies/nations that lead some to prosperity, freedom and a high quality of life, while others decline; demonstrating how innovation, prosperity, flexibility, and a forward thinking perspective allow societies to address challenges effectively.
  • Exploring the underpinnings of several of the challenges that modern societies currently face and, importantly, engaging students to work together on solutions to these challenges.

The courses focus on problem-based learning in which students work together to develop their ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and collaborate in groups to tackle complex, real-world problems for which there is no single solution. Research experiences provided within the track will help prepare students for their senior-year thesis projects.

Interested students must be able to complete all six courses of the track, one per quarter for two full years. All current CHP freshmen who complete Honors Humanities Core are eligible to begin the track in the fall. Current sophomores who are interested in completing this six-class sequence should contact the CHP Office to discuss their options.

Completion of the entire Sustainable Societies sequence satisfies all of the following UCI General Education (GE) Categories: Category II (Science & Technology), Category III (Social & Behavioral Sciences), and part of Category V (Quantitative, Symbolic & Computational Reasoning).

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