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 2021 Seminars


  • Race Sport Media
    Instructor: Professor Victoria Johnson
    Enroll in: Film & Media Studies H80
    Honors seminar examining the intersection of race, sports, and media in everyday U.S. popular culture (film, TV, advertising, gaming, social media) and political culture. Materials fee.
    Credit: GE Category IV and VII, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core.
Victoria Johnson
  • Ethics, Technology and Design
    Instructor: Professor Katie Salen Tekinbas
    Enroll in: Informatics H81
    Provides a critical framework for how and why biases of many kinds are built into everyday digital tools. Reflections on ethics, technology, and design through case studies drawn from machine learning, CS education, engineering, social media, and criminal justice.
    Credit: GE Category III, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core.
Katie Salen Tekinbas
  • What is Space
    Instructor: Professor JB Manchak
    Enroll in: Logic & Philosophy of Science 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
  • CANCELLED: Neurodivergent
    Instructor: Professor Robin Steinberg-Epstein
    Enroll in: University Studies H80
    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.
    Credit: GE Category III credit, may substitute for one quarter of Science Core or Social Science Core

Winter 2022 Seminars


  • Drugs and Society
    Instructor: Professor Sam Schriner
    Enroll in: Pharmaceutical Sciences H80
    Where drugs come from, how drugs work, how and why people abuse drugs, the costs of drug abuse on society, which drugs are commonly abused, and how drug abuse can be prevented and treated. Course intended for non-science majors. Prerequisite: Recommended: High school chemistry and biology.
    Credit: GE Category II, may substitute for one quarter of Science Core
  • 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
  • Experiments in Music
    Instructor: Professor Christopher Dobrian
    Enroll in: Music H80
    Scientists explain the cognition of music using experimental methodology; artists expand the domain of music by trying previously unknown ways of making it. These two types of experiment deepen our understanding of music, from both scientific and artistic vantage points.
    Credit: GE Category IV, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core
  • Improvisation and Modes of Research and Creative Expression
    Instructor: Professor Alan Terricciano
    Enroll in: Arts H81
    Through immersion, readings, analysis, and observation, students are trained to recognize, build, and engage a set of “improvisatory” cognitive skills in order to enhance artistic creation, the generation of language, data analysis, and the application of the scientific method.
    Credit: GE Category IV credit, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core

Tentative Spring 2022 Seminars


  • What is Disease?
    Instructor: Professor Lauren Ross
    Enroll in: LPS H123
    Explores philosophical issues associated with scientific efforts to understand and explain disease.
    Credit: GE Category II, may substitute for one quarter of Science Core
  • The Properties of Property
    Instructor: Professor Lee Cabatingan
    Enroll in: CLS H80
    Develops an understanding and critique of private property. Draws from interdisciplinary sources to explore the foundations of private property, the institutions that support it over time, and possible alternatives to it.
    Credit: GE Category III, 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, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core
  • Topic TBA
    Instructor: Professor Virginia Trimble
    Enroll in: Physics H80
    Credit: GE Category II credit, may substitute for one quarter of Science Core

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