Honors 498 Courses (1 Credit/Graded S/NC)

Honors 498 courses are 1-credit courses, graded Satisfactory or No Credit (S/NC), and capped at 20 students. These smaller seminar-size classes are intended to build community among Honors students and to engage participants in timely, socially compelling topics while offering experiential learning opportunities.

There are currently three Honors 498 courses: Multicultural Events (fall semester), the Honors Common Read (spring semester), and the Honors Seminar (spring semester). Since the specific topic of each course differs from year to year, students may repeat these courses up to six (6) times. Successful completion of an Honors 498 course earns an Honors student one Honors credit (which also counts as one University credit).

Below is a brief description of each Honors 498 course:


Honors Director Dr. Elizabeth KimStudents attend four (4) multicultural events on campus of their choosing (from an approved list) and share what they learned with the class. (In some cases and with the instructor’s permission, an off-campus multicultural event may be substituted.) The class will meet every other week during the fall semester, culminating in a dinner at the Honors Director’s house. Offered in Fall 2017. Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Kim


A different instructor will lead this 5-week course each spring semester. The Common Read book will concern a multicultural theme and will often coincide with a lecture by an invited campus speaker and/or a relevant co-curricular event such as a field trip or a regional conference. Recent Honors Common Read books include Malala Yousafzai's I am Malala (in 2017), Will Allen’s The Good Food Revolution (in 2016) and Luis Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North (in 2015).

This year’s book is The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perserverance and Hope in Troubled Times by Paul Loeb. Dr. Jonah Ralson from the department of Political Science will be teaching this course.  The list of special components and more information about this course will be available soon. Offered in Spring 2017, 1st five weeks.


A different instructor will lead this 5-week course each spring semester. The seminar will consist of two main rotating themes: 1) Diversity and Multiculturalism and 2) The Art of Questioning. Participation in a relevant experiential learning activity such as a field trip, a conference, or other off-campus activity will be a special component of the seminar.

The topic of the Honors Seminar in 2016 was Racism without Racists: Learning from Ferguson and Baltimore and culminated in students’ participation in a roundtable discussion at the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies conference.  The topic of the Honors Seminar in 2017 was "The Art of Questioning" led by Dr. Chris Calvert-Minor.

The theme for spring 2018 (offered the second five weeks) will be “Diversity and Multiculturalism”—details to follow. Instructor: Dr. Laura Porterfield.