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 four Honors 498 courses: Multicultural Events (fall semester), the Honors Common Read (spring semester), and the Honors Seminar (spring semester), and the Honors Travel Study (spring semester). During years that an Honors Travel Study takes place the Honors Seminar will not.
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:
Students 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 2018. 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 Paul Loeb's The Impossible Will Take a Little While (in 2018), Malala Yousafzai's I am Malala (in 2017), Will Allen’s The Good Food Revolution (in 2016).
This year’s book is No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process. Dr. Eric Compas from the department of Environmental Science will be teaching this course. The list of special components and more information about this course will be available soon. Offered in Spring 2019, 1st five weeks.
A different instructor will lead this 5-week course each spring semester. 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 topic of the Honors Seminar in 2018 was "Diversity and Multiculturalism" led by Dr. Laura Porterfield.
During some spring semesters a travel study will be offered in place of the seminar. The topic of the Travel Study in spring 2019 is the timely issue of immigration in the US; during spring break the class will travel to New York City for experiential learning in locations such as Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum. This course will be led by Alexandria Delcourt. The 2018 Honors Travel Study discussed Octavia Butler's Kindred, traveled to Washington DC, and was led by Dr. Laura Porterfield.