Harper College

All Honors Courses

Special Courses

Geography of the Developing World (GEG 103) / Cuba Study Abroad Trip

Professor Veronica Mormino (3 credits)

Geography of the developing world examines the regions of the world conventionally called “developing” or “emerging,” including the spatial patterns of physical and cultural elements that impart unique identities within these regions using both digital and traditional maps to explore complex geopolitical relations and/or international conflicts among developing regions of the world. This course covers multiple regions but will focus more on Latin America and Cuba specifically, as students will spend 8 days in Cuba as part of the experience of the course. (This class satisfied 3 credits of the social science general education requirement)

Meeting Times: Tuesdays 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Note - you will not register for this course as you would other courses - but make sure you are not taking a class at the same time the course meets.

Living Sustainable Lives

PHI 115 (Ethics) & CHM 103 BHL (Chemistry Connection)
Professors Garcia (Ethics) and Ellefson (Chem)

This course focuses on the chemistry and ethics surrounding issues of sustainability in our world and every day lives. We will examine issues such as climate change, as well as water and land use. We will also look at various ways to think about our obligations to the planet and how to balance those with our other ethical concerns.

(This class satisfies both a Humanities Gen-ed requirement and the Physical Science Lab requirement.)

Meeting Times:
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm (Ethics), Monday 12:30 - 1:45  (Chem) + Monday 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm (Chem lab)

This course is a learning community.  Here is a bit more about how learning communities work: These courses offer the ability for students to explore a particular theme in more depth, by seeing how it is approached from multiple disciplines. Students enroll in both courses that are part of the Learning Community; but get separate grades for each course.

Honors Great Ideas of World Civilizations ( 2 sections)

This is the course that is required for those seeking to be recognized as Honors Program Graduates. You can register for either HUM 105 or HST 105 – it is the same exact class and counts the same either way.  (This course counts toward the Humanities Gen-Ed requirement.)

HUM 105 HN 1/ HST 105 HN1 (3 credits)

Professor Michael Horton

Meeting Times:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

HUM 105 HNB / HST 105 HN2 (3 credits)

Professor TBD Wednesday evening 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Other Honors Courses Listed by the General Education Category

Communications Gen-Ed

ENG 102 HN1 (3 credits)
Professor A. Tomasian
Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

SPE 101 HN 1 (3 credits)
Professor M. Bilos
Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

In Honors Speech, we will be exploring communication strategies and presenting multiple speeches.  You will get experience practicing, preparing, and presenting in front of your peers as well as honing your digital skills. This face-to-face, 16-week course will walk you through the basics of persuasive and informative speaking, debate, and impromptu using the framework of social justice and implementing a volunteer project.

Humanities Gen-Ed

ART 105 (Introduction to Visual Art) (3 credits)
Professor Charles Roderick
Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Social Sciences Gen-Ed

ECO 212 HB1 (Macroeconomics) (3 credits)

Professor G. Begashaw

Meeting Times:  In person meeting time Tuesdays 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm (course is blended) 

This Blended Honors Course of Macroeconomics has two components. (1) Subject matter chapters are provided fully online, and (2) Research based term-paper focusing on current economic issues, mainly on the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the global economy. While the course subject matter is fully supported by rich electronic study materials, the students work evaluation will be based on the completion of online homework assignments.  The in-person meetings will focus on helping students work through the research paper component of the course.

PSY 228 (Psychology of Human Development) (3 credits) Professor K. Matthews

Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Professor Matthews describes the course HERE

SOC 101 (Introduction to Sociology) (3 credits)

Professor M. Edwards

This class is online asynchronous - no set meeting times

Note: although the class is asynchronous, Professor Edwards is dedicated to making sure the class is highly interactive, so you will not feel like you’re sort of all alone in a course.

Life Sciences (with lab) Gen-Ed

BIO 110 HN 1 (Biology and Society) (4 credits)

Professor A. Miniuk

Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm + lab Thursdays 11:00 am - 1:30 pm 

Would you like to participate in a 4 weeklong authentic research experience discovering antibiotic producing bacteria? Are you interested in learning about and performing microbiology and molecular biology lab techniques? Do you want to learn about and discuss current events in biology relating to pandemics, genetically modified organisms, and how humans impact the ecosystem? If so, Honors BIO 110 is the class for you!

Physical Sciences Gen-Ed (all w/ lab credit)

CHM 122 HN1 (General Chemistry II)(5 credits)

Professor D. Ranieri

Meeting Times:  In-person lab Wednesdays 12:30 pm - 3:15 pm (course is blended)

Professor Ranieri describes the course in this video

PHY 201 HN 1 (General Physics I)  (5 credits)

Professor R. Graessle

Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 am - 11:50 am

Math Gen-Ed

MTH 201 HW 1 (Calculus II) (5 credits)

Professor K. Knee
Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm (this is a blended course)

Professor Knee describes the course in this video

Last Updated: 12/14/23