Updates coming soon
As campus administrators are still diligently working to ensure a safe and enriching learning environment this fall, additional modifications to this course list will be forthcoming. We will email all incoming students the week of July 13th with updates on courses and the registration process, and a Fall 2020 Courses page will be updated to reflect the latest information. Thank you for your patience!


Current/continuing students: as long as you have a 3.3+ GPA, you can enroll yourself for an honors course without our permission.

Incoming first-year fall students: If you were invited into the Honors Program for the 2020-2021 academic year, your BuffPortal will let you enroll. The process is the same as registering for the rest of your courses, and you don't need our permission to take an honors course.

Auditors: auditors are not allowed in our courses due to pedagogical concerns.

Finding Our Courses

How can I tell which courses are Honors Program courses? Honors Program courses have a section number between 880-887 and will be listed on our website.

How do I find Honors Program courses on classes.colorado.edu? In the Core/General Education dropdown, choose  Arts & Sciences Honors Course. Not all of these courses are offered by the Honors Program; this search option also shows honors courses offered by departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.

About Our Courses

Honors Seminars: Our courses are limited to 17 students and provide a different kind of learning environment through small discussion-based classes

Honors Recitations: In courses with a recitation attached, you'll attend a regular lecture as well as a small-group session (the honors recitation), which is led by the professor. Honors recitations offer time to discuss course material more in-depth with the professor.

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Fall 2020 Honors Program Courses

  We provide course descriptions written by instructors whenever possible.  Scroll down or click here to see the course descriptions.
For official descriptions, visit the University Catalog.

Reminder: Continuing student enrollment in lower-division fall semester classes is limited to seven, as we save spaces for the incoming first-year student class.

Subject Catalog # Section # Course Title Mtg Pattern Time HR- Online/ Remote Instructor Core GenEd
ANTH 2100 880 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology MWF 1:50-2:40 In Person Kate Fischer HD SS/Global Perspective
CLAS 1140 881 Bread and Circuses: Society and Culture in the Roman World MW 10:20-11:10 In Person TBD HC AH
EBIO 1210 880 General Biology 1 (science majors & non-science majors) MWF 1:50-2:40 Remote TBD NS NS
EBIO 1210 882 General Biology 1 (science majors & non-science majors) TTH 12:45-2:00 In Person TBD NS NS
ENGL 2504 880 British Literary History after 1660 MWF 12:40-1:30 In Person TBD AH
GEOG 1972 880 Environment-Society Geography MWF 11:30-12:20 In Person Abby Hickcox MAPS SS/Global Perspective
HIST 1438 880 Introduction to Korean History TTH 12:45-2:00 In Person TBD HC AH
HIST 2166 880 The Vietnam Wars MWF 4:10-5:00 In Person TBD CS/US AH
HONR 4075 880 Environmental Justice MW 4:10-5:25 Remote Abby Hickcox   SS/US Perspective
HUMN 4835 880 Literature and Social Violence TTH 2:20-3:35 In Person TBD CS AH
MATH 1300 880 Calculus 1 M-F 5:20-6:10 HY- Hybrid InPerson/Online and/or Remote TBD QRMS QRM
MATH 2510 880 Introduction to Statistics MWF 12:40-1:30 HY- Hybrid InPerson/Online and/or Remote TBD QRMS QRM
PHIL 1200 880 Contemporary Social Problems TTH 2:20-3:35 In Person TBD IV/US AH
PSCI 2004 880 Survey of Western Political Thought TTH 11:10-12:25 In Person Jeffrey Chadwick IV SS
PSCI 2116 880 Introduction to Environmental Policy and Policy Analysis TTH 9:35-10:50 In Person Jeffrey Chadwick SS
PSCI 3193 880 International Behavior TTH 3:55-5:10 In Person TBD   SS
PSYC 1001 880 General Psychology MWF 10:20-11:10 In Person Jenny Schwartz MAPS NS
PSYC 3303 880 Abnormal Psychology MWF 12:40-1:30 In Person Jenny Schwartz NS
SOCY 1016 880  Sex, Gender and Society MWF 9:10-10:00 In Person Ali Hatch HD SS/US Perspective
SOCY 2031 880 Social Problems MWF 10:20-11:10 In Person Ali Hatch IV SS
WGST 3670 880 Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Global Migration MWF 3:00-3:50 In Person Kate Fischer HD SS/Global Perspective
WRTG 3020 880 Topics in Writing:  Inkslingers and Wordsmiths TTH 9:35-10:50 HY- Hybrid InPerson/Online and/or Remote TBD WC WC-UD

For official descriptions, visit the University Catalog.
We provide course descriptions written by instructors whenever possible. 

Course Descriptions

ANTH 2100-880: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Kate Fischer
This course is an introduction to the discipline of cultural anthropology and the substantive issues, methods, and concepts of the discipline. Cultural anthropology is the study of how human beings organize their lives as members of society, and the ways in which they make their lives meaningful as cultural individuals. This field of study involves encountering, interpreting, and communicating about the human situation in all its variety. Cultural anthropology is a vast discipline with far reaching objectives. Cultural anthropologists study and apply their expertise to many problems worldwide. While we cannot possibly cover the breadth and depth of the discipline during one semester, this course will offer an appreciation and understanding of culture and different ways of thinking about the diversity we encounter in our everyday lives. Therefore, the primary goal of this course is to provide you with the ability to apply an anthropological perspective to understanding how people are influenced by and are part of the historical, social, economic, ecological, and political processes that occur across the globe. It is my hope that this course will instill in you a sense of curiosity about people and cultures around the world, provide you with a set of tools for understanding difference, and offer you a deeper insight into your own experience as a cultural being.

GEOG 1972-880: Environment-Society Geography
Abby Hickcox
The goals of this class are to increase your understanding of key contemporary environmental issues and to introduce you to the ways in which the field of geography has approached the interaction between society and nature. In pursuit of these goals, the class will survey global and regional environmental issues and problems, with an emphasis on their social, political-economic, and cultural dimensions. The study of these issues evokes one of the most profound questions of our times: What is, and what ought to be, the relationship between humans and the environment? We will address this question through an examination of selected environmental issues, varied social responses to environmental change, and the different ways in which human societies have transformed the earth. We will also ask:  How do we understand “nature”?  What drives human modification of the earth, and how are specific groups of people differently affected by those modifications? What kinds of assumptions have led to the creation of certain environmental problems (and for whom are they problems)? Topics covered include: population and consumption; environmental hazards; ecology; environmental ethics; biodiversity and environmental conservation; anthropogenic climate change; and water use. Through this class, you should find that geography offers an integrated way of understanding environment and culture that is increasingly useful for addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems and their potential solutions. Formerly GEOG 2412.

WGST 3670-880: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Global Migration
Kate Fischer

This course engages in an interdisciplinary study of the intersections of gender, race, and sexuality that have created a multicultural, multiethnic, and multiracial world, looking particularly at migrants and migrant communities. We will examine how constructions of gender, race, and sexuality are structurally determined and lived in the context of global migration, both contemporary and historical. While the course primarily focuses on women, it is impossible to ignore how race, sexuality, and class articulate with ideas about gender and how these socially determined characteristics intersect in identity construction and subjectivities. The goal of this class is to develop a critical understanding of how forms of privilege, inequality, and exclusion based on gender, race, sexuality, and national/ethnic origin are written about, comprehended, and contended with. In addition to reading a number of scholarly books and articles from across the social sciences and humanities, we will also use news articles, blogs, current events, and social media. Recommended prerequisites: WMST 2000 or WMST 2600. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: global perspective.