Curriculum and Courses

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Curriculum

The HonorsX Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies is uniquely designed with an emphasis on the intersection of justice and sustainability — and rotates topics each academic year. In Fall ‘23, the HonorsX cohort will explore “Developing Sustainable Societies.” Aligned with the university’s legacy commitment to equity and social justice, this topic grapples with how advances in science and technology create some of our greatest dilemmas and how best we sustain ourselves to evolve and adapt to our surroundings.

As an HonorsX student, you are part of a cohort, entering at the same time and remaining together for two semesters. Working in teams and drawing from diverse perspectives, you will research real problems and propose solutions that will have a tangible impact on surrounding communities. You’ll learn through hands-on experiences inside and outside the classroom, with faculty experts outside your major and with industry thought leaders. HonorsX provides foundational experiences in practical problem-solving and teamwork necessary for you to positively impact today's interconnected world.

If you dream of tackling challenging social problems in your communities and the world — and want to do so by collaborating with peers, faculty and mentors across disciplines — HonorsX is for you.

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Courses

Each HonorsX course emphasizes cross-disciplinary, integrative approaches to problem-solving, intervening in vital social issues with an eye to the future. Each is co-taught by expert faculty in three different disciplines.

You will take UNVS 120 and UNVS 121 in Fall ‘23 and Spring ‘24, respectively. All other courses can be taken at any time before you graduate.

UNVS 120

Fall semester: Introduction to the topic of "Developing Sustainable Societies." The theme is examined from interdisciplinary perspectives by a team of three professors and with input from industry experts. The course includes fundamentals of engineering and scientific principles, primary and secondary research methods, discussion of ethical and legal issues in creating socially appropriate and sustainable ventures, issues of advocacy, and fundraising strategies for scaling up these ventures.

Teams will be composed of students with distinctly different majors and interests.

UNVS 121 

Spring semester: Completion, presentation, and promotion of the group project. Mentoring for practical problems, presentation, and team-work issues. Full working versions of deliverables for every team. Public presentation to appropriate industry, population health, or arts community leaders through the lens of an equity-minded approach.

UNVS 122

Can be taken at any time: In-depth study and exploration of HonorsX topic from interdisciplinary perspective. HonorsX seminar topics may include "The Problem of Drought," "Sustaining Democracies," or "Solar Power."