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Every Honors Student is required to take at least two interdisciplinary colloquia as part of their general requirements. These colloquia are often able to fulfill other requirements for your major (humanities, cultural diversity, social sciences, etc.); plus, they're a lot of fun!

There are eleven Honors Colloquia available for Spring 2014!  Please enroll so that we fill all the available seats!

HONR 3000-099The Nature of Truth. Prof. M. Marx, R, 5:00 – 7:40 p.m., KH 208C
“What is truth?” Mankind has been asking this question for millennia. This Honors Colloquium is an in-depth, interdisciplinary examination of the multi-faceted nature of truth. This class will not address what is true; that is up to you, the student, to decide for yourself. What this class will do is engage in academic discussions of what truth means to experts from various disciplines and, hopefully, provide a platform for an in-depth academic inquiry into the nature of truth from multiple perspectives. Truth is looked at differently by philosophers, historians, physicists, linguists, economists, political scientists, and others. In this course you will be engaging in discussions with UNO faculty members from a variety of disciplines centered on this theme.


ENGL 2510-099Literature:  Middle Ages to Enlightenment.  Prof. L. Buchelt, TR, 11:30 – 12:45
A study of European (excluding English) literature in English translation. Includes the works of such writers as Dante, Chretien de Troyes, Christine de Pisan, Petrarch, le Rabelais, Calderon and Voltaire.
Prereq: ENGL 1160


ENGL 3300-099:  Jr. Topics:  Jewish Writers, Prof. J. Latchaw, TR, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m., ASH 388
This course is an introduction to topics in American literature, to include colonial, modern, and postmodern literature and also Native American and immigrant/diaspora literature written in English or read in translation. Readings will vary according to the topic specified.
Prereq: English 2410 or 2420. 



PA 4590-099Philanthropy and Democracy, Prof. A. Eikenberry, R, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.
This course will focus on issues related to philanthropy—including charitable giving, volunteerism, and the nonprofit sector—and its role in a democratic United States. The purposes of this course will be to: introduce students to philanthropy and its institutions; show the important links between American philanthropy and democracy, including discussion of political, social and economic issues; and provide students with hands-on experience with the grant writing and grant making process.


PSCI 3340-099:  American Political Thought, Prof. L. Bykerk, TR, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m., KH 208C
An overview and analysis of the dominant political thoughts and ideas that have been present in American thinking from the days of the Puritans to today, and the individuals who held them. (Cross-listed with PSCI 8345). Call the Honors Program office if you need a permit.


ISQA 4140-099           Teaching Computer Skills at the DCCC    MW     10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PK 279 and DCCC            Prof. Donna Dufner

Service Learning Course at Douglas County Corrections Center.  Please contact Dr. Dufner at 554-2069 for permit.


Departmental courses also accepted for colloquium credit:
ECON 4340-099: The Economics of Technology, Prof. A. Diamond, T, 6:00 – 8:40 p.m.
The seminar discusses whether innovation is more driven by demand or supply forces, the optimal timing of adoption of new technology, whether new technology benefits workers and consumers, and whether government is successful at supporting promising new technology.
Prereq: MATH1310 and ECON2200, each with a "C"(2.0) or better, or BSAD8180.

ENGL 3000-098: Myth of the Melting Pot Theory, Prof. P. Smith, MWF, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.

GERO 4720-899: Baby Boomers and the 21st Century, Prof. K. Shaffer.  Totally internet-mediated.  Limited to 3 Honors students.
The objectives of this course are:
1.  To gain an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities of the baby boomers (BBs) from both gerontological and business perspectives and apply that to all aspects of the 21st century.
2.  To familiarize gerontology students with the relationship of business concepts, products and services to BBs.



HIST 4720-099:  The Holocaust, Prof. W. Beorn.  TR, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.  ASH 217.
This class will examine the Holocaust against its historical background of anti-Semitism, racist ideology, German-Jewish relations, and the rise and fall of the Third Reich.  It will study it from different perspectives, such as the motivation and behavioral mode of the perpetrators and executioners, the reactions of victims, and the attitudes of bystanders.  Finally, we will ponder the enduring legacy and current meaning of the Holocaust. 

With an interdisciplinary approach, the course will draw on psychology, sociology, and literature, as well as history.  Films dealing with the Holocaust will be shown and discussed and numerous guest speakers will be invited to share their perspectives.

SSCI 2000-099:  Schumacher Seminar in Ethics, Prof. J. Brown.  TR, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Application required.  Please contact Dr. Brown in ASH 347.
An interdisciplinary course which explores the nature and scope of social science, and seeks an integrated understanding of selected social science topics within the context of contemporary issues. Course topics will vary, but will typically include a multidisciplinary approach.