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Honors Courses

From art history to international studies, from biology to psychology, Honors Carolina offers more than 160 Honors courses each year that encompass virtually every discipline in the College of Arts & Sciences.

The courses below provide a few examples of what Honors Carolina has to offer:

Medicine, Literature, and Culture

Professor Jane Thraikill

From Dr. Frankenstein’s realization that he had indeed created a monster, to the savvy detection work of Dr. Gregory House on the popular FOX television show, tales of mysterious patients and canny doctors have captivated audiences for centuries. Explore what these stories tell us about our culture, our history, and the experience of being human.

Computational Genetics

Professor Todd Vision

Get a taste of independent research — and hone your scientific writing and presentation skills — while examining computational approaches to problems in one of the most information-rich sub-fields of biology: genetics and genomics. Designed for students with an affinity for mathematical puzzles and programming, this seminar explores topics such as global patterns of gene expression and genetic mapping.

International Migration

Professor Niklaus Steiner

While the global movement of products, services, ideas, and information is increasingly free, the migration of people across borders remains tightly controlled. This course explores moral, economic, political, and cultural issues, paying particular attention to the distinction between migrants who move voluntarily and those who are forced to flee.

The Feast: Food in Film, Philosophy, and Fiction

Professor Inger Brodey

Food and feasting often define community by establishing a connection between those who eat, what they eat and how they eat: as such it shapes national and cultural identities. The multiple purposes and nuances of food make it a rich theme in literature, film, and the visual arts. The food and banquet film has recently become a genre unto itself, and the outpouring of films are helpful in understanding cross-cultural differences in the social and philosophical understandings of what it is to be human. In addition to readings in philosophy, theology, and literature, students study food films, work in the digital humanities, invite guest speakers, and create their own final feast.

Human Rights in the Modern World

Professor Michael Morgan

Today, the language of human rights is almost universal. It is fundamental to the way that we understand justice both at home and, especially, abroad. But this was not always the case. Ideas of human rights changed over time, gaining power as a result of political, intellectual, and social developments worldwide. This course looks at the international history of human rights from the Enlightenment to the present and considers how human rights ideas first emerged, how they evolved, and how they became so influential.

The Business of Games

Professor Diane Pozefsky

Games are used for entertainment, training, teaching, health and social commentary. Sometimes the game is the product and sometimes it is used to sell a product. This seminar examines what makes a good game and how people are making a business of gaming. Students learn the elements of game design, explore tools available to prototype games, learn the basic parts of a business plan, and work in teams to design and build their own video game.


Professor Ivan Chrednik

An advanced research course for first-year students only, Combinatorics explores puzzles, combinations, Fibonacci numbers, designs, cyphers, Catalan numbers, and the theory of numbers. The seminar is a perfect background for future specialists in mathematics, physics, computer science, biology, economics, for those who are curious about statistical physics, cryptography, how the stock market works, and for everyone who likes mathematics.

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