In conjunction with our campus and community partners, the Honors College seeks to customize its course offerings to meet the needs of motivated students who seek to serve the region after graduation.
The Honors College works to collaborate with faculty, staff, and the greater northern Kentucky region to provide enriched academic opportunities for its students. Some of these opportunities include learning communities, wherein eighteen to twenty students are selected to participate in common coursework and co-curricular activities.
The Honors College has partnered with the Chase College of Law and the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership in the College of Arts and Sciences to provide enhanced support for students interested in pursuing a career in law at NKU or beyond. The learning community will participate in professional development opportunities, co-curricular workshops, and activities specifically designed for students who plan to pursue a career in a law related profession. The program will also aid students who wish to take advantage of the accelerated 3+3 law program that allows students in the Honors College to transition into the Chase College of Law after their junior year (or its equivalent). Regardless of the degree track, the Honors College Learning Community in Law and Legal Studies provides themed coursework on issues related to law and justice, as well as co-curricular activities that involve faculty from the Chase College of Law and community members from across northern Kentucky who are practicing law.
FALL COURSE: The Wicked and the Righteous
People in our world do wicked or bad things all the time, and their motivations for these acts that harm others and that range in severity from callous to criminal may often seem commonplace. How does one become wicked and why? What ideals influence society’s rules about appropriate behavior and whose responsibility is it to enforce them? Do bad people get their comeuppance? If a person accused of wicked acts is revealed to be innocent, can they ever truly be vindicated?
The Honors College has partnered with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Pre-Med Review Board to develop a learning community that focuses on the skills and experiences necessary for students to successfully apply for and gain acceptance into medical college. In light of NKU’s partnership with the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Network and the new University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus, the Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences seek to provide curricular and co-curricular opportunities that provide NKU students with a tailored experience that prepares them for medical school and beyond.
FALL COURSE: What Makes Us Human?
This class considers a range of historical and cultural interpretations of the human body through the following questions: What logical explanations (and, eventually, what science) makes the human knowable? What do we mean by “a holistic approach” to the body and healing? What does it mean to “treat the whole person”? What parts of the Hippocratic humoral body do we still “see” today? How does technology change the relationship between the symptom and the disease?
OTHER FALL COURSE: Common section of Biology 150 Lab
The Honors College has partnered with the Haile US Bank College of Business and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to host a learning community dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and regional business connections. Participants need not be business majors to participate, but they should be interested in further developing an entrepreneurial mindset. Students will participate in shared courses and co-curricular activities that will focus on developing entrepreneurial skills and linking students with business leaders in the region. The learning community will also be able to take advantage of a new Makers Space and Three-D Printers in Founders Hall (home of the Honors College).
FALL COURSE: Main Street, USA: Community and Economic Development
Municipalities across the United States are reinvesting in their downtowns. Cities are forming economic development zones, arts and entertainment districts, and innovation hubs in order to lure businesses and draw people back to formerly-abandoned urban communities. This class explores the history of main street development in the United States and uses our local region as a case study. Students will explore Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood, downtown Covington, Newport, and Highland Heights in an effort to better understand the opportunities and challenges to urban development.
OTHER FALL COURSES: Two 7-Week Introduction to Entrepreneurship Courses
The Honors College has partnered with the College of Health Professions and the Department of Nursing to offer a first-year learning community that seeks to prepare students for a successful and meaningful career in nursing. Students enroll in common sections of pre-nursing courses along with their Honors classes. In addition, students participate in unique creative workshops meant to aid in their professional development and receive specialized advising and mentorship opportunities.
FALL COURSE: Culture, Community, Care
This course focuses on interpersonal/intercultural communication in a healthcare setting. When we improve communication, we improve care. In addition to building skills in areas such as listening, clarity, and empathy, we will consider cultural and ethical issues like anti-vaxxing, homeopathic care, rituals and religious dimensions, language barriers, stereotypes, etc. Students will have the unique opportunity to participate in conversation partner activities with international students at NKU.
OTHER FALL COURSES: Common Sections of Pre-Nursing Science Courses
The Honors College has partnered with the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement to offer an enhanced honors experience centered on community and civic engagement. Students will take specialized honors courses that involve community outreach projects. At least one course will include an experiential philanthropy component, allowing students to invest directly in community needs. The courses and co-curricular activities will help highlight the connections between the Honors College curriculum and the greater Cincinnati area. This learning community is designed to help students conduct research that is community-informed and with a purpose. Students enrolled in this learning community will also have the opportunity to help shape a future community-based research scholars program for undergraduate students at NKU.
FALL COURSE: Investing in the Community
What issues and opportunities exist in our communities that demand our attention? How can making an investment in our community create positive change, in both the short-term and the long-term? Students in this course will have the unique opportunity to participate in the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project. Since 1999, this world-renowned "learning by giving” approach has allowed students to experience philanthropy firsthand by being grant makers in the classroom. Students in each class research community problems and nonprofit organizations, evaluate and discuss them, and ultimately select nonprofits in which to invest the funds (real money!).
Students do not need to participate in an Honors Learning Community to take advantage of the Honors College. The college offers a number of courses and experiences for first year students. In addition to the learning community classes, the Honors College will be offering the following for the fall 2019 semester.
People in our world do wicked or bad things all the time, and their motivations for these acts that harm others and that range in severity from callous to criminal may often seem commonplace. How does one become wicked and why? What ideals influence society’s rules about appropriate behavior and whose responsibility is it to enforce them? Do bad people get their comeuppance? If a person accused of wicked acts is revealed to be innocent, can they ever truly be vindicated? What happens to the righteous victims who are harmed by the wickedness of others? This course aims to enhance our understanding of the wicked and the righteous by investigating larger social, psychological, moral, and ethical questions about right and wrong, good and evil, and crime and punishment.
What does it mean to be a globe trekker? What is “home” and what is “away?” What do we learn about ourselves and others when we explore new places and spaces? How are we transformed through travel? These key questions, and others, will be considered as we read scholarly texts and travelogues, watch films, and take some trips of our own. Topics such as culture, technology, nature, politics, economy, social concerns, the arts, entertainment, study abroad and away, as well as intercultural strategies will be included. Let’s go!
This class considers a range of historical and cultural interpretations of the human body through the following questions: What logical explanations (and, eventually, what science) makes the human knowable? What do we mean by “a holistic approach” to the body and healing? What does it mean to “treat the whole person”? What parts of the Hippocratic humoral body do we still “see” today? How does technology change the relationship between the symptom and the disease? What is human about illness? How might logic or a method of examination create a fiction? What happens when the human body is a site of intersection between religion and medicine? Between life and death? Between knowing and not knowing?
What does having “human consciousness” mean? What role does family and society play in its construction? What are constructive expressions of rage? What are the ethics involved when witnessing a violent act? How does one fight through mindful pacifism? In this class, we contemplate the different visual and textual representations of the villain; these villains are, in turn, contextualized by critical readings from different academic disciplines and points of view that cover such subjects as consciousness, psychology, criminality, punishment, prison reform, and ethics. In this way, students gather an appreciation of the human identified as a criminal or labeled villainous, alongside the social and political structures that shape human behavior and influence our concept of “evil.” Our class will gather a more critical understanding of the villain, the criminal, and the social ramifications of human behavior through observation and an interdisciplinary study of human behavior and “badness.”