Honors
Director: Rick Davis
Secretary: Euleza Hymas (208) 496-2103

 

Honors classes offered at BYU-Idaho are designed to stretch those who want to be stretched. Honors classes are generally smaller than normal classes, and topics and discussions go farther and probe deeper than other classes. Expect to be challenged. Expect to think critically and creatively. We expect innovation in both teaching and learning in Honors courses. Your reward will be that sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction that comes from going the extra mile and knowing you could do it.

If you have a GPA of 3.5 or above (your most recent GPA, be it from high school or college) you are automatically qualified to register for any Honors course. If you think you have what it takes but your GPA is not yet at 3.5 or above, we encourage you to contact the teacher to see if you can be added to their class. Seats are often available for those who want “something more.” To find current Honors classes just look in the Class Schedule under “Honors.”

There is a $5.00 per class fee to take honors classes, but we love to reward excellence a $50 scholarship is given each semester to those who: (1) are enrolled in an Honors class that semester, and (2) who obtain an overall 3.5 GPA or above. At the close of the semester after the grades are in, your account is automatically credited and you can use the money toward tuition, Bookstore purchases, or even ask for a cash payment.
 
 
Course Descriptions

AMHER 170H American Heritage & Civilization (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE American Institutions requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
A one semester survey presenting the fundamental principles of the American constitution and the strengths of the American free market economy, and the historical events that have shaped America's political and economic heritage.
 
ANTH 101H Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
Anthropological approaches and perspectives on humans, their culture, and their society; early and pre-historic humans. Basic concepts for analyzing cultural behavior. Comparison on non Western societies.
 
ART 202H Honors Art History II (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Arts requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
A survey of art from Renaissance to Modern, with an emphasis on art in its political, social, and religious context.
 
BIO 100H Principles of Biology - Honors (3:3:2)
Fulfills GE Biological Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
A general biology course intended for non-biology majors in the honors program. This course is designed around the areas of cell chemistry and metabolism, cellular structure and function, laws of heredity and ecology. Throughout the course students will examine scientific methods and the means through which our current body of biological knowledge has been obtained. (Fall)
 
BIO 102H Principles of Biology Laboratory - Honors (1:0:3)
Fulfills GE Biological Science requirement.
Fee:  $10.00
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in BIO 100H
Lab course designed to accompany BIO 100H. For Honors students only. This laboratory will examine topics covered in the BIO 100H lecture by the use of hands on and/or inquiry based experiments and exercises. Concurrent registration in BIO 100H is mandatory. (Fall)
 
CHILD 210H Child Development (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
A theoretical, academically oriented course focusing on the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child from conception through adolescence. Influences on the child's development willl be discussed.
 
CHIN 101H Beginning Mandarin I (4:5:0)
Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Beginners and students with less than two years of high school Chinese should register for this course. Basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing.
 
COMM 150H Interpersonal Theory and Practice (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Basic Skills requirement.
Prerequisite: This is an Honors section. To enroll in any Honors class you need to have at least a 3.5 GPA.
Examines basic elements and theory of human communication in a practical, relevant setting. Explores varied facets of interpersonal process, with emphasis on improving communication skills. Appropriate for students who will take only one communication course.
 
ECON 111H Economic Principles and Problems--Macro (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE American Institutions requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
This course is designed to familiarize you with the theory, methodology, and terminology used by economists. The principles covered in the class can improve your decision-making abilities as a citizen, consumer, investor, and business person. A basic understanding of economics and how it influences you as an individual is a useful tool in all phases of life.
 
ECON 112H Economic Principles and Problems-Micro (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
An elementary course emphasizing the functioning of the price system and its effect on the household, the business firm, and international trade. Economic fundamentals for business decision making are covered along with such contemporary issues as income distribution, economic growth, and international trade and finances.
 
ENG 111H College Writing (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Reading & Writing requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Focuses on the development of proficient college writing. Emphasizes the composing process, expository and argumentative discourse, research and documentation. Requires essays totaling 5,000 words of drafted and edited prose. (Intended for Honors Program students.)
 
ENG 250H Introduction to Literature (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Introduces literary genre: short story, novel, poetry, and drama. Emphasizes skilled reading and analysis of significant examples. (Intended for Honors Program students. Not recommended for English majors.)
 
ENG 311H Advanced Writing and Critical reading (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Reading & Writing requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Completion of English 111 or 111C and 22 credit hours or sophomore standing.
Emphasizes writing expository and argumentative essays and the literal, analytical, and critical interpretation of college-level reading. Requires analytical essays including summaries, a research paper, critical analyses, and arguments totaling 8,000-10,000 words of edited and documented prose. (Intended for Honors Program students.)
 
ENG 373H Shakespeare (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Focuses on the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and the culture of Elizabethan England. (Intended for Honors Program students.)
 
HON 200 Readings in Western Culture: Ancient World (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Students must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an honors course.
An examination of selected primary works of the Hebrew, Greek, Roman, and Medieval periods with historical setting and thematic structure provided by three lectures per week. Areas considered include literature, history, and philosophy
 
HON 201 Readings in Western Culture: Modern World (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
A continuation of Honors 200 Renaissance to the present.
 
HON 220 Philosophy/Ethics (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
A deep probing of selected moral and ethical dilemmas in today's society. The course will examine the ethical standards of other societies and compare them to our own. Readings will focus on philosophy and law as statements of ethical policy. What lies behind the choices we make?
 
HON 221H The Writings of C.S. Lewis (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
This course will explore the writings of C.S. Lewis as the "theological philosophy" of an insightful writer, who defended Christianity as a philosophy of life. In doing so, the class will address the question: What use is C.S. Lewis to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
 
HON 222 The Writings of C. Terry Warner and C.S. Lewis (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Student accumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Commitment and competency in reading and writing to explore theological and philisophical issues.
This course will explore the writings of C.S. Lewis and philosopher C. Terry Warner to understand how contemporary views about thinking and feeling influence men and women to "betray themselves" by seeking to justify self-centered motives.
 
HUM 101H Introduction to Humanities (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Arts requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
Designed to give students a broad overview of painting, sculpture, music, literature, architecture and film. The course shows how the arts reflect humanity's attempt to find meaning and fulfillment in life.
 
HUM 201H The Arts in Western Culture: Pre-Historic to Renaissance (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Arts requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
A study of the development of Western civilization, examining the art, architecture, music, and literature of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Medieval Europe within historical, religious, and philosophical contexts.
 
HUM 202H The Arts in Western Culture: Renaissance to Modern (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Arts requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
A study of the development of Western civilization as expressed through art, architecture, music and literature from the Renaissance to the present.
 
MATH 110H College Algebra (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Math requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: In addition to receiving permission from the instructor before registering and having a GPA of at least 3.5, the student must meet the following prerequisites: Must have passed Math 101 with a "B" or higher (within the past 3 years) OR successfully completed two years of high school algebra (within the past 3 years) AND achieve a satisfactory score on the placement exam given at the beginning of the class.
This is an Honors course addressing many of the traditional topics of College Algebra. It differs from the Math 110 course in that it is directed toward historical linkage, proof, and challenging problem solving. This course will satisfy the General Education Math Requirement. It will also prepare the student for future math courses that require a strong algebra component. (TI86 calculator required)
 
PHIL 110H Introduction to Philosophy (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take this course.
Introduction to philosophical thought through reasoning on such topics as ethics, reality, and knowledge. Practice articulating, assessing, and rationally defending positions on philosophical issues. Includes examination of major philosophical texts.
 
PHIL 201H Ancient & Medieval Philosophy (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
An examination through leading texts of the historical development of western philosophy from Greek antiquity through the Middle Ages.
 
PHIL 202H Modern Philosophy (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
An examination through leading texts of the historical development of western philosophy from the Renaissance to the present.
 
PHIL 203H History of Religious Thought (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honors course.
A survey of the development of religious thought from ancient times to the beginning of Christianity, including Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Israelite and Canaanite religions.
 
PHIL 204H History of Religious Thought (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honors course.
A survey of the development of Christian religious thought from Christ to the modern era.
 
PHIL 313H Introduction to Ethics (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
Introduction to and evaluation of major ethical theories and their application to contemporary moral issues. Emphasizes practice in moral reasoning.
 
PHIL 315H Philosophy of Religion (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
Introduction to reasoning on philosophical issues regarding the existence and nature of god, religious experience, faith, religious knowledge, and the religious life.
 
PSYCH 111H General Psychology (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
A survey of the various fields of psychology and application of selected psychological principles to life situations.
 
PSYCH 201H Dev Psychology (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
The study of biological, affective, social and cognitive aspects of behavior throughout life.
 
REL 121H Book of Mormon (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Student must have a 3.5 or higher cumulatiave GPA to take an Honor's course.
Required for graduation. A study of the origin, content and teachings of the Book of Mormon from 1st Nephi through Alma 29.
 
REL 122H Book of Mormon (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Student must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
Required for graduation. A study of the content and teachings of the Book of Mormon from Alma 30 through Moroni.
 
REL 211H New Testament (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Student must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
A study of Matthew through Revelation, and Joseph Smith - Matthew.
 
REL 301H Old Testament (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Student must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
A study of the books of Moses, Abraham, and Genesis through Deuteronomy.
 
REL 302H Old Testament (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Student must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
A study of the Old Testament from Joshua through Malachi.
 
REL 324H Doctrine & Covenants (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Student must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA to take an honors course.
The entire Doctrine and Covenants, including the Official Declarations, will be covered in the course.
 
REL 341H Latter-day Saint history from 1805-1844 (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Student must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA to take an Honors course.
A study of the history and doctrine of the Church from Joseph Smith through his martyrdom.
 
REL 342H Church History (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Student must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA to take an Honors course.
A study of the history and development of the Church from 1844 to the present.
 
SOC 111H Introduction to Sociology (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
This course focuses on the social and cultural foundations of human life. Its basic concepts enable the students to appreciate the degree to which they and others are molded and shaped by society, and to understand the complexity of the social forces in their environment.
 
SOC 112H Social Problems 112H (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
This course is designed to acquaint the student with current social problems and suggests possible means of prevention and/or solution.