What are Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars?
Once team-taught by some of our brightest faculty, the Honors Seminars are now taught by single faculty only – still, these courses try to introduce students to innovative interdisciplinary perspectives on unique and engaging topics.
All Honors graduates will complete at least three seminars during their curriculum – and many will find these their most stimulating classes as college students. The dialogue between two professors fosters a ever-changing conversation in which Honors students participate and oftentimes take the lead. These interdisciplinary classes take a seminar format, emphasizing dynamic group discussion rather than passive lectures, and so place much of the responsibility for learning on the students-as-scholars. Rather than simply accepting the authority of a text or professor, students are encouraged to thoughtfully critique and challenge any notions they’re presented with . . . while also expecting to have their own viewpoints thoughtfully challenged and critiqued.
The Seminars are designed and scheduled in such a way that students can complete many of their General Education area requirements through the Honors curriculum. The Seminars are taken primarily during the sophomore and junior years, after students have completed the Freshman Global Ideas sequence.
Some recent and upcoming seminars offered include:
- Seeing the Invisible – crossroads between abstract art and quantum physics (pics from class: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Power to the People – counter-culture movements of the 1960s (film projects from the class: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- La Verne in Higher Education – creating documentary oral histories (films from students: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; from instructors: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
- Animals in Society – how societies’ treatment of animals reflects societal values
- Disneylandland – a critical consideration of Disney films with an added travel component at the actual park.
- Invisible Theater – synthesizing math theory with stage design (slideshows of class projects: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Taking Health into Your Own Hands – embedded health within educational institutions
- Un-lock Holmes – the origins and popularity of Sherlock and writing detective stories (Un-locked stories )
- The Devil Made Me Do It – the historical progression of the Faust legend
- Voices in Action – protest movements and learning how/when to organize for social change
- The Bauhaus: Innovation in Art & Education – the Bauhaus movement
- Audio-Visual Love Affairs of the Avant Garde – delves into progressive 20th century art movement
- Art and Architecture of Los Angeles – the vast innovations and eclectic-ness of the LA art scene