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Course Offerings

The University Honors Program offers a unique curriculum, comprised of Honors sections of thoughtfully-chosen courses from across campus departments as well as courses developed especially for the UHP. Almost all of the Honors offerings meet General Education requirements, and they are exclusively reserved for Honors students, giving members of the UHP an opportunity to explore a vast array of topics as a community of scholars.

In addition, UHP offers a series of courses created specifically with the mission of the Honors Program in mind. Courses in the Los Angeles Studies Series investigate issues of sustainability, diversity, and social justice from different, yet interrelated fields of study, and they include service learning and field trips for hands-on learning.

For additional information regarding UHP courses, please consult the online University Catalog.

Los Angeles Studies Series Course Descriptions

UHP 101 - Art, Community, Place: The LA Interchange – Honors (E)
UHP 101 navigates a complicated crossroads: the intersection of both individuals and communities with art, education, and the environment. The Los Angeles area term “Interchange” suggests that change, and therefore growth, comes by crossing over from one field of reference to another while still traveling forward. This course explores the richly diverse cultural products and performances available in and connected to the Greater Los Angeles region, and in particular considers the role of art in enriching lives and communities as well as illuminating issues of social justice and sustainability. Students also learn how a variety of scholars, including many here at CSULB, have explained the fundamental importance of artistic expression for individuals and societies and have encouraged a community-based approach to art.
UHP 201 - Sustainability and Technology in Los Angeles – Honors (B1b w/ Lab)
UHP 201 investigates major scientific issues behind our understanding of sustainability such as biodiversity, population, food and water resources, climate change, energy, public health, and the overall forecast for the environment and the human condition for the next several decades. Students will gain a greater appreciation of how science can inform the policies and practices that will shape a more sustainable future. California is the hub of innovative technologies and a leader of numerous sustainability efforts in the United States, but with a high concentration of power plants, refineries, and automobiles, Los Angeles is also the capital of photochemical smog and a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions.
UHP 301 - Politics and Policy in Los Angeles – Honors (D2 or F; Service Learning Capstone)
UHP 301 teaches students that residents of American cities and towns have opportunities to engage in politics and shape their communities in ways that uphold their values and improve their lives. Through examinations of various metropolitan issues, policy solutions, and planning actions, this course seeks to confront the common fear and dislike of politics by showing students that they can understand and engage in shaping their communities, particularly at the local level. Students explore specifically the politics and policies that shape the city and county of Los Angeles and the broader “Southland” region (e.g., environmental sustainability, social justice, health, immigration, and education). By engaging in service learning with community partner organizations, students experience public policy in Los Angeles first-hand.
UHP 401 - The History of Los Angeles: Invention of a City – Honors (D2 or F; Interdisciplinary Capstone and Human Diversity)
UHP 401 explores the history of Los Angeles and the city’s place in the American popular imagination: Los Angeles is currently the most studied city in the United States. With one of the most diverse urban populations in the world, an incredible 600 square mile land mass, a lost river, and Hollywood, an image-producing fantasy machine, Los Angeles offers historians vast opportunities to examine social, cultural, and political relations in a dynamic urban environment. Students will come away from this class with a new understanding of the metropolitan area in which they live, a background in urban history and theory, and an introduction to analyzing Los Angeles’ rich historiographical literature. Race, class and gender will be key analytical categories as we travel through the weird, wonderful, and too often unjust circumstances that make Los Angeles so fascinating.