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Required Courses (6 hours)

HON 3360H: Principles and Practices of Global Engagement
This course is the gateway to the Honors College minor in Global Engagement and provides a theoretical, ethical and experiential learning framework for participation in academic, co-curricular and professional travel programs. It emphasizes principles of critical reflection, cultural awareness, personal accountability and ethical engagement that serve to enhance learning experiences in the context of local, national and international communities. The concept of global engagement begins with an examination of the principles of citizenship in diverse societies, creating a foundation for an orientation towards critically reflective learning.

HON 3361H: Global Engagement and Research
This is an interdisciplinary reading and research seminar on the economic, cultural, political, historical and technological components of global engagement. Discussion will focus on the strengths and limitations of various research methodologies, and individuals will complete a research project.

Approved Electives (9 hours)

Elective courses listed below, along with corresponding experiential learning components, are necessary for the Global Engagement and Research minor. Academic petitions for approval of coursework not listed below that can be applied to the minor should be made to both the director of the Global Engagement and Research minor and the dean of the Honors College. Students must earn a 3.0 average GPA or higher in all coursework counted toward the minor.

Featured Electives, Summer 2022

HON 3397H  Summer in the City: Creating Our Spaces, Our Places, Ourselves (Galib)

We often limit the concept of creativity to artists and authors without realizing that creativity is foundational to interesting work and rewarding careers. What is creativity? How does studying it inform our perspectives of our entrepreneurial strengths and skills, ultimately positioning us to be sustainable change leaders no matter what careers we pursue? Through a mixed-media approach (through literature, film, and site-based learning), this course will enable students to develop their understanding of creativity, innovation, design thinking, self-awareness, leadership, mindfulness, and systems thinking to develop a real-world solution to a challenging Houston problem. Classes will meet at the 4201 Main Street in Midtown on Thursdays and dinner will be included.

HON 3397H  International Relations and Forced Migration (Myrick, Summer IV)

Since 1950, refugee populations worldwide have continued to swell at an alarming rate due to political and religious persecution, civil and regional military conflict, and, more recently, climate change. As of the end of 2020, the UNHCR reported 82.4 million forcibly displaced individuals worldwide, including some 21 million refugees under the UNHCR's mandate. While root causes of forced migration vary, they each represent at some level the failure of international relations. This course will explore via case studies incidents of forced migration that have shaped the international community's responses to asylum-seekers, refugees, and other forms of involuntary migrants, including "climigrants." This class culminates in the Osgood Center's American Foreign Policy Institute on-site in Washington, DC. Travel dates are July 31 – August 12; travel component is CITE funded and fulfills the "national" and "10-day" excursion requirement for the minor. 

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ANTH 4361: Migration, Borders, and Citizenship
ARTH 3312*: Pre-Columbian Art
BIOL 4302H*: GalápaGO! Research-based Learning Abroad
BUSI 4335/FINA 4335*: Brainstorming to Bankrolling
COMM 4389: Media for Social Justice: Digital Media & Activism in Latin America & Houston
ENRG 4397H: Ecologies of Being
HIST 4318: Oil & Africa
HIST 4386: Africa from 1945 to Present
HIST 4397: Health & Healing in Africa
HIST 4397: Love & African Revolutions
HON 3306H*: Health & Human Rights
HON 3332: Mapping Success
HON 3331H: Introduction to Civic Engagement
HON 3397H: A Greek Odyssey
HON 3397H: Affordable Sustainable Housing
HON 3397H*: Creative Cities
HON 3397H: Heterodoxy: An Intellectual History
HON 3397H*: International Relations and Forced Migration
HON 3397H*: Springtime/Summer/Fall in the City
HON 3397H: The Great American City
HON 4298: Grand Challenges Forum
HON 4315H*: Artists at Work/Artists & Their Regions
HON 4390H: Antiquity Revisited
HON 4397H: Israel, Ancient & Modern
HON 4397H*: Model Debate
HON 4397H*: Tunisia: Ancient Carthage & Arab Uprisings
IART 1300*: The Arts in Society
INTB 3355: Global Environment of Business
MANA 4347:
POLS 3315: International Organizations
POLS 3352H: Immigration: Politics and Policy in the U.S.
POLS 4396: Model United Nations
SPAN 4343: Health & Society in the Hispanic World
WGSS 3321: Gender in Transnational Perspective
*Indicates a course with a pre-approved excursion component

View Global Engagement and Research Excursion Criteria.

Declare Global Engagement and Research Minor.

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