Sample Course Offerings

Honors Academies customizes our course offerings based on student and organizer interest. Here is a list of previous courses that have been offered through the Honors Academies. 

Bioscience & Biotechnology

Cutting-edge research in bioscience and biotechnology draws upon ideas and methods from a broad range of academic disciplines spanning the sciences, engineering, and medicine. This course includes a brief overview of areas of current research, and highlights cutting-edge developments in the field.

Business & Entrepreneurship

This course provides students with an intensive introduction to the core business disciplines including strategy, marketing, innovation, investments, finance, and entrepreneurship. Students will then apply these ideas to a range of research assignments and creative projects similar to those seen in undergraduate and graduate-level business courses. Topics covered in the business course have included research analysis of real companies, case study-based research, approaches to business strategy, design thinking, creativity and leadership, organizational psychology, product management, social entrepreneurship, and other topics. Group work and development of communication and presentation skills are emphasized.

Business in a Global World

This course will offer an introduction to the study of globalization. From worldwide business relationships to border-crossing music, news, and movies, complicated cultural, economic, and political forces have challenged how we traditionally understand the state, culture, economy, the environment, and daily life. During this course, we will examine the history of globalization, its causes and effects, how different groups respond to it, who it benefits and who it harms, and the institutions regulating to global forces. We will have readings from the worlds of business, government, journalism, and international activism. We will also be watching popular films and listening to a variety of music. In class, we will creatively explore globalization through debates and small group activities that will allow us to develop our different opinions on today's international questions.

Software Engineering & Game Design

This course will introduce students to the concepts of app development, game design, and artificial intelligence through basic programming and mathematics. The course will provide a general overview of simulations and prototyping, with emphasis on real world practices and applications.

Creative Writing

In this course, students develop the imaginative, critical, and technical skills necessary for writing fiction and poetry. Using the published work of well-known authors as well as original student writing, students explore various topics and problems that face anyone embarking on the creative-writing process. Students read texts as writers, not as critics or historians of literature. Additionally, this class will examine the fundamental questions facing writers today: how and why do writers write? The course follows the workshop model where students bring their own stories and poems to class for group discussion, and students develop the skills to constructively critique and workshop each other's work. Through this process, students learn a variety of techniques for improving and developing their own writing.

International Relations & The Global Economy

In the news and in our daily lives, global interactions are the norm. We buy foreign-made goods, travel to remote corners of the world, and experience the effects of other countries' economic policies. Yet behind frequent contact with the international environment there are many vexing questions, as well as unrecognized opportunities. Why are there still so many poor people? Why are financial crises contagious? How is the global economy governed? This course will help answer this kind of questions by providing a unifying and coherent framework to guide students to think independently about the global economy. Students also will be introduced to current political economy arguments about globalization, economic systems, and development, and learn how to use evidence and reason to scrutinize these arguments.

Intuitive Problem Solving

For students fascinated by mathematical thinking who would like to deepen their understanding of this powerful problem-solving tool. Topics include mathematical mindset, number flexibility, mathematical reasoning, pattern-finding, and visual representation, with a special emphasis on exploring open-ended mathematical challenges and asking challenging mathematical questions. Students will also learn ways to bring mathematical thinking to their daily lives, helping them be more effective at making decisions ("Which sport should I play: lacrosse or soccer?"), planning ("When should I start working on a paper that's due in three weeks?"), and making sense of world ("Someone says that Americans waste five hundred millions pounds of paper a year. Is that a lot?"). In this project-based course, students will learn in teams, working together on small project and presenting their insights to their classmates. Students will also create an online portfolio of their work and key concepts in the course to use as a future reference. REQUIRED EXAM: MATH

Mathematical Logic & Problem Solving

This course is for those who delight in solving challenging math problems and who would like to further develop both their problem-solving and their logical-reasoning skills. Problem solving is the activity of the mathematician, and logical reasoning is the framework for this activity. Here we give an introductory course in logic, drawing from examples outside of mathematics but focusing on the use of logic within mathematics. Students are introduced to the basics of propositional and first-order logic, and this gives them access to formal notions of familiar logical methods. Additionally, students discover how their formal understanding can be used directly to help solve certain mathematical problems. But logical reasoning is not all there is to problem solving. Good problem-solving skills include ingenuity, creativity, and the ability to apply a variety of strategies and techniques. In this course, students are taught fundamental tools and standard techniques for problem solving, and they are given the opportunity to develop their mathematical ingenuity through practice on problems in a wide range of difficulty. The mathematical subject areas that the problems are drawn from include set theory, number theory, and combinatorics - none of which require more background than algebra.

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a human-focused, prototype-driven process for innovation. In this course you will develop a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts, methods and mindsets of Design Thinking by doing projects. The Design Thinking approach has rapidly been adopted by some of the world's leading brands, such as Apple, Google, Samsung, and GE and the approach is being taught at leading universities around the world, including Stanford and Harvard. It is also becoming the prominent approach used to solve problems in almost all industries from aeronautics, medical care, technology, non-profit, business, education among others. In this project-based course, students will learn in teams, working together on projects developed by Stanford's d.school. They will brainstorm to unleash their creativity and also design and implement solutions for each other. Expect students to learn experientially by using their minds, hearts, hands and feet and also polish their social emotional skills, creative confidence and problem solving skills.