Honors 1010 at University of Toledo is an interesting course that delves into themes of literature, religion, and philosophy. Along with reading literature novels (books may be different based on the teacher), students engage in class-wide discussions based on their opinions, connections, and further explications.
Over the course of the semester, we have read various texts such as Civilization and Its Discontents (Sigmund Freud), Epictetus’s Handbook, Trial and Death of Socrates, Twelve Theories of Human Nature, No Exit (Sartre). All these novels provided invaluable knowledge and themes that are very interesting to ruminate on.
- On one occasion, I discussed the relevance of The Flood in the religions of Christianity and Hinduism as well as delved into whether or not The Flood has any historical accuracy based on current anthropological research.
- We also talked about the story of Socrates as well as his trials in the Republic of Rome. By identifying his theme of self-confidence and immense understanding of knowledge, we were able to draw various conclusions on his life as well as his influences on his future disciples: Plato and Aristotle.
- When we studied the Twelve Theories of Human Nature and did presentations, we looked at the origins, principles, and specifics of the main religions of the world as well as discussed the effects of religion on modern-day society.
Overall, in Honors 1010, students will have immense exposure to the topics of philosophy, religion, and literature. For students who are interested in these topics, this course will be extremely engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining. However, for students who are not interested in these themes, this course will be a lot of unnecessary work and potentially boring. For students who are interested in this course, they are required to be in the Honors College. Therefore, if upcoming freshmen are interested in enrolling in this course, you should file your application to the Honors College.