General Honors Program

The School of Communication, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CHSS) and School of Math, Science, and Engineering (MSE) General Honors Program

Sign up for an Honors Class

To help you decide among the offered classes, please contact each instructor directly.

Email the instructor in the class description about an override for the section and attach a copy of your Honors letter. Please have your Honors email ready to verify eligibility.

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The General Honors Program gives students an exciting option for enhancing their liberal arts education while at CNM. Being in the Honors Program can open doors and help enhance your career path. To have graduated with Honors on your record is a good way to add value to an application to a job or a four-year institution. Your acceptance into the CNM Honors Program automatically qualifies you for the Honors Program at UNM (providing you have met the UNM general criteria for admission).

Being in the Honors program connects you to a supportive network of Honors students, professors, and alumni. You will also be eligible for special scholarships, conferences, and internships.

Honors Courses

Summer 2021 Course Offerings

CRN 92772 GNHN 1021, Section D01: The Utopian Legacy. Honors Legacy (Online)

Instructor: Zachary Cannon (

This course follows the 500-year legacy of the idea of utopia as it evolves from political tract to fiction, from the depiction of utopian ideals to dystopian fears. We’ll look at philosophical/political tracts, novels, films and contemporary culture as we analyze the development of utopia from a blueprint of an ideal society to a structure for describing social calamity and handbook for resistance. We’ll start with More’s Utopia and end with Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games series and the deployment of its symbols of resistance in protests as far away as Thailand and Myanmar.

Spring 2021 Course Offerings

CRN 83754 GNHN 1021, Section D01: Legacies of Foodways: A Global Look at Food and Culture. Honors Legacy (Online)

Instructor: Jessica Craig (

The consumption of food is not merely a human biological need, but also a means of defining ourselves, both in the past and today.  Like all aspects of culture, the sharing of food creates cohesiveness and unity among a given community.  This course will explore the influential role food has played in shaping human governance and power, economy, religious practice, and gender roles. We’ll also examine modern foodways, paying careful attention to issues of identity, food security, and health. We will address the issues of globalization, immigration, and human labor as it’s related to food.  We will explore the social norms of food preparation, food sharing, and food consumption.  We will identify and look to better understand food taboos and other rules that govern cultural ideologies surrounding what we eat and how we eat it. 

CRN 84325 GNHN 2201, Section D01: Writing the Environment: The Nature of Nature. Rhetoric and Discourse (Online)

Instructor: Rebecca Aronson (

 In this class we will explore environmental writing. Reading selections will include reportage, journals, and non-fiction personal essays, as well as poetry and a few films, with particular focus on Native American, African-American, and women writers. We’ll examine how people have observed, interacted with, romanticized, feared, measured, and reported on the natural world, while also thinking about our own stances towards our environment, through analytical and creative work. Come explore the nature of nature! 

CRN 84024 GNHN 2205, Section D01: Mindfulness in the Digital Era. Humanities in Society (Online)

Instructor: Julie Dunlop (

Do you feel stressed? How much has your “screen time” increased during the pandemic? This course offers an opportunity to examine stress (and stress relief) in relationship to the digital era by exploring benefits and drawbacks of technological innovation—especially in relationship to your academic major and career path. Through writing, analysis, research, discussion, and experiential learning, we’ll move toward a deeper understanding of how technology is shaping our lives, as well as the choices we have in relating to our increasingly digitized society. Cross-pollination of ideas from different academic disciplines, cultures, and time periods will support our journey. (This class is 100% online and asynchronous; weekly work is required, with the opportunity to participate at the times that are most convenient for you.)

CRN 83938 GNHN 2207, Section D01: Dance as Diplomacy. Fine Arts as Global Perspective (Online)

Instructor: Bridgit Lujan (

In this course students will explore how dance serves as a cultural ambassador around the world.  Dance performances, videos, and images of dance influence peoples’ beliefs about a culture and a nation’s politics and values.  In this course students will explore how different styles of dance (ballet, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop) have influenced world views and served to increase harmony across nations through live performance and recorded media.  Students will do readings, observe videos, and participate in discussions.  This is not a movement class however there is an occasional movement component that gives students the opportunity to participate in embodied exploration of simple movements of each dance style to create reflective writings. 


A student must have taken at least 9 college credits, must have at least a 3.2 GPA and must have received a B or better in English 1101 in order to be considered for the Honors Program. Enrollment in Honors classes requires permission of the instructor of the class or of an associate dean. 

Enrollment in Honors courses is by invitation only; however, any student who meets the above qualifications and is interested in the challenge these courses offer is encouraged to apply. 

Transferring to UNM

Students who take Honors classes at CNM are automatically eligible to be in UNM’s Honors Program when they transfer. All Honors classes offered at CNM transfer to UNM.

UNM requires 24 credits of Honors classes in order to graduate with Honors and 9 of those credits (3 classes) may be taken at CNM. All Honors classes offered at CNM transfer to UNM.

For more information contact CHSS at (505) 224-3588.