General Honors Program

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

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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

Previous Honors Courses

Spring 2022 Course Offerings

CRN 86354 GNHN 1021, Section 101: The City. Honors Legacy.

Instructor: Jaime Denison (
Monday/Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on Main Campus.

Polis is the Ancient Greek word for “city”, but it denotes the organization of government and economy of the city-state. Hence, the word “politics” is derived from polis, yet we tend to think of politics as divorced from our local communities and applied to larger, “imagined” communities, e.g. nation-states or the states of the US. However, the Greek connotation of polis maintains the idea of politics as the search for the communal good that is grounded in the material and ideological practices of the city, thus resisting our disembodied conceptions that get lost in media and popular political discourse. In this seminar, we will explore this concept of the city as a crucial site of the political, where issues such as production, transportation, preservation, public space and architecture signify the values and direction of those composing the community. In Part I, we will explore the Greek concept of the polis as it emerges from two major sources of political thought, Plato and Aristotle. In Part II, we then move on to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels, and Virginia Held, who focus on political thought while maintaining the importance of the material practices and local communities that underlie ideology. In Part III, we will finish by looking at theorists who discuss the political importance of city design and local politics, and we will finish up in the last few weeks discussing the current issues facing New Mexican cities and the communal values that are implicit in these struggles (which will be the basis of your final paper).

CRN 86700 GNHN 2201, Section 101: The Rhetoric of Protest: Social Activism and the Shaping of U.S. Democracy. Rhetoric and Discourse.

Instructor: Dr. Marissa Juárez (
Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., Campus TBD.

Social activism has gained increasing visibility in the public sphere lately, as movements like Occupy, Black Lives Matter, United We Dream, #NoDAPL, MeToo, Never Again, and others have used public protest to call for equity, justice, and reform. In fact, in a recent article in The Guardian, journalist LA Kauffman asserts that “we are in an extraordinary era of protest,” noting that the past two years have seen unprecedented levels of civic action for social causes. As these protests become a point of contention within our social discourse, it’s important to remember that, historically, many groups and individuals have advocated for civil disobedience to effect meaningful social change within U.S. democracy. This course will explore the power of protest in the ongoing fight for equality. Specifically, students will investigate a variety of social movements and protest texts throughout history—beginning with the American Revolution and ending with texts from present-day activist movements—in order to understand the broader contexts of these messages and their lasting effects. Because protest takes place in a multitude of forms and media, the texts we explore in this class will necessarily move beyond the written word and into the realm of speech, performance, and visual artifacts. Likewise, students will compose assignments in multiple media, including rhetorical analysis, student-led discussions and presentations, posters, and manifestos.

CRN 86481 GNHN 22O5, Section D01: Body, Consciousness, and Death. Humanities in Society and Culture.

Instructor: Rinita Mazumdar (
Monday/Wednesday 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Real Time Online via Brightspace (Zoom).

In this seminar we will explore the concepts of Body, Consciousness, and Death. Students will read articles pertaining to the concept of consciousness as theorized in the works of  Descartes, Darwin, Freud, Jung, Heidegger, Denette, Dreyfus, Derrida, Sankhya, Patanjali, Mandukya Upanishads, and The Tibetan Book of Dead. The purpose of these readings is for the students to be familiar with how important thinkers conceived of the body and its relation to consciousness in different disciplines. In addition, students will read articles from modern medical science and Eastern medicine on the concept of consciousness and death. Through these readings students to be familiar with how the concept of death vary with culture and compare and contrast these ideas with the discoveries in modern sciences. We will conclude the seminar with thoughts on how to apply these concepts in our modern lives by synthesizing thoughts from the thinkers that we have studied.

CRN 86428 GNHN 2207, Section 101: “Memories of Past and Future”: Speculative Poetry from Medieval to Modern. Fine Arts as Global Perspective.

Instructor: AJ Odasso (
Tuesday/Thursday 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. on Main Campus.

Speculative poetry has been defined as a genre of verse focusing on fantastic, mythological, and science fictional themes.  Often labeled “fantastic” or “slipstream,” it is distinguished from other poetic genres and movements by its subject matter; form plays little to no part in its classification.  While many 19th-century Romantic poets used retellings of myths and folklore as an angle for the exploration of alternative viewpoints and social issues in these accepted narratives, poets during the Middle Ages—worldwide—frequently utilized similar approaches and used non-traditional viewpoints (up to and including inanimate objects and sentient birds, as seen in the anonymous Exeter Book Riddles and Farid ud-Din Attar’s Conference of Birds) to explore their subjects.  Although speculative poetry’s emergence as a genre is often cited as having occurred during the 1960s-1970s (with the emergence of such publications as Asimov’ Science Fiction and the founding of the Science Fiction Poetry Association [SFPA] by Suzette Haden Elgin), these themes and approaches in literature have been with us for much longer than we think.  Beginning with the genre’s influences and origins in the verse of the Middle Ages, this writing-intensive course will explore how speculative poetry continues to foster self-expression through fantastic discourse, unexpected viewpoints, and exploration of realms often requiring suspension of disbelief.

Fall 2021 Course Offerings

CRN 77731 GNHN 1021, Section 201: The Legacy of Power in the Novel in English. Honors Legacy. (Hybrid)

Instructor: Chris Prentice (

In this class, we examine four novels' depictions of power and its extraordinary influence on the lives of individuals as well as the course of world events. In Gulliver's Travels, Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, and The White Tiger, we meet an incredible cast of characters: talking horses, religious fanatics, scrappy social-climbers, mysterious fortunetellers, imprisoned dreamers, Bangalore entrepreneurs, Byronic heroes, and mad scientists. These novels are separated by hundreds of years and widely diverse cultural contexts. They take us from the political upheavals of the European Enlightenment to nineteenth-century feminism, from the 19C transatlantic slave trade in the Caribbean to today’s dog-eat-dog capitalism in India. For all their differences, these novels share a primary focus on the interplay between lesser and greater powers, between individuals, groups, nations, systems, and even species. As we read these novels, we will build our knowledge of what they contain—history, aesthetics, philosophy, economics, biography, and more—all the while honing our own analyses of power.

Note: The format of the course is hybrid: We meet once a week in person, on Montoya Campus, Tuesday 3-4:15 p.m. The rest of the class is taken online. 

CRN 76977 GNHN 1021, Section 1O1: The Legacy of Gender Trouble. Honors Legacy. (Face-to-face)

Instructor: Megan Abrahamson (

This class explores the nature of femininity, masculinity, and gender-nonconformity from the Ancient world to today. What does it mean when we teach children to “be ladylike” or “act like a man,” and what power do biology, anthropology, and social constraints have on how we present our own gender? How has masculinity been discussed, historically, by women, and how do men write and think about femininity? How have our present-day biases inflected our interpretations of the past? Do we still need Feminism? What is the legacy of gender that we have inherited from history, and how does it differ across cultures?

Note: This class will meet in-person, T/R 3-4:15 p.m. on Main Campus.   

CRN 76974 GNHN 22O4, Section D01: Disaster and the Nation State. The Individual and the Collective. (Online)

Instructor: Vincent Basso (

Our course traces the ways that disaster has shaped modern states and societies. Through readings in literary fiction, autobiography, and essay, and applying a variety of critical methods, we examine the ways global writers and activists address disasters that range from endemic poverty to the consequences of unmitigated industrialism, war, disease pandemics, and environmental catastrophe. Questioning why impoverished and marginalized people are often more at risk of being the direct victims of disaster, our course evaluates the risks and rewards disaster poses to the nation state and assesses the ways writers and activists push back against the political and socioeconomic conditions that exacerbate social problems and environmental calamity. From the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 to COVID-19, our course analyzes the ways disasters fundamentally structure the modern world. 


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.

Any student who meets the above qualifications, who is attracted to the freedom of inquiry and curiosity that these courses offer, and who wants to deeply engage in the small classroom setting of an earnest scholarly community, is encouraged to email the teacher for more information.

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.