Honors Colloquiums


Honors Colloquiums are 1 credit projects Honors students can add to any regular Western course. The student develops the project in consultation with the faculty member teaching the course. The resulting project allows the Honors student a deeper engagement with the regular course material and offers the student the opportunity to pursue a topic of special interest related to the course.

2015-2016 Colloquiums

Endangered Language Revitalization:

Karlie is currently taking ANTH357 Language and Culture with Dr. Lynn Sikkink. Karlie is researching endangered languages to create a cross-cultural comparison of the endangered language and their paths. Karlie will communicate her discoveries by teaching a class to encourage students to explore new ways of help language revitalization. 

2014-2015 Colloquiums

Anatomical Application of Physics Principles:

William supplemented his PHYS 140 with Dr. Griggs by researching physics in relation to physical movement. Application was done through weeks of research and practical application to bring physics outside the classroom into the real world. This project helped enhance William's understanding of physical movement, a topic he is interested in pursuing through graduate school.

Script Writing Extension:

Kayla took her COM306 course two steps further by choosing to focus every assignment with material concerned with absurdist, surrealist, and avant-garde theater styles. Through additional research, she demonstrated creative application to the core curriculum of the class to produce a final portfolio to help further pursue her academic pursuits. This was supervised by Dr. Paul Edwards.

Field Experience: English as a Second Language Volunteer:

Amanda chose to do an independent study to help finish her major in education with an emphasis in ESL learning. She volunteered at the Center for Adult and Family Education (CAFE) for four hours a week by assisting the adult English classes and children's enrichment classes. Her final project was a book of the experiences and life stories she encountered throughout her volunteering efforts. This was supervised by Dr. Karen Hausdoerffer.

Philosophy of Religion:

Kayla supplemented her PHIL345 course with an exploration of existentialist and Nietzschean critiques of the role of consciousness and awareness of the divine. Through extended essays and an evaluation of her final response, Anthony Miccoli supervised the assignments and progress of Kayla's extensional thinking.

Business and Environmental Sustainability:

Emma supplemented her BUAD363 course by coordinating a team of students to explore the intersection of design and sustainability in regards to Escalante Hall and it's potential re-purposing as the ICE House. Supervision was conducted by Dr. Chris Greene as students explored the potentials of sustainable materials, LEED certification, and other sustainable operations.


Zachary created an independent study to research Congressional elections and campaign finance using econometric modeling and empirical analysis. He built data sets and econometric models to highlight monetary influences in United States elections with the goal of identifying money's impacts on his results. Through application of statistical and mathematical techniques to social and political theory, Zachary demonstrated a multidisciplinary study that highlights the Honors Program. This was supervised by Dr. Sally Hays.

Business Plan Development:

Katie created an independent study about business planning but putting a design plan into action. In conjunction with the proposed business development of the Savage Cup coffee cart, run by hospitality students, Katie further researched funding possibilities, training sequences, scheduling, and other necessary steps to run a new business. This was supervised by M. Viereggo.

National Parks in Utah:

Dalton conducted field work and research thesis preparation for a historical analysis of the impact of National Parks and the National Park Service on Utah. Weekly meetings with Dr. Heather Thiessen-Reily tracked Dalton's progress as he formulated his thesis .

Young Adult Novels:

Mandie extended her ENG205 course by formulating a group project to write a young adult novel. She chose to do this to gain a deeper knowledge of how the creative writing process works as well as to enhance her creative writing skills and techniques. This was supervised by Dr. Karen Hausdoerffer.

A Better Understanding of Truth:

Emma chose to specify an emphasis in her PHIL101 course by comparing and contrasting the works of Socrates and those of Jesus Christ in terms of their handling of truth. To better understand what truth means, Emma worked with Sumaya Abu-Haider to blend the two historical figures' viewpoints on truth.

Serial Killers:

Mandi chose to broaden her knowledge of society's fascination of serial killers with an extension of her SOC397 course. She worked with Cindy Whitney to identify the different forms of fascination and what manifests the fascination with an area of focus in media, murderabilia, and groupies.

Dialectic Between Me and 10 Philosophers:

Cody enhanced his philosophical prospective by writing additional papers after each mid term to eventually combine them to create a final paper. The intention was to create a dialectic between him and 10 philosophers on his desired burning question. He was supervised by Dr. John Hausdoerffer.

Jewelry Workshop:

Elise taught a 3 hour workshop to high school students to exemplify the differences in art mediums by bringing jewelry making into the picture. This supplimetned her ART402 course. This allowed her to identify her abilities to teach the art of jewelry making and the effectiveness art has on students. This was supervised by Al Canif.


Marcel took his BIOL320 course a step further by doing avian point counts on the Cold Harbor Ranch property, managed by Western State Colorado University's MEM program. The data collection from his study formed a baseline for the property's avian migration phenology. This project allowed Marcel to apply in class techniques to the real world in a practical and expanded form. This was supervised by Dr. Patrick Magee.