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Marlene Esplin

Associate Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters | Humanities

3050 JFSB

Why Honors? Honors classes are simply more fun. They are less bound by the expectations of a major or minor program and involve professors (and students) trying out creative and collaborative approaches to a particular question or subject. You’ll have the rest of your life to become a specialist—so take some worthy diversions while you can. Some of my most memorable classes as a BYU undergrad were Honors classes: a late summer Honors seminar on Abelard and Heloise, a Tolstoy seminar, a Dostoevsky seminar in which we put on our own rendition of The Brothers Karamazov, and a class on Bioethics in which we got to talk about questions without easy answers. I am grateful for my classes that attempted to straddle diverse disciplines and, also, the classes that provided a “deep dive” into an individual author, text, or topic.  

HONRS 220- Biology/Letters, “Pandemics, Plagues, and Contagion: Literary and Scientific Perspectives”