Course Offerings

Spring 2018 Fall 2018

Spring 2018


HON 100: Honors Introduction to Human Communication (equivalent to HCS 100: Introduction to Human Communication)

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies
Dr. Richard Knight
MWF 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

This course is designed with two primary goals. First, as an introductory course, Introduction to Human Communication introduces you to the field of human communication and provides you with the background to pursue upper-level courses in Communication. Accordingly, this course focuses on communication contexts, vocabulary, and basic theories of the discipline to provide you with a foundation for advanced study. In addition to public speaking, we survey important features in the study of all human communication, including language, conflict, climates, culture, and gender, and we locate specific study within the contexts of interpersonal and group communication. Second, as an introduction to a humanistic field of study, this course seeks to provide application of theory in order to further your skills as communicators, and abilities as critical thinkers. Consequently, this course focuses on experiential learning in order to demonstrate the purpose and practicality of academic inquiry.

HON 123: Honors World History II (equivalent to HIS 106: Thinking Historically in a Global Age)

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies
Dr. David Godshalk
MW 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
MW 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

History is the study of the past, but it is certainly not immutable. What college freshmen were required to learn in their courses a few generations ago has changed considerably. Obviously, the past has not changed, but what historians have thought is important for you to study certainly has. To illustrate, in this course we will focus on important trends in the history of the world, beginning with humanity's earliest origins and ending around 1500 of the Common Era (C.E.). In other times and places, the stress of undergraduate history has been on Western Europe. Thus, we can see that even though the past might not change, history--the study of the past--does, depending on who tells the story.

HON 249: Honors Introduction to Literature (equivalent to ENG 250: Introduction to Literature)

Gen Ed. Category: B
Dr. Thomas Crochunis
TR 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

This course will help you develop your ability to read, discuss, and write critically. The course will focus on literature and memory, and we will examine widely diverse works that explore different aspects of this theme, considering both its psychological and sociopolitical dimensions. Our reading and writing in the course will be the subject of small group and class-wide discussion, writing assignments, and ongoing reflection. We will read plays, poems, and works of fiction, and view a full-length film. Overall, the course will improve your ability to analyze and discuss what you read, to understand how literature engages with human experiences, and to present your ideas in clearly organized and argued short papers.

HON 244: Honors Introduction to Geology (equivalent to ESS 110: Introduction to Geology)

Gen Ed. Category: C
Dr. Thomas Feeney
MWF 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Fundamental principles of geology will be addressed in a lecture format aided by labs and homework exercises. As a Category C General Education course lecture will often follow the history of scientific inquiry to demonstrate the scientific method, and labs will employ fundamental mathematical concepts to solve basic problems in the earth sciences. Topics will include geologic time, rock and mineral identification, global geologic processes (including tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, and mountain building), surficial processes of water, wind, and ice that shape the earth’s surface, and topographic map interpretation.

HON 279: Honors U.S. Government and Politics (equivalent to PLS 100: U.S. Government and Politics)

Gen Ed Category: D
Dr. Alison Dagnes
TR 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course provides a foundation for understanding the philosophical heritage, constitutional principles, civil rights and liberties, and the formal and informal institutions that form the U.S. government. We focus on the political factors and dynamics of democracy, the Constitution, political parties, interest groups, the media, elections, and the branches of U.S. government. Among our learning objectives are mastering the basic concepts of the American political system, understanding how American political institutions work, and critically analyzing the interplay of/among political institutions and political actors.

HON 102: Honors Intro to Women’s Studies (equivalent to WST 100: Intro to Women’s Studies)

Gen Ed Category: E
Dr. Rebecca Ward
TR 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that examines the experiences and status of women in the U.S. and considers "women" and "gender" to be socially and culturally constructed categories—that is, ways of organizing how we think about our world and our place(s) in it. This course will familiarize you with the key issues in Women's and Gender Studies scholarship, looking at the history of feminism in the U.S. as well as contemporary concerns facing women's lives. You'll learn about the many critical questions and concepts scholars use when thinking about women's lives, and we'll approach these issues from an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective. A service learning project is required.

Upper-Division Courses

HON 392: Honors Seminar: Literature and Theatre

Dr. Sharon Harrow
MW 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Counts as one of the required Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars. May count as an elective for English majors and minors and Theatre minors and/or as a Category B gen ed. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

This interdisciplinary seminar will explore literature and performance thematically from the 18th century to the 21st century. Literature and performance have long been the stage for authors and audiences to enact concerns and celebrations about their society. Students will examine how literature and performance have reflected, challenged, satirized, or celebrated cultural traditions and political views. We will read across multiple genres, including poetry, novel, satire, comedy, drama, and a range of theatrical forms, including guerilla theater, improvisational theatre, flash mob, and agitprop. We will analyze ways that texts and performances engage a number of complex questions about the relationship between reality and representation. For example: What’s funny? What’s brutal? What’s brutally funny? Who determines the rules of censorship? Who determines if a writer can be jailed because of her or his art? In the face of corruption, how do people seek justice? How do literature and performance influence public policy? We will consider how texts are shaped by contexts, including culture, politics, geography, gender, race, class, and language. Students will work individually and in groups toward accomplishing independent written research and toward executing short, original performance work that will be presented/ staged at both the Minds at Work Conference and at the Episcopal Home in Shippensburg.

HON 393: Honors Seminar: Science and Religion

Dr. Joseph Shane
TR 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Counts as one of the required Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

This Honors Seminar will provide students with a philosophical and historical overview of the interactions between science and religion, two indisputably profound cultural forces. The epistemological differences between science and religion will be addressed along with various perspectives and specific examples regarding their interactions. Although science-religion relationships are often portrayed as hostile and divisive, in particular, with conflicts over teaching biological evolution in the United States, this seminar will broaden students’ historical perspective and, thus, increase understanding of contemporary issues related to science and religion. In addition to traditional journal responses, class discussions, and exams, students will select a supplemental project that explores a specific topic in depth.

HON 411: Intro to Exceptionalities (equivalent to EEC 273: Intro to Exceptionalities)

TR 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Counts as one of the required Honors Seminars. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This is a required course for Education Majors. Multiple clearances are needed for this course.

This course provides students in education and other related areas a background in the field of special education and the nature of exceptionality in children and youth. Emphasis is placed on societal attitudes and practices in relation to persons with exceptionalities, current practices in identifying and classifying children and youth with exceptionalities, characteristics of all exceptional population groups, programmatic needs of individuals with exceptionalities, and issues and trends in the various fields that affect diagnosis, classification, and programming or service delivery. The knowledge base for the course content comes out of social, cognitive, and developmental psychology, medical aspects of exceptionality, educational law and policy, and special education.

Tentative Fall 2018


HON 100: Honors Introduction to Human Communication (equivalent to HCS 100: Introduction to Human Communication)

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies

This course is designed with two primary goals. First, as an introductory course, Introduction to Human Communication introduces you to the field of human communication and provides you with the background to pursue upper-level courses in Communication. Accordingly, this course focuses on communication contexts, vocabulary, and basic theories of the discipline to provide you with a foundation for advanced study. In addition to public speaking, we survey important features in the study of all human communication, including language, conflict, climates, culture, and gender, and we locate specific study within the contexts of interpersonal and group communication. Second, as an introduction to a humanistic field of study, this course seeks to provide application of theory in order to further your skills as communicators, and abilities as critical thinkers. Consequently, this course focuses on experiential learning in order to demonstrate the purpose and practicality of academic inquiry.

HON 106: Honors Writing Intensive First-Year Seminar (equivalent to ENG 114: Writing Intensive First-Year Seminar)

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies

The goal of this course is teach you what it means to be a Public Intellectual: a scholar whose particular academic training helps him or her to contribute to the larger world. We will examine the discourse, or language, of your chosen field, and you will develop the rhetorical skills you need to write well within your own discipline. However, this course will do more than simply teach you to write well; you will learn how writing acts as a force of change in the world. You will also learn how and why it is important to present your ideas in a public forum and thus will be required to present your research in class. You will also write several mock conference proposals. This will help you to think of your work as part of a conversation beyond the classroom.

HON 122: Honors World History I (equivalent to HIS105: Historical Foundations of Global Cultures)

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies

History is the study of the past, but it is certainly not immutable. What college freshmen were required to learn in their courses a few generations ago has changed considerably. Obviously, the past has not changed, but what historians have thought is important for you to study certainly has. To illustrate, in this course we will focus on important trends in the history of the world, beginning with humanity's earliest origins and ending around 1500 of the Common Era (C.E.). In other times and places, the stress of undergraduate history has been on Western Europe. Thus, we can see that even though the past might not change, history--the study of the past--does, depending on who tells the story.

Honors 111: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts (equivalent to IAP 111: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts)

Gen. Ed. Category: B

This course introduces the variety of the creative and performing arts —theater, music, painting, sculpture, dance, photography, literature, and TV/film — and demonstrates the ways in which these arts can influence and enhance one another. Through class discussion and multimedia presentations, guest lectures by arts practitioners, and attendance at arts events, students learn how to better appreciate and respond to the different artistic media by exploring the ways in which a creation in one art form can inspire re-creation in another. Assessment items include a student arts journal, a multimedia arts project and presentation, written event critiques, and unit exams. The course satisfies a Category B General Education: Humanities requirement and is an introductory course for the Interdisciplinary Arts major.

HON 145: Honors Environmental Biology (equivalent to BIO 145: Environmental Biology)

Gen. Ed. Category: C
Dr. Tim Maret

This course provides an introduction to the basics of environmental biology and explores the ways that humans have impacted the environment. Topics covered include issues related to human population growth and overconsumption, climate change, conservation, as well as basic ecology, biodiversity, and evolutionary biology. Sustainable solutions to these problems will also be explored. This course spans numerous disciplines including biology, earth science, sociology, economics, and politics. As part of this course, students will help research and develop solutions for environmental issues on campus and in our community and will be provided with hands-on experiences to reinforce topics covered throughout the semester.

HON 141: Honors World Geography (equivalent to GEO 101: World Geography)

Gen. Ed. Category: D

In this course we will examine patterns and processes that define human settlement in various places around the world. We will examine the historical context to help identify relationships between societies and their environments, and the spatial patterns that have emerged within those societies. Topics that will be examined include: location, population, landforms, ecology, culture, natural resources and settlement patterns. While we will cover the same content as in the regular general education World Regional course, I will try to present the information in a different manner with many group learning opportunities, student presentations, and hands-on computer projects.

HON 151: Honors General Psychology (equivalent to PSY 101: General Psychology)

Gen. Ed. Category: E

Why do people do the things they do? The many answers to this question and many more questions are the focus of this course. Students will actively explore some of the major principles, concepts and applications of contemporary psychology. We will cover some of the traditional topics such as learning, development, states of consciousness as well as the controversial issues in the field of Psychology. Bring your critical thinking skills, your motivation and your curiosity; be prepared for an exciting adventure in learning about people.

Upper-Divison Courses

HON 440: Honors Business and Society (equivalent to MGT 447: Business and Society)

Counts as one of the required Honors Seminars. Should be taken by all Honors juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in business. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Examines the role of business in a societal system including interrelationships with government, the community, employees, and other stakeholder groups. Major focus areas include the social responsibility of business, diversity in the workplace, and business ethics. Consideration is also given to such topics as global and environmental issues, and the impact of governmental regulations.