Course Offerings

Spring Semester 2019 Fall Semester 2019  

 Spring 2019

 

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

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies
TR 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 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 122: Honors Historical Foundation of Global Cultures (equivalent to HIS 105: Historical Foundation of Global Cultures)

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies
Dr. Christine Senecal
MWF 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
MWF 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.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.

Honors 249 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. 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. Additionally, we will make a day-long trip to Washington, DC, to explore representations of national memory through selected monuments and museums. 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 108:  Honors Astronomy (equivalent to PHY 108: Astronomy)

Gen Ed. Category: C
Dr. Allen Armstrong
MWF 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.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. Mike Moltz
MW 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.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 161: Honors Introduction to Sociology:  Society and Diversity (equivalent to SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology:  Society and Diversity)

Gen Ed Category: E
Dr. Lawrence Eppard
MWF 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Sociology is a social science that tries to connect personal issues with public issues. We look “behind the curtain” to examine how systems of power and privilege influence our everyday activities. My research field is Mexican immigration. In our class this semester, we will examine the invisible labor force that sustains our standard of living.Do you know where your food comes from? Who harvests it? Are you aware of the behind-the-scenes immigrant labor that supports us? You will learn about the lives and journeys of people who put the food on our tables, clean our hotel rooms, trim our hedges, and care for our children. Using a sociological perspective, we will connect our personal lives with their lives by listening to their voices. As a group, we will interview local migrant workers and share their stories with the Ship community. Along the way, you will learn the core concepts and research methods in the discipline of sociology.

Upper-Division Courses

HON 392:  Honors Seminar:  Paris Through Franco-American Eyes:  Perspectives on the French Global City

Dr. Blandine Mitaut
T 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

France and the United States have maintained a complicated relationship fed by mutual fascination and animosity. This course explores the tumultuous bond between the two nations beyond stereotypes, using the city of Paris as its center stage. Starting with Benjamin Franklin’s arrival in Paris in 1776 which led to the unlikely alliance between the American revolutionaries and the French monarchy, we will retrace the French capital’s vivid history. More specifically we will focus on the evolution of Paris from symbol of modernity in the 19th century, to its internationalization in the 20th century and the current challenges it faces in the age of globalization. Through the lens of Paris, French and American responses to issues of conflict, social tension, race, religion will be compared and contrasted in order to understand the deeper values and ideologies associated with each culture. This interdisciplinary course will use literature, history and film as primary sources but will also draw upon the academic disciplines of art, cultural studies and sociology.

HON 397:  Honors Selected Topics:  Social and Ethical Implications of Genetics

Dr. Sherri Bergesten and Dr. Jennifer Clements
R 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Counts as one of the required Honors Seminars. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors and other students by the permission of the instructor.  Counts as three Biology elective credits for Biology majors and minors.

This course will explore the ethics of modern biotechnology as well as how social issues and basic genetics are intertwined.  Students will discuss both the biology and the ethics of genetic testing/counseling, stem cell research, cloning, assisted reproduction, and production of genetically-modified organisms.  Furthermore, the current understanding of issues such as sex determination and gender differences, homosexuality, race, addiction, and behavior will be presented from both the biologists’ perspective and in a social context with regard to diversity, tolerance, and societal responses.  The goal is to provide students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to evaluate these issues in multiple contexts so that they may participate meaningfully in the ongoing conversations and policy decisions.  Extensive reading covering multiple sides of issues addressed will be expected, followed by participation in classroom discussions and projects.  Assignments will include debates, reflection papers, and a final library research project on a related topic of the student’s choice.

 

PLS 348:  Applied Diplomacy:  Model Organization of America States

Dr. Mark Sachleben
MWF 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Counts as one of the required Honors Seminars. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors and other students by the permission of the instructor. Counts as major credit for Political Science and International Studies majors and minors. Please note that there is a required application process for this course.

The Model Organization of American States (MOAS) is a simulation that allows students from several universities from the Western Hemisphere to come together and discuss problems and topics that affect countries in the Americas. In order to prepare for the simulation, students spend the semester researching the country that they will represent, the OAS, and the issues that confront the region.

Prior to the beginning of the simulation, students receive a briefing at the embassy or mission of their country. Often times this briefing is from a high-level representative of their country and affords students the opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with a person who is actually working on the issues that the students are researching. Work sessions occur in a hotel conference center and at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. The students work on topics as diverse as economic development and planning, security, international law, human rights, education, social issues, labor practices, and environmental protection.

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

Dr. Christopher Schwilk
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.

 

 

Fall 2019

  

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

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies
New Gen. Ed. Category: Foundations:  Oral Communications (O) 

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 Academic Writing (equivalent to ENG 114:  Academic Writing)

Gen. Ed. Category:  Required Skills and Competencies
New Gen. Ed. Category:  Foundations:  Writing (W)

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 113: Honors First Year Seminar (equivalent to UNIV 101:  First Year Seminar)

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies
New Gen. Ed. Category:  Foundations:  First Year Seminar (U)

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

Gen. Ed. Category:  Required Skills and Competencies
New Gen. Ed. Category:  Interconnections:  Global Perspectives (G)

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 210:  Honors Introduction to Music (equivalent to MUS 121)

Dr. Trevor Famulare
TR 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Gen. Ed. Category: B
New Gen. Ed. Category: Creativity and Expression:  Arts (A)

Assists the non-music major in developing an aesthetic sensitivity toward music.  Objectives are first, to assist the student in becoming perceptively aware of the components of music and musical form; second, to acquaint the student with the great musical literature that makes up the nucleus of our Western heritage.  Listening to music and developing listening skills is emphasized.  May have a concert attendance requirement.

HON 196:  Honors Chemistry: A Cultural Approach (equivalent to CHM 103)

Dr. Joseph Shane
MW 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Gen. Ed. Category:  C
New Gen. Ed. Category:  Natural World and Technologies:  Natural World (N)

Chemistry: A Cultural Approach develops an understanding of the relationship between chemistry and our society and illustrates the way a scientist thinks about science. Coverage will include discussion of elements, atoms, molecules, molecular properties, and simple chemical reactions.  Discussions will be based on class deliberation of public policies of chemical topics such as BPA in plastic bottles, flame retardants in furniture, and nanoparticles in personal care products.

HON 140:  Honors Geography of the United States and Canada (equivalent to GEO 103)

Gen. Ed. Category: D
New Gen. Ed. Category:  Interconnections:  Diversity (D)

Introductory regional analysis of population, land utilization, and economic activity through a comprehensive study of interrelationships between human and the physical and cultural environments.  Course provides a conceptual framework within which past, present, and future rural and urban environments of the United States and Canada become explainable.

HON 102:  Honors Introduction to Women's Studies (equivalent to WST 100)

Dr. Shari Horner
TR 11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
Gen. Ed. Catergory:  E
New Gen Ed. Category:  Interconnections:  Diversity (D)

 

Upper-Division Courses

HON 393:  Honors Seminar:  Water and Sustainability

Dr. Theo Light
Counts as one of the required Honors Seminars.  Counts as three Biology elective credits.  Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

As residents of a well-watered state in one of the most water-rich nations on earth, we can easily ignore the stress on water resources and aquatic ecosystems globally. In this course, we will take a local-to-global view of freshwater ecosystems, water supply, and the conflicts among people and between people and nature for adequate clean fresh water. We will set the stage by examining the history of water use, management, and mismanagement globally and in the US, then turn to the present-day status of several focal systems. We will examine human-driven changes to hydrology, water chemistry, and aquatic biology, including expected climate-driven changes to the hydrologic cycle. The class will attempt to identify models of sustainable approaches that can balance the needs of people with those of thriving aquatic ecosystems. This seminar-style class will include discussion of readings and videos, debates, case studies, guest speakers, and group project presentations.

 

MGT 305:  Organizational Behavior

Counts as one of the required Honors seminars. Should be taken by all Honors juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in business. 

Organizational behavior is about people, about how people interact with each other in (work) organizations, and also about organizations themselves. This class provides a survey of organizational behavior topics including individual differences, diversity, working in teams, learning and performance management, decision-making, conflict, motivation, stress, organizational culture, justice, power, and influence. The class also contains a significant team research project, designed as both a means to understand course concepts better and as an experiential team-building and team-management exercise.

RDG 413:  Teaching Reading to English Language Learners

Counts as one of the required Honors Seminars.  Should be taken by all Honors Education majors.  Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors.