Course Offerings

Fall Semester 2017
Spring Semester 2018

Fall 2017


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

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies
Dr. Sharon Harrow
TR 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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
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.

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

Gen. Ed. Category: B
Dr. Margaret Lucia
TR 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

HON 196: Honors Chemistry in the Modern World (equivalent to CHM 103: Chemistry: A Cultural Approach)

Gen. Ed. Category: C
Dr. Joseph Shane
MW 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

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

Gen. Ed. Category: D
Dr. Alison Feeney
TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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 160: Honors Cultural Anthropology (equivalent to ANT 111: Cultural Anthropology)

Gen. Ed. Category: E
Dr. Alice James
MW 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

As long as humans have existed on earth they have faced some basic problems: how to find food and shelter; how to determine rights and responsibilities; how to give meaning to their lives; how to live with each other; and how to deal with people who live differently. Humans answer these questions through culture and Cultural Anthropology is the study of the answers to these fundamental problems.

Cultural Anthropology is the comparative study of human societies and in this course we will describe, analyze, and explain different cultures. We will look at how groups have adapted to their environments and made sense of the world. Only through the study of humanity in its total variety can we understand who we are as human beings, our potentials, and our problems.

In addition to covering accepted knowledge in Anthropology, we will focus on some active controversies that remain unresolved. These controversies involve such diverse issues as Native American traditions, Margaret Mead's research, hunting and gathering lifestyle, Islamic women, culture-bound illnesses, ethnic conflict, adoption, female circumcision, and the relationship between language and how we understand the world.

Upper-Division Courses

HON 396/397: Honors Colloquium/Honors Service-Learning Seminar

Dr. Gretchen Pierce
R 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
HON 396: Honors Colloquium fulfills the Honors Capstone Project requirement. It requires the permission of the instructor and is open to seniors.
HON 397: Honors Service-Learning Seminar counts as one of the required Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars. It is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


This course will be the springboard to launch year eight of the Reach Out program. We will fundraise for school supplies and student travel money, create and maintain a budget, prep curriculum that will be implemented in the Dominican Republic in January, research important issues that shape that country today, and continue our public relations campaign which advertises our activities and helps to maintain the sustainability of the project. You will also get an introduction to the history and culture of the Dominican Republic as well as its current events, practice your Spanish-language skills, and otherwise prepare yourselves to travel (whether this January or in the future). This service-learning course ought to stimulate your desire to help others, immerse you in an interdisciplinary learning environment, and supplement your academic program by providing you practical, hands-on experience. Along the way, you ought to improve your abilities to work with a team, effectively communicate in both oral and written formats, problem-solve, and meet deadlines.

HON 394: Honors Selected Topics: Food

Dr. Sara Grove, Dr. Janet Smith, and Dr. Alice James
MW 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Counts as one of the required Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars. May also count as a Category D gen ed. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

This course examines the importance of food from the perspective of three interconnected disciplines: anthropology, geography, and political science. Topics include: the domestication of food, food as a marker of religion and culture, corporate and government control of food supplies, genetically-modified foods, the globalization of food, and the rise of obesity as an epidemic. The course will include a service-learning project.

MGT 305: Organizational Behavior

Dr. Nathan Goates and Dr. Matthew Hargrove
Lecture: M 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 OR M 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Lab: R 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Counts as one of the required Honors seminars. Required course for Business majors and minors. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

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.


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

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.

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

Gen Ed. Category: B

This course will be a unique academic and field experience, using New York as a laboratory for exploring the origins, dislocations, and new social configurations associated with the rise of modernity. We will also examine some of the most enduring literary and artistic achievements of our time. Students enrolled in this course or Honors World History II will have the option to take part in a five-day, four-night field trip to New York so that they can experience firsthand some of the neighborhoods, buildings, parks, and food that have inspired the writers and historical actors whom we are studying. Throughout the semester, students will work in small groups on more specific projects relating to their majors and/or proclivities: music, art, immigration, architecture, the Harlem Renaissance, beat poetry, theater, bridges - you get the idea. Some possible texts: Washington Square by Henry James, The Age of Innocence OR The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Golden Spur by Dawn Powell.

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 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 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 393: Honors Seminar: Science and Religion

Dr. Joseph Shane

Counts as one of the required Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars. May also count as a Category C gen ed. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

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

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.