Course Offerings

Fall Semester 2016
Spring Semester 2017


Fall Semester 2016

General Education Courses

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

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies
MWF 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 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 106: Honors Writing Intensive First-Year Seminar (equivalent to ENG106: Writing Intensive First-Year Seminar)

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies
Dr. Sharon Harrow
TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
TR 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 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.

HON 111: Honors Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts (equivalent to IAP111: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts)

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

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

Gen Ed. Category: D
Dr. Alison Feeney
TR 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 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 151: Honors Introduction to Psychology (equivalent to PSY 101: General Psychology)

Gen Ed. Category: E
Dr. Kathryn Anderson
MW 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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-Division Courses

HON 393: Honors Seminar: Water and Sustainability

Dr. Theo Light
T 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

Counts as one of the required Honors Seminars and also counts for Biology elective credit. 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.

HON 397: Honors Selected Topics: Leadership, Social Change, and History

Dr. Steven Burg
TR 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Counts as one of the required Honors Seminars and also counts for a History elective. Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

How does social change occur? What are the factors that determine whether a leader’s ideas will succeed or fail? This interactive seminar explores the nature of effective leadership and the process of social change by examining historical case studies of leaders who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. We will consider critical case studies of Nobel Peace Prize winners such as Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Muhammad Yunus (and others) in an effort to understand the diverse approaches that have been employed to advance the causes of peace and social justice since the prize was first awarded in 1901. Class members will have an opportunity to research and nominate their own candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, and to join together for a festive Nobel Day celebration (complete with authentic Norwegian food) as the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in December 2016.

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

Dr. Wendy Becker
MW 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

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

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.

Spring 2017


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

Gen. Ed. Category: Required Skills and Competencies
TR 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

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.

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

Gen Ed. Category: B
Dr. Sharon Harrow
TR 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

HON 108: Honors Astronomy (equivalent to PHY 108: Astronomy)

Gen Ed. Category: C
Dr. Allen Armstrong
MWF 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

HON 274: Honors Intro to International Politics (equivalent to PLS 141: World Politics)

Gen Ed. Category: D
Professor James Greenburg
TR 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

HON 161: Honors Intro to Sociology (equivalent to SOC 101: Intro to Sociology)

Gen Ed. Category: E
Dr. Debra Cornelius
TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Upper-Division Courses

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

Dr. Thomas Gibbon
MW 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.

PLS 348: Applied Diplomacy: Model Organization of American States

Dr. Mark Sachleban
MWF 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Counts as one of the required Honors Seminars. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Counts as major credit for Political Science and International Studies majors and minors.

HON 397: Honors Selected Topics (likely a Humanities/Arts topic since science and social science-focused seminars are offered in the fall 2016 semester)