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October 1, 2014
SU Honors Student Participates in National Undergraduate Research Program

April 3, 2014
SU Honors Student Selected for The Harrisburg Internship Semester

February 17, 2014
SU Honors Students Continue International Service-Learning Project

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Course Offerings

Spring Semester 2015   Fall Semester 2015

Spring 2015 Courses

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
Dr. Kara Laskowski
TR 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.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:  Introduction to Literature)

Gen. Ed. Category: B
Dr. Sharon Harrow
TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

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.

HON 279:  Honors U.S. Government and Politics (equivalent to PLS100: U.S. Government and Politics)

Gen Ed. Category: D
Dr. Niel Brasher 
TR 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

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

Gen Ed. Category: E 
Dr. Skip Pineda-Volk
MWF 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Upper-Division Courses 

HON 398: Honors Seminar:  Science and Religion 

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

Counts as one of the required Honors 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 397:  Honors Selected Topics:  Food

Dr. Sara Grove, Dr. Janet Smith, and Dr. Alice James 
MW 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

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

HON 411:  Introduction to Exceptionalities (equivalent to EEC273:  Introduction to Exceptionalities)

Dr. Thomas Gibbon
TR 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

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

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. 

PLS 348:  Applied Diplomacy:  Model Organization of American States

Dr. Mark Sachleben
MWF 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Counts as one of the required Honors seminars.  Offers major credit for political science majors and minor credit for international studies minors. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors and other students by permission of the instructor. 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.

Fall 2015 Courses

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
Dr. Eveline Lang
MWF 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.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 106: 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 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 208: Honors Opera and Music Theater (equivalent to MUS 227: Opera and Musical Theater)

Gen. Ed. Category: B
Dr. Blaine Shover
T 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

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

Gen. Ed. Category: C
Dr. Curtis Zaleski
MWF 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

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

Gen. Ed. Category: D
Dr. Alison Feeney
TR: 12:30-1:45 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
TR 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 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 396: University Honors Colloquium

Dr. Gretchen Pierce

Fulfills the Honors Program's capstone requirement. Open to Honors juniors and seniors.

This course will be the springboard to launch year seven 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 398: Honors Selected Topics: Service-Learning Seminar

Dr. Gretchen Pierce

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

See course description for HON396.

MGT 305: Organizational Behavior

Dr. Nathan Goates
R 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

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