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April 3, 2014
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Course Offerings

Fall Semester 2015 Spring Semester 2016

Fall 2015 Courses 

General Education Courses

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.

This class will introduce you to various landmark operas and Broadway Musicals. Several different types of musical dramas will be studied with emphasis on their structures, storylines, and musical qualities.  A few examples of the things we will learn are:  the compositional techniques that are used to create the dramatic musical forms; the similarities and the differences between opera and the Broadway musical; the “groundbreaking musicals” of the 20th Century; the voice ranges and different timbres as they apply to various roles in Opera/Musicals; how, when and if the music dictates the staging/blocking; and the roles the various people in the production staff play (e.g. Director, Technical Director, Musical Director).

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.

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: 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. This is a required course for Business majors and minors.  Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

                                          Spring 2016 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
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 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 Intro to Literature (equivalent to ENG 250:  Introduction to Literature)

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

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: Intro to Geology (equivalent to ESS110:  Introduction to Geology)

Gen Ed. Category: C 
Dr. Thomas Feeney
TR 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 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 PLS100: U.S. Government and Politics)

Gen Ed. Category: D
Dr. Sara Grove
TR 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 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 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 392: Honors Seminar:  Heroines and History 

Dr. Christine Senecal 
M 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

Counts as one of the required Honors seminars. Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This will count as a major elective for History and English majors.

Offers an introduction to the study of various famous and infamous women throughout history. Using history, literature, and artwork, students will view these women in light of the historical biases surrounding their legends, the motivation for authors to have considered these women worth discussing, and how later periods have viewed these women. Students will gain an appreciation for the literary and historical sources that discuss these heroines' lives, the historical context which produced these sources, and an understanding of the difficulties of resuscitating "real" historical characters from "invented" ones. Some possibilities of heroines for consideration include: the Old Testament figure Juliana, Dido/Cleopatra (the fictitious literary character was inspired by the last Egyptian Pharaoh), Mary the mother of Jesus, the Byzantine Empress Theodora, the Anglo-Saxon Saint Eugenia, and the French medieval literary allegory Silence (not historical, yet will reveal much about Central Medieval European historical trends), and Queen Elizabeth I of England.

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

Ms. Shannon Snyder
T 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

Counts as one of the required Honors seminars.  This is a required course for Education majors.  Open to Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (Clearances are required 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. 

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 and international studies majors. 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.