Honors Courses – Fall

New Course – Speech Communication for the Honor Student

ANTHR 215 H
Honors Behavioral and Social Science: Magic, Myth, and Ritual Honors
3 credits
T 2:00 – 4:50 p.m. – Room TBA

This course presents a cross-cultural study of various beliefs surrounding the supernatural world and associated rituals in various societies of Africa, Asia, Oceania, South America, native North America and elsewhere.  The emphasis of the course is on understanding beliefs and rituals within their social contexts and on broad comparison to derive insight into the general functions of belief and rituals in human societies.  Using anthropological theory, the course will explore the roles of mythology, ritual specialists, magic, witchcraft, and ritualized behavior to expose students to the variability of ideological belief around the world from the strange to the familiar. Instructor: Prof. Betty Jo Stokes

COMM 109H
Honors English/Communications: Speech Communication Honors
3 credits
M/T/TH 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.  – Room TBA
This course provides an in-depth exploration of issues and topics in communication. Students will learn techniques and styles of oral communication and utilize these throughout the course to share research in special topics such as listening, intercultural communication, communication between genders, and the power of language to shape our perceptions of the world around us. Students will work in groups as well as individually, and will investigate and experience communication in a variety of contexts. Oral presentations requiring extensive planning and preparation and a research paper are required. 3 credits; Instructor:  Professor Linda Kalfayan

ECON 101H
Honors Social Science: Macroeconomics Honors
3 credits
M/TH 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Room TBA
This course is designed to introduce students to both the basic principles used in economic theory and to the institutional details of the organization of economic systems in the United States and other countries. In addition, the course helps students understand the ways in which different economies are linked and the effects of economic interactions within and between countries. The contents of the course range from demand and supply analysis to monetary and fiscal policies, with special emphasis on international economic issues. Various contemporary macroeconomic policy issues are also analyzed. The course also develops a conceptual framework to help students independently analyze their issues. Prerequisite: ENG 101; 3 credits; Instructor:  Prof. Farhad Ameen  

ENG 101H
Honors English: Composition and Literature I
3 credits – W 1:00 – 3:50 p.m. – Room TBA
Expository and argumentative writing is the focus of this course. Students read and discuss prose essays which present significant issues and respond to them in scholarly form and language. Research and its proper documentation are included in this process. Prerequisite: Score of 9 or 10 on the Writing Entrance Exam; 3 credits; Instructor: Professor Mira Sakrajda

ENG 102H
Honors English: Composition and Literature II
3 credits – W 1:00 – 3:50 – Room TBA

Composition and Literature II introduces students to literary genres (short story, poetry, and drama). This course will present noteworthy examples in each of these forms, which students will read, discuss and write about in critical essays. Research will be required. Prerequisite: ENG 101; 3 credits; Instructor: Professor Richard Rodriguez

ENG 210H
Honors English: American Dream
3 credits – Online

This course examines the American Dream in its many facets and transformations over this nation’s history. Central to these various contested versions of the Dream are different visions of America itself: as a “city on a hill,” bountiful Eden or as forbidding wilderness; as endless frontier, “home town” community, or urban industrial powerhouse; as mecca for immigrants and level playing field, or as exclusionary and oppressive world superpower. Our goal is to identify what the American Dream has meant in the past, and what (if anything) it means today. Prerequisite: ENG 102; 3 credits; Online Course; Instructor:  Professor Jim Werner

HIS 223H
Honors Social Science: U.S. Presidency Honors
3 credits – M/T/Th 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. – Room TBA
“We give the President more work than a man can do, more responsibility than a man should take, more pressure than a man could bear…We wear him out, use him, eat him up….He is ours and we exercise the right to destroy him”  wrote John Steinbeck.  How has the presidency grown from a semi-ceremonial office to the most powerful in the nation?  HIS 223H will explore a number of themes in US presidential history such as its constitutional roots, its evolution over time as well as how Americans evaluate leadership. Through a series of case studies we will also examine the extent to which factors such as intellect, charisma, socio-economic background and even personal appearance can influence presidential leadership. 3 credits; Instructor: Professor Gary Klein

INTER
Global Davis Scholars Service-Learning Course Honors – (FULL –YEAR Course open ONLY to Davis Global Scholars) – 3 credits each term –

Students’ participation in the program is made possible by the scholarships, but the initiative offers much more than a traditional scholarship program. The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship Fund promotes interchange of ideas, enlightens participants about global and local issues and engages the students in cooperative and productive experiences. Scholarship recipients will form a new unity, building leadership skills and experience through collaboration on service projects.  3 credits each term; Instructors: Professor Lori Maida and Professor Kent Trickel

MATH 120H
Honors Math: The Nature of Mathematics Honors
3 credits – T/Th 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Room TBA

The emphasis of this course in to improve problem-solving skills and extend students’ understanding of the nature of mathematics beyond algebra.  The Topics include: Problem-solving, number theory, secret codes, the Golden rectangle, symmetry, the concept of infinity, topology, chaos, fractals, the uses and abuses of statistics, Uncertainty, and decision making.  This course is appropriate for liberal arts students entering fields of study that are not mathematically-oriented. 4 credits;  Prof. Jodi Cotton  

PHIL 201H
Honors Humanities: Philosophy of Art
3 Credits – M 1:00 – 3:50 p.m. – Room TBA

This course focuses on two difficult questions: What is art? And how can we rationally defend our evaluations of art?  Our efforts in answering these questions will be guided by five philosophical theories of art: imitation, instrumentalism, formalism, expressionism, and institutionalism.  Many diverse philosophers, artists, and works of art will be addressed and illuminating connections to philosophical accounts of knowledge, morality, self, society, cosmos, and religion will be made.  Along the way, we will also investigate the nature of beauty, taste, aesthetic experience, creativity, originality, inspiration, the sublime, and the horror of the uncanny.  Every class will discuss and apply theory to film, music, and painting. 3 credits; Instructor: Prof. Dwight Goodyear

PHYSC 154H
Physical Science Honors: Life in the Universe Honors
4 credits – M/Th 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Room TBS

This course offers an approach to the science of life beyond Earth, from the viewpoint of various physical sciences. Emphasis is on the physical processes that shape our understanding of life and the habitability of terrestrial planets. Specific topics include: the possibility of life within our solar system, planetary atmospheres and geophysics, the search for extra-solar planets, the feasibility of inter-stellar travel, and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. The social and philosophical implications of the course material is discussed. Lab activities include physics and geology investigations, as well as a class field trip. 4 credits; Instructors: Professor Eryn Klosko and Professor Paul Robinson

PHYSC
Physical Science Honors:
Science, Pseudoscience, and Critical Thinking Honors
3 credits – Room TBA

This course is a reading and discussion intensive course that provides the non-science major with the framework to explore how modern scientists develop and examine their ideas.  The course will focus on non-mathematical explorations of critical thinking techniques, scientific methods, pseudoscience and extraordinary claims, peer review, hypothesis testing, the media portrayal of science, and why a scientific theory is not “just a theory.”  3 credits, No lab; Instructors: Professor Paul Robinson and Laurel Senft 

POLSC 112H
Honors Social Science: International Law and Organizations Honors
3 credits – M 5:30 – 8:20 p.m. – Room TBA

This course is an introduction to international law, exploring the theories behind international law, the concept of the national state and the formation of world organizations in the twentieth century. It covers such topics as human rights, the environment, refugees, terrorism, war crimes and multinational corporations from an historical as well as legal perspective. Emphasis will be placed on international problem solving and the issues of peacekeeping and dispute resolution. The student will learn legal terminology, case analysis and briefing. Prerequisite History/ Political Science. 3 credits; Instructor: Professor Anne D’Orazio  

PSYCH 101H
Honors Behavioral Science: General Psych Honors
3 credits – W 5:00 – 7:40 p.m. – Room TBA

As a foundation for all behavioral science courses, this course provides the student with an understanding of how psychologists view the world and apply scientific method to the study of behavior. The discipline of psychology is characterized by controversy and change, but has always been committed to objective inquiry to extend our knowledge of the complexity of behavior. Each student designs and carries out a personal research project in order to learn and experience the problems and pitfalls of doing behavioral research. Research methodology, biological foundations of behavior, learning, memory, perception, motivation and personality are topics of study. 
3 credits; Instructor:  Professor Paul Siegel   

PSYCH 112H
Honors Behavioral Science: Theories of Personality Honors
3 credits – T/Th 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. – Room TBA

This course will focus on the individual. It will explore the factors which contribute to making each person unique. It will also explore how consistent personality is over time and across situations. The following theories will be covered: The Psychoanalytic Approach, The Biological Approach, The Trait Approach, The Humanistic Approach, The Social Learning Approach, and The Cognitive Approach. 3 credits;   Professor Laurie Corey

Honors Option Courses
In addition to the Honors courses offered each semester, there are “Honors Option” courses.  Faculty members will occasionally arrange with the Honors Program in advance to create an alternative Honors-level syllabus for a non-Honors course.  These courses are designated in the Schedule of Instruction with a descriptor that says “May be taken for Honors credit” or “Honors Option.”  (See list below.)

Students interested in taking such courses for Honors credit must inform the instructor of this intention in the first week of class, and immediately submit an application for the Honors Program (if they have not already done so).  The instructor will inform the Co-Directors, and will generate an Honors Contract for the student to sign, outlining the additional academic responsibilities and assignments to be fulfilled by the student.  A copy of this document should be retained by both the faculty member and the student.  A student may “drop” the Honors Option enrollment (while retaining enrollment in the non-Honors course) up to the end of the Add/Drop period.

The faculty member will alert the Honors Co-Directors, who will confirm the student’s good standing in the Honors Program, and then request the special Honors designation from the Registrar; the student will continue to attend and participate with the non-Honors group.  When the student successfully completes the assignments for the Honors Option and the course overall, the course will be designated as Honors on the student’s transcript.

PLEASE NOTE: No more than two (2) of these Honors Options will be counted toward earning the status of “Honors Program Graduate,” accorded to graduating students who have successfully completed four or more Honors courses.   To be an Honors Program Graduate, the student MUST take at least two “full” Honors courses; the other two courses may be Honors or Honors Options.

*At this time, we do not have individual professors’ names for these courses.  We are working on getting them.

ACC  204        INTERMED ACCT 2 – HONORS

ADN  131       ADN-NURSING 2-HONORS

ADN  136       ADN NURSING 2 LAB-HONORS

ADN  144       ADN-NURSNG 2 CLIN-HONORS

ADN  221       ADN-NURSING 3-HONORS

ADN  222       ADN-NURSING 3 LAB-HONORS

ADN  242       ADN-NURSNG 3 CLIN-HONORS

BIOL 115        GENERAL BIOLOGY 1-HONORS

BIOL 117        GENERAL BIOLOGY 2-HONORS

BIOL 236        HUMAN GENETICS-HONORS

BIOL 237        HUMAN GENETICS LAB-HONORS

COMSC 108    NET GUI DEVELPMNT-HONORS

COMSC 201    DATA STRUCTURES-HONORS

ENG  219        FICTION INTO FILM-HONORS

FILM 109       AMERICAN CINEMA-HONORS

FILM 125       WRITING FOR FILM-HONORS

HSERV 201    METHODS-HELP PROC-HONORS

HSERV 208    CASE MANAGEMENT-HONORS

ITAL 201        INTER ITALIAN 1 – HONORS

ITAL 202        INTER ITALIAN 2 – HONORS

MUSIC 129     MUSIC THEORY 1-HONORS

MUSIC 197     HISTORY OF JAZZ-HONORS

PNA  107        PNA NURSING II-HONORS

PNA  108        PNA NURSING 2 LAB-HONORS

PNA  144        PNA NURSNG 2 CLIN-HONORS

PNA  201        PNA NURSING III-HONORS

PNA  202        PNA NURSING 3 LAB-HONORS

PNA  207        PNA NURSING IV-HONORS

PNA  208        PNA NURSING 4 LAB-HONORS

PNA  242        PNA NURSNG 3 CLIN-HONORS

PNA  244        PNA NURSNG 4 CLIN-HONORS

RESP 103       RESPIRATORY CARE 2-HONORS

RESP 201       RESPIRATORY CARE 3-HONORS

RESP 203       RESPIRATORY CARE 4-HONORS

SPAN 201       INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 1-HONORS

SPAN 202       INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 2-HONORS