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Honors Courses – Spring

BIOL 147 H
Honors Biology: Psychobiology
4 credits
This course provides an overview of the biological basis for perceptual experience and human behavior with an evolutionary emphasis. Lecture topics include: the evolutionary underpinnings of behavior; the anatomy and physiology of the neuroendocrine system; a survey of the senses; and an exploration of the current models of motivated behavior, emotion, memory, intelligence, and consciousness.  Prerequisite: one semester of college biology. No lab.4 credits, Instructor: Professor Chad Thompson

COMM 101 H
GEN ED Communications Credit:
Understanding Mass Media
3 credits
This class studies the impact of American mass media on American culture and on the cultures of other nations. Students are asked to consider how mass media alter concepts of culture, and they are encouraged to develop an understanding of the economic forces that influence and shape the media. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking in a seminar situation. 3 credits, Instructor: Professor Eric Luther

ECON 102H
GEN ED Social Science Credit: Microeconomics Honors
3 credits
This course is meant for the student who is already familiar with economic analysis (having taken Macroeconomics, for example) and wants a challenging course to help develop his/her analytical skills in economics. The course should appeal to the student who wants to use the power of economic analysis in addressing various policy issues of the day.
3 credits , Instructor: Prof. Farhad Ameen 

ENG 102 H
GEN ED English or Humanities Credit: Writing and Literature
3 credits
Composition and Literature II introduces students to literary genres (short story, poetry, drama, novel). This course will present masterpieces in each of these forms, which students will read, discuss and write about in their journals and in critical essays. Research will be required. 
Prerequisite: ENG 101; 3 credits; Instructor: Professor Richard Rodriguez

ENG 204H
GEN ED Humanities Credit: Literature of New York Honors – OFFERED ALTERNATING YEARS ONLY, SPRING ONLY
3 credits
Some people say that New York is so different from the rest of the U.S. that it is like its own separate country.  This course examines how New York is perhaps a truer embodiment of the ideals of America than the rest of what we call the “Heartland” or “Grassroots America.”  Readings will sample texts from a variety of fields and disciplines, including history, poetry, music, film, philosophy, and others. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and 102 ;
3 credits, Instructor: Professor Richard Rodriguez

ENG 224H
GEN ED Humanities Credit: Great Books Honors – 3 credits — OFFERED ALTERNATING YEARS ONLY, SPRING ONLY
3 credits — Thursday – 9:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Room TBA
This course offers students the opportunity to read and to engage in intensive study and discussion of classic literary texts—works of enduring influence that stand among the sources of our intellectual tradition and have shaped the development of Western culture. Readings may include the works of Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides, Aristophanes, Boccaccio, Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Moliere, Voltaire, Goethe, Shelley, Austen, Flaubert, Dostoevski, Tolstoy, Joyce, Woolf, Hurston, Camus, Ellison, Achebe. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and 102 ;  3 credits, Instructor: Professor James Werner

HIS 107H
GEN ED Social Science Credit: Topics in Global History: Great Trials Honors
3 credits
From Socrates to Simpson, trials have served as bell weathers of social relationships in history.  Reflective of the political and economic structures of society, criminal and civil litigation tells us much about the values of a culture and alerts us to changes in the norms imposed on its members.  Legal proceedings serve as indicators of power and oppression, justice and resistance, victory and defeat of all strata of people. This class aims to investigate and analyze selected great trials in an historical context to reveal differences in global development, levels of political participation, and evolution of systems of law.  At the conclusion of the course, the student should be fluent in legal terminology, historical chronology and the issues that have dominated society from its earliest moments to modern times.  — EVENING COURSE – 3 credits, Instructor: Prof. Anne D’Orazio

INTER 161H
GEN ED Humanities Credit: Seminar in Ethics Honors
3 credits

This discussion-based seminar explores, through works of philosophy and literature, the nature and meaning of good and evil. In exploring goodness, we will consider a set of philosophical theories (natural law theory, consequentialism, Kantian ethics, social contract theory, intuitionism, and virtue ethics) and then apply them to a variety of psychological, sociological, political, and theological issues with the help of Plato’s masterpiece The Republic.  We will then turn to a set of theories of evil (demonic, instrumental, idealistic, and thoughtless) and apply them to the same scope of issues with the help of Shakespeare’s masterful rendition of evil incarnate, Richard III. The transition from good to evil in the course will be facilitated by the fact that the argument of The Republic concludes, on the one hand, with Plato’s unforgettable portrait of the tyrant who bears a striking resemblance to King Richard and, on the other hand, with a powerful myth which asserts the reality of free will in relation to evil. We close the semester by contemplating our own place in the battle of good and evil with the help of Camus’ novel The Fall.  Along the way, we will consider excerpts from the writings of the Bible, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Voltaire, Sade, Goethe, Kierkegaard, Mill, Dostoevsky, Poe, Wiesel, Arendt, Sartre, G.E. Moore, and Heller.  3 credits, Instructor: Prof. Dwight Goodyear

PSYCH 103H
GEN ED Behavioral Science Credit: Abnormal Psychology Honors
3 credits
This course focuses on the development of typical emotional and behavioral problems of childhood and adolescence, including autism and Asperger’s disorder, AD/HD, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and personality problems. Clinical material is an integral part of the course, including case studies, in-class case presentations, and videos of psychopathology. Class Hours: 3 — Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 General Psychology. 3 credits, Instructor: Professor Paul Siegel

SOC 101H
GEN ED Social Science Credit: Introduction to Sociology Honors
3 credits
This Honors course should appeal to students who are curious about the nature of the social world and who want to participate in a challenging academic environment that sharpens their analytical skills. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of sociology and the concept of culture, to important primary texts, and to the challenge of independent research on contemporary issues and problems. 
3 credits, Instructor: Prof. Lori Maida

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.

ADN  131       ADN-NURSING 2-HONORS – Possibly Being Reinstituted in Fall 2015

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

ENG 241         LATIN AMERICAN SHORT STORIES – HONORS

FILM 125       WRITING FOR FILM-HONORS

GLBUS 201     GLOBAL BUSINESS-HONORS

HSERV 201    METHODS-HELP PROC-HONORS

HSERV 208    CASE MANAGEMENT-HONORS

ITAL 201        INTER ITALIAN 1 – HONORS  — AT DISCRETION OF DEPARTMENT CHAIR ONLY

ITAL 202        INTER ITALIAN 2 – HONORS – AT DISCRETION OF DEPARTMENT CHAIR ONLY

LIN 201/ANTHR 201    LINGUISTICS – HONORS

MUSIC 129     MUSIC THEORY 1-HONORS

MUSIC 197     HISTORY OF JAZZ-HONORS

PHYSC 143H  EARTH SCIENCE – HONORS

PNA  107        PNA NURSING II-HONORS — Possibly Being Reinstituted in Fall 2015

PNA  108        PNA NURSING 2 LAB-HONORS — Possibly Being Reinstituted in Fall 2015

PNA  144        PNA NURSNG 2 CLIN-HONORS — Possibly Being Reinstituted in Fall 2015

PNA  201        PNA NURSING III-HONORS  — Possibly Being Reinstituted in Fall 2015

PNA  202        PNA NURSING 3 LAB-HONORS — Possibly Being Reinstituted in Fall 2015

PNA  207        PNA NURSING IV-HONORS  — Possibly Being Reinstituted in Fall 2015

PNA  208        PNA NURSING 4 LAB-HONORS — Possibly Being Reinstituted in Fall 2015

PNA  242        PNA NURSNG 3 CLIN-HONORS — Possibly Being Reinstituted in Fall 2015

PNA  244        PNA NURSNG 4 CLIN-HONORS — Possibly Being Reinstituted in Fall 2015

SPAN 201       INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 1-HONORS – AT DISCRETION OF DEPARTMENT CHAIR ONLY

SPAN 202       INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 2-HONORS – AT DISCRETION OF DEPARTMENT CHAIR ONLY