Honors Program Current Courses

Honors Program Courses for Spring 2018

HIST 113: Western Civilization (Three credit hours)

Section REHON:  MW 3:00pm - 4:15pm     Dr. John Moser

This course examines how the peoples of Western Europe understood freedom and sought to secure it in the 500 years from the REmaissance to WWII. Focusing on selected historical moments during this period, the course considers how this quest for freedom transformed politics, religion, economics, and morality; it also examines the reaction to this transformation, especially in totalitarianism. Meets Core credit for Historical Reasoning.

Dr. John Moser

TH 204: Script Analysis (Three credit hours)

Section REHON:  TTH 1:40pm - 2:55pm     Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames

This course introduces students to methods of script analysis or how to read a play. Analysis will focus on dramatic structure, content and meaning from a theatrical point of view and will be based on principles established by Aristotle in the Poetics. Methods of script analysis will be discussed and applied to representative play scripts. Meets Core credit for Aesthetics.

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames

REL 106: Exploring the Bible (Three credit hours)

Section REHON: TTH 10:50am - 12:05pm    Dr. David Aune

An introductory study in which students gain an overview of the Bible, engage in literary analysis of Biblical texts and explore the Bible's contemporary relevance. College-level writing skills are required. Meets Core credit for Religion.

Dr. David Aune

CHEM/PHIL 350A: Science as a Cultural Force: The Making of the Bomb (Three credit hours)

Section RHONX: M 6:00pm - 8:40pm     Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer and Dr. William Vaughan

An inquiry into the nature of the scientific method in relation to human culture and its use in gaining and applying new knowledge. This course constitutes a substantial interdisciplinary investigation of the impact of science and technology upon society by way of a sustained look at one particular scientific issue or question for the semester. The ethical dimensions of advances in science and technology are explored in detail. Meets Core credit for Humanities or Natural Sciences. 

Dr. Weidenhamer and Dr. Vaughan

HON 310:  Honors Capstone Preparation Seminar (One credit hour):

TH 12:15pm - 1:05pm    Dr. Christopher Swanson

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in Honors Program; at least junior status or with permission from the Honors Program Director

The process of preparing a Capstone Project, including selecting a topic, choosing mentors, preparing a bibliography, constructing a written prospectus and outlining a timetable for completing the Capstone Project. This course is required for all juniors who plan to complete an Honors Capstone Project their senior year. This course may be taken by conference if there is a scheduling conflict. Graded S/U.

Dr. Christopher Swanson

HON 390: Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar (Three credit hours):

TTH  3:05pm - 4:20pm    

January 9th - February 1st: "Sartre's Theory of 'Others'" taught by Dr. William Vaughan

February 6th - March 1st: "Exploration of Language and Culture" taught by Dr. Richard Gray

March 13th - April 5th: "Espionage Ethics" taught by Dr. Jeffrey Tiel

April 10th - May 1st: "Fake news, alternate facts and public perception - the role the media plays in socailly constructing reality" taught by Professor Maggie Cogar

Prerequisite: Enrollment in Honors Program; at least sophomore status or with permission from the Honors Program Director. 

A course devoted to various topics related to the Honors Program Mission of challenging the mind and participating in an intellectual community devoted to discussion and dialogue. Topics will be cross-disciplinary in nature, and the course may be team taught. Typically, the course will be tied to a study abroad opportunity in the spring semesters of odd-numbered years. May be repeated once with a different topic. Meets CCI credit when completing the course with the study away component and the corresponding CCI narrative. 

HON 390 Faculty