Honors Program Current Courses

Honors Program Courses for Spring 2017

ART 150: Art & Ideas (Three credit hours)

Prerequisite: Note: Not open to students who have taken ART 256 or ART 257

Section REHON:  MWF 1:00pm - 1:50pm     Dr. Wendy Schaller

A combined visual and thematic introduction to Western art. The form and content of painting, sculpture, architecture, and graphics will be studied through a series of themes and purposes. Students will investigate the interplay of form and meaning of art objects from multiple eras through such themes as death and the macabre, entertainment, power and politics, religious beliefs, and landscape and the environment. The course introduces many of the issues associated with the visual arts including iconoclasm, restoration, aesthetic quarrels, and questions of cultural property. Meets Core credit for Aesthetics. 

Dr. Wendy Schaller

PSYC 101: General Psychology I (Three credit hours)

Section REHON:  MWF 10:00am - 10:50am     Dr. Mitchell Metzger

This course centers around the question, How do we explain human behavior? Inquiries are framed in the context of the major theoretical perspectives emergent from the sociohistorical evolution of psychology as a field of study. Behavior topics are examined by comparing and contrasting the assumptions, research methods, andconclusions embedded within the biological, psychoanalytical, behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, and sociocultural theories. Psychological inquiries also include evaluation of how these diverse approaches converge on questions about multiple influences on human behavior. Meets Core credit for Social Sciences. 

Dr. Mitchell Metzger

HIST 213: American History after the Civil War (Three credit hours)

Section REHON: TTH 10:50am - 12:05pm     Dr. Emily Hess

An examination of how the fundamental American principles of freedom and equality developed as the United States emerged as the world's leading power from the Civil War to the present. Meets Core credit for Historical Reasoning.

Dr. Emily Hess

CHEM/PHIL 350B: Science as a Cultural Force: The Tobacco Wars (Three credit hours)

Section RHONA:  MW 2:00pm - 3:15pm     Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer & 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, but not both. May be taken only once for Core credit. CHEM/GEOL/PHYS/PHIL credit. 

Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer and Dr. William Vaughan

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

Th 3:05pm - 3:55pm    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) with Irish Heritage Tour:

TBD    Team taught in 4 sections

Prerequisite: Enrollment in Honors Program; at least sophomore status or with permission from the Honors Program Director. The Spring 2017 Honors 390 Course is tied to a required Study Abroad trip to Ireland that will fulfill the GPS/CCI requirement. Freshmen will be permitted to take the course this spring due to the Ireland trip.

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.