2006 Honors Courses
Honors 201, Perennial Questions: What is the Good Life?
|HON 201HA (3 Hours Credit)
||Perennial Questions MW 3:30-4:45 p.m. Dr. Michael
|HON 201HB (3 Hours Credit)
||Perennial Questions TH 2:00-3:15 p.m. Dr. Michael
Course meets these requirements: Required course
for all honors students that will count as a general education 200 level
literature requirement; or the fifth free elective course in the Humanities
general education core.
The course investigates the “perennial question” of
what makes a life “good” and how best one might understand and pursue that “good
life.” Readings from classical and contemporary philosophy, literature,
psychology, sociology, pop- culture, religion and education each provide
perspectives on the question of “What is a Good Life?” Four films provide
further perspectives on the basic issue of the good life.
Class is conducted as a seminar; discussion of assigned readings rather than
lecture is the general format for class. Reading journals and a term essay are
Honors 201, Perennial Questions: Philosophers on the Human Condition
|HON 201HC (3 Hours Credit)
||Perennial Questions TH 3:30-4:45 Dr. Michael Papazian
Course meets these requirements: Required course for all honors students that
will count as a general education 200 level philosophy requirement; or the fifth
free elective in the general education core.
This course is an honors introduction to the main
questions and problems of philosophy. The best way to approach these questions
is to read, discuss, and write about how some of the best philosophers have
answered them. So we will read and discuss how philosophers such as Plato,
Augustine, Descartes, Nietzsche and others have dealt with such questions as the
following: Is there any good reason to believe in God? Or is it OK to believe
things without good reasons? Is the mind a machine like a computer or is it not
physical at all? Are moral positions just subjective opinions? What is the
relationship of religion and morality? How should human societies be organized?
What is the purpose of education? Why should we care about any of this?
Students will write three short papers, a longer term paper, and take two
History 450/ Honors 250, The Era of Al Capone
|HIS 450/HON 250HA (3 Hours Credit)
||The Era of Al Capone TH 9:30-10:45 Dr. Christy
Course meets these requirements: This course may
used to satisfy the general education requirement in history for non-history
majors ; or the fifth elective course in the Humanities general education core;
and the Honors Program requirement for one Honors 250 seminar course. History
majors may receive upper division history credit at the discretion of the
This course will use the life of Al Capone, one of the
world’s most notorious criminals, to study American urban society from 1899 to
1948. Capone came of age during a time in history when old laws, old customs,
and old values were no longer able to deal with the changes occurring throughout
the country. He was able to use this upheaval to leave his mark on city
politics, organized crime, and prohibition. An examination of Capone touches on
issues that include immigrant communities, working class culture, urban life,
jazz, the Florida real-estate boom, and the Great Depression. The class will
also discuss why Capone’s fame, which should have been fleeting, instead lodged
permanently in the consciousness of Americans.
The course will be conducted as a reading seminar, meaning there will be
little to no lecturing. Instead, students are required to read a variety of
secondary sources, including historical monographs, journal articles, literature
written during the time period, and then discuss this material in class.
Honors 250, Science Fiction and Politics
|HON 250HB (3 Hours Credit)
||Science Fiction and Politics W4:00-6:30 Dr. Dr.
Course meets these requirements: This course may used to satisfy the general
education core requirement in government; and the Honors Program requirement for
one Honors 250 seminar course. May count toward upper-division requirements at
the discretion of the department of Government
HON 250 Science Fiction and Politics
is an opportunity for students to explore the explicitly and implicitly
political in science fiction novels and films. Although science fiction resists
precise definition as a genre its best stories are typically set in the future
either in dystopias or on worlds other than the Earth. Stories set in dystopias
usually describe the negative effects of technological, social or political
change while stories set in worlds other than the Earth usually describe
encounters with the Other in the form of extraterrestrial, machine or post-human
intelligences. These settings permit explorations of assumptions about
individual identity and thus the legal rights associated with that identity and
assumptions about human nature and thus political ideology.
Typical of the assignments would be writing an essay on the possible scope of
the legal rights that might be extended to the short lived artificial humans in
the 1982 film Blade Runner and David Brin’s 2002 novel Kiln
“HONORIZING ” a general education core required course or a
course within a major.
As you know, an honors student may request to change a “regular” general
education course or a course within a major into an honors course. Follow the
Discuss with the appropriate faculty member your interest in receiving
“honors” credit for a particular course. Give your instructor the
“Honors Contract Form.” He or she will define the nature of the
honors work to be completed.
Complete your part of the form and return the form to Dr. Cooley.
Honors Sections of General Education Courses
These courses are open to all honors students.
Register for HON 450H if you are starting your
Register for HON 451H if you completed HON 450H last
You will need an authorization form signed by your thesis
director, department chair, and the honors
Honorization of General Education Courses
Beginning with the 2003-5 catalog, students may elect, with the approval of
the instructor, to honorize one general education course. The honorization must
be approved during the pre-registration period. For details on the procedure,
contact the honors director.