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Fall 2007 Honors Courses

ENG 102 , Rhetoric and Writing, Honors (3 Hours Credit)

ENG 102 section D   Critical Writing and Inquiry    MWF 9:00-9:50 Dr. Laura Whelan  


Course meets these requirements:

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)
  • General Education core requirement in Communications (3 of 9 hours required)

Course description:
The purpose of the course is to prepare students to become knowing and productive participants in academic, cultural, or civic discourse. Students will learn to use multiple and sustained modes of critical inquiry to build arguable perspectives within particular cultural contexts and conversations. These modes might include writing to learn, report, review, criticize, clarify, convince, persuade, or negotiate. In addition, students will be coached in the rhetorical concepts of persona, ethos & pathos, argument structure, counterargument, and logical fallacy. By the end of the course, students will be able to summarize, evaluate, and synthesize multiple sources in order develop a critical perspective and advance a thesis of their own. Students will also receive guidance in the evaluation and appropriate documentation of print and non-print sources (e.g., online databases, world wide web, film, photography, television, etc.).

 

COM 203, Intro to Speech (3 Hours Credit)

COM 203 section B   Intro to Speech MWF 1:00 - 1:50 Dr. Bob Frank  

 

Course meets these requirements:

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)
  • General Education core requirement in Communications (3 of 9 hours required)

Course description:
This class surveys pivotal rhetorical documents of American movements for social change including abolitionist, women's rights, civil rights, and environmentalism. Through written rhetorical analysis and oral presentations on social justice issues, students will understand rhetorical strategies that best promote social justice.

 

Honors 201, Perennial Questions: What is the Good Life (3 Hours Credit)

HON 201 HA   Perennial Questions    TH 12:30-1:45    Dr. Michael Cooley 
HON 201 HB   Perennial Questions    TH 2:00-3:15    Dr. Michael Cooley 


Course meets these requirements:

  • Required course for all honors students
  • Counts as the 200-level literature requirement or the fifth free elective course in the Humanities general education core (3 of 15 hours required)

Course description:
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 required.

 

Honors 201, Perennial Questions (3 Hours Credit)

HON 201 HC   Perennial Questions MW 3:30 - 4:45 Dr. Eric Sands  



Course meets these requirements:

  • Required course for all honors students
  • Counts as the 200-level government course requirement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences general education core (3 of 9 hours required)

Course description:
This course uses great works of literature as a springboard for the study of perennial issues and problems in politics.  This semester we will be using literature to study the nature, causes, and consequences of ambition or the love of glory.  In particular, we will examine the challenges that glory and ambition pose to the health of modern democratic societies.  The readings are taken from both classical and modern, and Western and non-Western authors. 

 

History 250/ History 333, Twentieth Century Europe (3 Hours Credit)

HON 250 HA   Twentieth Century Europe  TH 12:30-1:45    Dr. Matthew Stanard           


Course meets these requirements:

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)
  • Counts as the history requirement or the fifth free elective course in the Humanities general education core (3 of 15 hours required)
  • May count toward the major with department approval

Course description:
This course examines the history of Europe since 1914.  The course does not aim for encyclopedic coverage of every single event and development in Europe since 1914, rather it seeks to explore major political, social, and cultural developments that shaped European history in the 20th century.  As such, the course is designed around six main themes:  the causes and outcome of World War I; fascism and Nazism; the Holocaust; the end of European overseas empire; the Cold War; and the role of memory in European history.

 

Honors 250/Psychology 406, Cognitive Psychology (3 Hours Credit)

HON 250 HB   Cognitive Psychology   MWF 1:00 - 1:50   Dr. Kristen Diliberto  


Course meets these requirements:

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)
  • Counts as the psychology course requirement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences general education core (3 of 9 hours required)
  • May count toward the major with departmental approval

Course description:
The study of cognitive psychology is very important to both individuals and society. This course will explore the theories and mechanisms governing human thought processes such as attention, perception, memory, language, problem-solving, and decision-making. As a part of the class, we will use perspectives from other disciplines (e.g., neuroscience, education, law, linguistics, and women’s studies) both to better understand the theories themselves and to better examine how theories and perspectives on human cognition are applied in various social, cultural, and scientific areas outside of psychology.

 

Honors 250/Psychology 385, Psychology of Women (3 Hours Credit)

HON 250HC  Psychology of Women  MWF 11:00 - 11:50    Dr. Susan Conradsen  

Course meets these requirements:

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)
  • Counts as the psychology course requirement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences general education core (3 of 9 hours required)
  • May count toward the major with departmental approval

Course description:
This course is an interdisciplinary investigation of the psychological, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of gender in our society.  In particular, the unique issues and challenges to women’s psychological well-being created by the impact of society (both direct and indirect) and culture will be addressed. Some of the specific topics we will cover include how gender identity is formed, the preponderance of sexist stereotypes, how the media influences our ideas of masculinity and femininity, the occupational and domestic challenges women face, the culture of violence against women across their lives, the experience of birth and mothering, love relationships, and other developmental events unique to women’s development such as menstruation and menopause.  Throughout the course the existence of sexism within American culture and beyond will be covered such as inequity in political representation and salaries, sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, and role expectations.  This class is a discussion oriented class.  Students take weekly quizzes, complete a group presentation on a topic of their choice, and complete five writing assignments.   

 

Honors 250/Communication 416, Mass Comm Law (3 Hours Credit)

HON 250HD  Mass Comm Law    MWF 1:00 - 1:50    Dr. Brian Carroll              

Course meets these requirements:

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)
  • May count toward the major with departmental approval

Course description:

Constitutional and legislative foundations of freedom of speech and press, with special emphasis on the law of privacy, libel, censorship, access and broadcast regulation.

We examine the delicate balance that exists between freedom and control of the media in the United States. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is, of course, the major guarantee of freedom of expression. Since the courts, especially the U.S. Supreme Court, are ultimately responsible for interpreting the First Amendment and maintaining the balance between freedom and control, our study focuses on judicial decisions and reasoning, examining how tensions in the law are resolved. Other very significant sources of press freedoms and controls exist, as well, including those produced and enforced by the marketplace, government regulation and even popular opinion or sentiment. Therefore, we consider other factors that influence the balance between freedom and control of mass communication, including statutory law, executive and administrative actions, and ethical concerns. The course also examines how the nature of a medium affects or even dictates how it is controlled or not controlled.

The course is organized into three major sections: Freedom of Expression & the First Amendment; Media Malpractice (privacy invasion and libel); and Special Areas of Media Law (telecom, commercial speech, the Internet, copyright and intellectual property, trial coverage). Because law is largely derived from precedent, there is a significant historical thread that runs throughout the course, providing a timeline on which landmark Supreme Court cases mark the eras of jurisprudential change.

Honors Thesis
Register for HON 450H if you are starting your thesis.
Register for HON 451H if you completed HON 450H last semester.

You will need an authorization form signed by your thesis director and the honors program director to register. Click here for the authorization form to register for either HON 450 or HON 451.

Honorization of Courses  

“HONORIZING ” a 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 procedure below.

BEFORE you begin attending the course, during registration, meet with the instructor. Print and take the Honorization form with you; this form has guidelines for you and your instructor. Discuss with the faculty member your interest in receiving “honors” credit for a particular course. He or she will define the nature of the honors work to be completed.

Honorizing any course is NOT permitted after the first week of classes.

Complete your part of the form and return the form to Dr. Cooley.

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