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Honors courses are highly interactive, discussion-based, and hands-on courses and are designed to enhance student critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Honors students have direct interaction with faculty and may be invited to present portions of the course material to classmates. Honors courses might include a field trip or other hands-on learning experiences.

Honors seminars (HONR prefix) are unique courses offered only to students in the Farquhar Honors College. Core courses offered as "Honors sections" (e.g., CHEM 1300H or BIOL 1510H) address the same learning outcomes as non-Honors sections, incorporate unique instructional methods such as problem-based instruction, have smaller enrollment, and are limited to Honors students.

Honors course videos are available here. The short (one minute) videos introduce the course and the instructor and are designed to help you select from among many options.

Honors courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements for the major, general education requirements, and general electives.

Click on the links below to learn more about these Honors courses and when they are being offered.

 

BIOL 1510H Biology II/Lab Honors This course and related labs, the second part of a two-part sequence, introduces the basic principles of biological science at the level of the organism and above. It focuses on a survey of the five kingdoms and compares the structure and function of organ systems in plants and animals. It includes the study of evolution, phylogenetic relationships, species diversity and ecological interactions. Prerequisites: BIOL 1500 and MATH 1040 or higher and COMP 1000 or higher. Honors students only.

CHEM 1300H General Chemistry I/Lab Honors
This course and the related lab is the first part of a two-semester sequence that studies the laws, principles and theories of atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter/solutions, energetics, oxidation reduction, and laboratory chemistry, including their applications. Prerequisites: MATH 1200; Honors students only.

CHEM 1310H General Chemistry II/Lab Honor
This course and the related lab is the second part of a two-semester sequence that studies atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, states of matter/solutions, dynamics (kinetics and thermodynamics), equilibrium, electrochemistry, and laboratory chemistry including their applications. Prerequisite: CHEM 1300 or CHEM 1300H. Honors students only.

CHEM 2400H Organic Chemistry I/Lab
This course and the related lab is the first part of a two-semester sequence that studies the chemistry of carbon compounds, including their structure, nomenclature, preparation, reactions, analysis, spectroscopy, and properties. Reaction mechanisms are stressed within a functional group framework. The laboratory session introduces basic laboratory techniques frequently utilized in organic syntheses. Prerequisite: CHEM 1310 OR CHEM 1310H. Honors students only.

CHEM 2410H Organic Chemistry II/Lab
This course and related labs, the second part of a two-part sequence, study the chemistry of carbon compounds, including their structure, nomenclature, preparation, reactions, analysis, and properties. Reaction mechanisms within a functional group framework are stressed. Stability and reactivity, nucleophilicity and electrophilicity, spectroscopy, and structure-activity relationships will also be examined. Prerequisite: CHEM 2400 or CHEM 2400H. Honors students only.

COMP 1500H College Writing Honors
A writing workshop with instruction in the principles and skills of argumentation and critical reading. Students will receive instruction in methods of research and documentation of sources and in computer use. Prerequisite: SAT verbal score of 520, ACT English score of 22, a TOEFL score of 650 (paper) or 280 (computer), a passing score on the Writing Challenge Exam, or COMP 1000. Honors students only.

COMP 2000H Advanced College Writing Honors
A writing workshop with advanced instruction in argumentation as it applies in various professional settings. The course also includes additional instruction in critical reading, research, and writing. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. Honors students only.

ECN 2020H Principles of Microeconomics Honors
Microeconomics focuses on how market systems function as opposed to alternative economic systems. This course will investigate the factors which influence consumer choice and how consumers react to changes in the factors, the costs of production for the firm and production decisions for firms operating in various types of market structures, the impact of market structure on society, regulation and de-regulation of business, environmental issues and labor markets. This course is open to HONORS students only. Prerequisites: MATH 1040 or higher.

ECN 2025H Principles of Macroeconomics Honors
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the tools and methodology utilized by economists to analyze how the macro economy functions in both the short and long terms. The course will begin with a study of how market systems and nonmarket systems address the problem of scarcity and unlimited wants. Theories of consumption, investment, the public sector and foreign trade will be developed to illustrate their role in determining the levels of output, employment and prices in both a closed and open economy. The role of Fiscal and Monetary Policies and their short and long run impacts as well as supply side economic theories will be followed by the study of investment in Human and Physical Capital and how these investments influence economic growth and development. The course will conclude with the study of international trade and finance and their impact on the domestic economy. This course is open to HONORS students only. Prerequisites: MATH 1040 or higher.

FIN 2000H Personal Finance Honors
Excellent personal financial management is important for wealth creation. Students will get a comprehensive hands-on overview of the core areas of personal finance. This includes: a financial plan, personal financial statements, personal taxes, cash management, buying big items like a house and a car, credit score, credit card management, consumer loans, life, health and property insurance, investment planning, retirement planning, and estate planning.  This knowledge will assist you to develop good personal financial management practices.  This is an essential course for all students. This course is open to HONORS students only. Prerequisites: MATH 1040 or higher.

HONR 1000C Honors Seminar: Myth and Fairy Tale in Modern Culture 
This course will focus on the influence of mythology and fairy tale on the cultural and psychological fabric of modern life. As students read various myths, fairy tales, and literature, as well as study images of myth and tale in advertising and film, they will attempt to make connections between underlying recurrent themes that find their roots in the earliest stories of humanity. The reading and analysis of texts and images will be complemented by the development of individual writing skills, emphasizing critical thinking and the clear, sophisticated, and creative expression of ideas. Satisfies general education requirement in humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 1000D Honors Seminar: Future History
This course is an extrapolation of the future based on assumptions about, and concerns with, the present. Taking both a utopian and a dystopian form, these explorations of historic imagination say as much about where we think we are today as where we think we are heading in the future. It will further explore the various forces that shape historic change and seek to place ourselves and our personal world within this process. Satisfies general education requirement in humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 1000G Honors Seminar: The Problem of Consciousness
What is consciousness? How does the brain do its work and produce its dazzling, if taken-for-granted, capabilities? If we all share similar capacities, how does each brain manage to make itself unique? Although these similar questions have been asked for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, the past decade has provided more tools for answering them than at any other time in human history. Data from many fields of inquiry have begun to converge. Students who take this course will be exposed to these exciting new findings and will also explore resulting controversies. Satisfies general education requirements in Social & Behavioral Sciences. Prerequisite: Honors students only

HONR 1000J Honors Seminar: Culture Wars
An examination of the "hot button" topics that divide the American people, this seminar will delve into the issues and perspectives which shape American culture. It will ask not only what these issues are but why they divide us. Among the topics to be examined are abortion, free speech, evolution, gay rights, and affirmative action. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 1000M Honors Seminar: Wicked Wit: Satire in Literature, Film, and Television
This course focuses on the methods, intentions, and impact of satire, from its origins in classical literature through its "Golden Age" in the eighteenth century and its enduring, acerbic presence in 20th- and 21st-century literature, film, television, and on the Web. Students will explore the ways that satire challenges routinely accepted ideas and practices, and targets injustice, selfishness, and hypocrisy in people and in their social institutions. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 1000N Honors Seminar: Genetics and Genealogy
Through lecture, discussion, review of primary literature, case studies, videotapes and class presentations, this course will investigate the relationships among the studies of genetics, human evolution and genealogy. Students will be expected to extract their own DNA and analyze it for various molecular markers as well as create their family history tree and narrative which they will present in class. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors Students only.

HONR 1000S Honors Seminar: The Nature of Truth
This seminar will examine the nature of the concept of truth as it appears in the human culture and civilization. Special attention will be paid to truth as disposition or virtue of character and the notion of truth as it has appeared in various religious contexts, as well as the impact these notions have had on philosophy, history, psychology, literature and the arts, and science. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 1000T Honors Seminar: Science in the News
This general education honors seminar is designed to give students the ability to see or hear news stories about the latest scientific discoveries and current events in science and assess the importance of these issues in our daily lives. Scientific topics may include but are not limited to: medicine, natural sciences, meteorology, climatology, and physics. This course satisfies general education requirement in science. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 1000U Honors Seminar: You: A Critical Analysis
This course is designed for students to be able to take an introspective view of who they are, including their history, their belief systems, and their future. Students will explore, through a social science lens, various areas of how they choose to live life and will think critically about how they view themselves. The course will focus on aspects of personal growth and a scientific understanding of choice making. Course activities or assignments require students to disclose some personal information about themselves. Honors students only.

HONR 1000V Changes of Our Chemical World
The course is designed to explore how the chemistry of the land, air, and water has changed over time. Areas of investigation will include energy, climate change, farming, land, air, and water pollution. Students will understand how Earth's chemical changes impact the world. This course will prepare the student for an immersive experience in the summer-based field course HONR 1100A. Prerequisite: honors students only.

HONR 1000W Honors Seminar: We Are All Biased
This course will examine how the various groups with which people identify impact their perspectives on a variety of current and historic issues as well as one-on-one interaction with others.  Using socio-economic class, race, ethnicity, sex, and gender as independent variables as well as combinations of these groups, students will analyze and evaluate historic and current events to determine how inequality is established and maintained in our society.  Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 1000X Honors Seminar: Cultural Minorities and American Justice
A study of the position of cultural minorities within the U.S. justice system.  The class will first provide a brief history of the relationship between Native Americans and American justice and the position of African Americans in American justice systems during the two decades following the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1960s. Students will then, through independent research, update and expand topics discussed in the first half of the class to the 21st century and other cultural minorities.  Emphasis will be placed on change and continuity. Satisfies general education requirements in Arts and Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 1000Y Honors Seminar: The Image As Visual Rhetoric
This course will teach students how to synthesize theories and ideas about how images make meaning, critically analyze images in various cultural contexts, and produce visuals with deliberate thought to form, function, rhetorical purpose, and context.  Satisfies general education requirements in Arts and Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 1000Z Reel Music: A Survey of Music in Film
This course is a survey of the metaphysics of music in films and its history. The course will also concentrate on various artistic and production perspectives. Additionally, it will discuss the works of composers who have contributed extensively to the development of film music, including representatives of newer trends in recent years with the use of extensive visual examples. Prerequisite: Honors students only. Frequency: Even Year Winter.

HONR 1010A Honors Seminar: Read It, Watch It, Play It: Transmedia Storyworlds
This course focuses on understanding the ways in which dynamic storyworlds influence our perception and consumption of narratives. We will examine how these worlds are presented to audiences, as well as the ways in which industries, creators, and audiences interact with and influence these worlds. Exploring the sociocultural importance of various narratives facilitates critical participatory accountability and responsibility, as well as a critical awareness of the consumer materiality surrounding us. Using a variety of theoretical perspectives, this seminar critically examines the ways in which we understand the production, distribution, and consumption of popular storyworlds across written texts, film and television, and gaming media. Prerequisite: Honors students only. Frequency: Odd Year Winter.

HONR 1010B Honors Seminar: The Healthy Woman, Mothers to Cyborgs
What defines a healthy woman? This course provides students with an opportunity to explore this question from a humanities perspective. Course goals are to analyze the ways women’s health has been imagined and expressed in literary and cultural texts. Materials will emphasize how the myths, attitudes, and beliefs surrounding women’s health have evolved since the advent of modern medicine in 1800s America and Britain. Prerequisite: Honors students only. Frequency: Odd Year Winter.

HONR 1010C Honors Seminar: Alt-Facts & Fake News: Media Literacy in the Digital Age
Alternative facts. Fake news. Post-truth. These terms have each gained much circulation in the last few years. But, what is fake news? How can you tell if news is fake? Why is fake news used and how does it work? When did people first start making fake news? In this general education honors course, we will answer these questions as we learn to critically read and understand many kinds of information/misinformation (news stories, statistics, images, social media posts); analyze the persuasiveness of news articles; review how misinformation spreads across different platforms; consider multiple perspectives and opinions while confronting biases; and research and write your own persuasive news stories. Prerequisite: Honors students only. Frequency: Even Year Winter.

HONR 1010D Honors Seminar: Water & Sustainability
Water is essential. It sustains us as human beings, supports economic productivity, and plays a central role in global climate. Water is also a key element to international peace and stability. Yet the value of water and its infrastructure are largely invisible and receive little media coverage unless a problem is imminent such as a broken water pipe or prolonged drought. As reports around the world indicate that a global water crisis is looming, it is important that we understand the basics of water from various disciplinary perspectives so that we may develop innovative solutions to water needs. During this experiential learning seminar, students will explore the basic principles of water and explore ways we can ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (UN Sustainable Development Goal #6). Through active learning, field trips, readings, information presentations, class discussions, individual and collaborative projects, and reflection, students will gain a broad understanding of water-related issues from various perspectives including science, law, business, education, engineering, conflict resolution, and others. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 1010E The US Supreme Court and the Cultural Revolution: Studying the Legacy of the Warren Court
The purpose of this course is to explore societal and cultural issues in various areas of the law and the legal implications that result. Students will evaluate case law and literature that probe the centerpiece cases heard by the Warren Court. Students will evaluate how an era so affected American history and answered questions on segregation, a person's right to counsel, freedom of religion, right to privacy, criminal procedure, and free speech. This course satisfies general education requirement in social and behavioral sciences. Prerequisite: Honor students only.

HONR 1100A Changes of Our Chemical World Field Study
This field course will provide direct experience with principles of chemistry that were introduced in HONR 1000V in unique national and international settings. Prerequisites: HONR 1000V and Honors Students Only.

HONR 1500 Honors Reading Seminar
The Honors Reading Seminar is designed to provide focused study on one selected text. Under faculty leadership, honors students will read and discuss the text in small groups. Students will take a leadership role to prepare discussions. Texts will be selected on a semester to semester basis and may reflect the annual theme. This course is an elective and does not satisfy requirements for general education. This seminar is open to honors students only.

HONR 1510A Honors Reading Seminar: Kenan Trebincevic
The honors reading seminar is designed to provide focused study on one selected text. Under faculty leadership, honors students will read and discuss the text in small groups. Students will take a leadership role to prepare discussions. Texts will be selected on a semester by semester basis and may relate to the annual theme. This course is an elective and does not satisfy requirements for general education. This seminar is open to honors students only.

HONR 1510B Honors Reading Seminar: Charles Blow
The honors reading seminar is designed to provide focused study on one selected text. Under faculty leadership, honors students will read and discuss the text in small groups. Students will take a leadership role to prepare discussions. Texts will be selected on a semester by semester basis and may relate to the annual theme. This course is an elective and does not satisfy requirements for general education. This seminar is open to honors students only.

HONR 1510C Honors Reading Seminar: Atul Gawande
The honors reading seminar is designed to provide focused study on one selected text. Under faculty leadership, honors students will read and discuss the text in small groups. Students will take a leadership role to prepare discussions. Texts will be selected on a semester by semester basis and may relate to the annual theme. This course is an elective and does not satisfy requirements for general education. This seminar is open to honors students only.

HONR 1510E Honors Reading Seminar: Hans Rosling
The honors reading seminar is designed to provide focused study on one selected text. Under faculty leadership, honors students will read and discuss the text in small groups. Students will take a leadership role to prepare discussions. This course is an elective and does not satisfy requirements for general education. The seminar is open to honors students only. Pass/Fail only. Honors students only.

HONR 2000C Honors Seminar: History of Economic Development
This course will examine the history and evolution of economics as a basic human institution with emphasis on distinctions between growth and development. The challenge of sustainable development will be analyzed within the broader historical context of human rights, environmental consequences, and ideological goals and outcomes. Students will design and discuss alternative economic models for the future that emphasize sustainability. Satisfies general education requirement in humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000E Honors Seminar: Utopias and Dystopias
This course focuses on the dual concepts of utopias and dystopias--ideal visions of society and nightmarish visions of society. Various manifestations of utopias and dystopias in literature, philosophy, film, and mythology will be focused on as students explore the desire of humans to conceive of an ideal society, as well as the advantages and dangers of such conceptions. Satisfies general education requirement in humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000F Honors Seminar: Philosophy and Politics in Film
This course provides an introduction to thinking critically about philosophical and political issues by understanding how they can be manifest in popular film. Students will develop greater awareness of how to view film as a vehicle for ideological content. Topics could include, but not be limited to human rights, epistemology, personal identity (including the role of memory), temporality, the philosophy of religion, democratic ideals/plutocratic reality, workers unions, capitalism and gangsterism, the allure of fascism, environmental despoliation, etc. Satisfies general education requirement in humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000H Honors Seminar: Famous American Trials
This course will examine famous trials in American history that reflect major social changes, cultural conflicts and political struggles from the late 19th century through the 20th century. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000J Honors Seminar: Chick Lit, Chick Flicks
This course will examine popular film and literature targeting women. Both contemporary "chick lit" and "chick flicks" feature single, urban women in their late 20s and early 30s navigating the minefields of professional life and romantic relationships. This course will trace the development of woman's fiction from Jane Austen's era and film from the "woman's film" of the 1940s. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000K Honors Seminar: Inappropriate Relationships
This course will focus on various types of relationships that have been deemed "inappropriate". A social science perspective will be used to examine the societal context in which these relationships develop, are maintained, and terminate. The course will also focus on the impact that these relationships have on society and society's impact on the individuals in the relationship. Satisfies general education requirements in Social & Behavioral Sciences. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000L Honrs Seminar: Ideologies of the Twentieth Century
This course will examine the competing great ideologies of the twentieth century--Communism, Fascism, Liberalism and Socialism. After an examination of Liberalism and the ideas of the Enlightenment, students will discuss why Communists, Fascists and Socialists rejected classical Liberalism, with its emphasis upon limited government, the rights of the individual, and free market economics. Students will then consider the characteristics of the societies that anti-liberal thinkers created. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000M Honors Seminar: The U.S. at War
This course offers an examination of the social, cultural and political implications of the many wars fought in the history of the United States from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. Students will be asked to explore the extent to which warfare has influenced the course of American history and has contributed to the shaping of American culture. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000N Honors Seminar: The "F" Word: Feminism and Culture
This course will examine the role of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd wave feminisms in women's cultural history. By exploring the social and political contexts of the struggle for equal rights for women, students will learn to separate the myths (images of feminism) from the reality (contributions of feminism) in the lived experience of women. Although it will focus primarily on American feminist history, the course will consider its European roots. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000Q Interpersonal Perception 
This course examines the psychological processes involved in our perception of other's behavior, personality, and affective states. The goal of the course is to provide students with a broad survey of the factors that influence the way in which we perceive people, and to give students experience with the methods with which experimental psychology investigates these issues. Readings are from such diverse fields an nonverbal communication, social cognition, empathy, gender studies, cognitive development, and personality psychology. Satisfies general education requirements in Social & Behavioral Sciences. Perquisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000R Honors Seminar: The Misbehaving Brain
Students will develop an understanding of the neural correlates and behavioral impairments seen in different neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders. The aim of this course is to provide an overview of abnormal brain functioning in the context of specific neurological diseases and disorders, such as schizophrenia and stroke. This course satisfies general education requirements in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Honors students only.

HONR 2000U The Idea of the Hospital
This course explores the hospital through a humanities perspective with an emphasis on literary, cultural, and historical documents. The course will also consider the role hospitals play as theme and background for literature and personal narratives. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000V The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Philosophy and the Western Film
This course critically examines philosophical issues that arise in the Western film genre, including the individual and community, justice and vengeance, violence, moral virtue and vice, knowledge and understanding, personal identity, and death. Theories of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Kant and Nietzsche, as well as contemporary material will be used to discuss selected films. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000W Honors Seminar: The Pathography: Patients' Stories of Illness
This course explores the experience of illness through patient narratives in fiction, biographies and autobiographies. These narratives, in turn, shed light on contemporary medical practice. The course will examine such themes as battle, journey, and rebirth in patients' narratives. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000X Honors Seminar: Conspiracy Theories
This course examines the role conspiracy theories have played in U.S. history from the inception of the Republic to the present day. At various times charges of conspiracies involving Masons, Jews, Slaves, Communists and Right Wing extremists (to name but a few) have played an integral role in U.S. history, while conspiracy theories involving U.F.O.s, presidential assassinations, and terrorist attacks have often taken deep root in the public imagination despite concerted efforts to refute them. This course will challenge students to think objectively and critically about these conspiracies (and the tendency towards paranoia in American politics) by analyzing them within the context of the passage of American history and the evolution of American democracy. Satisfies general education requirements in Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000Y The Book As Art
Artist's books are works of art realized in the form of a book. This practice-based studio arts course visually examines this specialized genre, offering an in-depth view at traditional and alternative book structures in relationship to narrative content. Lectures and demonstrations introduce students to creative process involved in book making, including traditional and alternative book formats, adhesive and sewn binding structures, archival concerns and methods for generating original images and text. This course satisfies general education requirements in Arts and Humanities and qualifies as an ARTS course. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2000Z Riders on the Storm: Critical Thinking and the Four Horsemen of Modern Atheism
This class presents the key concepts of scientific/hypothetico-deductive reasoning and develops the student's critical thinking skills, particularly in applying the guiding principles that distinguish the investigative style of a trained scientist from the style of naive human reasoning. It emphasizes the nature of both styles of investigation and teaches the specific principles of the former. The key concepts and topics of the course are: the principle of parsimony, falsifiability, the nature of empirical questions, standards of evidence, the value and limits of intuition, the means by which science attempts to curtail the influence of scientists' biases, and the cognitive psychology of these biases. These topics are all applied to a discussion of religion and atheism. Specifically, each topic is introduced through and applied to those positions that are defended (and those attacked) in the books of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. This course satisfies general education requirements in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Honors students only.

HONR 2010B Deciphering Diversity in the Law
The purpose of this course is to explore societal and cultural issues in various areas of the law and the legal implications that result. Students will evaluate case law and literature that probe issues such as conceptions of property rights, gender and sexual orientation discrimination, immigration rights, intercultural human rights, and cultural differences in assessing the appropriateness of such rights. Students will interpret how the Constitution and case law has affected special classes of people throughout the United States' legal history. An emphasis on US Supreme Court cases will guide students in identifying diversity in the law. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010G Medical London: Culture and Context
Much of medical practice in the Western world has as its roots medical practice in Western Europe, and for centuries, London served as one of the major European centers of medical education and practice. This seminar examines the cultural context of medicine and medical education in London though various lenses. Readings from a variety of literary, historical, medical and cultural sources will acquaint students with London medical practice and the unique challenges it has faced during past centuries. The course also includes a required trip to London with walks to specific sites related to medical practice arranged geographically. The travel component is required for successful completion of the course. Satisfies general education requirement in Arts and Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010H Epidemics: Germs and Their Power over Humanity
Microscopic germs have continually devastated the human population for much of recorded history. Epidemic diseases such as bubonic plague, smallpox, and tuberculosis have not only caused the death of nearly a billion people, they have also done more to alter the course of human history than any government, person, or battle. Empires have fallen, wars have been decided, city design has been revolutionized, and human interaction has forever changed due to these tiny parasites. This course will systematically review the ten most deadly and influential epidemics and examine their cause, spread, and long-term social, historical, and political effects on humanity. This course satisfies general education requirement in Biology. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010J Witch-Hunts!
Throughout American history the identity of specific individuals and/or groups have been branded by those in power as so great of a threat to the public good that it justified extreme, even violent, acts of suppression by the government or private citizens. Ironically, over time, the judgment of history often reverses the picture, branding those doing the attacking as evil and the oppressed as good people wrongfully victimized. This course will explore this dynamic, examining the origins, content, and effects of specific historical witch-hunts as well as the evolving verdict of history about these events. Satisfies general education requirement in humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010K Honors Seminar: Assassin's Creed
This course is a social and cultural history of assassination, especially in American history.  The course will focus on how each assassination helps inform one's understanding of American history and the political, social and cultural forces at work surrounding each assassination and attempted assassination.  This course satisfies general education requirements in arts and humanities.  Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010L Honors Seminar: New Ideas from New Worlds
How has modern thought been influenced by the European encounters with the Americas? This course will examine British and Western European responses to the ?discovery? of New World cultures from the late 16th to the 18th century.  Renaissance and Enlightenment ethnographers, artists, playwrights, poets, novelists and philosophers, such as John White, Michel de Montaigne, Thomas Hariot, William Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire, will be investigated.  This course satisfies general education requirements in arts and humanities.  Prerequisite:  Honors students only.

HONR 2010M Honors Seminar: The Ethics of Suicide (To Be or Not To Be)
The focus of this course will be on self-caused death, or suicide, and how it should be regarded from an ethical point of view.  This is not a sociology, psychology, or biology course.  We will have occasion to draw on works form a number of disciplines and perspectives: classic works of philosophy, religious texts, poetry, literature, film, works of art.  Is suicide wrong, always wrong, or profoundly morally wrong?  Or is it almost always wrong but excusable in a few cases?  Or is it sometimes morally permissible?  Is it not intrinsically wrong at all, though perhaps often imprudent?  Is it sick?  Is it a matter of mental illness?  Is it a private or a social act?  Is it something the family, community, or society should always try to prevent, or could ever expect of a person?  Could it sometimes be a “noble duty?”  Or is it solely a personal matter, perhaps a matter of right based in personal liberties, or even a fundamental human right?  Satisfies general education requirements in Arts and Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010N Honors Seminar: Alcohol, Drugs, and Society This course will employ a sociological perspective to examine substance use, as well as problems and policies related to substance use. Topics reviewed in this course include a brief history of substance use in the U.S., classical and contemporary theoretical explanations, substance use cultures, vulnerable populations, substance use prevention, and legal issues and drug policies.  In addition, each week will include a special topic students will explore in detail using sociological-based research.  This course will require students to read, engage in critical thinking, and participate in discussions. Satisfies general education requirements in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010P Honors Seminar: Law and Literature
This honors seminar will examine the interrelationship of the law and literature. The seminar considers how attorneys may use literary techniques and devices and how literary themes influence the life and practice of the lawyer. The course will compare approaches of the law and literature to various problems, from assisted suicide to murder, focusing on when the human element as expressed in literature can properly serve as a tool for the lawyer. Students will analyze rhetorical strategies common to legal and literary texts, and recognize the value of good writing technique. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010R Honors Seminar: Design Thinking
Design thinking is a process and a mindset that encourages creativity and innovation to solve complex problems and create solutions such as products, programs, services, experiences, spaces, and business strategies. This project-based course introduces students to design thinking and how it can be applied in various disciplines such as business, education, engineering, healthcare, and information systems. Through information presentations, readings, class discussions, activities, individual and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects, and reflection, students will apply design thinking tools and techniques to solve problems and create innovative solutions. There are no pre-requisites and no technical experience is required. Satisfies general education requirements in science. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010S Honors Seminar: Introduction to Biomedical Research
This course provides students an overview and introduction to the research process in the medical and other health professions. Each student will prepare and submit a proposal for a medical or other health professions research project. The course introduces students to the process of developing research proposals designed to expand the body of knowledge in the field of medicine and other health professions.  Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010T The Nuclear Dilemma
Drawing from the resources of the social sciences, this course presents an overview of those factors which led to the creation of atomic weapons as well as an examination of the social and political forces which contributed to their use and continued deployment. The course provides portraits of the relevant key personalities involved in weapons development and investigates the causal factors which led to the decision to use atomic weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The social, political, psychological, and economic impact of atomic weapons on the national consciousness is examined through a detailed study of the Cold War economy, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the continued threat posed by such weapons. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010U Reel Science
This course focuses on how depictions of science in film and television affect and influence culture and society. Various realms of science, such as biomedical, environmental, genetic, and geophysical, are explored. The course examines questions of scientific accuracy, ethical dilemmas, aesthetic rendering, and societal impact. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010V Latino Voices
This course is designed as an introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of Latinos in the United States. Students in this course will become familiar with Latino groups living in the United States and learn about the various cultural practices and products (music, essays, film, literature, visual art and performance) of this growing segment of the US population. Students will explore diverse discourses within various Latino groups and approach debates relevant within these communities. Some topics that will likely be discussed include: identity formation (race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality), acculturation, linguistic variation, racism and colonialism, and immigration and exile. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010W War Stories: Gender and Soldiering in Contemporary America
With an emphasis on the late 20th-and early 21st century, "War Stories: Gender and Soldiering in War-time America" will use a combination of fiction and non-fiction readings as well as narrative and documentary films to look at the ways in which gender informs, shapes and is impacted by soldiers’ experiences of war on the battlefield and on the home front in contemporary America. Veterans and campus professionals who are familiar with social, psychological and physiological problems associated with war trauma may be invited as guest speakers. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2010X Race in Art
The history of art is usually introduced through the Western perspective. This honors course will examine and introduce a non-western approach to understanding the history of art through the social construct of race. Students will begin to deconstruct the way images, media, and perspective interfere in art globally. The chronological review of art history through readings, writing assignments, and demonstrations will further identify how western art history is perceived and learned in response to the vision of the “other.” Prerequisite: honors students only.

HONR 2010Z Honors Seminar: Say it Ain’t so Joe: History through the Eyes of Sports
This course is a cultural history class. It uses element in American culture – in this case sports – to gain a more nuanced and complex understanding of American history. Through the lens of sports the class will look at important issues in American history such as civil rights, sex discrimination, the Cold War, and class conflict. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2020A Honors Seminar: Autism Today: The Individual and Family
Through a combination of traditional lectures, guest speaker appearances, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be explored through individuals with autism and their family members, and the personnel and agencies who support them. Beginning with a historical look at the recognition of this disorder, changes in the understanding of the disorder and diagnostic criteria over time, and the impact on prevalence rate, the course will then address issues in a variety of family issues and the resources in the community to support both the individual with ASD and his or her family members. The course will be presented by professionals from a variety of agencies and programs to give undergraduate students in the Honors College information about autism, the positive and negative impacts on the family, and resources to help them cope. Assignments are designed to foster critical thinking and reflection on the experiences of individuals with autism and their families. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 2020B Honors Seminar: Autism Today: Field Experience
Through a combination of traditional lectures and active participation experiences, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will be explored through educational and clinical experiences. The lectures will be presented by professionals from a variety of disciplines to allow undergraduate students in the Honors College to experience autism from different professional viewpoints. Field experiences will be designed to match the information within the week’s lecture. Assignments are designed to foster critical thinking and reflection on the experiences of service providers working with individuals with ASD. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 4150 Honors Travel Study
This interdisciplinary honors travel course involves academic instruction and directed learning outside of the traditional classroom. The course enables students to explore important themes and issues in specific areas of knowledge related to our diverse and interdependent world. Students work in groups under leadership of faculty and will reflect their travel experiences through the examination of art, history, science, literature, psychology, and culture. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

HONR 4990 Independent Study: Honors Thesis Research
Students carry out independent research related to an approved honors thesis. Faculty mentoring is provided on an individual basis. Approval of faculty member, division director, and dean is required. Honors students only.

INST 1500H Global Issues Honors
This course examines some of the increasingly complex and diverse issues confronting humanity. It examines the great diversity of opinion that people hold on important global issues, such as population, natural resource utilization, development, human rights, and values. Students may not receive credit for both INST 1500H and GLBS 1500H. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

INST 1500H Global Issues Honors
This course examines some of the increasingly complex and diverse issues confronting humanity. It examines the great diversity of opinion that people hold on important global issues, such as population, natural resource utilization, development, human rights, and values. Students may not receive credit for both INST 1500H and GLBS 1500H. Prerequisite: Honors students only.

LITR 2020H American Literature I Honors
A survey of American literature from the colonial period through the Civil War, emphasizing major authors and identifying themes common to various historical periods. Prerequisites: COMP 1500; Honors students only.

LITR 2021H American Literature II Honors
A survey of American literature from the end of the Civil War through the present, emphasizing major authors and identifying themes common to various historical periods. Prerequisites: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H; Honors students only.

LITR 2030H World Literature I Honors
A survey of selected masterpieces by international writers from antiquity through the Renaissance, emphasizing the evolution of world culture. Prerequisites: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H; Honors students only.

LITR 2031H World Literature II Honors
A survey of selected masterpieces by international writers from the 17th century through the 20th century, emphasizing the evolution of world culture. Prerequisites: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H; Honors students only.

MATH 2020H Applied Statistics Honors
This course is an introductory course in the use of descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include graphical and numerical descriptive measures, probability, common random variables and their distributions including the binomial and normal distributions, the Central Limit Theorem, sampling procedures, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. This course has been exempted from the requirements of the Writing Across the Curriculum policy. Prerequisite: MATH 1040 or higher; Honors students only.

MATH 2100H Calculus I Honor
Functions, limits, and derivatives of algebraic functions. Introduction to derivatives of trigonometric functions, logarithmic functions; application of derivatives to physics problems; related rates and maximum/minimum problems, and definite and indefinite integrals with applications. This course has been exempted from the requirements of the Writing Across the Curriculum policy. Prerequisites: Challenge examination or MATH 1250; Honors students only.

MATH 2200H Calculus II Honors
Riemann sums; the definite integral; method of integration; continuation of exponential, logarithmic functions, and inverse trigonometric functions. L'Hopital's rule and improper integrals. This course has been exempted from the requirements of the Writing Across the Curriculum policy. Prerequisite: MATH 2100 or MATH 2100H; Honors students only.

MGT 2050H Principles of Management Honors
Provides an overview of management history and theory, schools of management thought, the functions and processes of management, and the environment within which the modern manager operates. This course is open to HONORS students only. 

MGT 4880H Business Strategy and Policy
Business Strategy and Policy is an integrative senior course in strategic management building on functional area learning in management, accounting, finance, operations and marketing. The course focuses on the solution of specific business problems utilizing a corporate simulation which requires students to develop a strategy to lead their own company and implement the strategy through tactics for operations, management, marketing, and
finance. Students are measured by a balanced scorecard estimating their performance in each area and their preparation for the future. Prerequisites: FIN 3010 and Senior Standing; Honor Students Only Experiential Education and Learning (ExEL): Successful completion of this course satisfies 1 ExEL unit. Honors students only.

PHIL 3180H Biomedical Ethics Honors
This course provides an introduction to moral reasoning through a philosophical examination of major problems in biomedical ethics, such as abortion, euthanasia, allocation of resources, medical experimentation, genetic engineering, confidentiality, among others. Students will be introduced to the idea that ethical problems are largely a matter of reason, that progress toward solutions can be gained through an application of normative ethical (philosophical) theory. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. Honors students only.

PHYS 2350H
First of a two-part series covering mechanics, thermodynamics, vibrations, and waves. Includes laboratory sessions. This course has been exempted from the requirements of the Writing Across the Curriculum policy. Prerequisites: MATH 1250 or MATH 2100 or MATH 2100H. Honors students only

PHYS 2360H
Second of a two-part covering electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Includes laboratory sessions. This course has been exempted from the requirements of the Writing Across the Curriculum policy. Prerequisites: PHYS 2350 or PHYS 2350H and either MATH 1250 or MATH 2100 or MATH 2100H. Honor students only.

PSYC 1020H Introduction to Psychology Honors
An introduction to theory, research, and applications in the field of psychology. Topics include biological bases of behavior, perception, learning and memory, psychological development, personality, social psychology, and the identification and treatment of mental illness.Prerequisite: Honors Students Only.

PSYC 2110H Human Sexuality Honors
Anatomy/ physiology of the human sexual system, the human sexual response, the range of sexual behaviors, and sources of attitudes and beliefs about sexuality. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 OR PSYC 1020H OR SOCL 1020. Honors Students Only

PSYC 2160H Social Psychology Honors
This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people. Topics such as self-perception, judgment and decision-making, rationalization, attitude change, conformity, social influence, obedience, attraction, love, aggression, violence, altruism, deception, nonverbal communication, and prejudice will be covered. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or PSYC 1020H and Honors Students Only.

PSYC 2350H Lifespan Human Development Honors
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of systematic changes within the individual from conception through death. Unlike many studies of development, this course is structured around issues of development rather than examination of development from a chronological perspective.  This structure will allow the student to more completely grasp life-span issues.  Family, social roles, lifestyle, psychological disorders, mental abilities, and death and dying will be examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or PSYC 1020H and Honors Students Only.

SPCH 1010H Public Speaking Honors
Training and practice in the fundamentals of public speaking, including audience analysis, topic development, research, organization, language use, and delivery. Honors students only.

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