|206||T||9:30–10:20||Lemke, Maureen||ASBN 353||11730|
|207||R||3:30–4:20||Ellis-Lai, Laura||LAMP 502B||11761|
|208**||W||10:00–10:50||McCabe, Diann||LAMP 501||11762|
|209**||T||5:00–5:50||Galloway, Heather||LAMP 502B||11763|
|210||M||3:30–4:20||Hood, John||ASBN 353||11770|
|211||W||9:00–9:50||Hustvedt, G.||LAMP 501||11771|
|212||W||3:30-4:20||Hawkins, Catherine||ASBN 353||11773|
|213||W||3:30–4:20||Hanks, Craig||LAMP 501||11775|
**Terry Scholars must choose section 208 or 209. Honors Learning Community students must choose one of the sections above. Other Honors College students may choose any available section.
What does it mean to be civilized? This course will closely examine the words civilization and civilized to engage students in a variety of literary, philosophical, visual, and critical texts from multiple cultural perspectives. Students will begin with an examination of narratives about the origins of civilization and humanity, aiming to understand how such narratives establish cultural norms surrounding gender, morality, and spirituality. Students will then look at when worlds meet, examining texts that reflect imperialism, colonization and the various repercussions of cross cultural contact. Finally, students will end with a look at fantasy worlds, examining texts in which marginalized individuals construct their own civilizations to house their unique viewpoints. Ultimately, the goal of course is to broaden the understanding of multiple cultural perspectives thereby enhancing the understanding of our own place in the world.
How do you make your writing for a college course related to the real world? With a focus on global social justice, students will use their writings to promote change through persuasive arguments. Students will identify issues they care about, analyze existing resources, through writing assignments, concluding with a letter to the editor an advertising campaign to put research into practice. In addition, students will volunteer with a local organization to gain first-hand experience working with their chosen global issue.
This course is about baseball as culture and will introduce students to baseball’s place in American history and its role in contemporary society. Using baseball as a lens, students will gain insight into American life.
What are the ideas and movements of the 1960s? How do the Civil Rights Movement, the student and antiwar movements, Women's and Homosexual Liberation, the counterculture, and the global justice movements fit within the broader context of progressive thought and social movements in America since the Civil War?
This course will examine spirituality and religion as a universal component of human life, explore the world’s major faith traditions, engage in critical inquiry of these traditions, investigate personal and cultural biases, and engage in focused self-awareness to assist students in expanding their global perspective.
Elementary Number Theory is ideally suited for the Honors College because students at different levels of mathematical maturity can all participate in and learn from such a course. Students will begin by studying simple ideas about integers, where they already have a well-developed intuition. To paraphrase David Gries in THE SCIENCE OF PROGRAMMING, one should never take basic principles for granted, for it is only through careful application of simple fundamental ideas that progress is made. The division algorithm is studied in detail, and is seen to have far-reaching consequences throughout the course. Done repeatedly, it yields Euclid's algorithm and the solution to linear Diophantine equations. Advanced topics include Public Key Encryption and quadratic forms. The goal is to teach students to think carefully and precisely, while exciting students with the joy of mathematical exploration and discovery. This course lays the foundation for future courses where the students are required to give careful, rigorous mathematical proofs. We follow Einstein's philosophy that "imagination is more important than knowledge" in stressing the creative aspects of doing mathematics.
Communication is a complex human process, enveloping perceptions, values, self-concepts, meanings and behaviors. All of these elements are rooted in the cultural context. Indeed, we are shaped and defined by the contemporary culture into which we are born more than we may realize; the culture gives us images to model, goals to aspire to, values to espouse, and tells us who we are or who we should want to be. To understand our contemporary culture and its influence on communication, this course takes a historical step backward to look at its roots. At the turn of the 20th century, roughly 1880-1930, we can find the beginnings of so much of what we now take for granted: social patterns, mass media, modern technologies, interpersonal perceptions and world views. This period of time initiated the cultural fabric that we are still enmeshed in: consumerism.
This writing-intensive seminar examines the life stories of selected entrepreneurs, identifies leadership qualities that may have contributed to success, and explores research-based principles necessary for groups to become teams and for teams to become high performing. Using selected video tapes of successful entrepreneurs representing the public and private sectors who have spoken at Texas State, this course targets freshman- and sophomore-level students, and is designed to spark genuine interest in creating and identifying opportunities, but especially for turning ideas into substance and tangibles. Seeks to identify characteristics needed to become an entrepreneur or intrapreneur (someone who works within a large enterprise). The course also examines how to build a team and collation and explores leadership principles necessary for team-initiated and directed projects to prosper and succeed.
This course focuses on Integral Ecology as a response to a growing sense that the ecological crisis is not merely a scientific or technical issue that needs to be solved. Rather, Integral Ecology points out that the ecological crisis is as much a problem of consciousness, culture and philosophy as it is about identifying carrying capacities and CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. As such, Integral Ecology starts with the recognition that these interlocking crises require a more integrative approach to ecological thinking.
This course focuses on novels, short stories, essays, and a memoir written about post-World War II conflicts in Vietnam, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Portraiture is a cross-genre research methodology in which writers study a person, a group of people, an institution, or a concept. Students will create carefully researched portraits that integrate personal narrative, interviews, and academic research. Portraiture values students’ lived experiences and has roots in anthropology, sociology, journalism, and creative nonfiction. The course provides an opportunity for students to learn how to integrate their lived experiences and personal perspectives with the published work of advanced scholars in various disciplines. Students will reflect on the nature of knowledge as it exists both within and outside of academia.
Develop basic professional techniques and skills used in writing for the screen. Analyze contemporary scripts, perform practical exercises in story and character development, study screenplay structure and format, and develop a full-length screenplay. The hybrid online and seminar workshop format allows online development of writing techniques with face-to-face meetings to read and discuss completed screenplay projects; two-three classroom meetings per month (12-15 total) plus optional discussion/reading sessions during the TR scheduled times.
Substitutions: Sophomore Literature, and Advanced ENG
This course will explore contemporary issues of childhood and teen human sexuality, including depictions of gender and orientation, in fiction and nonfiction for children and adolescents. We will additionally explore pedagogical, social, and political issues arising from and informing societal perceptions and enactments of sexuality.
Substitution: ART 2313
What does it mean to have bad taste? While investigating this question, students will gain an understanding of how discussions of taste are linked to the innumerable ways in which people, through their behavior or choice of aesthetic objects, place themselves, or are placed, into hierarchies of knowledge and power.
How do we find ways for the world's growing population to live sustainably? This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to U.S. policy for energy, the environment, and sustainability. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the laws, regulations, and treaties that oversee air and water pollution, solid waste, hazardous waste, energy use, natural resources, climate change, and global governance for energy, environment, and sustainability.
Instructor: Pliley, J. MW 12:30-1:50 LAMP 502B
Instructor: Tally, R. TR 11:00-12:20PM LAMP 501
Substitutions: ENG 2330, 2340 or 3341
This is a course on world literature that looks specifically at otherworldly literature, or what China Miéville has recently referred to as the fiction of estrangement, including works frequently categorized as utopia or dystopia, fantasy, and science fiction. Prerequisites: First-year writing (English 1310, 1320) or the equivalent. Texts include: Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future; Bellamy, Looking Backward, 2000–1887 ; Zamyatin, We; Orwell, Animal Farm; Tolkien, The Hobbit; Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle; Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; and Collins, The Hunger Games.
Instructor: Le Duc, A.. MW 2:00-3:20PM LAMP 407A
Substitution: Advanced Horticulture Elective
This course introduces students to urban landscape and the regional environment and the role the two play in the quality of life. Students will look at people-plant interactions as they relate to art, science, practice, and commercial products and services of Horticulture, and the impact that land use decisions have on the sustainability of the environment.
Instructors: Fischer, R.& McWilliams, J. MW 2:00 - 3:20PM LAMP 501
Substitutions: PHIL 1320 or Advanced HIST Elective
This course has two aims: first, to introduce students to the changing nature of, and views about, the production and consumption of animals in America from the 18th century to the present; second, to introduce students to the philosophical issues that eating animals raises.
This course provides the opportunity to focus on research and learn research techniques appropriate for an honors thesis. This course provides the foundation to develop a realistic project, find a supportive thesis supervisor, build a bibliography and outline, and complete the review of literature.
In this course, students pursue an independent project of research, study, or creative achievement. This will culminate in a paper, laboratory or field research problem, or creative project (play, book of poetry, artwork, etc.) of significant size and scope.
Individual study under direct supervision of a professor for Honors credit.
Take an advanced course in your major and contract with the professor to have it count for Honors credit. Turn in the completed and signed Honors Contract form to D. McCabe of the Honors College by the 12th class day.
A survey of the basic features of the American legal system and legal aspects of business transactions.
Introductory course for computer science majors, minors, and others desiring technical introduction to computer science. The goal of this foundations course is to get students to think algorithmically and improve their analytical skills for efficient problem solving. The course takes an in-depth look at the fundamental concepts of algorithm development. C++ is used as the primary language for introducing basic programming constructs, such as decision statments, loops, and arrays. Students taking this course will participate in a semester long project for which the entire class will work as a team to produce software of substantial size. The exact nature of the project will be determined based on student interest and ability. Possible topics include software for controlling robots, customized iphone applications, and non-GUI PC games. No prior programming experience is required. Lectures will be interspersed with detours into the past, present, and future of computing.
A required course for Elementary EC-6 Generalist certification, EC-6 Bilingual Generalist certification and All-Level Special Education certification, this laboratory course is designed to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of chemistry and earth space science. Non-creditable for science majors.
A first course in differential and integral calculus which stresses limits as well as the applications of calculus to the problems of science.
Continued development and review of all language skills within Spanish framework.