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Spring 2012 Course Offerings


ECO 2315 Principles of Macroeconomics (Departmental Honors)

Instructor: Beckworth, David            Days/time: MW 11:00AM - 12:20PM        Location: McCoy 223

An introduction to the macroeconomics of a modern industrial society. Emphasis is on the analysis of national income, economic stability, fiscal policy, money and banking, economic growth, and international trade.

Prerequisites: ECO 2314

This Departmental Honors course will earn students credit for ECO 2315 while counting as an honors course.


GS 3320 General Science II (Departmental Honors)

Instructor: Lemke, Maureen            Days/time:  TH 12:30-1:50 PM    Location: Supple 224

Course Description: A laboratory course designed to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of chemistry and earth space science. Non-creditable for science majors. A required course for Elementary EC-6 Generalist certification, EC-6 Bilingual Generalist certification and All-Level Special Education certification. Prerequisites: PHYS 1310, 1320, and 1110 or PHYS 1410, 1420 with a grade of "C" or better.

GS 3320.L07 General Science II Lab (required)

Day/Time: T 2:00-3:50 Location: Supple 224

Prerequisites: BIO 1320, 1421, 1430, 1431 completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

This Departmental Honors course and lab will earn students GS 3320 and GS 3320 Lab credit while counting as an honors course.


MKT 3343 Principles of Marketing (Departmental Honors)

Instructor: Fisk, Raymond         Days/time: TH 9:30-10:50 AM       Location: LAMP 502B

Study of the strategic marketing process, which creates value for consumers and organizations through integrated production and distribution of products. Examines the marketing process in the context of the global, cultural, economic, legal/regulatory environments. Examines ethical and socially-responsible marketing and the impact of information technology. 

Prerequisite: Junior standing

This Departmental Honors course earns students credit for MKT 3343 while counting as an honors course.


HON 2380B Astronomy in Art, History, and Literature

Instructor: Olson, Don   Days/time: TH 3:30-4:50 PM    Location: LAMP 502B & 502A

What was the star that the wise men followed? What night sky objects did Van Gogh include in his "Night Sky" painting? In this class, students will combine astronomy and the humanities, using computers to create simulations of celestial events that affected history or appeared in historical art or literature.

Substitutions: Math/Science/Logic for BA, PHYS 1340 or PHYS 1350


HON 2380D Graph Theory and its Applications

Instructor: Ferrero, Daniella     Days/time: TH 12:30-1:50 PM       Location: LAMP 502B

This course will present the most important topics of graph theory through its applications in a lively style, and will present  some examples of proofs designed to strengthen mathematical techniques, offering challenging opportunities to have fun while doing mathematical research. The course is intended to be self-contained, so no prior knowledge of graph theory is required.

Substitutions: MATH 1315, 1316 or 1319


HON 2390D New and Old World Philosophy

Instructor: Raphael, Rebecca     Days/time: TH 9:30-10:50 AM       Location: ASB 353

Is a discipline that focuses on rationality to the exclusion of other human traits ultimately self-defeating? To what extent does honoring the embodied, only partially rational, nature of our human existence both challenge and revitalize the practice of philosophy? Special attention will be paid along the way to the close ties philosophy has to a variety of other disciplines and to the significant contributions that writers, thinkers and artists, not traditionally considered philosophers, make to philosophy. Students will be especially encouraged to draw a connection between the course material and work they've done in their home discipline. They will also be encouraged to see themselves as contributors to the ongoing conversation of philosophy.

Substitutions: PHIL 1305


HON 2391P Spirituality and Religion: A Contemporary Global Perspective

Instructor: Hawkins, Catherine         Days/time: MW 2:00-3:20 PM        Location: LAMP 502B
 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, encouraging students to expanding their global perspectives.
Substitutions: SOWK elective, Humanties Core (040/041), or International Studies: Asian, ME/Af, Inter-American, or European focus


HON 2391V Nature and the Quest for Meaning

Instructor: Hanson, Susan          Days/time: ,H 11:00AM - 12:20PM         Location: LAMP 501
After exploring the origins of American nature writing, we will read and discuss the works of a number of contemporary authors. In the process, we will consider the ways in which human beings experience the natural world — as an object of study, as a reflection of themselves, and as a lens through which they look for meaning in their own lives.
Substitution: ENG 1320, ENG 2360 (Sophomore Literature)

HON 3391R The Prisoner 

Instructor: Liddle, William         Days/time: TH 11:00AM - 12:20PM        Location: LAMP 502B
 Explore the themes of individualism, isolation and social control as ingredients of both modern society and particular elements in the British TV series, The Prisoner, that appeared in 17 episodes during 1968. Examines struggles between society's need to organize and control individuals, and the individual's need to understand his or her environment to exercise personal autonomy.
Substitutions: Counts toward the Media Studies Minor or International Studies: Internationall Relations, ME/Africa, Interamerican, European, or Asian Focus

HON 3392Y Immortality

Instructor: Hutcheson, Peter     Days/time: MW 12:30-1:50 PM      Location:LAMP 502B
 What are the various concepts of life after death?  Is it reasonable to believe in life after death? This course attempts to answer these questions using rational arguments.
Substitutions: Advanced Philosophy or counts toward the Religious Studies Minor

HON 3394P Nature and the Natural in the Early Modern World: Intro to Humanities II

Instructor: Jaffe, Catherine and Dehart, Paul    Days/time: TH 9:30-10:50 AM       Location:   LAMP 501

Study the idea of nature and the natural in significant texts of the Enlightenment and Romantic movements, when Western society was poised on the brink of modernity and the concept of human beings' relation to the world was transformed because of advances in empirical science, philosophy, and psychology. We will study how writers, philosophers, political scientists, poets, and artists of the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries theorize and represent concepts such as the natural world, human nature, natural law, the state of nature, and natural gender roles and how these concepts have influenced our modern understanding of nature and the natural. Organized around these themes, this introduction to the humanities offers students opportunities for sustained reading, discussion, and writing about major texts in early modern and modern European literature, political science and philosophy.

Substitution(s): Sophomore Literature, Advanced English, or Advanced Political Science--Groups 1 and 2

HON 3395D Sustainable Urbanism: Reinventing Our Communities

Instructor: Vaughan, James      Days/time: MW 2:00-3:20 PM       Location:   ASBN 353
 Examines the human and environmental impacts of urbanization and critically assesses applied techniques that are being made, or proposed, to develop cities in truly sustainable ways. Students will investigate the origins and concepts of sustainable development, as well as the application of sustainable solutions to today's urban problems.
Substitution(s): Geography required elective for the following Geography Majors: Resources and Enviornmental Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, or the general Geography major.

HON 3395I Ever Since Darwin

Instructor: Ginsburg, Harvey         Days/time: MW 12:30-1:50 PM       Location:   LAMP 501
Examines Charles Darwin's all-encompassing natural selection theory.  How did the theory change western civilization?  How did the theory explain the emergence of every species' characteristics, including the human body and the human mind?  What reasoning and evidence did Darwin use and what were the flaws and fallout? 
Substitutions: PSY 3323

HON 3395M Humanity and the Natural Environment: A Study of Interrelationships

Instructor: Rast, Walter         Days/time: MW 3:30-4:50 PM       Location:   LAMP 502B
An interdisciplinary introduction to the interdependence between humans and their natural environment, emphasizing linkages between human activities and their impacts on environmental resources and sustainability, including the ecosystem goods and services provided by a healthy environment.
Substitutions: Advanced Biology

HON 3395P Preserving Humanity in the Face of Conflict

Instructor: Noll, Stephanie          Days/time: TH 3:30-4:50 PM       Location: ASBN 353
Examines the human impact of several global conflicts that have occured over the past forty years. Students will explore interdisciplinary knowledge of various aspects of the human experience in times of conflict.
Substitutions: ENG 1310, 1320, Sophomore Literature, or Advanced English

HON 3395R Hip-Hop Culture and Youth Development 

Instructor: Travis, Raphael          Days/time: TH 12:30-1:50 PM       Location:   LAMP 501
 Hip-Hop Culture is examined within the context of human development over the life course. Cultural dynamics are viewed alongside the social and political history of the United States. Through the lens of Hip-Hop, students will use skills in reflection, discussion, and creative expression to develop strategies for personal growth and development.
Substitutions:  SOWK 3339 or counts toward the Diversity Studies Minor

HON 3395T Fast Reading for Fun: The Birth of the Mass Media in Victorian England

Instructor: Ledbetter, Kathryn          Days/time: TH 9:30-10:50 AM        Location: LAMP 407A
 Explores literature published during the English Victorian period (1837-1901) in tandem with articles, literature, illustrations, advertising, and news items published in popular Victorian periodicals. Students will be able to examine a cross-section of Victorian culture, get a more intimate understanding of this important moment in the development of communication and mass media in Western civilization, and learn the relevance of the Victorian period to our own media moment.
Substitution: Advanced English

HON 3395U Travel Journalism

Instructor: Rao, Sandy         Days/time: H 6:30-9:20 PM       Location:   Old Main 238
This seminar/lab course explores techniques of writing journalistic travel narratives for the media including (online and traditional) newspapers and blogs. Students will develop and write travel stories using diverse, interdisciplinary approaches. Students will learn information-gathering and interviewing skills, and narratives techniques pertinent to travel writing. 
Substitutions: MC 4382O

  HON 3396B Playwriting: A Structure Approach to Writing for the Stage

Instructor: Hood, John          Days/time: TH 2:00-3:20 PM          Location: LAMP 501
This course develops the basic professional techniques and skills used in writing for the theatrical stage. Students analyze scripts and perform practical exercises in story and character development, study dramatic play and structure, and develop a full-length dramatic play. Weekly readings and critiques assist writers in refining their scripts.
Substitutions: Advanced English or Advanced Theatre

HON 3396E Free Speech, Free Press, & the Supreme Court of the U.S.

Instructor: Martinez, Gilbert          Days/time: TH 3:30-4:50 PM        Location: LAMP 501
This course focuses on U.S. Supreme Court decisions related to the First Amendment and the five rights of religion, speech, press, peaceful assembly, and petition.  By examining how the high court has interpreted the First Amendment, students will learn about the government’s sometimes wavering commitment to our nation’s most cherished rights.
Substitutions: MC 4301 or Advanced Political Science

HON 3396F The Art of Storytelling: From Origins to Improv

Instructor: Hood, John          Days/time: MW 11:00AM - 12:20PM          Location:  LAMP 501
This course examines the art and culture of storytelling from ancient to contemporary times. Students read and analyze stories from oral and written traditions and develop skills in creating and applying storytelling in social, business, political, and entertainment environments.
Substitutions: Sophomore Literature, Advanced Theatre, or Advanced English

HON 3396L Early American History through Biography

Instructor: Murphy, Angela          Days/time: TH 2:00-3:20 PM        Location: LAMP 502B
What is the individual and human element in the study of history? How have individuals both affected and been affected by larger historical events and trends like the American Revolution, the expansion of white democracy, western expansion, the market revolution, the slave labor system, the sectional crisis, and the Civil War? Students will assess the ways in which biography as a genre can serve as a vital form of history.
Substutions: HIST 1310 or HIST 3342

HON 3396O The Extraordinary in the Everyday

Instructor: Chiles, Elizabeth          Days/time: MW 2:00-3:20 PM        Location: LAMP 501
 Examines how artists from Hemingway, to the French Situationists, to contemporary artists all over the world have approached finding or being present in the everyday. Field assignments to ordinary sites will engage students critically in the environment. We will discuss the political and social ramifications of involvement in the everyday environment in order to reconfigure a prescribed space.

Substutions: Art 2313 or Advanced Art & Design


HON 3396P Bad Taste

Instructor: Campbell, Andy          Days/time: MW 11:00AM - 12:20PM        Location: LAMP 502B
 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.
Substutions: Art 2313


HON 4390A Senior Seminar: Thesis Development

Instructor: McCabe, Diann          Days/time: TH 12:30-1:50 PM       Location: ASBN 353

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.

Substitution: Advanced Elective

HON 4390B Honors Thesis

Instructor: Galloway, Heather          Days/time: ARR       Location: ARR

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.

Substitutions: Advanced Elective or Arranged

Before receiving special approval to enroll in the Hon 4390B course, students must schedule an appointment with the Dean of the Honors College.  At the appointment, the student must turn in the completed and signed Honors Thesis Application.  Once the director meets with the student and signs the Honors Thesis Application, the student can register for Hon 4390B through CATS.

Students enrolled in HON 4390B work with their supervising professor on their Honors undergraduate thesis.


HON 4391 Honors Independent Study

Instructor: McCabe, Diann          Days/time: ARR       Location: ARR

Individual study under direct supervision of a professor for Honors credit.

Substitution: Arranged

Before receiving special approval to enroll in the Hon 4391 course, students must turn in a completed and signed HON 4391 Independent Study Course Agreement Form. Turn in the signed and completed HON 4391 form to the associate director of the University Honors Program.