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Spring 2013 Course Offerings: Course Schedule and Course Descriptions

Title Professor Day/Time Location

HON 2380D Is this really math? Graph Theory and Its Applications

Ferrero, Daniela

Monday, Wednesday: 2:00-3:20

Lampasas 502B

HON 2391T The Beat Generation 

Steve Wilson 

Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00-12:20

Lampasas 502B

HON 2391V Nature and the Quest for Meaning

Hanson, Susan

Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00-12:20

Lampasas 501

HON 2391X Democracy in America

Grasso, Kenneth

Monday, Wednesday: 12:30-1:50

Lampasas 501

HON 3390H The Problem of Evil

Hutcheson, Peter

Monday, Wednesday: 12:30-1:50

Lampasas 502B

HON 3390P Hollywood Amnesia

Bell-Metereau, Rebecca

Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-10:50

Lampasas 502B

HON 3391 B The Shaping of the Modern Mind

Stimmel, Theron

Monday, Wednesday: 2:00-3:20

Lampasas 501

HON 3391R The Prisoner

Liddle, Bill

Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00-3:20

Lampasas 502B

 HON 3392X The Contemporary African Novel

Holt, Elvin

Monday, Wednesday: 11:00-12:30

Lampasas 501

HON 3394M Rendering Nature and Phenomenon in Art

Chiles, Elizabeth

Monday, Wednesday: 2:00-3:20

ASBN 353

HON 3394P Introduction to Humanities II

Martin, Carole and Raphael, Rebecca

Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-10:50

ASBN 353

HON 3394V Universal Human Rights: A Global Perspective

Hawkins, Catherine

Monday, Wednesday: 11:00-12:20

Lampasas 502B

 HON 3395D Sustainable Urbanism: Reinventing Our Communities

Vaughan, James

Monday, Wednesday: 11:00-12:20

ASBN 353

HON 3394X Magic Realism In The Works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Ugalde, Sharon

Tuesday, Thursday 11:00-12:20

Lampasas 407A

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

Rast, Walter


Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00-3:20

Lampasas 501

HON 3396T How We Decide: Making Decisions from the Inside Out

Dickinson, Michael

Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-1:50

Lampasas 501

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

Hood, John 

Tuesday, Thursday: 3:30-4:50

Lampasas 501

HON 3396E Free Speech, Free Press, and the Supreme Court of the United States

Martinez, Gilbert

Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-10:50

Lampasas 501


HON 3396F The Art of Storytelling


Hood, John

Monday, Wednesday: 3:30-4:50

Lampasas 501

HON 3396 K Hispanic Americans: Finding Their Identities and Their Voice

Rehbein, Edna

Cancelled 11-2012



HON 3396L Early American History through Biography


Murphy, Angela

Tuesday, Thursday 3:30-4:50

Lampasas 502B

HON 3480C Teaching Physical Science to Children


Close, Eleanor

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00-11:50

ASBN 450

HON 4390A Senior Seminar: Thesis Development

McCabe, Diann

Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-1:50

Lampasas 502B

HON 4390B Honors Thesis


Galloway, Heather

Times Arranged


HON 4391 Honors Independent Study

McCabe, Diann

Times Arranged


ECO 3311.1 Money and Banking


Kishan, Ruby

Monday, Wednesday: 11:00-12:20

McCoy 223

GS 3320 General Science II


Lemke, Maureen

Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-1:50

SUPP 224 GS 3320

GS 3320 LAB General Science II Lab


Lemke, Maureen

Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00-3:50

SUPP 222

MATH 2472 Calculus II

Morey, Susan

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00-9:50

Lampasas 502B


MATH 2472 Lab Calculus II


Morey, Susan

Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-8:50

Lampasas 502B


MKT 3343 Principles of Marketing

Fisk, Raymond

Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-1:50

McCoy 224



SPAN 2320 Intermediate Spanish II

Cuadrado, A.

Monday, Wednesday: 11:00-12:20

Cent 221



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Course Descriptions


HON 2380D, Is This Really Math? Graph Theory and its Applications

Substitution(s):  MATH 1315, 1316, 1319, or 4336
Professor(s):  D. Ferrero
Course Description:  This course will present the most important topics of graph theory through its applications and in a lively style, including some examples of proofs designed to strengthen mathematical techniques, and offer 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.

HON 2391T, The Beat Generation

Substitution(s): ENG 2360 or 3336
Professor(s):  S. Wilson
Course Description:  An overview of the Beat movement of the 1940s and 1950s that will explore the Beat’s influence on social norms, literature and politics. We will also consider the enduring influences this small group of social outcasts has on modern America.

HON 2391V, Nature and the Quest for Meaning

Substitution(s):  ENG 1320 or ENG 2360
Professor(s):  S. Hanson
Course Description:  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 lives.

HON 2391X, Democracy in America

Substitution(s):  POSI 2320
Professor(s):  K. Grasso
Course Description:  This course will explore Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville's seminal study of American social and political life, the nature and distinctive character of modern democratic societies, and the problems and perils these societies confront. Themes will include Tocqueville's account of the strengths and weaknesses of democratic governments; the impact of Puritanism on American culture; the role of religion in American public life; the impact of both slavery and racism on American life; sex roles in American society and the impact of democratic social structures on the family and the lives of women; the tension between capitalism and democracy; the effect of equality on American political culture; how and why democratic social conditions foster individualism, materialism, a cult of conformity to mass opinion and culture, and cause government to expand in scope and grow more centralized.

HON 3390H, The Problem of Evil

Substitution(s):  Advanced Philosophy or Counts toward the Minor in Religious Studies
Professor(s):  P. Hutcheson
Course Description:  Is it reasonable to believe that there is an all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-good God, despite the appearance of pointless evil? The course consists of attempts to answer this question with rational arguments.

HON 3390P, Hollywood Amnesia

Substitution(s):  Sophomore Literature or Advanced English or Media Studies minor
Professor(s):  R. Bell-Metereau
Course Description:  This course offers a historical overview of a topic that appears with increasing frequency in films of the last decade — various forms of memory loss. We will explore how films about various forms of amnesia satisfy a viewer’s desire to come to terms with memory loss in an aging society and how the project of creating a state of constant cultural amnesia satisfies the needs of larger governmental and economic engines. (Prerequisites: English 1310 and 1320)

HON 3391B, The Shaping of the Modern Mind

Substitution(s):  Advanced Philosophy or Advanced Psychology
Professor(s):  D. Stimmel
Course Description:  How does the neurobiological composition of your brain affect your beliefs? This course will examine modern theories concerning psychological, biological and philosophical origins of cognition.

HON 3391R, The Prisoner

Substitution(s):  Media Studies minor or International Studies: International Relations, Mexican-American or African-American Studies, Interamerican, European, or Asian Focus
Professor(s):  B. Liddle
Course Description:  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, which appeared in 17 episodes during 1968. Examine 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.

HON 3392X, The Contemporary African Novel

Substitution(s): Sophomore Literature, Advanced English, or International Studies Elective
Professor(s):  E. Holt
Course Description:  Novels by contemporary African writers from western and southern Africa will be read and discussed. The class will also study the effects of colonialism on traditional African cultures. Students will consider problems of language in the African novel.

HON 3394M, Rendering Nature and Phenomenon in Art

Substitution(s): ART 2313, Advanced Art Elective
Professor(s): E. Chiles
Course Description: Course explores, through looking at both historical and contemporary work in drawing, painting, sculpture, video,photography and installation, how nature and phenomena are and have been rendered in art.

HON 3394P, Intro to Humanities II: A Global Odyssey

Substitutions(s):  Sophomore Literature, Advanced English, or arranged (varies by semester)
Professors(s): C. Martin, R. Raphael
Course Description: This team-taught course will trace the various avatars of travel from Thomas More's Utopia (1516) to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). How did the notion of travel frame the movements of thought that have characterized the Western worldview–from utopianism to romantic imperialism to structuralism to post-modern critique? How does travel as an idea recapitulate or critique religious narratives, and how does actual travel spark the development of a study of human religions? What happens when travel as an instrument of criticism is confronted with the actual experience of travel? The Common Experience theme of A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections to the Changing World informs this version of Intro to Humanities II.

HON 3394V, Universal Human Rights: A Global Perspective

Substitution(s): International Studies, SOWK 3339 or SOWK 4360
Professor(s): Hawkins, C.
Course Description: What are the significant social, political, philosophical, historical, legal, economic, geographic, and cultural factors that impact universal human rights? What are the challenges involved in implementing universal human rights; what efforts effectively redress inequity and what are the opposing viewpoints? Students will engage in critical intellectual inquiry and personal self-reflection in order to facilitate the development of a global perspective for the 21st century.

HON 3394X, Magic Realism in the Works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Substitution(s):  SPAN 4350, 4330, or 3371, ENG 2340, 3341, or 3316, or HIST 3325H
Professor(s): Ugalde, S              
A study of selected works of Nobel Prize author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, focusing on literature, history, politics, and popular culture of Latin America.

HON 3395D, Sustainable Urbanism: Reinventing Our Communities

Substitution(s):  Geography required elective for the following Geography Majors: Resources and Enviornmental Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, or the general Geography major.
Professor(s):  J. Vaughan
Course Description:  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.


HON 3395M, Humanity & the Natural Enviroment: A Study of Interrelationships

Substitution(s):  Advanced Biology 
Professor(s): W. Rast
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.

HON 3396T, How We Decide: Making Decisions from the Inside Out

Substitution(s):  Advanced Business elective of counts towards the Leadership Studies Minor
Professor(s): M. Dickinson
Course Description: This interdisciplinary seminar enlightens students on the decision making process using contemporary research from neuroscience, psychology, management, healthcare, etc. Additionally, students will examine case studies at the individual, group, and societal levels, and they will evaluate a cross section of decision aids such as heuristics, ethics, and computers.


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

Substitution(s):  Advanced English or Advanced Theatre
Professor(s): Hood, J.
Course Description: This course develops the basic professional techniques and skills used in writing for the writing and 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.

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

Substitution(s): MC 4301 or Advanced Political Science
Professor(s): G. Martinez
This course focuses on U.S. Supreme Court decisions related to the First Amendment and the five rights of religion, speech, press 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.

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

Substitution(s): Sophomore Literature, Advanced Theatre, or Advanced English
Professor(s): J. Hood
Course Description: 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.

HON 3396L Early American History through Biography

Substitutions: HIST 1310 or HIST 3342
Professor:  A. Murphy
Course Description: 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.

HON 3396O, The Extraordinary in the Everyday

Substitutions: ART 2313 or advanced Art elective

Professor: E. Chiles

Course Description: In this course students examine 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. The political and social ramifications of involvement in the everyday environment will be discussed in order to reconfigure a prescribed space.

HON 3396T, How We Decide: Making Decisions from the Inside Out

Substitutions: Advanced Business Elective or counts toward the Leadership Studies Minor

Professor: M. Dickinson

This interdisciplinary seminar enlightens students on the decision-making process using contemporary research from neuroscience, psychology, management, healthcare, etc. From this foundation students will examine case studies at the individual, group, and societal levels, and they will evaluate a cross section of decision aids such as heuristics, ethics, and computers.



HON 3480C, Teaching Physical Science to Children

Substitutions: PHYS 1310 and 1110
Professor:  E. Close
Course Description: This course will focus on developing a deep understanding of fundamental concepts in physical science and how these concepts relate to making sense of our everyday experience.This studio-style course includes both physics concepts and research findings on physics teaching and learning. This course will be fulfilling for all but is especially ideal for those interested in teaching K-8.

HON 4390A, Senior Seminar / Honors Thesis Research Methods

Substitution(s):  Advanced Elective
Professor(s):  D. McCabe
 Semester(s) Offered:  every fall and spring
Course Description:  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.

HON 4390B, Honors Thesis

Substitution(s):  Advanced Elective
Professor(s):  H. Galloway
Semester(s) Offered:  every fall, spring, and summer
Course Description:  Students enrolled in HON 4390B work with their supervising professor on their honors undergraduate thesis.

HON 4391, Honors Independent Study

Substitution(s): Arranged
Professor(s):  arranged
Semester(s) Offered:  every semester
Course Description:  Individual study under direct supervision of a professor for Honors credit.

ECO 3311.1, Money and Banking
Substitution(s): ECO 3311

Professor(s): R. Kishan
A study of money and credit in the modern economy. Examines the development of modern money and banking systems, the structure of the Federal Reserve System, and monetary theory. Prerequisites: ECO 2314 and 2315.


GS 3320, General Science and Lab II
Substitution(s): GS 3320

Professor(s):  M. Lemke
Course Description: A laboratory course designed to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of biological science. Non-creditable for science majors. A required course for Elementary EC-4 Generalist certification, grades 4-8 Science certification, grades 4-8 Mathematics/Science certification. Prerequisite: BIO 1320, 1421, 1430, or 1431 completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

MATH 2472, Calculus II
Substitution(s): MATH 2472

Professor(s):  S. Morey
Course Description: A continuation of differential and integral calculus including methods of integration, sequences and series, and introduction to partial derivatives. Prerequisite: MATH 2471 with a grade of “C” or higher.

MKT 3343, Principles of Marketing
Substitution(s): MKT 3343

Professor(s): R. Fisk
Course Description: 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 environment. Examines ethical and socially-responsible marketing and the impact of information technology. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

SPAN 2320, Spanish II
Substitution(s): SPAN 2320

Professor(s): Cuadrado, A.
Course Description: Intermediate Spanish II. More advanced practice in all language skills with greater emphasis on reading within a Spanish cultural framework. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in SPAN 2310.