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Fall 2011 Course Offerings

HON Courses - These are our interdisciplinary honors courses listed in CatsWeb with the HON prefix.

Departmental Honors Courses - These are special honors sections limited to 17 students.  Courses feature additional opportunities for students such as unique group projects and field trips, and the opportunity for more in depth discussion and student participation. 

US1100 Courses - These are honors sections of University Seminar (US 1100).  All incoming freshmen for Fall 2011 who signed up for orientation and joined the honors program by May 11, 2011 have permission to register for all honors sections of US 1100. 


BLAW 2361 Business Law (Departmental Honors)


Instructor: Hale, J            Days/time: T, Th 2:00-3:20 PM       Location: MCOY 223

A survey of basic features of the American legal system and legal aspects of business transactions.  Topics include the nature and sources of law, court systems and procedures, agency, torts, contracts, ethics, and government regulation of business.

Substitution(s):  BLAW 2361


CS 1428 Foundations of Computer Science I (Departmental Honors)


Instructor: Qasem, A            Days/time: T, Th 9:30-10:50 AM       Location: Derr 240

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 day-long field trip to one of the tech companies in Austin is planned for the Fall semester. (Lab Required)

Substitution(s):  CS 1428 and CS 1428 Lab


GS 3310 General Science (Departmental Honors)


Instructor: Lemke, M            Days/time: T, Th 12:30-1:50 PM       Location: Supp 135

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.

(Lab Required)

Substitution(s):  GS 3310 and GS 3310 Lab


PSY 1300 Introduction to Psychology (Departmental Honors)


Instructor: Ginsburg, H         Days/time: T, Th 12:30-1:50 PM       Location: ASBN 353

This Introduction to Psychology Honors course provides learning experiences essential to understanding psychology as a discipline and science. To achieve this goal, students will be introduced to various theories and approaches leading to modern psychology and contemporary psychological science concepts, research findings and basic applied principles of behavior. Although students may have taken AP psychology in high school, this honors course is designed to go well beyond the general introductory course by preparing students for further independent study in psychological science through experiences outside the classroom, including team projects.

Substitution(s):  PSY 1300



HON 1390E Origins of Civilization


Instructor: Wilson, N.   Days/time: T, Th 9:30 - 10:50 AM    Location: LAMP 502B

A study of literacy, mythic, and philosophical works selected with special attention to texts about the origins of humanity and civilization.  The course provides students the opportunity to think reflectively and critically about the origins of various cultures.

Substitution(s): English 1310, English 1320, English 2330, English 3341, or counts towards the Ethnic Studies Minor.


HON 2391F Baseball and the American Experience

Instructor: Renick, O.     Days/time: T, Th 12:30 - 1:50 PM      Location: LAMP 501

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. The course will tie “The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.”

Substitution(s): History 1320


HON 3391B The Shaping of the Modern Mind


Instructor: Stimmel, T.         Days/time: T, Th 2:00-3:20 PM        Location: LAMP 501
  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.
Substitution(s): PSY 4395 or Advanced Philosophy


HON 3392J Statistics and Shakespeare: Quantifying the Unquantifiable


Instructor: Zinkgraf, S.          Days/time: M,W 2:00-3:20 PM        Location: ASBN 353
In an exploration of how art can be quantified, this introductory statistics course applies descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics to the text of Shakespeare's plays and poems as data sources for case studies.
Substitution(s): MATH 2328 or SOCI 3307

HON 3392R Teaching Poetry to Children


Instructor: McCabe, D.     Days/time: T,Th 9:30-10:50 am        Location: LAMP 501
 Students will study the work of poet Kenneth Koch to learn how to teach children to read and write poetry. Using classical poetry and a "poetry idea," students will teach poetry to children in elementary and middle school classes, prepare books of the children's original poems, and hold children's poetry readings in the classrooms and in the library. Read what the Texas State blog has to say about this class.
Substitution(s): Advanced English or RDG 3320

HON 3393F Communication and Consumer Culture


Instructor: Mandziuk, R.         Days/time: M,W 2:00-3:20 PM        Location: LAMP 502B
 Communication is a complex human process, enveloping perceptions, values, self-concepts, meanings and behaviors. All of these elements are rooted in the cultural context.  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. 
Substitution(s): COMM 1310 or Advanced Speech Communication

HON 3393J Sex, Drugs, and Cabaret


Instructor: Menninger, M.     Days/time: M,W 11:00-12:20 PM      Location:LAMP 502B
 Why does the turn of the 19th century seem an awful lot like the turn of the 20th century? Why do recurrent themes emerge at the end of centuries? This writing-intensive seminar considers European life in the years around 1900 with particular emphasis on Vienna and Paris.
Substitution(s): Advanced History Group A or Advanced English

HON 3393S Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Team Building


Instructor: Bell, J.          Days/time: T,Th 12:30-1:50 PM       Location:   LAMP 502B
 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.  The course output is for students to work in teams, identify potential needed/necessary "changes" that might be implemented, and work to effect and initiate these changes.  This 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.
Substitution(s): MGT 3360

HON 3393U African American Popular Music: Society, Politics, and Culture


Instructor: Schuler, N.      Days/time: T,Th 2:00-3:20 PM       Location:   LAMP 502B
 This course is a reading-, writing-, and listening-intensive interdisciplinary survey of African-American popular music in America and its relationship to American culture, society, politics and the other arts.
Substitution(s): MU 2313

HON 3393Z Good, Bad and Ugly: Philosophies of Film


Instructor: Bell-Metereau, R. and Hanks, C.         Days/time: M 6:30-9:20 PM       Location:   LAMP 502B
This course examines the good and evil as represented in film, posing ethical questions. To what extent does depiction of evil encourage bad behavior? And does the portrayal of a philosophically shallow "good" likewise encourage bad behavior?
Substitution(s): Sophomore Literature, Advanced English, or Advanced Philosophy

HON 3394L Condoms, Veggies, and Smoking: Creating Health Campaigns


Instructor: Laird, D.          Days/time: T,Th 11:00-12:20 PM       Location:   LAMP 501
What is the relationship between communication and health? This course will provide an overview of the theory and practice of designing, producing and evaluating health-communication campaigns with an emphasis on social marketing and "new media."
Substitution(s): Advanced Mass Communication or MC 4382P

HON 3394M Rendering Nature and Phenomena in Art


Instructor: Chiles, E.          Days/time: M,W 12:30-1:50 PM       Location:   LAMP 502B
How does an artist render something in art that is essentially ineffable? By looking at both historical and contemporary work in drawing, painting, sculpture, video, photography and installation, this course explores how nature and phenomena are and have been rendered in art.
Substitution(s): ART 2313 or Advanced Art Elective

HON 3394N Freedom vs. the Social Order: 

Introduction to Humanities I


Instructor: Skerpan-Wheeler, E. and Ward, K.          Days/time: M,W 2:00-3:20 PM        Location: LAMP 501
Using great works from ancient times to the Renaissance, students will raise questions about free speech, pornography, drama, philosophy, freedom, and the social order. For fall 2011, students will read and discuss great plays such as Sophocles' Antigone, and great writers such as Milton, Plato, Hobbes, and Shakespeare . Students will also explore the writings of legal scholar Catherine MacKinnon to consider perspectives on pornography. 
Substitution(s): POSI 2320, Advanced upper-level Group I Political Theory, Sophomore Literature, or Advanced English

HON 3394W "Lived Reality" and the Role of International Development in Southeast Asia


Instructor: Brooks, A.          Days/time: T,Th 2:00-3:20 PM        Location: ASBN 353
What is the "lived reality" of citizens of Southeast Asia? By focusing on the environment, culture and poverty, this course examines how international development is implemented in Southeast Asia.
Substitution(s): International Studies, ECO 3322, POSI 4350 or counts toward the Minor in Women's Studies

HON 3394Z The Black Image in Post War America


Instructor: Duganne, E.          Days/time: T,Th 9:30-10:50 AM        Location: ASBN 353
This course focuses on images of blackness in the postwar period in the United States.  It explores the complex ways in which blackness has been figured and represented in postwar America.  Students iwll gain a historical sense of the variegated ways that artists have represented blackness in their works through conceptual art and performance. 
Substutions: ART 2313 or Upper Division Art History

HON 3395B Integral Ecology


Instructor: Lopes, V.         Days/time: T,Th 11:00-12:20       Location: LAMP 502B
  What is the future of humanity on earth? How do the intuitive awareness of the oneness of life, the interdependence of its multiple manifestations, and its cycles of change affect that future? How does science affect our attitude toward the natural world?
Substitution(s): Advanced Biology or Advanced Philosophy

HON 3396C Screenwriting: A Structured Approach to Writing for the Screen


Instructor: Hood, J.          Days/time: T,Th 3:30-4:50 PM        Location: LAMP 501
 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 seminar and workshop format provide opportunities for weekly readings and critiques to assist writers in refining their scripts.
Substitution(s): Advanced English, Advanced Theatre, or counts toward Media Studies minor


HON 3396N American History Through Memoir: From Reconstruction to Present Day


Instructor: Siegenthaler, P.            Days/time: M,W 11:00 AM-12:30 PM       Location: LAMP 501

This course presents American history since the late 19th century in a way that differs from the standard survey format. The memoir-centered approach will provide students with an opportunity to build their own understanding of historical events by seeing them first hand through the eyes of the thoughtful observers of the times and then in the contet of broader secondary literature. Featured memoirs will relate American history "from the margins," including vioices of Native peoples, African-Americans, political and cultural dissidents, and recent immigrants.

Substitution(s):  HIST 1320


HON 4390A Senior Seminar: Thesis Development


Instructor: Hood, J.          Days/time: M,W 3:30-4:50 PM       Location: LAMP 502B

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(s): 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.

Substitution(s): 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.

Forms for this class can be found here.


HON 4391 Honors Independent Study


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

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

Substitution(s): 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.

Forms for this class can be found here.



US 1100 (University Seminar)  Section 17


Instructor: Martinez, G.           Days/time: M 10:00-10:50 AM    Location: LAMP 502B


US 1100 (University Seminar)  Section 18


Instructor: Galloway, H.            Days/time: M 5:00-5:50 PM     Location: LAMP 502B


US 1100 (University Seminar)  Section 19


Instructor: McCabe, D.            Days/time: W 11:00-11:50 AM     Location: ASBN 353


US 1100 (University Seminar)  Section 20


Instructor: Galloway, H.            Days/time: T 3:30-4:20 PM       Location: LAMP 502B


US 1100 (University Seminar)  Section 21


Instructor: Hood, J.            Days/time: W 12:30-1:20 PM     Location: ASBN 353


US 1100 (University Seminar)  Section 22


Instructor: Hustvedt, G.            Days/time: W 9:00-9:50 AM     Location: LAMP 501


US 1100 (University Seminar)  Section 23


Instructor: Wilson, N.            Days/time: W 10:00-10:50 AM    Location: LAMP 501