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Fall 2013 Course Offerings

Honors Sections of University Seminar–Fall 2013

Section Day Time Instructor Room CRN
181 F 2:00-2:50 Ellis-Lai, Laura LAMP 502B 21711
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.

HON 1390E Origins of Civilization 

Instructor: Kosmitis, L.          TR 2:00 - 3:20 PM          LAMP 501

Substitutions: ENG 1310, ENG 1320, ENG 2330, ENG 3341, or counts towards the Minor in Ethnic Studies 

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 instances when worlds meet, examining texts that reflect imperialism, colonization and the various repercussions of cross-cultural contact. Finally, students will take a look at fantasy worlds, examining texts in which marginalized individuals construct their own civilizations to house their unique viewpoints. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to broaden the students' understanding of multiple cultural perspectives, thereby enhancing the understanding of their  own place in the world.

HON 1390L Writing to Change the World 

Instructor: Winchell, A.          TR 2:00 - 3:20 PM          ASBN 353

Substitions: ENG 1310 or 1320

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, and analyze existing resources about those issues through writing assignments. In addition, students will volunteer with a local organization to gain first-hand experience in working with their chosen global issues.


HON 2391F Baseball and the American Experience

Instructor: Renick, O.          TR 12:30 - 1:50 PM          LAMP 501

Substitution: HIST 1320

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.


HON 2391G The 1960s: A History of Movements and Ideas

Instructor: Haas, R.            W 6:30 - 9:20 PM            LAMP 502B

Substitution: HIST 1320

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?


HON 2391P Spirituality and Religion: A Global Perspective

Instructor: Hawkins, C.     MW 2:00 - 3:20 PM     ASBN 353 

Substitutions: SOWK Elective, Humanities Core (040/041), or International Studies: Asian, ME/AF, InterAm, or European Focus

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 perspectives.


HON 3392R Teaching Poetry to Children 

Instructor: McCabe, D.     TR 9:30 - 10:50 AM        LAMP 501

Substitutions: Advanced ENG or RDG 3320

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 school classes, prepare books of the children's original poems, and hold children's poetry readings in the classrooms and in the community. Read what the Texas State blog has to say about this class.

HON 3392V Elementary Number Theory

Instructor: Warshauer, M.            MW 11:00 - 12:20 PM        Location: LAMP 502B

Substitions: MATH 1315 or 3330

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 this 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.


For information on the Mathworks Math Explorations curriculum, which will be used in middle schools as of 2014-2015 school year, see this link:



HON 3393F Communication and Consumer Culture

Instructor: Mandziuk, R.     MW 2:00 - 3:20 PM     CENT 206

Substitutions: COMM 1310 or Advanced Speech Communications

Communication is a complex human process, enveloping perceptions, values, self-concepts, meanings and behaviors. All of these elements are rooted in the cultural context of communication. 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.


HON 3393S Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Team Building: Identifying and Applying Best Practices and "Managing" Change Projects 

Instructor: Bell, J.     TR 11:00 - 12:20 PM     LAMP 502B

Substitution: MGT 3360

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. The course 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.

 HON 3395B Integral Ecology


Instructor: Lopes, V.   MW 2:00-3:20 PM    LAMP 502B

Substitutions: Advanced BIO or Advanced PHIL

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.


HON 3395P Preserving Humanity in the Face of Conflict: The War Genre

Instructor: Noll, S.     TR 9:30-10:50 AM     LAMP 502B
Substitutions: ENG 1310, ENG 1320, Sophomore Literature, and Advanced ENG

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.


HON 3395X Portraiture: Writing Yourself into Academia

Instructor: Ellis-Lai, L.     TR 12:30-1:50 PM     LAMP 502B

Substitutions: ENG 1320 or ENG 3311

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.


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

Instructor: Hood, J.    TR 3:30 - 4:50 PM     LAMP 501 (Online-Hybrid Format)

Substitutions: Advanced THEA, Advanced ENG, or counts toward the Minor in Media Studies

Students will 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.


HON 3396H Depictions of Sexuality in Children's Adolescent Literature and Culture

Instructor: Jones, C.          MW 11:00 - 12:20 PM        Location: LAMP 501

Substitutions:  Sophomore Literature, and Advanced ENG

This course will explore contemporary issues of childhood and teen human sexuality, including depictions of gender and sexual 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.


HON 3396P Bad Taste 

Instructor: Campbell, A.          MW 12:30 - 1:50 PM          ASBN 353

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.


HON 3396Q Public Policy for Energy, the Environment and Global Sustainability

Instructor: Rahm, D.            TR 2:00 - 3:20PM          LAMP 502B

Substitutions: International Studies Elective or POSI 4322

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, and climate change.

HON 3396U From White Slavery to Sex Trafficking 

Instructor: Pliley, J.            MW 12:30-1:50          LAMP 502B

Substitutions: Advanced HIST Elective, Advanced Criminal Justice Elective, POSI 3395, POSI 4330–Group II, POSI 4304–Group III, POSI 4326–Group V, International Studies Elective,

or counts toward the Women's Studies Minor

What is the history of the anti-white slavery movement of the late nineteenth century and how has that history affected the migration of sex workers across the globe? How has that history affected the modern day anti-sex trafficking movement?  What are the debates about sex work and sex trafficking of the twenty-first century?

HON 3396W The Dragon and the Spaceship: Fantasy, Utopia, and the Fiction of Estrangement

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. 

HON 3396Y Urban Horticulture

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.

HON 3396Z Eating Animals in America: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives 

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 raised by the practice of eating animals.

HON 4390A Senior Seminar

Instructor: Hood, J.        MW 12:30 - 1:50PM        LAMP 501

Substitution: Advanced Elective

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

Instructor: Galloway, H.           Arranged          Arranged

Substitution: Arranged

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.

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 Dean meets with the student and signs the Honors Thesis Application, the student can register for Hon 4390B through CATS.

HON 4391 Honors Independent Study

Instructor: McCabe, D.           Days/time: Arranged        Location: Arranged

Substitution: Arranged

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

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 to D. McCabe of the Honors College.

Honors Contract Courses

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.




BLAW 2361.4  Business Law 

Instructor: Hale, J.           TR 12:30 - 1:50PM        McCoy 223

This course provides a survey of the basic features of the American legal system and the legal aspects of business transactions.

CS 1428.0240 Foundations of Computer Science I

Instructor: Qasem, A.           Days/time: TR 9:30 - 10:50AM        Location: DERR 240

This is an introductory course for computer science majors, minors, and other students desiring a technical introduction to computer science. The goals of this foundations course are to get students to think algorithmically and to 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 will work together on a semester long class project, in which they will 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. 

Lab required: Either CS 1428.L09, T 4:30 - 6:20 or CS 1428.L10, W 4:30-6:20. Both options in DERR 325.


GS 3310.006 General Science I 

Instructor: Lemke, M.           Days/time: TR 12:30 - 1:50PM        Location: SUPP 135
Substitution: GS 3310

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. This course is non-creditable for science majors.

Prerequisites: PHYS 1310, 1320, and 1110 or PHYS 1410, 1420 with a grade of "C" or better.

Lab GS 3310.L03 (T 2:00 - 3:50 PM in SUPP 222) required.


MATH 2471.012  Calculus I 

Instructor: Morey, S.           Days/time: MWF 9:00 - 9:50AM*        Location: LAMP 502B
Substitution: CAL I

A first course in differential and integral calculus which stresses limits as well as the applications of calculus to the problems of science.

Prerequisite: MATH 2417 with a grade of C or highter, ACT Mathematics score of 26 or more, SAT Mathematics score of 560 or more, Accuplacaer College Mathematics score of 103 or more, Compass Trigonometry score of 46 or more.


*Must take TR 8:00-9:20 lab (Lab 12) in LAMP 502B. 


SPAN 2310.012 Intermediate Spanish I 

Instructor: Cuadrado, A.         TR 2:00 - 3:20 PM       CENT 100

Substitution: SPAN 2310

In this course, students will continue to development and review all language skills within Spanish framework.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in SPAN 1420. (MC)