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Spring 2010

CHEM 2342, Organic Chemistry (Departmental Honors)

Instructor: Booth, C                  Days/time: TH 9:30-10:50                     Location: Chem 304

This course covers the nomenclature, reactions and reaction mechanisms of the hydrocarbons and the alkyl halides.  Students enrolled in the Honors section of CHEM 2342 receive both honors and CHEM 2342 credit.

Substitution(s): CHEM 2342


MATH 2472, Calculus II (Departmental Honors)


Instructor: Wayment, S.            Days/time: MWF 11-11:50, TH 11-12:20      Location: DERR 338

 A continuation of differential and integral calculus including methods of integration, sequences and series, and introduction to partial derivatives.  Students enrolled in the Honors section of Cal II receive both honors and Cal II credit.

Substitution(s):  MATH 2472


HON 1390G, C.S. Lewis, Master Communicator


Instructor: Beebe, S                  Days/time: T, Th 12:30 – 1:50                   Location: CENT 206

We will examine C.S. Lewis’ writing and life as a communicator through communication theory and practice.  In the process of this course, students will use theories that will be applicable to their personal communication practices.

Substitution(s): Comm 1310


HON 2380B, Astronomy in Art, History & Literature


Instructor: Olson, D                  Days/time: T, Th 3:30 – 4:50                     Location: LAMP 502A

With the aide of computers, students will combine astronomy and the humanities to create simulations of celestial events that affected history or appeared in historical art or literature.

Substitution(s): Math/Science/Logic for Bas, PHYS 1340, or PHYS 1350


HON 2391P, Spirituality and Religion: A Contemporary Global Perspective

Instructor: Hawkins, C                  Days/time: M,W 3:30 - 4:50                     Location: LAMP 501

 This course will explore the world’s major faith traditions, engage in critical inquiry of these traditions, and investigate personal and cultural biases.  Students will also examine spirituality and religion as a universal component of human life, in addition to engaging in focused self-awareness to expand their global perspective.

Substitution(s): SOWK elective, Humanities Core (040/041), or International studies: Asian, Middle East/Africa, Interamerican, or European focus




HON 2391V, Nature & the Quest for Meaning


Instructor: Hanson, S           Days/time: T, Th 11:00 – 12:20            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 lives.
Substitution(s):ENG 1320 or Sophomore English


HON 3391A, Science Fiction & Society

Instructor: Evans, P                  Days/time: M,W 11:00 – 12:20                    Location: LAMP 502B

This course is designed to help students understand what science fiction tells us about our fears, our hopes for the future, and ourselves.  By examining the literary and philosophical value of the growing body of science fiction, students will gain valuable insights into humankind's relation to (and fears of) science and technology, the human condition, possible futures, and contemporary culture.

Substitution(s): Sophomore or Advanced English


HON 3391L, Philosophical Explorations in Film

Instructor: McKinney, A                 Day/time: T,Th 11:00 - 12:20                             Location: LAMP 502B

This course allows students to learn the language and techniques filmmakers use to explore emotions, such as self-deception and love.  Students will learn to use the philosophical insights of Kant, Sartre, Rich and Freud in the films of Deren, Lee, Fincher and others.

Substitution(s): Advanced philosophy or counts toward the Media Studies minor, or, if arranged, Phil 1305



HON 3391R, The Prisoner

Instructor: Liddle, B                   Days/time: T, Th 9:30 – 10:50                         Location: LAMP 502B

Students will 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.  This course also entails examining the 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.

Substitution(s):  Counts toward the Media Studies Minor or International Studies: International Relations, Middle East/Africa, Interamerican, or European/Asian focus


HON 3392Y, Immortality

Instructor: Hutcheson, P                Days/time: M,W,F 11:00 – 11:50                   Location: PSY 126

What are the various concepts of life after death?  Is it reasonable to believe in life after death?  This course attempts to answer theses questions with rational arguments.

Substitution(s):  Advanced Philosophy


HON 3393T, Voices of Eros in Poetry

Instructor: Peirce, K                  Days/time: M 6:30 – 9:00                           Location: LAMP 407A

This course attempts to answer the following questions and others:  What erotic reality lives in the most private and intense of verbal arts: the poem? What are the concepts of Eros when the other is the opposite? When the other is the same? When the other is divine? How do Neruda, Sappho, Rumi, and the Song of Solomon treat these subjects?

Substitution(s):  Eng 2330 or 3341


 HON 3394P, Intro to Humanities II

Instructor:  Grasso, K & Martin, C              Days/time: M,W 12:30 – 1:50                Location: LAMP 501

This interdisciplinary course examines the dilemmas that arise when individual desires conflict with the needs of society.  Students analyze exemplary, original texts from the humanities tradition from the Enlightenment through the present using the perspectives of literature, political theory, history, and philosophy.

Substitution(s):  Sophomore or Advanced English, POSI 3300, POSI 3301, counts as a Group 1 undergraduate political science course

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

Instructor: Ugalde, S               Days/time: T, Th 12:30 – 1:50                            Location: LAMP 502B

A study of selected works of Nobel Prize author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, focusing on literature, history, politics, and popular culture of Latin America.

 Substitution(s):  Span 4350, 4330, or 3371, English 2340, 3341, or 3316, or Hist 3325H


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

Instructor: Rast, W                 Days/time: T, Th 2:00 - 3:20                          Location:LAMP 501

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.

Substitution(s):  Advanced Biology  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Instructor: Hood, J                  Days/time:  M,W 2:00 – 3:20                     Location: LAMP 501

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.

Substitution(s):  Advanced English or Advanced Theatre

HON 3396D, Mythology, Science & Creation

Instructor: Raphael, R                  Days/time: T, Th 2:00 – 3:20                          Location: LAMP 502B

Using religious studies scholarship on myth, the course surveys creation mythologies from around the world.  Native American, African, Near Eastern (including Biblical), Greco-Roman, Old European, and Asian myths will be included.  Cosmological myths will then be compared to scientific cosmology and the current model(s) of the Universe’s origin.

Substitution(s):  Adv Philosophy or Adv English or counts toward the Religious Studies Minor


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

Instructor: Martinez, G                Days/time: T, Th 9:30 - 10:50                            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 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.

Substitution(s): MC 4301 or Advanced Political Science


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

Instructor: Hood, J.                  Days/time: M, W 11:00-12:20                     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.

Substitution(s): Sophomore Literature, Advanced Theatre, or Advanced English


HON 3396G, Graphic Novel: Form and Practice

Instructor: Campbell, A.                  Days/time: MW 5:00-6:20                          Location: LAMP 502B

This course addresses the popular form of the cultural boundaries among gender, sexuality, race, nationality, and citizenship.  Students will analyze graphic novels and create their own, becoming familiar with the form/media of the graphic novel in dialogue with other forms/media.

Substitution(s): Advanced English and Advanced Art

HON 4390A, Senior Seminar: Thesis Development

Instructor: McCabe, D.                  Days/time: MW 12:30-1:50                          Location: LAMP 502B

This is a course that 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, H.                  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): ARR

Before receiving special approval to enroll in the Hon 4390B course, students must schedule an appointment with the director of the University Honors Program.  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, D.                  Days/time: ARR                     Location: ARR

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

Substitution(s): ARR

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.