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Spring 2011 Course Offerings


HON 1390G, C.S. Lewis: Chronicles of a Master Communicator
Instructor: Beebe, S Day/Time: TH 12:30-1:50 pm Location: Cent 206
This course examines the writing and life of C.S. Lewis from the standpoint of communication theory and practice. It examines Lewis' role as a speaker, teacher, broadcaster, and educator by identifying the underlying rhetorical and communication theories that inform his work. Although Lewis pre-dated the development of contemporary communication study, because of his widespread knowledge, his writing contains a surprising number of implicit and explicit references to communication theory and principles. Students will explore Lewis as communicator and, in the process, examine communication theories that inform their personal communication practice.
Substitution(s): COMM 1310


HON 2380D, Is This Really Math? Graph Theory and its Applications
Instructor: Ferrero, D  Day/Time: W 6:30-9:20 pm  Location: 502B
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; therefore, no prior knowledge of graph theory is required.
Substitution(s): MATH 1315, 1316 or 1319


HON 2390D, Old and New World Philosophy
Instructor: McKinney, A  Day/Time: TH 11:00 am-12:20 pm  Location: 502B
Is a discipline that focuses on rationality to the exclusion of other human traits ultimately self-defeating? To what extent does honoring the embodied 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 have done in their home discipline. They will also be encouraged to
see themselves as contributors to the ongoing conversation of philosophy.
Substitution(s): PHIL 1305


  HON 2391T, The Beat Generation

Instructor: Wilson, S Day/Time: MWF 10:00 am - 10:50 am  Location: LAMP 502B
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.
Substitution(s): English 2360 or 3336

HON 2391V, Nature and the Quest for Meaning

Instructor: Hanson, S  Day/Time: TH 11:00 am-12:20 pm  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 ENG 2360

HON 2391X, Democracy in America
Instructor: Grasso, K  Day/Time: MW 2:00-3:20 pm  Location: LAMP 501
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 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 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.
Substitution(s): POSI 2320

HON 3390H, The Problem of Evil
Instructor: Hutcheson, P  Day/Time: 12:30-1:50 pm  Location: LAMP 502B
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.
Substitution(s): Advanced Philosophy

HON 3391W The Contemporary Arab World
Instructor: Mohammed, A  Day/Time: TH 3:30-4:50 pm  Location: ASBN 353
This is an introductory course on the Modern Arab League, a highly populated region with a culturally and ethnically diverse league of 22 member states. Based on a shared culture and rooted in a common language, the Arab League seeks to help Arab countries coordinate their policies, gain a united political voice in the world, and develop a better common future. This course will focus on an understanding of the location, history, system of government and current issues for the 22 member states in the Arab League.
Substitution(s): ANTH 3323 or International Studies/Middle East Focus


  HON 3394PC, The Japanese Urban Experience 

            Instructor: Siegenthaler, P  Day/Time: 12:30-1:50 pm  Location: LAMP 501

Anchored by the world’s largest city, Edo, in the 18th century, Japanese society has long been shaped by a vibrant and distinctive urban culture. Using as primary texts readings in history, anthropology, literature and urban studies, as well as feature films, this course offers a historical look at the notable characteristics of the Japanese city.

Substitution(s): HIST 4344 or International Studies: Asian Studies


HON 3394P, Individuals and Society: Intro to Humanities II

Instructor: Locklin, B & Ward, K  Day/Time: TH 11:00 am-12:20 pm  Location: ASBN 353
  Read great works including Rousseau, Mill, and Nietzche, iSor Juana (a colonial nun and intellectual, Mexico's first famous woman author), Bartolomé de las Casas ("Defender of the Indians" after the conquest) and Lizardi (El periquillo sarniento/mangy parrot was the first Mexican novel, just before Independence). 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.
Substitutions(s): Sophomore Literature, Advanced English, POSI 3301, 3300, or counts as a Group 1 Undergraduate Political Science Course

HON 3395C, Fibers to Fabrics: the Interlacing of History, Science and Technology
Instructor: Hustvedt, G  Day/Time: TH 3:30-4:50 pm  Location: LAMP 501
Fibers to Fabrics focuses on the role of fiber products in the development of a sustainable future. Through interdisciplinary investigations, the course seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of fiber science and examine various environmental, historic, economic, and social issues in order to evaluate current and emerging approaches to sustainability.
 Substitution(s): Advanced Fashion Merchandising or Family & Consumer Science Elective


HON 3395M, Humanity & the Natural Environment: A Study of Interrelationships
Instructor: Rast, W  Day/Time: TH 5:00-6:20 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.
Substitution(s): Advanced Biology


HON 3395O Social and Political Humor through the Art of Improvisation
Instructor: Bishop, P  Day/Time: TH 12:30-1:50 pm  Location: LAMP 501
This course will combine the development of improvisational skills with the cultivation of a satirical view of the human situation. Working in smaller groups to sharpen their own wit and humor, students will present prepared sardonic scenes of contemporary social and political folly. Students will develop skills in improvisation through mixing critical attitudes toward news events with wit and humor, utilizing irony, exaggeration and characterization, students will develop their skills in improvisation.
Substitution(s): TH 4330C

  HON 3395Q Vishnu, Bollywood & Masala: South Asian Literature in Context

Instructor: Wilson, N   Day/Time: TH 3:30-4:50 pm  Location: LAMP 502B
How do religious texts such as The Bhagavad Gita as well as contemporary texts by writers such as Salman Rushdie reveal the culture, history and religion of South Asia? Students will be immersed in South Asian culture through Bollywood movies, field trips to temples and art museums, learning meditaion, preparing and enjoying Indian food, and interviewing individuals from the region.
Substitution(s): Sophomore literature, advanced English or International Studies elective

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

Instructor: Hood, J  Day/Time: 2:00-3:20 pm  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 3396E, Free Speech, Free Press & the Supreme Court of the U.S.

Instructor: Martinez, G  Day/Time: 9:30-10:50 am  Location: LAMP 502B
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  Day/Time: MW 11:00 am-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.
Substitution(s): Sophomore Literature, Advanced Theatre, or Advanced English


HON 3396G, Graphic Novel: Form and Practice
Instructor: Campbell, A  Day/Time: MW 11:00 am - 12:20 pm Location: 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 3396L Early American History through Biography


Instructor: Murphy, A  Day/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.
Substitution(s): HIST 1310 or HIST 3342


HON 439

HON 4390A Senior Seminar:  Thesis Development


Instructor: McCabe, D Day/Time: MW 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(s): Advanced Elective

HON 4390B Honors Thesis

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

Instructor: Galloway, H  Day/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.  Students enrolled in HON 4390B work with their supervising professor on their Honors undergraduate thesis.

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 CATSWEB.

Substitution(s): Arranged


HON 4391 Independent Study

Instructor: McCabe, D Day/Time: ARR  Location: ARR

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. Turn in the signed and completed HON 4391 form to the Prof. Diann McCabe, LAMP 407.

Substitution(s): Arranged


Departmental Honors Courses
MATH 2472, Calculus II
Instructor: Wayment, S  Day/Time: Lecture - MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am; Lab - TH 11:00 am - 12:20 pm Location: Lecture - DERR 338; Lab - DER 338
A first course in differential and integral calculus which stresses limits as well as the applications of calculus due to the problems of science.
Substitution(s): Calculus II

CHEM 2342, Organic Chemistry
Instructor: Booth, C  Day/Time: TH 12:30-1:50 pm  Location: CHEM 105
This course covers the nomenclature, reactions and reaction mechanisms of the hydrocarbons and the alkyl halides.
 Substitution(s): Chem 2342
GS 3320, General Science
Instructor: Lemke, Maureen  Day/Time: Lecture - TH 12:30-1:50 pm; Lab - T 2:00-3:50 pm  Location: Lecture SUPP 224A; Lab SUPP 222A
A laboratory course designed to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of chemistry and earth space science.
Substitution(s): GS 3320