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HON 1390G, C.S. Lewis: Chronicles of a Master Communicator

Substitution:  COMM 1310
Professor:  S. Beebe      Day/Time: TR 12:30-1:50      Location: CEN 206

Course Description:  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. Many of Lewis' most notable books (the Narnia Chronicles, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Abolition of Man) and essays were originally delivered as lectures or broadcast talks. 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. This course will invite students to explore Lewis as communicator and, in the process, examine communication theories that inform their personal communication practice.

HON 2380B, Astronomy in Art, History, and Literature

Substitution: MATH/Science/Logic for BA or PHYS 1340 or 1350

Professor: D. Olson   Day/Time: TR 3:30-4:50  Location: LAMP 502B

Course Description: What was the star that the wise men followed? What night sky objects did Van Gogh include in his "Night Sky" painting? In this class, students will combine astronomy and the humanities, using computers to create simulations of celestial events that affected history or appeared in historical art or literature.



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

Substitutions:  MATH 1315, 1316, 1319, or 4336
Professor:  D. Ferrero     Day/Time: MW 2:00-3:20     Location: LAMP 502B

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 2391V, Nature and the Quest for Meaning

Substitutiosn:  ENG 1320 or ENG 2360 or humanities
Professor:  S. Hanson     Day/Time: TH 11:00-12:20     Location: LAMP 501

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 3390X, Writing for Film: European Cinema of the 1960’s

Substitutions: ENG 3311 or 3316

Professor: Alan E. Schaefer     Day/Time: TR 2:00-3:20     Location: LAMP 502B

Course Description: This course offers a broad overview of European cinema of the 1960’s. Students will examine the artistic, social, and critical concerns that emerged during this pivotal decade in European filmmaking. Students will produce a vast and diverse body of writing on cinema, including screening reports, movie reviews, and theoretical essays.

HON 3392Y, Immortality

Substitutions:  Advanced Philosophy or counts toward the Religious Studies Minor
Professor:  P. Hutcheson     Day/Time: MW 12:30-1:50     Location: LAMP 502B

Course Description:  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.

HON 3394C, The Japanese Urban Experience

 Substitutions: ENG 3341, HIST 4344, or International Studies: Asian Studies

Professor: P. Siegenthaler     Day/Time: T/H 9:30-10:50     Location: LAMP 407A

Course Description: From the stately rituals of the ancient capital, through periods of splendid consumerism and furious modernization, to the postmodern present of metropolitan Tokyo, Japanese society has long been shaped by vibrant and distinctive urban cultures. Using as primary texts readings in history, anthropology, literature and urban studies, as well as memoirs and feature films, this course explores the many distinctive elements that characterize Japanese cities today. 

HON 3394P, Nature and the Natural in the Early Modern World – Introduction to Humanities II

Substitutions: Sophomore literature, advanced English, or Political Science Groups 1 or 2

Professors: C. Jaffe & P. DeHart     Day/Time: TH 9:30-10:50     Location: LAMP 501

HON 3395I, Ever Since Darwin

Substitution:  PSY 3323
Professor:  H. Ginsburg     Day/Time: TR 12:30-1:50     Location: LAMP 501

Course Description:  Examine Charles Darwin's all-encompassing natural selection theory.  How did the theory change western civilization?  How did the theory explain the emergence of every species' characteristics, including the human body and the human mind?  What reasoning and evidence did Darwin use and what were the flaws and fallout?  The course celebrates the observance of Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of Darwin's Origins of Species.

HON 3395G, 19th Century German Lieder

Substitutions:  MU 2313 or Advanced Music Theory
Professor:  C. Gonzales     Day/Time: MW 2:00-3:20     Location: LAMP 501

Course Description:  19th-century German songs are miniature masterpieces of art that unify music and poetry to create intricate text-music relationships.  How do music and poetry interact to create text-music relationships? Who are the primary composers and important poets? Which repertoire is considered the most important?  What were the cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts of the time? How is 19th-century German song represented in modern cinema? Students will listen to 19th-century German lieder, analyze poetry, study the structure of music, and propose text-music relationships.

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

Substitutions:  Advanced English or Advanced Theatre
Professor: J. Hood     Day/Time: TR 3:30-4:50     Location: LAMP 501

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, the Free Press, and the Supreme Court

 Substitutions: MC 4301 or advanced Political Science

Professor: G. Martinez            Day/Time: TR 9:30–10:50      Location: ASBN 353
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

Substitutions: Sophomore Literature, Advanced Theatre, or Advanced English

Professor: J. Hood     Day/Time: MW 3:30-4:50     Location: LAMP 501

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

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

Professor: M. Dickinson     Day/Time: TR 12:30-1:50     Location: LAMP502B

Course Description: Can you trust your intuition? Are several heads better than one? How do you achieve consensus? How do others affect your decisions? What really sunk the Titanic? What issues do college students face? We will answer these and other questions and see how they apply to your daily life. 

HON 3396V, Witches, Whores, Murderers, and Thieves: Capital Crime in Early America

Substitutions: HIST 1310 or 3368B

Professor: S. Duffy     Day/Time: MW 2:00-3:20     Location: ASBN 353

Course Description: This course is an in-depth investigation into the social and legal culture of Early America through the study of microhistories. In this course, we will concentrate on a series of capital crimes, ranging from murder to witchcraft. The time period with be the 17th century through the Age of Jackson. Microhistories, a relatively new form of history, use the legal records surrounding a single court case, in combination with other primary records such as probates, wills, execution sermons and newspaper accounts, to open a window into the lives of a community at that particular time and place.

HON 3396X, Storytelling in Video Games

Substitutions: ANTH 3309 or ENG 3307, 3327, 3328, 3329, or 3340

Professor: A. Winchell     Day/Time: W 6:30-9:20     Location: LAMP 502B

Course Description: “Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either.” - Marshal McLuhan

The course will examine how stories are crafted to fit new interactive media, how these new stories resemble traditional stories from the literary canon, and what these unorthodox plots, characters, and games reveal about the players and video game writers.

HON 3397A, Revolution, Malaise, Reaction, and Sleaze: America in the 1970s

Substitutions: HIST 1320 or advanced History elective

Professor: J. Mellard     Day/Time: MW 12:30-1:50     Location: LAMP 501

Course Description: This course revisits the reputation of a decade in which it seemed like nothing happened. To the contrary, many recent commentators have claimed the Seventies as a pivotal historical moment.  We will engage questions regarding why this is so, and how an understanding of the 1970s helps us to orient ourselves in the contemporary political, economic, and cultural milieu.


HON 3397B, Plotting the American Experience

Substitutions: ENG 2360, 3336, or 3340

Professor: C. Marquiss (Twister)   Day/Time: MW 11:00-12:20     Location: LAMP 501

Course Description: This course examines plot in major contemporary American novels and stories (1985-present), both as a driving force in the work(s) and as a reflection of recent American history. Students will have an opportunity to explore living writers and an unfolding literary landscape in terms of plot, conventions, and source material -- an interdisciplinary study of the real and imagined events that shape who we are in this place and time.

HON 3397C, Geography of Africa

Substitution: Advanced Geography elective

Professor: L. Hammon      Day/Time: TR 9:30-10:50     Location: LAMP 502B

Course Description: This course is a systematic approach to the multifaceted aspects of the physical and human geography of the African continent.  It will include an examination of the effects of globalization on changing environmental, cultural, economic, urban, and political landscapes exposing the student to a variety of contemporary ideas, theories, and concepts in African geography, and their applicability to “real world” situations. 

HON 3397D, Urban Immersion: Seeing Cities through Cinema

Substitution: Advanced Geography elective

Professor: J. Vaughan     Day/Time: MW 11:00–12:20  Location: LAMP 502B

This course explores themes in urban studies using full-length films and selected readings.  Students will study the geo-political, economic, and socio-cultural dimensions of cities and urban society.  Using cinema as a pedagogical tool immerses students in the urban experience more than traditional instructional methods, resulting in a richer and more impactful understanding of the subject.    

HON 3397E, Literary Barcelona

Substitutions: ENG 3322, 3323, 3340, 3341, or International Studies Elective

Professor: C. Cassells      Day/Time: T 6:30-9:20      Location: LAMP 502B

Course Description: Students will gain a vibrant glimpse into memoir, novels, poetry, plays, and short stories enhanced with photography, film, and music, that affirm Barcelona as a place of literary imagination and vitality.

HON 3397F, America vs. the World: The History of a Love-Hate Relationship

Substitutions: HIST 2320, 3342, 3343, or International Studies Elective

Professor: R. Haas      Day/Time: W 6:30-9:20      Location: LAMP 501

Course Description: 

Is America an “exceptional” country?  Does it have a special role to play in world affairs?  The hotly debated theory of “American exceptionalism” holds that the American people and the American polity are fundamentally “different,” and that this distinctiveness, furthermore, is related to America’s unique status as a “city upon a hill.”  Proponents of American exceptionalism maintain that its vision and ideals continue to inspire the best in our national traditions.  To most of the rest of the world, however, the theory of “American exceptionalism” is not only egocentric and self-serving, but downright dangerous.  Since 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there seems to be a steady rise in European and global anti-Americanism, both in its most virulent form—terrorism—and in its more common and widespread expressions.  In this interdisciplinary course in the history of ideas, we will investigate the history of both “American Exceptionalism” and “Anti-Americanism” from the European colonization of the New World up to the present in order to gain a deeper understanding of America’s position in the world and the love-hate relationship between America and the rest. 


HON 3397G, Memoirs from Lives off the Neurotypical Map

Substitutions: ENG 2360 (Group B-American), or ENG 3340

Professor: R. Leblanc      MW 3:30-4:50      LAMP 502B

Whether due to improved diagnostic testing, the effects of an increasingly toxic environment, heritability, or a combination of these, the population with disabilities, disorders, and mental diseases is expanding. To understand the growing neurologically disabled, disordered, and mentally ill population and our perceptions of them and ourselves, we will analyze memoirs and aesthetic works by this true fringe group. We will also consider what being fundamentally different means, and how labels affect people in and out of the neurotypical majority.

HON 4390A, Senior Seminar / Honors Thesis Research Methods

Substitution:  Advanced Elective
Professor:  D. McCabe     Day/Time: T/H 11:00-12:20     Location: LAMP 502B
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:  Advanced Elective
Professor:  H. Galloway     Day/Time: Arranged      Location: Arranged
Course Description:  Students enrolled in HON 4390B work with their supervising professor on their honors undergraduate thesis.

HON 4391, Honors Independent Study

Substitutions:  Arranged
Professor:  D. McCabe     Day/Time: Arranged      Location: Arranged
Course Description:  Individual study under direct supervision of a professor for Honors credit.

ECO 2314 Micro Economics

Professor: J. Charles     Day/Time: TR 9:30-10:50     Location: McCoy 223

GS 3320 General Science II

Professor: M. Lemke      Day/Time: TR 12:30-1:50      Location: SUPP 224A

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.


GS 3320 General Science II Lab

Professor: M. Lemke      Day/Time: T 2:00-3:50     Location: SUPP 222A

MATH 2472 Calculus II

Professor: S. Morey     Day/Time: MWF 9:00-9:50     Location: LAMP 502B

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.

MATH 2472 Calculus II Lab

Professor: S. Morey     Day/Time: TR 8:00-9:20     Location: LAMP 502B

MKT 3343 Principles of Marketing

Professor: R. Fisk    Day/Time: TR 12:30-1:50   Location: McCoy 224

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 environments. Examines ethical and socially-responsible marketing and the impact of information technology.

Prerequisite: Junior standing



SPAN 2320 Intermediate Spanish II

Professor: A. Cuadrado       Day/Time: TR 11:00-12:20      Location: CENT 100

Description: 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.