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Current Course Offerings

Fall 2014

HON 1390E, Origins of Civilization

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

Professor: L. Kosmitis     Day/Time: TR 2:00-3:20      Location: LAMP 502 B        CRN: 13148

Course Description: 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

Substitutions: ENG 1310 or 1320

Professor: A. Winchell     Day/Time: TR 2:00-3:20     Location: LAMP 501      CRN:16857

Course Description: 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 2380F, Introduction to Complementary/Alternative Medicine

Substitution: Health Administration Elective

Professor: E. Morrison     Day/Time: T/R 11:00-12:20      Location: LAMP 501      CRN: 18968

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the principles and the practices of complementary/alternative medicine and how they integrate with the traditional health care system. Emphasis is placed on historical, cultural, social, research and consumer aspects of complementary/alternative medicine. Specific modalities will be studied with emphasis on use for self-care. Implications for changes in health care environments and health care provider roles will also be analyzed. Complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) is a consumer-driven and rapidly growing area in health care that is becoming more recognized by mainstream medicine. This course is designed to provide undergraduate students who are engaged in any aspect of health care with a basic understanding of CAM and its practices, which is based on current literature.

HON 2390N, Re-Humanizing Communication

Substitutions: COMM 1310

Professor: M. Burns      Day/Time: MW 3:30-4:50      Location: LAMP 501       CRN:20164

HON 2391F, Baseball and the American Experience

Substitution: HIST 1320

Professor: O. Renick     Day/Time: T/R 12:30-1:50     Location: LAMP 501       CRN:13149

Course Description: 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, America in the Sixties

Substitution: HIST 1320

Professor: R. Haas    Section: 001  Day/Time: W 6:30-9:20        Location: LAMP 502B       CRN:17360

Professor: R. Haas    Section: 002  Day/Time: MW 12:30-1:50    Location: ASBN 353         CRN: 20403

Course Description: 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 3390Y, Theory of Language: Language, Mind and the Making of Reality

Substitutions: FR 4390, SPAN 4390, GER 4390, LING 4390 or Group D English

Professor: A. Gragera     Day/Time: TR 12:30-1:50     Location: LAMP 502B       CRN:18969

Course Description: This course is designed for students who want to gain an understanding of psycholinguistics. Psycholinguistics provides insights into human cognition through the study of syntax, semantics and pragmatics. The study of language development in first and second language acquisition seeks to find universal principles that make human knowledge possible. The course will use lecture format as well as discussion groups. The students will be asked to solve linguistics problems related to each chapter in which the course is divided, as well as to write brief essays summarizing the scope of inquiry of the different fields of research within the field of linguistics and their respective state of the art.

HON 3392V, Elementary Number Theory

Substitutions: MATH 1315 or 3330

Professor: M. Warshauer     Day/Time: MW 3:30-4:50     Location: LAMP 502B       CRN:13151

Course Description: Elementary Number Theory 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.

HON 3394N, The Individual and Society: Humanities I

Substitutions: POSI 2320, advanced Upper-Level Group I--Political Theory, Sophomore, or Advanced English

Professor: E. Skerpan-Wheeler and K. Ward     Day/Time: TR 9:30-10:50     Location: LAMP 501     CRN:18970

Course Description: Our goal is to make the unconscious conscious. Most people assume that certain ideas are true because "it always was that way." So we have our ideas and values in the same way we have our genes. What we learn in the study of the humanities, however, is that ideas have origins. Ideas grow and develop or wither and die (and sometimes resurrect), depending on the political, social, and cultural contexts in which they occur. In Humanities I we seek to give ideas a history. We do this by studying classical, foundational texts in Western culture from two perspectives: political and literary. In this course, we see how both kinds of foundational texts function together to create and sustain ideas that affect our understanding of today's world.

HON 3394Q, Modern Drama: Theatre of Revolt

Substitutions: Advanced Theatre or Advanced English

Professor: J. Hood     Day/Time: MW 11:00-12:20     Location: LAMP 501       CRN:18971

Course Description: This seminar and process-oriented course examines the era of modern drama (late 19th century to 20th century) through text and performance. It provides an in-depth examination of selected playwrights, and provides a historical, literary and production perspective of modern drama.

HON 3395B, Integral Ecology

Substitutions: Advanced Biology or Advanced Philosophy

Professor: V. Lopes     Day/Time: MW 2:00-3:20     Location: LAMP 502B       CRN:16831

Course Description: 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 Story Genre

Substitutions: ENG 1310, 1320, Sophomore Literature, or Advanced English

Professor: S. Noll     Day/Time: TR 9:30-10:50     Location: ASBN 353      CRN:15496

Course Description: 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

Substitutions: ENG 1320 or ENG 3311

Professor: L. Ellis-Lai     Day/Time: MW 12:30-1:50     Location: LAMP 502B        CRN:16202

Course Description: 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

Substitutions: Advanced Theatre, Advanced English, or counts toward the Minor in Media Studies

Professor: J. Hood           Day/Time: TR 3:30-4:50     Location: LAMP 501      CRN:14850

Course Description: 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 3396Y, Urban Horticulture

Substitution: Advanced Horticulture Elective

Professor: A. Le Duc     Day/Time MW 2:00-3:20     Location: LAMP 407A        CRN:16203

Course Description: 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

Substitutions: PHIL 1320 or Advanced History Elective

Professors: R. Fischer and J. McWilliams     Day/Time: MW 2:00-3:20     Location: LAMP 501      CRN:16204

Course Description: 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 3397I, A Cultural History of Mexico in the 20th Century

Substitutions: Advanced History (Group A) or International Studies Elective: Inter-American Focus

Professor: M. Miller     Day/Time: MW 2:00-3:20     Location: ASBN 353       CRN:18974

Course Description: This seminar will investigate the landscape of state and culture in the Republic of Mexico in the 20th Century.  This investigation will explore the creators, as well as the political supporters and detractors, of popular culture as well as the fine arts, plastic arts, dance and theatre arts, poetry, music, literature, photography, the entire cultural landscape of the Republic of Mexico in the 20th Century.

HON 3397J, Extraordinary Leadership: Ownership and Influence

Substitution: Advanced Business Elective

Professor: B. Poston     Day/Time: R 6:30-9:20     Location: LAMP 502B        CRN:20163

Course Description: This course is designed to elevate the performance of leaders. Students are challenged to develop their potential in seminar-style sessions covering leadership definitions, theory, frameworks, and the global application of skills. Students explore their behaviors, motivations, values, influences, and character in an effort to increase self-awareness and to think critically.

HON 3397K, The Search for Right and Wrong in Politics

Substitutions: MC 4318, POSI Group I or Group II upper-level course

Professor: P. Burka      Time/Day: T 6:30-9:20      Location: LAMP 502B      CRN:20165

Course Description: Using classic texts, works from literature and film, and current event videos, this course provides students with a foundation for understanding the intersection of politics and ethics and for achieving an understanding of how politics works. Note: Paul Burka, the instructor, is the senior executive editor for Texas Monthly.

HON 3480C, Teaching Physical Science to Children

Substitutions: PHYS 1310 and 1110

Professor: E. Close     Day/Time: MWF 9:00–10:50     Location: ASBN 450B       CRN:18975

Course Description:  This course will focus on developing a deep understanding of fundamental concepts in physical science and how these concepts relate to making sense of our everyday experience. This studio-style course includes both physics concepts and research findings on physics teaching and learning. This course will be fulfilling for all but is especially ideal for those interested in teaching K-8.

HON 4390A, Senior Seminar: Thesis Development

Substitution: Advanced Elective

Professor: D. McCabe     Day/Time: MW 12:30-1:50     Location: LAMP 501      CRN:13152

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

Substitutions: Advanced Elective or Arranged

Professor: H. Galloway     Day/Time: Arranged     Location: Arranged      CRN:13153

Course Description: Students enrolled in HON 4390B work with their supervising professor on their honors undergraduate thesis.

HON 4391, Honors Independent Study

Substitution: Arranged

Professor: D. McCabe     Day/Time: Arranged     Location: Arranged       CRN:13154

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


Departmental Honors


BLAW 2361, Business Law

Substitution: BLAW 2361

Professor: A. Stokes     Day/Time: TR 2:00-3:20     Location: McCoy 223      CRN:15784

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

CS 1428, Foundations of Computer Science

Substitution: CS 1428 (Choose either L17 or L18 lab*)

Professor: A. Qasem     Day/Time: TR 9:30-10:50     Location: DERR 240        CRN:11630

Course Description: 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.

CS 1428.L17, Foundations of Computer Science Lab

Professor: A. Qasem     Day/Time: T 4:30-6:20     Location: DERR 236     CRN:14793

CS 1428.L18, Foundations of Computer Science Lab

Professor: A. Qasem     Day/Time: W 4:30-6:20     DERR 236      CRN:11652

GS 3310, General Science

Substitution: GS 3310

Professor: P. Martin     Day/Time: TR 12:30-1:50     Location: SUPP 135      CRN:10786

GS 3310.L03, General Science I Lab

Professor: P. Martin     Day/Time: T 2:00-3:50     Location: SUPP 222-A      CRN:10799

MATH 2471, Calculus I

Substitution: MATH 2471

Professor: T. McCabe     Day/Time: MWF 9:00-9:50     Location: LAMP 502B      CRN:14695

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

MATH 2471, Calculus I Lab

Professor: T. McCabe     Day/Time: TR 8:00-9:20     Location: LAMP 502B      CRN:14696

SPAN 2310, Intermediate Spanish

Substitution: SPAN 2310

Professor: M. Pujalte     Day/Time: 2:00-3:20     Location: CENT 215      CRN:13692

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


Honors Sections of University Seminar


US 1100.198 University Seminar

Professor: R. Haas    Day/Time: W 3:30-4:20 PM     Location: ASBN 353     CRN:19613

*Half of seats reserved for Terry Scholars

US 1100. 250 University Seminar

Professor: M. Lemke     Day/Time: W 10:00-10:50 AM    Location: LAMP 501      CRN:11116

US 1100.252 University Seminar

Professor: L. Ellis-Lai    Day/Time: T 9:30-10:50 AM  Location: LAMP 502B     CRN:11124

US 1100.253 University Seminar

Professor: L. Ellis-Lai      Day/Time: T 11:00-11:50 AM     Location: LAMP 501    CRN:11125

*Half of seats reserved for Terry Scholars

US 1100.256 University Seminar

Professor: R. Haas    Day/Time: W 11:00-11:50 AM     Location: ASBN 353      CRN:17492