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Propose an Honors Course

For new honors course proposals

Faculty who have never taught an honors course before are especially encouraged to submit a proposal. Submit the completed honors course proposal packet, signed, to Diann McCabe, Director of Academic Development, Honors College, Lampasas Building, Room 408. Submit an electronic version to dm14@txstate.edu.

For repeat honors course proposals

Submit the departmental approval form, signed, indicating the semester, days and time you prefer to teach. Submit the form scanned in an email to dm14@txstate.edu.

Course proposal deadlines and processes

We are open to receiving course proposals or requests to offer repeat honors courses for the spring 2015 semester. The Honors College Curriculum Committee will interview faculty proposing new courses. Notifications will be sent to faculty and respective chairs after the interviews have been held.

The call for Fall 2015–Spring 2016 will be sent by email in June. Contact Diann McCabe at dm14@txstate.edu or 512.245.2266 for more information.

Example Course Proposals

Examples of approved faculty course proposals are:

doc iconHON 3395M : Humanity & the Natural Environment: A Study of Interrelationships, Dr. W. Rast(DOC, 41.5 KB)
doc iconHON 3396F : The Art of Storytelling, Professor J. Hood(DOC, 91.0 KB)
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School of Rock
Students would examine the effects of culture, war, and religion on rock music's effects on social movements in history.
 
The Business of Mickey Mouse
Students would study the history of the Disney corporation and its economic and legal practices, as well as the effects of those practices on the business practices and the interpretation of business law in general.
 
Music as Therapy
The goal of this course would be to teach students the value of using music as a therapeutic technique.
 
Analyzing Harry Potter
This course would analyze J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books in terms of their psychological impacts on children, and their impacts on mass communication and marketing to a child audience.
 
The Development and Destruction of Children's Imaginations
This course would examine society's effects on children's creativity.
 
Modernization of Classic Novels
This course would analyze what quality or set of qualities make(s) classics "timeless," and why people feel the need to update classic novels by creating film adaptations or literary reimaginings.
 
Alternate Realities
This course discusses the various types of alternate realities, such as mental illness, time travel, virtual reality, dreams, and drugs as creating another reality. The course goal is to analyze alternate realities through discussions, writing, creative activities, and research
 
Coffee to Cocaine: Addictions
This course is about the psychology of addictions. Students will be expected to understand the methods by which individuals develop addictions and how they affect them. The final project will be an in-depth study and presentation on a specific addicting substance.
 
Dragons and Mythical Creatures
It is part of mainstream pop culture with a long history in fantasy that will continue to influence culture and entertainment. This course will study the changes in perception of magical creatures from ancient to modern times in literature and media. Additionally, the course objectives are to: 
  • Understand what natural phenomenon caused a belief in a particular creature
  • Study ancient perceptions of mythological creatures compared to modern views
  • Study the changes in perception over time; learn about and appreciate mythological creatures
  • Study how the culture shapes perception and how that changes over time
History of Marriage

Marriage affects many people. There are many political debates and issues about what constitutes marriage. This course researches the institution of marriage and how it has changed over time. The objective of this course is to understand: 

  • What marriage is in different cultures
  • How it has changed in U.S. culture (ethics of marriage and divorce over time)
  • Discuss marriage in political views
Human Trafficking
Human trafficking happens all around the world, even in the United States. Most people do not know that there are modern day slaves. Our global community should be committed to liberating these people, but that cannot be done until people are educated about this issue. Slavery is not a thing of the past. This course teaches about the prevalence of human trafficking around the world, such as sex trafficking, slave labor, child trafficking, and the like. Students will compare sex trafficking and how it compares to slavery in the past. This course will also focus on what can be done to change this issue.

Psychology of Dreams
This course studies the interpretation and effect of dreams. The fundamental process of REM sleep cycles in correlation to the subliminal messages of a particular dreams. This course also investigates lucid dreaming and its purpose in solving internal conflicts. Moreover, this course is designed to help students recognize and interpret the correlation between dreams, personality and behavior, as well as understand the subconscious and its effect on human behavior. 

Victorian Morality: Vision and Actuality
This course is an examination of sexual repression during the Victorian Era and the dichotomy of the class system seen in London during the mid to late nineteenth century. The goal of this course is to discuss the disparity between classes and analyze how this inspired modern social and equality movements.