During the fall 2010 Freshman Retreat, the Honors Student Association hosted a course proposal workshop. This workshop gave students the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for potential Honors Courses. The students outlined courses that they would like to take if offered through the what was then the Honors Program. A summary of these courses are listed below:
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:
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.
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.
Popular Depictions of Psychological Disorders