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Fall 2016 Honors Courses

Honors Introductory Seminars

HONR 1330, Honors Creative Arts (BCA)
Section 001, CRN 43765, 3 credits
Dr. Laura Gelfand, Monday, 3:00–6:00, LLCA 110

This class offers students a dynamic introduction to a wide variety of the creative arts including the visual and performing arts. Students will subscribe to The New Yorker magazine for the duration of the course, and selected articles from the magazine’s arts and culture sections will form the basis of our weekly discussions. Nationally and internationally known visiting artists will speak to the class from time to time and several class meetings will be held in the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art and other galleries on and off campus. Students will learn to think critically about the creative arts and to communicate clearly their ideas about art and artists they encounter.

HONR 1340, Intelligence in the American Context (BSS)
Section 001, CRN TBA, 3 credits
Dr. Scott Hunsaker, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 1:30–2:20, Family Life 307

How do we think about how we think?  Students in this course will study various theories of intelligence from different disciplinary perspectives, ranging from the neurobiological to the developmental, the psychometric to the sociocultural.  These four broad perspectives will come together as we investigate three key topics: anomalies in intelligence, such as individuals with prodigious achievements, savant syndrome, or autistic spectrum disorders; popular notions of intelligence, including multiple intelligences, emotional intelligence, brain hemisphericity, and artificial intelligence; and controversies in intelligence studies, particularly regarding IQ measurement and American anti-intellectualism.  We will use what we learn about intelligence to identify crucial problems facing contemporary America and to consider the possibilities for intelligent change in our nation’s social policies and practices

ENGL 2300, Honors Shakespeare (BHU)
Section TBA, CRN TBA, 3 credits
Dr. Rob Behunin, Wednesday, 3:00–5:30 pm, LLCA 110

Notable critic Harold Bloom said, “the ultimate use of Shakespeare is to let him teach you well to whatever truth you can sustain without perishing.” This course will examine a variety of Shakespeare’s plays (and some of his poems) in an attempt to unveil, reveal, and clarify the nuances and subtleties that make Shakespeare so timeless and so rewarding. Students need not bring a rich understanding or appreciation of Shakespeare to this course; rather, students should bring an appetite for discovery. We will examine Shakespeare’s use of language, his dramatic conventions, his ability to create complex and robust characters, and his genius in tackling significant issues: love, marriage, greed, identity, hate, and governance to name a few. So, even if Shakespeare seems “all Greek to you,” I challenge you to join us. I think when “our revels have ended” that you will applaud this course. Students enrolled in this class will have the opportunity to take an Honors field trip to see two productions of Shakespeare’s plays at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City over Labor Day weekend.

Honors Labs

BIOL 1610(H) Biology Laboratory
Section 501, CRN 40540, 0 credits
Lauren Lucus, Monday 11:30–2:20 pm, BNR 120

This Honors lab section of Biology 1620 provides opportunities for motivated students to read and discuss current papers, propose studies based on these readings, and enjoy access to at least one lab during the semester.  Honors lab creates a rich intellectual environment by pairing a peer group of bright, academically engaged students with the best Biology lab instructors.  Students will perform all the same experiments as standard laboratory sections, but will enjoy an experience enriched by activities designed specifically for the Honors lab.

Honors Writing Courses

ENGL 2010(H), Intermediate Writing for Honors (CL2)*
Section 035, CRN 41910, 3 Credits
John Engler, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 12:30–1:20 pm, FL 307
Section 059, CRN 41911, 3 Credits
Rachel Quistberg, Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00–10:15 am, FL 307

This class teaches students to develop their own writing styles and voices, to integrate those voices with what others (often authorities) have to say about subjects, and to become stronger readers, writers, and thinkers.  The course focuses on library and Internet research, appropriate documentation of such research, and persuasive writing.  Students will evaluate sources, collaborate with classmates, and participate in peer review of each other’s writing.  Writing assignments will emerge from a syllabus of topical and provocative readings, and students will participate actively in class discussions, think carefully about the reading and writing assignments, and write several papers related to their own research interests.

*Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 1010; AP English Composition score of 3; or ACT score of 29.

Honors Math Course

MATH 1220(H) Calculus II
Section TBA, CRN TBA, 3 credits
Dr. Lawrence Cannon, Time and Location TBA

This course gives students the opportunity to work together to build an understanding of calculus.  Students will work in teams to present the textbook material over two class periods.  On the first day, teams will introduce new concepts, deciding which examples and exercises might best prepare the rest of the class to complete the required homework.  On the second day, the teams answer questions from their classmates and work through any problems with the homework.  After each team has taken a two-day presentation turn, we will create new team assignments, giving everyone a chance to work with everyone else.  This format allows students to think independently and critically about mathematical concepts, using their own interests to create real-world applications for calculus.  Honors calculus students don’t just do textbook assignments; they bring them to life.

Honors Economics Course

ECN 1500(H) Introduction to Microeconomics (BAI)
Section 005, CRN 41626, 3 credits
Dr. Scott Findley, Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30–2:45 pm, HH 170

This course is designed to build an understanding of economic institutions, history, and principles.  In a small Honors seminar, we examine and discuss the relationship between the private and public sectors of the U.S. economy and analyze major economic institutions, including property rights, markets, business organizations, labor unions, money and banking, trade, and taxation.