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Fall 2015 Honors Courses

Honors Introductory Seminars

HONR 1320 The Age of Revolution in the Atlantic World (BHU)
Section 001, CRN 43643, 3 credits
Dr. James Sanders, Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00-10:15 am, LLCA 110

What does democracy mean to you?  What rights do you have?  In this course, we will explore the international origins and contested meanings of the democracy in which we live.  Working together, we will try to answer these big questions: Who invented democracy? Why?  Is democracy inherently inclusive or exclusive?  How did people in the past create and claim citizenship and rights?  What is the nature of individual and group identity and democracy?  Our course will focus on how Europeans, Americans (North and South), and Africans created notions of citizenship and rights, beginning in 1776 and ending in 1898, covering the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, Latin American Wars for Independence, the industrial revolution, the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, and anti-imperialism.

We will explore these questions using what we call the “humanistic method,” reading some of the great works of politics and literature from the period (including the Declaration of Independence, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Frederick Douglass’s autobiography).  Reading these classic sources rather than a textbook analysis, we will work through problems together in class discussions, developing your critical thinking, written and oral communication, and research skills.  This course aims to prepare you for both academic success and your role as citizens in our republic and the world.

HONR 1330 Honors Creative Arts (BCA)
Section 001, CRN 48461, 3 credits
Dr. Laura Gelfand, Wednesdays, 3:00-6:00 pm, 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 Social Systems and Issues-Intelligence (BSS)
Section 001, CRN 42406, 3 credits
Dr. Scott Hunsaker, Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30-2:45 pm, LLCA 112

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.

HONR 1360 Limits of Possibility (BPS)
Section 001, CRN 43644, 3 credits
Dr. Todd Moon, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8:30-9:20 am, LLCA 110

Humankind has always pushed the limits of the possible.  In our struggle to excel, we have discovered some absolute limits in speed, communication, mathematics, and even particle position and velocity.  This course explores these and other limits, asking how we define limits in relation to human capability.  Students will read about and discuss these various limits, researching their questions, writing about their ideas, and designing a final project to explore a particular limit in more detail.  These projects can be written, painted, built, dramatized, coded, or completed in any number of creative ways.  Students from all majors are welcome, but they should be “calculus-ready” (prepared for/enrolled in Calculus I or passed AP Calulus AB test).


Honors Labs

BIOL 1610(H) Biology Laboratory
Section 509, CRN 40554, 0 credits
Dr. James Pitts, Tuesday 2:30-5:20 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 42022, 3 Credits
Mr. Russ Beck, Tuesday/Thursday, 10:30-11:45 am, FL 109
Section 059, CRN 42023, 3 Credits
Mr. Dustin Crawford, Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30-2:45 pm, LIB 405

This class teaches students to develop their own writing style and voice, to integrate that voice with what others (often authorities) have to say about the subject, and to become stronger readers, writers, and thinkers.  The course focuses on library and internet research, appropriate documentation of 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 or AP English Composition score of 3 or ACT score of 29.


Honors Math Course

MATH 1220(H) Calculus II (QL)
Section 006, CRN 40107, 3 credits
Dr. Lawrence Cannon, Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, 2:30-3:20 pm, LIB 163

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 team answers questions from their classmates and works 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.

Prerequisite/Restriction: C- or better in MATH 1220 or AP Calculus score of at least 4 on Calculus AB exam.


Honors Economics Course

ECN 1500(H) Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles 
Section 005, CRN 41733, 3 credits
Dr. Dwight Israelsen, Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30-2:45 pm, BUS 209

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 private and public sectors of U.S. economy and analyze major economic institutions, including property rights, markets, business organizations, labor unions, money and banking, trade, and taxation.

Honors Connections 

USU 1010(H) Honors Connections
Section 065, CRN 50122, 2 credits
Dr. David Christensen

Section 066, CRN 50123, 2 credits
Dr. Lee Rickords

Section 067, CRN 50124, 2 credits
Mr. Dustin Crawford

Section 068, CRN 50125, 2 credits
Dr. Shannon Peterson-Huntsman Scholars Section