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Honors Courses

Fall 2014


Honors First Year Seminars

HONR 1320 The Age of Revolution in the Atlantic World (BHU)

Section 001, CRN 44789, 3 credits
Dr. James Sanders, TR 9:00-10:15 am, RWST 306

 This breadth humanities course focuses on how Europeans, Americans (North and South), and Africans created notions of citizenship and rights, allowing students to explore the international origins and contested meanings of the democracy in which we live. The underlying “big question” of the course is “What does democracy mean?”  We will explore this quandary by pursuing a number of other “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? What is the relationship between democracy and broader social and economic processes? We will explore these questions 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.                                                                      

HONR 1340 Intelligence in the American Context (BSS)

Section 001, CRN 42512, 3 credits
Dr. Scott Hunsaker, MWF 3:00-3:50 pm, FAV 264

What is intelligence?  Why is it important? This course examines the construct of intelligence from biological, sociological, psychological, educational, and psychometric perspectives, with an emphasis on comparing and contrasting popularized conceptions of intelligence (e.g., multiple intelligences, artificial intelligence) with scholarly work. Finally, the role of intelligence in finding solutions to global and national issues is explored.                                                                        

HONR 1360 The Limits of Possibility (BPS)

Section 001, CRN 44790, 3 credits
Dr. Todd Moon, MWF 8:30-9:20 am, TECH 108  

The 20th century introduced more significant changes to our understanding of the world, and the way we live in it, than any previous century.  In the course “The Limits of Possibility” we explore some of the game-changing ideas that emerged in the 20th century from a new point of view.  Many of these ideas occur as limits, such as limits on how fast we can go (the speed of light, related to Einstein’s theory of special relativity), limits on how fast we can communicate (Shannon’s channel capacity theorem), what we can compute (Turing’s halting problem), and what we can prove and know (Godel’s incompleteness theorem).  Responses to these limits and the understanding of the world they have provided have brought us to where we are today: the communication revolution, computers, approaches to artificial intelligence, and nuclear power.  This course will dig in deeply to each of these areas, exploring the history, the fundamental limits, and their implications.

 Students will also explore athletic limits – questions like How fast? How far?  How high? related to athletic performance.  Students will also examine the role that limits and boundaries play in their own lives and development.

Classwork will involve readings from several books, writing, and participation in classroom discussions.                                                                      

HONR 3020 Social Change Gaming (DHA)

Section 001, CRN 45065, 3 credits
Dr. Ryan Moeller, MF 11:30-12:45, GEOL 308     

This course is designed to give Honors students training and experience in rhetorical theory and in designing highly persuasive interactive texts (i.e. persuasive games). Persuasive games are games that are designed to deliver an explicit, rhetorical message, usually one with a social goal in mind. For example, The McDonalds Game teaches players about how the McDonald's Corporation's business practices and policies are unsustainable for the environment, for livestock health, and for labor practices.

In this particular course, we will study persuasive games and theory in order to design our own persuasive games. Our game designs will be documented in game design documents, which will present the game concept as well as the guiding principles and protocol for our game designs. Game design documents guide every aspect of computer game production from artists' renderings of landscapes to background music to video game platform. Although game design documents are found in the computer game industry, the intricacies, politics, and techniques of producing these complex proposals are easily applicable to many technical and professional situations.                                       

HONR 3900 Preparing for Scholarships 

Section 002, CRN 42515, 2 credits
Susan Andersen, W 4:00-5:15 pm, MAIN 006                                               

Honors Labs

BIOL 1610(H) Biology Laboratory

Section 509, CRN 40569, 0 credits
Dr. Gregory Podgorski and Dr. Keith Mott, T 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 to provide the introduction and context of at least one lab during the semester. Honors lab provides a rich intellectual environment by pairing a peer group of bright, academically engaged students and the best Biology lab instructors. Labs done by standard laboratory sections serve as the platform for the course with the Honors lab-specific activities enriching the experience.

Honors English Courses

ENGL 2010H, Intermediate Writing for Honors (CL2)*

This class will focus on research and persuasive writing, using library and internet research, and appropriate documentation. Students will evaluate sources, collaborate with classmates, and participate in peer review of each other's writing. Writing assignments will be augmented by topical and provocative readings. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and to think carefully about the reading and writing assignments.
This is not a passive class! Students will write several papers related to their research interests. Through this class, students should develop their own writing style and voice, and learn to integrate that voice with what others (often authorities) have to say about the subject. It is hoped that students will leave the class stronger readers, writers, and thinkers, with a good idea of the areas on which they can build in the future.

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

Section 071, CRN 42105, 3 Credits
Russell Beck, TR 10:30-11:45 am, FL 109

Section 072, CRN 42106, 3 Credits
Dustin Crawford, TR 1:30-2:45 pm LIB 405

Honors Math Courses

MATH 1220 Calculus II (QL)

Section 009, CRN 40108, 4 credits
Dr. Lawrence Cannon, MTWRF 2:00-2:50 pm, GEOL 405