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Honors Courses

The following Honors Courses are scheduled for the Fall 2016-17 semester:

The Honors First Year Core

(3 cr. each; 6 cr. total) The Honors Core is required for all first-year Honors students. The Core is comprised of two, three credit hour courses in History and Literature that are intended to provide Honors students with an academic environment in which they can experience education in a dynamic interactive way. Each section of this learning community pairs an Honors History of Civilization course with an Honors Literature and Culture course of the same period. For Fall 2016, students can opt for the pair of courses that deals with world history and literature from the beginning of the 20th century to the present (Sections 01), the pair that deals with the same topics in the Medieval world (Sections 02), or the pair that deals with German history and literature from the 19th century to the present (Sections 03). All sections of the Core meet jointly several times throughout the semester for discussions and a group dinner. Students also participate in field trips to Washington DC or Baltimore. Core code for HNRS 205: GL, HM

(31011) HNRS 102, Section 01 – Honors History of Civilization
Offered: MWF 10:10-11:00
Instructor: Dr. Julia Sandy

(31262) HNRS 205, Section 01 – Honors Literature and Culture
Offered: TR 9:35-10:50
Instructor: Dr. Mark Cantrell

OR

(31012) HNRS 102, Section 02 – Honors History of Civilization
Offered: TRF 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Dr. Sally Brasher

(31263) HNRS 205, Section 02 – Honors Literature and Culture
Offered: MWF 1:10-2:00
Instructor: Dr. Betty Ellzey

OR

(31321) HNRS 102, Section 03 – Honors History of Civilization
Offered: TR 1:50-3:05
Instructor: Dr. Keith Alexander

(31322) HNRS 205, Section 03 – Honors Literature and Culture
Offered: MWF 2:10-3:00
Instructor: Dr. Timothy Nixon

Other Core Curriculum Courses

(31028) ART 103H, Section 01 – Introduction to the Visuals Arts Honors
(3 cr.) An introductory course designed to give insight into the nature of the visual arts and their relationship to contemporary life. Includes a study of the language and functions of painting, sculpture, and architecture. The development of styles, aesthetic principles, and the ideas of art are surveyed. Students are introduced to movements, western and non-western, in the history of art that have a strong influence on contemporary art. Core codes: AR, GL
Offered: TR 12:25-1:40
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Coltrin

(31434) PHIL 208H, Section 01 – Survey of Philosophy Honors
(3 cr.) A survey of the classic philosophical texts from the ancient and classical traditions through the 21st century. Works will be drawn from both Western and non-Western cultures. Core codes: CK, HM
TR 3:15-4:30
Instructor: Dr. James Pate

Honors Seminar

(30961) HNRS 389, Section 01 – Honors Seminar: Disability and Society
(3 cr.) An advanced seminar for Honors students. Subject matter and content vary from semester to semester, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary explorations of provocative and timely topics. The Fall 2016 Honors seminar, “Disability and Society,”
 will be a discussion/group work and writing/reflection based course. In the course, students will study the history of Disability Civil Rights Struggle; acquire new ways of thinking about disability; explore socio-medical aspects of disability and the social and physical barriers to full inclusion and integration; learn about disability law and policy; read first-hand experiences of people with disabilities; and explore what it means to live with a disability through articles, videos, and guest speakers.
Offered: MW 12:10-1:25
Instructor: Dr. Belinda B. Mitchell

Honors Capstone Project Courses

(30609) HNR 388, Section 01 – Honors Project Preparation
(1 cr.) This course prepares Honors candidates to undertake the work of the Honors Capstone Project, the final requirement for graduation from the Honors Program. Topics include an overview of the research process, the differences between theses and non-thesis projects, developing appropriate research questions, identifying an appropriate faculty mentor, techniques for overcoming common stumbling blocks in conducting research, and information on the expectations of the Honors Directed Readings and Honors Capstone Project courses. This course will culminate in the production of a final research proposal. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Offered: TBA (no regular meeting time for the course as a whole)
Instructor: Dr. Cantrell

(30267) HNRS 488, Section 01 – Honors Directed Readings
(3 cr.) In this course, honors students begin research toward a major thesis to be completed as a graduation requirement. Each student will choose a mentor from the faculty. In collaboration with the faculty mentor, the student will develop an original idea about the chosen topic and will formulate a reading list that will contribute to a thesis proposal. The thesis proposal, which is the final product of this class, should be a plan for a substantial piece of work in the student’s chosen field and should contribute substantially to the student’s professional development.
Offered: TBA (no regular meeting time for the course as a whole; individual meetings with your faculty mentor)
Instructor: Dr. Cantrell

(30268) HNRS 489, Section 01 – Honors Capstone Project
(1-3 cr.) After completing a revised proposal in the Directed Readings course, a candidate in honors shall work with a faculty mentor to complete the Honors Capstone Project, the final requirement for graduation from the Honors Program. The project topic should be chosen within the candidate’s major or minor field of study, usually adapting a student’s major capstone project for additional Honors credit. In many cases, the Honors Capstone Project will take the form of a thesis and include a carefully prepared argument in support of the thesis statement. Rather than a thesis, students in certain fields of study (e.g., graphic design) may choose to design a capstone project. Such a project must also include an initial proposal that will support the design of that project. The thesis or project shall culminate in a formal presentation to an audience consisting of faculty, students, friends, and family. This course may be repeated, to a maximum of 3 earned credits. Prerequisite: HNRS 488.
Offered: TBA (no regular meeting time for the course as a whole; individual meetings with your faculty mentor)
Instructor: Dr. Cantrell

Sampler of Honors Courses