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The following Honors Courses are scheduled for the Fall 2020-21 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 2020, students can opt for the pair of courses that deals with world history and literature of the Atlantic world from approximately 1600 to the present (Sections 01) or the pair that deals with the same topics in the Medieval world (Sections 02). Core code for HNRS 205: GL, HM

(30700) HNRS 102, Section 01 – Honors History of Civilization
Offered: MWF 11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Benjamin Bankhurst

(30798) HNRS 205, Section 01 – Honors Literature and Culture
Offered: MWF 10:10-11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Dr. Mark Cantrell

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(30823) HNRS 102, Section 02 – Honors History of Civilization
Offered: TR 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Sally Brasher

(30799) HNRS 205, Section 02 – Honors Literature and Culture
Offered: TR 12:25-1:40 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Betty Ellzey

Other Core Curriculum Courses

(31543) ECON 205H, Section 01 – Principles of Macroeconomics Honors
(3 cr.) Introduction to fundamental economic concepts including production possibilities and economic growth, market supply and demand analysis, money, banking, and government fiscal and monetary policies. Emphasis is placed upon fluctuations in national income, employment, and the price level. Prerequisites: Qualifying Mathematics placement scores of ACT 19 or SAT 460 (old exam) or 500 (new exam); or MATH 101 or higher. Core codes: SO, CK, GL
Offered: TR 1:50-3:05 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Yuying Xie

(31439) 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
Offered: TR 9:35-10:50 a.m.
Instructor: Dr. James Pate

Honors Seminars

(30671) HNRS 389, Section 01 – Honors Seminar: Applied Business Lectures
(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 Applied Business Lecture Series is designed to bring real world discussion into the Shepherd University business classroom. The class achieves this goal by coordinating and facilitating lectures, discussions, and activities from business professionals in an academic format. Students are encouraged to participate and engage with a variety of professionals on a variety of business topics. Cross-listed with BADM 369.

Offered: R 6:00-8:40 p.m.
Instructor: Prof. David Gross

(31438) HNRS 389, Section 02 – Honors Seminar: Social Justice Literature
(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. An in-depth study of American literature written in the past several decades that appears committed to the idea of affecting social change through imaginative writing. Studying and analyzing the works on our syllabus will provide students with experience in arriving at informed critical judgments about how each of these writers attempts to intervene in controversial topics of their day. Finally, the course essays will ask students to engage closely with the works and ideas of writers on the syllabus, and the final paper will ask them to conduct a detailed study of a particular writer, drawing on scholarly sources to expand the range of ideas you bring to bear on their arguments. Cross-listed with ENGL 407.
Offered: MWF 11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Mark Cantrell

Honors Capstone Project Courses

(30414) 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; students arrange individual meetings with the instructor)
Instructor: Dr. Mark Cantrell

(30181) 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; students arrange individual meetings with the instructor and their faculty mentors)
Instructor: Dr. Mark Cantrell

(30182) 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; students arrange individual meetings with the instructor and their faculty mentors)
Instructor: Dr. Mark Cantrell

Sampler of Honors Courses