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Honors: Honors Courses

Fall 2015

  • Anthropology 101 M/W 12:30 p.m. -1:50 p.m. (Wiewall) CRN 70050
  • Art 101 T/R 9.30 a.m. - 10.50 a.m. (Agahari) CRN74713
  • Astronomy 101 M/W 8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. (McGovern) CRN 70151
  • Chemistry 110 T/R 2:15 p.m. - 3:35 pm + W 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Schroer) CRN 75750
  • Communication 101 Thursday 3:45 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. (Dixon) CRN 71517
  • English 101 Tuesday 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Hoffer) CRN 71751
  • English 103 Wednesday 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Palagallo) CRN 74913
  • History 107 Tuesday 3:45 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. (Shafer) CRN 76013
  • History 110 T/R 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. (Burns) CRN 76015
  • Math 115 MWF 11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. (Villapondo) CRN 76082
  • Political Science 101 M/W 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.(Vento) CRN 73078
  • Psychology 101 MW 2:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. (Johnson) CRN 72789
  • Theatre 101 Monday 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Corona) CRN 75221

Course Descriptions

Anthropology 101
M/W 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. (Wiewall)
CRN 70050

Welcome to Physical Anthropology 101! Ever wonder who we are and how we got here, and what's with these strange opposable thumbs? Every wonder why the human species is so diverse? How can we share over 99% of our DNA with a chimpanzee? Does the Hobbit really exist? What anatomical and behavioral differences do we have from Neandertals? We will explore all of these questions and more in this course. The central focus of this class is the scientific study of human origins focused on the biological and cultural evolution of the genus Homo. We will cover the history, concepts, methods, and theory of biological evolution and adaptation and apply these ideas in a lecture and discussion setting. The philosophy of science and the scientific method serve as the primary intellectual foundations of this course. In addition, we will take a bio-cultural approach, studying humans in terms of the interaction between biology and culture in evolutionary adaptation. There is a specific focus on the field of anthropology; scientific method; molecular, Mendelian and population genetics; modern human variation;  the biological significance of “race”; primate taxonomy and classification; the fossil evidence for human evolution; archaeological evidence for the origin of culture; and ethical issues in physical anthropology. Welcome to the human journey across space and time.

Art 101
T/R 9.30 a.m. - 10.50 a.m. (Agahari)                
CRN 74713

What do 300 and Clash of the Titans, Luxor Hotel and Citadel Outlet Mall have in common? They are all based on ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Assyrian art. Hollywood, Las Vegas and Disney relied on images from the past to fuel their visual commercial enterprises. In ART 101 Honors we will have the opportunity to examine ancient art works and their broader artistic, ethical, political, technological, museological implications in contemporary society. For example, we will discuss how the current war in Iraq affects art from the first civilization in the world and study the ongoing debates on the “Elgin Marbles.” Who said ancient art is collecting dust in museums? These forms are reanimated, alive and well within our visual culture. NOTE:  Students should be prepared to go on two museum field trips outside of scheduled class time.

Astronomy 101
M/W 8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.  (McGovern)
CRN 70151

What is the fate of humanity? What opportunities exist for human deep space exploration?  Are we alone in the universe?  These are some of the many thought-provoking questions that we will take a scientific approaching to understanding over the course of the semester. Honors astronomy offers dimensions that you don't find in a standard section. Smaller class size ensures a richer, more fulfilling classroom interaction and discussion. A greater emphasis is placed on the methods of scientific research to understand better how some of the more interesting astronomical findings were discovered.  Each student will have the opportunity to individually explore in depth one of the many frontier topics in modern astronomy.  Prepare to boldly go where few honors students have gone before!

Chemistry 110
T/R 2:15 p.m to 3:35 & W 1 to 5 (Schroer)
CRN 75750

Falling in love is about the right chemistry. Come to this class and you will fall in love with chemistry. Do you like to destroy, rearrange and build? Then you love chemical reactions. In this course we will be learning about the atoms and how they react with each other to form more complex structures. We will go back in time and meet Mendeleev and his periodic table; we will learn about bonding theories and play with different energies. We will check how safe (and hard) it is to drink the water in our community, and although we won’t always have the right solution, we will learn what solutions are. We will practice thinking critically and will find
that is not the government that controls our lives but chemistry. We will use an inquiry-based curriculum during a seminar-structured environment and employ the Socratic method of learning. You will not only sit in the classroom but also cook in the lab as you learn to test and evaluate theories. You will love it!

Communications 101
R 3:45 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. (Dixon)
CRN 71517

The art of public speaking is not just a learned skill. It is way of life and modern necessity. The success of our professional and social interactions depends on the ability to influence an audience, organize our message, and provide evidence for our claims. This course will provide the knowledge and practical skills that are crucial to be an effective and impactful public speaker. We will discover how to not only overcome speech apprehension, but also learn how to harness this fear and use the energy to master the art of public speaking. When you have the tools for success, there is no limit on your potential.

English 101
T 7:00 p.m to 10:05 p.m. (Hoffer)
CRN 71751

Electric blue wall, human skull, and the scrawl of a title: Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can’t Look Away. That book’s cover (and the rest of it) and Glittering Images: A Journey through Art from Egypt to Star Wars will provide the framework for this Honors course that looks at looking, specifically at how visual texts convey, encode, reinforce, and challenge cultural narratives. Films, video files, photographs, and other art forms will be discussed, analyzed, interpreted, and reinterpreted in our assignments and presentations. This is the show-and-tell you always wanted to be a part of: lively, critically astute, and endlessly illuminating.

English 103
W 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Palagallo)
CRN 74913

In “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” Gloria Anzaldúa writes, “We speak a patios, a forked tongue, a variation of two languages.”  The rhetorical question of course being, is language tamable?  At the same time, is language escapable?  That is, do we ever really venture outside of a linguistic “spatial partitioning,” as Michel Foucault’s idea of the Panopticon suggests?  These are questions this course will strive to understand, as well as try and discover what the link between language and idea creation might be. Using a mix of metacognitive processes, analytical discourses, and various textual media, at times wayward and nonlinear, we will strive to disorient ourselves from the well-trodden path of everyday thinking and, as comedian/musician Reggie Watts shows us, “disorient ourselves in the most entertaining way.”

History 107
T 3:45 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. (Shafer)
CRN 76013

This class will strongly emphasize student involvement and participation, meaning that the students will often determine the course of events and discussion in the classroom. Secondly, this class aims to develop critical thinking and analysis skills of primary documents, useful for the professional scholar. This will happen through article discussion, written and oral reports on short essays, written and oral critical analysis of historical interpretations and methodologies, academic research and an oral presentation to the class. At its core, this course will still provide a comprehensive interpretive analysis of the political, social and economic developments of the nation to 1877.

History 110
T/R 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. (Burns)
CRN 76015

Imagine taking an afternoon stroll through your home town, observing friends and family going about their everyday chores, careers, hobbies, and games.  Standing on the perimeter of this peaceful scene, you are suddenly knocked out cold.  Coming to, with a bag over your head, you find that your feet are chained to others.  Stumbling through the countryside, you are completely confused and disoriented.  When the bag is finally removed, you find yourself in a strange fortress, with hundreds of strangers who do not speak your language,
all looking out upon a vast body of water.  This was the experience of millions of Africans, prior to being transported in a tight-packer to the New World.  The history of the African American Experience is a story of European hegemony in Africa and the New World, involving the tragic separation of millions of Africans from their homeland and families—along with the creation of America’s “Peculiar Institution” of slavery.  Their struggles, suffering, adaptation and survival have been recorded in their blood, sweat and toil, on plantations large and small, throughout the American South.  In this Honors course, we will explore their journey and history in-depth, in seminar-style discussion.  Be prepared to be disturbed!

Math 115
MWF 11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. (Villapondo)
CRN 76082

Do you want to know your chances of beating the Roulette or Blackjack game in Las Vegas? How about your chances of winning the lottery this week? Could you learn how to find out if the advertisers’ claims about their products are true or not? All of these require the knowledge of Statistics! As we introduce ourselves to statistical procedure, we will study graphs, central tendency, dispersion, probability, binomial distribution, estimation, hypothesis testing and chi-square. These may sound intimidating but they are a lot of fun when applied to real life. Join Professor Villapando in learning about Statistics in a different perspective and incorporate technology in a research of your choice.

Political Science 101
M/W 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. (Vento)
CRN 73078

There has been an active debate about whether the American democratic system ensures freedom, equality, and individuality for all citizens. This Honors class will provide a springboard to analyze the American democratic system and whether or not it works. We will focus on major political events, such as the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections, the war with Iraq, and the recall of Governor Gray Davis. We will also examine the terrorists’ attacks of September 11th and the impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton. Each of these events has demonstrated the various roles of government and provides us with the opportunity to examine the American democratic system at work. We will depart from the traditional classroom format and employ a seminar-structured environment that uses the Socratic method of learning. Taking this class will improve your health—both physically and mentally.

Psychology 101
M/W 2:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. (Johnson)
CRN 72789

Tell your friends you are taking psychology, they may shoot you a skeptical look and ask if you are trying to read their mind. This class uses scientific method to sort fact from fiction. We explore topics like, mind/body connection, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders, and therapy.  Smaller class size affords the opportunity for exchange of ideas on provocative questions such as, “Why do we dream? Was Freud just a dirty old man? Why do we sometimes want to harm those we love?” Honors is distinguished from traditional psychology by using a seminar format, lots of discussion, debate, group work, presentations and written assignments designed to engage critical thinking. Self-improvement; guaranteed!

Theatre 101
M 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Corona)
CRN 75221

The Honors Introduction to Theatre course is for students who want to explore and navigate the world of theatre and performance through readings, discussion, and practice. Students will benefit not only by gaining a better understanding of theatre as a collaborative process, but also look at theatre as an agent of change in society. Theatre is not only entertainment, but is a medium for personal, cultural, and social dialogue in everyday lives. Through engaging and reflective assignments, discussions and analysis of theatre, students will gain transferable skills such as interpersonal skills, public speaking, critical analysis, and broad based thinking. Students will be audience members at live theatrical productions, practitioners through group presentation, and critics through analysis. Whether you are interested in Ancient Greek or Contemporary American voices, are brand new to theatre or have been doing it all your life, your opinions and artistic tastes will be welcomed and nurtured in this class.  The world is a stage, come explore with us!


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