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Honors: Honors Courses

Course Day Time Instructor CRN
Anthropology 112  T/R 12:30-1:50pm Wiewall CRN 74913
Astronomy 101 T/R 11-12:20pm McGovern CRN 70151
Chemistry 110 T/R 2:15-3:35pm +
W 1- 5pm
Schroer CRN 75750
English 101 T 7-10:05pm Hoffer CRN 71751
English 103  F 9-12:05pm Lubick CRN 74913
Geography 101 T/R 9:30-10:50am Pesses CRN 70666
History 108 M/W 8-9:20am Jaffe CRN 75829
Political Science 101 M/W 9:30-10:50am Vento CRN 73078
Psychology 101       MW 2:15-3:35pm J. Jacobson CRN 72789

Course Descriptions

Anthropology 112       
T/R 12:30 to 1:50 (Wiewall)
CRN 74913

Did you know that prior to European contact, North America had over 4 million native peoples organized into 500 different culture groups, speaking a total of over 400 different languages? Ever wonder how realistic a movie like Dances with Wolves is? We’ll draw on anthropology, indigenous histories, and European records as we investigate questions of origins, cultural spread and development, diversification, the impacts of historic period of contact and conquest, and contemporary issues that are of concern to native peoples now. We will depart from the traditional format to enjoy a seminar-structured class. In addition, we will obtain first-hand experience about native cultures via guest speakers and Native American cultural events.

Astronomy 101            
T/R   11 to 12:20 (McGovern)                           
CRN 70151

101H offers dimensions that you don't find in a standard section. For one, the smaller size of an honors class makes it possible to utilize interactive computer simulations and tutorials as a more hands-on approach to understanding complex yet fascinating celestial behavior. Additionally, a greater emphasis is placed on the methods of scientific research to understand better how some of the more interesting astronomical findings were discovered.  This hands-on emphasis will manifest itself in a challenging and interesting research project. Reach for the stars—join us!

Chemistry 110
T/R 2:15 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 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!

English 101                  
Tuesday 7 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 through various 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                  
Friday 9 to 12:05 (Lubick)               
CRN 74913

Have you ever wanted to know more about the nature of language? In this multi-faceted course we'll engage in intensive classroom discussions, heuristic activities, and reading-writing-research assignments from across the disciplines. We will concentrate on interpreting and analyzing complex texts, digesting and assimilating material from foundational 20th Century rhetoricians including Kenneth Burke, Steven Toulmin, Michel Foucault, and bell hooks. We will conduct scholarly and personal research, study logical argumentation and reasoning, and review invention/revision techniques, all with the goal of developing your own voice and style.

Geography 101            
T/R   9:30 to 10:50 (Pesses)                      
CRN 70666

Physical Geography ain’t your father’s science class. Yes, we’ll cover the basics like gravity and molecules and all that, but we’ll use those to understand how the Earth works. We’ll go back 4.6 billion years and explore the evolution of the rocks under our feet, the atmosphere we breathe, and the rivers of the world, as well as how we humans developed our unique upright postures. Because this is an Honors class we’ll take more time to explore physical artifacts and conduct some experiments. Because this is a geography class we’ll discuss how the Earth wants to kill you, why polar bears are dating grizzlies, and how geographers were the ones who really tracked down Osama bin Laden. Can you really afford to miss this class?

History 108                  
M/W 8:00 to 9:20 (Jaffe)                                   
CRN 75829

Circle up, please, because we are going to debate important issues in U.S. history. How did women get the right to vote? Why are racial issues still unresolved?  What really went on in Vietnam? We will even look at who killed Kennedy...any Kennedy. Join Dr. Matthew Jaffe for group work, oral presentations, punning, and take-home papers to learn about the last century
of this country’s history. No laundry lists of facts, no in-class tests, just sharp, stimulating discussion. This class fulfills American History and Institution requirement for CSU and UC.  

Political Science 101     
M/W 9:30 to 10:50 (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            
MW  2:15 to 3:35 ( J. Jacobson)             
CRN 72789

Have you ever asked yourself such questions as, “What do my dreams mean and why do I even have to sleep? Why is buying lottery tickets, drinking, or engaging in risky behavior so addictive for some people?  Why might a person be influenced to do harm to others, even when that person knows better? These are some of the many questions that will be explored in Honors General Psychology, as we delve into understanding the behaviors and mental processes of humans and animals. In this class, as we examine such topics as how the brain works, learning theory, personality development, memory, social psychology, human sexuality, theories of motivation, mental health disorders, and various forms of therapy, we will practice thinking critically about such concepts of psychology and how they impact us in our daily lives. We will employ a seminar-structured environment that uses the Socratic method of learning to fully engage you in your studies.


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