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Honors Courses

theater_presentationHonors courses are capped at 15 students, allowing students optimal time with their professors. Honors courses  are different from non-Honors courses in that they incorporate a more hands-on approach to learning through class discussion, field trips, and volunteer service meant to engage the students and educate outside the classroom. The Honors faculty are specially selected by the Director of the Honors Institute and attend annual training on teaching in Honors. 

Below you may view those courses that are offered within the Honors Institute. Not every course is offered every semester. Click to download the  Honors course listing  for the fall 2014 semester.


AMH 1010H—Honors Early American History provides an overview of the United States’ history from discovery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will learn the historians’ technique of reconstructing a complex situation or process from available and scattered evidence. Exposed to the art of historical detection from an apprentice approach to history rather than the simple synthetic textbook approach, the students will understand that the experts often disagree over historical evidence. The course content will be structured so as to present the main social, economic, political, cultural, and intellectual currents in American history from a problems approach.

AMH 1020H—Honors Modern American History provides a study of United States development from the period of Reconstruction to the present. Topics include politics, economics, geography, social issues, and reforms as related to contemporary society. Class goals and activities are found in the above description (AMH 1010H).

AML 2010H—Honors American Literature I focuses on American writers from the Colonial, Federal, and Romantic periods. Students will read entire primary works and pertinent criticism. Serving to make the literature relevant to the students’ overall educational experiences and lives, the students will participate in activities such as attending plays, poetry readings, special lectures, and interviewing members of the community on related literary topics.

AML 2020H—Honors American Literature II focuses on American writers from 1865 to 1940. Serving to make the literature relevant to the students’ overall educational experiences and lives, the students will participate in activities such as attending plays, poetry readings, special lectures, and interviewing members of the community on related literary topics.

AST 1002H—Honors Astronomy is a synthesis of many different basic scientific disciplines: physics, because it provides the principles that govern the behavior of celestial bodies and their inner workings; chemistry, because it describes the composition of everything from planets to the universe itself; biology, because the search for life elsewhere requires understanding of life as we know it on Earth; and geology, because the geology of our planet enables us to understand the "geology" of other worlds. In addition, astronomy raises issues about philosophy and personal beliefs.

BSC 1011H—Honors Biological Science II emphasizes a phylogenetic survey of the five kingdoms of living organisms, together with an introduction to ecology and behavior.

BSC 1011L—Honors Biological Science II Laboratory accompanies BSC 1011H and provides hands-on exercises, presentations, and demonstrations to illustrate many of the concepts and topics discussed in the lectures. Local field trips are important to reinforce and illustrate discussed topics and concepts. 

CRW 1001H—Honors Creative Writing I focuses on analyzing creative writing through class discussions and readings. Works by students and others will be critiqued. Participation on the staff of the College’s literary magazine is encouraged.

CRW 1002H—Honors Creative Writing II furthers critical analysis of both the student’s own writings and the writings of others combined with the readings and discussions of the process of creative writing. Continuation of the skills developed in CRW 1001.

DEP 1004H—Honors Developmental Psychology of the Life Span emphasizes the developmental and social growth from conception to death. Topics include Piaget’s stages of cognitive development, Erickson’s “Eight Ages,” the concept of maturity, changing personalities in later adulthood, theories of aging, and death and dying. 

ENC 1101H—Honors English Composition I is designed to offer the students an innovative approach to the traditional forms of rhetoric. Utilizing a common theme, students will experience a variety of learning styles intended to encourage individual intellectual growth. The students may attend faculty approved cultural or civic events and the resources for writing assignments.

ENC 1102H—Honors English Composition II is designed to give the students the opportunity to master written and oral forms of critical, persuasive, and evaluative thinking. Guided by varied critical approaches, the students will evaluate in both oral and written form the elements of fiction, poetry, and drama. The prime activity will be writing which will be pursued by lecture, group discussion, collaboration, oral presentation, defense of some papers, peer critiques, assigned readings, library research, attendance of cultural events, and individual consultation with the professor.

ENL 2012H—Honors British Literature to 1800 focuses on selected British writers, with an emphasis on major periods and trends, such as Anglo-Saxon, Middle Ages, neo-classicism, and pre-romanticism.

ENL 2022H—Honors British Literature: 1800 to Present focuses on 19th and 20th century writers from the romantics to the present.  

EUH 100H—Honors The Western World: Origins to Early Modern Europe provides a historical discussion of the rise and development of the West. The term "civilization" refers to complex cultures characterized by advanced agriculture, urban centers, trade and commerce, writing, and written records. The "West" is a geographical expression including Europe, the Classical Mediterranean states, and the modern Atlantic states, as well as the Middle East, Central Asia, and the entire Western Hemisphere. The Honors course will permit students opportunities for analysis, interpretation, and the discussion of historical topics as well as class presentations based upon available resources.

EUH 1001H—Honors The Western World: Modern Europe entails the same goals and activities as those detailed in preceding course (EUH 1000H), but with an emphasis on the time period from 1648 to the present.

ESC 1000H—Honors Earth Science, intended for non-science majors, focuses on geology, meteorology, and astronomy. Students will work in small groups to investigate selected projects and report those findings to the class for discussion.

ESC 1000L—Honors Earth Science Laboratory accompanies ESC 1000H and provides hands-on exercises, presentations, and demonstrations to illustrate many of the concepts and topics discussed in the lectures. Local field trips are important to reinforce and illustrate discussed topics and concepts.

HIS 2006H—Honors Selected Topics in History is an in-depth study of the economic, intellectual, cultural, social, and political developments in Western civilization and their impact on today’s world. May be repeated once with a different topic for credit.

HUM 2210H—Honors World Humanities: Prehistoric to Early Modern Era provides an overview of important art, music, literature, and ideas from classical Greece through the Renaissance, emphasizing the interrelationships of ideas and structures present in the various creative forms. The students will apply critical thinking skills required to evaluate differing interpretations and points of view. They will also express, in oral and written form, the cultural significance of the arts in a civilized society and evaluate current societal support for the arts. Students will present the results of their research in oral presentations and in documented thesis papers. Students may participate in activities such as attending museums and concerts.

HUM 2230H—Honors World Humanities: Early Modern to the Contemporary provides an overview of important art, music, literature, and ideas from Baroque through the contemporary periods, emphasizing the interrelationship of ideas and structures present in the various creative forms. Class goals and activities found in above description (HUM 2210H).

HUM 2410H—Honors Asian Humanities provides an interdisciplinary approach to the ideas, art, and literature of the classical civilizations of India, China, and Japan.

IDH 2931H—Honors Leadership is an Honors course in leadership and career theory that emphasizes understanding of oneself as a unique individual and that will serve as a basis for developing effective leadership abilities. The major topics include personal assessment, values and expectations, motivation, decision-making, and leadership and career theory.

IDH 2955H - Honors Global Leadership - New Spring, 2014 - Students will examine international leadership through an interdisciplinary approach which combines stateside classroom activities, scholarly research, foreign travels, and service learning.  Course content will explore the historical, social, economic, religious, and artistic perspectives of another culture.  This course promotes communication skills and team work; students should expect rigorous travel and service work.

IDS 1152H—Honors Environmental Science focuses both on the basic principles of ecology and on the human interactions in nature. The students will explore the chemical and biological basis for ecological principles. The Honors format includes lecture time, class discussions and laboratory experiences conducted at environmental sites. Students will engage in debates on environmental issues with the instructor acting as moderator.   

LIN 1670H—Honors English Grammar and Usage will address the basics of English grammar and usage and explore complex linguistic issues.  Students will research questions of historical significance, the relationship of English to other languages, trends in grammar study and usage, and current language practices as related to cultural norms and expectation.  The course will also focus extensively on the application of grammar principles to student composition.  Research and oral presentations will be components of the course.

LIT 2110H—Honors World Literature to 1650 focuses Greek and Roman Classicism through the Renaissance literature. Students will read primary works and pertinent criticism. Outside the classroom, students will participate in activities such as attending plays, poetry readings, and/or special events. The classroom environment will be an informal, flexible, supportive one that encourages students to acquire necessary skills in analyzing advanced literary works, to gain confidence in speaking to groups, and to question in a scholarly fashion other students’ findings.

LIT 2120H—Honors World Literature: 1650 to Present focuses on literature from the Enlightenment through the Twentieth Century. Outside the classroom, students will participate in activities such as attending plays, poetry readings, and/or special events. The classroom environment will be an informal, flexible, supportive one that encourages students to acquire necessary skills in analyzing advanced literary works, to gain confidence in speaking to groups, and to question in a scholarly fashion other students’ findings.

MGF 1106H—Honors Mathematics for Liberal Arts I Topics include finite and infinite sets, logic, deductive and inductive reasoning, geometry, counting methods, probability and statistics. Studying these topics will develop a broader base of mathematical knowledge and prepare students for the mathematics portion of the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST).

MGF 1107H—Honors Mathematics for Liberal Arts II Will include topics such as: financial mathematics; sequences and series; elementary number theory; history of mathematics; linear and exponential growth; voting theory; chaos and fractals; reflections and translations in geometry; graph theory; game theory; and mathematical use of calculators and computers. These topics will be helpful in developing a broader base of mathematical knowledge.

OCB 2000H—Honors Marine Biology covers complexities of marine environment. Topics include an introduction to marine habitats, marine organisms, ecological interactions, and methods used by oceanographers and marine biologists.

OCB 2000L—Honors Marine Biology Laboratory accompanies OCB 2000H and provides hands-on exercises, presentations, and demonstrations to illustrate many of the concepts and topics discussed in the lectures. Local field trips are important to reinforce and illustrate discussed topics and concepts.

PHI 1010H—Honors Introduction to Philosophy aims to familiarize students with the classic philosophical distinction among random, routine, and reflective thought and action as appearing in the four traditional areas of study, logic, metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology. Students will apply this distinction in written essays, oral classroom presentations, and a major research paper.

PHI 1600H—Honors Introduction to Ethics introduces standard theories of Western Ethics, including conduct theories of Relativism, Egoism, Consequentialism, and Kantian Deontology. The course also concerns itself with how narrative plays a vital part in understanding ethical behavior—to know our values means to know of what story we are a part.  Student will be required to select a text which they will learn sufficiently to teach for a class period to other students.   

MAC 1105H—Honors College Algebra provides the opportunity to gain algebraic knowledge needed for many fields such as engineering, business, science, computer technology, and mathematics. Graphical and numerical methods support the study of functions and their corresponding equations and inequalities. Students will study linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, inverse, composite, radical, and absolute value functions; systems of equations and inequalities, modeling applied problems; and curve fitting techniques.

POS 2041H—Honors American Government Covers the structure and function of the American government, the dynamics of political change and contemporary issues.

PSY 2012H—Honors General Psychology is an introduction to modern scientific psychology and its application to human behavior. Topics include perception, motivation, learning, thinking, remembering, emotion, intelligence, personality development, and scientific methods used in psychology.

SPC 1608H—Honors Public Speaking emphasizes application of communication theory in personal, business, social, and political environments. Speech ethics and freedom of speech will be analyzed in depth.

SPC 2300—Honors Interpersonal Communication provides students with working definitions, conceptual knowledge and practical examples regarding the development and improving of interpersonal communication skills in personal and professional settings. Topics such as self disclosure, verbal and non-verbal message sending and receiving, interpersonal and family relationships and conflict are addressed. While not designed to be therapeutic, the course offers practical, real world examples of interpersonal interactions.

SPN 1120H—Honors Spanish I introduces Spanish language as an avenue to its culture. Spanish reading, writing, and listening are practiced in class.

SPN 1121H—Honors Spanish II is an extension of SPN 1120H. Students will pursue creative research projects.

SYG 2000H—Honors Introduction to Sociology will consider many significant changes that have occurred in this society since the 1960s. By exploring events that led to these changes and the resulting consequences, students will come to understand the principles of sociology. Students will explore differing views about sociological issues and evaluate their own attitudes.

SYG 2010H—Honors Social Problems focuses on the description and analysis of current social problems, with an emphasis on cause and effect and possible solutions. Topics include racism, poverty, pollution, overpopulation, and personal deviancy.  

SYG 2930H—Honors Selected Topics in Sociology provides an in-depth study of topics in sociology not covered in other courses. May be repeated once with a different topic for credit.

STA 2023H—Honors Elementary Statistics introduces the concepts of statistical design and data analysis with emphasis on introductory descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include data organization and analysis, probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation and simple linear regression. 

THE 1000H—Honors Introduction to Theatre Arts provides an orientation to theater as an art form with emphasis on reading and reviewing dramatic plays.