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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 2016 semester.


Summaries of Honors Courses

Honors Early American History (AMH 2010H) 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 present the main social, economic, political, cultural, and intellectual currents in American history from a problems approach.

Honors Modern American History (AMH 2020H) 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 2010H).

Honors American Literature to 1885 (AML 2010H) 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.

Honors American Literature:  1885 to Present (AML 2020H) focuses on American writers from 1865 to 1940. Class goals and activities are found in the above description (AMLH 2010).

Honors African American Literature (AML 2600H) provides an overview of African American literature and cultural expression in the United States from the prediscursive period to the present. Through reading, discussion, lectures, and films, the historical forces that have influenced the voice of African-American literature will be discussed. The politics of Black American literature will be examined as a means of considering not only what it is, but also why it is and what it can be.

Honors Introduction to Anthropology (ANT 2000H) offers a unique opportunity for students to move beyond a standard assessment of the four subfields of Anthropology.  Students are challenged to practice key concepts and methods learned throughout the course in active and applied environments outside the classroom. Successful students will leave the course with new or enhanced awareness, knowledge and respect for the biological and cultural diversities in human life, past and present. In essence, students will explore all of the weird and wonderful ways of being human.

Honors Understanding Visual Art (ARH 1000H) designed for the non-art major; provides a foundation for understanding the visual arts.

Honors Astronomy (AST 1002C) 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.

Honors Biological Science II (BSC 2011H) emphasizes a phylogenetic survey of the five kingdoms of living organisms, together with an introduction to ecology and behavior.

Honors Biological Science II Laboratory (BSC 2011L) accompanies BSC 21011H 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.

Honors Introduction to Computers and Technology (CGS 1000H) provides Honors students an introductory overview of the history, the structure, use and components of the Internet, World Wide Web, impact of computers on society and business, the fundamentals of computers, computer nomenclature, hardware, and software. The course will also cover the basic concepts of word processing, spreadsheets, file/database systems, desktop publishing, software applications, basic skills using a Web browser and search engine, the systems development life cycle, and careers in the field of computer science.

Honors Creative Writing I (CRW 1001H) 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.

Honors Creative Writing II (CRW 1002H) further 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.

Honors Developmental Psychology of the Life Span (DEP 1004H) 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. 

Honors English Composition I (ENC 1101H) 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 use the resources for writing assignments.

Honors English Composition II (ENC 1102H) is designed to give the students the opportunity to master 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.

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

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

Honors The Western World: Early Modern Europe (EUH 2000H) presents Honors students a study of cultural, economic and political developments of Western civilization from prehistoric times through the Reformation and European Renaissance, with an emphasis on geographic references.

Honors The Western World: Modern Europe (EUH 2001H) entails the same goals and activities as those detailed in preceding course (EUH 2000H), but with an emphasis on the time period from 1648 to the present.

Honors Earth Science (ESC 1000H), 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.

Honors Earth Science Laboratory (ESC 1000L) 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.

Honors Introduction to Environmental Science (EVR 1001H): Intended for non-science majors.  Focuses on the general scientific principles of biology, ecology, earth science, and physical science in describing the environment, and how human activities affect the environment.  Field trips are possible. 

Honors Selected Topics in History (HIS 2206H) 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.

Honors Humanities (HUM 1020H) provides Honors students an overview of human creative expression through various humanistic disciplines and is intended to broaden or establish an appreciation of the arts and ideas.  Topics may include music, painting, sculpture, architecture, religion, philosophy, dance, theatre, literature and film.  Emphasis may be placed on a thematic, discipline-orientated, and or chronological approach.

Honors World Humanities: Prehistory to the Early Modern Era (HUM 2210H) 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. Students 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.

Honors World Humanities: Early Modern to Contemporary (HUM 2230H) 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).

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

Honors Leadership (IDH 2931H) is an Honors course in leadership and career theory that emphasizes understanding of oneself as a unique individual 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.

Honors Global Leadership (IDH 2955H) 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.

Honors Connections (IDS 2891H) an Honors selected topics capstone interdisciplinary experience course for AA degree curriculum.  Summarizes major points in the bodies of knowledge acquired while participating in the general education experience in an applied manner. Involves research, applications of theoretical models and utilization of learned skills.

Honors Latin American History (LAH 2020H) provides an introductory examination of the colonization and evolution of Latin America from 1492 to the present.  The course pays particular attention to the social, political, economic and cultural impact of the interactions between Europe, Africa and the Americas, which shaped Latin America and the Caribbean throughout the colonial period.  It will then explore the ways in which the consequences of colonialism influenced Latin American independence and national identity in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The course critically examines Latin America's relationship to the US and world history in recent decades.

Honors English Grammar and Usage (LIN 1670H) 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.

Honors Literature (LIT 2000H) will provide an understanding of core terminology and concepts in literature by discussing the unique contribution of an individual author and connecting a culture's values, beliefs, and/or ethical standards to the literary arts. Students will research how literature reflects and contributes to the cultural history of the world. They will be encouraged to read and think critically, showing original thought and will cultivate an appreciation of literature through textual analysis, performance, field trips, projects, and/or research. 

Honors World Literature to 1650 (LIT 2110H) focuses on 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.

Honors World Literature: 1650 to Present (LIT 2120H) focuses on literature from the Enlightenment through the Twentieth Century. Class goals and activities are found in the above description (LIT 2110H).

Honors College Algebra (MAC 1105H) 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.

Honors Topics in Mathematics (MGF 1106H) includes topics such as 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. This course may be used to satisfy part of the mathematics general education requirement for the associate in arts degree.

Honors Mathematics for Liberal Arts II (MGF 1107H) 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.

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

Honors Marine Biology Laboratory (OCB 2000L) 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.

Honors Introduction to Philosophy (PHI 1010H) 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.

Honors Introduction to Ethics (PHI 1600H) introduces standard theories of Western Ethics, including conduct theories of Relativism, Egoism, Consequentialism, and Kantian Deontology.  The course also explores 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. 

Honors American Government (POS 2041H) covers the structure and function of the American government, the dynamics of political change and contemporary issues.

Honors General Psychology (PSY 2012H) 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.

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

Honors Interpersonal Communication (SPC 2300H) 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.

Honors Introduction to Sociology (SYG 2000H) 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.

Honors Social Problems (SYG 2010H) 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. 

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

Honors Elementary Statistics (STA 2023H) 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. 

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