Honors Courses

Please Note: The courses listed below are still being finalized. The official schedule is now available for viewing in myBanner. 

 

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Art Courses

Some Honors students take a Foundational Interdisciplinary sequence that does not fulfill the art requirements. In order to cover this requirement, we offer the following Honors Art Courses

Fall 2016

HNR 280 02: SWS Art and Money

Schedule: TR 8:30-9:45am HON 219

Ellen Adams, Professor

November 2013: Over the course of two evenings—a mere four hours total—New York auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s sold over one billion dollars’ worth of contemporary art. The sales smashed records for both living and dead artists, with hedge funders, “international trade” groups, and art dealers furiously bidding up lot after lot. Long-time art world observers proclaimed, in apocalyptic terms, the end of art for the public (museums were conspicuously missing among the buyers). Yet the sales represent the logical culmination of market forces brought to bear on the buying and selling of works of art.

These same forces are not recent developments, and this class will trace the convergence of art and money from its historical origins to the present day world of galleries, art fairs, and auctions. Focusing primarily on the 19th through the 21st centuries, we will study the production, sale, and exchange of works of art as well as the patrons, artists, and collectors who participate in this economic, social, and political form of taste-making and aesthetic valuation. Topics will include philanthropy, both local and national; public funding for art; fakes, fraud, and forgeries; museums and collecting; and the development of an international market for art.

Winter 2017

HNR 280 11: SWS Modernism

Schedule: TR 8:30-9:45am HON 218

Ellen Adams, Professor

This course addresses some of the significant movements and developments in art, literature, theater, and thought between 1860 and 1960. This period witnessed a radical expansion in the definition of artistic, literary, and other cultural practices as well as a search for new modes of expression.  Debates in Europe and the United States will be discussed in relation to a historical framework of cultural changes brought about by capitalism, industrialization, war and revolution. We will consider the various meanings of modernism and will discuss a wide range of related issues, including the relationship between “high art” and mass culture; representations of sexual and racial identity; the social and political functions of cultural spaces and commentary; the evolving relationship between modern culture and its audience; and the concept of an avant-garde. Analysis of individual works of art, literature, film, music, and primary texts forms the basis of the course.

 

HNR 280 12: Art & Culture in the 19th Century

Schedule: TR 2:30-3:45pm HON 219

Bettina Muehlenbeck, Professor

This course investigates the artistic ideals and cultural values of the long 19th century. In this age of literacy and sensitivity, as it might well be paraphrased, the Men and Women of Letters embraced artistic life in a new and complex fashion. Our studies will include but are not limited to the following topics: Classicism in music, Victorianism in art & culture, German Romanticism, aesthetic positions on artistic expression, 19th-century philosophy of life, 19th-century European and American poetry, the piano and drawing-room music-making, the friendship cult and art of letter-writing, salon culture, cultural exchange, and nationalism.

 

HNR 280 21: In The Artist’s Studio: Painters, Practices, and Oil Painting Basics

Schedule: MW 11:00-1:30pm CAC 1732

Jill Eggers, Associate Professor

This is an introductory level course in oil painting, that will bring you into close study of the practices and conceptual goals of several painters.   Each painting project will be linked to the practices of a painter—either one of historical significance, or a contemporary painter who practices in the area.  We will take a close look at the studio practices of each artist, and in the case of area painters, visit their studios and see how they work.  We will study the artists that influenced them, and learn how their work relates to our own developing practice in the studio classroom. 

In the course, you will learn basic oil painting methods, skills, and vocabulary.  Course work will include painting, training in preparation and use of materials, some historical survey, visits to area artist’s studios, as well as research and imitation of painters of historical significance.  No prior working knowledge of the medium is required.  However, an interest in and an appetite for sustained studio work is.  Please note that the time commitment of a studio course is high, with five hours a week spent in class sessions, and the expectation of same for weekly homework.  Homework will need to be done in the studio classroom.


Science Courses

Students must complete one Honors Life Science Course (3 credits) and one Honors Physical Science Course (4 credits).

Students majoring in engineering, pre-health curricula, or the sciences may be able to substitute courses within their program for the Honors Sciences.

Complete the following sequence to fulfill both life and physical science requirements (Students must take these courses consecutively):

HNR 243 10 and 101: The Human Body in Motion I (Fall)

Schedule: TR 1:00-2:15 and 2:30-3:45pm HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Physical Science and Lab

Brad AmbroseProfessor of Physics

This course is the first semester in the two-semester sequence fulfilling the General Education requirements in science for Honors students.  Students will engage in hands-on investigations—from biological, chemical, and physical perspectives—by which they will better understand and appreciate the processes that produce, fuel, and control movement of the human body.  Many course topics, such as body composition, nutrition and weight management, motor learning, and motion analysis will be supplemented with class visits to GVSU human performance lab facilities as well as guest instructor presentations.  Prior coursework in biology, chemistry, or physics is not required.

 

HNR 244 01: The Human Body in Motion II (Winter)

Schedule: TR 2:30-3:45 HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Life Science

Brad Ambrose, Professor of Physics

In this second course of a two-course sequence, students continue their study of human performance from biological, chemical, and physical perspectives. Specifically, the students themselves design, develop, and execute independent projects that extend beyond the background material covered in the first course of the sequence. To fulfill part of the course requirements, students complete an academic manuscript and a scholarly oral presentation.


Individual Life & Physical Science Options

If students choose not to take the all-inclusive science sequence then they must select one course from the Life Science options and one from the Physical Sciences.


Life Sciences

HNR 242 01: Plants and People  

Fall 2016

Schedule: TR 6:00-7:15pm HON 214
Requirements Fulfilled: Life Science

Sheila Blackman, Associate Professor of Biology

Plants are the dominant organisms on the landscape and are often taken for granted. The ecology, structure, function, genetics, and variety of plants are studied in order to develop an appreciation of the dependence of humans upon them for food, oxygen, shelter, medicines, and pleasure.

 

HNR 242 01: Plants and People

Winter 2017

Schedule: TR 4:00-5:15 HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Life Science

Karen Amisi, Adjunct Instructor of Biology

Plants are the dominant organisms on the landscape and are often taken for granted. The ecology, structure, function, genetics, and variety of plants are studied in order to develop an appreciation of the dependence of humans upon them for food, oxygen, shelter, medicines, and pleasure.

 

HNR 245 01: Microbes and Society

Winter 2017

Schedule: TR 6:00-7:15pm HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Life Science
Roderick Morgan, Professor

This course addresses the fundamental nature of microorganisms, how microorganisms make us sick and how we deal with infections, and the role of microorganisms in global warming. In the course, you will learn how microbes are classified and organized and what makes a microbe infectious or not. The course will also help you understand the many positive aspects of how humans exploit microorganisms in food production, such as yogurt, beer and cheese, medicine production, such as antibiotics, and sewage treatment. We will also discuss how microorganisms have influenced human history including how they have been used in past and current warfare. Since microbes can cause tremendous suffering or provide countless benefits, after taking the course you will appreciate how microorganisms greatly affect our everyday lives.

 

HNR 247 01: Molecules of Life 

Winter 2017

Schedule: TR 1:00-2:15pm HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Life Science

Debra Burg, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

This course is an introduction to basic biological concepts in the context of human health and disease. These concepts will provide the foundation for understanding the interplay between biotechnology and emerging strategies in health care. The impact of biotechnology on the social, economic, cultural, political and ethical aspects of society will be explored.

 

HNR 280 09: Our Evolving World

Fall 2016

Schedule: MW 3:00-4:15pm HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Life Science

Gary Greer, Professor

This course explores the mechanisms of biological evolution and their application towards understanding the living world and improvement of human welfare.  Topics include: major events in the history of life on earth, the generation of organismal and ecological complexity, conservation of our biological heritage, domestication of animals and plants, and management of our own health and lifespan.  Students will apply the lens of biological evolution to analyze and design solutions for relevant environmental or social issues of their choosing.


Physical Sciences

HNR 241 01: The Earth, a Global View

Fall 2016
Schedule: MWF 10:00-11:50am HON 214
Requirements Fulfilled: Physical Science and Lab
Peter Wampler, Professor

This course engages students in scientific inquiry and develops a sense of discovery of the Earth system in which we live.  We investigate the dynamic nature of Earth by studying the geologic materials that comprise the Earth and the dynamic processes which that are ceaselessly changing the shape of the Earth's surface.  We look at ways in which the science of geology affects our daily lives, and also look at how the ways in which we live can impact upon our environment.

 

HNR 246 10 and 901: Chemistry in Perspective

Fall 2016
Schedule: MW 1:00-2:50pm HON 214
Requirements Fulfilled: Physical Science and Lab

Edward Baum, Professor of Chemistry
This is a one-semester course in chemistry for non-science majors in the Honors program.  Concepts in science are taught in the context of major societal issues such as global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, and energy resources for the future.  A guided-inquiry course, students learn the subject matter and develop essential skills by working in self-managed teams on activities that involve guided discovery, information processing, critical thinking, and problem solving, and that includes reflection on learning and assessment of performance.
 

HNR 241 01: The Earth, A Global View

Winter 2017

Schedule: MWF 10:00-11:50am HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Physical Science and Lab

Greg Wilson, Lab Coordinator

This course engages students in scientific inquiry and develops a sense of discovery of the Earth system in which we live.  We investigate the dynamic nature of Earth by studying the geologic materials that comprise the Earth and the dynamic processes which that are ceaselessly changing the shape of the Earth's surface.  We look at ways in which the science of geology affects our daily lives, and also look at how the ways in which we live can impact upon our environment.

 

HNR 246 10 and 901: Chemistry in Perspective

Winter 2017

Schedule: MW 1:00-2:50pm HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Physical Science and Lab

Edward Baum, Professor of Chemistry

This is a one-semester course in chemistry for non-science majors in the Honors program.  Concepts in science are taught in the context of major societal issues such as global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, and energy resources for the future.  A guided-inquiry course, students learn the subject matter and develop essential skills by working in self-managed teams on activities that involve guided discovery, information processing, critical thinking, and problem solving, and that includes reflection on learning and assessment of performance.

 

HNR 280 18-19: World Water Issues

Winter 2017

Schedule: 280-18 TR 10:00-11:15am HON 236E / 280-19 W 3:00-4:50pm HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Physical Science with Lab

Peter Wampler, Professor

About 71% of the surface of our planet is covered with water.  In this course we will explore global water issues from historical, cultural, and scientific perspectives and the linkages between socioeconomic factors, water resources, and disease.  Students will investigate clean water intervention strategies and challenges in Ghana, Haiti, Bangladesh, and other developing countries using a combination of lecture, discussion, and hand-on projects (labs) using real data and experiences.  Students will work as teams digging deeper into both the resource and the social context of global safe water solutions to develop their own Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). 

 

 


Social Science Courses

Social science courses in sociology and psychology study human behavior and culture. They are concerned with the development of principles that explain individual thought, action, and experience; the interactions between people in the context of small groups, communities, institutions, states, and societies; and the functioning of social systems.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the economics courses are from one discipline, only one economics course fulfills one social science requirement. Students need to take one more Honors social science course.


Fall 2016

ANT 204 04: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Honors Section)

Schedule: TR 10-11:15am LMH 275

Tara Hefferan, Professor

This course focuses on cultural diversity and how anthropologists attempt to understand social and cultural systems in modern populations.  Students will explore theories of culture change, patterns of kinship, and the place of religious, economic, and political institutions and go outside the classroom to explore this diversity in our community. We will explore many issues in terms of case studies from various regions of the world but the course will continually emphasize the application of these concepts in our own culture and social systems. Frequently, we will make comparisons with U.S. culture and students will be asked to bring their knowledge and experiences of culture and food systems to bear upon social issues during classroom discussion.

 

PSY 101 04: Intro Psychology (Honors Section)

Schedule:  MWF 11:00-11:50am, HON 148

Requirements Fulfilled: Social Science, SWS

Jennifer Gross, Associate Professor

Three themes capture our quest into all things psychological.  Despite the breadth and diversity of the field, ranging from the anatomy of the eye, to forms of pathology, to psychology’s insights on user-friendly design, all of Psychology embraces the scientific study of human behavior (Theme 1).  The scientific approach offers the highest standard of evidence, which affords a powerful approach to determine the validity of commonly-made assertions (e.g., “Is watching TV violence really harmless”).  With scientific scrutiny, you can evaluate persuasive dogma.  The study of Psychology reveals how even the simplest human behavior is influenced by a multitude of forces (Theme 2).  This insight about the complexity of behavior fosters avoidance of simplistic, naïve explanations for human actions (like, “there are two kinds of people in the world—the weak and the strong; the good and the evil”).  Nothing about human behavior is this simple.  By scientifically determining answers to questions like: “Can leading questions distort eyewitness memory, is it safe to drive and talk on the phone, can stress increase my susceptibility to colds, and are there really different learning styles,” Psychology has a practical impact on everyday life (Theme 3).

 

ECO 211 08: Introductory Microeconomics (Honors Section)

Schedule: TR 11:30-12:45pm HON 148

Kevin Callison, Assistant Professor

Focuses on the interactions among households, producers, and governments in market economies. Applies fundamental methods of economic analysis to topics such as consumer decision-making and welfare; producer pricing, profits, and organization; wages and income distribution; global poverty; health care and insurance; and government taxes, spending, and regulation of markets.

 

SOC 313 02: Race and Ethnicity

Schedule: MWF 10:00-10:50am HON 219

Requirements Fulfilled: US Diversity, Social Science, 1 SWS, 1 Issues

Jennifer Stewart, Professor

Over the course of this semester, we will examine historical and contemporary forms of racism in the US.  We will also study the social construction of race or the process by which laws, language, visual images, education, and structural positioning creates and maintains race and difference.  By examining the experiences of various racial and ethnic groups in the US, we will be able to see how race is defined, experienced, and lived.  To make sense of our studies we will be emphasizing the contributions of critical race theorists, new labor historians, and other contemporary sociologists working in the area of Race & Ethnic Studies.

 

HNR 231 01: SWS The Holocaust

Schedule: MWF 9:00-9:50am HON 220

Requirements Fulfilled: Social Science

Jason Crouthamel, Professor

The fact that this enormous crime occurred in the modern world, in the heart of “civilized” Europe, deeply challenges Western perspectives on traditional institutions, values and thought. How could the culture that produced Beethoven, Bach and Einstein also produce the most barbaric regime in the history of the modern world?  Since 1945, the Western World has struggled to come to terms with the significance of this event. Historian Yehuda Bauer argues that in order to address the philosophical, theological, and psychological implications of the Holocaust, one must first examine the Holocaust as an historical event. This is a central goal of the course. The Holocaust presents not only some of the most difficult intellectual and scholarly questions, but it also challenges us on fundamental psychological, moral, and spiritual levels.  We will study some of the seminal books on the Holocaust by leading historians.  In addition, we will closely analyze eyewitness testimonies of both perpetrators and survivors, whose voices in documentaries like Shoah will serve as a central basis for discussion.

 

HNR 231 02: SWS The Holocaust

Schedule: MW 4:30-5:45pm LHH 101

Requirements Fulfilled: Social Science

Robert Franciosi, Professor

This course will examine the Holocaust, a “watershed event” that Yehuda Bauer argues represented “something radically new” in history and that changed “human perspective.” Although we will consider the implications of this statement, our primary goal will be to gain a solid understanding of what the Holocaust was. To that end we will concentrate mostly on historical narratives and primary documents, though with our viewing of Claude Lanzmann’s epic documentary film, Shoah, and with our work on the collection How Was it Humanly Possible?, we will also consider the psychological, social, political, historical, cultural, and economic forces that affected the various groups impacted by the destruction of Europe’s Jews—the perpetrators, victims, bystanders, rescuers, and resisters. Students who complete HNR231 will be eligible to participate in the Spring 2017 course “Remembering the Holocaust: Sites, Museums, and Memorials,” which will include travel for two weeks in Germany and Poland.


Winter 2017

 

ECO 210 09: Introductory Macroeconomics (Honors Section)

Schedule: TR 1:00-2:15pm SCB 2006

Dan Giedeman, Professor

Introduction to the study of the national and global economies. Topics include the effects of government taxation and budget deficits on economic growth; ways to alleviate unemployment, inflation and international trade imbalances; and the importance of expectations and decision-making in an uncertain world.

 

ECO 211 09: Introductory Microeconomics (Honors Section)

Schedule: TR 11:30am-12:45pm HON 148

Aaron Lowen, Associate Professor of Economics

Focuses on the interactions among households, producers, and governments in market economies. Applies fundamental methods of economic analysis to topics such as consumer decision-making and welfare; producer pricing, profits, and organization; wages and income distribution; global poverty; health care and insurance; and government taxes, spending, and regulation of markets.

 

HNR 235 01: SWS Democracy and Political Thinking

Schedule: MW 1:30-2:45pm HON 236E

Requirements Fulfilled: 1 SWS and US Diversity

Paul Cornish, Professor


Junior Seminar

Junior seminars are typically taken during junior year. This will give you an opportunity to learn more in your major, so you can bring your experience and knowledge to the junior seminar.

The topics vary from semester to semester, but junior seminars are opportunities to look in-depth at a topic, issue, or problem, often in ways that allow a student to view the subject through the lens of her or his own major, and to see how students in other majors provide different perspectives on the same subject.

Spring/Summer 2016

HNR 312 01: SWS Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies

Schedule: Arranged, Online

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and U.S. Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Susan Swartzlander, Professor of English

This junior seminar focuses on ethical, cultural, and controversial issues in medicine today. Through fiction, poetry, memoirs, film, and essays, we learn not only about people’s experiences with illness, but also how cultural differences shape our interactions with the healthcare system. Our analysis of texts elucidates attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation, which have been implicit in “objective” medical science from the Victorian period through our contemporary experience. Topics include research/experimentation, aging, women’s health issues, AIDS, depression, cancer, and end of life concerns. Students are encouraged to use course assignments to explore their own areas of specific interest.

 

HNR 312 02: SWS Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies

Schedule: Arranged, Online

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and U.S. Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Susan Swartzlander, Professor of English

This junior seminar focuses on ethical, cultural, and controversial issues in medicine today. Through fiction, poetry, memoirs, film, and essays, we learn not only about people’s experiences with illness, but also how cultural differences shape our interactions with the healthcare system. Our analysis of texts elucidates attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation, which have been implicit in “objective” medical science from the Victorian period through our contemporary experience. Topics include research/experimentation, aging, women’s health issues, AIDS, depression, cancer, and end of life concerns. Students are encouraged to use course assignments to explore their own areas of specific interest.

 

HNR 312 03: SWS SWS Amer Music in Amer Century

Schedule: Arranged, Online

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and U.S. Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Kurt Ellenberger

This course will examine the various styles of American music in the 20C including folk, jazz, classical, blues, pop, rock, country, and other genres. In particular, jazz and blues, as invented and developed by African Americans, have had a profound effect on the development of popular music around the world as well as on the Western European classical tradition. From this perspective, American Music represents the diversity and grandeur of the American cultural experience. As such, we will study the music with a particular interest in how it intersects with and helps define American culture. In doing so, we will traverse disciplines including music, history, philosophy, politics, and cultural studies. 

  • This course qualifies as US Diversity and is an SWS course. 
  • This is an online course and will be conducted entirely online.

Note: This course does not require previous knowledge of music. There will be no discipline specific content in music theory, history, or performance; however, we will introduce a small amount of rudimentary music terminology that will be explained and demonstrated.

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Fall 2016

HNR 311 01: SWS Scandalous Literature

Schedule: MW 3:00-4:15pm HON 236E

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and World Perspectives, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

David Eick, Professor

Readers aghast, books publicly lacerated and burned by the executioner, authors and publishers threatened with the death penalty for sedition and irreligion--many masterpieces of Old Regime French literature sparked heated controversy when they were first published. This course focuses on texts originally deemed offensive or dangerous for their experimentations with linguistic and literary conventions, exploration of new modes of feeling, questioning of religious and political orthodoxy, and representations of desire. Four weeks will be devoted to a Reacting to the Past game, “The Enlightenment in Crisis: Diderot’s Encyclopédie in a Parisian Salon.”

 

HNR 311 02: SWS Tibet & the Himalayan World

Schedule: TR 4:00-5:15pm HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and World Perspectives, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Yosay Wangdi

The Himalayas, endowed with the world’s highest peaks, is home to ancient traditions, and diverse ethnic groups that inhabit this harsh yet sublime landscape. This course is designed to provide an understanding of the history, cultures and people of the Himalayas.  This region is encompassed by major traditions: the Tibetan in the North, the Indic in the South and the Islamic in the North-West. Focusing on Tibet, and the Himalayan States and Kingdoms of Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal, Ladakh, and Kashmir, the course will examine the historical patterns and the socio-cultural processes that have influenced the region.  The goal is to comprehend the historical methods and the region as a historical discipline. We will pay attention to the viewpoints and methods brought to bear by historians and social scientists and the influence of these analytical perspectives on our understanding of the region. 

 

HNR 312 01: SWS Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies
Schedule: TR 2:30- 3:45pm HON 148
Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and U.S. Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Jane Toot, Professor of Physical Therapy

This junior seminar focuses on ethical, cultural, and controversial issues in medicine today. Through fiction, poetry, memoirs, film, and essays, we learn not only about people’s experiences with illness, but also how cultural differences shape our interactions with the healthcare system. Our analysis of texts elucidates attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation, which have been implicit in “objective” medical science from the Victorian period through our contemporary experience. Topics include research/experimentation, aging, women’s health issues, AIDS, depression, cancer, and end of life concerns. Students are encouraged to use course assignments to explore their own areas of specific interest.
 

HNR 312 02: SWS Spirituality and Health

Schedule: Hybrid Course: Class will be held in HON 214 from 10:00-11:15am on the following dates: 8/30, 9/22, 10/4, 11/3, 12/8. The rest of the course will be conducted online

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and U.S. Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Heather Wallace, PhD

This course is part of the General Education Issues/Health focus and is intended for students interested in exploring the concept of spirituality as a primary component of personal health and wellbeing.  This course will focus on the spiritual dimension of personal health within the larger context of holistic health from both US/Western and Global perspectives.   Students will explore the scientific study of the intersection of personal spirituality and practices with culture, personal behaviors, policy, and health care infrastructure.  Current research and scientific inquiry on the impact of spiritual practices on health will be explored.

 

HNR 312 03: SWS Theory of Human Rights

Schedule: TR 10:00-11:15am HON 236E

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and US Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Richard Hiskes, Professor

 

Course description coming soon

 

HNR 312 04: SWS Games in a Circumpolar World

Schedule: MW 1:30-2:45pm HON 148

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and US Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS
John Kilbourne, Professor of Movement Science

A historical and philosophical study of the games of indigenous Arctic people, including an overview of the cultural attributes that inform the above.  

 

HNR 312 05: SWS Music, Culture, and Aesthetics

Schedule: TR 2:30-3:45pm HON 218

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and US Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS
Kurt Ellenberger, Professor

This course will examine music as it intersects with and helps define culture in present-day America (where culturally-diverse genres coexist and cross-pollinate in a surprising manner), and contrast this with similar developments during pivotal points in the last 500 years. We will look at “art music” and popular music in many of their forms and examine them through readings from scholarly and popular writings. Aesthetics will function as a means of identifying embedded cultural values that transcend genre, thus illuminating our understanding of music in a broader societal context.

 

HNR 312 06: SWS Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies

Schedule: Arranged, Online

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and U.S. Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Susan Swartzlander, Professor of English

This junior seminar focuses on ethical, cultural, and controversial issues in medicine today. Through fiction, nonfiction, film, and essays, we learn not only about people’s experiences with illness, but also how cultural differences shape our interactions with the healthcare system. Our analysis of texts elucidates attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.  Topics may include critical theory, US health care policy, research/experimentation, aging, AIDS, rehabilitation, acute care, clinical decision-making, depression, cancer, and end of life concerns. Students will explore foundational ethical principles in the context of their own values and real-world ethical dilemmas.  Self-directed and a student-centered, problem-posing Freirean teaching-learning model is used.

 

HNR 313 01: SWS Design Thinking to Meet Real World Needs

Schedule: W 6:00-8:50pm HON 219

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Linda Chamberlain

So how do you go about leading new ways of thinking to make positive impact in the world?   Design Thinking to Meet Real World Needs is a course focused on identifying, framing, and breaking through paradigms for answers for tough problems.  Where possible solutions – products or services- can have real social, political and economic impact.  The course will start by having you engage with community stakeholders to learn and appreciate their “real world” challenges.  Then in interdisciplinary teams, you will use “Design Thinking”  - a non-linear and iterative process that drives inspiration, imagination and idea development- to push beyond current assumptions into new possibilities.  The course will conclude with each team creating solution prototypes for presentation to the invested community collaborator.  This course truly is a get-in-and-get-involved experience through which you will learn differentiating and valuable skills in innovation methods, teaming, and personal effectiveness so that you too can be a catalyst for constructive change!

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Winter 2017

HNR 311 01: Problem Solving for Sustainable Solutions through System Analysis
Schedule: TR 1:00 -2:15pm HON 236E
Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and World Perspectives, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Jane Toot, Professor of Physical Therapy

This course will examine a variety of problem solving techniques which can be used across disciplines and which support a sustainable approach to seeking solutions. The range of professions will included business, education, health care, and politics. Participants will learn how to identify, use and develop isomorphic strategies and tools to address presented problems.


 

HNR 311 02: The European Union

Schedule: MW 3:00-4:15pm LHH 161

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, World Perspectives, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

John Constantelos, Professor of Political Science

An examination of the history, economics, politics, and policies of the European Union and its twenty-eight member states.  Topics include the euro crisis, EU-US relations, EU enlargement, immigration issues, and economic, social, environmental, and security policies.  In April, students will participate in the Midwest Model EU, an intercollegiate simulation that meets for three days on the campus of Indiana University, in Bloomington, IN.

 

HNR 311-03: Biotechnology & the World

Schedule: TR 4:00-5:15pm HON 236E

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, World Perspectives, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Osman Patel, Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology

Biotechnology has been practiced by human society since the beginning of civilization. However, the discovery of the structure of DNA and the subsequent emergence of molecular biology has advanced biotechnology to unprecedented levels. Twenty-first century biotechnology, armed with genetic engineering and the deciphered codes of life (genomes), is affecting every facet of human existence and has brought about radical changes in technological approaches to the world’s problems of food, health, global warming, energy production and environment.  The purpose of this course is to examine the evolution of biotechnology paralleled with the economic and societal dilemmas created around the world by the advances in biotechnology.

 

HNR 311 04: Culture and the Holocaust

Schedule: MW 4:30-5:45 HON 236E

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, World Perspective, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Robert M. Franciosi, Professor of English

This course examines the Holocaust’s lasting effects, both from within and without—survivors’ responses, as well as those from witnesses and non-witnesses. After first studying selected European literature, film, art, and music, we will consider some specifically American responses to engage what Richard Rubenstein calls the Holocaust and the “American Future.”

To give this vast topic a sense of cohesion, we will consider throughout the term responses, interpretations, and adaptations of two noteworthy Holocaust texts, one written, the other visual--Anne Frank’s diary and a famous photograph from the Warsaw ghetto of a Jewish boy held at gunpoint. In studying Anne Frank and her famous diary, we will examine the many ways in which she and it have been received, adapted, and discussed for six decades; by giving comparable attention to an enduring photograph of the Warsaw ghetto boy, we will note how even a single Holocaust image can offer similarly deep cultural resonance.

Students who complete HNR331 will be eligible to participate in the Spring 2017 course “Remembering the Holocaust: Sites, Museums, and Memorials,” which will include travel for two weeks in Germany and Poland.

 

HNR 312 01: SWS Music, Culture and Aesthetics

Schedule: MW 1:30-2:45pm HON 218

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, US Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Kurt Ellenberger, Associate Professor of Music

This course will examine music as it intersects with and helps define culture in present-day America (where culturally-diverse genres coexist and cross-pollinate in a surprising manner), and contrast this with similar developments during pivotal points in the last 500 years. We will look at “art music” and popular music in many of their forms and examine them through readings from scholarly and popular writings. Aesthetics will function as a means of identifying embedded cultural values that transcend genre, thus illuminating our understanding of music in a broader societal context.

 

HNR 312 02: Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies
Schedule: TR 2:30-3:45pm HON 236E
Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and U.S. Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Jane Toot, Professor of Physical Therapy

This junior seminar focuses on ethical, cultural, and controversial issues in medicine today. Through fiction, poetry, memoirs, film, and essays, we learn not only about people’s experiences with illness, but also how cultural differences shape our interactions with the healthcare system. Our analysis of texts elucidates attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation, which have been implicit in “objective” medical science from the Victorian period through our contemporary experience. Topics include research/experimentation, aging, women’s health issues, AIDS, depression, cancer, and end of life concerns. Students are encouraged to use course assignments to explore their own areas of specific interest.


 

HNR 312 03: Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies 

Schedule: Online
Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, U.S. Diversity, 1 SWS, 1 Issues

Susan Swartzlander, Professor

This junior seminar focuses on ethical, cultural, and controversial issues in medicine today. Through fiction, nonfiction, film, and essays, we learn not only about people’s experiences with illness, but also how cultural differences shape our interactions with the healthcare system. Our analysis of texts elucidates attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.  Topics may include critical theory, US health care policy, research/experimentation, aging, AIDS, rehabilitation, acute care, clinical decision-making, depression, cancer, and end of life concerns. Students will explore foundational ethical principles in the context of their own values and real-world ethical dilemmas.  Self-directed and a student-centered, problem-posing Freirean teaching-learning model is used.


 

HNR 312 04: Literary explorations of Medical Controversies

Schedule: MW 1:30-2:45pm HON 148

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar & U.S. Diversity

Jane Toot, Professor of Physical Therapy

This junior seminar focuses on ethical, cultural, and controversial issues in medicine today. Through fiction, poetry, memoirs, film, and essays, we learn not only about people’s experiences with illness, but also how cultural differences shape our interactions with the healthcare system. Our analysis of texts elucidates attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation, which have been implicit in “objective” medical science from the Victorian period through our contemporary experience. Topics include research/experimentation, aging, women’s health issues, AIDS, depression, cancer, and end of life concerns. Students are encouraged to use course assignments to explore their own areas of specific interest.


 

HNR 312 05: SWS The Terror of Monotheism

Schedule: MW 3:00-4:15pm HON 148

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, US Diversity, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Jeremiah Cataldo, Professor

This course analyzes the ideological and material formation of monotheistic religious identities, historical and modern, and how those identities restrict forms or types of social engagement with the surrounding world. It starts with this basic hypothesis: monotheism, in its different forms, is a product of a contest for authority that begins in the material world.

 

HNR 312 06: Sex, Power, and Politics

Schedule: TR 11:30am-12:45pm HON 236E

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Karen Zivi, Professor

This course explores various theories of sex, gender, sexuality, and power, and examines how competing ideas and discourses about sex and gender shape our political processes, laws, and public policies in important and sometimes unexpected ways. It pays particular attention to the ways that understandings of sexual difference can reinforce the inequality and subordination of certain individuals and/ or open up possibilities for change.

This interdisciplinary seminar-style course brings the writings of feminist, political, and social theorists together with analyses of contemporary public policy controversies. Student will be encouraged to consider questions such as: Are men and women born or made? What role does biology play in shaping our identities, characters, and life? What difference does or should “sexual difference” make? And what role should the individual, the state, or society play in making it possible for individuals to flourish?  While emphasis will be placed on understanding the theoretical underpinnings and political implications of these questions, attention will also be given to the way they play out in contemporary US controversies about the roles of women in and outside of the home, changing norms of masculinity, the meaning and scope of reproductive freedom, the value or danger of pornography, and the ongoing struggle for LGBT equality.

 

HNR 313 01: SWS Lost Generation

Schedule: Online
Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Sue Swartzlander, Professor of English

"It was a place where the very air was impregnated with the energies of art."
- Thomas Wolfe

"Was it fun in Paris? Who did you see there and was the Madeleine pink at five o'clock and did the fountains fall with hollow delicacy into the framing of space in the Place de la Concorde and did the blue creep out from behind the Colonades of the Rue de Rivoli through the grill of the Tuileries and was the Louvre grayand metallic in the sun and did the trees hang brooding over the cafes and were there lights at night and the click of saucers and the auto horns that play DeBussey-I love Paris. How was it?"

-Zelda Fitzgerald

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris . . . then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."

-Ernest Hemingway

 If you were a writer, artist, or musician in the roaring 20's, Paris was *THE* place to be. Sign on for a journey back in time to a magical city that inspired such creative geniuses as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Andre Breton, Jean Cocteau, ee cummings, Gertrude Stein, Man Ray, Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso, Sergei Eisenstein,  Josephine Baker, and Isadora Duncan. We will read a variety of literary texts and "little magazines", view contemporary photographs, paintings, and films, and listen to music of the jazz age.

If you have an interest in modern literature, music, art, dance, film, photography, literary cafes, or the roaring twenties, this is the junior seminar for you. So, don't be a flat tire, be a darb and learn more about this ritzy time in this swanky city. Twenty-three skiddoo now to sign up for this whoppee that will be not only the bee's knees but the cat's meow as well!

 

HNR 313 02: SWS Cosmology of Poets

Schedule: TR 11:30am-12:45pm HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, 1 Issues, 1 SWS
Edward Baum, Professor of Chemistry

The course explores humankind's current understanding of the nature of the universe and surveys the links between the fundamental scientific, philosophical, and religious issues in cosmology, past and present.  It reviews human efforts, from earliest to most recent, to understand the origin, nature, and fate of the universe.  We investigate primitive cosmogonies as described in the Rig Veda, Prose Edda, and other ancient documents.  Greek and Arab debate over philosophical issues concerning the universe's existence are studied.  The theological and mystical concerns of Christian and Islamic scholars in the Middle Ages are discussed.  Finally, we explore how the Hubble telescope and other powerful scientific instruments have given the world community an unprecedented view of the cosmos and the ability to test cosmological theories, converting cosmology into a scientific endeavor.

 

HNR 313 03: SWS Design Thinking to Meet Real World Needs

Schedule: R 6:00-8:50pm HON 219

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, 1 Issues, 1 SWS

Linda Chamberlain

So how do you go about leading new ways of thinking to make positive impact in the world?   Design Thinking to Meet Real World Needs is a course focused on identifying, framing, and breaking through paradigms for answers for tough problems.  Where possible solutions – products or services- can have real social, political and economic impact.  The course will start by having you engage with community stakeholders to learn and appreciate their “real world” challenges.  Then in interdisciplinary teams, you will use “Design Thinking”  - a non-linear and iterative process that drives inspiration, imagination and idea development- to push beyond current assumptions into new possibilities.  The course will conclude with each team creating solution prototypes for presentation to the invested community collaborator.  This course truly is a get-in-and-get-involved experience through which you will learn differentiating and valuable skills in innovation methods, teaming, and personal effectiveness so that you too can be a catalyst for constructive change!

 

 

 


Supplementary Honors Courses

These are recommended courses for students in the Seidman College of Business.

Fall 2016

ACC 212 08: Principles of Financial Accounting (Honors Section)

Schedule: TR 8:30am-9:45am HON 218

Requirements Fulfilled:  Elective

Cheryl Dunn, Professor

Students in this course are given the tools needed to develop the ability to prepare, analyze, and interpret accounting information. Basic accounting concepts will be applied to facilitate understanding of the relationship between business activities and accounting information.  Students will develop problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary to use accounting information, form conclusions about business activities, and communicate those conclusions to others.  Accounting majors and minors who complete both Accounting 212 honors and Accounting 213 honors will be permitted to waive Accounting 240.

BUS 201 16: Legal Environment for Business (Honors Section) 

Schedule: M 4:30pm-5:45pm HON 148   *This is a hybrid course, meaning it will not meet jointly every week. See details below.*

Requirements Fulfilled: Elective

Star Swift, Professor

Bus 201 is a law class that teaches the students the basics of law. Some of the topics are the constitution, contracts, civil and human rights, criminal law, the new digital workplace and international law.  The class will meet every other week as a whole group on Monday nights.  The students will be required to make an Op Doc (five minute film) about a current legal topic.

Consequently students (as assigned or whenever they need help) will be meeting with the professor on the Monday nights when the whole class is not meeting to receive advice and assistance with their Op Doc.  We will also be using a new technology called Bluescape.  Here is a short video for you to view Bluescape:http://www.wzzm13.com/story/news/local/grand-rapids-central/2014/11/03/gvsu-students-use-bluescape/18447805/

Winter 2017

BUS 201 08: Legal Environment for Business (Honors Section) 

Schedule: M 4:30pm-5:45pm HON 148   *This is a hybrid course, meaning it will not meet jointly every week. See details below.*

Requirements Fulfilled: Elective

Star Swift, Professor

Bus 201 is a law class that teaches the students the basics of law. Some of the topics are the constitution, contracts, civil and human rights, criminal law, the new digital workplace and international law.  The class will meet every other week as a whole group on Monday nights.  The students will be required to make an Op Doc (five minute film) about a current legal topic.

Consequently students (as assigned or whenever they need help) will be meeting with the professor on the Monday nights when the whole class is not meeting to receive advice and assistance with their Op Doc.  We will also be using a new technology called Bluescape.  Here is a short video for you to view Bluescape:http://www.wzzm13.com/story/news/local/grand-rapids-central/2014/11/03/gvsu-students-use-bluescape/18447805/

 

ACC 213 08: Principles of Managerial Accounting (Honors Section)

Schedule: TR 11:30am-12:45pm HON 220

Requirements Fulfilled:  Elective

Anne Sergeant

This course examines the use of accounting information for planning, control and decision-making in business.  Topics include product costing, cost behavior analysis, activity-based costing, budgeting, variance analysis, performance measures in a decentralized organization, pricing, relevant costs for decision-making and careers in accounting.  The course provides students the opportunity to use accounting information to solve relevant business problems. Accounting majors and minors who complete both Accounting 212 honors and Accounting 213 honors will be permitted to waive Accounting 240.

 

STA 215 55: Introductory Applied Statistics (Honors Section)

Schedule: M 10:00-10:50am MAK D2233, W 10:00-10:50am MAK A2111, F 10:00-10:50am MAK A2103

Kirk Anderson, Associate Professor

The Honors section of STA 215: Introductory Applied Statistics will be a cross-disciplinary course combining statistics and history.  Students in this section will receive an overview of commonly used statistical methods, but the historical background behind each technique will be explored as well.  As such, students will see the “big picture” not just of how modern statistical methods are useful today, but of the circumstances that prompted their invention and the impact that has been felt since.