Disciplinary Courses


Disciplinary Courses 2019-2020

We are currently working on finalizing our 2019-2020 courses and course descriptions.


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Art

Science

Social Science

Supplementary Courses

Art Courses

Spring/Summer 2019

HNR 280 02: Rock History & American Culture

Schedule:  Online

Kurt Ellenberger

This course will study the history of Rock and the American culture in which it developed. We will also study how Rock, in turn, influenced American and World Culture so profoundly in the 20C. We will learn about Rock from its Blues origins in the 19C in the slave populations of the deep south and its progenitors in the 20C. We will then study the early Rock pioneers (Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley) and the “British Invasion” of the 1960s as we proceed to study the development of the music into its various different styles, including Hard Rock, Art/Progressive Rock, Glam Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, New Wave, and Alternative/Indie Music. 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 taught and demonstrated. 

Fall 2019

HNR 236 01: SWS Modern Art and Modernity

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

Ellen Adams

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.

 

Winter 2020

HNR 236 01: SWS Modern Art & Modernity

Schedule: TR 2:30-3:45 pm HON 219

Ellen Adams

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 05: Rocking the Culture

Schedule: TR 10:00-11:15am HON 220

Kurt Ellenberger

This course will study the history of Rock and the American culture in which it developed. We will also study how Rock, in turn, influenced American and World Culture so profoundly in the 20C. We will learn about Rock from its Blues origins in the 19C in the slave populations of the deep south and its progenitors in the 20C. We will then study the early Rock pioneers (Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley) and the “British Invasion” of the 1960s as we proceed to study the development of the music into its various different styles, including Hard Rock, Art/Progressive Rock, Glam Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, New Wave, and Alternative/Indie Music. 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 taught and demonstrated. 

 

HNR 280 14: Jazzing the Culture

Schedule: MW 4:30-5:45pm HON 148

Kurt Ellenberger

This course will study the history of jazz and the American culture in which it developed and also how jazz, in turn, influenced American and World Culture so profoundly in the 20C. We will learn about jazz from its origins in the 19C in the slave populations of the deep south and its subsequent move northward from New Orleans to Kansas City, Chicago, and New York. The important style periods will be studied, including blues and ragtime, dixieland, swing, cool jazz, bebop, Latin jazz, hard bop, avant-garde, fusion, European jazz, and contemporary trends. 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 very simple music terminology that will be taught and demonstrated. 

 


Science Courses

Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

The following science sequence fulfills both the life and physical science requirements and students must take these courses consecutively. 

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

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

Brad Ambrose & Edward Baum

This course is the first semester in the two-semester sequence fulfilling the General Education requirements in science for Honors students. The structure and function of human movement as well as the nature of science will be examined from biological, chemical, and physical perspectives in order to develop an appreciation for the human body.

 

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

Schedule: TR 2:30-3:45 HON 214

Bradley Ambrose

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

Please choose individual courses as required. 

Life Sciences Fall 2019

HNR 242 01: Plants & People

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

Sheila Blackman

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 280 08: Our Evolving World

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

Gary Greer

This course explores the mechanisms of biological evolution and their application to improve human welfare.  The history of life on earth and the evolutionary processes that have generated organismal and ecological complexity are first explored.  Next, the principles of evolution are used to develop effective action for the conservation of our biological heritage, improve food production, and optimally manage our health, lifespan, and social well-being.  Finally, you will apply the lens of biological evolution to understand and contribute to solution of an environmental or social issue through student-designed investigations.

Life Science Winter 2020

HNR 280 21: Zombie Physiology

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

Eric Ramsson

Course description coming soon.

 

HNR 245 01: Microbes and Society

Schedule: M 3:00-5:50pm HON 214

Rod Morgan

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 in Perspective

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

Debra Burg

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.
 


Physical Sciences Fall 2019

HNR 246 10 & 901: Chemistry in Perspective

Schedule: MW 1:00-2:50pm HON 214

Edward Baum

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.

Physical Science Winter 2020

HNR 246 10 & 901: Chemistry in Perspective

Schedule: MW 1:00-2:50pm HON 214

Edward Baum

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

Schedule: MW 11:00am-12:50pm HON 214

Peter Wampler

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.
 

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

 

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

Schedule: TR 2:30-3:45 HON 214

Bradley Ambrose

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.


Social Behavioral Science Courses

Fall 2019

HNR 231 02: SWS The Holocaust

Schedule: MW 4:30-5:45pm HON 220

Robert Franciosi

This course will examine the Holocaust, a “watershed event” that Yehuda Bauer argues represented “something radically new” in history and that changed “human 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. 

 

HNR 280 14: Terrorism

Schedule: TR 1:00-2:15pm HON 219

Jonathan White

Course description coming soon.

Winter 2020

HNR 231 02: SWS The Holocaust

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

Jason Crouthamel

This course will challenge your beliefs about modern society, religion, and the human condition.  The Holocaust was not something that happened in ‘another world’.  It was a crime organized by the doctors, lawyers, professors, businessman, pastors and ‘ordinary’ people.  This fact still haunts our own society today – What is the legacy of the Holocaust? What are the implications of this event? This class will explore how and why human beings can inflict such unbelievable cruelty on each other. We will also analyze the traumatic effects of the Holocaust on victims.  In addition to studying the impact of this event on Jews, the primary target of genocidal violence, this class will also address Nazi attacks on homosexuals, the mentally disabled, ‘social outsiders’ and other groups who faced annihilation.  We will study some of the seminal books on the Holocaust by leading historians, and we will closely analyze eyewitness testimonies of perpetrators and survivors, whose voices in documentaries like Shoah will serve as a central basis for discussion.  The course mixes discussion, lecture, debates and visual media to optimize the class environment.


Supplementary Honors Courses

Fall 2019

Courses and course descriptions coming soon.

Winter 2020

Courses and course descriptions coming soon.



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