Fall 2019

HNR 201 01: Live.Learn.Lead: Life in Honors 

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

Kurt Ellenberger

This course will study music from and aesthetic and an historical perspective. We will look at Classical music from its medieval beginnings through the many style periods that follow—Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20C, culminating in the classical music of our time. Concurrently, we will also study the relationship between music and science in these eras. Music was central to many scientific developments throughout the centuries, and indeed, it occupied a position of prime importance in the minds of the scientists and philosophers whose experiments and inventions created the modern world.


HNR 201 02: Live. Learn. Lead: Life in Honors

Schedule: TR 10:00-11:15am HON 219

Craig Benjamin

This course investigates what it has meant to be a liberally educated human from ancient times to the present, and how we can use this knowledge to enhance our personal and professional lives today to live a richer and more meaningful life. We do this by examining great ideas from the past, expressed through philosophy, poetry, novels and music, and by attending and reflecting upon co-curricular events outside of the classroom, including theatrical productions, lectures, music performances and art shows.  This course includes a great deal of class discussion, and students will also learn how to write reflective essays based on the readings and co-curricular experiences.


HNR 201 03: Live. Learn. Lead: Life in Honors

Schedule: TR 4:00-5:15pm HON 219

Megan Marshall

Who are you called to become?  This section of Live. Learn. Lead will explore topics related to identity, meaning making in our lives, and work-life balance.  Together we will sit with important questions and attempt to think through potential answers.  With intentionality, we will seek engagement with others in the community and reflect upon our own passions for the formation of our future.  Through readings, conversations, and deep listening we will encounter our imperfect selves and dare to expand our curiosities into the world.


HNR 201 04: Live. Learn. Lead: Life in Honors

Schedule: MW 4:30-5:45pm HON 214

Kelly McDonell

How can you make the most out of your college experience? What resources, experiences, and activities will help to expand your world view and help you to become a more engaged member of society? Through discussion, experiential learning, readings, and more, these topics will be explored. Ultimately, this will lead to a better understanding of yourself and your fit in the world, which will help you to not only survive college, but thrive here.


HNR 201 05: Live. Learn. Lead: Life in Honors

Schedule: TR 2:30-3:45pm HON 148

Jane Toot

A rapidly growing population are the Aged.  This powerful influence presents as significant contributors or needy consumers.  The dilemma is maximizing the former while attending to the latter.  This course will examine this possible paradox through reflection on theoretical concerns and practical service applications in real life settings as seen by traditional students and elders attending the classes from the community. 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

 1. Reflect upon and incorporate the variables of aging into discussion and decision-making.

 2. Identify and utilize the possible interaction of saging and aging.

 3. Utilize aspects of saging in determination of activities for the aged as appropriate. 

 4. Engage in practical examples of saging/aging through co-curricular activities.


HNR 201 06: Live. Learn. Lead: Life in Honors

**This section is for those students taking the Theory & Practice of Rights Foundational Interdisciplinary Sequence only.** 

Schedule: MW 12:00-1:15pm HON 148

Pamela Galbraith

Course description coming soon.


HNR 201 07: Live. Learn. Lead: Life in Honors

**This section is only for those students registering for the Alliance & Conflict Foundational Interdisciplinary Sequence**

Schedule: MW 12:00-1:15 pm HON 218

Jeremiah Cataldo

Questions of identity, place, and power pervade every decision that individuals make. We choose, we behave, we enter into relations with others based on how we answer those questions--an activity even more profound when anchored within the legitimating framework of religion. This course will explore such questions, their answers, and how they impact us within the framework of religion. Toward that end, a basic presupposition--but one that will be tested--will be that religion is a cultural product that drives individual and group responses to questions of identity, place, and power.


HNR 201 08: Live. Learn. Lead: Life in Honors

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

Jonathan White

This course is an introduction to college life and liberal education. It combines career planning and strategies for succeeding in the Meijer Honors College through a survey of intellectual history in Western Civilization.



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