Current Course Offerings - Honors Program


Honors Courses Spring 2018

HON 1112, Sec. 001: And Dignity for All: Great Ideas, CRN 60182, 4 cr.
Area Distribution for Honors: Fulfills DGN requirement
Dr. Thomas Morgan, TR 12:00-1:40p.m.

HON 1112, Sec. 002: And Dignity for All: Great Ideas, CRN 60183, 4 cr.
Area Distribution for Honors: Fulfills DGN requirement
Dr. Randall Poole, TR 12:00-1:40 p.m.

HON 1112 Sec. 003: And Dignity for All: Great Ideas, CRN 60533, 4 cr.
Area Distribution for Honors: Fulfills DGN requirement
Professor Ryan Vine, TR 12:00-1:40 p.m.

HON 1777, Sec. 001: Self and Society: Great Ideas The Pursuit of Happiness, CRN 60983, 4 cr.
IDS: AD04, AD09
Veritas: VCLI, VCPH
Dr. Denise Starkey, W 4-7 p.m.
Seats: 15
This course serves as an introduction to the Honors Program and is open only to transfer students and delayed entry students. In this course we will focus our great ideas reading on the pursuit of happiness. The course will take an interdisciplinary approach through literature and philosophy to think critically about the "state of happiness," its meaning, and the various ways humanity achieves and fails in its pursuit. The course will help students to think, speak and write critically about what they read and hear. Students who have completed HON 1111 may not enroll. Program director's approval required.

HON 2777, Sec. 001: The Politics of Science in the United States, CRN 61268, 4 cr.
Veritas: VCNS
Dr. Jennifer Maki, MWF 9:15-10:20 a.m.
Seats: 15
The complexity of science and its place in American culture will be explored. We will consider the role of science in decision making, politics, and environmental issues. Within this framework, we will also examine the industry of science and how it can be inclusive or exclusive of individuals, primarily with regard to race and/or gender.

HON 3777, Sec. 002: Faith and Film, CRN 61185, 4 cr. Cross listed with TRS 3325
IDS: AD08, AD10
Veritas: VIFA, VIRS
Dr. William Campbell, W 2:15-6:00 p.m.
Seats: 10 HON; 5 TRS
This course examines the ways that the Bible has been used by and represented in mainstream films. Since it is a biblical studies course, film theory will not be explicitly addressed. Nonetheless, the course will critically study a variety of cinematic films that focus on the Bible, exploring how the Bible, including its contents and themes, has found expressing in movies.

HON 4777, Sec 001: Poetry Movements / Freshwater Review, CRN 61182, 4 cr.
Cross-listed with ENG 4777
Veritas: VCLI, VILI
Prof. Ryan Vine, MWF 1:00-2:05 p.m.
Seats: 8 HON; 7 ENG
Students will study selected movements in poetry (both historical and contemporary) and write and workshop original poems in the context of each particular movement. We will begin with the Modernists and move forward from there, reading the Imagists, the Projectivists, the Beats, the Confessionalists, the Deep Imagists, the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets and Flarfists, to name a few. Throughout the semester, we will ask this question again and again: what makes a poem a poem? We will devote the last quarter of the semester to editing, designing and publishing The College's artistic and literary magazine, The Freshwater Review.

HON 4777, Sec. 002: World War I, CRN 61183, 4 cr.
IDS: AD02, AD07
Veritas: VISS, VIHI
Dr. Anthony Barrett, MW 3:30-5:10 p.m.
Seats: 15
It is said by some that World War One ended the Age of Optimism and began the Modern Era. It certainly triggered the fall of the Tsarist government in Russia, destroyed the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and killed millions of young men who would have been the next generation of European leaders. Some historians claim that World War Two was just a continuation of the first war, that the two wars were really one war with a twenty-year uneasy truce in the middle. After World War One, no one had any illusions that war was glorious and grand. However, most people know little to nothing about the war. This course will fill in some gaps and hopefully inspire a desire to learn more.

HON 4777, Sec 003: Truth, CRN 61188, 4 cr.
IDS: AD04, AD09
Veritas: VILI, VIPH
Dr. Thomas Zelman, MWF 2:15-3:20 p.m.
Seats: 15
Daily, we are challenged by strange and hard-to-believe pieces of information, all making truth-claims. These truths (or "truths") come to us as propaganda, disinformation, photo-shopped images, digital enhancements, bad translations, and on and on. To live in the 21st century is to be wary.

What is truth and where does it come from? Do we pursue it? Discover it? Construct it? How is it tied in to language? Are scientific truths and fictional truths essentially different from one another? Is the truth whatever I care to believe? In this upper-level Honors Seminar, we will be reading texts--both scientific and literary--to explore issues of believability, illusion, authenticity, and deception. Although our focus will be on fictional and scientific texts, we will make several side trips into other areas (photography, architecture, cinema, and philosophy). The course materials --readings, films, photographs -- will come from a variety of historical periods; the authors and artists will be an international mix.

HON 4888: Thesis
Days and times to be arranged, 0-4 cr.
Individual research projects will result in a thesis. Students will work under the supervision of a faculty member. Approval of the supervising faculty member and the Honors Program Director are required.

HON 4999: Independent Studies
Days and times to be arranged, 0-4 cr.
Students complete an independent study on a specific topic under the supervision of a faculty member, based on a student's particular area of interest. Approval of the supervising faculty member and the Honors Program Director are required.


*Interdisciplinary Course Option - Honors Program
Some Honors courses fulfill the traditional General Education areas (history, literature, fine arts, social science, philosophy, religious studies, natural science, analytical reasoning). However, many courses will be identified as "Interdisciplinary" (IDS) courses, the content of which spans more than one academic discipline. Students and their advisors decide on an appropriate General Education area each IDS course will meet .

A minimum of 20 credits of regular General Education courses must be taken. Students must enroll in the Writing and Oral Communication components of the General Education Program. Students should review what General Education courses are required for their majors and minors before selecting Honors courses.

For more information, please contact the instructor or Dr. Stephanie Johnson.