Current Course Offerings - Honors Program


Spring 2016

HON 1112, Sec. 001, And Dignity for All
CRN 60251, IDS: Fulfills DGN requirement, 2 credits
Dr. Thomas Morgan, T 12:00-1:40 p.m.

HON 1112, Sec. 002, And Dignity for All
CRN 60252, IDS: Fulfills DGN requirement, 2 credits
Dr. Thomas Morgan, R 12:00-1:40 p.m.

HON 1112 Sec. 003, And Dignity for All
CRN 60814, IDS: Fulfills DGN requirement, 2 credits
Dr. Randall Poole, R 12:00-1:40 p.m.

HON 2405, Sec. 001, The World
CRN 60414, IDS: II, VI, VII, IX
2 credits, Dr. Anthony Barrett, TR 4:00-4:50 p.m.
Course Description: This course aims to give students, largely from the Upper Midwest, exposure to and an opportunity to analyze current issues from around the globe. Since the text is a British publication, it exposes students to foreign perceptions of the United States. Students will gain the research skills needed to quickly get additional information on events around the world.

HON 3777, Sec. 002/ FIN 3777, Behavioral Economics and Finance
CRN 61448, IDS: II, IX
4 credits, Dr. Robert Hoffman, MWF 11:45 a.m. -12:50 p.m.
Course Description: Behavioral economics and the related field, behavioral finance, study the effects of psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional factors on the economic decisions of individuals and institutions and the consequences for how markets function, how biases arise, and whether it is realistic to assume that individuals in financial markets behave in a rational manner.

HON 4777, Sec. 001/ENG 4777 Poetry Movements: Practice and Theory
CRN 61320, IDS: IV, XI, 4 credits
Prof. Ryan Vine, MWF 10:30-11:35 a.m.
Course Description: 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?

HON 4777, Sec. 002 Great Ideas: Truth
CRN 61321, IDS: IV, IX,
4 credits, Dr. Thomas Zelman, MWF 2:15-3:20 p.m.
Course Description: 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 4777, Sec. 003 /CTA 4420, Film and Literature
CRN 61322, IDS: IV, VIII, 4 credits
Dr. Tammy Ostrander, MW 3:30-4:30 p.m., T 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Course Description: Film and Literature focuses on how images are created to meet the needs and demands of a written text compared to a visual and auditory one. What decisions must a filmmaker make to adapt a written text to film form? How true to the original written text must a filmmaker stay for "authentic" storytelling in a differing art form? The course covers both literature and film as art forms, not just a narrative structure. This course is appropriate for a general student audience (i.e. not just lit majors and film geeks.)

For the spring course, readings will include a wide range of narrative forms e.g. short stories ("310 to Yuma"), science fiction (World War Z), a graphic novel (History of Violence), young adult fiction (Hunger Games), non-fiction (Queen Bees and Wannabees/Mean Girls), as well as novels (Chocolat and Dolores Claiborne).

HON 4885, Sec. 001/HIS 3305, The Holocaust
CRN 61323, IDS: VII, 4 credits
Dr. Randall Poole, W 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Course Description: The Holocaust-the systematic destruction of millions of people, mainly Jews but others as well, by the Nazis and their collaborators-stands out as the most notorious case of mass murder in human history. It epitomizes the human capacity for evil, which capacity, in the Holocaust's dark light, appears to be virtually unlimited. The word "genocide" was coined after the Second World War to describe that evil and to galvanize efforts (in human rights and international law) to contain it. This course explores the history of the Holocaust, tracing the rise of the Third Reich, its unleashing the Second World War, and its implementation of the "Final Solution." Topics include the history of European anti-Semitism, Nazi ideology, the role of "ordinary Germans," and collaboration, resistance, and indifference outside Germany. We shall examine the Holocaust as a pan-European event, placing it in the border perspective of the history of genocide and comparing it in particular to Stalinist mass murder in the Soviet Union. Finally we shall consider philosophical and theological questions about the meanings of the Holocaust and other forms of radical evil. Readings will consist of works of scholarship and witness.


*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.