Current Course Offerings - Honors Program

Honors Courses Spring 2015

HON 1112 Sec. 001, CRN 60303, And Dignity for All: Great Ideas
Area Distribution: Counts as Dignitas; 2 credits
Dr. Thomas Morgan T 12-1:40 p.m.

HON 1112 Sec. 002, CRN 60304And Dignity for All: Great Ideas
Area Distribution: Counts as Dignitas; 2 credits
Dr. Randall Poole R 12-1:40 p.m.

HON 1112 Sec. 003, CRN 61182, And Dignity for All: Great Ideas
Area Distribution: Counts as Dignitas; 2 credits
Dr. Denise Starkey T 12-1:40 p.m.

HON 1112 Sec. 004, CRN 61584, And Dignity for All: Great Ideas
Area Distribution: Counts as Dignitas; 2 credits
Dr. Thomas Morgan R 12-1:40 p.m.

HON 2405, Sec. 001, CRN 60491, The World
Area Distribution: IDS: 02, 06, 07, 09; 2 credits
Dr. Tony Barrett TR, 4:00-4:50 p.m.

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.

New Statistics sequence: two 2-credit courses - see course description below

HON 2777, Sec. 001, CRN 61464, Storytelling with Data: Descriptive Stats
Cross listed with SCI 2777, Sec. 001, CRN 61220, Area Distribution: 05; 2 credits
Sr. Edith Bogue TR 10:00-11:40 a.m. First 8 weeks: January 12 - March 6, 2015

HON 3777, Sec. 001, CRN 61465, Testing Data Patterns, Inferential Statistics
Cross listed with SCI 3777, Sec. 001, CRN 61221
Area Distribution: 05, 2 credits, Cross listed with SCI 3777
Sr. Edith Bogue T R 10:00-11:40a.m., Second 8 weeks: March 16 - May 17, 2015
Prereq. Storytelling with Data SCI/HON 2777

Big data. Analytics. Digital humanities. Accountability. Show me the numbers! Competence with data wrangling (yes, that's the term!) and statistics are key skills in many professions and academic disciplines. Students will work with real-world data sets from the first day of class, experiencing the joys and frustrations of asking real questions and finding surprising answers. Two new courses use a project-based method of learning statistics. Both use a free online text, Online Statistics Education: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study and the a statistical program, R Studio, that you can download onto your own computer for free.

HON 3350, Sec. 001, CRN, 61437, Psych of Human Sexuality
2 credits, Area Distribution 02, 04
Dr. Debra Schroeder, MWF 2:15-3:20 p.m.

This course involves reading and discussing psychology literature on selected, often controversial, topics in human sexuality. Subjects include evolutionary psychology and mate selection, love styles and classifications, unlovely feelings such as jealousy, correlates of sexual orientation, the church and sexuality, contraceptives, resolving unplanned pregnancies, impact of pornography on sexual aggression, atypical sexual behavior, realities and politics of child sexual abuse and sex therapy. The course will emphasize interactions between psychological factors and other influences- biological, social, cultural, religious-on sexual attitudes and behavior, and the study of sexuality as a scientific discipline.

HON 3390, Sec. 001, CRN 61438 - Irish Literature, (IV), 4 credits
Dr. Tom Zelman, Cross listed with ENG 3390, Section 001, CRN 61616
Students will read and discuss a variety of poems, plays, and works of fiction--old and new.

HON 3777, Sec. 002, CRN 61175 - Travel Writing: Travelogue and Travel Blog, 4 credits
Dr. Pat Hagen, Cross listed with HUM 3366, Section 002, CRN 61470

Designed for students interested in exploring Ireland through writing, this course emphasizes the writing process as adapted to travel experiences. Requirements include reading travel writing by others, keeping a journal of observations, writing several travel pieces, writing for the Ireland in the Spring: The College of St. Scholastica Study Abroad blog and participating in writers' workshops.

HON 3777, Sec. 003, CRN 61604 - The Rise and Fall of the Celtic Tiger, 4 credits
Dr. Bob Hoffman, Cross listed with ECN 4777, Section 001, CRN 61618

This course will analyze the Irish economy. We examine the history of Irish economic development from a rural farming-based economy to a leading export-led services economy. We critically evaluate the role of government policy and regulation, taxation, spending, and welfare. We analyze the key drivers of economic success: international trade, international relations, demographics, and education; and the key factors driving underperformance: infrastructure and local economy competitiveness. We pay special attention to the financial crisis of 2007-2013 which was caused by a banking system and property price collapse. The collapse was particularly severe and has starkly exposed those aspects of the economy that work and those that need major improvement.

By the end of the course, informed by guest speakers, case studies, and field trips to key institutions, you will have an in-depth understanding of the Irish economy.

HON 3777, Sec. 004, CRN 61605 - The History of Ireland, 4 credits
Dr. Bob Hoffman, Cross listed with MGT 3777, Section 001, CRN 61617

This study abroad experience focuses on crucial events in the history of Ireland. We will read about the events, hear speakers talk about the events, and go on field trips to see where the events took place and how the events have shaped modern day Ireland. The course provides students with the opportunity to learn about Ireland's people, culture and national leaders. This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about the evolution of Ireland from a colony to a Republic and examines the role played by leaders in shaping the face of Ireland.

HON 4500, Sec. 001, CRN 61620, Gods and Monsters: Religion, the Supernatural, and Youth Culture, Area Distribution: IDS: 04, 10; 4 credits
Dr. C. Neal Keye T R 10:00 - 11:40 a.m.

This course explores the urn to religion, the supernatural, and youth concerns in American popular culture since the 1990s. Whether one takes a look at the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel or enormously popular films such as The Matrix, Interview with the Vampire and Dogma, there has been a virtual explosion of angels, monsters, vampires, and aliens in American film, TV, and literature. These supernatural beings haunt America's cultural landscape, offering the promise of perpetual youth. While these cultural articulations of religion and the supernatural do not always focus on youth culture, many of them do, suggesting that modern ideas about youth have begun to merge with both utopian and dystopian narratives of our post-human future. Throughout the course, we will examine how the creation of monstrous "others" not only reflects society's fears about race, class, and gender but also shapes modern forms of knowledge, power, and history-making. To do this, we will consider the brave new world of gods and monsters alongside cutting-edge scholarship in critical theory and cultural studies.

HON 4777, Sec. 002, CRN 61435, Humanism in Euro Thought and History
4 credits, Area Distribution: IDS 07, 09, 10
Cross listed with MER 4444
Dr. Randall Poole, W, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Humanism is among the richest currents in European thought. Today the term often carries irreligious connotations, but that is an impoverishment: for most of its history humanism sought to integrate the human and the divine and to understand each in light of the other. It is most associated with the Renaissance and with the great thinkers and artists of the period, including Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Pico della Mirandola, Sir Thomas More, and Desiderius Erasmus. The Renaissance saw itself as a rebirth of classical humanism, so we will begin with some of the Greek and Roman sources, especially Cicero and Stoicism. We will also explore medieval antecedents and sources, St. Thomas Aquinas first of all. That will set the stage for a detailed consideration of Renaissance humanism itself, both in its original meaning of the studia humanitatis (the humanities) and in its broader meaning of the liberal conception of humanity that informed such study and was deepened by it. We will see that the Renaissance "glorification of man" emphasized the themes of human autonomy, dignity, and perfectibility. The last part of the course will be devoted to modern humanism. Here we will focus on the Christian humanism of the great Catholic (and specifically Thomistic) thinker Jacques Maritain, whose defense of human dignity helped to frame the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

HON 4888 Thesis 001
Days and Time to be arranged, 0-4 credits
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.
Acceptance into the Honors Program and instructor and Honors Director permission required.

HON 4999 001 Independent Study
Days and Time to be arranged, 4 credits
Students complete an independent study on a specific topic under the supervision of a faculty member. Approval of the supervising faculty member and the Honors Program Director are required. These independent study courses are individual offerings based on a student's particular area of interest.
Acceptance into the Honors Program and instructor and Honors Director permission 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. Debra Schroeder.