2010 - 2011 Honors Program Courses

HON 201-202 Humanities I and II (4-4)
This two-semester sequence explores the Classical tradition and its legacy through the development of Western culture and civilization. The use and analysis of primary sources, such as Homer’s Odyssey, Plato’s Republic, Dante’s Inferno, Descartes’ Meditations, Shelley’s Frankenstein, Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil will be emphasized.
HON 211 Political Economy of Conflict (4)
Covers a variety of perspectives in the study of political economy and ideology. Concentration is on methodologies that illustrate the differences and similarities among the various approaches to the study of economics and politics.
HON 212 The Arts in Performance (4)
Covers the development and appreciation of the arts, primarily through exploring the relationship between the theory and practice of artistic performance.
HON 221 History and Philosophy of Science (4)
This course traces the contributions to modern science of non-Western cultures like China, Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, and the Islamic world in areas of astronomy and cosmology, mathematics, natural history and natural philosophy. It considers the development of scientific knowledge and technology from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia through the 19th century, and shows how the concepts and ideas developed by these cultures help establish the foundation for Western science.
HON 222 Science, Power, and Diversity (4)
This course explores the social construction of the science-power relationships that influence discovery and applications of technology, especially in terms of how scientific discovery is transmitted and received by media and society, respectively. It emphasizes seminal scientific issues of the twentieth century and the present, such as the language of science, the exclusion of women and minorities from scientific discourse, genetic predisposition to disease, gender issues in scientific research, and ethnicity bioethics in studies and treatment of HIV, among others. This course meets the LE Diversity requirement.
HON 231 Human Culture and Behavior (4)
This seminar explores a number of conceptual subject matters pertinent to the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and anthropology. Topics focus on human culture and behavior from social, behavioral, and cultural perspectives. For example, past seminars centered on human sexuality have investigated sexual practices, attitudes, behaviors, sexual orientations, and transsexuality. A range of theoretical and scientific perspectives are applied to provide a more complete picture of historical and contemporary human culture and behavior.
HON 200/300 Special Topics (1–4)
These seminar topics vary from year to year. They primarily focus on specific general topics raised in the interdisciplinary Honors LE courses, e.g., The Concept of Scientific Change or War, Trauma, and Narrative, but which are explored at length in these seminars. May be taken more than once for credit. Departmental special topics courses may be crosslisted as an Honors 300 seminar. Offered Fall, Spring and May Term.
HON 400 Special Topics (1–4)
These Senior-level seminar topics vary from year to year. They primarily focus on very particular combinations of topics raised in the Honors LE courses, e.g., The Music of Mozart on the Eve of Revolution, but which receive a more in-depth analysis than that provided in the Honors LE courses.
HON 401 Directed Studies in Honors (1–4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Honors Program and for student-initiated, interdisciplinary research projects. Prerequisite: consent of instructor(s), Honors director, and school dean.
HON 402 Senior Project/Thesis (3)
A self-directed project or thesis that covers a topic in the student’s major discipline or of an interdisciplinary nature and therefore not covered under a single discipline-specific thesis course. Project completed with a supervisory committee of at least two faculty members: one as a lead sponsor/mentor and one or more as second readers(s). At least one of the sponsors or readers must be an Honors Program faculty member. Honors thesis hours do not count toward the six hours required for the Honors degree. Prerequisite: senior standing and consent of instructors and Honors director.