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Course Offerings, Fall 2010

Information contained on this page is subject to change. Please be sure to double check this information before registration by referring to the online schedule of courses located here. For frequently asked questions regarding registration, please read Registration Q&A.

Summer Honors Offerings
Honors Learning Communities
Honors Integrated Courses
General Honors Courses
Honors Seminars

PRIORITY REGISTRATION begins April 6, 2010. Registrar will confirm date and starting time by e-mail.  Advising starts in Feb. 2010.  Please log on to AdvisorTrac to sign up for an academic advising appointment on or after Feb. 12, 2010. Please note that the appropriate advising center is Honors. If you are have difficulty logging in please stop by the Etscorn Honors Center as soon as possible to schedule your appointment with Dr. Richardson, Melissa Stordeur, Luke Buckman or Caroline Schlegel.

In your advising appointment you will speak with an advisor about getting into Honors courses.  Honors staff will be responsible for granting Honors students permission to add these restricted courses. Once registration starts, students have 48 hours to use their permission. If the student does not add the honors course during this time, s/he will be removed from the list, and the next eligible student will be offered the space. STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF AVAILABLE SPACES VIA THEIR U OF L E-MAIL ADDRESSES. CHECK YOUR U OF L ACCOUNT OFTEN.

Changes will be made to information contained in these pages as they are made available to us. As always, please be sure you double check this information against the online schedule of courses, which will be available to students in early-to-mid-March. The online schedule of courses should be deferred to for course information if discrepancies exist.

Students who are not already members of the University Honors Program, and wish to apply, may not apply from April 6, 2010-April 10, 2010.  New applicants need to hear more about the program and its benefits, as well as be advised for the upcoming semester.

Summer Honors Offerings

ENGR 201-xx -- see below table for section numbers and information
Lecture: TR, 8:00-9:15 (EH 110)
Profs. Tyler & Ralston

Section Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructors
-11 1978 MWF, 8:00-9:15 KL 101 Tyler & Ralston
-12 2036 MWF, 9:30-10:45 KL 101 Tyler & Ralston


Honors Learning Communities

Participants in the learning communities will take ALL of the below classes in each cluster together, and so develop shared interests and additional learning opportunities. Students MUST sign up for ALL parts of the community in order to participate. Course descriptions are found in the section headed "General Honors Courses."

As of Feb. 22, 2008: Preference for Honors learning communities is given to first-time freshmen at the University of Louisville.

Honors Program communities will be offered as HON 150-xx (where xx represents a section, listed in a table below). The student wishing to participate in one of the available learning communities will be required to register for the appropriate section of HON 150-xx. By registering, the student will be adding all required components to his or her schedule with one course number. Be sure you have all course times available in your schedule; otherwise an error will be returned to you for time conflicts. Also important to note: If you drop ANY component of the learning community, you will be removed from ALL components of the community.

** Important note: CHEM 208 enrollment is an exception to the above rule. Students in HON EAC must sign up for PHYS 298-02. Students in HON EAC must also sign up for a section of CHEM.


HON 150-01

Chemistry / English
Community Component
Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
CHEM 201-01 HON 150-01 TR, 11:00-12:15 CB B11016 Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 201-01A HON 150-01 W, 9:00-9:50 CB B11016 Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 207-01* HON 150-01 M, 2:00-2:50 CB B11016 Prof. N. Stolowich
CHEM 207-01A* HON 150-01 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 110 Prof. N. Stolowich
CHEM 208-01** HON 150-01 M, 2:00-2:50 CB B16 Prof. N. Stolowich
CHEM 208-01A** HON 150-01 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 110 Prof. N. Stolowich
ENGL 105-02 HON 150-01 MWF, 10:00-10:50 HR 204 Prof. D. Anderson

* Runs first half of semester
** Runs second half of semester


HON 150-02

Chemistry / Communication
Community Component
Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
CHEM 201-01 HON 150-02 TR, 11:00-12:15 CB B11016 Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 201-01B HON 150-02 W, 10:00-10:50 CB B11016 Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 207-01* HON 150-02 M, 2:00-2:50 CB B11016 Prof. N. Stolowich
CHEM 207-01B* HON 150-02 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 112 Prof. N. Stolowich
CHEM 208-01** HON 150-02 M, 2:00-2:50 CB B11016 Prof. N. Stolowich
CHEM 208-01B** HON 150-02 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 112 Prof. N. Stolowich
COMM 111-25 HON 150-02 TR, 2:30-3:45 SK 306 Prof. C. Willard

* Runs first half of semester
** Runs second half of semester


HON 150-03

Community Component
Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
CHEM 201-01 HON 150-03 TR, 11:00-12:15 CB B11016 Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 201-01C HON 150-03 W, 12:00-12:50 CB B11016 Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 207-01* HON 150-03 M, 2:00-2:50 CB B11016 Prof. N. Stolowich
CHEM 207-01C* HON 150-03 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 114 Prof. N. Stolowich
CHEM 208-01** HON 150-03 M, 2:00-2:50 CB B11016 Prof. N. Stolowich
CHEM 208-01C** HON 150-03 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 114 Prof. N. Stolowich

* Runs first half of semester
** Runs second half of semester


 Honors Integrated Courses


These courses will satisfy more than one general education requirement, providing a free elective in a degree program. It is expected that Honors students will take advantage of these electives to provide opportunities in their schedules at a later date for Honors seminars.

Topics in Social Sciences and Oral Communications (OCSB)
HON 214-xx
for times, see below

This course provides a basic introduction to communication (social science), along with teaching specific public speaking skills (thus, filling the oral competency requirement).This course satisfies General Education learning outcomes for Social Sciences and Oral Communication.

Section Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
-01 3194 MW, 4:00-5:15 TH 132 Prof. C. Steineck
-02 9606 TR, 1:00-2:15 TH 132 Prof. C. Steineck


Topics in Humanities and Written Communication (HWC)
HON 217-01 (3192)
TR, 9:30-10:45
Karen Hadley

This course satisfies General Education learning outcomes for Humanities and Written Communication.

General Honors Courses

Honors Principles of Accounting
ACCT 205-01 (3624)
TR 9:30-12:15
Prof. Christy Burge

Prerequisites: MATH 111 or 205 (or concurrently). Open only to students accepted in the Honors Program. Replaces Accounting 201/202 sequence in the business core. Students explore financial statement analysis and managerial accounting techniques and use these tools to solve business problems.


Renaissance Through Modern Art - A
ARTH 270-01 (13735)
TR 9:30-10:45
Prof. S. Jarosi

Survey of art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present.

General Chemistry I (S)

CHEM 201-01 (3)
Lecture: TR 11:00-12:15

The course will explore the relationship of the observable world with chemical or physical processes and with scientific aspects at the atomic and molecular level. Topics in the lecture will include problem solving, elements and compounds, chemical reactions, gas laws, energy, atomic structure, chemical bonding and molecular shape. The recitation section will provide more in-depth discussion of selected topics. See recitation information below:

Course Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
CHEM 201-01A Part of learning community HON 150-01 W, 9:00-9:50 CB B11016  Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 201-01B Part of learning community HON 105-02  W, 10:00-10:50  CB B11016  Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 201-01C Part of learning community HON 105-03  W, 12:00-12:50  CB B11016  Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 201-01D 3018 W, 4:00-4:50 NS 128 Prof. M. Noble

General Chemistry I Lab (SL) (1)
CHEM 207-01, M 2:00-2:50 (2998)
CHEM 208-01, M 2:00-2:50 (3074)

Introduction to laboratory techniques and the synthesis and study of the inorganic compound Cr(acac)3 and several of its derivatives. Topics will include both macroscale and microscale synthesis, measurement of physical properties, recrystallization, melting points, infrared spectroscopy, and analytical methods. See section information below:


Course Course Number
CHEM 207-01A* Part of learning community, HON 150-01
CHEM 207-01B* Part of learning community, HON 150-02
CHEM 207-01C* Part of learning community, HON 150-03
CHEM 208-01A** Part of learning community, HON 150-01
CHEM 208-01B** Part of learning community, HON 150-02
CHEM 208-01C** Part of learning community, HON 150-03

* Runs first half of semester
** Runs second half of semester

Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 343-xx 
Dr. Christine Rich

Introduction to both macroscale and microscale techniques in organic chemistry. Topics will include measurement of physical properties and identification of unknowns; separation and purification techniques; chromatographic methods and applications, including GC or HPLC instrumentation; projects in organic synthesis; spectroscopic methods, including IR and NMR applications; stereochemistry and polarimetry. Prerequisite: Completion of CHEM 202 and 209 with a grade point average of 3.0 or better; co-enrollment in or completion of CHEM 341. Students not meeting these requirements may obtain permission of the instructor for enrollment. For more information, contact Dr. Christine Rich, Chemistry, 852-7814. For section information, please see below:

Section Course Number Meeting Times
-01 1208 T, 12:00-3:50
-05 2302 T, 12:00-3:50
-11 2902 F, 12:00-3:50
-12 1220 F, 12:00-3:50



Computer Information Systems
CIS 300-03 (3550)
MW, 11:00-12:15
Prof. M. Thatcher

Prerequisite: CIS 100. The study of computer information systems as they support business processes. Topics include the role of data, data manipulation, database management, information management and decision making, systems analysis and design, historical vs. current methodology in data communications, hardware and software in telecommunications, an overview of automated information systems, and policies and procedures needed to protect an information system. Advanced use of spreadsheet and database software.

Commercial Law
CLAW 301-03 (3346)
MW, 1:00-2:15
Prof. W. McDowell

An introduction to the American legal and judicial system, with particular emphasis on the relationship of the law to business activities. A study of the developments of the law and the operation of the judicial system. Emphasis will be placed on the impact that government regulations and certain areas of the Uniform Commercial Code have on business.


Speech Communication (OC)
COMM 111-xx

The honors section of Communications 111 will focus on developing skills in both thinking about communication and in actual performance. Students will plan and deliver speeches, analyze example speeches (text and video), and critique the presentations of others in the course. Available sections include:

Section Course Number Meeting Times Instructor
-22 9292 TR, 1:00-2:15  Prof. J. Hart
-25 Part of learning community HON 150-02    



Interpersonal Skills (OC)
COMM 115-03 (2578)
TR 11:00-12:15

Training in basic processes and skills of face-to-face interaction. Emphasis on developing language, nonverbal, and conflict management skills.

Principles of Microeconomics (SB)
ECON 201-xx
Prof. J. Vahaly

This is a survey course in microeconomic theory and policy. The basic goal of the course is to establish an understanding of the organization and operation of the modern mixed market economy from the viewpoint of both business firms and consumers. Stress will be placed on supply and demand analysis, cost and production theory, and price determination under different conditions of market organization. In addition to a theoretical analysis of microeconomic problems, applications of theory to practical, private and policy problems will be emphasized. Throughout the course an appreciation of the ethical and moral judgments that are relevant to microeconomic decision-making will be developed and alternative positions will be illustrated. The role of international markets and competition will be discussed both through examples and theory. Available sections include:


Section Course Number Meeting Times
-03 3372 MW, 1:00-2:15 
-04 14071  MW, 4:00-5:15 



Principles of Macroeconomics (SB)
ECON 202-03 (3378)
TR, 2:30-3:45
Prof. J. Vahaly

An introduction to the U.S. economy, including long-term structural developments and short-term fluctuations. Theoretical models are presented to explain changes in national output, the price level, employment, and unemployment. Competing macroeconomic models are examined and contrasted. The models provide a framework for studying fiscal and monetary policy, and the effectiveness of macroeconomic policy during recent economic history is evaluated. May be taken before ECON 201.

Engineering Analysis Core I (M)
See your Speed Advisor for more information on registering for this course.
ENGR 101-xx
TR 8:00-9:15
Profs. Tyler & Ralston

Introduction to vector methods and development and use of differentiation and integration to solve engineering problems, including those involving motion, related rates, optimization, moments and centers of mass. Available sections include:

Section Course Number Meeting Times
-11 4524 MTWRF, 8:00-8:50
-12 4526 MTWRF, 9:00-9:50
-13 4528 MTWRF, 10:00-10:50

Advanced Composition for Freshmen (WC)

Students share reading and writing with one another; develop critical-thinking processes with special emphasis on the conventions of primary and secondary research; develop writing processes; and practice producing finished papers that reflect academic conventions, including longer texts of 1500-2000 words that require documentation. Course content includes formal and informal writing, readings, and collaborative work in writers’ groups. ENGL 105 will be offered at the following times:

Section Course Number Meeting Times Instructor
-01 1396 MWF, 8:00-8:50  Prof. D. Hachten
-02 Part of learning community HON 150-01    
 -03 1400  MWF, 12:00-12:50  Prof. D. Hachten
-04  1402  TR, 9:30-10:45 Prof. H. Stanev
 -05  1404  TR, 11:00-12:15 Prof. S. Fenty
 -06  2310  TR, 1:00-2:15 Prof. L. Detmering
 -07  2588  TR, 2:30-3:45  Prof. G. Sharma
 -08  2908  MW, 4:00-5:15  Prof. D. Journet


Business Writing -- WR
ENGL 306-07 (1424)
TR, 9:30-10:45
Prof. J. Romesburg

Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Designed for advanced Business students and Arts and Sciences students anticipating careers in law, business, or government. Concentrates on writing in a variety of forms of business discourse. Emphasizes practicing writing processes, developing an appropriate style, learning professional problem-solving, integrating oral and written communication, and using new communication technologies.

Corporate Finance
FIN 301-04 (3638)
TR, 11:00-12:15
Prof. R. Ray

A study of techniques that enable firms to efficiently manage their financial resources and maximize the value of their owners' investment. Investment techniques and analysis applied to the individual as well as to the firm. Computer and calculator problem solving. Topics include: financial analysis and planning, working capital management, interest rate calculations, valuation of stocks and bonds, capital budgeting and long-term financing, and international finance.

Honors History of Civilizations II (SB)
HIST 106-01 (11304)
MW, 2:00-3:15
Prof. J. McLeod

Examines in a topical or thematic manner no less than 300 years of modern human history.This course will deal with the rise of European civilization and world dominance, the confrontation of Europeans with the peoples of Asia and Africa, the era of the two world wars and the development of new global politics in the twentieth century.

Honors Thesis (WR)
HON 420-01 (2700)
Prof. J. Richardson

Note regarding this course: Students taking a departmental course for Senior Honors Project work may not sign up for HON 420. Please contact 852-6293 for more information.


World Literature to 1700 (H)
HUM 101-03 (2184)
MWF, 9:00-9:50
Prof. P. Beattie

The course emphasizes the heroic journey as it has been variously presented by literary imaginations from the Book of Exodus to the time of Cervantes’s Don Quixote. Format: lecture-discussion, with the assistance of handouts. The assigned readings will focus on the heroic self, on that self’s relations to its human community, and on that self’s relations with things divine or supernatural. Works to be discussed include The Odyssey, Oedipus the King, The Aeneid, Beowulf, The Inferno, and selections from The Decameron, with references to analogous modern situations, as they seem applicable. Components will include hour-long examinations, an oral presentation, and several critical essays.


Creativity and the Arts (A)
HUM 151-06 (3520)
TR, 1:00-2:15
Prof. E. Pritchett
Introduction to the fundamental vocabulary, principles, analytical processes, and styles of the creative arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, and the printed image) with an emphasis on the performing arts (theatre, dance, music, film, and television). The course will include a variety of individual and group activities focused on creativity and performance in the classroom and in the community.

Cultures of America (HCD1)
HUM 152-02 (2920)
MWF 10:00-10:50
Prof. M. Johmann
Interdisciplinary study of the arts and humanities in contemporary American culture emphasizing the convergence of European, African, Hispanic, Asian, and indigenous cultures as well as the distinguishing characteristics of each culture as revealed in three of the following areas: fine arts, drama, literature, philosophy, religion, and popular entertainment.

Introduction to World Religions (HCD1)
HUM 216-08 (9748)
TR 4:00-5:15
Prof. R. Fuller

The study of principal world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and indigenous traditions) in their cultural contexts.

Introduction to Eastern Religions (HCD2)
HUM 218-01 (13863)
TR 9:30-10:45
Prof. P. Pranke

This course will be a comparative introduction to western monotheistic world religions, addressing themes including Scripture and Tradition, Monotheism and the Nature of God, Authority (Legal and Spiritual), Worship and Ritual, Ethics, Religion and the Arts and Religion and the Political Order. The course will be conducted through comparative analytical assignments of primary and secondary texts, class lectures and possible group presentations. 


Calculus I (M)

Consider the expression S given by: S = 1/2+1/4+1/8+1/16+1/32... where the "..." indicates that the pattern persists indefinitely. Most of us would agree that the value 1 may be sensibly associated with S: our intuition tells us that half of a pie, plus a quarter of a pie, plus and eighth more, and so on, eventually recovers a whole pie. Somehow, we have managed to perform an infinite number of additive operations within a single stroke, by exploiting an underlying pattern. A mathematician would say that we have thereby computed S as a limit of finite sums. Calculus is concerned with exploring the notion of a limit on a more rigorous basis, establishing elated methods of analysis, and developing applications. It is a subject full of intellectual challenges and delights, of ideas that are at once elegant, powerful and useful. The basic aspects of calculus are covered: limits, continuity, the derivative, techniques of differentiation, applications, the Riemann integral, transcendental functions. The principal objectives are to master the theory and applications of elementary calculus, to sharpen general analytical skills, and to develop deeper mathematical insight. Attention is also given to the computational aesthetic, historical, and philosophical ramifications of the subject. MATH 205 will be offered at the following times:

Section Course Number Meeting Times Instructor
-02 1774 MWF, 11:00-12:15  Prof. H. Kulosma
 -03 1780  MWF, 11:00-12:15 Prof. M. Das


Introduction to the Francophone World - HCD2
ML 250-01 (9472)
MW, 2:00-3:15
Prof. J. Greene

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or equivalent coursework. Note: Does not count toward mathematics major. Advanced topics in algebraic and rational expressions and factoring; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; applications.

Music in Western Civilization (A)
MUH 204-06 (5484)
TR, 1:00-2:15
Prof. C. White

This course is an overview of solo and chamber music, symphony, opera, and choral music of Europe and the United States, including works by nearly 50 composers. The goal is to familiarize students with different forms and styles of music from the Middle Ages to the present. Requirements include listening to approximately one to two hours of assigned musical selections per week outside class, in addition to reading assignments; grading is determined by three tests and one paper. Neither previous musical experience nor the ability to read music is required.

Introduction to Pan African Studies (CD1)
PAS 200-04 (13877)
MWF, 12:00-12:50
Prof. D. Brown

A survey of the African American experience, with study of research, ideology, and historical development of the field. (Social Sciences)

Introduction to Philosophy (H)
PHIL 205-01 (1730)
TR, 11:00-12:15
Prof. D. Masolo

Prerequisite: ENGL 101. Selected writings by important philosophers (e.g., Plato, Aristotle), illustrating their problems, methods, and conclusions.

Introduction to Logic
PHIL 311-02 (1736)
MWF, 9:00-9:50
Prof. D. Chapman

Introduction to formal and informal techniques of argument analysis, with emphasis on applications to ordinary language.

Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound (S)
PHYS 298-02 (11540)
MWF 10:00-10:50 & R, 11:00-11:50
Profs. C. Davis & D. Brown

Basic methods of physics with calculus applied to topics in mechanics, heat, and wave motion. Completion of, or concurrent registration in, MATH 205 or EAC 101.

Comparative Political Systems - SB
POLS 202-02 (11332)
MWF, 11:00-11:50
Prof. S. Materese

An introduction to foreign governments; emphasis upon cultural settings, present governments, and politics.

Introduction to Political Science
POLS 299-01 (13755)
TR, 9:30-10:45
Prof. J. Bunck

An examination of the theories, concepts, and units of analysis used in contemporary political science. Seminar format.

Law, Diplomacy and Power
POLS 337-01 (10220)
MW, 2:00-3:15
Prof. M. Fowler

An examination of the development of U. S. diplomacy, focusing on the interplay of moral, legal, and power-driven motives and themes, analyzing diplomatic strategies, objectives, errors and accomplishments.

Introduction to Social Work (SB)
SW 201-XX (10724)
TR, 11:00-12:15
Prof. N. Rowan

Introduces students to the profession of social work, its code of ethics, values base and commitment to social justice and working with vulnerable and oppressed groups.

Self and Society (SB)
SOC 203-02 (1870)
MW, 4:00-5:15
Prof. J. Beggan

Introduction to the study of the relationship between the individual and society. Focus on growth of self, the behavior of people in groups, and the theories and research that aid understanding these phenomena.

Introduction to Psychology (SB)
PSYC 201-03 (1956)
TR, 9:30-10:45
Prof. M. Leonard

This course is designed to introduce and explore the scientific study of human behavior. Emphasis is placed on theoretical principles, methods of analysis and scientific application of the various fields comprising psychology. Course work will focus more on the analysis, synthesis, and critical evaluation of these principles, rather than on simple terminology and "facts."

Life-Span Developmental Psychology
PSYC 363-02 (2602)
TR, 2:30-3:45
Prof. B. Burns

This course will allow you to develop your knowledge base about the processes underlying psychological development from birth to death.

Honors Basic Spanish III
SPAN 123-08 (14250)
MWF, 3:00-3:50
Prof. J. Hamilton

Prerequisite: SPAN 122 or equivalent or placement score between 295-369. Note: Formerly Spanish 221. Note: Not counted toward major. Continuation of Basic Spanish II.  Note: Three hours of this 4-credit course are completed in class and the remaining credit hour is fulfilled by on-line, web-based work.

Honors Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 201-01 (2276)
TR, 11:30-12:45
Prof. L. Wagner

Prerequisites: SPAN 123, 142 or equivalent, or placement score of 338-418. Note: Formerly SPAN 301. Consolidation and review of language skills for the purpose of improving: speaking, listening, reading and writing ability. Introduction to Hispanic culture and ethnicity within a global context as revealed in film and text.


Honors Seminars

Students must have completed at least 24 hours and have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher to be considered for Honors Seminars (first-time freshmen are prohibited from taking Honors seminars until after two semesters of coursework). Permission to add the course must be granted by the Honors Director or one of the Academic Counselors in the Etscorn Honors Center (852-6293). Since enrollment is limited, the earlier you indicate your intention to take one of the Honors Seminars, the better your chances of being accepted for the course.

A Man, A Plan, A Canal—Panama: US and Panamanian Relations from the Canal to the Twenty-First Century | WR
HON 336-02 / HON 346 -02  (13205/13206) 
TR, 4:00-5:15
Prof. Michael Johmann

No country around the world that has not ultimately become part of the United States has had such a tangled and fascinating relationship with the US than the Republic of Panama. Created as an independent nation in 1903 after breaking from Colombia, Panama existed throughout the twentieth century as a divided land, ceding an area 10 miles by 50 miles to US control that geographically split the country, and allowed US military and economic interests to build and control the canal that defines the nation’s history. In those years Panama became the crucial transit point for Atlantic-Pacific shipping, the most heavily defended country in Latin America during World War II, a center for banking and trade and the target of invasion in 1989 when US interests decided to oust and ultimately arrest then-Panamanian President Manuel Noriega. Since 1999, the Republic of Panama has assumed full control over the old-US Canal Zone and, despite dire predictions to the contrary, Panamanian management of Canal Zone revenues has almost tripled revenues from before the year 2000. Today Panama is a nation on the rise, with a growing economy and a blend of peoples and ethnicities that makes it a crossroads of cultures. Yet it is also a nation searching for a sense of its own identity. The capital, Panama City, is a glittering boom town of New York-style skyscrapers and restaurants reflecting its native Indian, Latino, African, Asian, US and even Jewish-Moroccan roots, coffee plantations and eco-tourism have become mainstays of the economy and American retirees now constitute a substantial portion of Panamanian middle class, living in Florida-style housing enclaves along the beaches and among the northern highlands. But even with the transfer of the Canal Zone to Panamanian control, the dollar remains the de facto currency and the ability to speak English defines Panama’s middle and upper classes. This course will examine the history of Panama and its relationship with US, the engineering marvel of the canal project, the growth of a modern independent nation, and the emergence of a Panamanian culture that is perhaps the most diverse in all of Central America. 

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.

Following the Fork
HON 341-01 / HON 351-01 (13703/13704)
TR, 4:00-5:15
Prof. David Wicks

Description: Floyds Fork is 62 miles long, origination in western Henry County, Kentucky and flowing southwest to join the Salt River in Bullitt County. Floyds Fork tributaries add 105 miles in stream length, allowing the watershed to drain a 284 square miles. Floyds Fork is a tributary of the Salt River, The Ohio River and eventually Mississippi. Currently, Floyds Fork is part of one of the largest park expansion programs in the US. Using this community initiative and the overall watershed as the focus, this course will examine the impact people have on the environment. Through field trips, community speakers, individual and group research, the students will document the aesthetic, cultural and ecological aspects of a watershed.

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Social Sciences or the Natural Sciences. This course includes 4 day-long weekend trips to be determined at the beginning of the semester.

Four daylong field trips (on weekends): We will paddle canoe and kayaks on three sections of Floyds Fork, - the headwaters, the mid section and the confluence. Participants will become certified in Basic River Canoeing by the American Canoe Association. There will be a $50.00 equipment rental fee per student. 

Environmental Communication
HON 331-02 / HON 341-02 (14280/14281)
TR, 2:30-3:45
Prof. Joy Hart

This course examines how we communicate about the environment and the outcomes of such communication, including how we perceive our relationship with the environment. During the semester, we will explore the major areas of work in environmental communication (e.g., environmental rhetoric and discourse, advocacy campaigns, risk communication) and the key “voices” speaking on environmental matters (e.g., citizens, community groups, environmental groups, anti-environmental groups, scientists, media and environmental journalists, and corporate leaders).

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or the Social Sciences.

Indie Publishing  | WR
HON 336-01 / 346-01 (13705/13706)
MW, 1:00-2:15
Prof. Nickole Brown

Alternative title: Indie Publishing: An Introduction to the World of Literary Magazines & Poetry Presses

An immersion in the world of contemporary literary publishing, this interactive seminar is part creative writing workshop and part course in editorial work, marketing, and arts administration. Students will be expected to read vigorously, write original poems of their own, and be able to recognize quality literature. In addition, students will be familiarized with aspects of publishing, including acquisitions, editing, book design, publicity, and distribution. There will be opportunities to communicate with working authors and editors that are publishing now as well as to organize and participate in local readings and literary events. The classroom will work as a writing community, giving each other feedback on creative work as we grow as writers, but we will also function as a publishing cooperative, working to assist in various publicity and editorial projects. Primarily, the class will be working with two national book imprints—the Marie Alexander Poetry Series of White Pine Press and Arktoi Books of Red Hen Press—as well as the student-run literary magazine, The White Squirrel. An excellent seminar for creative writers and business/communication majors alike interested in working in the arts sector. 

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or the Social Sciences.

A Course in Thriving | WR
HON 436-06 / HON 446-06 **  (14282/ 14285)           
M, 5:30-8:15
Prof. Harry Pickens

A Course in Thriving provides an overview of research on human fulfillment. Reaching beyond popular notions of 'happiness' and 'success', the psychology of thriving explores human fulfillment in the face of life's inevitable challenges, difficulties, and heartbreaks.

How does a Ludwig Von Beethoven prevail in the face of deafness, a Christopher Reeve lead a life of superhuman dedication and determination, a Helen Keller transform seeming insurmountable physical challenges to become a beacon of hope for many, a Nelson Mandela endure nearly three decades of imprisonment and emerge calm, centered, and committed to transforming a nation?

What does research tell us about the attitudes, beliefs, character traits, social networks, mindsets, actions and choices of these and other thrivers who alchemically transform life's tragedies and tough times into triumph? What are the social and cultural values and mores that cultivate a greater capacity to thrive? What can we learn from thrivers about living more engaged, meaningful, passionate and purposeful lives? What practical steps can we take to cultivate our own capacity to thrive in the midst of whatever challenges life brings our way?

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with Psychology 404-76 (14288).

Body and Health I: The Individual
HON 441-02 / HON 451-02 ** (11740/ 11742)   
TR, 1:00-2:15
Prof. Paul Salmon

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) whose role it is to investigate the efficacy of a diverse range of medical and healthcare practices that fall outside the realm of traditional Western biomedicine. From Acupuncture to Meditation, and Herbal Supplements to Yoga, CAM has flourished in recent years; data from a recent National Health Interview Survey (report #18, National Center for Health Statistics, 2009) estimated that Americans spent nearly $34 billion dollars in 2007 on products and services. In this seminar we will explore the evolving role of CAM and related practices in contemporary healthcare, and review research studies designed to assess their effectiveness, including recent clinical trials funded by NCCAM. Consideration will be given to social, cultural, and demographic factors that have fostered the popularity of CAM. We will concentrate in particular on applications relevant to Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology, including stress management, biofeedback, and social support in relation to overall health. Seminar participants will gain writing experience via a research paper modeled after guidelines for NCCAM grant applications (this is a WR course). Proposed CAM practices will be considered for inclusion in a Health and Wellness Center being designed for West Louisville.

Although there are no specific course prerequisites, a background in psychology (Introductory, Abnormal, Research Methods) and basic human biology is strongly recommended.

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Social Sciences or Natural Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with Psychology as PSYC 404-01 .

Executive Effectiveness
HON 441-03 ** (11784)
TR, 9:30-10:45
Prof. Elaine Robinson

This class explores leadership from a practical point of view. Because of intensive one-on-one instruction and videotaping, it is limited to 16 Honors students who interact directly with the teacher (mentoring, coaching, personalized feedback), each other (peer evaluation and feedback), and successful leaders (role models and opportunity to learn from “the trenches”).

Students have the opportunity to develop and practice the skills needed for effective leadership, especially communicating (oral and written; impression management) and interacting with others. The class stresses thinking, learning, and creativity and focuses on the manager and leader as human beings.

HON 441-03 fulfills degree requirements in the Social Sciences. This course is cross-listed with the College of Business as BUS 490-01 (11014). For information on registering for this course through the College of Business, please contact them directly.

Personal Creativity and Innovation in Business
HON 441-04 ** (10222)
S, 9:30-12:15
Prof. Buddy LaForge

The purpose of this course is to help students develop their personal creativity and to design an environment that promotes creativity and innovation within organizations. Readings, discussions, and a variety of exercises and activities are used to achieve the course objectives. Student progress is captured in a personal journal maintained throughout the semester and in papers and presentations on selected topics. Each student shares a final “creative expression” during the last class period. Although the class is officially scheduled for Saturday mornings, there will only be 4-5 Saturday morning classes, usually at interesting places, with the other class sessions held during the week. The exact class schedule will be determined by the class early in the semester.

HON 441-04 fulfills degree requirements in the Social Sciences. This course is cross-listed with the College of Business as MKT 490-03 (9528). For information on registering for this course through the College of Business, please contact them directly.

The United Nations and the Organizing of International Life| WR
HON 436-01 / HON 446 -01 (13707/ 13708) 
TR, 11:00-12:15
Prof. Julie Bunck

This course will examine the successes and failures of the United Nations in international political and economic life. We will begin by examining the design of the U.N. and its complex structure. We will discuss the logic behind the creation of the Security Council and the veto privileges guaranteed for each of its permanent members. We will assess the operation, structure, personnel, leadership, and accountability of the organization. We will look at its multiple functions as a “talk shop,” a center for international finance, a vehicle for sustainable development, a neutral force for state-building, and an organization of war and peace. We will assess the U.N.’s role as peace-maker, peace-defender, peace-contriver, peace-enforcer, and peace-keeper. Does the U.N. reform or simply reflect the behavior of member states? Does the U.N. promote change or preserve the often unjust status quo? Does the U.N. lead or follow?

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.

Madness and Medicine in Literature| WR
HON 436-02 / HON 446-02** (13698/ 13699)   
MW, 4:00-5:15
Prof. Suzette Henke

This is an interdisciplinary course that draws on literature and psychology to interrogate issues of art, illness, healing, and creativity. We will first investigate how popular conceptions of so called “madness” differ from the psychological etiology of neurosis, manic-depression, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Is there a real intersection between the hypersensitivity associated with certain forms of mental aberration and the kind of inspiration necessary to creativity and the production of art? At what point does the subject's vivid imagination cease to be a resource for creative endeavors and become debilitating? When does the creative artist lose touch with reality and fail to distinguish between a richly imagined secondary world and the empirically accessible environment that bolsters ostensibly "normal" behaviors?

To what extent does pathography, or writing about illness, function as a form of “scriptotherapy” that empowers the subject and enables him/her to exercise a certain degree of control over painful, even terminal illness? How can autobiographical testimony on the part of medical personnel (doctors and nurses) or from the point of view of individual patients enable the reader to understand, empathize, and expand his/her understanding of a subjective life-world of suffering and endurance, illness and anxiety?
And what do stories of physical or mental illness teach us about the meaning of human life in the face of mortality?

Literary and theoretical texts to be discussed will include Jean-Dominique Bauby’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Margaret Edson’s Wit, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, Judith Lewis Herman’s Trauma and Recovery, KenKesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, as well as selections from On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays, by Reynolds and Stone, and Oliver Sacks, An Anthropologist on Mars.

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with English as ENGL 401-01 (13697). For information on registering for this course through English, please contact the department directly.

Film and the Postmodern | WR
HON 436-03 / HON 446-03** (13696/13695)   
TR, 2:30-3:45
Prof. Tom Byers

What is postmodernism? Why do people keep trying to say it's dead, while it's still walking around in search of brains? And how does a big concept like this get put on film, or appear on the screen? These are some of the questions to be discussed in "Film and the Postmodern." This course has two specific goals:

1) Defining and analyzing late capitalism, postmodernity (the current condition of life in the developed world), and postmodernisms (the range of responses to postmodernity).

2) Showing how popular films represent the postmodern, both by depicting it and by exemplifying elements of postmodern culture, style, etc…

The course draws on readings or ideas from figures in Film Studies, Philosophy, Economics, History, Sociology, Geography, Women’s and Gender Studies, and African-American Studies, among other fields. It also includes carefully watching a number of movies.

Here is a rough outline of units of study with lists from which films might be selected:

From Modern to Postmodern (Possible Films): Metropolis, Blade Runner, Die Hard, Speed.
Postmodern Life: Lost in Translation, Do the Right Thing, Up in the Air.
Media and Simulacra: The Truman Show, The Player.
Postmodern Paranoia and Pomophobia: Chinatown, Blow-Up, Blow-Out, Terminator 2.
The Postmodern Sublime: The Net, Titanic, The Matrix, the Bourne Trilogy
Postmodern History and Memory: Forrest Gump, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Memento.
Hybridity, Play, Pastiche: Moulin Rouge, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Adaptation.
Subjectivity: Total Recall, Catch Me If You Can.
Gender and Sexuality: The Crying Game, Paris Is Burning, Braveheart.
The Postcolonial: Borderlands. Lone Star, Dirty, Pretty Things, Caché.

There's also a good chance that we'll discuss Avatar. 

Assignments are likely to include several short papers and a final project. Please address questions to

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with English as ENGL 401-02 (13694). For information on registering for this course through English, please contact the department directly.

Sleep, Dreaming & Biological Rhythms | WR
HON 446-04 / HON 456-04** (13700/13701)
MW, 2:30-3:45
Prof. Woody Petry

“Every night nearly every person on the planet undergoes an astounding metamorphosis. As the sun sets, a delicate timing device at the base of our brain sends a chemical signal throughout our body, and the gradual slide toward sleep begins. Our body becomes inert, and our lidded eyes roll slowly from side to side. Later the eyes begin the rapid eye movements that accompany dreams, and our mind enters a highly active state where vivid dreams trace our deepest emotions. Throughout the night we transverse a broad landscape of dreaming and nondreaming realms, wholly unaware of the world outside. Hours later, as the sun rises, we are transported back to our bodies and to waking consciousness. And we remember almost nothing.” (Dement, W.C., 1999)

We spend roughly one-third of our lives asleep, and our brains are clearly very active during that time. What is going on in the brain during sleep? What is the purpose of sleep? Why do we dream? This seminar will address these questions and others related to the properties of the biological rhythms that govern the sleep/wake cycle and so many other aspects of our daily lives. We will study how biological rhythms are controlled by neurons and genes in the brain. We'll also address biological rhythm disorders that affect our lives (for example, seasonal affective disorder, jet lag, insomnia and rotating shift work). 

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Social Sciences or Natural Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with Psychology as PSYC 404-02 (13702).

Race & Gender Issues | WR
HON 436-05 / HON 446-05 ** (13709/13710) 13711
TR, 2:00-3:45
Prof. George Higgins

This course will focus on the Examination of serial murder in the United States. Topics include serial murder and its relation to race and gender; the myth of serial murder; the media and serial murder and profiling.
This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with Justice Administration as JA 523-01 (13711) .

Coping with Conflict | WR
HON 436-75 / HON 446-75 ** (10136/ 10138)
M, 5:30-8:15
Prof. Mike Fowler

North American communities confront a host of contentious social problems whose substance is often further complicated by cross-cultural misunderstandings and the lack of a single shared North American language. Some of these issues are social; others are political, economic, or ethical. Some, like domestic violence or the inequitable treatment of minorities, occur within all three countries. Others, such as immigration or pollution, are transnational, the problems themselves reaching across our borders.
This active-learning course explores how people in Canada, Mexico, and the United States might cope with an array of common conflicts. It will involve students negotiating and then analyzing realistic hypothetical cases that place them in diverse scenarios related to family and community, business, the environment, and other local, national, and international issues. The principle objective is to equip students to assess and handle the many disputes that will arise in their daily lives and careers more skillfully, effectively, and peacefully.

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with Political Science as POLS 506-01 (13751).



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