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Course Offerings, Fall 2011

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 5, 2011. Registrar will confirm date and starting time by e-mail.  Advising starts in Feb 14, 2011.  Please log on to AdvisorTrac to sign up for an academic advising appointment on or after Feb. 10, 2011 (Honors Scholars Only) or Feb 11, 2011 (All Honors Students). 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, Abby Head, 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 February 14, 2011-April 4, 2011.  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
MWF, 8:00-9:15 KL 101 Tyler & Ralston
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. J. Richardson
CHEM 207-01A* HON 150-01 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 110 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 208-01** HON 150-01 M, 2:00-2:50 CB B16 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 208-01A** HON 150-01 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 110 Prof. J. Richardson
HUM 152-02
HON 150-01 MWF, 10:00-10:50 HR 204 Prof. M. Johmann

* 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. J. Richardson
CHEM 207-01B* HON 150-02 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 112 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 208-01** HON 150-02 M, 2:00-2:50 CB B11016 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 208-01B** HON 150-02 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 112 Prof. J. Richardson
COMM 111-25 HON 150-02 TR, 2:30-3:45 SK 306 TBD

* 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. J. Richardson
CHEM 207-01C* HON 150-03 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 114 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 208-01** HON 150-03 M, 2:00-2:50 CB B11016 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 208-01C** HON 150-03 W, 1:00-3:50 CB 114 Prof. J. Richardson

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


HON 150-04

Course Component
Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
HON 214-02
  TR, 1:00-2:15  TH 132 Prof. C. Steineck
ENGL 105-01
  MWF, 10:00-10:50
HR 204

 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
MW, 4:00-5:15 TH 132 Prof. C. Steineck
-02 Part of learning community HON 150-04 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 (2219)
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.

Honors Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 201-02
TR 11:00-12:15
Prof. J. Peteet

An introduction to the nature of culture, comparative cultural institutions, and the major problem areas of cultural anthropology.


Renaissance Through Modern Art - A
ARTH 270-01
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 150-02  W, 10:00-10:50  CB B11016  Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 201-01C Part of learning community HON 150-03  W, 12:00-12:50  CB B11016  Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 201-01D
W, 4:00-4:50 NS 128 Prof. M. Noble

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

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
T, 12:30-4:20
T, 12:30-4:20
F, 12:30-4:20
F, 12:30-4:20



Computer Information Systems
CIS 300-02 (2094)
MW, 9:30-10:45
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 301-02 (2092)
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
TR, 1:00-2:15  TBD
-25 Part of learning community HON 150-02    TBD



Interpersonal Skills (OC)
COMM 115-03
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

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 Instructor
-01 2104
MW, 8:00-9:15  Prof. B. Haworth
-03 6461
 MW, 11:00-12:15  Prof. J. Vahaly



Principles of Macroeconomics (SB)
ECON 202-02 (2107)
TR, 1:00-2:15
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
MTWRF, 8:00-8:50
MTWRF, 9:00-9:50
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 Part of learning community HON 150-04 MWF, 10:00-10:50  TBA
 MWF, 11:00-11:50
 MWF, 12:00-12:50  TBA
 TR, 9:30-10:45 TBA
 TR, 11:00-12:15 Prof. D. Anderson
 TR, 1:00-2:15 Prof. D. Journet


Business Writing -- WR
ENGL 306-05
TR, 9:30-10:45

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 (2225)
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 I (SB)
HIST 105-01
MWF, 11:00-11:50
Prof. T. Mackey

Admission to the Honors Program. Examines in a topical or thematic manner no less than 1000 years of ancient and/or medieval human history.


Honors Thesis (WR)
HON 420-01
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.


Honors Social and Psychological Dimensions of Physical Activity - SBCD2
HSS 293

Emphasis on socialization and cultural diversity as these affect physical education. Examination of psychological factors that influence learning and enhance the effects of participation.


Creativity and the Arts (A)
HUM 151-06
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*
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.

*Part of learning community HON 150-01

Introduction to World Religions (HCD1)
HUM 216-07
TR 2:30-3:45
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
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.


Law Enforcement in the United States - SB
JA 201-03
MW 2:00-3:15
Prof. J. Grant

An introduction to the history, practices and issues related to the law enforcement function in our society. Topics included are: history of law enforcement; comparative policing in other nations; sociology of law enforcement; current administrative and political issues involving police agencies.


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
MWF, 11:00-12:15  TBD
 MWF, 11:00-12:15 TBD


Hispanic Contributions to the World - HCD1
ML 260-01
MWF, 9:00-9:50
Prof. P. Delegal

An introduction to Hispanic culture and ethnicity within a global context. Contributions of Spanish-speaking nations to the world, and the formation of the Hispanic identity in the USA.

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

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 Philosophy (H)

PHIL 205-01
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
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
MWF 10:00-10:50 & R, 11:00-11:50
Profs. C. Davis & TBD

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 202-01
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
MWF, 12:00-12:50
Prof. J. Ferrier

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

POLS 402-01
TR, 2:30-3:45
Prof. C. Ziegler

In this course we will examine the differences between democratic and non-democratic states, and discuss in comparative perspective the process by which states have transformed from authoritarian to democratic systems. We will look at various theories of democratization, the role of endogenous and exogenous factors in democratization, and various efforts to measure democracy. We will try to understand why some regions and cultures (Europe and the Anglo-American world) have been particularly successful in building democracy, while others (Middle East, Africa and the Islamic world) have been noticeable less successful. We will discuss the role of religion in democracy and the impact of structures such as presidential and parliamentary forms of government. Finally, we will discuss why some democratic systems break down.

Introduction to Social Work (SB)
SW 201-02
TR, 9:30-10:45

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.


Introduction to Psychology (SB)
PSYC 201-03
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
TR, 2:30-3:45
Prof. M. Leonard

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
MWF, 3:00-3:50
Prof. Groenwold

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
TR, 9:30-10:45
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.


International Travel Seminar                                                               By Application Only

International travel seminars are by application only. A panel comprised of the faculty teaching the travel seminar, the Honors director and counselors will review each application, rate it and make a final determination in time for chosen students to select how they would like the course to count before priority registration begins. A waiting list is typically maintained for the courses, comprised of alternates chosen from the applicant pool. Students are expected to comply with payment deadlines and participate actively in the course.


The Archaeology of The Ancient Greek World  (Overseers International Seminar)

HON 331-03 / HON 341 -03                                                              

TR, 4:00-5:15

Prof. John Hale


Although the world of the ancient Greeks is best known to us through their literature, extending from Homer's "Iliad" to Plutarch's "Lives", a true picture of their civilization and daily lives has only emerged with the discoveries of archaeologists.  Buried evidence from under the earth -- and under the sea -- now allows us to reconstruct the lost world of the Minoans and Mycenaeans, the dark centuries of the Iron Age, the evidence for Greek technology, manufacturing, and sea-borne trade, the inner working of Greek democratic governments, and the religious rituals performed at the famous Greek temples.  This course provides an overview of Greek archaeology from the Bronze Age to the time of the Roman Empire, with emphasis on the Classical period and the expansive age of Alexander the Great.  Its geographical extent includes not only sites within the frontiers of modern Greece, but also Greek sites in Turkey, the Black Sea, Albania, Italy, France, and even North Africa.  Special focus will be given to your professor's research areas: the archaeology of sacred sites, especially oracular shrines such as Delphi; and underwater discoveries of ships and cargoes that help us reconstruct the extraordinary achievements of ancient Greek seafarers. The course will conclude with a 10-12 day study tour in Greece.  Travel is tentatively scheduled for mid-December 2011. 

Applications for this course will be available beginning Thursday, February 10, 2011 in the Etscorn Honors Center lobby or you can find the course criteria online here and the application online here.


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


Leadership: Passion and Skill, Power and Influence

HON 331-01/HON 341-01

TR, 2:30–3:45          

Prof. Joy Hart

Martin Luther King, Jr., Queen Elizabeth, Bill Gates, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Rick Pitino, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton – a list of leaders.  But are they?  Some will agree; others will disagree.  

Economic problems, organizational downsizing, proliferation of new technologies, increased globalization – these issues are only a few that organizations today face.  What types of leadership are needed to confront these challenges?  Although leadership is frequently studied across a variety of academic disciplines and thousands upon thousands of articles and books have been written on the topic, there is not general agreement on how to define leadership—instead hundreds of definitions abound.  By examining several different theories about and approaches to studying leadership, we will address key leadership questions.  These questions include the following:  What defines good leadership and bad leadership?  What constitutes extraordinary leadership?  What skills and behaviors are foundational in leadership?  Are leadership and management the same or different?  Is power held by individuals or afforded to others through our actions?  How is passion connected to leadership?  Does leadership take place when outcomes are unsuccessful?  To what extent, should success or failure be attributed to a leader?

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



Global Issues and Sustainability:  Focusing on Biodiversity, Water Quality and Energy

HON 341-02 / HON 351 -02                                   
Prof. Russ Barnett

As world economies and populations grow, resource demands for finite resources and the strain on the quality of our environment will pose increasingly greater threats to our quality of life.   How society makes decisions will increasingly be focused on assuring that sustainability be included as a key factor.  The class will discuss sustainability within the context of protecting biodiversity, water quality, and using renewable energy sources.  The course is being offered in collaboration with the Lincoln Foundation who will be bringing high school students to campus to enhance science and math skills.  Students in the class will be working with the high school students to study sustainability, participate in service learning projects through 4-6 field trips, and acting as a mentor to high school students preparing Science Fair Projects.  Students enrolled in the class will be paid a stipend of $500 each to serve as a mentor during the fall semester.  The classroom portion of the class will be Term II of the Summer, Tuesday through Friday from 1:00-5:00 PM. 

This seminar fulfills a degree requirement in Social Sciences or Natural Sciences.

The Graphic Memoir—An Introduction and Creative Exploration | WR
HON 336-01 / HON 346 -01                                     

MW, 2:00 – 3:15
Prof. Nickole Brown


This course is a thorough study of one genre of contemporary comics—the graphic memoir.  By specifically concentrating on autobiographical work, this class will investigate how each artist depicts struggles of childhood and coming of age.  From there, we will learn how to tell our own stories by drawing words and writing pictures. Both an introduction to creative writing and narrative visual art, this class will deepen your knowledge of how to read and tell narratives with comic-book craft and literary technique.

 We will be reading a wide variety of graphic memoirs, including Craig Thompson’s Blankets, David B.’s Epileptic, David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp, and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home.  In addition, we will be using Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics and the textbook Drawing Words & Writing Pictures as a guide.


Course Objectives:
-Students will learn to think critically, examining the graphic novels read in class as well as additional research materials.  Particular emphasis will be given to the juxtapositions of art and language and the possibilities of this genre.

 -Students will develop aesthetic understanding by interpreting texts.

 -Students will appreciate the value of the creative imagination and their own creative powers.

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

Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism | WR
HON 336-02 / HON 346 -02

MW, 4:00 – 5:15
Prof. Mike Grillo

Since its development in the eighteenth century, nationalism has been a driving force of both domestic and international politics.  On one hand, nationalism has prompted self-determination, the liberation of oppressed peoples, and the creation of nation-states.  On the other hand, nationalism has been the cause of war, genocide, and an array of unspeakable crimes against humanity.   

This honors seminar will examine nationalism and its connection to ethnic conflict.  The seminar will proceed in two parts.  The first half of the course will examine the origins, evolution, and manifestations of nationalism from the perspectives of sociology, biology, psychology, history, and anthropology.   The second half of the seminar will investigate the causes of ethno-nationalist conflict through the lenses of rational choice theory, primordialism, social constructivism, and political psychology. 

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


American Popular Culture: From the Beatles to Watergate | WR
HON 336-03 / HON 346 -03

TR, 4:00 – 5:15
Prof. Michael Johmann


This course will survey the broad changes in American popular culture from 1964 to 1974, focusing on the rapidly evolving worlds of music, television, film, fashion, “pop” art, advertising and the alternative lifestyles of the “Hippie” counter-culture.  Set amid the era of the Vietnam war, civil rights, drugs, the sexual revolution and Nixon’s “silent majority”, we will explore the emergence of the “baby boom” generation from America’s suburbs and attempts by that generation to redefine the American Dream according to a new ethic, new goals—and a new soundtrack.  Course work for the semester will include a variety of readings, films, music, television shows, art and other media, supplemented by seminar presentations from students who will explore various individuals, events and trends in culture that shaped the era.  Turn on!  Tune in!  No Austin Powers parodies here—this time it’s the real 60s, from the Beatles on Ed Sullivan to growing your hair for peace.

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



Human Memory: A User’s Guide
HON 441-01 / HON 451 -01 ** 

TR, 2:30 – 3:45
Prof. Keith Lyle

Does anyone really need a user’s guide to memory?  After all, everyone already uses memory – our own and other people’s – more or less constantly.  But there is a difference between using something and using it well.  People often misuse memory, and they do so because they do not understand how memory works.  In this seminar, we will learn how memory works and apply that knowledge to becoming better memory users.  We will study the mechanics of memory at both the neural level and the level of observable behavior.  After completing the seminar, you will be able to answer such questions as: What study strategies produce the best long-term retention of information?  How can you help yourself remember something that seems to be forgotten?  How can you avoid developing false memories for events that never actually happened?  What can you do to prevent declines in memory in late adulthood?  To what extent should you trust eyewitness testimony?  And, finally, you’ll be able to evaluate the accuracy of claims like this one by the environmentalist, John Muir:


“How imperishable are all the impressions that ever vibrate one's life!  We cannot forget anything.  Memories may escape the action of will, may sleep a long time, but when stirred by the right influence, though that influence be light as shadow, they flash into full stature and life with everything in place.”

Muir’s words are beautiful…but are they true?  We’ll find out in Human Memory: A User’s Guide.

This seminar fulfills a degree requirement in Social Sciences or Natural Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with PSYC 404-01.



Executive Effectiveness
HON 441-02 **

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.    

This seminar fulfills a degree requirement in Social Sciences. **This course is cross-listed with BUS 490-01.


Personal Creativity and Innovation in Business
HON 441-03**

S, 9:30 – 12:15
Prof. Buddy LaForge


The purpose of this course is to help students develop their personal creativity and design an environment that promotes creativity and innovation within organizations.  Readings, discussions, visits to different venues, 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 final exam period.  Although the class is officially scheduled for Saturday mornings, there will only be 5-6 Saturday morning classes, usually at interesting places.  Some class sessions will be from 12:15-1pm on Wednesdays or Thursdays.  Other class sessions may be held on different days and times during selected weeks.  The exact class schedule for the semester will be determined by the class early in the semester. 

This seminar fulfills a degree requirement in Social Sciences. **This course is cross-listed with MKT 490-03.

Visual Culture of Modern Mexico
HON 431-04 / HON 441 -04

TR, 4:00 – 5:15
Prof. Christopher Fulton


Mexico is an intensely visual country: the pellucid atmosphere, warm sunlight, rich coloration of the earth and its vegetation, and festive hues of urban and town life produce a dazzling presence, and have stimulated a vibrant culture.  This course considers that culture over the past century, from the Revolution (1910-1920) to the present day, and explores its close relation to social and political history.  We discover how visual mediums contributed to the formation of national identity and were used to represent dissenting voices within the political discourse.  Our gaze is cast broadly to take in the visual arts (painting and sculpture), architecture, design, the popular press, folk culture and film.  Our deliberations — the course will be conducted mainly on the seminar format — will be enlightened by selected readings of the literature, philosophy and criticism of the period.  No prior knowledge about Mexico is expected, though students with background in the Spanish language are especially encouraged to enroll. 

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

Influencing the Psyche
HON 431-75 / HON 441-75**

W, 4:30 – 7:15
Prof. Edna Ross

Mysteries of the Mind:  Psychological Phenomena that Influence Your Psyche

The term ‘psyche’ refers to the forces within an individual that influence our thoughts, behavior, and personality. In this seminar, we will explore some psychological concepts that can actually impact the psyche without our conscious awareness and, consequently, alter our perceptions of reality.  The course will draw on a wealth of psychological research that both identifies and establishes the parameters of reality-altering phenomena.  As one of the course assessments, students will create a digital media representation of a specific concept of their choice. 

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with PSYC 404-75.



Jane Austen and Film | WR
HON 436-01 / HON 446 -01**
TR, 1:00 – 2:15
Prof. Karen Hadley

Observing the proliferation of Austen adaptations of the past decade or so, this course will focus on a number of issues around the recent obsession with bringing Jane Austen’s novels to the screen. Attention will be given to the creative, collaborative process of translating literature to the medium of film (and its increased attention to scenery, fashion, and physical beauty), with special focus on issues relevant to Austen’s texts such as passion, romance, wealth, manners, and social commentary. Is it (or why is it) the case, we will ask with one Austen critic, that translations too faithful to the books cannot achieve broad enough appeal for the movie industry? 

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed ENGL 401-01. To register for this as an English course, please contact Professor Hadley directly.


Smart Solutions for a Sustainable Society| WR
HON 436-75 / HON 446-75
T, 5:30 – 8:15
Prof. Harry Pickens

This interdisciplinary exploration introduces the critical challenges facing humanity at this unique time in history and explores many of the most promising solutions that are emerging around the globe.

“Humanity as a whole faces daunting challenges that put our own survival into question. We do have reason to believe we can turn things around, but time is short to do so. Until we are willing to look squarely at our situation, we remain largely unmoved by its realities. Yet once we summon the courage to confront our predicament, we find that indeed there is much we can do on levels big and small, and many signs of hope and possibility. According to current data, we are rapidly nearing a point of no return for saving much of what we know and love on our beautiful planet. There is no time to wait! Restoring balance and sustainability across the globe will take our best minds and a critical mass of citizens who are not just concerned but committed to making the changes required.” (Allen, Vinit, The Sustainable World Sourcebook, 2009)

The course provides an overview of five key areas of concern: environment, energy, economics, social justice, and communities. Students practice thinking critically about local, regional, national and global problems and explore how individuals and communities are making a difference. Students develop a personal sustainability action plan as they discover how they can tap their individual passions, skills, and strengths to make a meaningful contribution to a world that works for everyone. 

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


A Course in Thriving | WR
HON 436-76 / HON 446-76
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 PSYC 404-76.     

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