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Fall 2013

Information contained on this page is subject to change. Please be sure to double check this information before registering by referring to the online schedule of courses (link to schedule of courses). 


Summer Honors Courses

Honors Learning Communities

Honors Integrated Courses

General Honors Courses

Honors Seminars


PRIORITY REGISTRATION begins April 2. Registrar will confirm date and starting time by email. Advising starts on February 11. To make an Advising Appointment follow the instructions for GradesFirst attached here.

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 as 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 students will be offered the space. STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF AVAILABLE SPACES VIA THEIR UOFL EMAIL ADDRESSES. CHECK YOUR UOFL EMAIL ACCOUNT OFTEN.

Changes will be made to information contained within 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. 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 do so starting November 5th.  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 / Humanities 
Community Component
Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
CHEM 201-01 HON 150-01 TR, 11:00-12:15 CB B11016 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 201-01A HON 150-01 W, 9:00-9:50 CB B11016 Prof. J. Richardson
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
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. J. Richardson
CHEM 201-01B HON 150-02 W, 10:00-10:50 CB B11016 Prof. J. Richardson
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 111-22 HON 150-02 TR, 2:30-3:45 SK 305 Prof. J. Hart

* 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. J. Richardson
CHEM 201-01C HON 150-03 W, 12:00-12:50 CB B11016 Prof. J. Richardson
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


HON 150-04

Course Component
Meeting Times Room Instructor
HON 101-07
TR, 8:30-9:20  HR 204 Luke Buckman
HON 214-02
TR, 1:00-2:15
HR 204
Prof. C. Steineck


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
TR, 9:30-10:45
Prof. K. Hadley

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



General Honors Courses

Honors Principles of Accounting
ACCT 205-01
TR, 9:30-12:15
Prof. C. Burge

Prerequisites: MATH 111 or 205 (or concurrently). 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 270-03
TR 11:00-12:15
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
Prof. J. Richardson

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 016  Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 201-01B Part of learning community HON 150-02  W, 10:00-10:50  CB 016  Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 201-01C Part of learning community HON 150-03  W, 12:00-12:50  CB 016  Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 201-01D
W, 4:00-4:50 CB 016 Prof. J. Richardson

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 Instructor
CHEM 207-01A* Part of learning community, HON 150-01 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 207-01B* Part of learning community, HON 150-02 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 207-01C* Part of learning community, HON 150-03 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 208-01A** Part of learning community, HON 150-01 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 208-01B** Part of learning community, HON 150-02 Prof. J. Richardson
CHEM 208-01C** Part of learning community, HON 150-03 Prof. J. Richardson

* 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 Meeting Times Professor 
-01 T, 12:30-4:20  Dr. Christine Rich
-05 T, 12:30-4:20  Prof. Natalie Richter
-11 F, 12:30-4:20   Dr. Christine Rich
-12 F, 12:30-4:20

  Dr. Christine Rich


Business Communication
COMM 275-01
MW 9:30-10:45
Prof. Kristen Lucas


Honors Legal Environment Business 
CLAW 301-01
MW, 9:30 - 10:45
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.


Honors Computer Information Systems

CIS 300-01 
MW, 9:30-10:45
Prof. B. Dos Santos

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.


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  Prof. C. Willard
-22 Part of learning community HON 150-02  TR, 2:30-3:45 Prof. Joy Hart

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.


Honors 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 Meeting Times Instructor
-01 MW, 8:00-9:15  Prof. B. Haworth
-03  MW, 11:00-12:15  Prof. B. Haworth

Honors Principles of Macroeconomics (SB)
ECON 202-01
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.


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  Prof. B. Boehm
 MWF, 11:00-11:50 
Prof. H. Stanev
TR, 9:30-10:45 TBA
 TR, 11:00-12:15 TBA



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.


Honors Corporate Finance
FIN 301-04 
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.


2-D Design
ART 105
TR, 2:00-4:55
Prof. Ying Kit Chan

Investigation of line, form, value, color and composition in two-dimensional exercises.


Honors History of Civilizations I (SB)
HIST 105-01 
MWF, 9:00-9:50
Prof. J. Westerfeld

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


Honors History of Civilizations II
HIST 106-01
MWF, 10:00-10:50
Prof. E. Fairhead

Examines in a topical or thematic manner no less than 300 years of modern human history. Open to Honors students only.


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
HSS 293-02
MW, 11:00-12:15
Prof. C. Hart

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, 11:00-12:15
Prof. L. Shugoll

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-xx

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.

Section Course Number Meeting Times Instructor
-02 Part of learning community HON 150-04 MWF, 10:00-10:50  Prof. M. Johmann
 MWF, 11:00-11:50 
Prof. M. Krupinski

Introduction to World Religions (HCD1)
HUM 216-05 
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.


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

Mechanics II: Dynamics
ME 206-04
MWF, 11:00-11:50
Prof. S. Williams

Prerequisite: ENGR 102 (formerly EAC 102), CEE 205, and PHYS 298. Study of motions and forces in engineering systems. Kinematics and kinetics of particles; equations of motion. Energy and momentum methods. Introduction to rigid body dynamics. Engineering applications.


Music in Western Civilization (A)

MUH 204
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. G. Dove

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
Prof. S. Liu

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 111-01
MWF, 9:00-9:50
Prof. D. Clayton

Approved for the General Education requirement in Oral Communication (SP). Course designed to familiarize students with dimensions of political discourse while simultaneously providing students with opportunity to practice arts of political speech.


Comparative Political Systems - SB
POLS 202-01
MWF, 10:00-10:50
Prof. S. Materese

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


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.


Introduction to Social Work (SB)
SW 201-02 
TR, 1:00-2:15
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.


Practicum and Social Work I
SW 472-03
R, 9:30-12:00
Prof. L. Mathis

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in SW 405 and SW 470. Supplements through class discussion, readings, and role play the experiences of the practicum, creating an arena for integration of practice theory and content.


Honors Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 201-01 
MWF, 10:00-10:50
Prof. J. Hamilton

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.


Women In American Culture
WGST 201-05
TR, 11:00-12:15
Prof. D. Pecknold

Examination of women's experiences in 19th and 20th century America, focusing on issues pertaining to family, religion, economy, politics, law, race and class.


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 Meeting Times
-11 MWF, 8:00-8:50
-12 MWF, 9:00-9:50
-13 MWF, 10:00-10:50


Honors Seminars

Globalization & the Fabric of Our Lives

HON 331-05 / HON 341-05

TTh, 11:00-12:15

Prof. Joy Hart

Beginning with Kelsey Timmerman’s well known book, Where Am I Wearing, we will examine globalization, work, and the production of consumer goods. Whatever your thoughts about or positions on globalization, few would dispute that it has far reaching effects, influencing all of our lives. In our initial reading, we follow Timmerman as he visits factories in several countries to learn about where, how, and by whom many of our clothes are made. Through the garment industry, we will explore the story of globalization, workers, work, and organizations. We will learn about the lives of people across the globe who make consumer goods, such as shirts, coats, and shoes sold in the United States, as well as the purchasers of these products. We also will examine the “American Dream” and international realities. By the end of the term, we will have developed understandings of several concepts, such as industrialization and deindustrialization, multiple viewpoints on the garment industry (e.g., economic, activist), varying perspectives on globalization, and “engaged consumerism.” This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.


New Media & the Information Society

HON 331-02 / HON 341-02

MW, 2:30 – 3:45

Prof. Anna Marie Johnson and Prof. Robert Detmering

This course will explore the consumption and creation of information/media within a rapidly evolving digital landscape. From an interdisciplinary perspective, we will examine how web-based technologies and new media platforms have fostered unique forms of creative expression, influenced cultural practices, and introduced challenges in privacy, intellectual property, and information distribution, seeking, and evaluation. Texts for this class might include Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, Harry Jenkins’s Convergence Culture, Daniel Solove’s The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet, Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators, and Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.


Jane Austen & Film / WR

HON 436-02 / HON 446-02 / ENGL 401-01

TTh, 9:30 -10:45

Prof. Karen Hadley

Observing the proliferation of Austen adaptations starting in the 1990’s, 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 will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Science.


Following the Fork

HON 341-03 / HON 351-03

MW, 2:30-3:45

Prof. David Wicks and Prof. Russ Barnett

Description: Floyds Fork is 62 miles long, originating in western Henry County, Kentucky and flowing southwest through eastern Jefferson County to join the Salt River in Bullitt County. Floyds Fork tributaries add another 105 miles in stream length, the entire watershed drains 284 square miles. Floyds Fork is a tributary of the Salt River, Ohio River and eventually the Mississippi River. Currently, there are two large land conservation initiatives in the watershed: The Parklands at Floyds Fork and the Future Fund. The fork is also being extensively studied by the local, state and federal governments to determine the ecological status and to identify what could be done to ensure protection. Through field trips, community speakers, individual and group research, the students will investigate the aesthetic, cultural and ecological aspects of a watershed. Then using these experiences and independent research, students working in groups in collaboration with the Future Fund Land Trust, develop strategies for land management, providing access to the creek and adjacent lands, and improving water quality within the 1,500 acres owned by the Land Trust. Student research, recommended strategies and papers will be presented to the Future Fund Land Trust for their consideration.

Five days of field study: Three daylong field trips (on weekends) are scheduled. We will paddle canoe and kayaks on three sections of Floyds Fork, - the headwaters, the mid section and the confluence. Two day long field trips will explore the 1,500 acres of Future Fund Land Trust. Participants will become certified in Basic River Canoeing by the American Canoe Association. On all field trips we will be conducting water quality and biodiversity investigations. There will be a $50.00 equipment rental fee per student. This course will fulfill requirements in the Natural Sciences or Social Sciences.


Spontaneity / WR

HON 336-03 / HON 346-03

TTh, 9:30-10:45

Prof. Bert Harris

Spontaneity. (n., acting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort, premeditation, or delay). In her book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Betty Edwards argued that our educational system is biased in favor of analytic left-brained thinking, that it particularly rewards deductive reasoning and verbal skills. As a result, she went on, all of us—especially the academically successful among us—learn to value those approaches more highly than intuition, inductive reasoning, and communication through images. As Edwards put it, our left-brains decide to take over and to solve all problems, even those for which our undervalued right brains are better-suited, and that such an approach becomes habitual. We then begin to worry that we’ve lost our capacity for spontaneity. This was my own experience and, as Edwards predicted, it seemed right and proper and inevitable to me . . . as it probably does to almost everyone picking among or offering Honors seminars.

This seminar will certainly be unlike any other Honors seminar you’ve experienced. You will find that you are the subject matter of the work: the goal will be to help you develop your potential for spontaneity and to start to break your habits of interfering with natural impulses. Each class meeting will consist almost exclusively of physical activity, along with brief periods of discussion; the only readings will be brief articles I post periodically to add insight into experiences you’re having; and the writing will consist entirely of a lengthy personal journal in which you record your experiences and growing self-awareness. Your grade will be based upon your demonstrated openness to personal growth, and upon your actual progress as reflected in your journal. Above all, the work will proceed through playing—and if the idea of using play to accomplish goals seems strange to you, this might be exactly the course you need. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.

Dark Side of Relationships

HON 331-04 / HON 341-04

TTh, 11:00-12:15

Prof. Kandi Walker

 The line between what is considered normal and pathological is often frightfully thin, especially in close relationships. For example, when does a person who texts after a date cross the line from being protective to possessive? When does a person who is appealing become appalling? Or when does a person who is nurturing become smothering? Personal relationships are fraught with paradoxical and often confusing situations, challenges, and interactions. This class addresses relational issues ranging from lying to transgressions, privacy violations to deception, hurtful messages to abuse, and jealousy to relational obsession. 

Using the dark side metaphor this class will investigate important, yet often neglected, issues of personal relationships. The dark side metaphor will allow consideration for the hidden and forbidden as well as the contradictory and ironic elements of human relating. More specifically, the class has two main goals—developing understanding of (1) the influence communication has on personal relationships, and (2) how contexts and relational challenges influence perceptions of personal relationships. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.


American Pop Culture from the Beatles to Watergate / WR

HON 336-02 / HON 346-02

TTh, 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 will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.


Personal Creativity and Innovation in Business

HON 441-03 / MKT 490-02

TTh, 2:30-3:45

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. The course focuses on the aptitudes of meaning, play, design, story, symphony, and empathy, as well as management practices that encourage creativity and innovation in organizations. Student papers and presentations provide an opportunity to unleash and demonstrate creativity. Each student shares a “creative expression” during the final exam period. Some class sessions may be held on different days and times during selected weeks, or be replaced by attending the Idea Festival, St James Court Art Show, etc. The exact class schedule for the semester will be determined by the class early in the semester. This course will fulfill requirements in the Social Sciences.

Myths About Early Child Development

HON 441-02 / HON 451-02 / PSYC 404-02

W, 2:00-4:30

Prof. Cara Cashon

Does music make us smarter? Do toddlers drop food from their highchairs to anger their parents? Does talking in “baby talk” to babies slow down their language development?

Many people believe they know the answers to questions such as these, and why not? We were all infants and children once and many of us have extensive experience with babies and young children. We also hear about these issues in the media. However, conclusions based on our own experiences or what we have heard in the media may not be correct. In this seminar, we will confront commonly held beliefs about infant and child development and examine whether these beliefs are supported by scientific evidence. After taking this course, students will have increased their knowledge about infant and early child development, think more critically, and be better consumers of information in the media and from anecdotal stories. This course will fulfill requirements in the Natural Sciences or Social Sciences.


Behavior Modification

HON 441-75 / HON 451-75 / PSYC 404-75

MW, 5:00-6:15

Prof. Edna Ross

Are you tired of always being late? Not being able to find what you want to wear without digging through piles and piles of clothing and other stuff? Re-buying something you know you already have but just can’t find? Consistently procrastinating on studying for exams or writing papers? Would you like to loose weight? Work out more consistently, adopt a healthier life-style? Do you have a well-trained, well-behaved pet, or would like to have one?

All this and more can be achieved through the application of the principles of behavior modification. In this seminar, you will be required to select a behavior pattern (yours or a pet) that you would like to change. You will develop a personalized behavioral change program that addresses this problem, implement the program, and present a final report of the results. (Note: Some students who have taken the course previously, have been invited to present their results at professional seminars.) This course will fulfill requirements in the Natural Sciences or Social Sciences.


Constitutional Thinking / WR

HON 436-03 / HON 446-03

TTh, 1:00-2:15

Prof. Jasmine Farrier

The US Constitution established a complex system of separate institutions sharing power. Each branch has a functional specialty, but not an exclusive domain. Presidential election years offer an illusion that one person can or should control public policy; the reality is much more interesting. Budgeting, war powers, privacy, and just about every other hot issue of the day are shaped by continuous constitutional conflicts that touch all three branches, the states, and voters. This course is designed to give students a new set of intellectual tools to understand the dynamics that shape our public freedoms and obligations. The Constitution is not a historical relic; it offers a specific way of thinking about self-government in any time or place. Through a variety of institutional and scholarly perspectives, we will tackle two big questions throughout the semester: why are the Constitution’s structures and processes so complex and are they still relevant to the governing challenges of the 21st Century? This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.


Black Death / WR

HON 436-04 / HON 446-04

TTh, 2:30-3:45

Prof. Blake Beattie

In the 1330s, a mysterious disease somehow made its way from a rodent colony in the remote central Asian steppes to the highways and byways of the great trade routes that traversed the Eurasian landmass. Over the course of the next twenty years it spread across huge stretches of the Old World, from the ancient cities of India and China to the bazaars of northern and eastern Africa and on to Europe. By the time it ran its course in the early 1350s, it had claimed perhaps 100 million victims across a vast expanse of the globe, though nowhere were its dire effects more acutely felt than in Europe, where it claimed between one-third and one-half of the population in the span of barely five years.

Known to contemporaries as the Great Plague or the Great Mortality, the disease that later came to be called “the Black Death” remains the single most catastrophic epidemic event in history. This course explores the Black Death in Europe, with special attention to its demographic and economic consequences; its impact on the European psyche, as revealed in contemporary narrative, literary and artistic sources; its effect on European medicine; and the ongoing scientific debate about what exactly the disease really was. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.


International Travel Seminar                By Application Only

International travel seminars are by application only. A panel comprised of the faculty teaching the seminar, the Honors Director, and counselors will review each application, rate it and make 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 course, comprised of alternates chosen from the applicant pool. Students are expected to comply with payment deadlines and participate actively in the course. Student cost for this course has not yet been determined.


Expressionism and the Fantastic / WR

HON 436-01 / HON 446-01

MW, 2:30-3:45

Prof. Michael Williams

From about 1910-1930, German Expressionism reintroduced the fantastic and the grotesque to the Modern Era. Art of the period tends toward distortion and exaggeration, but so does the narrative style of both literary and cinematic fiction. Writers such as Kafka, Meyrinck, Hesse, Heym, and Walser depart from the realist fictional styles of the previous century by different but intersecting roads, and the new art of film found its medium an exciting and promising place to veer from (or leave behind entirely) what we would call consensus reality: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Golem, Nosferatu, and Metropolis give us bizarre alternative worlds that, of course, uncomfortably resemble our own. Why this pervasive and fascinating tendency in storytelling? In this region and in this time? The seminar will attempt to formulate answers to these larger questions, while examining representative works of fantastic narrative. The seminar concludes with travel to Prague, Vienna, and Berlin, to see firsthand the real source of Expressionism's fantastic landscapes. [Of course, destinations can be added or substituted as we see fit.] This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.

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