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Spring 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). 


Honors Integrated Courses

General Honors Courses

Honors Seminars


PRIORITY REGISTRATION begins November 2nd. Registrar will confirm date and starting time by email. Advising starts on September 17th. 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. 



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 4058 MW, 4:00-5:15 TH 132 Prof. C. Steineck
-02 4543 TR, 1:00-2:15 TH 132 Prof. C. Steineck

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.

Honors Survey of Asian Art
ARTH 290-01
TR, 11:00-12:15
Prof. D. Lai

Crosslisted with AST 290. A survey of the major artistic tradition of Asia, primarily of China, India, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia from Neolithic times to the turn of the twentieth century.

Honors General Chemistry II
CHEM 202-03
Lecture: TR, 1:00-2:15
Prof. M. Noble
Prerequisite: CHEM 201. A continuation of the basic concepts and principles of modern chemistry. Topics include equilibria, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry and/or descriptive chemistry of the elements.

Course Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
CHEM 202-03A 4712 W, 10:00-10:50 CB LL16 Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 202-03B 4713 W, 2:00-2:50 CB LL16 Prof. M. Noble
CHEM 202-03C 4714 W, 3:00-3:50 CB LL16 Prof. M. Noble

Honors Introduction to Chemical Analysis III
CHEM 209-03
Lecture: T, 9:00-9:50
Prof. R. Baldwin

Prerequisite: CHEM 208 and successful completion of or concurrent registration in CHEM 202. Continuation of CHEM 208.

Course Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
CHEM 209-03A 5060 W, 11:00-1:50 CB LL12 Prof. R. Baldwin
CHEM 209-03B 5061 F, 12:00-2:50 CB LL12 Prof. R. Baldwin

Honors Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 342-02
Lecture: MW, 12:30-1:45
Prof. C. Rich

Prerequisite: CHEM 341. A continuation of the basic concepts and principles of modern chemistry. Topics include equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry and/or descriptive chemistry of the elements.

Course Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
CHEM 342-02A 5763 W, 2:00-2:50 CB LL10 Prof. C. Rich
CHEM 342-02B 5764 W, 3:00-3:50 CB LL10 Prof. C. Rich

Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

Prerequisite: Corequisite of CHEM 341 for 343; 341, 343 prerequisite and 342 corequisite for 344. 4 lab. Techniques of modern organic chemistry: syntheses, mechanistic studies, identification of unknowns by chemical and spectroscopic methods, special projects.

Course Meeting Times Instructor
-04 R, 9:30-1:25 Prof. C. Burns
-05 F 12:00-3:55 Prof. N. Ricther
-07 F 1:00-4:55 Prof. C. Burns
-08 R 8:30-12:25 Prof. N. Richter

Honors Introduction to Public Speaking
COMM 111-xx

The honors section of COMM 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 presentations of others in the course.

Course Meeting Times Instructor
-17 TR, 11:00-12:15 TBA
-21 TR 2:30-3:45 Prof. B. Edwards

Honors Interpersonal Skills
COMM 115-03
TR, 11:00-12:15
Prof. B. Edwards

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


Honors Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 201-01
MW, 11:00-12:15
Prof. B. Haworth

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.


Honors Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202-xx

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.

Course Meeting Times Instructor
-04 TR, 1:00-2:15 Prof. J. Vahaly
-05 TR, 2:30-3:45 Prof. J. Vahaly

Honors Advanced Composition For Freshman
ENGL 105-xx

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.

Course Meeting Times Instructor
-01 MWF, 1:00-1:50 TBA
-02 TR, 2:30-3:45 TBA

Honors Business Writing
ENGL 306-04
MW, 2:00-3:15

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 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.


Honors History of Civilizations II
HIST 106-01
TR, 1:00-2:15
Prof. J. McLeod

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


Honors Thesis
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 Cultures of America
HUM 152-01
MWF, 11:00-11:50
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.


Honors Introduction to World Religions
HUM 216-02
TR, 2:30-3:45
Prof. R. Fuller

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


Honors Management and Organizational Behavior
MGMT 301-03
TR, 9:30-10:45
Prof. K. Bruce

Prerequisite: ECON 201, CIS 100, BUS 201.(Students admitted after Spring 2011 must also have BUS 101, ACCT 201,MGMT 201 or equivalent) Designed to provide students with the basic level of knowledge and skills in management and interpersonal processes necessary for more advanced business study and employment success.


Honors Principles of Marketing
MKT 301-05
TR, 2:30-3:45
Prof. B. LaForge

Prerequisite: CIS 100, ECON 201, MGMT 201 or equivalent.(Students admitted after Spring 11 must also have ACCT 202 or ACCT 205, ECON 202, BUS 101). A study of the behavioral, functional, societal, international, and institutional foundations of marketing, as well as the following marketing mix variables: product, price, promotion, and channels of distribution.


Honors Calculus II
MATH 206
MWF, 11:00-12:15

Prerequisite: MATH 205 or ENGR 101. Note: Credit will not be granted for both MATH 206 and ENGR 102. Continuation of MATH 205; Introduction to infinite series.


Honors Introduction to the Francophone World
ML 250-75
TR, 5:30-6:45
Prof. W. Yonder

A general introduction, taught in English, to the arts, culture and history of areas throughout the world in which French is the primary language.


Honors Contemporary Ethical Problems
PHIL 222-02
TR, 1:00-2:15
Prof. J. Post

Ethical aspects of current medical, legal, political, environmental and social problems and of the presuppositions contained in their various solutions.


Honors Introduction to Logic
PHIL 311-01
MWF, 9:00-9:50
Prof. D. Chapman

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


Honors Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 201-03
TR, 9:30-10:45
Prof. M. Leonard

Note: Students are required to participate in one or more standard experiments or to submit abstracts of published studies as part of Psychology 201. Introduction to the methods and major content areas of psychology: sensation, perception, learning, cognition, human development, abnormal and social psychology. (Lecture and Lab)


Honors Life-Span Developmental Psychology
PSYC 363-02
TR, 2:30-3:45
Prof. M. Leonard

Prerequisite: PSYC 201 or consent of instructor. Principles of life-span developmental psychology (conception to old age).


Honors Social Work Practicum Seminar and Lab II
SW 473-03
TR, 9:30-12:00
Prof. L. Mathis

Prerequisite: SW 472 and concurrent enrollment in SW 406 and SW 471. Supplements through class discussion, readings, roleplay the experiences of the practicum, creating an arena for integration of practice theory and content.


Honors Enjoyment of Theater
TA 207-02
TR, 4:00-5:20
Prof. M. Hottois

A survey of theatre from its origins to the present, with emphasis on dramatic literature, and theatrical techniques. Attendance at department productions is required.


Honors Engineering Analysis II

Prerequisite: ENGR 101. Development and use of: integrating techniques, transcendental functions, vectors in three dimensions, polar coordinates, and power series to solve engineering problems, including work, hydrostatic force, statics, heating, cooling, and catenaries.

Course Instructor
-11 Prof. L. Tyler and Prof. P. Ralston
-12 Prof. L. Tyler and Prof. P. Ralston
-13 Prof. L. Tyler and Prof. P. Ralston

Honors Seminars

International Negotiation

HON 431-75 / HON 441-75 / POLS 530-75

M, 5:30 -8:15

Prof. Michael Fowler


The attempted negotiation of problems and disputes that stretch across international borders is one of the most fascinating aspects of international politics these days. Some problems confront negotiators with the chance to do something to make the world a bit better, more prosperous, and more peaceful. Other issues, if unresolved, threaten grave consequences. Many thorny substantive disputes are further complicated by cross-cultural misunderstandings, historical grievances, the lack of a shared language, and an array of other difficulties. Professor Michael Fowler has taught negotiation in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Japan, Laos, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the United States to diplomats, lawyers, business executives, and undergraduate and graduate students in law and political science.


This active-learning course will intensively explore the theory and practice of international negotiation. It will involve students negotiating and then analyzing realistic hypothetical cases, drawn up by Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation, that place them in diverse scenarios related to an array of international issues. Class time will be divided among simulations, debriefings in which the hypothetical problems as well as the ensuing student negotiations are analyzed, and discussions concerning the chief issues and strategies faced by international negotiators. The seminar is designed not only to enlighten students on negotiation as a vitally important aspect of modern international relations, but to equip students with fundamental negotiation skills that should help them to assess and handle the many disputes that will arise in their daily lives and careers more skillfully, effectively, and peacefully. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.



Art, Thinking and Social Change

HON 431-02 / HON 441-02/ ART 590-01

TTh, 2:00 – 4:55

Prof. Ying Kit Chan


This is a studio art course that integrates aesthetics, critical theories and practice of art. The objectives of the course are to encourage students to think creatively, to produce art work that transcends the confines of mediums, to reflect upon philosophical issues, to critique historical and current events and to examine the boundary between aesthetics and ethics. The ultimate goal of this class is that the students will be accustomed to making art that has a deep purpose in sustaining the future of the world and will become progressive, innovative, broad-minded and well-cultivated thinkers, artists, and citizens


Students will study, discuss and work on art projects related to topics corresponding to the three sections of the course: art, thinking and social change, and will explore the possibility of using visual art to deal with social, cultural, political and philosophical issues. In addition, students will keep a daily journal as well as maintaining a blog on contemporary art news and current events. Throughout the semester, guest speakers including anthropologists, sociologists, literary theorists, artists and philosophers will be invited to present lectures and critique students' work. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.




Seeing the Divine:

 The Political, Social and Theological Implications of Religious Imagery and Iconography /WR

HON 436-03 / HON 446-03 / HUM 400-01

TTh, 1:00-2:15

Prof. Roy Fuller


Seeing the Divine is an investigation into how various human cultures have produced, been inspired by, and manipulated religious images and icons for the purpose of promoting theological, political, and social agendas. This course will utilize the tools and methodology associated with visual culture studies to examine how religious imagery has been used across a broad spectrum of theological, cultural, and political contexts.  Of the uses of visual culture studies, one scholar claims; “Visual culture is what images, acts of seeing, and attendant intellectual, emotional, and perceptual sensibilities do to build, maintain, or transform the worlds in which people live.”  In a discussion driven format, we will examine the ongoing role of religious images and icons in historic and contemporary contexts with an eye towards examining their functions in context.  Students will be free to pursue and present research on the uses of religious imagery in any religious, social, cultural, and/or political context in which they have interest.  Participants will present their findings via class presentations. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.



Work and Popular Culture

HON 331-02 / HON 341-02

TTh, 2:30 - 3:45

Prof. Joy Hart


Work. The job. The daily grind. 9 to 5. Slaving away. Hitting the mines. Working for “the man.” Punching the clock.   We spend much of our early lives thinking about “what we want to be when we grow up”—a fire fighter, a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher, a farmer.  Then, if popular culture is correct, we spend much of our later lives rebelling against our work or the organizations that employ us.  Many popular depictions of work life are funny, but how realistic are these portrayals?  Why are they funny?  Are they generally accurate?  In what ways do they reflect cultural views of work, and in what ways do they shape our expectations for and experiences of work? 


During the semester, we will examine how organizational life is depicted in popular culture (e.g., Dilbert, The Office) and explore the complex relationships we have with work and organizations. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.



CONNECTIONS: Mathematics & Art & Music & Science / WR

HON 336-03 / HON 356-03

TTh, 9:30 - 10:45

Prof. Dick Davitt


The worlds of mathematics, art, music, and science share many commonalities, taken all together, or in triplets, or in pairs.  This seminar will investigate their parallel evolutionary histories and analogous modi operandi and highlight exemplary instances of the influences of one field on one or more of the others.  We will encounter numerous incisive examples of how practitioners in each of these realms seek to construct contexts wherein they and others can probe reality, truth, beauty, harmony, balance, symmetry, creativity, emotion, spirituality, and other fundamental human cosmological and cultural themes.  A primary objective of this seminar is to expose its participants to memorable paradigms and experiences in the venues of mathematics, art, music, and science that can serve as broad templates for learning about, using, and enjoying various products and facets of those fields throughout their lives. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Natural Sciences.



HON 431-76 / HON 441-76

TTh, 5:30-6:45

Prof. Patricia Condon


All exams will be essay exams (3 @ 25% each).  Frequent presentations on the readings in class, attendance and your overall participation will factor into the discussion part of your grade (@ 25%).


The Historical Context:  The “Weimar Republic” marks the brief period from 1918 to 1933 between one catastrophic world war and the approach of another.  It saw seventeen changes of government in less than fifteen years.  Political violence, assassinations, inflation, unemployment, crisis and instability were the norm in a country still reeling from WWI casualties and laden with war reparations. German leadership struggled to find a new identity and cast off the negative associations of the war years.  They did this with an optimistic move of the government to Weimar, a provincial capital rich in 19th century historical, cultural and intellectual associations. This shift marked a decisive turn away from the pre-war cultural centers of Berlin, Munich, and Dresden.  In short order, however, the “Modern Metropolis” of Berlin took center stage in the Weimar years rivaling London and Paris as a major European center-- socially, culturally, and economically.


The Cultural Context:  A collected edition of essays by German-Jewish journalist Joseph Roth published in English translation as “What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1933” provides us a revealing stroll through the Weimar life. Roth’s essays and a variety of other primary sources (written, visual, musical, cinematic, and theatrical) will lay the foundation for our examination. The sultry melody and dark lyrics of the haunting “Mack the Knife” composed in 1928 for “The Three Penny Opera” (a theatrical collaboration of Bertholt Brecht and Kurt Weill) and the smoke-filled rooms and steamy eroticism of Marlene Dietrich’s films typify Weimar’s “Glitter and Doom.” Topics for special attention are: Women’s place in Weimar Germany; Weimar Cinema (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, Berlin Symphony of a City, The Blue Angel); the Cafes, Bars, Dancehalls, Nightclubs and Street Life from bourgeois boulevard to the prostitute’s curb.


The Challenge of Modernism: Art manifestos were as numerous between 1918 and 1933 as new government constitutions. Foremost was that of the Bauhaus (an art school based in Weimar, which moved to Dessau for reasons of politics, and then Berlin). It advocated stripping away anything extraneous and ornamental in art and architecture to arrive at a pure form based on function. The school’s structure reflected the ideal that craftsmen (and women) engaged in designing and making furnishings for modern German life (woodworking, weaving, pottery, silver) should be held in an equal esteem with practitioners of the fine arts (painting, sculpture and architecture).  Taking modernism in a totally different direction, the iconoclasms of the Dada movement in Zurich and Berlin brought the idea that art might exist without meaning or beauty. Meanwhile more conservative artists sought a retreat into the starkly objective societal revelations of Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) using traditional painting methods to create works as shocking today as they were in the 1920s by virtue of their blatantly sexual subject matter.


While the examination of modernism from 1918-1933 serves as the seminar’s core, we will begin by looking back to the groundbreaking art exhibitions of two German Expressionist movements: Die Brücke in Dresden and Berlin, and Der Blaue Reiter in Munich (1905-1914). Our final two sessions of the semester will be directed to the repercussions of Hitler’s disdain for “Modernism” as revealed in two landmark events staged by the Nazi propaganda machine.  The first was the 1937 sale in Lucerne Switzerland of hundreds of early 20th century masterpieces hijacked from German museum collections. The second was the Nazi Degenerate Art Exhibition organized in 1939 by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as a demonstration of the absurd contradiction to German values presented by modern art and modern music. It drew record crowds in every city.


Why should we care today? 

The basic question that drives my interest in studying of Weimar Germany is the need to understand how a culture so vibrant, in a society so sophisticated, could descend so precipitously into the historical disaster that followed Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor on January 30, 1933. 

The Jewish Museum in Berlin (opened in 2001) is a breathtaking architectural work with a uniquely modern exhibition concept.  It was designed by an architect of Polish-Jewish descent, Daniel Libiskind, to evoke a torn Star of David in its exterior plan. On the interior from the visitor’s entry on the basement-level the sequence of galleries spiral upward tracing two millennia of the integration and separation of Germany-Jewish cultures. Dark empty spaces occur as chilling “voids” representing the loss to Europe caused by the eradication of the Jews in the Holocaust.


The final text panel in the last room quotes the German philosopher Hannah Arendt. Her words have haunted me since I first visited the museum in 2011:  “This should never have happened. This was different. This was the abyss.  This could never be put right.”


This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.



Theories and Contemporary Issues in International Relations / WR

HON 436-04 / HON 446-04 / POLS 506-01

TTh, 1:00-2:15

Prof. Jason Abbott


This course explores “hot topics” within the context of the disciplines of International Relations and International Political Economy in order to provide students with the theoretical and conceptual tools with which to analyze them critically. Issues covered will include: the United Nations and world orders; war and the utility of force in the 21st Century; nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea; religion in international politics; conflict, insurgency, and terrorism; uses of and reactions to US “leadership;” civil wars and the problems and merits of nation-building; the meaning of “globalization” – pros and cons; and the environment and climate change. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.




History and Theory of the (Literary) Avant-Garde / WR

HON 436-02 / HON 446-02 / ENGL 402-02

TTh, 4:00 – 5:15

Prof. Alan Golding


This course engages the history, theory, and practice of avant-garde writing from the early twentieth century to the present. The title of David Antin's talk performance, "What It Means to be Avant-Garde," could be taken as the governing rubric, allowing us to examine the nature and ambitions of avant-garde writing; what constitutes an avant-garde; the avant-garde and politics; the avant-garde and gender; questions of evaluation, reception, and institutionalization; the relationship of avant-garde writing to the academy; and whether “the avant-garde” is still a useful or viable concept.  We will take as our central examples movements or tendencies in American poetry from the post-World War II period, drawing from the Black Mountain School, the New York school, the Black Arts Movement, feminist avant-garde poetics, and Language writing and connecting this writing to parallel developments in the other arts, particularly the visual arts and performance.  To establish some context for this material, in the first half of the course we will address inter-arts avant-garde movements in other cultures and their influence on this later work (Italian Futurism, Russian Futurism, Dada, Surrealism) and read extensively in the work of major theorists of the avant-garde such as Peter Burger, Renato Poggioli, Rosalind Krauss, Paul Mann and others who will take us into consideration of the other arts.  Thus you will also become familiar with the key terms in the discourse surrounding avant-garde writing.


While this is mainly a literature course, one function of the avant-garde has often been to redefine what we mean by “literature,” and a recurring feature of the movements under discussion has been to consider literature in relation to the other arts. Hence I will welcome your bringing into the discussion examples from the visual and plastic arts, theatre, music, dance, digital media, and popular culture.  Within the framework of the above description, my approach will probably be somewhat improvisatory, and that will include a certain amount of online work: audio and video files, looking at relevant web sites.  There will be more emphasis on the questions and challenges that the work under discussion poses than on answers. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.



Civility and Community

HON 331-05 / HON 341-05

MW, 2:30 – 3:45

Prof. James Carter


One central theme of this seminar is that, in Cicero’s words, “law is the bond of civil society.”  A second  is that our laws can—and to be fully accepted must—be developed and refined by rational discussion  focused on the interest of the community as a whole, through which, of course, the private good for individuals is recognized and protected.  The seminar will therefore consider the structure and fabric of the good life in the good society and also the main concepts, principles, precepts, and general manner of thinking underlying the institutions necessary to the founding and preservation of the good society in which the good life is possible.  Sounds like heavy stuff, and it probably is!  But as you “enjoy” the current Presidential election season, ask yourself if you can feel secure that the political process today reflects the principles of civility and community that are the foundation of our democratic way of life.  We’ll look back to the campaign with that and related questions in mind and through lenses provided by Walter Lippmann’s The Public Philosophy (our main text) and selected readings from Eric Hoffer, Frederick Herzberg, Jacques Barzun, Robert Hutchins, S.I. Hayakawa, Plato’s Republic, and other sources. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.





Child Psychopathology / WR

Hon 446-05 / HON 456-05 / PSYC 414-03

TTh, 4:00 – 5:15

Prof. Paul Rosen


This course is designed to provide a survey of relevant topics in child psychopathology. The course will cover (1) Theory and developmental issues in child psychopathology and (2) Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common childhood/adolescent psychological disorders.

This course aims to provide:


·         Introduction to the common childhood/adolescent psychological disorders

·         Overview of common issues regarding assessment and treatment of childhood/adolescent psychological disorders

·         Review of research literature related to child mental health

·         Discussion of current controversies related to childhood/adolescent psychological disorders

·         Understanding of differences between typical functioning and psychological disorders in children/adolescents


This course will fulfill requirements in the Social Sciences or Natural Sciences.



New Media and Health Communication / WR

HON 346-04 / HON 356-04

MW, 2:30 – 3:45

Prof. Jennifer Gregg


The emergence and use of telecommunication and new technologies in the field of health communication over the course of the last 40 years has facilitated an increasing adoption and utilization of telemedicine, telehealth and eHealth initiatives. These terms are used nearly interchangeably to describe the practice of using tele-communication and information technologies to provide a wide range of health care activities. The goal is to reduce barriers to care, provide cost effective care, increase efficiencies and access to information for health literacy, all while ensuring quality healthcare. Whereas the term telemedicine typically refers to a narrower scope of remote clinical care, eHealth and telehealth provide a broader sense of healthcare services to patients and groups via telecommunication and information technology. The tools of telemedicine, telehealth, and eHealth can be used in assessment, treatment, promotion, prevention, consultation, education and training, etc. In a rapidly changing technological landscape, the opportunities to utilize new media for health communication seem boundless.


This course will survey the current trends and approaches to technology solutions for communicating health, providing care, diagnosis, treatment, training and information in both clinical and other applied environments. The course will also examine benefits and challenges posed by telemedical practice. Some topics will include issues of legality, patient and provider confidentiality, and adoption and use of available technologies. Additionally, the course will review the background of telemedical developments in tandem with looking forward to where the field may be heading.  We will explore trends and developments in a rapidly-changing media landscape.  It may be overwhelming to know that emerging technologies become obsolete by the time they are affordable and adopted.  The primary aim of the course, however, is to provide students with information about what is available in the field, what is unknown, and where it could be heading. This course will fulfill requirements in the Social Sciences or Natural Sciences.





Frankenstein and Its Contexts / WR

Hon 436-01 / HON 446-01 / ENGL 402-01

MW, 1:00 – 2:15

Prof. Karen Hadley


Shelley scholar Betty Bennett has observed that the young Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein was, upon publication in 1818, an “instant success,” and moreover, that it “increasingly haunt[s] us today.” Certainly, this extraordinary novel and its accompanying mythos provide numerous contexts for its production and consumption, both in the early nineteenth century when it was written, and now—almost exactly two centuries later—as the forms it has taken continue to proliferate.


This course will examine the contexts of Bennett’s claim, including the numerous influences on the young (nineteen year old) Mary Shelley: her parents William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft (both well-known social theorists in their own right), her husband Percy Shelley (celebrated British Romantic Poet), ongoing scientific debates over galvanism, vitalism and materialism, far-ranging discovery in an age of polar exploration, and the specter of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Sample early twentieth-first century contexts, focused on the question of why the novel continues to haunt us today, will include film versions of the novel, Shelley Jackson’s hypertext fiction Patchwork Girl (narrativizing a female companion to Frankenstein’s monster), and current use of the Frankenstein metaphor in fields as disparate as international relations, history, gender studies, race, genetic engineering, and cosmetic surgery. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.




HON 446-06 / HON 456-06, PSYC 414-01

TTh 4:00-5:15

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, and also address biological rhythm disorders that affect our lives (for example, seasonal affective disorder, jet lag, insomnia and rotating shift work).


This seminar is part of a community-wide series of events exploring the science of sleep and culminating in the production of the play Sleep, Rock Thy Brain. This play will break new ground with special aerial effects used in dream sequences. Key contributors to this project from the Department of Theatre Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Medical School will be an integral part of this multi-disciplinary seminar. This course will fulfill requirements in the Social Sciences or Natural Sciences.




What it Takes to be a CEO

HON 441-01 / BUS 441-01

TTh, 8:00 – 9:15

 Prof. Christy Burge                             


Are you aspiring to be a great leader? What are the common traits of great leaders? Do you have what it takes?

We will be trying to identify the traits great business, political and sports leaders have in common. We will read and discuss such best-sellers as Good to Great, Lincoln on Leadership, and a couple of others. Every student will have the opportunity to choose a leader he or she believes is great and analyze that leader based on traits identified. There will be opportunity for open debate amongst peers. We will have numerous leaders from the community to discuss their opinions of leadership strategies and traits.  A community project of your design is assigned to help you apply the skills of a great leader. HON 441-02 fulfills degree requirements in the Social Sciences.  This course is cross-listed with the College of Business as BUS 441-01 (9847). For information on registering for this course through the College of Business, please contact them directly. This course will fulfill requirements in the 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.


Tradition and Renewal in Japanese Arts

Hon 331-01 / HON 341-01

TTh, 11:00 - 12:15

Prof. Bert Harris


 Japan is noted for a culture that honors its elders and reveres tradition; it is also known for its vibrant youth culture and its cutting-edge technology.  How can these elements possibly go together?  What would it mean to be an artist or a craftsperson in such a culture?  If you were facing such a dilemma, would you turn to the brilliantly-developed, time-tested techniques of your medium, devoting your career to the continuing perfection of the work begun by your predecessors?  Or would you want to strike out on your own into untested waters . . . assuming that it would even be possible to free yourself from the traditions and aesthetics that are ingrained in the cultural waters in which you swim every day?  Is there, perhaps, a third way?


In this seminar we will examine the work of contemporary Japanese artists and craftspeople who may, consciously or unconsciously, be developing that “third way”:  to honor the traditions of their discipline by finding ways to bring their traditions into modern times.  Working in teams, students in the seminar will focus on the work of a single artist (from theatre, music, fine arts, architecture, crafts, etc.); will study the traditions that inform that artist’s genre; and will develop and present reports for the edification of the other seminar students.  At the end of the semester we will travel to Japan and have approximately 10 days in country (tentatively, Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima) and confer personally with five of the artists we studied. This course will fulfill requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.

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