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Honors General Education

** Enrollment restricted to Honors students with freshman and sophomore standing during the initial enrollment period. Classes will open to juniors and seniors during open enrollment.

Cluster 1: Skills for the 21st Century

Finish by end of freshman year.

Critical Thinking (C1CT)

HIST 150H – Critical Issues in Recent Global History (3 credits)

Class #: 16176  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: John Butt  |  MoWeFr 8:00-8:50 AM  |  Jackson 0102
Class #: 16177  |  Section: 0002  |  Instructor: John Butt  |  MoWeFr 10:10-11:00 AM  |  Jackson 0102
TOPIC: An examination of Brexit (UK withdrawal from the EU) from an analysis of various British newspapers from January 2013 to the present day. Emphasis will be on individual critical readings and class discussions.

Class #: 16178  |  Section: 0003  |  Instructor: Howard Gelfand  |  MoWeFr 2:30-3:20 PM  |  Jackson 0003
Class #: 16179  |  Section: 0004  |  Instructor: Howard Gelfand  |  MoWeFr 3:35-4:25 PM  |  Jackson 0105
TOPIC: This course is an overview of major topics in the global community since 1900 as seen through the lens of journeys and cross-cultural exchanges. Our seminar format will allow us to discuss and debate issues, authors’ interpretations, the means by which historians gather and analyze facts, the means by which academics in fields other than history contribute to our understanding of the past, and what greater truths we can derive about the human condition and the human experience. Our readings include books, letters and journal entries, scholarly articles, radio and television interviews, courtroom testimonies, speeches and addresses, films, journalistic pieces, television documentaries, autobiographical pieces, book reviews, photographs, film reviews, and federal agency and international agency internet sites. This will allow us not only to consider the information contained therein, but also to assess the values, uses, and shortcomings of these different types of mediums and sources. 

Although it is impossible to cover every culture and every issue, we will explore peoples and cultures in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania, and Europe. Our readings cover the topics of theories of: history, culture, and travel; anthropological studies of pre-literate societies; refugees; the relationship of humans to the natural world; genocide; communicable disease; art and the meaning of its various forms; tourism and ecotourism; nuclear weapons; food; mountain climbing and trekking; dancing and music; and theology. These topics, however, will permit us to explore much broader and diverse issues: nationalism; philosophy and religion; diversity or uniformity of cultures and nationalities; openness to other cultures and prejudice; forced migration; economically-induced migration; border issues; animals and efforts to save them and their habitats; climate change-induced migration; post-colonial assistance to native peoples; cultural identity of native peoples; organized mass murder; global and local-scale conflicts and wars; scientific and medical development; disease prevention and responsible sexual behavior; global environmental change; water resources; pollution; human overpopulation; poverty; tourism and sustenance of native peoples; war memorials and national identities; sports and athletics; radicalism and challenges to political and economic systems; effects of nuclear weapons; social and political issues in popular cinema; attempts at de-nuclearization and anti-war efforts; food as cultural exchange; availability of food and starvation; music and dance as cultural exchanges and cultural influences; and ideas on human cooperation and peace.

Cluster 2: Arts & Humanities

Human Questions and Contexts (C2HQC)

PHIL 101H – Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)

Class #: 16003  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Ann Wiles  |  MoWeFr 10:10-11:00 AM  |  Cleveland 0114
Class #: 16004  |  Section: 0002  |  Instructor: Ann Wiles  |  MoWeFr 11:15 AM -12:05 PM  |  Cleveland 0114
An introduction to the basic problems and concepts of philosophy – the nature of man and the self, ethics, theories of knowledge, philosophy of religion, etc., as revealed in the writings of the major philosophers.

REL 101H – Religions of the World (3 credits)

Class #: 16033  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Robert Brown  |  MoWeFr 8:00-8:50 AM  |  Miller 2110
An investigation of the world’s major religions which will give attention to their origin, history, mythology and doctrines.

Visual and Performing Arts (C2VPA)

ARTH 205H – Prehistoric to Renaissance (3 credits)

Class #: 16590  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Charles Maddox  |  MoWeFr 9:05-9:55 AM  |  Duke 1041
An introduction to the art and architecture of the world from cave painting through European pre-Renaissance art. Includes ancient through medieval art in Europe and the Near East as well as Asian and African arts.

MUS 203H – Music in America (3 credits)

Class #: 16312  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Andrew Connell  |  TuTh 3:30-4:45 PM  |  Music Building 0318
Knowledge and skills to increase the student’s perceptual ability in music listening with a survey of American music; examining relationships between popular and classical music styles. May not be used for major credit.

THEA 210H – Introduction to Theatre (3 credits)

Class #: 16433  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Zachary Dorsey  |  TuTh 8:00-9:15 AM  |  Forbes Estes 2240; 2234
Study of the theatre as an art form. Emphasis on introducing students to a broad spectrum of theatrical activity and opinion. Consideration of the components that comprise a theatre event including acting, directing, design, costuming, lighting and playwriting. May not be used for major credit.

Literature (C2L)

ENG 221H – Literature/Culture/Ideas (3 credits)

Class #: 16314  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Annette Federico  |  TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM  |   Keezell G009
TOPIC: The Unexperienced Experience: Narratives of Death & Dying. The philosopher Jacques Derrida has called death the "unexperienced experience," the one part of human life that is universal but, finally, unknowable and incommunicable. This course will explore how narrative artists--novelists, playwrights, and filmmakers--have tried to imagine and comprehend the last act in the drama of human life.

Class #: 16315  |  Section: 0002  |  Instructor: Sharon Cote  |  TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM  |  Keezell G003
TOPIC: Being. This course will consider literature that explores the concept “being” from a variety of perspectives, including identity, the body and the physical world, communities, choice(s), and experiences. We will struggle with the (im)possibility of absolute dichotomies such as being human vs. non-human and even being happy vs, unhappy, and we’ll consider how such ideas can affect our own state of being. Primary texts will include works of speculative and non-speculative fiction, memoir, and poetry. 

Honors Seminars

Working on an Area of Emphasis? Look for classes with an area of emphasis "flag." A complete list of area of emphasis-eligible classes can be downloaded here.

Unless otherwise indicated, Honors seminars with an area of emphasis flag are open to ALL Honors students. 

HON 300 – Gender Issues in Science (3 credits)

Class #: 14397  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Louise Temple-Rosebrook  |  MoWe 2:30-3:45 PM  |  EnGeo 2202
Ever wonder WHAT we might know about the natural world if women or other under-represented groups were the scientists asking the questions? Or WHY Eastern and Western approaches to medicine are so different? Using readings, discussions, films, panels, and laboratory experiments, this course will explore intriguing questions like these, relevant to culture and gender, in the Women's Studies and ISAT course, “Gender Issues in Science”.  This course is taught by Dr. Louise Temple (ISAT) and Dr. Alysia Davis (Sociologist) with guest lecturers Drs. David Pruitt (Emeritus and Math), Alison Sandman (History), Case Watkins (Geographic Sciences), and Rhonda Zingraff (Sociologist).

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Research

HON 300 – American Women at War (3 credits)

Class #: 14922  |  Section: 0002  |  Instructor: Amelia Underwood  |  We 4:40-7:10 PM  |  Roop 0213
American Women at War examines the experiences and contributions of women in the U.S. during times of war to include the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf War(s). Also included in the scope of this course is an examination of how women in military service, both past and present, are an instrument for societal change in America, specifically in promoting the cause of women’s rights. This is a very relevant topic as our society is currently grappling with how to integrate women into combat roles in our military. Students will lead the discussions, present profiles of military women, and analyze media and movies on a variety of topics pertaining to the role of American women in the military. During the second half of the semester, we take a field trip to the Army Women’s Museum in Fort Lee, Virginia. Student teams examine the archival documents of a particular woman who served in World War I or II and create a research finding aide and an exhibit to be used by the museum. Students are actually discovering "new" history about these women's experiences in war and are making an impact in the historical interpretation of women’s roles in the American military.

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Leadership; Service and Civic Engagement.

HON 300 – Inclusive Leadership for Sustainable Peace (3 credits)

Class #: 16540  |  Section: 0003  |  Instructor: Edward Brantmeier  |  We  4:00-7:00 PM  |  Roop G026
While examining global sustainable development initiatives and non­-mainstream leaders in this course, students will be invited to explore their own leadership through a critical peace education for sustainability approach. Students are invited on a contemplative journey of self-­inquiry that leads to connectedness, to a sense of interdependence, and to leadership action plans focused on alleviating violence and moving toward economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Self-inquiry and community exploration will frame engaged learning in this course.

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Leadership.

HON 300 – James Madison University Undergraduate Research Journal (3 credits)

Class #: 16528  |  Section: 0004  |  Instructor: Kevin Jefferson  |  TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM  |  SSC 4041
Students collaborate to publish the online undergraduate research journal JMURJ. Students taking the course serve as editorial board members, who act in a number of capacities: outreach, acquisitions, and marketing; editing in all its forms, from comprehensive editing to copyediting and proofreading; and publication and design. Editorial board members gain experience in defining and publishing a growing university-wide academic research journal; collaborating with a diverse group of enthusiastic, skilled editorial board members; and working with people and texts from various fields. NOTE: This course requires instructor consent. Interested students should submit a short letter of interest to the instructors. (Letter of interest instructions.

HON 300: JMURJ is offered as a regular Honors seminar and as an Area of Emphasis experiential seminar, or as a 1, 2, or 3-credit Area of Emphasis practicum. The course may be applied toward all experiential seminar practicum requirements in all Areas of Emphasis (Creativity, Global Studies, Leadership, Research, and Service) and may be repeated for credit.

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Creativity; Global Studies; Leadership; Research; Service and Civic Engagement.

HON 300 – Spirituality in the Visual Arts of Asia (3 credits)

Class #: 16529  |  Section: 0005  |  Instructor: Kathryn Stevens  |  TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM  |  TBA
This seminar will explore the spiritual traditions of India, China, and Japan through the visual arts. Students will read and discuss core texts such as Shankara's Crest-Jewel of Discrimination, the Bhagavad Gita, the Dhammapada, the Analects, and the Tao Te Ching while we explore contemplative traditions and artwork within Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism.  Student assessment will be based upon class participation and discussion, a reflective journal, a research project with in-class presentation, and engaged learning activities.

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Creativity; Global Studies.

HON 300 – It’s About Time (3 credits)

Class #: 16544  |  Section: 0006  |  Instructor: David McGraw  |  TuTh 3:30-4:45 PM  |  SSC 4047
This will be a very interdisciplinary course that will examine the concept of time from many different perspectives, including physics (including Einstein's theory of relativity), science and technology studies (the history of timekeeping devices and their influence on society), biology (the human experience of time as we age), anthropology (cultural differences related to time), management (the time value of money, personal productivity through time management), music and/or theater & dance, rhetoric/literature (science fiction on topics of time travel and time machines), French literature (readings from Proust's In Search of Lost Time), and religion (apocalypticism and religious views on the end of time). The instructor of record will serve as the coordinator, and nearly all of the content of the course will be provided by collaborators from across the university who will lecture, suggest reading assignments, and coordinate on other assignments.

HON 300 – Our Island Universe (3 credits)

Class #: 16545  |  Section: 0007  |  Instructor: Shanil Virani  |  TuTh 1:00-2:15 PM  |  John C. Wells Planetarium
Our ancestors were adept at decoding the sky to learn their position on the surface of the planet, to tell the passage of time, and to learn when winter was approaching. Today, astrophysics is an academic enterprise in which we have learned our cosmos started in a hot, Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, is filled with billions of galaxies, each of which may have billions of stars. We are now learning that planets around these stars are common. Is the discovery of life next? Is our Universe the only one? Our Island Universe is hosted at the state-of-the-art, hybrid John C. Wells Planetarium where students would learn more about these discoveries. More importantly, students will develop their "scientific toolbox" to understand how these discoveries were made and how we've made progress in understanding our place in the cosmos.

HON 300 – Global Citizenship in a Service Learning Context (3 credits)

Class #: 16509  |  Section: 0008  |  Instructor: Delores Blough and Jason Good  |  Tu 3:30-5:30 PM  Madison Hall 2001
This course focuses on the concept of “global citizenship” in the context of an international service-learning trip. Students will travel to either the Dominican Republic (education focus) or Trinidad and Tobago (health care focus) and engage in an intensive service-learning project over spring break. The course seeks to address definitions and issues of global citizenship, development and service, using the service-learning experience as an aid to learning within the course. Students will also experience/learn about contemporary social, political, cultural and economic conditions within the DR and Trinidad and Tobago, through service-learning, structured outings, cultural events, guest speakers, coursework and course readings and assignments. Ongoing structured reflection will provide a way for all participants to discover, articulate, integrate and act on what they learn from their experiences. 

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Global Studies; Service and Civic Engagement.

HON 300 – Americans in Paris (3 credits)

Class #: 16549  |  Section: 0009  |  Instructor: Peter Eubanks  |  TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM  |  Keezell G009
Students will examine the cultural, literary, cinematic, artistic, and musical representations of Americans in Paris, from Thomas Jefferson to the present day.  As they do so, they will hone their ability to think critically, express themselves clearly both orally and in writing, and develop an increased capacity for appreciating complexity and nuance.

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Creativity; Global Studies.

HON 300 – From the Valley to the Bay (3 credits)

Class #: 16550  |  Section: 0010  |  Instructor: Eric Fitzgerald  |  Tu 5:00-8:00 PM  EnGeo 3003
The Chesapeake Bay Watershed extends over six states and 64,000 square miles including forests, farms, industries, wildlife habitat, cities, suburbs, 17 million people and more than 50 major rivers and streams. The Chesapeake Bay itself is North America’s largest estuary. Through learning about environmental, geological, historical, social, political and economic issues related to the Chesapeake Bay, Watershed students will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the interrelated issues that connect what we do here in the Shenandoah Valley to the environmental and economic health of the Bay.

This course combines original research, community service and civic engagement in the context of environmental and social aspects of life in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The class includes field experiences, research investigations, online discussions, book discussions and a final community action project. 

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Service and Civic Engagement.

HON 300 – Rhetorics of the Animal (3 credits)

Class #: 16556  |  Section: 0011  |  Instructor: Alex Parrish  |  MoWe 4:00-5:15 PM  |  Harrison 2101
This course will examine the rhetorical border zones that exist between human and nonhuman animals. These borders, we will see, can be fluid, and history shows us that as we discover more about animal cognition and behavior, the lines that separate our species must be constantly moved in order to keep up the appearance of absolute difference. We will explore in this seminar what it means to be a human, an animal, and a person. Animality will be explored through its representation in literature and science, and human and nonhuman animals will be studied as persuasive beings, companions, friends, family members, and subjects of scientific experiment. In so doing, we will expose the blurriness of the terms under which our social lives are constructed – concepts we interrogate will include human rights, altruism, intentionality, and property, hopefully bringing us to a better understanding of what it means to be a person, an animal, or both.

HON 300 – Storytelling (3 credits)

Class #: 16557  |  Section: 0012  |  Instructor: Ed Moore  |  TuTh 12:30-1:45 PM  |  Miller G004
In this course you will begin to identify the internal narratives which influence your own thought processes, to consider possible sources for these narratives, and to come to terms with ways in which the narratives influence, inform, and possibly distort, perception and learning.  Beginning with a discussion of pre-literate or semi-literate cultures, the curriculum will propose that coherent tribal stories must have constituted the societal “glue” which ordered the lives of, for example, the creators of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey; the cave art in Chauvet, France; and Stonehenge; among others. You will be asked to consider how story-telling authority is ascribed, how sacred narratives are preserved in community, and ways in which the transition from oral transmission to written records might affect the integrity of corporate memories.

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Creativity; Service and Civic Engagement.

HON 300 – Capstone Kickoff: Honors Project Planning Workshop  (3 credits)

Class #: 16685  |  Section: 0013  |  Instructor: Lucy Malenke  |  MoWe 10:10-11:25 AM  |  Miller 2104
Do you feel overwhelmed by the thought of getting started on your honors project? Are you unsure what to expect or where to begin? Do you wish you were a stronger writer or a more experienced researcher? Consider enrolling in HON 300 Capstone Kickoff: Honors Project Planning Workshop for Spring 2017. This 3-credit honors seminar is open to students majoring in behavioral, health, and social sciences. It will provide structure, guidance on writing and research, and a supportive community to students enrolled in semester A of their honors projects. An added benefit: it fulfills an honors interdisciplinary seminar requirement! 

For more information, watch this 2-minute video or email the course instructor, Lucy Malenke.

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Research.

HON 322 – Real World Leadership (3 credits)

Class #: 14010  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Brian Charette  |  Tu 3:00-5:30 PM  |  SSC 4046
Leadership II is leadership with feet. Not only will we be studying what effective leadership looks like in the global context of 2018, but students enrolled in the course will be practicing real leadership, both by developing a relationship with a mentor and by being engaged in an approved leadership role or activity during the semester. Students in the leadership area who enroll in this course will roll up their sleeves and lead - learning and doing. Students will work individually and together, developing relationships in and outside the class to deepen their understanding and further their practice of leadership. NOTE: Students will need to have an approved leadership position in place for the spring semester.  It is the responsibility of the student to arrancge their own leadership experience prior to the beginning for the semester. Prerequisite: HON 321 Leadership I.

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Leadership.

HON 352 - Service Learning, Leadership, and Civic Mindedness (3 credits)

Class #: 14009  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Steven Grande  |  Mo 3:30-5:30 PM  |  TBA
This unique three-semester hour class is designed for students to intentionally and critically reflect on 25 hours (minimum) of community involvement experiences that have an identifiable and meaningful community benefit. Students will work individually and in small groups to better understand the local and global community through the experience of entering the community as a migrant and/or refugee. The goal will be to use our concrete experience to inform our understanding of social issues and seek out theories that will enhance our practice in the community. Reflective activities, readings, journaling and discussion will facilitate increased understanding of: (1) ethically entering a community; (2) being a member of community; (3) listening for priorities, assets, and needs; and (4) taking leadership for social change. Prerequisite: HON 351 Service I.

* Area of emphasis flag(s): Service and Civic Engagement.

Other Courses

** These classes count as Honors electives.

BIO 491H – Scientific Writing, Presentation and Critical Thinking (2 credits)

Class #: 16358  |  Section: 0001-DIS  |  Instructor: Christopher Rose  |  Tu 11:00 AM - 12:40 PM  |  Bioscience 2009
A discussion-based course for the development of the fundamental thinking, writing and presentation skills necessary to be a successful researcher. This course is required for all Biology Track I and II Honors students in their sophomore year, and is strongly recommended for all Biology majors who are intending to do research. Offered as credit/no credit only.

BIO 495H – Biotechniques (1 credit)

Class #: 16636  |  Section: 0001-LAB  |  Instructor: Staff  |  TBA  |  TBA
Students are trained in research theory and techniques. Students must contact and make arrangements with a supervising instructor in the term prior to registration. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits when course content changes. Offered as a credit/no credit only.

BIO 496H – Literature Research (1 credit)

Class #: 16637  |  Section: 0001-IND  |  Instructor: Staff  |  TBA  |  TBA
Students pursue literature research in a selected area of biology. Students must contact and make arrangements with a supervising instructor in the term prior to registration. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits when course content changes. Offered as credit/no credit only.

ISAT 203H – Viral Discovery (2 credits)

Class #: 16317  |  Section: 0001-LAB  |  Instructor: Louise Temple-Rosebrook  |  TuTh 9:00- 10:45 AM  |  ISAT/CS Building 0334
An exploratory laboratory experience, designed for freshmen. Students will learn about the life cycle and ecology of viruses infecting bacteria. Soil samples will be collected, and techniques for isolation and purification of the viruses will be performed by the students. Isolated viruses will be visualized using electron microscopy. The genomic material will be isolated and prepared for nucleic acid sequencing. 

ISAT 204H – Viral Genome and Bioinformatics (2 credits)

Class #: 15240  |  Section: 0001-LAB  |  Instructor: Louise Temple-Rosebrook  |  MoWeFri 12:20-2:00 PM  |  ISAT/CS Building 0343
A computer-based laboratory experience, designed for students completing the Viral Discovery course. Students will learn to identify genes in a viral genome, compare the predicted proteins with known proteins in databases, describe the contents of the genome and notate all the relevant information for publication. Students will also research the role of bacteriophages in ecology and evolution. Prerequisite: ISAT 203 or BIO 203.

PHYS 150H – College Physics II (3 credits)

Class #: 14607  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Bradley Newcomer  |  MoWeFr 9:05-9:55 AM  |  HHS 3034
The second semester of a non-calculus sequence in general physics. Topics include electric charges, circuits, magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 140 with a grade of "C-" or higher.

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