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Honors General Education

Cluster 1: Skills for the 21st Century

Finish by end of freshman year.

Critical Thinking (C1CT)

PHIL 120H - Critical Thinking (3 credits)
Class #: 75964   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: William Knorpp   |   MWF 10:10-11:00 AM    |    Moody 0107
Class #: 76000   |   Section: 0002   |   Instructor: William Knorpp   |   MWF 11:15 AM -12:05 PM    |    Moody 0107
An introduction to the techniques for analyzing and evaluating information in everyday experience. The functions of language will be discussed. Techniques for judging the strengths of arguments and the probable truth of the arguments' premises will be examined. This course does not meet the philosophy requirement for the B.A. degree. May not be used for major credit.

ISAT 160H - Problem Solving Approaches in Science and Technology (3 credits)
Class #: 76885   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Matthew Eisler   |   TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM    |    ISAT/CS 0348
This course examines issues in modern science and technology as a means to introduce, develop and enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills. Current scientific and technological research and applications will be introduced to reinforce problem solving, instruction in systems thinking and critical inquiry. The course provides opportunities for using both oral and written communication in a variety of learning activities.

Human Communication (C1HC)

SCOM 121H - Fundamental Human Communication: Presentations (3 credits)
Class #: 74430   |   Section: 0012   |   Instructor: C Lee Mayfield   |   TuTh 8:00-9:15 AM    |    Harrison 2101
Study of human communication as a process. Overview of the principles and practices of communication in a public environment. Emphasis on examining the role of self-concept, perception, culture, verbal and nonverbal dimensions in the communication process, using power and managing conflict, applying critical listening, practicing audience analysis, and constructing informative and persuasive speeches. Public speaking required.

SCOM 122H - Fundamental Human Communication: Individual Presentations (3 credits)
Class #: 74458   |   Section: 0008   |   Instructor: Annick Dupal   |   MWF 9:05-9:55 AM   |   Harrison 1246
Study of human communication as a process. Overview of the principles and practices of communication in a public environment. Emphasis on examining the role of self-concept, perception, culture, verbal and nonverbal dimensions in the communication process, using power and managing conflict, applying critical listening, practicing audience analysis, and constructing informative and persuasive speeches. Public speaking required.

SCOM 123H - Fundamental Human Communication: Group Presentations (3 credits)
Class #: 74593   |   Section: 0008   |   Instructor: Elizabeth Armstrong   |   MoWe 9:05-9:55 AM   |   Harrison 2101
Class #: 76879   |   Section: 0027   |   Instructor: Jenda Krauklis   |   MoWe 7:00-8:15 PM   |   Harrison 1241
Study of human communication as a process. Overview of the principles and practices of communication in small group and public communication contexts. Emphasis on examining the role of self-concept, perception, culture, verbal and nonverbal dimensions in the communication process, using power and managing conflict, applying critical listening, practicing audience analysis, and constructing informative and persuasive presentations. Public speaking required.

Writing (C1W)

WRTC 103H - Critical Reading and Writing (3 credits)
Class #: 74484   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Karen McDonnell   |   MWF 12:20-1:10 PM   |   Harrison 2104
Fosters reflective, critical reading, writing, and research in public discourse, culture, humanities, technology, and science. Challenges students to consider cross-disciplinary modes of inquiry through multiple genres with an attention to enlightened, global citizenship. Emphasizes revising for rhetorical effectiveness. WRTC 103H fulfills the General Education Cluster One writing requirement and is a prerequisite for all WRTC courses numbered 200 or above.

Cluster 2: Arts & Humanities

Human Questions & Contexts (C2HQC)

PHIL 101H - Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
Class #: 75998   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Ann Wiles   |   TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM   |   Cleveland 0114
Class #: 75999   |   Section: 0002   |   Instructor: Ann Wiles   |   TuTh 12:30-1:45 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 #: 76842   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: TBA   |   Days: TBA   |   Keezell 0107
An investigation of the world's major religions which will give attention to their origin, history, mythology and doctrines. 

Visual & Performing Arts (C2VPA)

ARTH 206H - Survey of Modern Art II: Renaissance to Modern Art (3 credits)
Class #: 76362   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Laura Katzman   |   TuTh 3:30-4:45 PM   |   Duke 1041
An introduction to the art and architecture of the world from the Renaissance through Modern ages. Includes European Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment, 19th and 20th centuries as well as Asian and African arts.

THEA 210H - Introduction to Theatre (3 credits)
Class #: 74642   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: TBA   |   MoWeFr 8:00-8:50   |   Forbes Estes Center 1201
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: Literature, Nature, and Environment (3 credits)
Class #: 76197   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Katey Castellano   |   MWF 10:10-11:00 AM   |   Keezell 0308
This course will investigate the roles that literature and language play in shaping our cultural understanding of the environment. Literary themes include nature and place-based writing, environmental advocacy in literature, and current issues such as species extinction and climate change. Students can expect to emerge from the semester with a working knowledge of close-reading and eco-critical approaches to literature, skills for the construction of an argument within literary analysis, and a better understanding of how to relate a literary work to its historical, political, and cultural contexts. This class fulfills the General Education Cluster II literature requirement. It also counts towards the English major/minor, and the Environmental Humanities and Environmental Studies minors.

ENG 239H - Studies in World Literature (3 credits)
Class #: 73999   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Debali Mookerjea-Leonard   |   TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM   |   Keezell 0310
This course introduces students to representative works of South Asian literature, particularly the Indian subcontinent, produced over the course of the 20th century. It aims to cultivate an awareness of the historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts of writings from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Texts for the course have been selected from a range of genres, including the novel, short story, drama and poetry. Films will be used to provide a visual complement to the texts. Through close reading and analyses of literary texts, and discussions in class, the course endeavors to refine students' skills of critical thinking, reading and writing.

Cluster 3: The Natural World

Quantitative Reasoning (C3T1G1)

MATH 220H - Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
Class #: 71720   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Robert Lee   |   TuTh 3:30-4:45 PM   |   Roop Hall 0127
Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, sampling, estimation and testing of hypotheses, regression, correlation and an introduction to statistical analysis using computers.

Cluster 4: Social and Cultural Processes

The American Experience (C4AE)

POSC 225H - U.S. Government (4 credits)
Class #: 73938   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Andreas Broscheid   |   MoWe 2:30-3:45 & 4:00-5:15 PM   |   Miller 2110
4-5:15pm meets periodically. An examination of institutions, processes and intellectual concepts which structure American political activity. The interaction of the political system with the changing American society and America's changing role in world affairs are also treated. The course provides an introduction to quantitative methodology.

Cluster 5: Individuals in the Human Community

Wellness Domain (C5W)

HTH 100H - Personal Wellness (3 credits)
Class #: 75774   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: David Wenos   |   MWF 10:10-11:50 AM - 8 week second session   |   Miller 2116
Emphasizes lifestyle behaviors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention. General areas affecting health status are identified. Suggestions are made as to how health-related behaviors, self-care and individual decisions contribute to health and influence dimensions of wellness.

HON 100: Honors First Year Seminar

This course is restricted to first-semester Track I Honors students.

HON 100 is a one-credit hour, credit/no credit course that meets once each week. Each section of the course is taught by two upper-level Honors students. HON 100 introduces incoming Track I students to the Honors College and to JMU. Students learn about the goals, expectations, and programs offered through Honors; are introduced to a wide range of resources available at JMU; and get to know their fellow Honors students.

HON 100 is required for all incoming Track I Honors freshmen. Students can choose the section that best fits their schedule.

HON 100 - Honors First Year Seminar (1 credit)
Class #: 73679   |   Section: 0001   |   Tu 9:30-10:20 AM   |   Duke 2040
Class #: 73680   |   Section: 0002   |   Th 9:30-10:20 AM   |   Duke 2040
Class #: 73681   |   Section: 0003   |   Tu 12:30-1:20 PM   |   Duke 2040
Class #: 73682   |   Section: 0004   |   Th 12:30-1:20 PM   |   Duke 2040
Class #: 73683   |   Section: 0005   |   Tu 3:30-4:20 PM   |   Miller G031
Class #: 73684   |   Section: 0006   |   Tu 5:00-5:50 PM   |   Miller G031
Class #: 73685   |   Section: 0007   |   Mo 10:10-11:00 AM   |   Moody 0020
Class #: 73686   |   Section: 0008   |   We 10:10-11:00 AM   |   Moody 0020
Class #: 73687   |   Section: 0009   |   Mo 12:20-1:10 PM   |   Moody 0020
Class #: 73688   |   Section: 0010   |   We 12:20-1:10 PM   |   Duke 2040
Class #: 73689   |   Section: 0011   |   Mo 1:25-2:15 PM   |   Moody 0020
Class #: 73690   |   Section: 0012   |   We 1:25-2:15 PM   |   Duke 2040
Class #: 73691   |   Section: 0013   |   Mo 2:30-3:20 PM   |   Moody 0020
Class #: 73692   |   Section: 0014   |   We 2:30-3:20 PM   |   Duke 2040
Class #: 73693   |   Section: 0015   |   Mo 3:35-4:25 PM   |   Moody 0020
Class #: 76940   |   Section: 0016   |   Mo 10:10-11:00 AM   |   Hillcrest conference room
Class #: 76941   |   Section: 0017   |   Tu 12:30-1:20 PM   |   Hillcrest conference room
Class #: 76942   |   Section: 0018   |   Tu 3:30-4:20 PM   |   Hillcrest conference room
Class #: 76943   |   Section: 0019   |   We 1:25-2:15 PM   |   Hillcrest conference room
Class #: 76944   |   Section: 0020   |   We 2:30-3:20 PM   |   Hillcrest conference room

Honors Seminars

Honors seminars are recommended for sophomores and above but are open to second semester freshmen.

HON 200 - Biology in the Movies (3 credits)
Class #: 76657   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Christopher Rose (Biology)   |   Tu 9:30-11:30 AM, Th 9:30-10:45 AM   |   HHS 2201
Advances in genetics and development biology allow scientists to manipulate genes, cells, and embryos in ways that increasingly challenge traditional concepts of human identity and could permanently alter the structure of human society.  At the same time, media bombard the public with science-based entertainment that is timely, engaging, and at some level credible to an increasingly savvy and demanding audience.  This course explores the intersection of these trends by addressing how popular culture presents science in movies and the potential costs of its misrepresentation.  Topics include human cloning, genetic engineering, origin and evolution of humans, and artificial and extraterrestrial intelligence.

HON 200 - Game Theory (3 credits)
Class #: 76708   |   Section: 0002   |   Instructor: Scott Stevens (Computer Information Systems and Management Science)   |   MWF 2:30-3:20 PM   |   Showker 0104
This course will look at many different kinds of games: games of pure competition and games that involve a cooperative component, games with only two players and games involving many players, games with simultaneous decisions and games with sequential ones, games with secrets and games in which all information is public, games with chance and games without.  The course applies basic principles and a minimum of mathematics to real-world situations applicable to any discipline.  No pre-requisite is required. 

HON 300 - James Madison University Undergraduate Research Journal (3 credits)
Class #: 43494   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Kevin Jefferson & Steven Lunsford (WRTC)   |   TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM   |   Harrison 2239
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. Download letter of interest instructions.

HON 300 - CHBS Honors Research and Writing Seminar (3 credits)
Class #: 76139   |   Section: 0002   |   Instructor: Lucy Malenke (University Writing Center)   |   Time: TBA   |   Room: TBA
Want a head start on your honors project? The CHBS Honors Research and Writing Seminar will help you establish a strong foundation for your honors project and write a proposal that will guide you through the process. This 3-credit interdisciplinary course will provide structure, writing and research instruction, and a supportive and encouraging community to participants. Enrollment is open to rising juniors in health-related, behavioral science, or social science majors. Email Lucy Malenke with questions.

HON 300 - American Women at War (3 credits)
Class #: 76277   |   Section: 0003   |   Instructor: Amelia Underwood (Military Science)   |   We 4:40-7:10 PM   |   Burruss 0034
American Women at War is a 3 credit course which 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.

HON 300 - Girlhoods, Identities, and Popular Culture (3 credits)
Class #: 76293   |   Section: 0004   |   Instructor: Sharon Mazzarella (SCOM)   |   TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM   |   SSC 4042
This class explores how both corporate and girl-produced popular culture artifacts contribute to differing cultural constructions of girlhoods. Examining a variety of U.S. popular culture texts--cartoons, reality television, young adult literature/film, toys, and more--we will first analyze how corporate media represents girls. In contrast, we also will examine alternative constructions of girlhoods as we look at cultural artifacts created by girls themselves--films, internet content, and more. The purpose of this course is to enhance a critical understanding of how the mainstream popular culture industries work to construct one narrow, idealized girlhood but also how girls themselves are working to debunk the myth that there is only one acceptable way of being a U.S. girl today.

HON 300 - Sherlock Holmes and the Proliferation of Meanings (3 credits)
Class #: 76294   |   Section: 0005   |   Instructor: Mark Raymond (English)   |   TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM   |   Miller 2180
What is John H. Watson’s middle name? The BBC’s Sherlock, for one, says it’s "Hamish." Why? How do we find meaning in challenging (partial or surprising) data? Are we aware of the conjectural paradigms under which we all operate? This class will investigate the cultural history of Sherlock Holmes, reading the "canonical" novels and stories by Conan Doyle and examining some key aspects of the massive body of extra-authorial material dealing with Holmes: commentaries, pastiches, parodies, imitations, adaptations, continuations, appropriations, films and fan fiction, allusions and Easter eggs. Secondary readings will range from Michel Foucault to Michael Chabon. Investigating detective fiction within an interdisciplinary context that contends with the demands of both history and science, we will ask: How is knowledge produced? How is information accessed, contained and controlled? And what is the meaning of the curious incident of the dog in the night-time?

HON 300 - Florence: Birthplace of the Renaissance (3 credits)
Class #: 76295   |   Section: 0006   |   Instructor: Robert Bersson (Art & Art History)   |   Mo 5:15-8:15 PM   |   Duke 2039
Florence, from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, was a city of extraordinary individuals and events, a cultural capital of enormous influence in Europe and beyond. Our Honors Seminar will focus on the full fabric of Florentine life in the late medieval period and early Renaissance with especial attention given to the city’s exceptional artistic, architectural, and cultural achievements.  

HON 300 - Teaching Assistant for HON 100 (3 credits)
Teaching assistants are selected by application only in the spring semester.

Areas of Emphasis

Area of Emphasis courses are reserved for 1st semester sophomores only. Non-1st semester sophomores who enroll in these classes will be automatically removed without notification.

Honors students in Tracks I and II have the option of fulfilling the Honors seminar requirement through an Area of Emphasis. Students begin the course sequence in the fall semester of the sophomore year by selecting an intro course in one of five areas:

In the spring semester, students will take a second seminar in their area, followed by a 1-credit practicum experience in the junior year. Note that you must complete both semesters of the sophomore year seminar sequence in order for the fall class to count toward the Honors Seminar requirement.  Otherwise, the fall class will count toward your Honors elective credits. Completion of the junior practicum is not part of your seminar requirement. It is only required if you would to be certified as having completed the area.

For more information, visit the Area of Emphasis section of the website. 

Fall 2016 Areas of Emphasis Courses


HON 361 - Creativity I (3 credits) 
Class #: 74762   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Mary Shira   |   MoWe 10:10-12:25 AM   |   Duke 2039
Class #: 76292   |   Section: 0002   |   Instructor: Philip Frana   |   TuTh 9:30-11:45 AM   |   Miller G004
This course explores basic concepts of creativity across the disciplines and within various cultures. Course content can include the study and analysis of creative expression; the application of theories and conceptual frameworks to notions of fruitful serendipity, intellectual insight, and imagination; and the various modes of creative cognition in individuals, groups, and experimental “thinking” machines. Individual instructors may draw especial attention to problems of creation in literary and artistic endeavors, the role of personality, creativity in scientific discovery, the physiology and neurology of creative ability, innovative teaching techniques, or the philosophy and psychology of creativity and human fulfillment.

Global Studies

HON 331 - Global Studies I (3 credits) 
Class #: 74757   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Felix Wang   |   TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM   |   Roop 0202
Through this course, students will examine how people study and have perceived similarities, differences, and interdependencies among human societies. The course is interdisciplinary and incorporates the arts, social sciences, humanities, health, education, environmental and developmental studies, and more, all within an integrative, global framework. Materials and guest speakers will encourage discussions, introduce and engage students in new concepts, and promote critical thinking through current issues and case studies related global studies in order to become better global citizens.


HON 321 - Leadership I (3 credits) 
Class #: 74758   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Brian Charette, Jonathan Alger   |   Tu 3:00-5:30 PM   |   SSC 4046
Class #: 74759   |   Section: 0002   |   Instructor: Amelia Underwood   |   Tu 5:00-7:30 PM   |   Room: TBA
This course provides basic concepts of leadership and the essential skills required to become an effective leader. The course includes the study of leadership as well as the application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. The student will be provided the opportunity for personal development through exercises in communication and leadership effectiveness. Objectives of the course are to understand leadership, know your own style and have a plan for developing your leadership. This course will examine what we know about the leadership practices that lead to effective team and organizational performance.


HON 341 - Scientific Research I (3 credits) 
Class #: 74761   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Michelle Hesse   |   We 1:25-3:55 PM   |   Miller G031
Class #: 76590   |   Section: 0002   |   Instructor: Bradley Newcomer   |   TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM   |   Jackson 0107
This seminar is designed as an introduction to the nature of scientific inquiry and what it means to be a research scientist and effective communicator. Topics covered will be both theoretical and practical in nature. This course will have three main units of study: 1) Ways of knowing (e.g. identifying causation vs. correlation, critiquing the experimental process, and the appreciating the importance of using models), 2) Scientific communication (e.g. accessing, understanding, and writing scientific literature; understanding the manuscript submission, review, and revision process; and interfacing with conventional modes of oral communication), and 3) From theory to practice (i.e. establishing and fostering productive professional relationships, maintaining accurate and thorough record keeping, and working within the framework of conventional scientific standards). Through the exposure and analysis of these topics and issues, students will become prepared for a positive undergraduate research experience.


HON 351 - Service and Civic Engagement I (3 credits) 
Class #: 74763   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Cynthia Klevickis   |   Tu 5:00-7:00 PM   |   Room: TBA
Engaged citizens make differences in the quality of life in local, national, and global communities. Upon studying a wide spectrum of contemporary issues, engaged citizens take action. This seminar provides opportunities for students to combine their intellectual pursuits with civic engagement and discourse, thereby empowering them to become engaged participants in tomorrow's global society.

Other Courses

ISAT 203H - Viral Discovery (2 credits)
Class #: 76180   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructors: Louise Temple-Rosebrook, Stephanie Stockwell   |   MoWe 1:25-3:00 PM   |   ISAT/CS 0340
An exploratory laboratory experience, designed for incoming 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.

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