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Honors General Education

Cluster 1: Skills for the 21st Century

Finish by end of freshman year.

Human Communication (C1HC)

SCOM 123H - Fundamental Human Communication: Group Presentations (3 credits)

Class #: 73449  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Tim Ball  |  TuTh 3:30-4:45  |  SSC 4045
Class #: 74263  |  Section: 0002  |  Instructor: Michael Broderick  |  MoWeFr 10:10-11:00  |  Harrison 2114
Class #: 74645  |  Section: 0003  |  Instructor: Gretchen Hazard  |  TuTh 12:30-1:45  |  Harrison 2102
Class #: 74646  |  Section: 0004  |  Instructor: Gretchen Hazard  |  TuTh 2:00-3:15  |  Harrison 2102
Class #: 74647  |  Section: 0005  |  Instructor: Sarah Taylor  |  MoWeFr 9:05-9:55  |  Harrison 1246
Class #: 74647  |  Section: 0006  |  Instructor: Sarah Taylor  |  MoWeFr 10:10-11:00  |  Harrison  1246
Class #: 74647  |  Section: 0007  |  Instructor: Sarah Taylor  |  MoWeFr 11:15-12:05  |  Harrison 1246
Class #: 74647  |  Section: 0008  |  Instructor: Sarah Taylor  |  MoWeFr 1:25-2:15  |  Harrison 1246

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.

Cluster 2: Arts & Humanities

Literature (C2L)

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

Class #: 76463  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Staff  |  MoWeFr 11:15-12:05  |  TBA
Class #: 76464  |  Section: 0002  |  Instructor: Staff  |  MoWeFr 1:25-2:15  |  TBA

This course will take a thematic approach to literature by examining multiple literary texts that engage with a common course theme concerned with the human experience. Themes address cultural, political, social, religious or philosophical aspect ideas through literature. Specific topics will vary.

Cluster 3: The Natural World

Quantitative Reasoning (C3T1G1)

MATH 220H - Elementary Statistics (3 credits)

Class #: 71465  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Robert Lee  |  TuTh 11:00-12:15  |  Roop 0127

Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, sampling, estimation and testing of hypotheses, regression, correlation and an introduction to statistical analysis using computers.

Natural Systems (C3T1G3)

BIO 140H – Foundations of Biology I (4 Credits)

Class #: 74811  |  Section: 0001-LEC  |  Instructor: Jonathan Moore  |  TuTh 11:15-12:30  |  Bioscience 1007
Class #: 74812  |  Section: 1001-Lab  |  Instructor: Staff  |  We 12:30-3:20  |  Bioscience 1025

*Must enroll in both lecture and lab
The foundations of the cellular molecules, structures, and processes that sustain life in the contexts of evolution will be explored. Topics will include structure and function; information flow, storage and exchange; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and systems biology. The lab experience will allow students to participate in science as it is practiced and will prepare students to be scientifically and quantitatively literate.

Cluster 4: Social and Cultural Processes

The American Experience (C4AE)

POSC 225H - U.S. Government (4 credits)

Class #: 73071  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Andreas Broscheid  |  MoWe 2:30-3:45, 4:00-5:15  |  Miller 2110

4:00-5:15 PM 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.

The Global Experience (C4GE)

ECON 200H - Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)

Class #: 76220  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: John Subrick  |  TuTh 12:30-1:45  |  Showker 0107

Behavior of systems at the national and international levels. Topics include the methodology of economics as a social science, supply and demand, definition and measurement of important macroeconomic variables, and theoretical models of growth, inflation, interest rates, unemployment, business cycles, stabilization policy, exchange rates and the balance of payments. Not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit for ECON 332.

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.

Class #: 72905  |  Section: 0001  |  Mo 10:10-11:00  |  TBA
Class #: 75366  |  Section: 0002  |  Mo 11:15-12:05  |  TBA
Class #: 72907  |  Section: 0003  |  Mo 12:20-1:10  |  TBA
Class #: 72909  |  Section: 0004  |  Mo 1:25-2:15  |  TBA
Class #: 72911  |  Section: 0005  |  Mo 2:30-3:20  |  TBA
Class #: 72913  |  Section: 0006  |  Mo 3:35-4:25  |  TBA
Class #: 75368  |  Section: 0007  |  Tu 9:30-10:20  |  TBA 
Class #: 72904  |  Section: 0008  |  Tu 11:00-11:50  |  TBA
Class #: 72901  |  Section: 0009  |  Tu 12:30-1:20  |  TBA
Class #: 74282  |  Section: 0010  |  Tu 2:00-2:50  |  TBA
Class #: 72903  |  Section: 0011  |  Tu 3:30-4:20  |  TBA
Class #: 72899  |  Section: 0012  |  Tu 5:00-5:50  |  TBA
Class #: 75367  |  Section: 0013  |  We 10:10-11:00  |  TBA
Class #: 72906  |  Section: 0014  |  We 11:15-12:05  |  TBA
Class #: 72908  |  Section: 0015  |  We 12:20-1:10  |  TBA
Class #: 72910  |  Section: 0016  |  We 1:25-2:15  |  TBA
Class #: 72912  |  Section: 0017  |  We 2:30-3:20  |  TBA
Class #: 74283  |  Section: 0018  |  We 3:35-4:25  |  TBA
Class #: 75369  |  Section: 0019  |  Th 9:30-10:20  |  TBA
Class #: 72900  |  Section: 0020  |  Th 11:00-11:50  |  TBA
Class #: 72902  |  Section: 0021  |  Th 12:30-1:20  |  TBA
Class #: 74284  |  Section: 0022  |  Th 2:00-2:50  |  TBA
Class #: 74285  |  Section: 0023  |  Th 3:30-4:20  |  TBA
Class #: 74286  |  Section: 0024  |  Th 5:00-5:50  |  TBA

Honors Seminars

HON 200 - Biology in the Movies (3 credits)

Class #: 74172  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Christopher Rose  |  Tu 9:30-11:30, Th 9:30-10:45  |  Engineering/Geosciences 1207

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.

Area of emphasis flag: none

HON 300 - Climate Change and the Humanities (3 credits)

Class #: 75006  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Katey Castellano  |  TuTh 11:00-12:15  |  Keezell 0107

This course examines climate change from the perspectives of the academic humanities and artist-activists. We begin with a discussion of the science of climate change and the concept of the anthropocene, which both confront us with the fact that humans have already irrevocably altered the climate and ecology of our planet. Climate change and the problems that accompany it, such as species extinction, higher temperatures, and rising sea levels, are difficult to represent because their causes span long periods of time and the effects are global. Moreover, the effects of climate change are unevenly distributed with poorer countries bearing the burden of climate change that is caused by the carbon emissions of wealthier countries. This course will consider how the humanities—literature, philosophy, history, visual culture, and religion—can conceptualize and critique the cultures of climate change. Throughout the course we will experiment with the way the humanities can mobilize the environmental and moral imagination in order to analyze the crisis of global climate change and gesture towards modes of intervention.

Area of emphasis flag: Global Studies

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

Class #: 75007  |  Section: 0002  |  Instructor: Eric Fitzgerald  |  Tu 5:00-8:00  |  Engineering/Geosciences 2204

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. Dr. Cindy Klevickis will serve as class co-facilitator and collaborator.

Area of emphasis flag: Service and Civic Engagement

HON 300 - Comic Books, Analysis, and Digital Scholarship (3 credits)

Class #: 75008  |  Section: 0003  |  Instructors: Brian Flota, Steven Holloway  |  TuTh 9:30-10:45  |  SSC 4041

Over the last decade, the motion picture and television industries have been dominated by properties with their origins in comic books and graphic novels. Given the seeming pervasiveness of comic books in our contemporary moment, many may wonder when comics emerged and how their style and content has changed over time. In this course, we will chart the rise of the modern comic book from the 1930s, its visual and textual structure, modes of production and distribution, and its relatively recent history of scholarly analysis. To facilitate a deeper understanding of these facets of the comic book, we will use emergent digital technologies, including enterprise artificial intelligence, to deepen and amplify questions we ask of these texts. Attention will be paid to how copyright policing by industry leaders such as Marvel and DC Comics limits academic research on the comic book, gender and diversity representation, and the limitations of tools like IBM Watson, Google, Bing and Yandex with humanities research. The course will consist of reading comic books, graphic novels, and secondary literature. These activities will be blended with lectures, visits to Carrier Library Special Collections, practicums on using online tools for digital research, student presentations on selected comic book-related topics, and a collaborative final project, which will use one or more of the digital tools we demo in class. Each student will create a final class reflection using Comic Life software to craft a comic book presentation. There is no coding prerequisite -- if you can handle a spreadsheet, Word documents, and Google image searches, you have what it takes!

Area of emphasis flags: Research; Creativity

HON 300 - Teaching Honors for TAs (3 credits)

Class #: 73519  |  Section: 0004  |  Instructors: Jared Diener, Philip Frana  |  Fr 10:10AM -11:25AM  |  Keezell 0107

Enrollment restricted to teaching assistants in HON 100. Teaching assistants are selected by application in the spring semester.

Area of emphasis practicum: counts for all areas

HON 300 - Viral Discovery and Genomics (3 credits)

Class #: 76229  |  Section: 0005  |  Instructor: Louise Temple-Rosebrook  |  TuTh 2:00-4:00  |  ISAT/CS 0334

How can “playing with dirt” be a brilliant educational experience?  And, how can a first year college student publish in the biomedical literature? These and more opportunities are available to you in this honors seminar. You can find your very own unique bacterial virus in dirt you bring from wherever you live or travel—just bring it with you the first day of class.  In this course learning is easy because it is fun and relevant, and the work is nearly all done during class. You will get to see what your virus looks like and purify the DNA from the virus.  You will analyze viral genomic DNA, predict the genes, and examine the function of the proteins. Because these viruses kill bacteria just like antibiotics do, they are becoming more interesting to medical professionals dealing with serious infections by antibiotic resistant bacteria.  We are using proteins from viruses isolated here at JMU in tests for bacterial killing.  It doesn’t get much better than this!  This course is open to everyone, and we encourage participation by students in any major.  After all, don’t we all like playing in the dirt?

Area of emphasis flag: Research

HON 300 - Religion and Animals in the Ancient Mediterranean World (3 credits)

Class #: 76230  |  Section: 0006  |  Instructors: Frances Flannery, Wren Stevens  |  TuTh 2:00-3:15  |  Roop 0208 - Exhibition

This class will explore the role of the natural world in the religions of the ancient Mediterranean World as seen in primary texts and objects. Students will study and research works from the Madison Art Collection that feature animals and plants from ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome. They will generate interpretive matierals, that may include digital recreations and artistic responses as well as textual guides, that will be used in a capstone exhibit at IVS and on the website of the Madison Art Collection. 

Area of emphasis flags: Global Studies; Research

HON 300 - X-LABS: Medical Innovations (3 credits)

Class #: 76469  |  Section: 0007  |  Instructor: Dominic Swayne  |  Th 5:00-8:00 PM  |  Lakeview Hall 1150

In this course, Pre-professional Health, Pre-Nursing, and Engineering students will work in interprofessional teams to develop and communicate solutions to a community health challenge. Students will use innovative MakerSpace technologies to produce a tangible product aimed at improving the challenge while also exploring technology's potential to cause harm. In addition to instruction of the technologies, students will be taught problem solving, collaboration, and leadership skills.

By course end, students can expect to be able to:

  • Apply problem solving skills to an actual community health challenge for vulnerable populations.
  • Use collaboration skills to work together with a group of diverse pre-professionals.
  • Engage in self analysis to identify systemic factors relevant to supporting quality team work.
  • Evaluate personal strengths and their applications to leadership and participation in professional teams.
  • Discuss the ethical, legal, and practical implications of applying novel technologies, particularly for use with vulnerable populations.
  • Produce and communicate a tangible product using MakerSpace technology that has the potential to improve a community health challenge.
  • Evaluate feasibility, potential impact, and limitations of potential solutions.

Area of emphasis flag: None

HON 300 - X-LABS: Drones (3 credits)

Class #: 76470  |  Section: 0008  |  Instructor: Dominic Swayne  |  We 5:30-8:00 PM  |  Lakeview Hall 1150

Robotics is a growing field with significant impact on many aspects of our world. It is an area of enhanced interest for students and combines aspects from all the science disciplines. This course will explore design and construction aspects of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV, quad copters).

https://jmuxlabs.org/drones/

Area of emphasis flag: None

HON 300 - X-LABS: Hacking for Diplomacy (3 credits)

Class #: 76471  |  Section: 0009  |  Instructor: Dominic Swayne  |  Tu 5:30-8:00 PM  |  TBA

This course uses innovative research methods for students to tackle real-world problems that defy territorial boundaries and resist easy resolution.

At a time of significant global uncertainty, diplomats are grappling with transnational and cross-cutting challenges such as the continued pursuit of weapons of mass destruction by states and non-state groups, the outbreak of internal conflict across the Middle East and in parts of Africa, the most significant flow of refugees since World War II, and a changing climate that is beginning to have impacts on both developed and developing countries. While the traditional tools of statecraft remain relevant, policymakers are looking to harness the power of new technologies to rethink how the U.S. government approaches and responds to these and other long-standing challenges.

In this class, student teams take actual foreign policy challenges and learn how to apply Lean Startup principles, (Mission Model Canvas, Customer Development, and Agile Engineering) to discover and validate agency and user needs and to continually build iterative prototypes to test whether they understood the problem and solution. Teams take a hands-on approach requiring close engagement with officials in the U.S. Department of State and other civilian agencies.

https://jmuxlabs.org/hacking-4-diplomacy-h4di/

Area of emphasis flag: None

HON 300 - X-LABS: Augmented and Virtual Reality (3 credits)

Class #: 76472  |  Section: 0010  |  Instructor: Dominic Swayne  |  Mo 4:30-7:30 PM  |  TBA

The fields of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and 360° media development--collectively known as mixed reality--are growing rapidly. Intended for novices, this class puts students on the cutting edge of design and covers a wide range of topics including application development, 360° filming, and more. Students across all majors have access to the latest AR & VR  equipment (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Microsoft HoloLens) and computers, along with 360° cameras, 3D scanners, and UAVs (drones). Student teams develop and deliver meaningful AR/VR/360° applications and experiences to client partners for both PC & mobile devices.

In 2017, students from seven different majors began designing and building a virtual reality tour of JMU's campus using the latest technology in 360° media and VR. Students are incorporating videography, coding and user experience design to develop "Experience JMU 360: A Virtual Tour." In partnership with the JMU Office of Admissions and University Communications & Marketing, the tour will be part of a recruitment exhibit in the newly renovated Madison Hall.

https://jmuxlabs.org/virtual-reality/

Area of emphasis flag: None

HON 300 - Honors Capstone Project Workshop (1 credit)

8-week 2nd block  |  Class #: 76526  |  Section: 0212  |  Instructor: Philip Frana  |  Mo 3:35-5:35  |  Miller G029

This 8-week course explores inter- or cross-disciplinary options for completion of the Honors Capstone Project. It is recommended for students who would like to pursue unorthodox or many-sided projects that involve mixed methods (often outside a major or minor). Enrollees will workshop ideas for capstone projects, explore capstone options (creative, collaborative, interdisciplinary), develop relevant resources in pursuit of selected topics and problems, and make connections to faculty with complementary interests. The final product of the class is a personalized plan for pursuing a project and obtaining the commitment of mentors.

Area of emphasis flag: None

HON 300 - Honors Capstone Project Workshop (1 credit)

8-week 1st block  |  Class #: 76525  |  Section: 8111  |  Instructor: Philip Frana  |  Mo 3:35-5:35  |  Miller G029

This 8-week course explores inter- or cross-disciplinary options for completion of the Honors Capstone Project. It is recommended for students who would like to pursue unorthodox or many-sided projects that involve mixed methods (often outside a major or minor). Enrollees will workshop ideas for capstone projects, explore capstone options (creative, collaborative, interdisciplinary), develop relevant resources in pursuit of selected topics and problems, and make connections to faculty with complementary interests. The final product of the class is a personalized plan for pursuing a project and obtaining the commitment of mentors.

Area of emphasis flag: None

HON 321 - LEADERSHIP I: Gender and Leadership (3 credits)

Class #: 73544  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Amelia Underwood  | We 4:40-7:10  |  TBA

This course examines the unique challenges, constraints, and opportunities that face men and women today as they ascend to leadership positions in organizations. Topics include: theoretical perspectives on how the concepts of gender and leadership are constructed; gender and leadership in the workplace; the media, the political sphere and the global community; and strategies to facilitate equity. This course is experiential and will require students to reflect on past and present challenges, as well as future opportunities as they develop their own personal leadership style. 

Area of emphasis flag: Leadership

HON 321 - LEADERSHIP I: Exploring Leadership (3 credits)

Class #: 73545  |  Section: 0002  |  Instructors: Brian Charette, Jonathan Alger  |  Tu 3:00-5:30  |  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. RESTRICTED TO SOPHOMORES. 

Area of emphasis flag: Leadership

HON 331 - GLOBAL STUDIES I: Introduction to Global Studies (3 credits)

Class #: 73543  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructors: Delores Blough, Jason Good  |  Tu 4:00-6:30  |  TBA

Through this course, students will examine how people perceive similarities, differences, and interdependencies among human societies in a global context. Materials and guest speakers will encourage discussions and promote critical thinking through current issues related to global studies in order to become better global citizens. Students will be asked to explore the culture and diversity of the Harrisonburg community through a collaboration with Harrisonburg High School (HHS) students. The students will jointly explore personal identity characteristics and the connections between identity and culture. In addition to the scheduled class time, students will visit HHS several times over the course of the semester. For this reason, it is important for all students to be available from 2:30PM – 4:00PM on Tuesdays.  If your schedule is not free at that time, please contact one of the professors prior to the semester to discuss this.

Area of emphasis flag: Global Studies

HON 351 - SERVICE & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT I: Building Community in a Diverse World (3 credits)

Class #: 73546  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Jamie Williams  |  Mo 1:00-3:30  |  TBA

This course is intended to support students’ learning and development as local and global citizens with a focus on the interpersonal, intrapersonal, and group competencies necessary to practice relational leadership across cultures. 

Area of emphasis flag: Service & Civic Engagement

HON 361 - CREATIVITY I: Creativity, Technology, and the Search for Self (3 credits)

Class #: 76218  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Jared Featherstone  |  TuTh 9:30-10:45  |  SSC 4040

Students will engage with a variety of philosophical and scientific approaches to defining or complicating the notion of a self. Particular attention will be given to the role of technology in the construction or dismantling of self. Through reflective writing, experimentation, and research, each student will conduct an extensive self-inventory and analysis that provides the basis for a final, multimedia creative project.

Area of emphasis flag: Creativity

IND 200 – Interdisciplinary Scholarship: Introduction to the Independent Scholars Major (3 Credits)

Class #: 73680   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Staff   |   TuTh 8:00-9:15   |   Hillcrest Conference Room

* Restricted to Independent Scholars majors.
IND 200 is designed to introduce students to the Independent Scholars major, and to the concepts of interdisciplinary study. Students will explore interdisciplinary research in a range of contemporary areas of study, including scientific, environmental, political, social, and cultural perspectives. Students will also gain familiarity with the possibilities for individualized study at JMU. Successful completion of the course will involve the development of proposals for individualized curricula.

IND 300 – Independent Scholars Workshop (1 Credit)

Class #: 74275   |   Section: 0001   |   Instructor: Staff   |   TBA   |   Hillcrest Conference Room

* Restricted to Independent Scholars majors.
IND 300 is a one-credit workshop course designed to provide students in the Independent Scholars major (ISM) with methodological competencies linked to major learning objectives across their curriculum, including independent research methods, preparing presentations, data visualization, research methods, working with teams, and enhancing intellectual creativity.

Other Courses

* Unless otherwise stated, these courses count as Honors electives. *

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

Class #: 75961  |  Section: 0001-DIS  |  Instructor: Christopher Rose  |  We 2:30-4:10  |  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.

ENGR 498H - Advanced Topics in Engineering Honors: Leadership (3 credits)

Class #: 74377  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Staff  |  MoWeFr 11:15-12:05  |  TBA

IPE 201H - Health Professionals in Diverse Communities (3 credits)

Class #: 75015  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Sharon Babcock  |  Th 11:00-12:15  |  TBA

An introduction to skills in professionalism & interprofessional collaboration in addressing local and global health challenges.  First year pre-professional health students examine social determinants of health and diverse communities, and learn skills in reflection as they interact with health professionals and faculty.

Huber RLC members ONLY. Class will meet in Shenandoah Hall multipurpose room.

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