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Honors General Education

Cluster 1: Skills for the 21st Century

Finish by end of freshman year.

Human Communication (C1HC)

SCOM 121H - Fundamental Human Communication: Presentations (3 credits)
Class #: 14725  |  Section: 0012  |  Instructor: Gretchen Hazard  |  MoWe 2:30-3:45 PM  |  Harrison 2113
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 #: 14757  |  Section: 0008  |  Instructor: Christina Saindon  |  TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM  |  Harrison 2102
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 #: 15068  |  Section: 0008  |  Instructor: Lori Britt  |  TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM  |  Harrison 2101
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

Human Questions & Contexts (C2HQC) 

PHIL 101H - Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
Class #: 14754  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Ann Wiles  |  TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM  |  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 #: 16454  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Emily Gravett  |  TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM  |  Miller 2110
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 #: 15226  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: John Ott  |  TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM  |  Duke 2040
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.

MUS 200H – Music in General Culture (3 credits)
Class #: 16808  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Jonathan Gibson  |  TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM  |  Music Building B071
Designed to increase the student’s perceptual ability in listening to music and to encourage an interest in both familiar and unfamiliar music. Primary study will be on music from the classic Western heritage. Folk, jazz, popular and non-Western music may also be considered. May not be used for major credit. 

Literature (C2L)

ENG 222H – Genre(s) (3 credits)
Class #: 14870  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Mary Thompson  |  TuTh 12:30-1:45 PM  |  Keezell G009 

ENG 239H - Studies in World Literature (3 credits)
Class #: 14877  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Debali Mookerjea-Leonard  |  TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM  |  Keezell G009
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. 

ENG 247H – Survey of American Lit: From the Beginning to the Civil War (3 credits)
Class #: 16755  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Matthew Rebhorn  |  MoWeFr 12:20-1:10 PM  |  Keezell 0310
This course aims to explore the foundations of American Literature from its origins to, arguably, the most significant event in this country’s history—the American Civil War.  Helping to guide our exploration of the diverse literary texts constituting “American Literature” during this time period, we will be looking at the numerous formal, stylistic, and thematic ways in which all of these texts “contest,” or challenge, what it meant to be American. Exploring the rich texts of this course, therefore, from Puritan sermons to Enlightenment autobiographies, from Transcendental essays to slave narratives, we will not discover the “real” American experience beneath this era.  Rather, we will begin to see the ways in which these contests over the meaning of race, gender, history, class, and religion supplied the foundational energy that drove this country onto the national stage.

Cluster 3: The Natural World

Physical Principles (C3T1G2)

ISCI 101H – Physics, Chemistry and the Human Experience (3 credits)
Class #: 15097  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Maria Niculescu  |  MoWeFr 9:05-9:55 AM  |  Physics/Chemistry 3216
A survey of the fundamental concepts, principles and ideas of chemistry and physics. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the development of the principles and their application in understanding the world around us. May be used for general education credit. Prerequisite or corequisite: One of the following: MATH 103MATH 107MATH 205MATH 220MATH 231 or MATH 235.

Natural Systems (C3T1G3)

ISAT 113H – Biotechnology Issues in Science and Technology (4 credits)
Class #: 17280  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Stephanie Stockwell  |  TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM & Tu 1:15-3:15 PM  |  En/Geo 2204 & ISAT/CS 0340
This course introduces current topics in the life science technologies through lecture and laboratory exercises. Topics include advances in genetic engineering, the hierarchy of life and the rise of infectious diseases.

Cluster 4: Social and Cultural Processes

The Global Experience (C4GE)

ECON 200H – Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)
Class #: 17573  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: John Robinson  |  MoWe 5:30-6:45 PM  |  Showker 0104
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.

Honors Seminars

Honors seminars are open to all students in the Honors College unless noted otherwise in the course description. Courses marked with an Area of Emaphsis flag may count towards the completion of an Honors Area of Emphasis course sequence. 

HON 200 - Create a KidWind Challenge (3 credits)
Class #: 17141  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Remy Pangle (Center for Wind Energy) & Kyle Gipson (Engineering)  |  MoWe 8:40-9:55 AM  |  Festival 1010

Create a KidWind Challenge - A course in Event Planning and Team Mentoring. Cross listed with  CISE 498E/H. Participants will collaborate with students from different majors – ISAT, Engineering, Hospitality, Education, IDLS and apply skills learned in their major to a real-world situation – planning KidWind Challenge events around Virginia. Some students will mentor K-12 students to compete in an engineering design competition to build a wind turbine and present their design to expert judges. Others will market the events to potential participants and the media. The class will be divided into committees to take on various event planning tasks. The class will also educate students on sustainability concepts and careers through activities during the events.

Learn more about this seminar.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Creativity; Leadership; Service & Civic Engagement.

HON 300 - Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Film (3 credits)
Class #: 13336  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Bob Bersson (Art & Art History)  |  Tu 5:15-8:15 PM  |  Duke 1041

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most complex and seemingly intractable of all contemporary conflicts. Ethnic, religious, and national identities, interwoven histories, and geo-political interests intersect and clash at the various fault lines. As the second decade of the 21st century continues, there are clear signs that the conflict is reaching a climactic point that will lead either to resolution in a possible one- or two-state solution or to an increase in violence and other forms of confrontation. 

This seminar will employ the arts—architecture and community design, painting and sculpture, graphic design, music and music videos, documentary and feature film, and literature—as expressive and representative means to understand the conflict. We will view the production, past and present, of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian artists and designers in Israel/Palestine and in the Diaspora. Short stories, poems, memoirs, films and videos, songs and diverse works of visual art will be our vehicles to powerfully illuminate the conflict, its history, and its issues.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Creativity; Global Studies.

HON 300 - Contemporary U.S. (3 credits)
Class #: 12631  |  Section: 0003  |  Instructor: H. Gelfand (History)  |  TuTh 3:30-4:45 PM  |  Duke 2039

This course is designed as an interdisciplinary introduction to a variety of issues related to the United States in the present day. The course is divided in to topical themes that address some of the major issues relevant to the people of the United States, their government, and the world beyond the nation's borders. Within the 13 focused weekly topics are contemplations of larger subjects like culture, economics, politics, demography, history, sociology, and anthropology. However, these 13 topics allow for a deeper examination in to a broader variety of issues: wars, prisons, racism, violence, television, computers, foreign policy, feminism, political leadership, labor unions, organic agriculture, local sourcing of food, urbanization, poverty, industrial agriculture, racial profiling and preferences, food and cuisine, historic preservation, music, literature, sports, homosexuality, sexual harassment, journalism, architecture, cultural persistence, cultural adaptation, dance, collective remembrance and memorials, environmental business practices, conservative economic principles, the Occupy Movement, gay marriage, student protests, social activism, police brutality, eco-terrorism, environmental activism, urban environmental planning, education, religion, and recreation.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Service and Civic Engagement.

HON 300 - CHBS Honors Project Planning Seminar (2 credits)
Class #: 13998  |  Section: 0005  |  Instructor: Lucy Malenke (University Writing Center)  |  Time: TBA  |  Room: TBA

Lucy Malenke, the University Writing Center's liaison to the College of Health and Behavioral Studies, will facilitate the class. The dates and meeting times for the class will be determined based on the availability of students who register. The course is open to all CHBS students entering semester A of their Honors project. This 2-credit course will provide structure, writing and research instruction, and a supportive community to CHBS students enrolled in semester A of their Honors projects. In this interdisciplinary class, you will join fellow Honors students in exploring topics of interest, discussing the research and writing process, and conceptualizing your Honors project. This interactive class will give you the opportunity to receive feedback on your ideas and writing from peers and your instructor. Ultimately, you will produce a review of scholarly literature that will serve as the foundation of your Honors project (and very likely become part of your final product).

HON 300 - Gender Issues in Science (3 credits)
Class #: 15869  |  Section: 0009  |  Instructor: Louise Temple-Rosebrook (ISAT)  |  TuTh 12:30-1:45 PM  |  ISAT/CS 148

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: Research.

HON 300 - American Women at War (3 credits)
Class #: 16801  |  Section: 0012  |  Instructor: Amelia Underwood (Military Science)  |  We 4:10-7:10 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.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Leadership; Service & Civic Engagement.

HON 300 - From Black Elk to Black Holes (3 credits)
Class #: 16802  |  Section: 0013  |  Instructor: Dave Pruett (Mathematics)  |  TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM  |  Miller 2116

How do we unravel the mysteries of the universe? In general, understanding comes from two very different wellsprings. According to Henry Reed, author of The Intuitive Heart, to learn about a thing we may ask one of two fundamental questions: “How does it work?” or “What’s the story?” Asking the former leads to head knowledge, or simply knowledge, which is knowing from without. Asking the latter leads to heart knowledge, or wisdom, which is knowing from within. The primary tool of knowledge is reason, and the primary tool of wisdom is intuition. We will refer to these differing paths to knowing as the path of the mind and the path of heart, respectively. From Black Elk to Black Holes begins with the simple premise that both types of knowing are vitally important to the individual and to society as a whole, as suggested by Einstein himself, who observed: “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.”

HON 300 - The Question of God: Sigmund Freud, CS Lewis, Richard Dawkins, Karen Armstrong, Christopher Hitchens, and Alister McGrath Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life (3 credits)
Class #: 16803  |  Section: 0014  |  Instructor: Bruce Johnson (English)  |  TuTh 12:30-1:45 PM  |  Keezell 310

HON 300 - Inclusive Leadership for Sustainable Peace (3 credits)
Class #: 16804  |  Section: 0015  |  Instructor: Edward Brantmeier (Education)  |  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: Leadership.

HON 300 - Time, Space, and Music in the Middle Ages (3 credits)
Class #: 16805  |  Section: 0016  |  Instructor: Mike Norton (Computer Science)  |  TuTh 3:30-4:45 PM  |  Miller G031

This course offers an introduction to music in Western Europe from the ninth through fourteenth centuries within the context of medieval understandings of time and space. Among the topics covered are the structuring of time through liturgy, the ordering of liturgy through chant, and the placement of music in both sacred and non-sacred space. Also treated are the development of musical notation, the invention of polyphonic music, the music of the Troubadours, Trouvères, and Minnesingers, and music for instruments and dance. The course will consider the music of medieval Europe within the broader context of medieval European history and culture as well. Other topics to be considered include the nature and practice of monastic life, the production of manuscripts, the crusades, the role of pilgrimage in European life, the rise of the university, and the profound changes brought on by the “Black Death.” Musical experience is neither required nor expected.

HON 300 - Spirituality and the Visual Arts of Asia (3 credits)
Class #: 16828  |  Section: 0017  |  Instructor: Kathryn Stevens (Art & Art History)  |  MoWe 8:40-9:55 AM  |  Festival 1010

This seminar will explore the art and architecture created within the religious and philosophical traditions of India, China, and Japan. 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 to understand the contexts of artworks, architectural structures, and gardens. Contemplative practices will be incorporated into the classroom, especially where appropriate to the use of a work of art, such as mandalas that serve as a meditative focus. Student assessment will be based upon class participation and discussion, a reflective journal, a research paper, and engaged learning activities. Students will carry out first-hand study and writing on original works of art in the Madison Art Collection and in the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC, including during a Washington DC field trip funded by the School of Art.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Creativity.

HON 300 - Creative Cities, Culture, and the Arts (3 credits)
Class #: 17127  |  Section: 0018  |  Instructor: Mary Shira (Art & Art History)  |  MoWe 9:05-10:10 AM  |  Duke 1041

This course carries on where Creativity and Global Cities left off by combining the search for individual expression within the changing face of the urban landscape. Cities serve as hothouses for innovation, traditionally attracting artists, writers, musicians and actors. Students will explore many facets of making art through the lens of the culturally rich interactions of the urban environment: modelmaking of landscape and architectural design as creative problem solving of neighborhood planning and how it has adapted to current trend; street art and the acceptance of graffiti as fine art; and Trashformations,” making art from trash, a long tradition of inner city artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Louise Nevelson. Students will make art that speaks to the challenges faced by the 21st Century migration to urban areas, the largest migration in all of human history.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Creativity; Global Studies; Service & Civic Engagement.

HON 300 - Experiential Experimentation (3 credits)
Class #: 17130  |  Section: 0019  |  Instructor: Dymph De Wild (Art & Art History)  |  MoWe 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM  |  MHAC 1104 & MHAC 1013

This course is for those who have completed the HON 361 Creativity I seminar or for any student in Honors who is compelled to be creative, and in the process, learn more about themselves. Working with a visual artist and building upon the knowledge gained in Creativity I, students will work “as artists work” in a variety of mediums to translate their thoughts and ideas into 2- and 3-dimensional space. Students will explore processes such as photography, marbling, bookbinding, and sculpture, to name a few. Individual and collaborative projects will result from series of steps, each requiring the artist to make critical creative choices. Class members also will gain experience using the language of art criticism while infusing discussions with their own multidisciplinary interests and backgrounds.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Creativity; Service and Civic Engagement.

HON 300 - Global Citizenship in a Service-Learning Context (3 credits)
Class #: 17131  |  Section: 0020  |  Instructors: Felix Wang & Delo Blough (Office of International Programs)  |  Tu 4:30-6:30 PM  |  Maury G002

This course focuses on the concept of “global citizenship” in the context of an international service-learning trip. Students will travel to the Dominican Republic (DR) and engage in an intensive service-learning project and cultural activities 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, 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. Students will work with both American and Dominican professionals.

Learn more about this seminar.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Global Studies; Service and Civic Engagement; Leadership.

HON 300 - African Politics (3 credits)
Class #: 17132  |  Section: 0021  |  Instructor: Melinda Adams (Political Science)  |  MoWeFr 9:05-9:55 AM  |  Miller 2170

This course seeks to foster an understanding of contemporary politics in Africa. The course is organized thematically and draws on case studies to develop these themes. It provides an overview of the central factors affecting African politics, such as the state, societal groups, ethnic, religious, class, and gender identities, international financial institutions, and other global and domestic forces. Students should emerge from the course with concrete knowledge of African politics in particular countries as well as with a greater understanding of the theories and broader analytical debates that animate research on Africa. Students are expected to integrate a broad array of materials, including lectures, readings, current events, and films, to come to a deeper understanding of contemporary African politics.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Global Studies.

HON 300 - James Madison University Undergraduate Research Journal (1, 2, or 3 credits)
Class #: 15664, 15665, 15666  |  Sections: 0091, 0092, 0093  |  Instructor: Kevin Jefferson & Kurt Schick (WRTC)  |  TuTh 2:00-3:15 PM  |  SSC 4045

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.

Interested in joining the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal Editorial Board? Students who enroll in JMURJ courses serve on the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal Editorial Board and collaborate to promote, publish, and share undergraduate scholarship from all JMU disciplines. Board members work within and across teams as they develop particular sets of skills: Marketing/Outreach editors network with university stakeholders, develop publicity initiatives, and create funding opportunities; Design editors use the Adobe Creative Suite and other software platforms to design layouts and art for publication in online and print formats; Editing editors correspond with student authors, coordinate the efforts of the JMURJ Faculty Review Board, and comprehensively edit text- and media-based submissions from disciplines across the university.

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.

NOTE: This course requires instructor consent. Interested students should submit a letter of interest. More information and letter of interest instructions are available on the JMURJ website.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Creativity; Global Studies; Leadership; Research; Service & Civic Engagement.

HON 322 - Leadership II: Real World Leadership (3 credits)
Class #: 15091  |  Section: 0002  |  Instructor: Brian Charette (Strategic Planning & Engagement)  |  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 2017, 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. PREREQUISITE: HON 321 Leadership I.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Leadership.

HON 342 - Research II: Research in Practice (3 credits)
Class #: 15088  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Michelle Hesse (Health Sciences)  |  Time: TBA  |  Room: TBA
Class #: 16788  |  Section: 0002  |  Instructor: Stephanie Stockwell (ISAT)  |  Time: TBA  |  Room: TBA

At this point research emphasis students may be eager to start active participation in a research program. A second semester “Research in Practice” experience will help to bridge the gap between coursework and independent research with a faculty mentor. At the end of the fall semester of their sophomore year, research emphasis students will identify a sponsor faculty member with which to work throughout the upcoming spring semester on a literature-based reading and review process. Specifically, students will read and discuss scholarly literature selected by the faculty sponsor and relevant to said faculty member’s research program question/goals. Weekly faculty/student meetings to discuss the assigned literature will be expected. By the end of the semester, students will produce a mini-review of the field. Throughout the semester students will also work to experience and assimilate into the culture of the faculty sponsor’s research group by attending group meetings/social events and shadowing faculty or advanced research students. To facilitate reflection and connections back to skills introduced in the HON 341: Research I seminar, students will meet throughout the semester with other research emphasis students for focus group conversations and discussions about their experiences. NOTE: Some students will find that a course similar to HON 342 exists within their home department. In this case, students should enroll in their departmental course facsimile and apply for an Honors Option within this course to fulfill their second semester Area of Emphasis requirement. One of the Honors Option activities must include meeting with the rest of the "Research In Practice" student cohort. If a similar course does not exist within any given home department, students within this department should enroll directly in HON 342. No Honors Option paperwork will be required in such a case. Regardless if students are completing a Research in Practice internship experience by taking a departmental course with an Honors Option or directly enrolling in HON 342, all students will need to secure a faculty member (in addition to the Area of Emphasis Coordinator) to sponsor and mentor their work. Arrangements with faculty sponsors must be made prior to the end of the fall semester. A faculty sponsor may also serve as a current or future independent research advisor.  In the event that independent research is ongoing, work in fulfillment of the second semester Research Emphasis requirement must be distinct from and in addition to that of the student’s independent research expectations. PREREQUISITE: HON 341 Research I.

* Area of Emphasis flag: Research.

HON 352 - Service II: Service Learning, Leadership, and Civic Mindedness (3 credits)
Class #: 15090  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Steven Grande (Community Service Learning)  |  Mo 4:00-5:30 PM  |  SSC 2100

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:

  • Ethically entering a community;
  • Being a member of community;
  • Listening for priorities, assets, and needs; and
  • Taking leadership for social change.


* Area of Emphasis flag: Service

Other Courses

The following courses count towards Honors elective credit.

CSD 490H - Special Studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders (3 credits)
Class #: 76180  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Christina Kuo  |  MoWe 2:30-3:45 PM  |  ISAT/CS 0340

This course is a focused study of selected topics in communication sciences and disorders. It examines clinically and theoretically relevant issues in research on human communication and aims at highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of communication sciences and disorders. This course is relevant to a range of fields including (but not limited to) speech-language pathology, audiology, speech, language, and hearing sciences, health sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, and psychology. Enrollment in this course requires Academic Unit Head and instructor approval. In the Spring 2017 semester, the selected topic emphasis of the course will be on intelligibility. The underlying mechanisms associated with intelligibility, the theoretical development of a framework for understanding intelligibility, and its clinical relevance will be considered.

ISAT 204H - Viral Genome and Bioinformatics (2 credits)
Class #: 17165  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Louise Temple-Rosebrook  |  MoWe 8:25-9:55 AM  |  ISAT/CS 0336
Class #: 17346  |  Section: 0002  |  Instructor: Louise Temple-Rosebrook  |  TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM  |  ISAT/CS 0343

This 2-semester course involves original research to find unique soil viruses that infect bacteria. Using tools from molecular biology and microbiology, students isolate their own virus from a soil sample they choose. The viruses are visualized by electron microscopy and the genome sequence of one of the new viruses is determined. In the second semester (Genomics) the genome sequence is analyzed for open reading frame (i.e. gene) determinations and likeness to other characterized viruses. The course includes research methods, proper experimental recordkeeping, bioethics, literature review, and practice in the oral and written communication of scientific findings. The course will culminate in a public poster session to present new student findings. PREREQUISITE: ISAT 203H Viral Discovery, Fall 2016.

PHYS 150H – College Physics II (4 credits)
Class #: 16439  |  Section: 0001  |  Instructor: Bradley Newcomer  |  MoWeFr 1:25-2:15 PM  |  SSC 4041

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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