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Honors General Education

 HIST 150H Critical Issues in Recent Global History (C1 Critical Thinking)

Instructor: Jessica Davidson  |  MWF 10:30-11:20  |  HBS 1051  |  Hybrid  | 3 CR

TOPIC: Women and Revolution

This course examines issues in recent history as a means to introduce, develop and enhance critical thinking skills and to supplement writing, oral communication, library and computing skills objectives for General Education Cluster One. A seminar format allows for careful examination of issues in both oral and written formats. The course emphasizes the development and articulation of well-reasoned arguments in organized and grammatically acceptable prose. May be used for general education credit. May not be used for major credit.

 HIST 150H Critical Issues in Recent Global History (C1 Critical Thinking)

Instructor: Kristen McCleary  |  MWF 10:30-11:20  |  Harrison 1264  |  In person  |  3 CR

TOPIC: Social History Through the Personal Narrative

This course examines issues in recent history as a means to introduce, develop and enhance critical thinking skills and to supplement writing, oral communication, library and computing skills objectives for General Education Cluster One. A seminar format allows for careful examination of issues in both oral and written formats. The course emphasizes the development and articulation of well-reasoned arguments in organized and grammatically acceptable prose. May be used for general education credit. May not be used for major credit.

 HIST 150H Critical Issues in Recent Global History (C1 Critical Thinking)

Instructor: Kristen McCleary  |  MWF 11:45-12:35  |  Harrison 1246  |  In person  |  3 CR

TOPIC: Social History Through the Personal Narrative

This course examines issues in recent history as a means to introduce, develop and enhance critical thinking skills and to supplement writing, oral communication, library and computing skills objectives for General Education Cluster One. A seminar format allows for careful examination of issues in both oral and written formats. The course emphasizes the development and articulation of well-reasoned arguments in organized and grammatically acceptable prose. May be used for general education credit. May not be used for major credit.

 HIST 150H Critical Issues in Recent Global History (C1 Critical Thinking)

Instructor: Benita Dix  |  TuTh 9:40-10:55  |  Online  |  3 CR

TOPIC: African American Women's History: The Black Body, Advocacy, and Activism

This course examines issues in recent history as a means to introduce, develop and enhance critical thinking skills and to supplement writing, oral communication, library and computing skills objectives for General Education Cluster One. A seminar format allows for careful examination of issues in both oral and written formats. The course emphasizes the development and articulation of well-reasoned arguments in organized and grammatically acceptable prose. May be used for general education credit. May not be used for major credit.

 SCOM 123H Communication, Group Presentations (C1 Human Communication)

Instructor: Tim Ball  |  MoWeFr 11:45-12:35  |  Online  |  3 CR

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 group presentations. Public speaking required. May be used for general education credit. May not be used for major credit.

 PHIL 101H Introduction to Philosophy (C2 Human Questions & Contexts)

Instructor: Charles Bolyard  |  MW 2:15-3:30  |  Online  |  3 CR

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. 

 PHIL 101H Introduction to Philosophy (C2 Human Questions & Contexts)

Instructor: Charles Bolyard  |  MW 3:55-5:10  |  Online  |  3 CR

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 (C2 Human Questions & Contexts)

Instructor: Christina Kilby  |  TuTh 11:20-12:35  |  Harrison 1241  |  Hybrid  |  3 CR

An investigation of the world’s major religions which will give attention to their origin, history, mythology and doctrines.

 ARTH 206H Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern (C2 Visual & Performing Arts)

Instructor: Charles Maddox  |  Time: TBA  |  Online  |  3 CR

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. 

 ARTH 206H Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern (C2 Visual & Performing Arts)

Instructor: Jessica Stewart  |  Time: TBA  |  Online  |  3 CR

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 206H Introduction to Global Music (C2 Visual & Performing Arts)

Instructor: Jonathan Gibson  |  TuTh 2:40-3:55  |  Online  |  3 CR

A survey of various world music traditions, including those of Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The course will focus on aesthetics, musical forms and styles, and the relationship between music and other arts. Emphasis will be placed on historical, religious, and cultural events and their influence on the creation and development of music.

 ENG 221H Literature/Culture/Ideas: Latinx Storytelling (C2 Literature)

Instructor: Allison Fagan  |  MWF 9:15-10:05  |  Online  |  3 CR

TOPIC: Latinx Storytelling

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.

 ENG 221H Literature/Culture/Ideas: The Rebel and the Artist (C2 Literature)

Instructor: Siân White  |  MWF 10:30-11:30  |  Online  |  3 CR

TOPIC: The Rebel and the Artist in Modern Irish Literature

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.

 ENG 222H Genre(s): The American Short Story (C2 Literature)

Instructor: Dawn Goode  |  TuTh 11:20-12:35  |  Keezell 0308  |  In person  |  3 CR

TOPIC: The American Short Story

An examination of representative works in a literary genre, in a set of related literary subgenres, or in both a literary genre and one or more closely connected genres in other humanities disciplines.

 ENG 236H Survey of English Literature: 18th Century to Modern (C2 Literature)

Instructor: Danielle Price  |  TuTh 2:40-3:55  |  Online  |  3 CR

This course introduces you to major authors and literary movements from the late eighteenth century on. Works include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Keats’ odes, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,and Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We will examine the historical contexts of such movements as romanticism and modernism, and move from broad discussions (of aesthetics, history, philosophy, etc.) to close readings of individual texts. Throughout the course we will work on developing and applying the terminology of literary studies. 

In our class discussions we will consider how literary works both shape and reflect changing ideas of childhood, gender, and empire. Of particular interest will be the character of the doppelganger or double, which appears repeatedly on the syllabus. Why do so many characters have eerie doubles? What do those doubles tell us about the hopes and fears of the times in which they appear?

 MATH 220H Elementary Statistics (C3 Quantitative)

Instructor: Arlene Casiple  |  MW 9:40-10:55  |  Online  |  3 CR

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

 MATH 220H Elementary Statistics (C3 Quantitative)

Instructor: Arlene Casiple  |  MW 2:15-3:30  |  Online  |  3 CR

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

 WGSS 200H Introduction to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (C5 Sociocultural Domain)

Instructor: Molly O'Donnell  |  TuTh 2:40-3:55  |  EnGeo 2208  |  Hybrid  |  3 CR

Interdisciplinary introduction to theories and scholarship in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Examines the social construction of gender, how gender affects access to opportunity, and the experiences and contributions of women and the LGBTQ+ community throughout history. Provides a foundation for subsequent work in the women's, gender, and sexuality studies minor.

Honors Seminars

 HON 100 Honors Orientation Seminar: Track II Development in Honors (1st block)

Instructor: Jared Diener  |  Tu 4:20-5:10  |  SSC 4045  |  Hybrid  |   CR

  • Restricted to new Track II students
  • Counts as Honors elective credit

This is a one-credit seminar course for new Track II students that meets during the 1st block in the spring semester. The course introduces students to Honors activities and goals, discusses high impact learning practices, and helps students develop a strong academic and professional profile. Topics include undergraduate research, fellowships and study abroad, faculty mentorship, interdisciplinarity, critical study habits, diversity, and more. Students will produce an ePortfolio, develop a personal narrative, and engage in peer-reviewed writing. The course is taught by one Honors College faculty member and an upper-level Honors student Teaching Fellow. 

Jared Diener is Director of Honors Advising and Global Initiatives. He works with Honors students on academic advising and study abroad, coordinates Hillcrest Scholarships, and directs the JMU programs at Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews. He has worked in the Honors College since 2013 and has undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of Texas-Austin and Oxford. 

 HON 200 Leadership Seminar: Learning in Action

Instructor: Carson Lonett  |  We 3:30-4:20  |  Room: TBA  |  In person  |  1 CR

The purpose of this course is to offer students who participated in the fall semester of HON 200 Inclusive Leadership Directive an experiential look at the concepts covered. Students will explore how their DISC Personality Profile assessment, learned key leadership concepts, and skills of building a unified and inclusive leadership directive can impact the course of a group they are participating in and/or leading.

Carson Lonett is a double Duke - earning both her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Occupational Therapy, and Master of Education degrees at JMU. Since graduating with her masters, Lonett has worked as a Leadership Program Specialist, Coordinator for Student Learning Initiatives, Coordinator for Leader Development, and Advisor to the VP of Student Affairs.

Area of emphasis: Leadership

 HON 300 Gender Issues in Science

Instructors: Alysia Davis & Louise Temple  |  MoWe 2:15-3:30  |  EnGeo 3107  |  Hybrid  |  3 CR

Ever wonder WHAT we might know about the natural world if women or other under-represented groups were the scientists asking the questions? Using readings, discussions, films, panels, and laboratory experiments, this hybrid course will explore intriguing questions relevant to culture and gender.

Dr. Alysia Davis is Director of Student Engagement in the Honors College. She first started teaching at JMU in 2007, and in 2013 received her Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Emory University. Dr. Davis’s research focuses on gender issues in poverty and marriage policy, as well as the influence of social movements in policymaking. Dr. Louise Temple is Professor in Integrated Sciences and Technology (ISAT). Her research and scholarly interests focus on bacterial pathogenesis, virus discovery and genomic analysis. She developed a viral discovery course at JMU through which first year students isolate and characterize viruses they discover in a handful of dirt. Dr. Temple has taught at JMU for over 25 years.

Areas of emphasis: Research; service and civic engagement

 HON 300 American Women at War

Instructor: Amelia Underwood  |  We 3:55-6:25  |  HBS 2095  |  Hybrid  |  3 CR

This course examines the experiences of women in the U.S. during times of war and analyzes how women in military service promote the cause of women’s rights. Throughout the semester, students will lead discussions, present profiles of military women, and analyze media on a variety of topics pertaining to American women in the military. Student teams will take a trip to the Army Women’s Museum and examine the archival documents pertaining to a woman who served in World War I or II, then create a research finding aide and exhibit for the museum to use.

Amelia Underwood is a graduate of the United States Military Academy where she studied Environmental Sciences and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. Her academic interests include 20th-century gender and social and military history. Since 2010, Amelia has served an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Military Science (Army ROTC) and Honors College.

Areas of emphasis: Leadership; service and civic engagement

 HON 300 The Normalization of Deviance

Instructor: Lee Ward  |  TuTh 4:20-5:35  |  Online  | 3 CR

This non-technical course will explore the causes and costs of complex system failure. Using lenses from social sciences, psychology, engineering, and organizational behavior, students will explore how rational people become blinded to the presence of danger, the probability of catastrophe, and the consequences of their actions. This course will examine how organizations fail to recognize when their own culture prevents good decision making and how looking for singular technological errors to explain complex failures continues to put us and our communities at risk.

Dr. Lee Ward is an adjunct professor in the School of Integrated Sciences. He is interested in examining social systems, and the nature and function of complex systems and organizations. Dr. Ward also has recently been hired to the position of Interim Director of the JMU University Career Center.

Areas of emphasis: Leadership; service and civic engagement

 HON 300 Leadership in Times of Change

Instructor: Bradley Newcomer  |  TuTh 1:00-2:15  |  Duke 2039  |  In person  |  3 CR

This seminar will study leadership topics in the context of uncertain times and leading change efforts.  Significant use of readings, reflective writings and regular meetings will be used to help students develop their leadership skills and understanding more fully.

Dr. Bradley Newcomer is Dean of the JMU Honors College and Professor of Physics. Dr. Newcomer has extensive teaching experience in areas as diverse as Leadership Training to Medical Radiation and Imaging Physics.

Areas of emphasis: Leadership; service and civic engagement

 HON 300 Disability and the Human Experience: ‘Enabling’ the Humanities

Instructor: Danielle Price  |  TuTh 1:00-2:15  |  Online  |  3 CR

How has our culture represented disabled people? How have disabled people represented themselves? This course examines disability, its connection to the human experience, and the representation of disabled people in books, art, and movies. The course will provide an overview of the field and language of Disability Studies. 

Dr. Danielle Price is a faculty member in the English department at JMU. Dr. Price has several specializations, including Children’s Literature and Culutre, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Disability Studies. Recently, Dr. Price published an academic article on "Disability and George MacDonald’s The Light Princess."

 HON 300 Capstone Kickoff Honors Project Planning Workshop

Instructor: Lucy Malenke  |  MoWe 9:40-10:55  |  Online  |  3 CR

This course 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. For more information, watch this 2-minute video.

Lucy Malenke is the Writing Center liaison to the College of Health and Behavioral Studies. She also serves as outreach coordinator for the UWC and a writing consultant for students and faculty. Her personal essays, short stories, reviews, and journalism have appeared in Nashville Review, Sojourners magazine, The Georgia Review, and other literary journals and magazines.

Area of emphasis: Research

 HON 300 Chesapeake Connections: The Global Impact of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Management

Instructor: Eric Fitzgerald  |  We 5:35-8:35  |  EnGeo 3003  |  In person  |  3 CR

As the largest estuary in the United States with over 64,000 square miles of watershed, the Chesapeake Bay has received national and international attention for best management practice implementation. Using Chesapeake Bay preservation strategies as a model, global riverine and estuary environments will be studied through research to emphasize the need for sustainable programs to combat water quality issues around the world.

Eric Fitzgerald teaches in the School of Integrated Sciences. Since 2007, he has also acted as the Assistant Director for Secondary Education at the Massanutten Technical Center. Previous courses he has taught include Life and Environmental Science for Teachers (ISCI 173) and several Honors seminars.

Areas of emphasis: Global studies; service and civic engagement

 HON 300 Global Citizenship in a Service-Learning Context

Instructor: Felix Wang  |  Tu 4:20-6:20  |  Madison Hall 2001  |  Hybrid  | 3 CR

This course focuses on the concept of “global citizenship” in the context of an international service-learning trip. Throughout the semester students will learn about the Dominican Republic’s current social, political, cultural, and economic conditions. After the semester ends, the class will take a trip to the Dominican Republic for one week to complete a service project on education, attend cultural events, and go on structured outings. 

Dr. Felix Wang is Senior Associate Executive Director of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). He provides leadership in coordination, collaboration and outreach in global partnerships for JMU. His research is on global identify formation and its impact on student learning during international experiences. Dr. Wang has over 20 years of experiences in the field of global education.

Areas of emphasis: Global studies; service and civic engagement

 HON 300 The Artificial Other: Minds, Machines, and Meaning

Instructor: Philip Frana  |  MoWeFr 10:30-11:20  |  Wilson 2001  |  Hybrid  |  3 CR

Artificial intelligence is helping people create new forms of art and understand the origins of life – but it’s also precipitating a gut-wrenching Fourth Industrial Revolution. This course will explore the historical, literary, cultural, and philosophical impacts of smart technologies, and examine the scientific significance of artificial intelligence. Students will be divided into cohorts for one day of class meetings/presentations per week, and course topics will be determined by student interest.

Dr. Philip Frana served as Associate Director and Associate Dean of the Honors College for the past seven years. He is now Associate Professor of IDLS and the Independent Scholars program. In 2020, he completed a book on the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence, and published an article on "Telematics and the Early History of International Digital Information Flows."

Areas of emphasis: Creativity and innovation; research

 HON 300 From Classics to Cardi B: Female Sexuality in American Literature, Film, and Music

Instructor: Meredith Malburne-Wade  |  MoWe 9:40-10:55  |  Online  |  3 CR

This seminar will use synchronous class meetings to examine the ways in which the female body and female sexuality have been portrayed in American literature, film, and music.  From the Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, we will talk about the often unspoken taboos of female desire that shape—and challenge—our policies, “polite” conversation, and pop culture.

Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade is the Director of Fellowship Advising, Research and Scholarship in the JMU Office of Research and Scholarship. Previously, Dr. Malburne-Wade served as an Assistant Professor of English at High Point University, where she also established an Office of Fellowships and Awards. Her research interests center on 20th-century American literature and drama.

Area of emphasis: Creativity and innovation

 HON 300 Higher Education in America

Instructor: Michael Davis  |  TuTh 9:40-10:55  |  Online  |  3 CR

This course examines how America’s institutions of higher education function. Students will learn how higher education systems are composed of various institutional, internal, and external environments or systems. Students will analyze how environments and systems influence changes in the higher education system, focus on an institution of his/her interest, and how universities communicate with a broad range of constituents. 

Dr. Mike Davis has experience teaching courses on political communication and political advocacy. Before becoming Executive Advisor to the President in August 2017, Dr. Davis served on the Madison Cup Committee and Graduate Committee for School of Communication Studies. As the Executive Advisor to President Alger, Dr. Davis assists with university planning, supports alumni engagement, and writes speeches on behalf of JMU.

Areas of emphasis: Leadership; service and civic engagement

 HON 300 20th- and 21st-Century Popular Culture

Instructor: Fawn-Amber Montoya  |  Tu 5:30-8  |  SSC 4046  |  Hybrid  |  3 CR

This course will analyze the historical context of 20th- and 21st-century popular culture from the perspective of race, class, gender, and sexual identity. Students will think critically about how Black, Latinx, and Afro-Latinx artists have portrayed the female body. The course will consider how history and current events impact popular culture, and how popular culture blurs the lines of personal and political beliefs.

Dr. Fawn-Amber Montoya is Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and External Engagement in the Honors College. She teaches courses in race, ethnicity, and gender with a special focus on Mexican-American history. Dr. Montoya has consulted on the development of a number of museum exhibits focused on the history of southern Colorado with a specific emphasis on the 20th century. Exhibits included Borderlands of Southern Colorado, Salt Creek Memory, El Movimiento in Colorado and Pueblo, and The Children of Ludlow. She is the co-author of Practicing Oral History to Connect University to Community  and editor of Making An American Workforce: The Colorado Fuel and Iron Company’s Construction of a Workforce during the Rockefeller Years.

Areas of emphasis: Global studies; leadership

 HON 300 The Great Divide: Highbrow, Lowbrow, and Nobrow Culture

Instructor: Larry Burton  |  TuTh 11:20-12:35  |  Online  |  3 CR

Is has been said that high culture in America is in serious decline and that a plague of information deceives us into thinking that information and knowledge are one and the same. Does the ideal of highbrow culture exist today in America, or has it been replaced by patterns of consumption and marketing? In this course students will consider these questions and read Willa Cather’s Song of the Lark, Joseph Epstein’s The Ideal of Culture, and Jonathan Seabrook’s Nobrow Culture. 

Dr. Larry Burton is Director of the Cohen Center for the Study of Technological Humanism and Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication (WRTC). From 2009 to 2013, he directed the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. He has turned his work toward reconsideration of the concept of technology, broadly defined as all human-made activities, and has recently taught courses called "Technology as an Interdisciplinary Study" and "Rhetoric as Technology."

Area of emphasis: Creativity and innovation

 HON 300 Creativity and Art: Exploring Process

Instructor: Corinne Diop  |  MoWe 3:55-5:10  |  Online  |  3 CR

In this course, students will investigate contemporary writings and artwork that explore the creative process, and apply various creative approaches to make their own hands-on art. The course is designed to access creative strategies that can be applied to any discipline and to instill a connection to art that will continue beyond the class.

Corrine Diop is the Director of the New Image Gallery, in addition to being the Associate Director of the School of Art, Design, and Art History (SADAH). She has been a JMU faculty member since 1989, and in that time has developed expertise teaching black and white photography, contemporary art theory, portfolio development, and history of photography. She also serves as the photography area head for the university graduate program, and acts as a juror for many Virginia art exhibitions.

Area of emphasis: Creativity and innovation

 HON 300 Latin American/Latinx Pop Culture

Instructor: Lucy Morris  |  TuTh 1-2:15  |  Online  |  3 CR

This class explores the importance of pop culture forms as traits that define the unique Latin American/Latinx identities, plus the significant impact of Latin American/Latinx pop culture in the world. Students will examine how popular culture manifests in Spanish-speaking countries and the Latinx communities in the US by examining film, music, art, TV shows, films, digital media, sports and culinary cuisine.

Lucy Morris teaches in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. 

Areas on emphais: Global studies

 HON 300 Intergroup Relations and Intergroup Dialogue: Gender as Social Identity

Instructor: Vesna Hart & Jeffery Tang  |  W 3:55-6:25  |  SSC 4046  |  Hybrid  |  3 CR

  • Class is by permission, and requires that you complete this application to be considered.

This course explores gender as a social identity and its relevance to and impact upon individuals and groups. The course will be structured according to the University of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Relations, which promotes authentic conversations that increase understanding of social identities on college campuses.

Dr. Vesna Hart is Director of International Cooperation in the Center for Global Engagement. She has a strong interest in international, interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration and research. A devoted advocate for human dignity and well-being, Dr. Hart worked in a post-conflict context in the Balkans, providing psychosocial support and education to students, parents and teachers across ethnic differences. Dr. Jeffrey Tang is Associate Dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE) and Professor in Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT). 

Areas of emphasis: Service and civic engagement

 HON 300 Fulbright and Fellowship Fundamentals (2nd block)

Instructor: Meredith Malburne-Wade  |  Time: TBA  |  Online  |  1 CR

  • Before the beginning of the class, all students should have met with the Director of Fellowships Advising to confirm their intention to apply for Fulbright.

This half-semester course is designed for juniors and seniors currently applying for the Fulbright US Student Program. We will focus on examining and interpreting Fulbright’s country descriptions, creating clear Statements of Grant Purpose and Personal Statements, and improving interview skills. Students will practice strong peer-review techniques, address common questions and concerns, explore other fellowship options, and create a strong applicant community. 

Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade is Director of Fellowship Advising, Research and Scholarship within the JMU Office of Research and Scholarship. She has extensive experience guiding students through the application process for more than 90 different grant and scholarship programs. Dr. Malburne-Wade also co-chairs the JMU Fulbright Advisory Committee, multiple fellowship committees, and serves as an external reader for several fellowships.

 IND 200 Exploring Independent Scholars

Instructors: Matthew Chamberlin & Philip Frana  |  TuTh 8-9:15  |  Wilson 2001  |  Hybrid  |  3 CR

  • 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.

Area of emphasis: Research

Honors Electives

 BIO 202H Trelawny Learning Community Seminar II

Instructor: Corey Cleland  |  Th 6-7:45  |  Online  |  2 CR

  • Restricted to students in the Trelawny Learning Community

The second part of the research skills seminar for first-year students in the Trelawny Learning Community. Students will have already begun research projects during fall semester, and will continue their projects into spring semester while continuing to build research skills. Students will take part in community, campus, and social events and gain experience helping to run a research-based event.

 BIO 495H Biotechniques

Instructor: Staff  |  Time TBA  |  Room TB  |  In person  |  1 CR

  • Department consent required
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

Instructor: Staff  |  Time TBA  |  Room TBA  |  In person  |  1 CR

  •  Department consent required

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.

 COB 300H Integrative Business

Instructor: Eric Stark  |  Tu 6-7  |  Online  |  1 CR

COB 300H is an optional Honors component of COB 300. This course provides an in-depth study of theory and research on teams and team effectiveness, which is applied to the COB 300 experience. The course will enable students to better understand team dynamics and how to form and manage teams for superior results. It will also develop their understanding of how to conduct research and will provide a platform for more in-depth honors study within each student's chosen major. 

By virtue of completing this course, a student may count up to 9 credits from COB 300 towards Honors elective requirements.

 IND 300 Independent Scholars Workshop

Instructors: Matthew Chamberlin & Philip Frana  |  Fr 3:55-6:25  |  Wilson 2001  |  Hybrid  |  1 CR

  • Restricted to Independent Scholars majors
  • Prerequisite: IND 200

ND 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.

 NSG 350H Foundations of Nursing

Instructors: Lisa Carmines & Catherine Brown  |  Tu 9:40-12:10  |  Hybrid  |  2 CR

  • Department consent required

This course provides an overview of foundational principles of professional nursing practice. Students will be introduced to the evolution of nursing, basic nursing theory and knowledge, and beginning concepts. This course promotes self-analysis and socialization into the role of the professional nurse. Students will explore the healthcare literature to identify and develop an Honors thesis focus.

 NSG 354H The Art and Science of Nursing

Instructors: Julianne Secrist & Melody King  |  Time TBA  |  Online  |  2 CR

  • Department consent required

This course is designed to provide an overview of current issues relevant to the art and science of the practicing nurse. This course will provide the student with a concentrated focus on the role of the professional nurse and the nursing profession. The course explores nursing theory, health care models of practice and diversity issues, as well as legal and ethical realities within the healthcare delivery system. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical component of developing and conducting research.

 NSG 450H Nursing Inquiry and Research Methods

Instructor: Modjadji Choshi  |  Th 2:40-5:10  |  HBS 1085  |  Hybrid  |  3 CR

  • Department consent required

This course will enhance the students' ability to locate and critically appraise evidence-based guidelines and nursing research to determine their applicability to nursing practice. Students critically examine the links among nursing research theory, and practice. Students will develop an understanding of the underlying paradigms and activities within quantitative and qualitative research. Students will synthesize literature from individual review of research and prepare for public presentation.

 NSG 455H Nursing Informatics

Instructor: Erica Lewis  |  Time TBA  |  Online  |  2 CR

  • Department consent required.
  • Prerequisites: Formal acceptance into the nursing and honors programs; completion of NSG 350, NSG 354 and NSG 450.

This course explores nursing informatics and technology applications in health care. Emphasis is on preparing entry-level nurses with core nursing informatics competencies. A major theme is the use of information systems and technologies to improve the quality and safety of patient care in a changing health care environment. Students will develop their nursing informatics knowledge and skills through reading, discussions, exploration and utilization of electronic modalities.

 UNST 251H Alternative Break Leadership Practicum

Instructor: Staff  |  Mo 7:15-9:15 PM  |  Room: TBA  | In person  |  1 CR

  • Instructor consent required

Hands-on practicum of leadership strategies and techniques. Collaborative learning is enhanced when students apply what they learn in class by describing relevant lessons learned through experiences outside the classroom. The focus of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to lead in an observed setting and receive constant feedback and mentoring on their demonstrated leadership skills, critical reflection, inquiry, dialogue, and group interaction.

 WRTC 382 JMURJ Practicum (section 0002)

Instructor: Kevin Jefferson  |  TuTh 11:20-12:35  |  Harrison 2246  | Hybrid  |  1-3 CR

WRTC 328 JMURJ Practicum is a designated Honors option course. WRTC 328 JMURJ Practicum, available for 1-3 credits, can also fulfill the Honors practicum requirement for all areas of emphasis. You may repeat the course for credit.

Click on http://www.jmu.edu/jmurj/jmurj-courses.shtml for information regarding the Spring 2021 WRTC 328: JMURJ Practicum. We invite applications--reasonably quick/painless--for this by-instructor-permission-only course The course is open to all JMU students. Students accepted into the WRTC 328: JMURJ Practicum serve on the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal Editorial Board. The board seeks editors with disciplinary expertise (1-3 credits), designers with InDesign expertise (1-3 credits), and college or department liaisons (1 credit).

Honors-Approved Diversity Courses

 Description

The Honors College believes that learning about diverse perspectives, experiences, and cultures is a critical component of a well-rounded Honors education. Therefore, we are partnering with Africana, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) and Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies (LAXC) to encourage students to take the following courses, which will count as Honors elective credits.

You do not need to do an Honors option in these courses. Simply enroll and take the course.

 AAAD 200 Introduction to Africana Studies

Instructor: Besi Muhonja  |  MW 2:15-3:30  |  Online  |  3 CR

An introductory survey of basic theoretical concepts to analyze the Black experience, with special focus on the general historical process common to Africa and the African Diaspora. May be used for general education credit (Cluster 4). Required for AAAD minor.

 ANTH 265 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean

Instructor: Amy Paugh  |  TuTh 2:40-3:55  |  Online  |  3 CR

Anthropological and historical perspectives on the cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean through such themes as colonialism, nationalism, ethnicity, development, aesthetic traditions, gender, religion and urban and rural resistance movements.

 ANTH 395 Andean Archaeology

Instructor: Di Hu  |  TuTh 9:40-10:55 AM  |  Online  |  3 CR

This class will be an overview of Andean Archaeology. The time period will be expansive,
ranging from the arrival of the first settlers of the Andes to the mighty Inkas. The Andes contain
the highest and densest variety of microclimates in the world, ranging from scorching desert to
humid rainforests. A land of contrasts and extremes, it is also the setting for diverse peoples, who eked out a living from the land, developed unique political systems, and passed down rich symbolic knowledge from one generation to another. The main purpose of the course will be to understand these peoples: how they interacted with one another, how they interacted with their environment, and how they made society.

Unique both ecologically and culturally, the Andes provide us with alternative views and
solutions to age old problems: warfare, environmental degradation, economic exploitation, and
conflict among a diversity of religious and cultural beliefs. How did people effectively survive in
their environment? How did people deal with conflict in society? How did different societies
develop? What was the relationship among religion, engineering, and statecraft through time? What are alternative views archaeologists hold about how Andean cultures changed through time? What can we infer about the various political philosophies of different peoples? What are common themes, if any, among Andean peoples through time and across space? These questions are relevant to today and by looking to the past, we can find where we're going. This course requires no previous knowledge of the Andes."

 

 ARTH 424 Arts of Ancient Egypt

Instructor: Aderonke Adesanya  |  TuTh 2:40-3:55  |  Online  |  3 CR

The course covers ancient the Egyptian civilization from the Old to New Egyptian Kingdoms. It explores the foundations of the arts and architecture, the relationship between religion and artistic tradition, ideas about hierarchies, leadership, and gender, and illustrates these with the arts of the era of some Egyptian pharaohs. The course takes students through the philosophy and belief systems governing artistic production in the ancient Egyptian world. Mythological ideas about the culture, ideologies and idiosyncrasies of Egyptian kings, queens and nobles, as well as Egypt under the Nubian, Greek and Roman eras come into sharp relief in thematic studies throughout the semester. Egyptian sculpture, painting, architecture, jewelry, textiles and ceramic, the techniques of production, iconography, and other elements in the various works of art and architecture as well as terminologies applied to them are examined.

 ARTH 428 Advanced Topics in Modern and Contemporary. African Art (New African Diaspora Art)

Instructor: Aderonke Adesanya  |  TuTh 11:20-12:35  |  Online  |  3 CR

An examination of the works and experiences of New African Diaspora artists (NADA) in western locations notably, America, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, France, and Germany. It brings into focus the artists’ processes and productions, their critique of and responses to race, politics, identity, migration, decolonization, and other experiences. It also highlights the avenues for exhibition and circulation of their works, and how they navigate and mediate the politics of art making, dealing with intermediaries and institutions, and belonging to the local and global art market. Students are required to find case studies for their research.

 ELED 310 Teaching in a Diverse Society

Multiple sections. Check MyMadison  |  3 CR

  • Education majors and minors only

This course will examine how personal and professional values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors affect teaching and learning. The preservice teachers will develop an understanding of similar and unique characteristics of 6-12 students, including culture, heritage, language, and learning abilities.

 ENG 260 Survey of African American Literature

Instructor: Mollie Godfrey  |  Asynchronous online  |  Online  |  3 CR

This course introduces students to major authors, literary forms, and movements in African American literature. We study the emergence and flourishing of African American literature over the past two centuries, noting common as well as diverging themes, techniques, and arguments over the coherence of African American literature as a genre. Throughout the semester we will explore antebellum, Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights, Black Arts, and contemporary writers in their historical contexts as well as make connections between texts across historical periods. May be used for General Education credit (Cluster 2).

 ENG 335 African American Children's Literature

Instructor: Danielle Price  |  TuTh 9:40-10:55 AM  |  Online  |  3 CR

This course studies the conventions and history of African American children’s literature. We begin with the overarching question of what exactly is African American children’s literature: is it defined by its readership? by the race of its authors and illustrators? by its depictions and themes? We will consider the history of this literature and its expression in various genres including the picture book, poetry, historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy fiction, and the graphic novel. We will also discuss the position of African-American literature within the wider world of children’s books, book publishing, and popular culture.

 ENG 405 Epidemics in Contemporary Anglophone Literature

Instructor: David Babcock  |  M 3:55-6:25  |  Online  |  3 CR

This course considers the ways that obsessions with disease and contagion get coded within contemporary geo-cultural contexts. Its premise is that mass epidemics can act as historical catalysts that lead communities to envision themselves—both their problems and potentialities—in new ways. Often we hear about how the boundaries of communities are policed by stoking people‘s fears of disease and death, suggesting perhaps that contagion fiction is only capable of producing reactive, xenophobic feelings. In fact, contemporary fiction presents a much more multifaceted picture, one that includes possibilities for both community-building and communal self-critique.

 ENG 408 Advanced Studies in African American Literature

Instructor: Mollie Godfrey  |  M 3:55-6:25  |  Online  |  3 CR

Topic: Pasts, Presents, and Futures of Contemporary African American Literature

This course offers an advanced study of key theories and genres of contemporary African American literature, including neo-slave narratives, post-soul satires, and Afrofuturism. Authors include Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead, Percival Everett, Mat Johnson, Octavia Butler, and Nnedi Okorafor.

 ENG 433 Advanced Studies in Arabic Literature

Instructor: Sofia Samatar  |  Tu 6-8 PM  |  Online  |  3 CR

Topic: North African Novels

A study of the novel in North Africa, taught in English (no knowledge of Arabic is necessary). This course fulfills requirements for: Advanced Studies for English Majors; Identity, Diversity, Power; AAAD Minor; MECM Minor.

 ENG 496 Trauma, Healing, and Resilience: A Multi-Genre Workshop

Instructor: Erica Cavanagh  |  MW 2:15-3:30  |  Keezell 0308  |  In person  |  3 CR

  • Prerequisite: ENG 391

In this creative writing workshop we will read nonfiction, poetry, and a hybrid of these two genres called the lyric essay on the themes of trauma, healing, and resilience. Of books, our readings will include Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Jeannette Winterson’s Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?, Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, and Danez Smith’s Don’t Call Us Dead. We will also read shorter works on subjects that are at center stage in our times, namely the effects of race-based discrimination and also the effects of quarantine amid COVID-19. Excerpts from books and podcasts on the brain science of trauma, race- and gender-based trauma, and also tools for healing and resilience will supplement the literary works we read and offer us a language for talking about the effects of difficult experiences and how we might address them. Over the course of the semester, you will have three writing assignments for which you may choose to write in the genre of nonfiction, poetry, or the lyric essay. For these writing assignments, you will not be required to write about trauma per se, but given the themes of the course, we will all likely write about challenging, alienating, or otherwise disorienting experiences and how we have tried, so far, to understand and address those experiences in our lives.

 HIST 322 The New South

Instructor: Steven Reich  |  TuTh 1-2:15  |  Harrison 2105  |  In person  |  3 CR

During the era of Jim Crow—a period that spanned the years from the 1890s to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s—a welter of state laws, municipal ordinances, and social customs racially segregated public and private life across the American South. Jim Crow, as both legal framework and social practice, shaped the everyday lives of three generations of Southerners, both black and white. It determined where they worked, where they attended school, what they learned, where and what they ate, what they wore, where they shopped, whom they could marry, how they raised their children, how they worshipped God, how and where they relaxed and socialized, and the political allegiances they held. This class examines the complexities of segregation—its legal boundaries, its social and cultural peculiarities, and its violent enforcement. It especially focuses on the political actions that challenged and eventually dismantled it. The course satisfies requirements for the minor in African, African American, and
Diaspora Studies (AAAD) and Tracks 1, 2, 3, and 7 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Concentration of the IDLS major. 

 HIST 489 Pandemics in African History

Instructor: Etana Dinka  |  Time TBA  |  Room TBA  |  In person  |  3 CR

  • History Majors must have earned credit for HIST 395 prior to enrolling in this course.

This course explores the histories of pandemics in the entire sweep of African history. By using a continent-wide perspective to examine these histories, from the Athenian Plague—the earliest recorded pestilence—to the rise and expansion of successive Ebola epidemics, the course offers students the opportunity to understand pandemics historically and examine its role in shaping African economies, societies, cultures, and politics. Not only have pandemics shaped theoretical approaches to these contexts, but they have also become deeply rooted aspects of theories and methods. An understanding of the way histories of pandemics unfolded in Africa, mostly linked to human penetration into the natural environment—one of the major themes in African history—helps to set the discussions in the longer context of African history and opens up to analysis a potentially under-examined history of linkages between pandemics, economy, society, culture, politics. The history of pandemics, and more generally of diseases, characteristically falls under environmental history. Since pandemics are natural forces occurring beyond human control over the environment, a course emphasizing histories of pandemics will help students to think beyond such established ideas as humans control nature and to be able to generate fresh perspectives. The course begins by asking the critical question useful to frame the discussions that help to understand histories of pandemics in the longue durée of African history—what is African history? The key themes will include the role of pandemics in the shaping of human history, and the histories of major pandemics that prevailed across the continent, including the Athenian Plague, the Black Death, Cholera, Malaria, Sleeping Sickness, Tuberculosis, Influenza, HIV/AIDS, and Ebola. Although the course focuses on pandemics that had occurred in the history of Africa, occasionally students will venture into other continents tracing global trajectories of pandemics. Students registered for this course will have required and recommended readings. Class discussions are based on the required readings. A thorough reading of required materials before every class is vital. It is a requirement for every student to attend classes and engage actively in class discussions. Active class participation makes a vital part of the course.

 HUM 252 Latin America

Instructor: William Van Norman  |  TuTh 2:40-3:55  |  Online  |  3 CR

May be used for General Education credit (Cluster 2).

 HUMN 201 Intro to Humanitarian Affairs

Instructor: Daniel Beers  |  MWF 11:45-12:35  |  Online  |  3 CR

A geographical overview of poverty, armed conflict, hunger, disease, and natural disasters and how they can lead to humanitarian crises. It includes a study of human rights along with a look at international efforts to address, and international organizations that deal with, humanitarian crises. Includes case studies on humanitarian emergencies in Haiti, Venezuela and the U.S.-Mexico border

 IDLS 395 The Unfinished Journey of People of Color in the U.S.

Instructor: H. Gelfand  |  TuTh 4:20-5:35  |  SSC 4044  |  In person  |  3 CR

An in-depth study of People of Color in Contemporary America, with a focus on the antecedents and factors that have led to our current circumstances, and contemplations of making the country more equitable and accepting.

 JUST 301 Policing of Protest

Instructor: Gianluca De Fazio  |  Asynchronous online  |  3 CR

  • Prerequisites: JUST 200 and one other 200-level JUST course, not including JUST 225.

 

 JUST 328 Race, Class and Justice

Instructor: Gianluca De Fazio  |  Asynchronous online  |  3 CR

  • Justice Studies majors only

This course provides students with an overview of contemporary justice issues in a comparative perspective. It includes an introduction to case-studies, comparative research methods and cross-national comparisons of justice issues concerning race and class. Special emphasis will be devoted to explore the collective memory of racial violence.

 

 POSC/WGSS 383 Women and Politics in Comparative Perspective

Instructor: Kristin Wylie  |  TuTh 2:40-3:55  |  Online  |  3 CR

  • Political Science majors and minors, International Affairs majors only

A study of the causes and consequences of women's political marginalization in the United States and abroad. The course takes an intersectional approach to examine socioeconomic and political dimensions of gender inequality, exploring how women have worked through social movements, electoral politics, and public policy initiatives to overcome obstacles to their political empowerment.

 SCOM 313 Intergroup Dialog on Race

Instructors: Jennifer PeeksMease & Art Dean  |  Tu 2:40-5:10  |  Harrison 0112  |  In person  |  3 CR

  • Instructor Consent Required
  • Prerequisites: Nine hours of SCOM courses including SCOM 240 and one at the 100-level or permission of the instructor.

This is a dialogue driven class that focuses on our experiences of race, and how they are shaped by historical and contemporary contexts. Major assignments include two critically informed reflection papers, weekly participation in discussion boards, weekly readings to prepare for dialogues, and a semester long group project that addresses race here at JMU. **Class is by permission, and requires that you complete this application to be considered.*** Priority is given to SCOM students, but all interested students are encouraged to apply.

 SOCI 354 Social Inequality

Instructors: Bethany Bryson  |  Asynchronous online  |  3 CR

  •  Early registration only for Sociology Majors/Minors until open enrollment.

Course covers the systems of stratification and inequality in the United States including race, class, gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality. Discussion will center on their role in providing rationales for oppression and discrimination in society and their relationship to the distribution of power and ideological control. Technology Note: This is a low- bandwidth interactive class. All content will be available on the first day of class, with firm deadlines for class participation and other assignments. A dependable internet connection and Respondus Lockdown Browser are required for three exams.

 SPAN 308 Latin American Civilization

Instructors: Tomas Regalado-Lopez  |  MW 3:55-5:10  |  Online  |  3 CR

  • Prerequisite: SPAN 300
A study of the geographical, historical, and cultural development of Latin American countries from pre-Hispanic civilizations to the present.

 SPAN 395 Latin American Poetry

Instructors: Tomas Regalado-Lopez  |  MW 5:35-6:50  |  Online  |  3 CR

  • Prerequisite: SPAN 335

A thorough review of Latin American poetry during the 20th century dealing with the most important authors and trends (Modernism, Avantgarde, Existentialism).

 THEA 324 Theatre for Young Audiences

Instructors: Joshua Streeter  |  TuTh 1-2:15  |  Forbes 2240  |  Hybrid  |  3 CR

  •  School of Theatre and Dance majors only and sophomore standing.

This course provides an exploration of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) and Theatre for the Very Young (TVY) through the lens of culturally responsive practice and pedagogy. This course looks at work aimed at youth (birth through high school). We will examine the historical contexts of TYA, read plays in the TYA canon and plays working to expand or disrupt the cultural understanding of what TYA is in the United States, investigate current theatre companies focused on work for youth, and explore educational applications. Our discussions will be framed by scene work, the viewing TYA/TVY, scholarly writing on the topics being discussed, dialogue with leaders in the field, and professional partnerships.

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