Fall 2020

SCSM 101H: Springfield College Seminar with Professor Katherine Dugan and Professor Anne Wheeler

The Springfield College Seminar is an interdisciplinary, thematic course developed for students entering the College. The course provides an introduction to the Springfield College Core Curriculum, as well as to the intellectual culture and Humanics mission of the College. The course is designed to engage students through practicing the fundamental skills necessary for academic success: critical thinking, effective writing, analytic reading, and oral communication.

HNRS 192: “Dessine-moi le monde” [Draw me the world] by Dilem with Professor LeThuy Hoang

This course studies Ali Dilem’s cartoons published daily on TV5monde, the French-speaking TV channel broadcast internationally. In this course, students are exposed to the art of caricature, while learning about events occurring in Europe, North Africa, the Arab-speaking world, and other international happenings through Dilem’s eyes. Some knowledge of French is useful but not required.

HNRS 192: The Art of Experiment with Professor Justine Dymond

In many of the science disciplines, experiments are the conventional method of inquiry. But in art, film, music, theater, dance, and literature, the experimental is often associated with the fringe, the margins of the mainstream, even the incomprehensible. And yet artists and writers who explore the limits of sense-making in their craft also expand the range of what’s possible to understand and know, much as scientists do. This 1-credit Honors Colloquium focuses on the avant-garde in a range of visual, performative, and literary art from the early 20th century to the present.

HNRS 192: Women in Leadership Positions and Athletics with Professor Kate Bowen

This class will focus on the history of women leaders and their contributions to athletics. Emphasis will be on the study of Title IX and its effect on athletics and women’s rights. This colloquium will focus on the struggles and successes of women in leadership roles. Through this class seminar, students will participate in authentic discussions concerning the issues of women leaders, not only in athletics, but in today’s society as well.

HNRS 192: Major Diseases of the 21st Century with Professor Sofija Zagarins

This Honors Colloquium provides students with the opportunity to read and discuss popular nonfiction texts that describe the impact of and the human response to some of the important diseases of our time, including AIDS, Ebola, and cancer. This colloquium emphasizes the political and societal forces that affect the interactions between humans and diseases, as well as the scientific advances that have influenced how humans perceive and respond to these diseases.

HNRS 283: Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar on Names with Professor Rebecca Lartigue

This interdisciplinary seminar explores names and naming through the study of place names, personal and family names, biological names, and product names. Topics in onomastics, eponyms, toponymy, and taxonomy will be explored. The course will employ critical approaches from history, sociology, psychology, sociolinguistics, and cultural studies, among others.

ENGL 353H: American Romanticism with Professor Paul Thifault

This course focuses on the literary works of key 19th-century authors in the American Romantic movement: Irving, Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. Romantic themes of individualism, imagination, and intuition are stressed.

Spring 2020 (anticipated)

DRAM 150-H: Making Theater in Communities with Professor Martin Shell

Creative drama is a non-competitive group experience based on theatre games, exercises, and improvisational techniques that enable the teacher and students to explore together their five senses, imaginative powers, self-concept, interpersonal relationships, and view of the world. Students learn theatrical techniques and methods of guiding and nurturing groups in classroom or rehearsal settings as teachers or directors. Classes include group work in storytelling and readings in theory and practice of creative dramatics.

HNRS 283: Seminar in the Discipline / History with Professor Ian Delahanty
“Ireland & the World”

This seminar examines the history of Ireland’s global connections. Students will study Ireland’s evolving role within the British Empire, as well as the conditions that led to the migration of 10 million Irish people around the world since 1700. With attention to Irish culture, politics, and society, students will investigate how modern Ireland itself has been shaped by its global past.

HNRS 283: Seminar in a Discipline / Philosophy with Professor Robert Gruber

What is the good life? This course explores different answers to this question as offered and defended by philosophers over thousands of years. Do you have to be wise, or morally good to live a good life? Are family, friends, health, and/or wealth necessary for a good life? Can happiness be achieved, or does it simply happen to us (if we're lucky)? The course tests answers to these questions in two ways: by examining philosophical arguments for them and by living them out at various points throughout the semester.

SOCI 241H: Global Social Issues with Professor Susan Joel

This Core Curriculum course explores current political, economic, cultural, and social changes that are transforming our world. We focus on globalization and its consequences, drawing on theoretical perspectives from sociology and other disciplines. We examine how countries are increasingly interconnected by flows of information, people, and money, and develop our understanding about the consequences of globalization for people, business, and nations. The class ends by studying social movements working to increase understanding and reduce the harmful impacts of some negative outcomes of globalization.


Spring 2020

DRAM 150-H: Making Theater in Communities with Professor Martin Shell

Creative drama is a non-competitive group experience based on theatre games, exercises, and improvisational techniques that enable the teacher and students to explore together their five senses, imaginative powers, self-concept, interpersonal relationships, and view of the world. Students learn theatrical techniques and methods of guiding and nurturing groups in classroom or rehearsal settings as teachers or directors. Classes include group work in storytelling and readings in theory and practice of creative dramatics.

HIST 106-H: The Civil War to Modern America with Professor Ian Delahanty

This is a survey of America’s history from the Civil War period to the present. The impact of industrialization, America’s emergence as a world power, the New Deal, and more recent cultural, social, political, and economic trends are emphasized.

PSYC 101–H: Introduction to Psychology with Professor Chris Hakala

The fundamentals of the scientific method used to study human behavior, such as maturation and development, perception, learning, and motivation, are explored and applied to such problems as failures in adjustment and conflict resolution. This course is a prerequisite for many other psychology courses.

HNRS 141 section 21: The Culture of Maori Folklore with Professor William Arighi

In this project, we will delve into the basic stories and myth surrounding Maori folklore. Mainly, we will be using Purakau, written by modern Maori writers, to build a foundation of this knowledge. From there, we will examine how the culture of New Zealand is affected and molded by these beliefs.

HNRS 141 section 22: Quantifying Reticulocytes in Sea Birds with Professor Melinda Fowler

Blood samples were collected from Arctic terns and long-tailed jaegers in Alaska during the summer of 2018. Microscope slides of blood smears from the samples will be analyzed to count the percentage of reticulocytes—a developmental stage of red blood cells which can be indicative of aerobic capacity. 

HNRS 192 section 21: Vocal Traditions of the World with Professor Alexandra Ludwig

This colloquium will analyze case studies of selected vocal traditions of the world using various critical lenses. It also will include a performance component.

HNRS 192 section 22: Gender Equality in Families with Professor Susan Joel

What makes us and keeps us happy? An increasing amount of research suggests that a key factor is gender equality. Gender equality promotes life satisfaction and happiness for both women and men. But what's happening in families? This colloquium explores the social, cultural, economic, and psychological factors that make gender equity in families a challenge.

HNRS 192 section 23: Big Questions with Professor Robert Gruber

Each week, we will outline (briefly) a big question that has plagued philosophers for thousands of years, such as "Does God exist?," "Do humans have free will?," "What is time?," and "What does the perfect society look like?." The focus will not be on answering these questions, but simply on the pleasure of thinking deeply about them.

HNRS 192 section 24: Fundamentals of Event Management with Professor Ariel Rodriguez

This colloquium engages Honors Program students with the fundamentals of event management. By the end of the semester, students will have implemented an honors end-of-the-year event celebrating the achievements of Honors Program students. 

Fall 2019

HNRS 100: Honors First-year Seminar

Honors First-year Seminar deeply investigates a course theme; builds college-level, transferable skills in critical thinking, reading, communicating, and leadership development; explores multiple discipline-specific methods of inquiry and scholarship; and develops in students an appreciation for interdisciplinary learning.

HNRS 141: Guided Individual Study

This course provides honors students the opportunity to conduct research, or to pursue an individual creative or scholarly project, under the supervision of a faculty member.

Prerequisites: Proposal for course of study, approved by the supervising faculty member and by the Honors Program director, and (if relevant) Institutional Review Board approval.

Notes: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits total.

HNRS 192: Honors Colloquium

The Honors Colloquium is a one-credit honors course taken in conjunction with a different two-, three- or four-credit course. Student(s) meet with the supervising faculty member in weekly one-hour individual or small group sessions to explore topics of the co-enrolled course in greater depth or from a new perspective.

Prerequisite: Proposal for course of study, approved by the Honors Program director in consultation with the supervising faculty member and the faculty member teaching the co-enrolled course.

Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in an accompanying 2-, 3-, or 4-credit course.

Honors Program at Springfield College