Honors Program Courses
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.
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.