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Honors Courses

Honors courses vary by semester and range across all subject matters. Often times they can be cross listed and count towards both Honors and General Education requirements. Listed below are the courses for the Fall 2017 semester.

A Different World Order?

HONR 112

T 6-7:50 PM

Instructor: Todd Becker

President Trump’s approach to governing domestically, and for dealing with national security, international relations, and global issues including trade, the environment and threats by non-state actors, is markedly different from his predecessors in office over the past 100 years. Does his approach belong to the traditional established liberal democratic order on the domestic front and to the international world order as it has developed and functioned since the Treaty of Westphalia in the 17th century? Or does it represent a radically new, total break with the past? This course will trace how the relationships among sovereign states has evolved since the 17th century, the evolution of the so called “liberal democratic order” in the 20th century, and major philosophic and policy approaches that have shaped, guided and undergird major political currents in the present day.  The course will involve extensive reading, written submissions and active class participation. 

Satisfies a General Education Requirement III-B or III-C  

Nuclear Energy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow?

HONR 212

T/TH 12:30-1:45 AM

Instructor: Seth Friese

As world leaders meet to address the global energy demand and discuss how to minimize humans’ negative impact on the environment and each other as we feed our fuel needs, a topic that keeps coming back into consideration is the role of nuclear energy. Even though several countries have stated their goal to stop using nuclear energy in the years to come, other countries are looking to increase their usage. In this complex world, fears and misconceptions about nuclear power often tangle with facts, playing into both government policy and the public opinion of how it should be used, if at all. With the fate of nuclear energy tied so directly to the state of human perception and governmental agencies, to look to the energy solutions of tomorrow we must first examine not only the perceptions and policies of today, but also the history of why those policies exist. Only then, by knowing the scientific principles behind the technology, will we be able to look ahead to the future of nuclear energy.

Satisfies a General Education Requirement IV-B   


HONR 212

F 1-3:30 PM

Instructor: Les Erickson

Fermentation is the metabolic conversion of sugars into energy in the absence of oxygen. Bacteria, yeast, and even human cells use fermentation to produce energy. Besides energy, fermentation also produces many useful byproducts like alcohols and acids that humans have been using for centuries to produce nutritious foods and drinks, medicines, and biofuels. Most know that fermentation is involved in making alcoholic beverages, but did you also know that fermentation is involved in making coffee, chocolate, tea, sauerkraut, pickles, bread, and cheese? This course focuses on the science, art, and business of fermentation. The science of fermentation will be discussed and wild yeasts will be isolated from the skins of fruits and identified using DNA sequencing. The art of fermentation will involve the hands-on creation of beer*, wine*, kombucha, sauerkraut, and yogurt. The business side of fermentation will involve guest lectures by local business people who make and sell products of fermentation and field trips to their

Students must be 21 years of age to sample these products.

Satisfies a General Education Requirement IV-B

Introduction to LGBTQ Studies                          

HIST 215/HONR 311

T/TH 2-3:15 PM

Instructor: Kara French

Were there LGBTQ people in the American Revolution? How did sexual minorities sing the Blues and create the Golden Age of Hollywood? What are the most pressing political issues facing LGBTQ people today? How might movements for political liberation in the past inspire activism in the present? These are just a few of the questions we will be tackling in this course. Introduction to LGBTQ studies is an interdisciplinary study of the historical and social contexts of personal, cultural and political aspects of LGBTQ life. Sources from a variety of fields, such as literature, history, psychology, sociology, and film by and about LGBTQ people will be studied. Counts toward the Gender and Sexuality Studies major/minor. Meets General Education IIB.

Satisfies a General Education Requirement II-B    

Contemporary Native American Literature and Art                             

ENG 389/HONR 311

T/TH 2-3:15 PM

Instructor: John Kalb/James Buss

This course focuses on very contemporary—from the 1980s to today—Native American literature and art, occasionally even art within the literature itself, and will be team-taught by Drs. Kalb and Buss.  Students will explore how Native artists working in the literary and visual arts present themselves, their communities, their worldview, and the contemporary dilemmas in Indian Country.  The class will draw from fiction, nonfiction, paintings, sculpture, film/cinema, and performance art to better understand these issues.

Satisfies a General Education Requirement I-B

The History of Nursing                                 

HONR 311

M 3-6 PM

Instructor: William Campbell

The History of Nursing course will exam the history, trends, eras, compromises, accomplishments, and challenges of the profession of nursing in America during the last 200 years. It will also highlight the historical events that impacted nursing, nurses, and healthcare during this period. The course will investigate the advances and growth of the profession of nursing through the images of film and the words of period literature. Special attention will be focused on war as a catalyst for changes in nursing and healthcare and the rapid growth of nursing in America during and following the Civil War and WWI and WWII. Each class period will also include the examination and discussion of several period healthcare artifacts.

Psychology and Global Climate Change                               

HONR 311

MW 11 AM-12:15 PM

Instructor: Karl Maier/Mark Walter

This seminar examines the various ways in which psychological factors relate to the phenomenon of global climate change. We will explore issues that pertain to the cause of, mitigation of, and adaptation to recent changes in the earth’s climate, with consideration of relevant beliefs, attitudes, stress, emotion, coping, behavior, and socio-political factors. In addition to discussion of assigned readings, students will have the opportunity to actively learn about relevant issues outside of the classroom.

Biological Basis of Behavior                

PSYC 301/HONR 301

T/TH 12:30-1:45 PM

Instructor: Echo Leaver

The focus of this course will be on the neural mechanisms that underlie human behavior.  Beginning with the premise that all psychological phenomena are rooted in the electro-chemical activity of nervous systems; we will examine the biological basis of the sensation, cognition, and behavior including the following topics; chemical control of the brain and behavior, motivation, emotion, attention, and mental illness. We will also cover drugs, addiction, and psychopharmacology as it relates to these topics.  Discussions will also include philosophical, ethical, and methodological issues in Neuroscience. Classes format will include some lecture and a large amount of discussion.

Lifelong Fitness and Wellness                         

FTWL 106

T/TH 11 AM-12:15 PM

Instructor: Laura Marinaro

The Lifelong Fitness and Wellness class covers topics including the components of fitness, nutrition, chronic disease prevention, social relationships, and stress management within the framework of the dimensions of wellness. Students will have the opportunity to critically evaluate and discuss current research related to the ever-changing fields of health and wellness. Aside from covering the topics in a global sense, students will take an inventory of strengths and areas in need of improvement in their current lifestyle and will participate in assignments and activities designed to promote wellness. Students will also have access to a University-supplied heart rate monitor/activity tracker for use throughout the semester.

Satisfies General Education Requirement Group V

Mentorship Studies                                 

IDIS 280

M 6-7:50 PM

Instructor: John Lee

This course is the first of two courses required by the Sophomore Living Learning Community.

Honors Research/Creative Project

HONR 312

Instructor: Individual mentors

In this independent study, students develop a research or creative project suitable for presentation at an undergraduate research conference or equivalent public venue. Under the general supervision of the Dean of the Honors College, students work one-on-one with a faculty member of their own choosing to expand upon existing work or complete a new project.

One credit, pass/fail

Honors Thesis Preparation                        

HONR 490

T 5-5:50 PM                                         

In Honors 490, before students begin work on their theses, students select a thesis committee comprised of a thesis advisor and two readers.  The mentor and one reader are chosen from the student’s major department.  The other reader is selected from faculty in one’s school.  Additionally, students do preliminary research on their topic and write a two-page prospectus (which must be approved by their committee) describing what they hope to accomplish in their thesis.  In addition to meeting as necessary with their mentors, students will  meet regularly with the Honors Director to discuss progress and problems.                                          

One credit, pass/fail

Honors Thesis/Thesis Consultation                                             

HONR 495/HONR 496  

T 6-7pm

Instructor: Individual mentors/James Buss

The Honors Thesis is a three or four credit, focused, in-depth project in one’s major field.  What distinguishes an Honors Thesis from a research paper in a regular classroom is the willingness of the student to go beyond the classroom and to assume the responsibilities associated with commitment to scholarship. Honors Thesis Consultation designates the Honors thesis consultation with the thesis director and committee.

Prerequisite:  Completion of HONR 490

Corequisite:  HONR 495 or departmental research/creative course approved by Honors Administrator

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