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HONR 495 Advisors:

Current Faculty Who Have Served as HONR 495 Thesis Mentors

Spring 2015 Courses

Issues in Social Sciences: The Psychology of Adolescence and Popular Media:  Does Media Reflect Reality or Create It?

HONR 112.041                                                   T/TH 9:30-10:45                          Lance Garmon

Most of what we know about the adolescent experience has been learned from fictionalized stories in books, movies, and television programs, not from reading scholarly writings on the topic.  Do these popular media portrayals accurately reflect the developmental lives of the majority of teens?  Or do they exaggerate some experiences, and ignore others?  Approaching the question from a psychological focus, and incorporating the wide range of interdisciplinary work addressing the topic, we will explore what is known about the physical, emotional, and social development of the adolescent.  Throughout the semester we will contrast that empirical information with the portrayal of adolescence in popular culture, including how that portrayal has changed over the past several decades.  One emphasis of course projects will be to explore the possibility of using popular media resources in educational settings when teaching topics related to adolescence.

Satisfies General Education Requirement IIIB or IIIC (Social Sciences)


Issue in Social Sciences:  New World Order or New Cold War?

HONR 112.042                                                    T/TH 8-9:15 AM                           Todd Becker

With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the Soviet Union, many  international observers envisioned the dawning of a “New World Order,” as President GHW Bush hailed it.  An ideal constellation of world power in which the rule of law and universal principles would be used to resolve potential and real international disputes instead of force and violence.  In the past quarter of a century a very different picture has emerged.  What led to the chaotic conditions in the Middle East, the Arab World, and the continuing unstable conditions along the  East European-Russian borders?  This course will begin by looking at past examples of World Order that prevailed in the period prior to 1989, then transition to the effects of the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Implosion of  Yugoslavia and the emergence of a multi polar world in the 21st century.  Finally, we will explore the question:  What lies ahead, a new system of international balance or a return to old confrontational politics.

Satisfies General Education Requirement IIIB or IIIC (Social Sciences)


 Issues in Humanities:  Main Street, USA:  The Small Town Myth in American Life and Culture

HONR 211.041                                                     MWF 11-11:50AM                        Leanne Wood

The term “Main Street” is often used as shorthand for an idealized image of the US and the concerns of ordinary Americans, yet Main Street has also sometimes been portrayed as the imagined home of our worst tendencies—pettiness, prejudice, and provincialism.  In this class, we will examine the significance of these contradictory visions of Main Street by tracing the ways that they grow out of American literature, material culture, and popular entertainment.  We begin with a study in nostalgia as we analyze the stylized and trouble-free townscape that Walt Disney designed for Disneyland in 1955.  We then consider how critical representations f small towns in literature and film complicate the Main Street ideal.  Finally, we turn to more contemporary renderings of Main Street in urban planning, commerce, and political discourse.  In addition to producing critical essays, students will have opportunities to engage with civic organizations and businesses currently working to promote Main Street interests in the region.

Satisfies General Education Requirement IIIA or IIIC (Humanities)


Issues in Natural Sciences: “Hot Topics” in Earth Science

HONR 212.041                                                       T/TH 12:30-1:45PM                    Brent Zaprowski

The goal of this class is to look at a number of current and sometimes controversial topics of the Earth Sciences which students are likely to read about in the news.  Differing viewpoints and ethical considerations are discussed.  Examples include global warming, evolution, coastal development and fracking.  In order to critically evaluate these topics, the class will review some of the basic philosophical tenets which underlie the scientific process.  How are the approaches that scientists employ to view and understand the world similar to, and different from, those approaches taken by scholars in other disciplines outside the natural sciences?  What kinds of questions can be answered by scientific methods, and what kinds of questions lie outside the realm of science?

Satisfies General Education Requirement IV B (Natural Science, Math, and Computer Science)


 Issues in Natural Sciences: Energy:  Science, Society, and Consequences

HONR 212.042                                                        MWF 1-1:50 PM                          Matthew Bailey

Energy surrounds us everywhere, and we use energy every day in our lives.  The rise of our current society has largely been based on how to use energy more efficiently and in different ways than in the past.  This course will study the science behind energy; what energy is, what forms of energy exist, and how energy can be transferred from one system to another.  We will look at where the energy we use comes from, and how those sources of energy have changed in the past and will change in the future.  We will also discuss consequences of our past and current energy usage, with topics such as pollution and global warming.  Energy is not only a scientific topic, but also affects social, political, and economical issues.  How energy has shaped our society and is shaping our society today in all aspects of life will also be studied and discussed.   We will look at current energy conservation efforts, new types of renewable energy, and what individuals can do to help shape our society’s energy needs and policies in the future.  This class will be presented in lecture/discussion form, using some math, and with the help of everyday examples.

Satisfies General Education Requirement IV B (Natural Science,Math, and Computer Science)


Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar:  Contemporary Trends in American Literature:  Postmodernism, and maybe, Postpostmodernism (but definitely not on postpostpostmodernism)

HONR 311.041/ENGL 488.001                                 MW 3-4:15PM                           Adam Wood

In this course, we will be investigating the narratives of the late 20th and early 21st centuries and their relation to the historical period often, though roughly perhaps, referred to as The Postmodern.  Examining a selection of novels that range from the more traditionally familiar to the more radically experimental, we will work to develop our understanding of the historical period known as the postmodern, the aesthetic and philosophical practices of postmodernism, and the peculiar position of existing amidst the postmodern condition.  Some key questions we will deal with are:  How do we define postmodern and postmodernism?  How does the postmodern differ from the modern?  Are all contemporary novels really postmodern?  Why is there such fear and hostility to the ideas of postmodernism?  And, perhaps most importantly of all, given our post-9/11 reality, are we will postmodern?

Satisfies General Education Requirement IB (Literature)


Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar:  The Edible Past: The History and Culture of Food in America                         

HONR 311.151                                                M 4:30-7:15PM/W 4:30-5:30PM            James Buss

The production, preparation, and consumption of food reveal insights into connections between people and places. This course examines food as a serious actor in both American history and culture. By examining the industrialization of food production, regional attachments to recipes and diets, the diaspora of food across the nation and world, local food movements, and indigenous approaches to food sovereignty, we will explore the role of food as a cultural marker and expand our understanding of the power and politics behind the distribution and consumption of food. The class will meet twice per week, with one long session when the class will take advantage of the Honors Center kitchen to prepare the types of foodstuffs that we study.


Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar:  Economic Freedom in the Global Economy

HONR 311.651/BUAD 338.651                              T 7:15-8:30PM                                       Marc Street/Vera Street

 The focus of this class is on gaining an understanding of economic freedom, its antecedents, its components, and its consequences.  In conjunction with the study of the components of economic freedom, deterrents to economic freedom will also be explored.  A key element of the course will be an examination of economic freedom and in various countries.  This is a hybrid class.  As such, much work will be done outside of the formal classroom.  Information, assignments, readings, discussions, etc. throughout the semester will be posted on the class website on  It is important to engage with this site frequently (several times a week).  You also need to access your Salisbury email frequently.


Honors Junior Research Project                                    

HONR 312.041                                                                                                    Honors Director                  

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 Assistant Honors Director, 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 490-041                                                                                                                        James Buss, Honors Director

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                                             

HONR 495 and HONR 496                                                                                  Individual Mentors                   

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.                                    

Prerequisite:  Completion of HONR 490; Co-requisite:  HONR 490 


Study Abroad Programs ~ Spring 2015

Salisbury Abroad:  New Zealand Teaching Internship

Salisbury Abroad:  Ecuador Semester

Salisbury Abroad:  Communications Internship:  Italy

Salisbury Abroad:  Spain:  Barcelona Internship

Salisbury Abroad:  England Semester

Salisbury Abroad:  Estonia Semester

Salisbury Abroad:  Estonia Cyber-Security

Salisbury Abroad:  France—Business

Salisbury Abroad:  Ghana Semester

Salisbury Abroad:  Spain Semester

Salisbury Abroad:  Scotland Semester

Salisbury Abroad:  South Koreas Chonnam National University

Salisbury Abroad:  South Korea Chonbuk National University

Salisbury Abroad:  China Semester

Salisbury Abroad:  Ireland:  Community health Internship

Martinique:  A Little bit of France in the Caribbean (Spring Break)

Study Abroad Programs ~ Summer 2015

Salisbury Abroad:  Spain-Summer Spanish Intensive in Malaga

Salisbury Global Seminar:  Trinidad and Tobago:  Wildlife Conservation

Salisbury Abroad:  Scotland Summer

Salisbury Abroad:  Korea Summer

International Children’s Literature in Italy

Creative Arts in Bologna, Italy

Biology of Icelandic Fisheries:  Iceland

Old Norse Literature:  Iceland

International Communication in England/Wales



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