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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 2018 semester.

Critical Thinking and Writing: Entrepreneurship

HONR 111.041

M/W/F 1:00-1:50 PM

Instructor: Lauren Hill

This first-year experience course for Honors College students examines the process for developing research questions and exploring the opportunities available to Salisbury University students for conducting undergraduate research. Course sections are centered on a theme, so that students can focus their studies on a common topic. Students will explore University library resources, participate in community engagement projects, and present their research in a conference-like setting.

Meets General Education IA.

Critical Thinking and Writing: Communicating Science in a Changing World

HONR 111.042

M/W/F 9:00-9:50 AM

Instructor: Kristen Lycett

This first-year experience course for Honors College students examines the process for developing research questions and exploring the opportunities available to Salisbury University students for conducting undergraduate research. Course sections are centered on a theme, so that students can focus their studies on a common topic. Students will explore University library resources, participate in community engagement projects, and present their research in a conference-like setting.

Meets General Education IA.

American Democracy and the System of World Order

HONR 112.041

M/W 3:00-4:15 PM

Instructor: Robert Todd Becker

The course examines the interplay of American democracy and values with the evolving Western system of the world order. The course will describe how the nations of Western Europe sought to maintain a system of international order, beginning with the late Medieval period through the development of the concept of the sovereign nation state, relations among those states in the 17th and 18th centuries, the concept of Europe, and balance of power in the 19th century. We examine how the development of the democratic practices and ideals in the United States responded to contemporary international system of Europe, and in turn, contributed to the establishment of the new concepts of collective security in the early 20th century, the prevalent liberal world order, the Cold War bi-polarism and efforts to establish a "New World Order in the post-Cold War era." Our study concludes with a discussion of the current U.S. administration's approach to international engagement in light of what we have studied.

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

Psychology of Science, Pseudoscience, and #Fake News

HONR 112.042

T/TH 9:30-10:45 AM

Instructor: Lance Garmon

Have you ever wondered why you "know" what you know to be true? Or why others seem to "know" something when it is clear to you that they are so obviously wrong? In this course we focus less on which beliefs and facts are actually "right" and true, and instead talk more about the processes we all use to develop our opinions and beliefs. The field of psychology can explain how we develop many of our beliefs, even pseudoscientific beliefs that exist without empirical support. Sometimes those processes rely on logic or reason and sometimes they rely more on intuition or emotion. Studies from all areas and majors will be asked to lead the class in a discussion of a controversy relevant to their field of study or from their life outside the classroom.

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

The History of Everything

HONR 212-0.41

T/TH/ 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Instructor: Brent Zaprowski

Most people know a lot about human history, but how well do you know your Earth history? This class looks at how changes in the geosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the biosphere over billions of years led to the Earth as we know it today. Specific topics covered include: How have the continents moved and changed? What is a supercontinent? How did the Appalachian Mountains form? How did the Atlantic Ocean form? How did the atmosphere become oxygen-rich? How has life evolved? Who were the first animals to crawl onto land? Did the dinosaurs really go extinct? What are the forces that shaped human evolution and led us to become the most dominant animal species on Earth? And, what are the techniques geologists use to figure it all out? We also explore what the Earth's past says about our future here on Earth. The course includes a lab where students engage in hands-on activities, including the study of rocks and fossils, as well as article discussions and videos. There will also be one or two field trips where we explore Earth's geologic history up close and in person.

Satisfies a General Education Requirement IV-B.

Nuclear Energy: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow?

HONR 212.042

T/TH 2:00-3:15 PM

Instructor: Seth Friese

As world leaders meet to address the world's energy demand while discussing how to minimize humans' impact on the environment and humankind, a topic that keeps coming back into the consideration is the role of nuclear energy. Even though several countries have stated their goal to cease using nuclear energy in the years to come, other countries are looking to increase its use. We live in a complex world where fears and misconceptions often play into the public perception.

Satisfies a General Education Requirement IVB.

Legal Environment

ACCT 248.03H

M/W 10:30-11:45 AM

Instructor: Mike Koval

The ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. has found itself involved in numerous legal disputes in its short business history. Lawsuits involving employment discrimination, allocation of tips, price-fixing, driver assault, trade secret theft, fraud, consumer privacy, and executive-level intrique have been filed, and the litigation is ongoing. In this course, we use the legal troubles of Uber as a basis to explore the principles of contract, tort, criminal, constitutional, employment, and corporate law. We explore how the law affects many aspects of business operations and examine how law can be used proactively to create strategic advantage. Finally, we channel your "inner entrepreneur" to plan your own hypothetical business, which you will then analyze through the legal frameworks we study to access the legal risk.

Psychology and Global Climate Change

HONR 311.041 / PSYC 425.01H

T/TH 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Instructor: Karl Maier and Mark Walter

This seminar examines the various ways in which psychological factors relate to the phenomenon of global climate change. We 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 have the opportunity to actively learn about relevant issues outside of the classroom.

Queer Literature

ENGL 338.01H / HONR 311.042

T/TH 12:30-1:45 PM

Instructor: T. Ross Leasure

This semester rather than take a developmental approach to the subject, beginning with an examination of Biblical and Classical works in order to establish a base-line for the study of "queer" literature through the Middle Ages and into the Modern Era, this course intends instead to flash forward to the 19th century in which identity categories defined by sexual orientation and gender expression first emerged in the West. Doing so sets the groundwork for a more focused consideration specifically of works by and about LGBTQ authors who lived in and wrote about their experiences as denizens of New York City from the earl 20th century into the present day. At the center of the course lies the pivotal socio-political movement of the Stonewall Uprising, which divides the literary history of the "queer" community in the U.S. into pre- and post-revolutionary periods, making for a more productive study of the progress made to advance the civil rights of those who embraced and continue to embrace so-called "non-normative" sexual identities, and of the setbacks to that community in the form of the HIV/AIDS crises of the early 1980s and beyond. Poems, plays, short stories, and novels provide the bulk of materials under consideration, from the works of Whitman and Wilde to Angels in America.

Meets General Education IB.

Seminar on Race and Identity in the 20th Century

HIST 215.01H / HONR 311.043

M/W/F 1:O0-1:50 PM

Instructor: Joseph Venosa

This Honors course introduces students to the various ways that major events throughout the 20th century - including social movements, armed conflicts, ideological upheavals, and other events - were impacted to a large extent by the ideas of "race," racially based power systems and by governments quantifying different groups of people by a particular "identity." This class is not designed to examine how our modern world has been largely shaped by issues of race and identity, especially in the various ways that large states or empires have operated.

Meets General Education IIB.

Energy Literature

ENGL 300.01H / HONR 311.043

M/W 3:00-4:15 PM

Instructor: Stephanie Bernhard

How far will humans go to light our lamps, fuel our cars, and power our factories? Over the past two and a half centuries, the answer has been: almost unimaginably far. We have chased whales around the globe to hunt their blubber; we have blasted the tops off mountains to extract the coal hidden in their depths; we have fomented foreign wars for the sake of oil. In this class, we read novels that depict and critique these energy exploits alongside commentary that provides historical context. We consider what our readings can teach us about our current energy-related crisis - global climate change - and explore how we might all become more conscious energy citizens.

Meets General Education IB.

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. Preference for students in the Honors Sophomore Living Learning Communities.

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

M 5:00-6:00 PM

T 5:00-6:00 PM

Instructor: Lance Garmon

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

M 5:00-6:00 PM

T 5:00-6:00 PM

Instructor: Individual mentors/Stacia Kock

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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