Spring 2018 Honors Courses

ENGL 111-H01 Honors Composition II – 3 Credit Hours

Professor Julie Barbour

This course prepares students for the complex demands of academic literacy and research. These require students to be able to critically observe personal and public knowledge; ask questions of reading and research; formulate hypotheses; design and conduct research projects, both in the library and in the field; and identify further avenues of inquiry. To help students develop these abilities, the course also teaches students the basic skills of analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and documentation. Required course work included completion of an extended research project. Prerequisite: a grade of C or higher in ENGL110.

Dr. Barbour

HONR 302 – 3 Credit Hours – Politics on TV: House of Cards v. West Wing

Dr. Toll

This course takes two very popular television shows about politics and makes them into a course that engages students to think critically about each view of democracy in America. This course is a backhanded way to get students to think about citizenship and civic skills, but also to think about how we present these notions of democracy to others. In short, it uses popular culture to get students to think about big questions regarding the nature of mankind, how we order ourselves, and how we think about each other.

Dr. Toll

HONR 401- 1 -4 Credit Hours

Dr. Jason K. Swedene and/ or Student’s Thesis Adviser

Time is TBD

A major written work based on independent research or creative effort to be carried out under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. ‘Research’ is intended to be widely interpreted and may include, but is not limited to, experiments, analysis of existing data, and a summary and integration of already completed but dispersed research. Students will make a formal presentation of their findings to the Honors Council, the thesis supervisor, junior/senior Honors students, and others in the spring of their senior year.

Dr. Jason Swedene

HONR 101-001 From Farms to your Plate: Making the US Food System Better for All Concerned – 2 Credit Hours

Dr. Gregory Zimmerman

Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 PM

This Honors Seminar will examine the challenges faced by the US food system, the emerging alternatives, and how each of us can help to improve the good system to make it better for everyone. We all have a role to play in helping make the US food system more environmentally responsible, healthier, and more just for all concerned. Since food system work crosses through just about every discipline from natural and social sciences to business and economics to arts and humanities, and is personally relevant to all, it should make a suitable Honors Seminar for a wide range of students.

Dr. Zimmerman