Sampling of Honors Courses Offered on the Marion campus for Autumn 2019
English 1110.02H: Honors First-Year English Composition
Dr. Stuart Lishan
Monday - Wednesday 3:15-4:35
English 1110.02H is set up as a writers’ workshop, an “Honors” community of fellow voyagers into the waters of the sweet words, in which you will all receive intensive practice in the fundamentals of expository writing (well, mostly expository writing anyway), as illustrated in your own writing and in the works of more experienced “professional” writers.
You will develop your capacity for undertaking academic research and analysis through an original research project, and you will find materials to analyze, develop research questions, explore secondary texts, and make claims that are connected to the evidence you have discovered.
Psych 1100H: Introduction to Psychology
Dr. Nikole Patson
How can we be happier? How can we improve our study skills? Are men and women psychologically different? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, learning, memory, decision-making, positive psychology, implicit bias, development, and many others.
Anthropology 2202H: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Dr. Anna Willow
Do you ever wonder why people think and act so differently? Would you like to learn about other ways of life? Anthropology 2202H will introduce key concepts and methodologies in cultural anthropology and encourage students to develop a deep understanding and appreciation of human diversity. Course lectures, readings, and critical discussions are designed to offer a broad overview of cultural anthropology’s central themes. Throughout the semester, we will work together to develop independent but complementary ethnographic fieldwork projects. By undertaking fieldwork projects, students will learn what it's like to be an anthropologist and will come to see cultural anthropology as an exciting process of discovery.
EDUTL 3356 Literature for Adolescents
Dr. Linda Parsons
Did you grow up reading the Harry Potter series? Do you remember reading The Outsiders in middle school? Have you seen The Hate you Give? If so, then you’re already familiar with young adult literature. In EDUTL 3356, a GE and honors embedded course, we’ll read a selection of young adult literature and delve into some professional readings. As an honors student, I’ll meet with you several times throughout the semester, and we’ll explore theories of response and discuss how you see them playing out in the course. This is a hybrid course with some sessions meeting Thursdays, 4:45-7:30 and other sessions meeting online.
English 1110H First Year Writing: The Apocalypse in American Culture
Dr. Pete Dully
English 1110H is a composition class focused on different ways that American culture conceptualizes the apocalypse. To be sure, there is a certain irony that the most secure, prosperous and healthy society in the history of humanity continues to churn out representations of the end of the world at a breakneck pace. We'll be looking at literature, film, art and music to determine why we're so fascinated with the end of it all.
Any 4000-5000 level course not in your major will also count as an Honors course.
English 2260H (Introduction to Poetry -- Honors)
English 2260H (Introduction to Poetry -- Honors)
M, W 9:30-10:50 / Stuart Lishan/ 3 credit hours
One of the things that poetry does is shake up the way we perceive the world and our experience in it. Sometimes it asks us uncomfortable questions. Do you dare disturb the universe? Sometimes it holds up a mirror that shows us our true selves, sometimes a lamp, and sometimes it holds up a gun. So, how does poetry do all that? And just what is that thing called…poetry, anyway? In English 2260H you’ll find out.
English 2260H is primarily a reading course. That is to say, it’s a literature course. We’ll read and talk about a number of poems, and hopefully extend your idea of what poetry is and what significance it has in our fair corner of the universe. Besides reading, much of which you will be assigning, our assignments will include both the traditional sorts of writing assignments that you might expect to have in a lit class, and some creative-not-so-traditional assignments, too, all designed to instruct and delight you, and to help you get a feel and understanding of this lovely art form. You don’t have to necessarily be an honor’s student to take the course, but you should be willing to be challenged, not just in your course work, but in your assumptions, too. Welcome aboard.
(Note: English 2260H is a GEC course that meets the Category 5.B.1. Arts and Humanities in Literature requirement)
Geog 2750H (World Regional Geography – Honors)
CLASS NUMBER 33657
3 credits (fulfills GE Social Science/Human, Natural & Economic AND GE Diversity/Global Studies requirements)
If you pay any attention to the news, you’ve probably noticed that the world is pretty messed up. People are brutally murdering their own countrymen, governments are going bankrupt, and corrupt leaders are incapable of doing anything about it. And that’s just Detroit: it’s even worse in Syria, or North Korea, or…well, lots of places, unfortunately.
Nevertheless, these messed up places have produced some pretty amazing stuff. Academics call itculture, but we experience it daily in the form of music, food, sports, film, art, architecture, and so on. And people are fiercely proud and protective of their culture’s “stuff”. Sometimes those protective, nativist instincts lead to genocides; other times they lead to a righteous drubbing by hooligans outside the soccer stadium.
This class is all about what makes the world so messed up, but still so fascinating to watch from a distance (or close-up, if you’re lucky enough). It’s a combination of slide shows, discussions, and student-led presentations that will familiarize you with your surroundings and the rest of the world, so that you can intelligently discuss what’s in the news. Or on Buzzfeed.
There’s a textbook, which has the distinction of being the only textbook ever that students have enjoyed reading. Many don’t even sell it back! Look at some examples of the content and style here:
Review on Amazon (in case you don't believe that students could like a textbook)
Grading will be based on five exams (with one grade dropped), discussion, and interactive culture presentations. The class is listed as an Honors class, which means that I won’t waste your time with videos and map quizzes and boring lectures.
English 4591.02H Special Topics in the Study of Rhetoric with Dr. Braun
Psychology 5832: Lifespan Sociomoral Development
Dr. Chris Daddis
Course is available to undergraduate and graduate students
In this course, we will examine the major approaches to moral development including psychoanalytic theories, cognitive-developmental, and socialization theories. Through discussion of primary source material, we will examine, compare, and contrast major theories and consider the research methods and findings associated with each approach. The primary focus will be on psychological approaches, but we will also consider philosophical issues and educational applications.
This course will be taught as a seminar-type course with student discussions guided by the professor. Student evaluation will be based on class participation and take-home exams.
Arts&Sciences 1102H Regional Honors Seminar
Game Theory: Competition and Cooperation
Dr. Daddis (Psychology) and Dr. Maharry (Mathematics)
In this weekly seminar, we will discuss Game Theory from both a mathematical and a psychological perspective. We will consider many variations on classical strategy questions, including Prisoner's Dilemma, the Tragedy of the Commons and others.
Other honors courses offered include
:Anthropology 2202H Peoples and Cultures: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology with Dr. Willow
Biology 1114E Biological Sciences: Form, Function, Diversity, and Ecology with Dr.Gershman
Communication 2367H Persuasive Communication with Dr. Armstrong