Courses Offered in Fall 2013
THIS TEAM-TAUGHT INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR will expose students to a variety of topics and incorporate intellectually stimulating discussions and interesting activities for incoming freshmen. The course is open only to honors-eligible incoming Freshmen. Students will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from faculty representing various academic disciplines and members of university administration. You will also get to meet honors students in your graduating class to build friendships that could last a lifetime. Topics of the course may include tips for college success, stress release and immunity, playwriting, diversity, music, and genetics. With nearly 10 instructors, students will quickly become acquainted with university faculty and staff. Few other classes feature such a variety of experiences in just five days.
This class revolves around the Omnibus Lecture Series and offers students the opportunity to attend lectures given by nationally known speakers and enhances that experience with a variety of activities. We will explicitly examine areas where we agree or respectfully disagree with the speakers and our class members using personal experiences; information from a variety of scholarly, peer-reviewed sources; and theories from our various academic disciplines. Guest speakers may lead a discussion prior to the lectures, and Chancellor Wartell will lead a Socratic discussion after the lectures. An Internet dialogue via Blackboard will allow students to present an objective analysis to peers and engage in civil intellectual discourse in written form. There are 10 meetings in all for the course throughout the semester, consisting of an introductory meeting with the Honors Program director and meetings with the chancellor and faculty. The lectures are typically at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building, faculty discussions are at 6 p.m. in the Balthaser Conference Room (LB 275), and meetings with the chancellor are at 6 p.m. in his conference room (KT 178). Students are required to stay for one hour at each meeting.
This course will address pivotal questions associated with modern and pre-modern philosophy. The distinct epistemological qualities of modern thought will be contrasted with the metaphysical considerations of pre-modern philosophy through an investigation into matters ethical, political, theological, and always philosophical.
Bruce Ballenger in The Curious Researcher says that when conducting research, “the process usually begins with something you’ve wondered about, some itchy questions about an aspect of the world you’d love to know the answer to. It’s the writer’s curiosity—not the teacher’s—that is at the heart of the college research paper.” This philosophy of research based inquiry is also at the heart of W140, where students will choose significant and meaningful questions about topics that are both relevant and meaningful to them. These issues will be explored through a series of analytical papers in which they will make meaning, create text and share knowledge. Honors W140 follows the basic guidelines for W131 but involves more extensive discussions, in-depth analysis of topics and readings, and generally incorporates the critical reading and writing skills covered in W233 (Intermediate Expository Writing). Annotating and documenting in both MLA and APA, and researching both primary and secondary sources, moves W140 students to higher-order inquiry projects and further immersion into their majors. Within the class's collaborative, supportive workshop environment, they will learn how to make decisions about what they want to say and the most effective way to say it to a particular audience. Students will learn to better control their writing process and develop flexibility for approaching any writing task.
Ever wonder why you see things the way you see them? Ever wonder why other people don’t? The honors section of COM 114 is a study of communication theories as applied to speech — practical communicative experiences ranging from interpersonal communication and small group process through problem identification and solution in discussion to informative and persuasive speaking in standard speaker-audience situations. The honors section provides additional exploration of contemporary theory and a more advanced survey of interpersonal and gender-socialization topics. The intimate nature of the honors section optimizes opportunities for class discussions and instructor contact.
Are you wondering just what is music therapy? Why did Plato state “Music is the medicine for the soul,” and why was Bob Marley quoted as saying “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain?” This honors section of Introduction to Music Therapy will allow you to explore the profession of music therapy while learning about the history of music in healing, theoretical and philosophical principles of why music can be therapeutic, and how music therapy is used with persons with disabilities ranging from cognitive to mental impairments and from infants to the elderly. Course concepts will be addressed using a variety of methods including lecture, participation in music making experiences, opportunities to learn from professional music therapists and other professionals who work with persons with disabilities, cooperative learning groups, individual research projects, and creative group project.
The Honors Program capstone course. The honors project provides an opportunity for honors students to undertake research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The format may vary, but each project encourages intellectual independence and introduces students to proper research methods in preparation for graduate work. Projects must have some written component and will be a product that is representative of professional work in the chosen field. The project must be presented and defended before a committee including representatives of the Honors Program Council.
This is a rigorous look at Calculus with plenty of applications from physics, engineering, natural and social sciences, finance, etc. You will work in groups and individually on different writing and exploratory exercises. In addition to the regular lecture format we’ll use different application of the Computer Algebra System Maple in solving problems. Two projects, reflecting your background, will be assigned and the results of will be presented using your favourite media format. Creativity and originality is strongly encouraged.
This course will take a scientific approach to the study of behavior and mental processes, including learning, memory, perception, brain-behavior interactions, personality, intelligence, mental disorders, and social influences on behavior. In addition, students will be actively involved in examining some controversial issues in contemporary psychology, e.g. are memories of sex abuse always real, does viewing television increase aggression in children, is homosexuality genetically determined, etc. Students will explore these issues using resources on the Web as well as assigned readings. The goals of the course are for students to understand knowledge about behavior acquired through the scientific method and to become critical evaluators of everyday information related to psychology.
Many students have difficulties fitting regularly scheduled honors classes into their schedules for a number of reasons. That is why the Honors Program developed a way to make any class an honors class with an H-Option.
The H-Option is a contract between the honors student and the professor of any class so that the student can get honors credit for a regularly scheduled class. The H-Option is a great way for students and faculty to build a mentoring relationship that could grow into an honors project. Many H-Options have grown into tremendous research opportunities for both students and faculty. To learn more about H-Options, contact the Honors Program at 260-481-6924, the Resources Page of the Honors Program website, or at the Honors Center, Walb Union, Room G25.