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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 2016 semester.

Critical Thinking and Writing: Controversies and the Mission to Mars                                 

HONR 111                                                                                               Lauren Hill

MWF 9-9:50 AM

Arguments bind us, divide us, batter us.  In this class you will learn to think critically about any kind of claim through debate, research, and writing.  In this class you find and cite key resources including journal articles and databases, government documents, reference works, monographs, and web sources and you will also learn how to evaluate sources for particular research projects, including your own research paper. 

Satisfies General Education Requirement Group I-A

Psychology of Adolescence and Popular Media: Does Media Reflect Reality or Create It?

HONR 112                                                                                                                        Lance Garmon

T/TH 12:30 AM -1:45 PM

What most people know about the adolescent experience has been gleaned from fictionalized stories in popular culture, 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 foundation, 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 modern adolescent. Throughout the semester, class discussions and course assignments will contrast the empirical information in field (textbooks and research articles) with the portrayal of adolescence in pop culture media (books, television, and film), including how that portrayal has changed over the past several decades. Course projects will include exploring unpublished research findings and the use of popular media resources in educational settings when teaching topics related to adolescence.

Satisfies a General Education Requirement III-B or III-C  
May be used to fulfill requirements for Psychology major or minor (PSYC 321). 

Politics and Pop Culture

HONR 112                                                                                                                     Lauren Hill

MWF 10-10:50am

Study the foundations of rhetorical theory to understand the structure and art of American political speeches. We will start by examining how, with the foundations of Aristotle and Cicero, figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and John F. Kennedy set the stage for George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Donald J. Trump. In the second half of the semester, we will explore how political language infiltrates everyday life in pop culture: music, advertisements and marketing, commercials, billboards, television, film, clothing, art, sports, and more. By analyzing the structure and language of politics, we will begin to understand how politics are alive in every day in every way.

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

Music and Power                          

HONR 211                                                                                                                            Leanne Wood

T TH 11:00am-12:15pm

Is “good” music simply a matter of taste, or is there more at stake in the music we listen to, create, purchase, and perform? The ancient Greeks believed the wrong kinds of music warped men’s character and behavior; totalitarian governments routinely regulate music deemed subversive or offensive; and high-decibel noise has even been employed as an “enhanced interrogation technique.” There are, of course, more sanguine effects to consider: music can help define personal or group identity, inspire political action or social change, and serve therapeutic purposes. In this course, we examine how and why music has been reckoned morally, ideologically, and even physically dangerous to listeners, as well as how music can serve as a force for positive change in our community.

Satisfies a General Education Requirement III-A or III-C    

Mathematics of Decision Making                                 

HONR 212                                                                                                                     Robert Barber

MTWTH 3-3:50pm

Many decisions made in life have a mathematical basis which does not require advanced mathematical approaches.  Basic algebra, statistics, and simple calculus concepts are all that are necessary to help make better informed decisions everyone faces along their train of life.

This course is about decision-making and how basic mathematics can be applied to make the best choice of all viable options. Most of the mathematics will be done using technology. The focus is on interpreting the answer and making the correct decision. This course is hands on and students will track stocks, form mutual funds, evaluate bonds, choose the best car, evaluate financing options. In addition, students will conduct a survey of national and state issues and travel to either the State Capitol or Washington, DC to present the statistical results of the survey to elected officials to educate and help them make better informed decision.

Satisfies a General Education Requirement IV-B (a

Energy: Science, Society, and Consequences                                 

HONR 212                                                                                                                     Matthew Bailey

MWF 1-1:50pm

Energy surrounds us everywhere, and we use energy every day in our lives.  In fact, the rise of our current society has largely been based on learning 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 continues to shape our society 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 a General Education Requirement IV-B

Issues in Aging                                  

HONR 311                                                                                                            Mary DiBartolo

MW 5-6:15pm

Given the current demographic trends in the U.S. and the aging of the population (AKA "graying of America"), this course will explore the various complex issues affecting older adults.  Topics for discussion include theories of aging, physical and psychosocial effects of the aging process, myths of aging and ageism, the concept of successful aging, and the potential impact of the losses of aging on health and independence.  Other issues include the prevalence of depression and addiction in this population and overall impact on the healthcare system and society, as well as ethical dilemmas that can arise at end-of-life, including a debate on assisted dying versus traditional end-of-life approaches.  As part of the 4th credit enhancement, there will be opportunities for interactions with well older adults, a visit to area agency on aging to explore services and adaptive aids available, and an observation of older adult-focused support group.

This course an be taken as a NURS elective.

Communication and Technology: A Hitchhiker's Guide to our Evoloving Future                

HONR 311/CMAT465                                                                                    Vinita Agarwal

T TH 9:30-10:45am

This course will take students through a critical journey reflecting upon the ethical and regulatory implications of the myriad ways technologically-mediated communication shapes our personal, professional, and social spheres. How does swiping right on Tinder shape how we experience intimate relationships? How does telecommuting to office to meet with our virtual teammates shape work processes? What regulatory challenges and promises support the arrival of the self-driving Uber cab?  What ethical considerations might guide our utilization of a 3-D printer in our homes, of receiving sneakers on our front porch via Amazon’s drone delivery, or of our refrigerator placing the weekly grocery order directly with the store? How does the Internet function and how do its founding principles shape our understanding of the net neutrality debate? Through readings, discussions, observations, field visits, and journaling, students will directly engage with these questions and develop an informed understanding of the frameworks necessary to construct how the evolving notions of privacy, freedom of expression, digital divide, and surveillance might be articulated in our technologically-mediated world.

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits                            

HONR 311/ENGL 413                                                                                           Gary Harrington

T/TH 2-3:15 PM

This course will examine the most frequently cited—and most frequently misread—of Shakespeare’s plays. Students will become acquainted with the primary features of Shakespeare's art and will also be introduced to Elizabethan dramaturgy and the dramatic and philosophical theories which accompanied it. We will also, where relevant, touch on the vexed and vexing issue of Shakespeare biography. The primary focus, though, will be on the plays, which are universally considered to be among the best ever written and performed. The plays to be studied will be a mixture of tragedy and comedy, and will include (among others) Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest. The class will follow a modified seminar format, with each student providing two ten-fifteen minute seminar reports over the course of the semester and the professor guiding discussion.

Satisfies General Education Requirement Group I-B

Old Norse Literature in Translation--The Icelandic Saga                                 

HONR 311/ENGL 349                                                                                    T. Ross Leasure

T TH 11:00am-12:15pm

We will read and study representative literary works deriving from the Northern Germanic pre-Christian medieval tradition of the Vikings who spoke and wrote in Old Norse, as well as selected prose works from post-conversion Iceland, namely the family sagas.  Our study will also include reading about and discussing aspects of medieval Scandinavian history, culture and archaeology specifically relating to the marauders and colonizers called the Norsemen.  This course especially concentrates on the mythography and saga literature of Iceland originating around 1000 C.E., but in most cases not recorded until the thirteenth century.  Students will complete a research project as part of the 4th-credit enhancement, unless those who apply to do so through the Center for International Education participate in the study abroad seminar in Iceland in May shortly after final examinations. This study abroad option involves a week touring the important saga sites in southwest Iceland, visiting a number of cultural centers and archaeological exhibits, as well as taking in the natural beauty of the country’s many wonders like black sand beaches, basaltic cliffs, geysers, volcanoes, glaciers, lava fields and waterfalls.

Satisfies General Education Requirement Group I-B

Sex, Race, and Violence in the Chesapeake                                

HONR 311/HIST 215                                                                                                  James Buss

MW 11:00am-12:15pm

The Chesapeake, particularly the Eastern Shore, provides the historical backdrop for this course, which explores the histories of sex, race, and violence in the regions in the 17th century.  The class begins with a brief overview of the region’s history and continues with students digging into the archives for individual and group research.  We will take advantage of the Edward N. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture in the new Academic Commons and comb its vast collections of primary and secondary sources for materials. The class will take place in the Academic Commons between the Honors Seminar Room on the Third Floor and the Nabb Center on the fourth floor. Our ultimate goal is to produce work deemed publishable for either an online or physical format that will make our findings available to the larger community. 

Satisfies General Education Requirement Group II-B

Psychology of Death and Dying                             

HONR 311/PSYC 323                                                                                                  Meredith Patterson

MWF 11-11:50am

This course offers a broad overview of the psychological aspects of death and dying in our society.  Topics include attitudes toward and preparation for death; the understanding of and care for terminally ill patients; funeral rituals; burial, mourning and grief practices; grief counseling; suicide and euthanasia.  Students who complete this course will develop a personal understanding of their attitudes toward death and dying and an appreciation for the scientific study of the psychology of death and dying. Students will gain a better understanding of the psychological and socio-cultural aspects of confronting death, dying, and bereavement, clinical approaches to working with the terminally ill and the bereaved, and ethical and legal issues in death and dying.  Students will spend time discussing/debating controversial topics related to death and dying.  Possible activities include field trips (funeral home, cemetery, etc.) and a service learning component. 

May be used to fulfill requirements for Psychology major or minor.

The Economics of Voluntary Exchange: Understanding Free Markets with an Application toward Energy Policy and Markets

HONR 311/ECON435                                                                    Dustin Chambers and Danny Ervin

MW 9-10:15am

This class has two broad goals.  The first is to introduce students to the benefits of free markets and economic freedom in general.  This will be accomplished through the study of the philosophical, historical, political, and economic foundations underlying classical liberalism.  Unfortunately, free markets, which were the engine of prosperity and economic growth in the western world for the past two centuries and are currently the catalyst for rapid development in Asia and Latin America, are coming under increasing attack.  Nowhere have these attacks been more fervent and effective than in the world’s energy markets.  The second goal is to apply these classical liberal principles to real world political, economic, and environmental topics relating to energy policy and markets.  Energy markets that are free of overly burdensome regulations are necessary for economic development and growth.  Poorly constructed energy policy will inhibit energy market development and negatively impact domestic and international economies. Free markets will increase the supply of energy of all types and forms (e.g. oil, natural gas, and electricity), reduce the real price of energy, and help producers hedge risk associated with energy supply and prices by way of financial derivatives.

Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 215.01H                                                                                       Phillip Anderson

TTH 11:00am-12:15pm
W 1:00-3:00pm (LAB)

This course introduces the cells, tissues, and organs that make up the human integumentary, skeletal, muscle, nervous systems. The course is not lecture driven, but will take a problem-based learning approach involving student research groups and group presentations.  We will delve into the molecular components of cells to understand how cells achieve their function in the context of tissues and organs, and how those components can be manipulated clinically.  Forensic and contemporary literature in anatomy will be discussed.  Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

Satisfies General Education Requirement Group IVA or IVB

Fundamental of Microeconomics                                   

ECON 211.01H                                                                                                       Brian Hill        

Choice is the unifying feature of all things that economists study. The topic of this course, microeconomics, is specifically dedicated to understanding how individual economic agents (including individuals, households, firms, and governments) make choices and how these choices affect society. In this class, we will learn the foundational theories that economists use to explain how choices are made and what impact the choices have on society. We will also discuss how economists use empirical methods to test findings of theoretical models. In addition to learning about the tools that economists use to understand human behavior, we will also learn how to produce scholarly economic research. This will include the development of a relevant policy question, an examination of scholarly research on the question, the collection of data, and the use of statistical software for basic analysis.

Satisfies General Education Requirement Group III-B or III-C

Fitness and Wellness                                            

FTWL 106.01H                                                                                            Laura Marinaro                 

T/TH 9:00-10:45am

The Lifelong Fitness and Wellness class covers topics including the components of fitness, nutrition, chronic disease prevention, and stress management within the framework of the six 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 Polar heart rate monitor/activity tracker for use throughout the semester.

This course meets the General Education Area V requirement.

Honors Thesis Preparation                        

HONR 490-041                                                                                               James Buss

T 5-6pm                                         

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/James Buss    

T 6-7pm           

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

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