Course Descriptions: Fall 2004

HONS 170

Introduction to Speech Communication B. Hyde

Introduction to Speech Communication T. Spry
Honors 170 focuses on theory and practice related to communication studies in general, and to interpersonal, small group, and public communication in particular. You will read about and discuss important ideas about how communication influences individuals and society, and you will apply those ideas in order to enhance your ability to work well with others and to improve your capacities to think critically, organize clearly, and speak effectively.

HONS 180

Spiritual Dilemmas in Eastern and Western Literature J. Hibbard

HONS 198

Research Paper: Spiritual Dilemmas in Eastern and Western Literature J. Hibbard

HONS 251

Logical Dilemmas in Eastern and Western Philosophy D. Boyer
Please note 180-01 and 251-01 are paired courses. Must be taken same semester. Does the human impulse toward the divine conflict with the demands of rationality? Mystics from all the world's religions answer that it does, and that reason must give way: we must believe in things we cannot prove or even understand rationally. The philosopher replies that logic holds the winning cards: faith needs reasonable grounds, and we need not ever embrace irrational belief. These dilemmas play out somewhat differently in monotheism in the West than they do in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism in the East. We'll look at important texts in all these faiths, like the Bible, mystical poetry, Al-Ghazali's "Deliverance from Error," the Tao Te Ching, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Lotus Sutra. By seeing through religious and non-religious eyes what it is to be human, we can ask what a religion is, and ask critically whether it ever makes sense to be religious. Students will participate in class discussions and activities, keep daily reader's journals and write analytical papers throughout the end of the semester. The result will be increased skill at reading complex material, writing clear and effective prose, and thinking both analytically and imaginatively. Texts will include everything from materialist theory to mystical poetry. The instructors of this paired class will contribute our own fundamentally different belief systems to the richness and personal urgency of the material.

HONS 180

Journeys C. Abartis

HONS 198

Research Paper: Journeys C. Abartis
We will read and discuss such classics as Homer's Odyssey (Greek), Voltaire's Candide (French), Shakespeare's As You Like It (British), Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (British), and one or two contemporary works, possibly Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl, or Jamaica Kincaids' Annie John, or Charles Johnson's Middle Passage. The first four works are acknowledged masterpieces; that is, according to readers from hundreds of years, they elicit great and complex pleasures. As for the modern novels, I think you will like them too. The characters in all of these works are -- like you -- on voyages of discovery: they leave home and return or establish a new home with an enlarged sense of identity. Students will learn how to use the resources of the library to research topics. Students will practice incorporating the research of other scholars into their own writing with the use of brackets, ellipsis dots, quotation marks, notes, and bibliographies.

HONS 240

American Masterpieces - Romantic to Modern R. Dillman

HONS 198

Research Paper: American Masterpieces - Romantic to Modern R. Dillman
This is a broad based course that provides a survey and overview of the works of several main authors from the romantic period and finish with representative authors of the modern period. Each work studied would be thematically and stylistically important in the history of American culture and literature. We will look at a wide variety of authors, styles, and genres; we will study the short story, creative prose, poetry, and the novel. Class activities include discussion, critical reading and writing, reports, presentations, and viewing and discussing high quality films on these authors and their literary periods. We will read and write about these literary selections. Students will write a research paper for the 198 component.

HONS 261

International Health Care Delivery Systems P. Bodelson
We will examine the culture, politics, and institutions of various countries. We will focus on the impact these factors have on the health care delivery system in each country. For example, a comparison between the U.S. health care and India's may be made. Moreover, at least 15 countries will be included for their own unique situation. Over a period of several years the instructor has volunteered at hospitals in several developing countries, including India and St. Lucia in the West Indies.

HONS 300

Children's Issues F. Kazemek
This course is designed to help students explore an area of concern that is typically ignored or slighted in social and political discussions, and that is the rights of children. Contrary to the popular exhortations that we are a child-loving society and that children are "our greatest national resource," the evidence of the treatment of children speaks dramatically about the low value that Americans too often place them. Similarly, our concern for children in other parts of the world is slight. Children in the United States and elsewhere are among the most poorly treated and oppressed groups of people. Moreover, the situation in various ways appears to be getting worse. This course will explore why.

The Italian Renaissance L. Splittgerber
This course is designed to introduce students to a glorious era in human history, the Italian Renaissance. Characterized by an unequaled flowering in art, architecture, literature, science and philosophy, the Renaissance is also set against a fascinating backdrop of political intrigue, feuding city-states and economic powerhouses (like the Este, Medici and Borgia) that influenced the artistic and literary production of the day. Students will explore aspects of Renaissance art, music, dress, food, popular culture, science, religion (Popes, patronage, Savanarola, the Crusades), architecture, philosophy, literature, politics, commedia dell'arte and history.

HONS 301

Human Relations and Race (RIS) J. Benjamin

Introduction to African American Studies (RIS) C. Lehman
This course provides an overview of the social, historical, and cultural experiences of African Americans from World War II to the present day. We study patterns of interactions between African Americans and other ethnic groups using theoretical concepts from various disciplines. We study social forces and institutions affecting African Americans' lives.

Indigenous Art, Life and Spirit: Smithsonian Trip J. Lacourt
Students will travel to Washington DC to witness and participate in the week-long activities associated with the grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. This 3-credit Honors class is combined with a 2-credit Ethnic Studies class. For the additional credit, Honors students will continue to meet and submit work beyond the 2-credit end date of October 1. There will be costs associated with this course. Contact Dr. Jeanne Lacourt at 308-1048 or 308-4928. This course meets the MGM requirements, but is not a racial issues course.

HONS 303

Feminist Analysis of Women's Sexuality G. Klug
In this course we will look at women's sexuality, at social structures and at societal values of women's sexuality from a feminist perspective. The course assumes that women are important and are full human beings.

She, He, and It: A VIP Tour of Femininities and Masculinities J. Laker
Entire industries and societies are organized around the notion that there are two opposing genders. Girl or Boy, Pink or Blue, Doll or Truck? These common questions subtly reinforce a box into which each of us must go, or risk ridicule, violence, or worse. This is further complicated by race, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexuality, socio-economic status, and other dimensions of identity. This course will be a "tour of femininities and masculinities" in which we will utilize multiple lenses to explore gender identity as it exists in real humans rather than in Barbie and Ken. We will incorporate readings from Indigenous, Asian, African, Latino/a, Anglo, Queer, and other traditions in the U.S. and around the world. Students will have opportunities to explore questions about the many influences on gender development and the relationships of these factors with other aspects of identity.

HONS 403

Psychology of Gifted Women Z. Rockenstein
While gifted women make up 50% of individuals with high intellectual potential and ability, they are seriously underrepresented in positions of power and authority. Research on gifted women indicates that they face both internal and external barriers to the fulfillment of their potential. The ambitious dual purpose of this course is: 1) to examine barriers to achievement in women and 2) to overcome them. Students will explore the lives of gifted women from both historical and psychological perspectives. Students will examine the results of longitudinal studies of gifted women to identify characteristics that apply to their own lives. A Life Dream Project will help you to both analyze your goals and to assess your progress toward achieving them. If you have ever denied that you were gifted, thinking of yourself as merely an "overachiever", this course is definitely for you!

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