Course Descriptions: Fall 2007

HONS 100

Honors Seminar I Becky Baltich, Gretchen Huwe, Helen Neudecker, and Holly Schuck
Required first semester. An introduction to the Honors Program and university level scholarship Study skills for accomplished students. Avoiding common pitfalls. Honors community building, leadership development, service learning, campus resources, and campus life.

HONS 160

The Greek Epics Caesarea Abartis
Homer’s two classic epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey. An Honors English composition class, equivalent to ENGL 191.

HONS 163

Gender in Literature Jill Zasadny
Writing argumentative and persuasive essays. We’ll discuss novels and poetry that address women's rights, marriage, sexuality, and conventional and unconventional gender roles. Historical attitudes; current conceptions of gender. Comp class equivalent to ENGL 191.

HONS 170

Intro to Communication Studies David Tschida and Bruce Hyde
Interpersonal, small group, and public communication skills. Equivalent to CMST 192 in any SCSU requirement.

HONS 210

American Capitalism Bill Luksetich
Economic freedom: Why do we care? How can we measure it? Changing ideas about economies and personal property rights from Alexander Hamilton to the present. Each student will trace recent trends in economic and political freedom in one country. Supply and demand theory; allocation of scarce resources. A textbook with tools to understand various economic systems. Web sites such as the Museum of Communism. Economic and political freedom in relation to democide (murder by government). At most three examinations. Not what you expect from an intro to economics: Eclectic topics; education is not a spectator sport; DISSENT IS WELCOME.

HONS 211

Genocide for Democracy: Rationalizing the Irrational Geoffrey Tabakin
How often and with what horror do nations, governments, and the people they represent abhor and condemn the genocidal actions of others while denying, justifying, and exorcising the genocidal actions of our nation, our government, and our own complicity? Let us consider the founding of “our” democracy and “our” conquests on the dismembered bodies, blighted hopes, and convenient disappear­ance of those who were in our way. How has the concept of “genocide” been contained to limit culpability? The commercial meaning of genocide in North America. Imperialism, race, religion and oil in present day Africa—Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Darfur.

HONS 213

Women Warriors: When Strong Women Sing the Blues Geoffrey Tabakin
The course will be a process of critical engagement, first locating the “limit situation” conditions that define and to some degree contain feminism. Several “women warriors” who may not self-identify as feminists—either because the term did not exist, or from commitments that transcend the label. We take liberties with definitions, naming “militant” as assertive and dedicated and “warriors” as determined defenders of rights. We “take liberty” when freedom, fairness and opportunity are denied...we take them because they are not given.

HONS 223

Gender and Technology Balsy Kasi
The gap between men and women in technology is widening, not narrowing! This course will bridge gender theories, technology, and community service in a hands-on environment to examine the gender gap.

HONS 230

Studio Art: Painting Clea Felien
Concepts, materials and techniques in painting. Critical, cultural, and historical contexts of visual arts and design.

HONS 240

Gilgamesh to Hollywood Lisa Splittgerber
A class about epics. How did the ancient Middle Eastern Gilgamesh and some Roman epics lead to today’s action movies?

HONS 243

The European Novel of Female Adultery Masha Mikolchak
Novels that are based on the tragic fates of women characters who are unfaithful. (Gender Diversity.)

HONS 250

Environmental Ethics Jordan Curnutt
Basic value questions about the environment: Why should we “save the planet”? Why protect endangered species?

HONS 253

Early Modern Women Philosophers David Boyer
There have actually been female philosophers? Really? Well then, what were they writing about during one of Western philosophy’s most active periods, the seventeenth century? It’s a century of famous guys, like René “I Think Therefore I Am” Descartes, who were working out new, modern theories of religion, politics, right and wrong, knowledge, and human nature. And the women were, um...?

HONS 263

Psychology of Gifted Women Zoa 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. How to overcome internal and external barriers women face.

HONS 443

Willa Cather’s Fiction Rich Dillman
Not open to first year students.
This American author wrote novels about individuals who farmed on the Midwestern frontier. Taught with English majors.

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