Fall 2024 Courses

Honors 101: Honors Foundations 3 credits

Monday 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Asynchronous online (Transfer Students)

Introduction to the Honors Community and SCSU. Builds foundational inquiry and integrative learning skills. Required for student's first semester in Honors.

Instructor: Jason Lindsey

POL 101: Introduction to Political Ideas and Institutions (Goal 8) 3 credits

Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45 p.m.

This is an introductory, lower-level course which offers students insights into the concepts, institutions, ideologies, and theories used in comparative politics and government and the processes involved in the the same. Topics such as democracy/democratization, the state, civil society, social movements, types of government, regimes, political culture, political parties, and globalization will be discussed with the goal of introducing students to these and other key building-blocks in the field of comparative politics and government.

Instructor: Morgan Nyendu

Honors 160: Writing About Social Issues in Contemporary American Poetry (Goal 1) 3 credits

Monday and Wednesday 2:00-3:50 p.m.

This Honors course is designed to spark your intellectual and emotional engagement with contemporary American poetry, while also strengthening your skills as an academic writer. We will be reading poems through a rhetorical lens, noticing the arguments they make-both implicit and explicit-about current social issues, including issues of justice related to race, gender, sexuality, disability, citizenship and class. You will write both personal and scholarly essays in response to our weekly readings.

Instructor: Sarah Green

Honors 206 : Approaches to Community-Engaged Learning 1 credit

Friday 11:00-11:50 a.m.

In this course, students engage in meaningful experiential opportunities outside of the classroom addressing critical issues such as literacy, affordable housing, food security, environmental sustainability, and equity.  Students unite action and academic exploration by developing a proposal for sustained engagement with a community organization to directly contribute to the organization's mission and goals through hands-on work. 

Honors 220 : Weather, Climate, and Life (Goals 3 & 10) 3 credits

Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m. 

This course looks at weather and climate and its impact on the earth and the life it supports. Students will develop an understanding of weather and climate formation and its past, present, and potential future impact on the earth, life, and societies. 

Instructor: Steven L. Anderson

Honors 250: Critical Thinking and Academic Research (Goals 2 & 6) 3 credits

Monday and Wednesday 9:30-10:45 a.m. 

This course will examine and evaluate critical reasoning in academic discourse and discussions, the construction of arguments, and the management of academic research.

Honors 260: Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: Navigating the Intersection of Technology and Morality (Goal 5) 3 credits

Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 AM-12:15 p.m. 

In this interdisciplinary course, students will explore the complex relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and ethics. As AI technologies continue to advance and become increasingly integrated into our daily lives, it is crucial to examine the moral implications and challenges that arise from their development and deployment. Students will engage with a variety of case studies and real-world examples to analyze the ethical dilemmas posed by AI technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, facial recognition systems, and predictive policing. They will also examine the role of human values in the design and implementation of AI, and consider the responsibilities of developers, policymakers, and users in ensuring the ethical use of these technologies.

Instructor: Lindsey Vigesaa

Honors 395: Gender and Technology 3 credits

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-1:50 p.m.

Mutual shaping of gender and technology does not happen in a vacuum.  This engaging interdisciplinary course will highlight the interconnectedness of gender and technology in society.  We will explore and map the contradictory ways in which women and men are represented in the pantheon of technology.  Along the road, we will explore the history of science & technology through the lens of gender schemas.  You will leave with a better understanding of how to create frameworks that will include both women and men in an everchanging technological society.  Fasten your seatbelt and be prepared for a joyful and yes, a meaningful intellectual ride! 

Instructor: Balsy Kasi

Honors 395: Robocops and Digital Detectives: Exploring How Emerging Technologies are Changing Private Security and Public Safety 3 credits

Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:45 p.m.

This course provides students with an introduction to the field of Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Justice and Public Safety.  We begin with learning the foundational principles and ideas of AI, learn how various AI practices are being used in policing, courts, and corrections, and with exploring the ethical issues associated with having machines predict human behavior.  This course is designed to empower students with the essential skills and knowledge to engage in critical thinking and ethical decision-making within the context of AI applications in criminal justice.  Through a combination of theoretical exploration and practical exercises, students will learn how to gather information, evaluate evidence, recognize biases, analyze logical connections, and articulate value assumptions in the realm of criminal justice AI.  Moreover, the course will also cover the fundamentals of reasoning, argument analysis, and fallacy identification.  By the end of the course, students will not only have a strong grasp of AI in criminal justice but also the critical thinking skills and ethical awareness necessary to navigate the complex landscape of technology in the justice system.

Instructor: Mary Clifford

Past Honors Course Offerings

HONORS 230-Seminar in Rock Music
An advanced study of the philosophy, practice, and aesthetics of Rock Music, 1950-present.

HONS 250 - Harry Potter and Philosophy
Do you have fond memories of reading Harry Potter as a child?  Did you enjoy the Harry Potter movies?  Now is your chance to think reflectively and critically on those experiences. 

HONS 263 - Gender & the Body
This course examined key issues around the gendered body.

HONS 260 – Exploring Happiness
Discovering ways to improve your overall state of well-being.

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