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Honors Course Offerings

FALL 2021

EDUC 1300 HONORS: Learning Frameworks

Instructor: Staci Tyler
Schedule: T/R, 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

In addition to the learning objectives for EDUC 1300, the honors course will include:  This course is an honors version of Learning Frameworks. This course will provide extensive research and application utilizing Student Learning Outcomes for assessment among broad projects that will build and increase critical thinking skills, enhance teamwork, and strengthen communication skills. Students will be expected to complete a Capstone Project throughout the semester. 

ENGL1301 HONORS: Composition
Instructor: Trey Jansen
Schedule: T/R, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

ENGL 1301 is an Introduction to Composition class that focuses on the study and practice of writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing at a collegiate level. Students will study and produce several essays in multiple genres as vehicles for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.

In this Honors section of ENGL 1301, students will complete the same types of assignments as students in other sections of 1301; however, this course will have a greater focus on intellectual interaction amongst peers, complex critical thinking, and sustained analysis as we engage with challenging texts and ideas both inside and outside of the classroom. There will also be a more substantial emphasis on popular and scholarly research as well as synthesis of secondary sources and some interaction with primary ones.

Much of this Honors section will be taught in a discussion-based seminar format. We will engage with a variety of often intellectually challenging and sometimes controversial texts written by some of the most compelling writers throughout the history of the written texts. All of the texts provide examples of effective writing and critical thinking in various genres and present opportunities for engaging class discussions about topics and techniques of writing that students may critically respond to, further research, or be inspired by in the essays that they write throughout the course. 

GOVT 2305 HONORS: Federal Government

Instructor: Nick Pugh
Schedule: T/R, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

This Honors Course is a synopsis of American Constitutional Governance.  By analyzing U. S. Supreme Court decisions, we will study the origins and development of the U.S. Constitution, structure and powers of the national government including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, federalism, political participation, the national election process, public policy, civil liberties and civil rights.

In addition to the learning objectives for Federal Government 2305, additional objectives for this course are:

  • To identify historic and contemporary disputes over the meaning and purpose of the U.S. Constitution;
  • To track the development of the Constitution from the Marshall Court through the Roberts Court; and
  • To develop proficiencies in reading, analyzing, and interpreting Supreme Court Opinions; and
  • To develop life-long literacy in the language of Constitutional conflict and resolution.

MATH 1314 HONORS: College Algebra

Instructor: Grace Rothrock
Schedule: T/R, 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

This course includes an advanced study of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions, including applications and graphing techniques. The study of systems of equations will be expanded to include matrices and linear programming. Advanced topics such as sequences, series, and conics may also be included. Three lecture hours per week. 

PHIL 1301 HONORS: Introduction to Philosphy

Instructor: Greg Trickett
Schedule: M/W, 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

The honors section of Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1301) will cover the same general topics as a regular Introduction to Philosophy course, but with a focus on special topics and issues found in classical and contemporary philosophy and how our answers to those issues influence our world view. Such topics may include the nature of consciousness, appearance vs. reality, the nature and existence of truth, value judgement with regard to politics, science, and culture, intellectual virtue, and the existence of God. Various readings supplemental to the text will be required. This course will feature a term paper in place of a final exam.

PSYC 2301 HONORS: Introduction to Psychology

Instructor: Romney Landis
Schedule: M/W, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.