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Spring 2021 Honors Courses

Please see below the course sections and descriptions for Spring 2020 offerings of Honors Classes. Students will receive the following benefits for successfully completing the Honors Class: special designation of accomplishment on their transcript, an opportunity to present a capstone project in a Spring Honors Symposium, and priority consideration for acceptance into the Honors College in Fall 2021.

CHEM 1411 HONORS: General Chemistry I

Fundamental principles of chemistry for majors in the sciences, health sciences, and engineering; topics include measurements, fundamental properties of matter, states of matter, chemical reactions, chemical stoichiometry, periodicity of elemental properties, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, solutions, properties of gases, and an introduction to thermodynamics and descriptive chemistry. This course is the Honors version of CHEM 1411. In addition to the standard objectives for Chem 1411, additional topics may include:

  • A study of the historical influence on scientific discovery
  • Environmental and ethical considerations in chemistry
  • Emphasis on observation and the development of scientific models
  • Experimental design and application of lab skills to real-world scenarios
  • Improvement of communication skills in the form of lab reports, individual, and group assignments

EDUC 1300 HONORS: Learning Frameworks

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. 

ENGL1302 HONORS: Pandemics, Plagues, and Other Catastrophes

ENGL1302 is a class that focuses on analytical and research-based writing. In this Honors section of ENGL1302, we’ll focus our analytical lens on the way societies imagine, respond to, and are affected by pandemics and other similar catastrophes.

We’ll analyze images, texts, and social trends that relate both to historical and fictional catastrophes and, of course, to the current COVID-19 crisis. The goal of analysis is always to increase understanding, and perhaps a greater understanding of these kinds of events will help us consider and process our current situation.

The class will be taught in a seminar format, with a heavy emphasis on engaged discussion. Students in the Honors section will complete the same kinds of assignments as students in other sections of ENGL1302, but with a more defined focus and with increased use of both primary and secondary research tools. In addition, students in the Honors course will read one novel throughout the semester that will offer us a different way of thinking about catastrophic events.

GOVT 2305 HONORS: Federal Government

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 1342 HONORS: Elementary Statistics

In addition to the learning objectives for Elementary Stats (MATH 1342), additional objectives for this course are:

  • To study bias in media (social, visual, and written)
  • To write a non-biased survey to then gather useful and meaningful data
  • Use Excel to analyze data
  • Interpret and present findings in professional presentation

HIST 1302 HONORS: U.S. History from 1877

This Honors Course will examine the theme of how the U.S. military has changed from the post-Civil War era through today and the conflicts it has been involved in during that time which is a reflection of the challenges the U.S. has faced and the ever changing nature of American society and foreign policy.    

In addition to the common learning objectives for HIST 1302, there are additional learning objectives:

  • Students will be aware of the primary conflicts that the U.S. has been involved in between 1877 and today, why they happened, what happened, and what the end results were.
  • Students will be able to place the state of Texas within context of those conflicts.
  • Through this examination students will better recognize how the U.S. military is a part of the U.S. democratic system as it is a reflection of those things that are most important to the United States at a given time and how the military fit (or did not fit) during those times.