The Honors Courses below have been approved for the Fall 2013 semester.
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ENG 231 – Honors Survey Of World Literature I (Section A & B)
T/R 9:30-10:45 & 11-12:15
CRN 10166 (9:30) & 10167 (11:00)
A survey of significant prose and poetry writers of world literature from ancient times through 1600. This course will include an emphasis on writings skills. This course meets an English General Education Requirement. ENG 231 by itself can be substituted for ENG 111. ENG 231 and 232 will substitute for ENG 111, ENG 112, and a Literature course.
BIOL 111 – Honors Principles of Biology I (Section C)
MWF 11-11:50 & + TR 8:30-9:20
The first half of a comprehensive study of contemporary biology, this course covers bio-chemistry, cytology, photosynthesis, energy metabolism, cell division, development, genetics, evolution, systematics, and taxonomy of viruses, monerans, protists, and plant diversity. Corequisites: BIOL 111L and CHEM 101 or higher. Honors students will be in this course with non-Honors students, but the Thursday discussion session will be Honors-only and in it students will conduct an additional project. (There is no designated Honors lab section at this time.) This course meets a Natural Science General Education Requirement.
ECE 400 – Honors The Compleat Engineer (Section B)
Dr. Welch T/R 9:30-10:45 + extra meeting
This course deals with a wide array of issues facing the practicing engineer. Topics include: engineering ethics; regulatory issues; health, safety, and environmental factors; reliability, maintainability, producibility, sustainability; and the context of engineering in the enterprise, in society, and as part of the global economy. Honors students will be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional assignments and requirements, including an extra one hour discussion session at a mutually agreeable time. All Honors Engineering students (regardless of engineering major - ECE, ME, etc.) who want to take this course should sign up for this section (ECE 400, Honors); you will be given a course substitution waiver if necessary to meet your major’s requirements. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Usually at least three HP students must sign up for the Honors section in order for it to be offered, so talk to your friends!
RS 295/396 – HRNS SpTop: Person, World, and God (Section B)
This course will focus phenomenologically on ways to recognize God’s presence in our everyday lives. How does one person’s religious experience compare/contrast with another’s? Personality types, prayer forms, biblical references, and theological studies will be examined in tandem with [one’s] lived experience.” In her book entitled, Who Are We? – Critical Reflections and Hopeful Possibilities, political theorist Jean Bethke Elshtain argues that contemporary men and women do not see themselves as belonging to and/or having any responsibility to/for anyone other than themselves. Instead, she writes, “we own; we possess. . . . We plunge into self-aggrandizement convinced that the dazzling success of our projects will prove definitely who we are. But this fails to satisfy. Our triumphs ring hollow. Our victories so often turn to ashes in our mouths. But never mind. Tomorrow we will run faster, climb higher, and one fine morning. . . . Who are we? We are creatures who have forgotten what it means to be faithful to something other than ourselves.” Fair enough. And yet, this response to Elshtain’s haunting question – Who are we? – seems more descriptive than substantive. Who are we as persons? What does it mean to be a “person”? In what does personhood truly consist? Who are we – as persons – in relation to the world? And, perhaps most importantly, who are we in relation to God? How do these three objective realities – person, world, and God – cohere? Is it possible to make sense of each one in the light of – or in relation to – the others? In his brilliant Fides et Ratio John Paul II suggested that “faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of the truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know Himself – so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” The former pontiff is either right or he is wrong. The overarching purpose of this course is to consider just a few of the myriad responses proffered by intellectually and existentially curious men and women over the past few centuries to John Paul’s suggestion as well as Elshtain’s question. In short, each student will be expected to reflect systematically – and personally – on the nature of God, and on God’s relationship with the world and to one’s self in light of the distinctive experiences of men, women, and children in the modern world. This course meets a Religious Studies General Education Requirement.
RS 395 – HRNS SpTp: Women and Christianity (Section A)
What can we learn about Christianity by viewing it from the perspective of women and through the category of gender? How has the position of women in Christianity changed in different times and places? In what ways do views of gender, sex, and sexuality intersect with questions of authority, tradition, and orthodoxy? This course is a historical and theological survey of the role of women in Christian history and doctrine. We will begin the semester with the terms and methods used in the study of women, proceed through Christian history, and conclude by analyzing basic Christian beliefs from the perspective of women’s recent writings. Throughout the course, we will engage both writings by men about women as well as writings by women themselves. Special attention will be paid to theological discussions of the position of women, as well as contemporary reevaluations. Our on-going theme for this semester will be to focus on bodies: the body of Christ and conflicts and controversies surrounding women’s bodies. Prerequisite: any RS 200 level course. This course meets a Religious Studies General Education Requirement.
PHIL 384 – HNRS SpTp: Technology and Human Values (Section A)
A philosophical examination of social and ethical issues relating to technology. Topics include the ethical responsibilities of engineers; ethical and social issues associated with risk assessment, environment and resources, and technology in a global context; and the impact of modern technology on human values. Honors students will be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional assignments and requirements. This class meets a Moral Values General Education Requirement.
ECE 150 – HNRS Intro. to Multimedia Digital Signal Processing (Section B)
MWF 9-9:50 and M 11-11:50
This course is a hands-on Introduction to Digital Signal Processing applied to Multimedia signals: video, images, music and voice. Topics include compression, enhancement and restoration of multimedia signals. Spectrum representation, Sampling and Aliasing, FIR and IIR filters, the ZTransform, Spectrum analysis. It studies the application of DSP in areas such as biotechnology, medical imaging, economic forecasting, telecommunications, scientific imaging, materials science, weather forecasting, seismic data processing, analysis and control of industrial process, aerospace and defense, remote sensing, computer-generated animation, etc. Honors students may be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional assignments and requirements. Prerequisite: Math 105 or instructor’s approval. Honors students will be in this course with non-Honors students, but the 11:00 Monday session will be Honors-only and in it students will conduct an additional project. This course does not meet a General Education Requirement but is a requirement for Electrical Engineering majors.
ART 391 – HRNS SpTp: Inside the Art Museum (Section A)
Have you ever been to a museum and wondered why you are there, what you should be looking at, or how much longer you need to stay? Through the study of art and the museum-going experience, this course will give you the tools to discover art that moves you, inspires you, takes your breath away, and forces you to think in new ways. An introductory course designed to enhance and demystify the museum experience while gaining a broader knowledge of art and how it came to be collected. Through a multi-disciplinary approach the student will be introduced to the origins of the museum and its role in contemporary society. Field trips to local museums and guest speakers from various roles within the museum will play a major role in this course. There is no art course or experience prerequisite for this course. This course meets a Fine Art requirement for School of Arts majors.