Honors Course Descriptions

HNRS 201: Western Culture I. 3 hours.
This course will focus on a specific aspect of western culture during the time periods from the ancient Greek civilization through the Middle Ages.

HNRS 202: Western Culture II. 3 hours.
This course is similar to HNRS 201 but will deal with subjects in the time periods from the Middle Ages to the present.

HNRS 205: First-Year Honors. 3 hours.
This course is an intensive seminar for incoming honors students that will delve into many of the world's most profound ideas and artifacts, while at the same time introducing students to library and field research.

HNRS 211: American Studies. 3 hours.
Further developing the theme of understanding our cultural heritage, this course will concentrate on some person, theme, time, controversy, etc., that will illuminate the understanding of American culture by looking at some specific aspects of our culture.

HRNS 222: Community Service. 1-3 hours.
Honors students can earn academic credit by interning with social service agencies. Recognizing that honors students will be community leaders, the community service experience is provided to assist the students in developing sensitivity to community and individual needs as well as developing an understanding of how those needs might be met. Forty (40) hours of service is required for each credit hour earned. S/U grading.

HNRS 223, 323 Individual Intellectual Development Seminar. 1 hour.
A seminar devoted to the discussion of books and films. Each student chooses a selection of books and/or films and must be prepared to lead discussions of the selected works.

HNRS 301: Great Ideas. 3 hours.
This course will focus on one of the "great ideas" such as beauty, truth, justice, goodness, liberty, equality, etc. It may be approached as intellectual history, but other approaches will also be taken. The idea chosen may be one that has had a great impact on civilization -- evolution, relativity, etc.

HNRS 322 Community Service. 1 hour.
Honors students can earn academic credit by interning with social service agencies. Recognizing that honors students will be community leaders, the community service experience is provided to assist the students in developing sensitivity to community and individual needs as well as developing an understanding of how those needs might be met. Forty (40) hours of service is required for each credit hour earned. S/U grading.

HNRS 401, 402 Senior Colloquium and Research. 401 is 3 hours, 402 is 2 hours.
Prerequisite: Two 200-level courses and one 300-level course in the honors program.
Working with a mentor, students develop a plan for individualized research, in-depth, into a subject of their interest. The senior colloquium meets weekly to discuss the research projects and to provide a community of scholars who can assist and support each other. During the second semester, students present their research papers to the colloquium for discussion and debate, thus entering the great conversations of our tradition. The papers must exhibit high standards of scholarship and they must illuminate the subject in its historical context and social significance. Evaluation is made by the honors committee.

HNRS 290, 390, 490 Selected Topics. 3 hours.