Courses

HONS 112 Honors Research and Composition

Core Course

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Union Scholars and completiton of ENG 111 or equivalent with a grade of B.

Introduction to the study of literacies, that is, how reading, writing, listening and meaning-making arise out of specific cultural, political and historical contexts and, in turn, engender particular discourses. Students explore the rhetorical aspects of writing while honing research skills. Includes the application of MLA, APA, and Chicago documentation styles in the writing of a research paper. Spring Semester

HONS 125 Western Cultures I

Core Course

Credits: 3

A Western Culture course is required the first year in Scholars.

Significant issues in Western civilization approached through reading major works, considering artistic creations, and disciplined reflection in discussion and writing. Explores cultural and reflects artistic and literary themes against the historical background of the ancient, classical medieval and Renaissance eras. Small group projects and discussions, field trips and cultural events enrich the lectures.

Disciplines: Primarily history and literature. Fall semester, alternate years.

HONS 126 Western Cultures II

Core Course

Credits: 3

A Western Culture course is required the first year in Scholars

Continuation of HONS 125. However, HONS 126 may be taken prior to HONS 125. Covers the Enlightenment to the modern world.

Disciplines: Primarily history and literature. Fall semester, alternate years.

HONS 215 Self and Society

Credits: 3

Explores the answer to the question, "Who am I" from the viewpoints of the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and religion. It looks at the self and how the individual is shaped by and related to society at large in various cultures around the globe. The course contains a component of public speaking. Spring Semester.

HONS 245 Freedom and Responsibility

Credits: 3

Explores the issues of personal freedom, responsibility and authority in political life from the viewpoint of the disciplines of political science, history, psychology and communications. It examines the respective roles of the individual and the state in historical settings around the glove. The course contains a component of public speaking. Fall semester, alternate years. 

HONS 265 Conflict and Peacemaking

Credits: 3

Explores conflict resolution from the viewpoint of the disciplines of communications, history, political science, and religion. Its focus is on the practice of non-violence and peacemaking in personal and global situations. Spring semester, alternate years.

HONS 287 Topics

Credits: 3

Various interdisciplinary topic have been taught including the following: Romans in Context, The US Presidency, The Holocaust, and Critiquing Film. These courses or other selected topics may be taught as needed.

HONS 325 Science and Religion (WR)

Core Course

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Completion of one laboratory science course, and junior standing. 

Explores the nature of scientific inquiry, the history of scientific thought around the globe, and the relationship between science and religion in various cultures. The course contains a component of public speaking. Spring Semester

HONS 335 Wealth and Poverty

Credits: 3

Explores the causes and consequences of wealth and poverty globally from the viewpoint of the disciplines of economics, sociology and religion. It then explores possible responses to the disparities of wealth and poverty. Summer semester.

HONS 345 The Global Environment

Credits: 3

Explores issues related to the ecology of the globe from the viewpoint of the disciplines of biology, environmental science and religion. It explores the causes of, results of, and possible solutions to the environmental impact of human beings. Spring Semester, alternate years.  

 

HONS 360 Romans in Context

Credits: 3

An intensive study of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans within its socio-cultural context that includes interpretation by the initial readers, and theological interpretation of Romans in relation to the contemporary world. Students make presentations and write research papers on issues related to the Pauline Epistles and Romans. Satisfies the Scholars requirement for one RELB course. Spring semester.

 

HONS 398 Research Methods

Credits: 1

Preparation of the Honors Independent Study project. Expectations for the Independent Study project are addressed, including the choice of a topic, refining the proposal, the role of literature review, formal public speaking, presentation software, and evaluation. The letter grade assigned reflects the presentation of the project to the Scholars Advisory Committee. Fall Semester.

HONS 498 Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis (152 KB PDF)

Credits: 1-3

Students conduct independent research or create a work of art typically within their major field under the primary supervision of a professor in that discipline and additional support from two other advisors. Culminates in a public presentation, with the research paper filed in the Scholars Office and in the Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library.

 

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