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

Prerequisite: Union Scholors

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, even years.

HONS 126 Western Cultures II

Core Course

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Union Scholors

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. A Western Culture course is required the first year in Scholars. Fall semester, odd years.

HONS 215 Self and Society (WR)

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Union Scholors or permission of instructor

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. Spring Semester.

HONS 245 Freedom and Responsibility (WR)

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Union Scholors or permission of instructor

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. 

HONS 265 Conflict and Peacemaking

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Union Scholors or permission of instructor

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

HONS 287 Topics

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Union Scholors or permission of instructor

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

HONS 294 Economics, Religion and Poverty

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: Union Scholors or permission of instructor

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. Spring semester.

HONS 325 Science and Religion (WR)

Core Course

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Union Scholars or permission of instructor; Completion of a 151 laboratory science course or higher, 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. Spring Semester

HONS 335 Wealth and Poverty

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: HONS 294 and Union Scholors or permission of instructor

A study tour that typically includes visits to Hong Kong, China, and Malaysia where the student interacts with wealth and poverty and the issues related to it from an experiential viewpoint. Summer.

HONS 345 The Global Environment

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Union Scholars or permission of instructor

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. Fall semester.  

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 or one HONS topics course. Spring semester.

HONS 376 Critiquing Film in a Global Context

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Union Scholors or permission of instructor

Applies critical thinking to help participants understand the language of film, become conversant with various genres of film, and gain an appreciation for the craft of film-making while transcending personal preference in making judgements about films, all within a global context. Spring semester, even years.

HONS 398 Research Methods

Credits: 2

Prerequisite: Union Scholors

Preparation of the Honors Thesis proposal. Expectations for the thesis 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: 1-2

Prerequisite: Union Scholors

Students conduct independent research, produce a creative project or solve a problem typically within their major field under the primary supervision of a professor in that discipline and with the support of two additional advisors. The Thesis culminates in a public presentation with the research paper filed in the Scholars Office and in the Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library.