Courses

HONS 125 Western Cultures I

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Union Scholars or permission of instructor.

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

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Union Scholars or permission of instructor.

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 212 Writing for Scholarly Audiences

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: ENGL 110 with minimum grade of C; a minimum ACT Reading score of 17 or an SAT Reading score of 430* or a minimum TOEFL Reading score of 55 or a minimum iBT Reading score of 20 or ENGL 103 with a minimum grade of C. 

The application of rhetorical principles to further expository and persuasive writing and sharpening of skills in basic research writing. Readings, class discussions, and writing assignments foster critical thinking skills (including the recognition of logical fallacies) and acquaint students with academic language. Includes an introduction information literacy as well as to various styles of documentation. Fall/spring semesters

HONS 215 Self and Society (WR) *

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Union Scholars 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. 

HONS 245 Freedom and Responsibility (WR)

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Union Scholars 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. 

HONS 265 Conflict and Peacemaking

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Union Scholars 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. 

HONS 290 Seminar

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Union Scholars or permission of instructor.

Various interdisciplinary topics have been taught including the following: The U.S. 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: Acceptance into Union Scholars 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. 

HONS 295 Study Tour Orientation

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Union Scholars or permission of instructor.

Readings, lectures, and assignments prepare students for an honors study tour. Spring semester preceding a summer tour.

HONS 325 Science and Religion (WR) *

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Acceptance into 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. 

HONS 335 Wealth and Poverty *

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: HONS 294 and acceptance into Union Scholars 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.

HONS 345 The Global Environment

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Acceptance into 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: Acceptance into Union Scholars 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.

HONS 390 Seminar

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Union Scholars or permission of instructor.

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

HONS 395 Honors Study Tour

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Junior standing, acceptance into Union Scholars, and HONS 295, or permission of instructor.

Addresses selected topics from an interdisciplinary perspective in a relevant geographic region, usually internationally. Intended to assist participants in developing a crosscultural perspective and understanding of the society’s values and culture. Depending on the topic, literary, historical, socio-economic, political or other elements may be emphasized. May apply to a general education requirement, depending on topic. Selected summers, regular tuition. 

HONS 398 Research Methods

Credits: 2

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Union Scholars.

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 (104 KB PDF)

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Union Scholars.

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.

HONS 499 Thesis Presentation

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Union Scholars.

Recognizes the scholar’s accomplishments in the preparation of the abstract, display of the poster, and quality of the research presentation accomplished in HONS 498.

* Course offered according to student and faculty interest