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Honors Course Offerings Fall 2022 

Honors students have some exciting options for coursework in the Fall 2022 semester! 

Honors 1045 courses

Honors 1045 is the first course in the Honors sequence.  This course is designed to open students eyes to the possibilities of interdisciplinary study.  What does biology have to do with art? Where do computers and music come together? Faculty tend to see the place as a UNIversity, a place where all disciplines interact with one another at some level, while students tend to focus on their one major field of study.  Phrases such as 'I'm just not a math person," are pretty common, but the fact is, everyone's a math person... and a foreign language person, and a music person etc. etc.  Some disciplines take more time than others for particular people, but none of it is beyond the pale.  So...HON 1045 introduces students to some out of the box thinking about the interactions among discipline.  Here are the sections for the Fall 2022 semester. 

The Art of Fairytales

MWF 12:20-1:15 pm

Remember the magic of hearing those words, “Once upon a time?” Relive some of the joy of childhood while discovering what is really happening in the world of fairy tales and legends.

HON 1045 Section 09H (CRN 1007) Dr. Mickey Wadia

The History of Basketball

MWF 9:05-10:00 am

Basketball is not just a physical sport, it is a mental workout as well.  This apparently simple game invented in Springfield, Mass., is now loved and played worldwide on multiple levels.  How did this happen? What forces drove this game to take on a complicated economic and even political standing?  Learn not only how to watch a game, but what has built basketball into a worldwide enterprise.

HON 1045 Section 03H (CRN 1006) Coach Dave Loos

Working in Armageddon: Healthcare Today and Tomorrow

MWF 12:20-1:15 PM

What exactly is good and bad about the U.S. health care system? Can it actually be called a system? How does federal law relate to state and local interact? Learn the facts about health care in the U.S.

HON 1045 Section 39H (CRN 1011) Dr. Shondell Hickson

The Beatles: Music, Society and Culture

TR 9:35-11:00 AM

John, Paul, George, and Ringo were more than just four kids from Liverpool.  They were at the tip of a cultural shift that involved not only popular music, but politics, philosophy, art, economics, business, marketing and many other fields.  Discover the complex set of cultural coordinates that gave rise to the phenomenon of the Beatles. 

HON 1045 Section 06H (CRN 1010) Dr. Stanley Yates

Biological Perspectives on the Culture Wars

MWF 1:25-2:20 PM

This course focuses on how the unbiased application of current biological knowledge can inform the social and political issues that deeply divide our country. Specific topics will include COVID-19, race, immigration, sex, gender identity, ‘cancel culture’, as well as other current events that may arise during the course.

HON 1045 Section 11H (CRN 1012) Dr. Kyle Benowitz

Linguistics Landscapes: Language on Display

MWF 10:10 -11:05 AM

Language reflects cultural and geographical landscapes, and both of those are constantly changing. Those changes do not occur in a vacuum. Politics, marketing, popular culture, and many other forces exert pressure on languages and that pressure causes languages to shift, sometimes with seismic force! In this course you will discover the role of language in the public sphere, and the ways that urban and rural spaces and the world are physically shaped by linguistic diversity.

HON 1045 Section 05H (CRN 1009) Dr. Katherine Honea

The Joy of Greece

TR 11:10-12:35 PM

Ancient Greece is the well-spring for our appreciation of art, literature, mathematics, technology, and much more. Why does this civilization, dating back 2,500 years, continue to inspire us? Learn how we know what we know about ancient Greece from sources such as archaeology, mythology, literature, and history.

HON 1045 Section 08H (CRN 3767) Dr. Tim Winters

World of Work 

TR 12:45 - 2:10 

This course explores the history, contemporary meanings and transformations of work and employment through an interdisciplinary social science lens. Relying on ethnographic accounts of work, students will examine working conditions and jobs in the United Stated and beyond, with a critical focus on how globalization shapes labor markets. Major course themes include cultural meanings of work, theories of work and employment and how social attributes like race, class and gender shape our experience of work and opportunity. Comprehension of current trends, pathways to employment and the organization of work empowers students to better navigate jobs markets and the role of work in their own lives.

Honors 2510 Section 10H (CRN 1014) Dr. Jonniann Butterfield 

Honors 300A and 300X

We are offering three courses at the 300 level. 

History of Pop Culture

TR 2:20 - 3:45 

Explore the history of Pop Culture.

Honors 300A (CRN 2761) Dr. Antonio Thompson

The invisible string of Romanticism: from William Wordsworth to Taylor Swift

When William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge set forth to create the tenants of Romanticism, they unleashed a world of possibility and wonder. With the concepts of focusing on the individual, plain language, and “spontaneous overflow of emotion[s]”, the two changed the course of literature and the creative world overall. These waves can be felt through different literary works and bleeds throughout other modes of creativity, particularly with song lyrics and art.

This course explores the ‘invisible string’ of Romanticism and how the beginnings of the Romantic period in 1778 stretch to 2021. We can see the ripple effect of the literature in the works of Taylor Swift, an American singer-songwriter with a career built on connecting with her audience through her work with strong emotional ties and a relationship with the world around her, both in natural and man-made spheres. In this course, we will answer the question of how we can see Romanticism show up in our modern world.

Honors 300A (CRN 1015) Delaney Atkins, MA 

Biblical History: Lands and Peoples of the Ancient Near East

MWF 9:05 - 10:00

Biblical History: Lands and Peoples of the Ancient Near East is a course on the history of biblical times.  The Bible is not a history text but it certainly discusses historical events. If you’ve ever wondered about the peoples who are discussed or mentioned in scripture, this is your chance to learn what we know about those people and the places they lived.  This course will examine the growth of various civilizations in the Middle East, such as Israel, Babylonia, Sumeria, the Hittites, Egypt, and others against the backdrop of the Bible. 

Honors 300X Section 03H (CRN 1016) Dr. Greg Glover