Esther G. Maynor Honors College

Fall 2007 Course Offerings

Note: Incoming Freshmen will be assigned to one of two learning communities consisting of BIO 100, HON 100, ENG 105, and FRS 100.

Group #1 Professors: Meadors, Maysami, Guynn, Ash

Group #2 Professors: Peters, Harrington, Gunter, Kelly

HON 100 Contemporary Public Issues

91 Dr. Rami Maysami
T/R 11:00-12:15

90 Dr. Charles Harrington
T/R 11:00-12:15

This course is designed to introduce students to contemporary public issues concerning the United States and the world. Particular emphasis will be given to the implication of global economic policy issues. By the end of the course, you will be familiar with current events and issues facing world society. We will work towards understanding the complexity of economic issues by studying multiple perspectives and engaging in intellectual inquiry, discussion, and debate.

HON 200 Humanistic Tradition I: From the Ancient World to The Reformation

Dr. Robert Brown
MF 10:00-11:15

The Humanistic Tradition is an interdisciplinary seminar in the humanities that introduces mankind's most enduring creations in art, architecture, literature, thought, and music.  It begins with the invention of civilization in the Near East and concludes with the Protestant Reformation.  Owing to the overwhelming importance of Greek civilization, one of the three major roots (the Classical) of our western cultural tradition, for the subsequent history of western art, architecture, literature, and thought, we will give an extended study to this ancient people and the many superlative works conceived and constructed by them.  We will next, after venturing but a passing glance at the Hellenistic era and the grandeur that was Rome, focus our attention on the origin, nature, and early history of the Christian religion, the second of our cultural roots (the Judeo-Christian), and on that great medieval civilization, rooted in the culture of the Germanic barbarians (the third of our cultural roots) yet permeated with the spirit of Christianity, that grew up, flourished, and then declined in the thousand years between AD 500 and 1500.  Our semester will conclude with a study of new movements in the arts and in thought that appeared during the Late Middle Ages and that gave birth to the Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation, the beginning of modern times.  The course concentrates on representative cultural centers (such as Classical Athens, Hellenistic Pergamon, Imperial Rome, Christian Ravenna, the medieval monastery, the Romanesque pilgrimage church, the Gothic cathedral, or Renaissance Florence) at a time when a singularly high point of cultural development had been reached and when such a distinct style had emerged and so penetrated the arts, architecture, and thought as to give each civilization an unusually high degree of unity and integration.

HON 251 Horizons in Math and Computer Science

Dr. Steve Bourquin
MW 2:30-3:45

This course will be a collection of topics meant to better acquaint students with mathematics.  Though the final syllabus has not been determined, we will begin the semester with sets and base numbers with an emphasis on base two, the binary system.  At some point in the semester, we will do an in-depth focus on elementary statistics, descriptive and inferential.  Other key mathematical topics to be covered in this course are probability, logic, graphs, functions, systems of linear equations, and geometry.

ENG 201 Honors

Dr. Anita Guynn
T/R 11:00-12:15

Southern Literature asks you to consider texts and ideas from the founding of America through the revolution, the civil war and the civil rights movement to the 21st century. We will ask certain questions throughout the term: what makes southern lit southern? how do writers (and readers) respond to historical and social trends? how can we as readers and as residents of a southern stat use southern literature to better understand ourselves and each other?

ENG 105 Honors

90 Dr. Kim Gunter
T/R 12:30-1:45

This course is designed to give students practice composing personal and informative essays. Writers will learn how to use their experiences, their ideas, and the ideas of others to create polished, academic essays. Activities include prewriting, drafting, revising, peer review, and editing. Course reading selections are designed to expose writers to a variety of ideas and may cover such topics as education, identity, worldview, and power relations.

91 Dr. Anita Guynn
T/R 12:30-1:45

ENG105 fulfills the Freshman Composition I requirement while students reflect upon those factors that constitute a person's identity.  Who, exactly, are you?  What makes you--you?  Reading and discussion leads to writing about the ways in which identity is constructed through the performance of gender, race, ethnicity, and other factors.

HST 114 Honors

Dr. Charles Beem
T/R 9:30-10:45

The purpose of this course is to acquaint honors students with historical concepts and contexts of a global nature.  As cross-cultural pollination is a key feature in the contemporary creation of global cultural forms, this course will explore the beginnings of this process to the dawn of the modern era.

MAT 221 Honors

Dr. Bill Campbell
MWF 11:30=12:20

ART 205 Honors

Dr. Tulla Lightfoot
MW 2:00-3:15

Honors Art Appreciation is developed to help the student understand art and develop an appreciation for the relationship between art and people.  Students read about and learn to critique art.  They also are asked to do simple art projects to gain more insight into the considerations artists must take to create their work.  (Students are not graded on artistic ability, but on their willingness to complete the assignments.) This year we will be working with a professional artist to create a conceptual work that will go hand in hand with an exhibition in the A.D. Gallery.  Students are also encouraged to go on a field trip to view original art.

BIO 100 Honors

90 Dr. Andy Ash
MWF 9:00-9:50

91 Dr. Lisa Kelly
MWF 9:00-9:50

FRS 100 Honors

90 Dr. Allen Meadors 8:00-8:50 M/W

91 Dr. Jesse Peters 8:00-8:50 M/W