Esther G. Maynor Honors College

Fall 2009 Course Offerings

Note: Incoming Freshmen will be assigned to one of two learning communities consisting of ENV 2100, HON 1000, ENG 1050, and FRS 1000.

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

Group #2 Professors: Peters, Normandy, Hicks, Kelly


HON 1000 Dr. Ramin Maysami (900) T/R 2:00-3:15 10151

HON 1000 Dr. Normandy (901)T/R 2:00-3:15 10152

HON 2000 Dr. Robert Brown MF 10:00-11:15 10153

HON 2510 Dr. Steve Bourquin R 3:30-6:30 10154

HON 4000 Dr. Jesse Peters TBA 10155

HON 4500 Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke TR 9:30-10:45 10156

ENG 2200 Dr. Jesse Peters T/R 11:00-12:15 11975

ENG 1050 Dr. Jane Haladay (900) T/R 11:00-12:15 10161

ENG 1050 Dr. Scott Hicks (901) T/R 11:00-12:15 10162

PSY 1010 Dr. Beverly King W 2:00-5:00 12229

ART 2020 Dr. John Labadie MW 2:30-3:45 10158

ENV 2100 Dr. Andy Ash (900) T/R 9:30-10:45 11977

ENV 2100 Dr. Lisa Kelly(901) T/R 9:30-10:45 11978

FRS 1000 Dr. Allen Meadors (900) 8:00-8:50 M/W 10164

FRS 1000 Dr. Jesse Peters (901) 8:00-8:50 M/W 10165


HON 1000 Contemporary Public Issues

900 Dr. Rami Maysami
T/R 2:00-3:15

Contemporary Public Issues will discuss economic, financial, social, and cultural topics which affect our lives, professionally and personally. The centers around examining the role of global events affecting our lives in the United States, and how the effects of global actions trickle down to North Carolina, Robeson County, and even Pembroke. The course will discuss, as the title suggests, “contemporary” public issues, with emphasis placed on contemporary. This means the topics of discussion may need to be adjusted to make the public issues discussed as current as can be. Among other topics, we will discuss economic and financial crisis (past, present, and future), Health Care, Environment, Affirmative Action and Discrimination, Poverty and Welfare, and Social Security. Student involvement in class is desired and rewarded. This includes emphasis on discussion, debate, and project preparation. As such, keeping up with daily news will be necessary ingredient of the course.

901 Dr. Elizabeth Normandy
T/R 2:00-3:15

This course is organized around the consideration of a series of global issues. Following a general introduction to globalization and global conditions, the course will focus on issues related to political economy and development. In the second part of the course, we will consider the prevalence of political conflict and cooperation and issues related to population, food and migration. The second section of the course will conclude with a consideration of the role of women in economic and political development. The final part of the course will concern issues related to children, health and the global environment and natural resources utilization.

HON 2000 Humanistic Tradition I: From the Ancient World to 1500

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 2510 Horizons in Math and Computer Science

Dr. Steve Bourquin
R 3:30-6:30

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.

HON 4500 Honors Thesis/Project

Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke
TR 9:30-10:45

Preparation of a thesis or project in consultation with a faculty committee chosen by the student; presentation of the work in seminar. Independent study in the student’s major is encouraged.

ENG 2200 Native American Literature Honors

Dr. Jesse Peters
T/R 11:00-12:15

The course is designed to expose students to significant voices in Native American literature. Our goal is to study a sampling of texts within Native American literature as we work towards an understanding of how this literature has developed and evolved. We will be paying particular attention to the ways in which Indian authors write within, outside of, and against the dominant canon of literature. Some of the questions we will be asking are: Who is an Indian? What is Native American literature? How does Indian literature relate to American literature in general? One of the main objectives of this class is to help students see how the study of literature both informs and is informed by all other aspects of a general college education.

ENG 1050 Honors

901 Dr. Scott Hicks
T/R 11:00-12:15

900 Dr. Jane Haladay
T/R 11:00-12:15

These sections of Composition I support the goals and lessons of ENV 2100 Honors, in which students will read the Lumbee River as the central text in their study of environmental science. In Composition I, students will write several four- to five-page essays, using their readings and experiences in ENV 2100 as source material, and create a final portfolio of their best work. Over the course of the semester, individually and in teams, students will learn how to navigate diverse rhetorical situations; enhance their skills of critical reading, writing, and thinking; and experiment with different, flexible, non-linear processes for producing drafts and undertaking revision.

PSY 1010 Honors

Dr. Beverly King
W 2:00-5:00

ART 2020 Honors

Dr. John Labadie
MW 2:30-3:45

The Honors Digital Arts Appreciation looks at how digital computing evolved from the work of Pythagoras in ancient Greece up to and including the practices of contemporary new media digital artists. Students can expect to experience a challenging journey through ideas and centuries of creative works guided by presentations, lectures and digitally-focused activities of various types.

ENV 2100 Honors

900 Dr. Andy Ash
T/R 9:30-10:45

901 Dr. Lisa Kelly
T/R 9:30-10:45

The Honors section of Environmental Science is a hands-on course, based entirely on case studies involving local environmental issues. We will explore and analyze influences of local history, culture, economics, policy, and ecology on the region’s natural and human environments. Topics for consideration may include: 1) the Lumber River as a focus of Robeson County culture, 2) blackwater rivers as a unique riverine subtype, 3) naval stores and logging as a historic regional economy, 4) southeastern North Carolina as a significant site for rare species, 5) urbanization and its ecological footprint, and 6) confronting climate change (management and mitigation). Students will engage in this exploration using discussions, visiting websites, reading supplemental materials, gathering and interpreting data (e.g., population statistics and growth rates), and generating practical solutions for real world problems (e.g., ways to ensure campus sustainability and to “green” the UNCP curriculum). Readings and experiences in this course will serve as source material for ENG 1050 Honors.

FRS 1000 Honors

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

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