Esther G. Maynor Honors College

(HON) Honors Seminar Course Description

HON 1000. Contemporary Public Issues
Analysis of selected contemporary events from the points of view of history, political science, psychology, geography, economics, philosophy, religion, and sociology, in the light of weekly world developments. Emphasis upon the appreciation and development of logic and style in critical thought in considering international and domestic conflicts, human rights and institutional effectiveness, freedom and responsibility, and resources, technology, and the environment. Fall. Credit, 3 semester hours. Honors students receive General Education credit for a course in the Social Sciences Division.

HON 1510. Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology
An interdisciplinary examination of scientific and technological issues of current global significance. The scientific principles relating to each topic will be examined, followed by analysis of management possibilities and problems, technological applications, and implications for society. Where appropriate, laboratory experiences (both on and off campus) will be involved which expose the student to relevant techniques and methodology. Spring. Credit, 3 semester hours. Honors students receive General Education credit for a course in the Physical Science area of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division.

HON 2000. The Humanistic Tradition I: From the Ancient World to 1500
An interdisciplinary seminar in humanities that surveys, within historical and cultural contexts, a selection of works of art, architecture, literature, music, and philosophy, Honors 2000 focuses on significant cultural legacies from the beginnings of human cultures to 1500. Credit, 3 semester hours. Honors students receive General Education credit for a course in the Divisional Electives area of Humanities.

HON 2010. The Humanistic Tradition II: From 1500 to the Contemporary Age
An interdisciplinary seminar in humanities that surveys, within historical and cultural contexts, a selection of works of art, architecture, literature, music, film, and philosophy, Honors 2010 focuses on significant cultural legacies from the last 500 years. Credit, 3 semester hours. Honors students receive
General Education credit for a course in the Divisional Electives area of Humanities.

HON 2510. Horizons in Math and Computer Science
Current approaches to mathematical modeling, data acquisition, and data analysis with respect to natural systems, emphasizing microcomputer applications to scientific problems. Students will gain experience in the use of available computational resources, including commercial software, microcomputers, and mainframe facilities. Fall. Credit, 3 semester hours. Honors students receive General Education credit for a course in the Divisional Electives area of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

HON 2750. The Individual in Society
Recent topics concerning advances in the study of human behavior are examined within a seminar format. Relevant readings are assigned on brain/behavior connections, social roles, and theories of personality. Class presentations and discussion form a major portion of the course. Honors students receive General Education credit for a course in the Social Sciences Division.

HON 3000. Cultures in Contact
This course is designed to introduce students to a specific world culture  through a variety of methods. The readings will include sociological, economic, historical, and fictional accounts of this country. The objective is to learn about another culture while also learning how to approach the study of and engagement with that culture. There will also be a travel component to provide for first-hand engagement with the culture studied.

HON 4000. Research Methods and Prospectus
Preparation of a prospectus for the thesis or project, in consultation with an advisor. Group discussion on the methodology, standards, and experience of research and criticism. Pass/Fail grading. Fall. Credit, 1 semester hour.

HON 4500. Honors Thesis/Project
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. Spring. Credit, 3 semester hours.

HON 4990. Honors Independent Study
Open to Honors College students to pursue supervised independent innovative learning. Independent study may include laboratory research, study abroad, or mentored independent projects. Requires written permission of the proposed mentor and the Honors College Dean. Credit, 1 - 3 semester hours. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours in no more than two semesters.