HONR 212 - Disciplines and Knowledge
This course considers the nature of knowledge and its organization into disciplines.
Among the questions to be discussed are: What is a discipline? How are disciplines
formed and reformed? What questions to given disciplines seek to answer? What kind
of thinking does a given discipline promote? How are theories and facts related?
Readings will be drawn from politics, science, anthropology, philosophy, psychology,
Satisfies the collegiate requirement in composition.
3 semester hours. Mr. Parker.
HONR 218 - The 2000 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective
(continued -- credit only awarded to students who completed the first term in Spring
2000) A year long examination of the communication activities of the 2000 presidential
campaign. Students will consider Presidential elections since 1960 and the political
communication research on them as a backdrop to the 2000 campaign. Class meets weekly
for 90 minutes; students will enroll in this class in Spring 2000 and Fall 2000,
receiving credit in Fall.
Partially satisfies the collegiate requirement in the social sciences, and counts
as a group I course for the major/minor in political science.
3 semester hours. Mr. Sheckels.
HONR 221 - The History of Scientific Thought from Pythagoras to the Principia
This course is a study of the historical development of scientific ideas in the
mathematical, physical, and astronomical sciences, from antiquity to the close of
the seventeenth century. Since this is an interdisciplinary subject, it requires
skills from more than one area, and should be of interest to anyone studying history,
philosophy, physics, or mathematics. Students will be expected to analyze and interpret
both primary and secondary sources, make considered evaluations of their scientific,
philosophical and/or historical significance, and construct cogent arguments in
Partially satisfies the collegiate requirement in history.
3 semester hours. Mr. Rice.
HONR 222 - Love and War in the Middle Ages
This course will sample a variety of romances from the late Middle Ages, beginning
with the Arthurian romances of Chretien de Troyes in the twelfth century and concluding
with Thomas Malory's retrospective Le Morte D'Arthur in the fifteenth century. A
highly versatile form, romances appealed to courtly, tavern and manor house audiences
and attempted to reform and entertain the present by valorizing the past. This course
will attend to the narrative art of the romance, its literary representations of
love and war, and its commentary on a range of social issues.
Partially satisfies the collegiate requirement in literature.
3 semester hours. Ms. Goodwin.
HONR 223 - Sociology of Genocide
This course examines the phenomenon of genocide from a feminist sociology of knowledge
perspective. The course examines the precursors and determinants of genocide and
examines how this results in the attempted annihilation of a specified group of
Partially satisfies the collegiate requirement in the social sciences.
3 semester hours. Mr. Spraggins
HONR 224 - The Politics of Popular Culture
This honors course addresses the ways in which political messages are inseparable
from the popular culture of any given era. Students will explore popular culture
primarily in the American political context, but this course will also include a
comparative focus on the ways in which artists, filmmakers, and musicians in other
countries have used their mediums as commentary on their own political systems.
Satisfies the collegiate requirement in fine art OR partially satisfies the collegiate
requirement in the social sciences.
3 semester hours. Team taught: Mr. Doering and Ms. Bell.
HONR 123 - The Ascent of Man
A seminar on the turning points in the cultural evolution of humanity, as surveyed
by Jacob Bronowsky. ``Man ascends by discovering the fullness of his own gifts .
what he creates on the way are monuments to the stages in his understanding of nature
and self.'' - Jacob Bronowski. After viewing and analysis of the television series,
students will be assigned the task of updating a segment of the series or adding
a new episode.
Partially satisfies the collegiate requirement in history.
3 hours. Mr. Porter.
HONR 169 - Creation
Perhaps the best-known passage of the Hebrew Bible is Genesis 1:1 In the beginning
God created the Heavens and the earth.'' This course will consider the role played
by the concept of creation in Israel's religious traditions, the mythic background
against which that concept must be viewed, and the implications of the idea of creation
for contemporary life and thought. In the first half of the course, students will
read the biblical creation texts from the Psalms, prophets and wisdom literature,
as well as from the opening chapters of Genesis, considering these texts against
the backdrop of ancient Near Eastern creation myth. The second half of the course
will consider the relationship between the theological study of creation and the
scientific study of origins. Readings, films, and guest lecturers will provide ideas
and information to be considered in depth in weekly discussion groups.
Partially satisfies the collegiate requirement in philosophy and religion.
3 hours. Mr. Tuell.
HONR 225 - Discovering Women in the Biological Sciences
This course will examine the contributions of women to the scientific discovery
of major principles in various biological fields. Basic biological principles in
the various fields will be introduced, and biographies/autobiographies and scientific
publications of women working as scientists in those fields will be studied. The
course will also explore the history and politics of women's involvement in biology
and examine how science has viewed women. The status of contemporary women scientists
and the difficulties they have encountered will be investigated. Laboratories will
parallel biological topics covered in class.
Partially fulfills the collegiate requirement in laboratory science as a Life Science
course, and counts on the major/minor in women's studies.
Three class hours and three laboratory hours each week. 4 hours. Ms. Falls.
212 - Disciplines and Knowledge - This course considers the nature of knowledge
and its organization into disciplines. Among the questions to be discussed are:
What is a discipline? How are disciplines formed and reformed? What questions do
given disciplines seek to answer? What kind of thinking does a given discipline
promote? How are theories and facts related? Readings will be drawn from politics,
science, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, and economics. Fulfills the collegiate
requirement in composition. Three hours. Fall, 1999 and 2000. Mr. Parker.
213 - Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations: The American South and South Africa
- Explores the dynamics of race and ethnic relations within the context of the American
South and South Africa. Special emphasis on the social construction of race and
ethnicity, patterns of racial and ethnic stratification, the dynamics of inter-racial
conflict, and community efforts to achieve racial justice and/or inter-racial harmony.
Partially fulfills the collegiate requirement in the social sciences, and counts
on the major/minor in sociology. Three hours. Fall, 1999. Ms. Hubbard.
214 - Warfare in Antiquity - Much of ancient history is military history, and much
of Greek and Roman art and literature treats wars, warriors and their impact on
society. This course will examine the practice of warfare in the Greek Polis, the
Macedonian Kingdoms, the Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire. Themes include the
technical aspects (logistics, intelligence, strategy, naval warfare, and armor),
but also examined are the literary and artistic interpretations of war and the sociological
and psychological aspects. Partially fulfills the collegiate requirement in history.
Three hours. Fall, 1999. Mr. Daugherty.
215 - Zen and the Creative Act - This course investigates the connections between
the Buddhist concept of Zen and the notion of creativity commonly used by visual
and conceptual artists. Students study meditation techniques and other physical/mental
strategies to accomplish artistic and expressive work. Includes trip to Zen Mountain
Monastery in upstate New York. Fulfills the collegiate requirement in fine arts.
Three hours. January, 2000. Mr. Berry.
216 - On the Threshold of Modernity: Vienna at the Turn of the Century - This course
uses the backdrop of late 19th century Vienna, famous as the breeding ground for
a wealth of cultural production in the arts, music, literature, philosophy, and
psychology, and for artistic products and ideas that paved the way for the modernist
period. Also noted for the disintegration of an old order which produced various
secession movements whose innovation was also accompanied by a nostalgia for the
traditions that artists were challenging and trying to overcome. Many of Vienna's
most famous intellectual talent broke with their 19th century traditions. In this
interdisciplinary course, students will examine examples from the various fields
of cultural production and study the meanings in them and their significance within
the artistic traditions. Individual fields are studied separately while keeping
an awareness of their intersections and the interplay between politics and culture.
Themes addressed include: ambiguities of gender, rebellion against authority, psychological
readings of human nature, ornamentalism vs. functionalism, tonal vs. atonal music,
and representations of the Other. Literature, philosophy, art, music, and architecture
will be examined. Fulfills the collegiate requirement in fine arts. Three hours.
Spring, 2000. Ms. Herrmann.
217 - Death and Dying: - This course develops the social and cultural sources of
our hopes, values and fears toward matters of dying and death. Beginning with historical
and cross-cultural analysis of death orientations, the course proceeds to sociologically
develop the role of religion, philosophy, psychology, science, politics, and medicine
in shaping our orientations toward war, abortion, suicide, environmental destruction,
organ transplants, euthanasia, funeral ritual, and capital punishment. It concludes
with analyses of the experiences of those who die and those who survive, including
Kubler-Ross's studies of the stages of death, the out-of-body sensations reported
by those surviving clinical death, and the normal experiences associated with grief
and bereavement. Partially satisfies the collegiate requirement in the social sciences,
and counts on the major/minor in sociology. Three hours. Spring, 2000. Ms. Gill.
218 - The 2000 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective- A year long examination
of the communication activities of the 2000 presidential campaign. Students will
consider Presidential elections since 1960 and the political communication research
on them as a backdrop to the 2000 campaign. Class meets weekly for 90 minutes; students
will enroll in this class in Spring 2000 and Fall 2000, receiving credit in Fall.
Partially fulfills the collegiate requirement in the social sciences, and counts
as a group I course for the major/minor in political science. Three hours. Spring
and Fall, 2000. Mr. Sheckels.
219 - Salmon, Science, and Society - Declining salmon populations over most of the
20th century have impacted the 9 million inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest where
salmon are a symbol of geography, a way of life, a delicacy, and an indicator of
ecosystem health. Solutions to the salmon problem are difficult because of their
migration, reliance on high quality fresh water habitats, and use of ocean habitats
with their impact on industry, agriculture, municipalities, and sport and commercial
fishing among other considerations. This course explores the problem and whether
a solution can be found that simultaneously satisfies the demands of biology, economics,
and public policy. The question will be researched in class, and on a trip to the
region during Spring Break, students will explore the ecosystems involved and discuss
our ideas with the people struggling to prevent extinction of a fish, a symbol,
and a way of life. Partially satisfies the collegiate requirement as an interdisciplinary
laboratory science. Four hours. Spring, 2000. Mr. Gowan.
220 - Recreational Mathematics: The Literature of Popular Mathematics and Problem
Solving - A thorough reading of several of the books that are written for the general
public on mathematics. Popular books by Martin Gardener and Ian Stewart will be
read and the problems in them explored and solved. These books propose problems
that can be explored and solved with very little mathematical background but are
none the less nontrivial. These problems give the student insight into the type
of mathematical problems that have been studied for centuries and have led to the
development of modern mathematics. Problems will come from the fields of graph theory,
chaos, tilings, logic, geometry, topology, probability, and fractals. Partially
fulfills the collegiate requirement in mathematics. Three hours. Spring, 2000. Ms.
211 - Love and Other Romantic Relationships: An Exploration of the Myths and Reality
of Love in our Time - C. Hughes
210 - Contemporary Chinese Film - T. Inge
209 - Such Was Life: The Interaction between Art and Society in 19th Century America
- E. Terrono
208 - The Age of Empire, 1875-1914 - T. Peyser
207 - Whistlin' Dixie: The Problem of Southern Identity - M. Malvasi
206 - Zen and Tibetan Buddhism - L. Geisler and D. Headrick
205 - Live Long and Prosper: The Evolution of U.S. Health Care and Health Policy
- R. Resnick
204 - Geometry of the Universe - B. Torrence
203 - Art, Letters, and Faith - L. Freeman
202 - The Rise of the City in Europe - J. Camp
201 - Physics of Sports - W. Franz
200 - Reflections of the Holocaust in Art and Literature - E. Hostetter
199 - Remembering the Maine : America's Imperial Century - B. Turner
198 - The Clouds of Desert Storm: The Ongoing Implications of the Gulf War - Fischbach
197 - The Voices of Sub-Saharan African Women - Sheckles
196 - Dante's Inferno in Translation - M. Parker
195 - Writing Selves - M. Scott
186 - But Some of my Best Friends are _____: The Psychology of Prejudice and Stereotyping
175 - Media and Politics: Through a Glass Darkly - H. Davis
141 - Her Infinite Variety: The Life and Times of Cleopatra VII of Egypt - Daughtery
194 - Violent America - Wessells
193 - Better Living with Chemistry - Henderson, Monroe, Moores, Schreiner
192 - Celluloid Heroes Down Under - T. Sheckles
191 - Feast and Famine: Food in Literature and Culture - M. Scott
190 - Ancient Athletics - Camp
189 - The Broken Brain: Explorations of Clinical Neuroscience - Dementi, K. Lambert
188 - Chaos and Fractals: Making a New Science - Geisler
187 - Writing: The I of the Text - Goodwin
163 - Rituals: Myths in Action - Mattys, McCaffrey
132 - The View From Below: Encounter Between Church and Society - Andrews
123 - The Ascent of Man - Porter
185 - Faulkner, Fiction, and Film - Inge, Payne
184 - Origins of Civilization - Fisher
183 - Longing for Harmonies - Spagna
181 - Counting on the Computer - Rabung
180 - Bookworms and Bibliofiles: Readers in Literature - Brayman-Hackel
169 - Creation - Tuell
150 - Will They Live Happily Ever After?: An Introduction to the Fairy Tale - deGraff
139 - Writing: Public and Private - Berger
114 - From Camelot to Watergate: The Disintegration of Political Consensus - H.
179 - The Arab Israli Conflict - Fischback
178 - Devine Julius - Daugherty
177 - Serial Fiction: The Example of Dickens - Parker
176 - Love in the Middle Ages - Goodwin
174 - Good Lives: A Comparative Cross Cultural Study - Beatty
154 - IDEAS! - Berry, Winegar
173 - Roman History and Art through Numismatics - Houghtalin
172 - Politics and the English African Theater - Sheckles
171 - Slavery and the Meaning of American History - Malvasi
170 - Serendipity: Accidental Discoveries in Science - Monroe
168 - Post Modernism - Marshall
167 - Psychology and Science Fiction - A. Hughes
165 - Global Social Issues and the Human Prospect - Wessells
164 - Urban Problems - Lang, Williams
162 - From Roaring Twenties to Depression Thirties: American Culture between the
Wars - Watson
161 - Human Heredity: Principles and Issues - King
160 - Life's Simple Pleasures: A Biological and Psychological Analysis of Hunger,
Thirst, and Sexual Motivation - Lambert
159 - Southern? Or Post-Southern? - Marshall
158 - Lord Clark's Civilization: A Reappraisal - Kissane
157 - Democracy 2500 - Fisher
156 - Savage Indignation - Daughtery
155 - Science and Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Borgwald, Schreiner
153 - Prosperity and Depression: Business Cycles and Stabilizing Policy - Lang
152 - The Philosophy of Emotion - Serniak
145 - Radicals and Revolutionaries: From Hus to Ho - Porter
127 - Life: Its Origin and Evolution - Falls
108 - National Security Policy: National Defense and Arms Control - Unger
151 - Modeling Life - Shea, Yeates
149 - The Solar System - Borwald
148 - Murder, They Wrote: Detective Stories by International Authors - Gaudry, Hudson
147 - History of Terrorism - Coury
134 - A Land in Turmoil: Contemporary South African Literature - Sheckels
128 - Walt Disney's America - Inge
146 - Leadership and Social Transformation - Wessells
144 - In Search of Space: The Alienation of the Black American and Colonized African
143 - Going Up: Space Exploration from Sputnik to Challenger - Franz
142 - Human Nature: Culture, Evolution, and Development - Winegar
140 - Wisdom: A Comparative, Cross-Cultural, Interdisciplinary Study - Beatty, Chappell
126 - Live Ones: A Survey of Fiction by Living Authors - Parker
138 - The Mind in Dialogue With Itself: The Individual and Society in 19th Century
British Autobiography - Pendleton
137 - Stellar Astronomy - Spagna
136 - Octavio Paz: A Poet Creates - Worth
135 - Writing and Passing the American Constitution - Scanlon
133 - The Calculus: Who, How, and When? - Offenbacker
129 - Science Is? - Conway, Serniak, Catudal
131 - The 20th Century in Film - Mcilwaine
130 - Cross Cultural Perspective on Human Development - Winegar
124 - A Radical Guide to Economic Reality - Harsh
125 - The 19th Century: Origins of Modern Art - Berry
122 - Wisdom: A Comparative, Cross Cultural Study - Beatty
121 - Thinking and Writing in Liberal Art Disciplines - Sheckels
113 - Madness in Literature, or Beauty and the Beast - Hillard
111 - New Man-New Land: The Frontier and the Theme of Innocence in American Literature
- Watson, Oliver
120 - Of Revolution - Scanlon
119 - William Faulkner's South - Inge
118 - The Organization of Musical Time - Brock
117 - Oedipus' REal Complex: The Impact of Rational Humanism on 5th Century Athens
116 - Food for Thought: The Biology and Chemistry of Nutrition - Dementi, Debardeleban
115 - Drawing the Exterior from the Interior - Witt
112 - Persuasive Speaking - Sheckels
110 - Computer, Self, and Society - Wessells, Palesis
105 - The History of Science - Miller
104 - The American Dream: Texts and Contexts - Seymour, Edwards
107 - Your Land IS My Land: A Study of Exploration, Migration, Aggravation, and
Assimilation - Challis
106 - Is Life Worth Living : The Problem of Meaning in Contemporary Philosophical
Anthropology - Bollinger
109 - Concepts of Freedom - Beatty
100 - Honors Seminar in the Humanities - Daugherty
101 - From Prometheus Bound to the Andromeda Strain: Society's Image of Scientists
in Literature - Baerent, Conway
102 - Heroes and Anti-Heroes: Heroines and Anti-Heroines - Haynes, McCaffrey, Worth
103 - Music Revolutionaries - Ward