Honors Class Blurbs

ASB102 - Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology        3 credits

General Education Designation: Global Awareness [G] &  [HU] & Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

What is culture? Is it good literature, music, art, and food-or is there more to it than that? For anthropologists, culture is the full range of human behavior and is a powerful human tool for survival. Culture is constantly changing and easily lost. In this class we will examine cultures from around the world-and our own-and, through activities, videos, and projects we will learn about people and behaviors around the world.

Principles of cultural and social anthropology, with illustrative materials from a variety of cultures. The nature of culture; social, political, and economic systems; religion, aesthetics and language.

ASB226 - Human Impacts on Ancient Environments                    3 credits

General Education Designation: Humanities & Fine Arts [HU] & Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

In a world today where many are worried about our human impact on the environment, this course explores how past societies have had an impact.  From the first civilization in Mesopotamia to the potential human impacts of the first immigrants into the Americas, humans have been impacting their environments.  The impacts and the implications might be useful as our human impacts are now on a far greater scale than in the past.  Yet, societies have always been impacted by environmental changes in climate from small scale to large scale events such as the Medieval Warming or Little Ice Age.  The course explores environmental change and how we can detect climate in the past and explore how we can distinguish between climatic and human-induced global change. Explores ways in which prehistoric people caused and responded to environmental changes.

ECN 212 - Microeconomic Principles                                                 3 credits

General Education Designation: Humanities & Fine Arts [HU] & Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

ECN212 Microeconomic Principles Honors course is an active-learning course that incorporates weekly interactive simulations and activities to teach economic principles.  Course lectures and activities are supplemented with rich multi-media resources and most course assessments are completed online. The course covers the same material and moves at the same pace as the regular microeconomics course, but the course research project is focused on a topic of the students choosing, related to the economics and the Phi Theta Kappa honors theme.   

 
In 1890 Alfred Marshall described economics as "the study of mankind in the ordinary business of life."  Studying economics will help you understand the world around you, make you a more astute participant in the economy, and give you a better understanding of both the potential and limits of economic policy.  And along the way you'll acquire the skills to solve economic mysteries like: Why did changing a tax law cause millions of children to disappear over night?  Why would industry leaders advocate for increasing regulations in their own industry?  Why are there so few whales and so many chickens?  Why a $0.99 hamburger today is actually cheaper than a $0.15 hamburger in 1955... and more! 

HIS101 - History of Western Civilization Middle Ages to 1789    3 credits

General Education Designation: Historical Awareness [H], Humanities & Fine Arts [HU] and Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

Honors HIS 101 discusses the time  period in which Europe recovered and then grew following the collapse of the Roman Empire.  Topics addressed range from chivalry to the impact of the Reformation, the Renaissance and the rise of the nation state.  The period is also rich with fascinating participants such as the rat (literally) who carried the bubonic plague to Joan of Arc.
 
The class format will be seminar-style so that each student will take a turn leading the class discussion based on the reading for that day.  In addition there will be team projects which include use of the Honors study topic (The Culture of Competition) and a research project which may be done individually or in a team.  Visual media is an integral part of the class and includes clips from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "the Kingdom of Heaven".  Yes, Hollywood does sometimes get it right.  The time period is the basis for much of what we are experiencing in today's world , including the conflict between religious hierarchies and reformers, who holds political and economic power and the growth of scientific thought.  It is always a dynamic experience.
 
Survey of origin and development of Western civilization and its institutions from the Renaissance and Reformation through Age of Enlightenment.

POS 110 - American National Government                                 3 credits

General Education Designation: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

In this course, you will put yourself in the place of our Founding Fathers and ask the key questions:  What was the context from which our nation was born?  Who were its greatest influencers?  What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States?  Can ordinary citizens make a difference?  You will examine the theoretical foundations of our system of government, explore the workings of its various actors and agencies, and highlight the many ways and means to both create and block change in policy that affects every one of us.  In addition to giving you a basic understanding of American government, it is the goal of this course to help you gain the tools necessary to be an active participant in directing and shaping public policy.  To that end, you will experience first-hand the workings of local government.