ASB102 - Culture in a Globalizing World

ASB102 General Education Designations: 

Global Awareness [G], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 credits

This course is designed to celebrate the creativity and inventiveness expressed through culture. Have you ever wondered about the thousands of cultures in the world today? In what ways are these cultures similar and different…and why? How do cultural differences affect the world today?  These and many other questions are addressed in this honors course that examines cultural differences and similarities in societies around the world and how they impact our lives.  You will be directly involved in exploring and discussing these topics.

ASB223 - Buried Cities & Lost Tribes: New World

ASB223 General Education Designations: 

Global Awareness [G], Historical Awareness [H], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World will introduce you to archaeological methods and theories through the investigation of numerous ancient societies from throughout North, Central, and South America. How do archaeologists do their work? How and when did humans first migrate to the New World?  In addition to answering these questions, we will learn about why hunting-and-gathering people first settled down, how innovations such as agriculture, writing, and roads came about, and how people planned the first cities of the New World. We will investigate these topics through the study of the great ancient cultures of the Americas such as the Maya, Inca, and Chacoans among many lesser known cultures as well. As students in this honors course you will be directly involved in researching, discussing, and presenting on these and many other topics.

CIS105 - Survey of Computer Information Systems

CIS105 General Education Designations: 

Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application [CS]

3 Credits

The Honors section for CIS105 is designed to provide in depth overview and activities for students working with computer technology, concepts, terminology, and the role of computers in society. The course activities are set up to include discussions of current social and ethical issues related to computers. Honors students will be developing projects that explore how computer information systems are used in support of business and industry. In addition students use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. To take this one step further students use application software and the Internet for efficient and effective critical thinking and problem solving.

COM100 - Introduction to Human Communication

COM100 General Education Designations: 

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

Introduction to Human Communication covers three specific areas:  Small Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Speaking.  How do verbal and non-verbal messages effectively meet the rhetorical goals in each situation?  Explore this inquiry at an honors level as theories of team dynamics, leadership, relationships, and public address are researched, shared, and applied in meaningful course exercises.  Upon completion of the course students have the skills to navigate journals in Human Communication in both social sciences and humanities.

ECN 211 - Macroeconomic Principles

ECN212 General Education Designations: 

Humanities & Fine Arts [HU] & Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 credits

ECN211 Macroeconomic 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! 

ENH 281 Topics in World Literature

ENH 281 General Education Designations: 

Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU]

3  Credits

Science, Literature, Society: Exploring the Frontiers of Human Understanding 

Building on the Phi Theta Kappa theme of ‘Ideas and Ideologies as Frontiers,’ this interdisciplinary class will explore the relationships between science and literature and the realities that both attempt to explain. Over the course of the term, we will read and discuss both literary works as well as texts related to the history and philosophy of science. These readings will, in turn, help us to examine some of the most important questions facing humanity today, including:

  •  How do science and literature compete with one another to account for important aspects of human existence such as faith, morality, and even the definition of what it means to be human?
  •  How has literature acted as a vehicle to popularize and support scientific ideas? How has it served as a means to resist scientific ideas?
  • What social and cultural forces encourage us to privilege the perspectives of either science or literature? To what extent should we trust these forces? When and how should we resist them?
  • In an academic environment that increasingly favors STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) training, what is the purpose of continued instruction of literature and the humanities?

Students will be asked to complete several short (1-2 page) reflections based on prompts relating to assigned readings. Additionally, students will complete a 6-7 page critical researched essay on a text or closely related group of texts chosen in conjunction with the instructor. This essay will form the basis of several research-based assignments during the term as well as 10-15 minute oral presentation.

If you have any questions about the class, the instructor would love to hear from you: walter.keithley@mesacc.edu

GPH 111 - Introduction to Physical Geography

GPH 111 General Education Designations: 

Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ]

4 Credits

This course explores Planet Earth.  We ponder the function of our atmosphere and the effect of volcanic eruptions.  We track the cycle of water and the predictability of climate.  Through discussion and hands-on laboratory exercises, GPH111 looks at the interaction of physical earth systems and human activities. Optional day and overnight field trips are offered.

HES 100 - Healthful Living

HES 100 General Education Designations:

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

This course provides an overview and exploration of the different dimensions of health and wellness. Topics include stress management, nutrition, fitness, relationships, addictive behaviors and more. In addition to examining health needs and recommendations, this class will provide you with the opportunity to evaluate your own health and develop strategies for improving behaviors

POS 120 - World Politics

POS120 General Education Designations: 

Global Awareness [G], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

After his 2012 reelection, President Obama established four foreign-policy priorities for his second term: preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, promoting climate change to a national security issue, restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba, and forming a trade partnership in the Pacific. He has made progress on a few of these issues, but every effort has been countered by a Republican Congress. Also, he has spent most of his second term dealing with an aggressive Russia and China and the explosion of violence in the Middle East by the homicidal Islamic State. 

One reason our country's leadership cannot agree on foreign-policy matters is because as a country we have not really had a debate on what America's role in the world ought to be. In this class we will examine the national interest and explore the question of what our strategic doctrine ought to be. You will learn about how the world is organized and how it got to be that way, and examine many of the core issues and problems facing the world today. Come join this discussion and embrace your global citizenship!

PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology

PSY 101 General Education Designations: 

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

This course is designed to analyze why people do the things that they do.  Would you like to better understand the dynamics of personal relationships?  Through class discussions, experiments, demonstrations and videos, we will interactively explore causes and explanations of human behavior.  We will look at how genetics, culture, and the social situation contribute to behavior.   Topics of investigation include learning and memory, abnormal psychology and therapy, developmental psychology, social psychology, and sleep and dreams.

**Students must also be enrolled in PSY 102 - Intro to Psychology Lab to earn honors credit for PSY 101.

PSY 132 - Psychology and Culture

PSY132 General Education Designations: 

Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Global Awareness [G], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

This course is constructed to explore the behavior and thought processes expressed through culture by humans. Have you ever considered how your own culture influences your perspective and behavior? How is your culture similar and/or different from other cultures in the world today? How can we enhance our interactions as we live in a multicultural society? Within this honors course, questions such as these and many more  will be addressed. You will be immersed in the exploration and discussion of the impact of culture on behavioral processes within current society.

REC 120 - Leisure and the Quality of Life

REC 120 General Education Designations: 

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

Come and enjoy an interactive class where we will also learn by doing. We will attend the Arizona Diamondback together as a class, participate in Special Olympics  Bocce Ball and/or Bowling. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to apply to be part of the Disney Internship program and the many Career opportunities in the Recreation and Leisure industry. This class will help you bring Recreation and Leisure to life!

This class is an overview of the historical, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of play, leisure and recreation and their roll in contemporary society. Nature of play and leisure behavior in human development within different cultures and the contribution play, recreation, and leisure make to the quality of life for individuals in today’s society.