Honors Class Descriptions: Spring 2019

These class descriptions are provided by the instructors.  

ARH 100 - Introduction to Art

ARH100 General Education Designations:

Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU]

3 credits

Why did Leonardo write from right to left? How did a sculpture make Napoleon blush?  Why is a Monet painting worth over $50 million today? How does art intersect with science, sports, engineering and business?In this course, we will explore how artists use color, line, shape, and other visual elements to communicate ideas and emotions in various media.  We will investigate the meaning and value of works of art within different cultural, global and historical contexts. We will also examine how the human mind perceives and interprets visual data.  In addition to studying some of the world’s most beautiful art and architecture, we will encounter melting clocks, screaming figures, body tattoos, coffins shaped like cell phones, and an ancient army of life-size terracotta soldiers. Prepare to be surprised, moved, challenged and inspired by what art can reveal about our world and ourselves.

ASB 226: Human Impacts on Ancient Environments

ASB226 General Education Designations: 

Historical Awareness [H], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 credits

This course investigates the interrelationship between humans and their environments, using both environmental and archaeological data.  Making use of case studies from around the entire world and from all time periods ranging from early hominids to the present day we will investigate how humans adapted to the earth's climatic fluctuations over the millennia and how human activities in turn impacted the earth's environments.  We will investigate how we can indentify environmental change and distinguish between climatic and human-induced global change.  Issues such as species extinction, deforestation, drought, flooding, temperature fluctuations, volcanism and other natural disasters will be explored throughout the semester. Special emphasis will be paid to what lessons we can take from past societies, how they adapted to and/or changed their environments, and be applied to modern problems related to climatic change that we are facing as a planet today.  SB, H

ASB 220: Anthropology Goes to the Movies

ASB220 General Education Designations: 

Humanities [HU]

3 credits

It's not all about Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider. But there are so many places where anthropology appears in popular culture (Star Trek, Star Wars, Modern Family, Blackish, Lord of the Rings, and more). We will take a look at archaeology and anthropology through the lens of documentaries and popular films of the 20th and 21st Century. How accurately is an anthropological perspective portrayed? Do archaeologists really carry guns, whips, and destroy ancient ruins (spoiler alert-NO!) We will watch lots of clips from movies and television shows. You will have the opportunity to do your own research as well. HU

ASB 253: Death and Dying Across Cultures

ASB253 General Education Designations: 

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

3 Credits

Death is a universal aspect of the human condition, but is viewed and coped with in different ways based on various cultural perspectives. We will examine how different cultures deal with the dying process and death itself. Students are active participants in this class, researching how various religions view death and the afterlife, looking at how death is portrayed in the media, arts, and literature, considering the role of ghosts, souls, and ancestors in our lives, and how death is used in politics, to name a few examples of the topics we will cover.

ASM104: Bones, Stones and Human Evolution

ASM104 General Education Designations:

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB], Natural Sciences General [SG]

4 Credits

Who are you? Who were your ancestors? What makes humans special (or not so special), compared to other animals? Why do humans have different traits? What does it mean to be human? This course is an introduction to biological anthropology, which is the holistic study of humans and their biocultural adaptations to their environments.You will review evidence from both past and present human populations across topics such as anthropological studies of genetics, non-human primate studies, human biological variation, and human evolution. Get ready to get your science on with a hands-on, hypothesis-driven research project in either genetics or skeletal anatomy! 

ASM 275: Forensic Anthropology

ASM 275 General Education Designations: 

Natural Sciences, General [SG]  Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

4 Credits

Forensic anthropologists are scientists who work with police and other investigative agencies to help solve crimes. They are trained in the study of the human skeleton. When bones are found at a crime scene, the forensic anthropologist can assist in identifying the victim and figuring out what happened to them. This lab science class will help you understand what can be learned from human bones and will focus on critical thinking and on using the scientific method to solve problems and answer questions. The format of the class is hybrid, so that the lecture part of the class is online, and the class meets for two hours once a week to do labs.

CIS 105: 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.

COM 100: Introduction to Human Communication

COM100 General Education Designations: 

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

Honors Introduction to Human Communication explores the theories and research related to small group communication, public speaking, and interpersonal relationships. In the spirit of the honors program, we depend upon each other to explore human communication based upon the insights we each gain throughout the semester. Specifically in each of the three areas as both an observer and participant: Small Group Communication – Students attend local government meetings and watch community meetings online. Theories on small group communication become meaningful as we share what we see working for team members and what could be improved. As group participants we form small groups with the goal of writing an APA formatted research paper on non-verbal communication. Public Speaking – We watch speeches online which changed the course of American history. Theories of rhetorical criticism are used as the lens for student analysis of pivotal speeches in history. The speeches students give are tailored to community college students with longer formats which included question and answer sessions, even online! Interpersonal Communication – Honors students observe the film The King’s Speech and explain how characters use information they gain from others to develop their self-concept. Personal reflections about feedback, self-disclosure, conflict, and other variables are explored as we expand our own perspectives on relationship communication.

COM 225: Public Speaking

COM 225 General Education Designations:

Literacy [L]

3 credits

This course is primarily about improving your ability to get along amiably with others, have more influence among your peers, be more assertive, speak effectively in public, work together with others as a team and act appropriately as a professional. This course will provide clear answers about public speaking –whether you are in this class presenting a speech, in a course in your major, on the job, or in the community. This course covers steps to create a speech-from planning, research, and development to organization, practice, and delivery. In this class, in addition to a speech about your culture, you will present an informative, persuasive, and special occasion speech.

Your competence as a communicator is the most essential set of skills you need in the professional world. Almost every job description and job posting I have ever seen has the phrase, “Good communication skills,” and the ability to impress and influence prospective employers in the job interview is the key to opening the professional world’s door.

DAH 100: Introduction to Dance

DAH 100: General Education Designations:

Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 

3 credits

What is dance?  It can be difficult to define.  Some people dance socially for fun or to find a potential life partner, but what are the rules?  Others study specific dance techniques with hopes of becoming a professional. Many cultures identify themselves with the way they dance, when they dance and with whom.  We will question where we think dance began and how it evolved from native peoples to B-boys. We will explore the history of ballet from the Italian Renaissance ballrooms to the industrial revolution’s influence on American contemporary ballet. How modern dance helped drive women’s liberation and how jazz dance impacted black oppression in America.  From sacred dance traditions to contemporary dance trends, this course will include interpreting lecture material, class and group discussions and projects, the viewing and written critique of video and live dance performances, student research papers and presentations and super fun dance movement days!!!

DAH 250: Dance in Popular Culture

Description coming soon.

ECN 212: Microeconomic Principles

ECN212 General Education Designations: 

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 credits

Microeconomic Principles Honors course is an active-learning course that incorporates weekly interactive simulations and activities to teach economic principles with an emphasis on consumer choice, price determination, resource allocation, income distribution, market structures such as monopoly and oligopoly, the effects of government regulation, etc.   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, with a course research project focused on a social phenomenon of the student's choosing.

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 overnight?  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!

EDU 292: The Art of Storytelling

Description coming soon.

ENG 102: First Year Composition

Description coming soon

ENH 190: Introduction to U.S. Ethnic Literature

ENH 190 General Education Designations:

Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Historical Awareness [H], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 

3 credits

General Ed Designations: H, HU, and C
Pre-/Co-Requisite: ENG 101
This class uses literature as a vehicle to gain a deeper understanding of how race both shapes and is shaped by culture and cultural texts.  While stylistic elements are important aspects of literature, this class will focus on the political and social contexts of the work.  Our interest is understanding the work's zeitgeist: what does the text say about its time?  The belief systems of the era?  How does race define the era and the lives of those who lived then (and now)?  The class will read texts as historical documents that reflect the cultural values of the time of the work’s composition, and determine the scope of literature's power to change the world for good or ill.

GCU 102: Introduction to Human Geography

GCU102 General Education Designations:

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

3 credits

Is development sustainable?  Is globalization desirable?  What are the benefits and drawbacks of urban sprawl?  Does your neighborhood possess a unique sense of place?  Why do we migrate?  How are human activities influenced by the physical environment?  How do music, diet and religion differ in one region of the country from another?  Are political boundaries real?  Join us as we explore these questions and more.  Human Geography (GCU102) is a study of the relationship between humans and the planet that they occupy.  Optional field trips will be offered.  SB, G.

GPH 211: Landform Processes

GPH211 General Education Designations 

Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ]

4 credits

GPH211 Landform Processes is a laboratory science class that satisfies the graduation requirement - natural science SQ. In this class we explore the processes that create specific landforms from basic geology through natural disasters (volcanoes and earthquakes) to oceans/coasts, caves, mountains, canyons, and glacial processes and landforms --- and all the interesting things in between. This field of science is known as geomorphology and you cannot do it all indoors! Therefore, there will be field trips available throughout the course. You will also join your instructor, geomorphologist Dr. Niccole Villa Cerveny, in the exploration of your world through undergraduate research.

HES 100: Healthful Living

HES 100 General Education Designations:

Social/Behavioral [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

HIS 103:  United States History to 1865

HIS 103 

General Education Designations:

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

3 Credits

This course is an exploration of American History from early European contact in the late 1400s through the Civil War in the 1860s. Through the examination of primary and secondary sources, visual arts, and literature, we will examine the lives of both ordinary and extraordinary people in order to understand the key issues of each era. Our non-traditional textbook is a reader comprised of cutting-edge scholarship in the historical field, and serves as the foundation for our discussions of how “history” is created and adapted over time. Class sessions will consist of interactive lecture, video and audio clips, and structured discussion that will allow you to sharpen your analytical skills, reconsider your prior knowledge of America’s past, and gain a new perspective on the people who shaped the destiny of a nation.  

HIS 105:  Arizona History

HIS 105

 General Education Designations:

Historical Awareness [H], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

“Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.” 

It’s an old saying in Arizona, and students who take Arizona History will learn that water wasn’t the only source of conflict. In an effort to escape crowded living conditions and to increase economic opportunities, people throughout history often attempt to live in natural environments hostile to humanity. Arizona is such a place.

Shortly after the U.S. acquired it, General William Sherman lamented, “We had one war with Mexico to take Arizona, and we should have another war to make her take it back.” And yet, within 150 years Arizona would be home to over 6 million people and Phoenix, the 5th largest city in the United States. How did that happen? And will there be enough water in the future? Join us and find out.   

HIS 212: History of Religion

HIS 212 General Education Designations:

Historical Awareness [H], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU]

3 Credits

The class examines the world's five major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) from an historical perspective. Class will be conducted in a seminar format which means that students, either by themselves or in a group, will take turns leading the discussion on the topic of the day. the class will be highly interactive which means that everyone participates, and that we will get to know each other on a more personal basis. Tracing the history of these religions helps explain much of the conflict in the world today (such as the growth of ISIL) and helps make us better informed citizens. By the way, did I mention there is food? HU, H

HIS 251: History of England to 1700

HIS 251 General Education Designations:

Historical Awareness [H], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU]

3 Credits

The English occupy a “unique” island. This small island has had an enormous impact on the world. The journey begins with a set of “rocks”; Stonehenge, where we see the beginnings of the birth of a civilization, and continues with the evolution of monarchy, the creation of the English language, and the Magna Carta. The adventure ends with Henry VIII, his six wives and the English Reformation. The course covers history, art, culture and literature as we build an understanding of the birth of a nation.

HON 201: Leadership Development:                                                         Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

HON 201 General Education Designations:

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 credits

Come and enjoy an interactive class where we learn about leadership skills and how to become a better leader on campus or in the community.  This class will use formal lectures followed by informal discussions to involve the whole class. We will help you develop your own personal leadership philosophy and vision while exploring skills to help you become a better leader on campus and in the community. Each student will create an engagement project to practice the leadership skills that are being taught in this class.  This experience is designed to help you implement what you are learning in this class and to help you build your resume for scholarships and your future career! Leadership is a skill you need for your future job and in order to become a better civic leader.  No matter where you are in your leadership journey this class or any other leadership class should be in your academic plan.  We need better leaders in our society and it starts with you!

MHL 145: American Jazz and Popular Music

MHL 145 General Education Designations

Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU]

3 credits

Description coming soon

PHI 103: Introduction to Logic

PHI 103 General Education Designations

Fine Arts & Design [HU], Literacy [L]

3 credits

Have you ever felt like you were right about something, but just could not make your point effectively?  Have you ever felt like you were losing an argument, when you should be winning? This class prepares you to argue more effectively through exercising the skill of critical thinking, that is, approaching information critically, recognizing good versus bad arguments, and providing good evidence for your conclusions. Beyond helping to you win arguments with your friends and family (always a plus!), the skill of rational argumentation is an essential tool for democratic citizenship, since in a democracy you, the citizen, are the government. You must be able to separate good arguments from bad arguments (fallacies) to participate as a citizen in a democracy.

PHI 212: Contemporary Moral Issues

PHI 212 General Education Designations: 

Humanities [HU]

3 Credits

Who says philosophy doesn’t deal with real life? Let me teach you how to rationally argue about the following questions and issues (and then you can say intelligent and impressive things to your friends and family, and maybe even prove them wrong): (1) Is abortion morally permissible? (2) Should we legalize marijuana, cocaine and heroin? (3) Is euthanasia morally permissible? (4) Should we genetically engineer and/or clone humans? (5) Should criminals be executed? (6) Is terrorism and/or torture ever justifiable? (7) Exactly how free is our speech, and how free should it be? (8) Is pornography repressive and therefore morally wrong? (9) Do we have a right to health care? (10) Is meat murder? (11) Do we have any ethical obligation(s) to the environment? (12) What, if anything, should we do about overpopulation and world hunger?

Take a class that will teach you something that will stay with you for years after it’s over!

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 102: Introduction to Psychology Lab

See description for PSY 101.  Students enrolling in PSY 101 for honors credit must also be enrolled in PSY 102.  

PSY 132: Psychology and Culture

PSY132 General Education Designations: 

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.

PSY 240: Developmental Psychology

PSY240 General Education Designations: 

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

In Developmental Psychology we study humans from the womb to the tomb! (Or, the sperm to the worm!) This includes how people grow physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally during the prenatal period, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We’ll also consider the major psychological theories about human development, such as those of Freud, Piaget, and Erikson. Hopefully, you’ll be able to relate information about how humans grow and develop to a career in psychology, teaching, nursing, law enforcement, human services, and other medical fields. For college-age students we will discuss careers and how to have a more successful marriage. For parents (and future parents), this is a great class to explore why your child does the crazy things she does or why teenagers drive everyone crazy! (And hopefully, we’ll have some fun, too!)

REL 100: World Religions 

REL100 General Education Designations:

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

3 Credits

World religions offer a fascinating way to learn about other peoples and cultures by understanding what is most sacred to them! This entertaining and fast-paced course is an introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and how these traditions are celebrated around the globe. Become a world citizen by appreciating your neighbors here and afar!

REL 205: Religion and the Modern World

REL 205 General Education Designations:

Literacy [L], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU]

3 Credits

We will take a look at the role religion has played throughout the history of America, from its beginnings in colonial America to the present day, including the role that religion has played with civil rights, gender issues, war, capitalism, and others.  We will also see how the various American religious traditions view the various issues we face today in American society.

REL 207: Myth, Symbol, and Ritual

REL 207 General Education Designations:

Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU], Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L]

3 Credits 

What does Disneyland, the atomic bomb, a human mountain, or the kissing, fondling, and trading of bones have to do with religion?  Besides being an introduction to the academic study of religion, Myth, Symbol, and Ritual will help you understand the role religion plays in such diverse cultural phenomena.  In this course, we will discover the ways that mythic, symbolic, and ritual expressions serve to orient cultures and individuals toward ultimate meaning.  The investigation of various case studies and theories, and the writing of two critical analysis papers, will help you to discover religious expressions in phenomena that would not previously pass as religious. 

SOC 212: Gender and Society

SOC 212 General Education Designations:

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

3 credits

The course will study of the way culture shapes and defines the positions and roles of both men and women in society. Major emphasis is on social conditions that may lead to a broadening of sex roles and a reduction of sex-role stereotypes and the implications of these changes. The goal is to introduce the student to the study of gender roles, sociological perspectives of gender, theoretical approaches to understanding gender differences and cross-cultural variability of male and female expectations. Students will explore issues of gender identity, gender socialization, intimate relationships and domestic violence, changes in the roles of men and women in the workplace, criminal justice system, government and political systems, military, religion and spirituality, and healthcare.

SOC 251: Social Problems

SOC 251 General Education Designations:

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

This class will take a sociological exploration of selected social problems and inequalities. We will analyze and research a variety of contemporary social issues, including racial inequalities, gender discrimination, immigration policies, global security, health care, education, religion, and the environment.  Students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a service learning project that addresses a social problem.  Scholarly readings, documentaries, and popular culture will be used to explore and better understand societal issues impacting this generation.

SWU 250: Mindfulness for Stress Management

SWU 250 General Education Designations:

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

Today’s world is filled with distractions, 24/7 connectivity, information overload, political and environmental uncertainties and a general sense of busyness and dissatisfaction. Mindfulness for Stress Management provides an antidote and life skill bringing balance to a crazy world.  It is a practice of learning to be present in just one moment at a time – this one.  You will learn about the science of mindfulness and the many benefits it has for mind, body and relationships.  Some topics that are covered in this course are:  1) the effect of multi-tasking, 2) freeing yourself from negative thinking, 2) developing effective stress management strategies, 3) learning to work with challenging situations and 4) living more fully in each present moment.  The course is experiential in nature, learning by doing.  There are no tests or exams but there are a number of group discussions and brief reflection papers.   This course will teach you how to make the most of your life and how to live in it today.

WST 161: American Women Since 1920

WST 161 General Education Designations

Cultural Diversity (C), Historical Awareness (H), and Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)

3 credits

With the rise of the #metoo movement and words like "intersectionality" being thrown around in Academy Award speeches in 2018, American public is aware of the struggles women go through on a daily basis more than ever. But how did it all begin? How did the struggle for women's rights evolve throughout the American history, specifically in the last century, following the suffrage movement and the era of women's increased participation in social, political and financial aspects of everyday life? This class explores the progression of the women's rights in the United States, focusing on how the dominant culture and the changing world had an impact on women’s place at home, workplace, in the civil rights movement as well as the rest of the political and social events that shaped the recent American topography. It provides a causal-historical analysis of the ever-changing difficulties women from different backgrounds face while providing a critical look at the women's rights movements themselves, especially in light of the struggles of women of color and immigrant women who fought to make the women’s movement in the US more inclusive for all.