Honors Class Descriptions

These class descriptions are provided by the instructors.  

ARH100 Introduction to Art

ARH 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.


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.

ASB253 - Death and Dying Across Cultures

ASB 253 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.

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

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.

ECN 211 - Macroeconomic Principles

ECN211 General Education Designations: 

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 credits

Macroeconomic Principles Honors course is an active-learning course that incorporates weekly interactive simulations and activities to teach economic principles with an emphasis on basic economic institutions, factors that determine national income and employment levels, inflation, monetary and fiscal policies, international trade, 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 macroeconomics 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 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!

ENH 110 - Intro to Literature

ENH 110 General Education Designations: 

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

3 Credits

How is a pem like a game of tennis?  Who's funnier, Jonathan Swift of Jane Austin? What was Hamlet's deal? And what is literature anyway?  Explore lit from 1389 up to now in historical context: basics, genres, ideas, and design.  Good stuff, and jokes.  All texts free and online.

ENH 295 - Banned Books and Censorship

ENH 295 General Education Designations: 

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

3 credits

Overview of the history, motivations, and effects of censorship in a democratic society.  The class examines censorship and book banning as a method of silencing diverse voices.  Includes critical analyses of banned or challenged literature for children and adults.  We will read and examine several works as pieces of literature—looking at the prose, style, symbolism, and narrative voice, as well as examining  the qualities of what makes literature a potentially threatening mode of discourse.  The class will look at literature as a reflection of the cultural values at the time of the work’s composition, and finally, discuss the idea whether literature provides access to something legitimately dangerous.

GCU 102 - Introduction to Human Geography

GCU 102 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 does the Southeast region of the country differ from the Southwest region?  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.

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 those behaviors.

HIS 212 - Historical Foundations 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?

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!

MAT 141 - College Mathematics  

MAT 141 General Education Designations:

Mathematics [MA]

4 credits

What do becoming a millionaire, Beethoven's 5th symphony, surveys, architecture, genetics, playing the lottery, political elections, brain teasers, and snowflakes have in common? MATH! This course provides the student with a working knowledge of college-level mathematics and its applications to real-life problems. There is an emphasis on understanding mathematical concepts and their applications as they relate to everyday living and on the job. 
Come explore mathematics and its many applications to real life!

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.

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.

SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology

SOC 101 General Education Designations:

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

Honors Introduction to Sociology is designed to answer questions about the social nature of society and social life. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of social organization, culture, socialization, social institutions and social change. No prerequisites are required. The material presented in this course is intended to provide an overview of the field of sociology, as well as an understanding of the sociological perspective of society.  Students will have an opportunity to apply the sociological perspective to better understand how social factors influence our choices such as who we choose to marry, groups we join, occupational choices, and factors that influence upward mobility and social inequality. Students will learn about sociological research and engage in identifying social issues and problems.

SOC 241 - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

SOC 241 General Education Designations:

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

3 credits

This is a tremendously important course at this critical stage in U.S. history.  We explore the role of race in our everyday lives.  We have sensitive, provocative, and challenging discussions and assignments focused on how race shapes social interaction and social institutions.  Historical and contemporary issues exploring the consequences of power and privilege are examined.  In addition to readings, videos, and class discussions, students are provided an opportunity to volunteer at a local elementary school to explore racial and cultural diversity in a real life setting.