Honors Class Descriptions

These class descriptions are provided by the instructors.  

ARH 101: Prehistoric through Gothic Art

ARH101 General Education Designations:

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

3 credits

In this course, we will study major developments in visual art from the earliest cave paintings through the great cathedrals of the 14th century. Our inquiry will be organized around three central questions: Why did humans begin making art?  What can art tell us about the people, places and needs of the culture in which it is created? How does art reflect and shape culture?  We will situate art within its historical and social context, develop vocabulary for discussing and understanding art, and engage in visual analysis and critical thinking. We will also explore new discoveries in art and why art of the past matters today. Throughout the course, we will discuss issues such as interpretation, restoration, cultural patrimony, gender and patronage in order to understand the rich cultural production of the world, including Stonehenge, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the Parthenon, the Coliseum, Emperor Qin’s buried terracotta army, Buddha images, illuminated manuscripts, mosaics, and more!

ASB 102: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ASB102 General Education Designations: 

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

3 credits

The world is changing at a remarkable pace and we are constantly interacting with people, ideas, and systems. We encounter the diversity of humanity all around us. Cultural anthropology is the study of humans and the many ways people around the world organize themselves, live together, get along, and interact. This class will give you the chance to think about the world as it is and as it is becoming and consider the crucial issues of our time. We will take an anthropological perspective in looking at our own life as well as the the world around us. How do you fit in to a society with many cultures? What are the power dynamics? How can you contribute? We will look at language, religion, kinship, economics, marriage, globalization, and much more. But mostly, we will be considering current events from the perspective of anthropology and culture. As an active participant in the class you will have the opportunity to consider significant issues in the world today as well as a range of cultural perspectives. 

ASB 223: 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.

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.

CPD 160: Introduction To Multiculturalism

CPD160 General Education Designations:

Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L]

Pre-Requisite: grade of 'C' or better in ENG 101 or ENG 107

3 credits

Who are you and what do you believe?  Through what ethnocentric lens do you see the world? Are you ready to reflect on your personal values and cultural experiences? Are you open to learning about the hidden history of race and discrimination in the US?

This course will discuss the multiple cultures and subcultures as well as their related current issues within the United States. Students will explore their personal awareness and appreciation of multiculturalism. Interactive opportunities for experiencing diverse cultural perspectives through online assessments, video clips, articles, discussion boards and more. Critical thinking skills for recognizing, analyzing, and mediating cultural and psychological factors impacting conflict and accord between diverse cultures through written and oral discourse will be expected.  Students will be required to maintain civility in discussion as many of the topics can be highly sensitive.

This is a fun and insightful class.  You don’t want to miss it!

DAH 250: Dance in Popular Culture

Description coming soon.

DAH250 General Education Designations:

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

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.

EDU292 General Education Designations:

Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 3 credits

ENG 102: First Year Composition

Description coming soon

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 210: Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness

HES 210 General Education Designations:

Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Global Awareness [G]

3 Credits

This class examines how culture influences health and illness. We will explore various components of culture within and outside of the United States. Students will explore personal values and beliefs, consider how their own culture and social influences have shaped their worldview and health behaviors. Students will be exposed to various healing practices/traditions and healthcare delivery systems in order to examine cultural barriers to healthcare, health disparities and more. 

HIS 105: Arizona History

HIS 105 General Education Designations:

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

3 Credits

There's an old saying in Arizona and the American West:  "Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting."  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 a natural environment hostile to humanity.  Arizona is an example of such a place.  Shortly after the U.S. acquired the territory, General William Sherman took one look at the place and 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 the 5th largest city in the United states.  How could that happen? Join us and find out.

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!

HUM 205 General Education Designations:

Humanities [HU]

3 credits

HUM 205: Introduction to Cinema

Being able to analyze films provides a basis for understanding both visual and narrative rhetorical techniques. This course begins with an overview of major film elements used to talk about the production and consumption of films. The course then introduces major theories and methods of film analysis and interpretation.  I think the concepts you learn, the films you will view, and the technologies you will use in this class are important to becoming critical consumers in our contemporary, primarily visual, culture.

We will focus on the evolution of heroes and heroism in this semester’s course.   From early films such as Rear Window with its everyman hero to today’s reinvention of Bond and superheroes.  We will discuss how heroes reflect our values and changing societal constructs—especially in lieu of a film such as Wonder Woman.

I have tried to do two major things in this course:

  1. To introduce you to the major concepts used when producing and writing about films; and
  2. To introduce you to major theories and original writings about how films are interpreted and consumed.

The first goal addresses fundamental concepts and elements in film studies. The second goal is an applied goal, helping you begin thinking and dialoguing about films in a critically engaged manner. A side benefit of the theoretical part of the course is that it will strengthen your ability to read difficult but influential texts in film studies. As you read and write about these texts, you will strengthen your own vocabulary and writing skills.

MAT 150: College Algebra/Functions

MAT 150 General Education Designations:

Mathematics [MA]

5 credits

Description coming soon.

PHI 216: Environmental Ethics

PHI 216 General Education Designations: 

Humanities [HU]

3 Credits

Would you like to know how to rationally argue about environmental issues that involve Earth and the people on it, everywhere? In this course, we will examine many different ethical theories specially developed for the environment, and then read and discuss the ethical issues surrounding animal rights, environmental justice, garbage, eco-feminism, sustainability and capitalism, food ethics (GMOs), climate change, population and consumption, poverty and world hunger, and soil, air, and water pollution.

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

Think of this as a six-course course. We engage six of the great religions of our world, and at the very heart of each unit is food. Every tradition comes with a little food history, its interaction with the religion, and even a cooking demonstration with recipes from the traditions.

REL 205 General Education Designations:

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

3 Credits

REL 205: Religion and the Modern World

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.

SOC 180: Social Implications of Technology

SOC180 General Education Designations:

Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

3 Credits

In this course, we study the interactions between technological advances and human societies. One of the major areas of discussion is whether societies drive technological advances or new technologies reshape societies.  We study prehistoric inventions like how the wheel revolutionized transportation and how the printing press changed the spread of information. 

However, much of the class focuses on more contemporary technologies. For example, the invention of the nuclear bomb in the 20th century changed the face of modern warfare, and therefore of international relations and the politics of society.  Modern advances in medical science ask us deep questions about quantity and quality of life.  On a more applicable level, we study and discuss how the Internet and the vast popularity of smart phones has changed the way people interact with one another, allowing them to communicate across vast distances for much cheaper than ever before. 

This course is both a fun and serious investigation into the role of technology in our lives and societies.

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.