Honors Program

Courses

Honors courses, which are part of the LAS Core Curriculum, are recognizable by the “HN” appended to the course number in the college’s catalog and schedule. Many Honors courses are developed by full-time faculty members in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and are drawn from their research and scholarly interests.

Below is a list of Honors courses by department, as well as each course description. While not all of the Honors courses listed below are available every semester, most are. For a list of all the current Honors courses, visit the class schedules page

Department of English

Writing and Rhetoric I: Honors

52-1151HN (3 credit hours)

Writing and Rhetoric I helps students understand and refine their own writing processes. Designed to assist students in making connections between their knowledge, cultures, worlds, and the multiple-literacies and discourses of academic, communicative and performing life, the course encourages students to develop their distinctive voices as they learn to make conscious rhetorical decisions. Writing and Rhetoric I connects personal reflection with critical analysis, providing plentiful and varied opportunities for writing, strengthening reading skills, and becoming a member of a writer-reader community. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Writing and Rhetoric II: Honors

52-1152HN (3 credit hours)

Writing and Rhetoric II helps students use writing to develop and sustain an in-depth personal and intellectual inquiry into a subject of their choosing. The course unfolds in a series of assignments designed to lead students through a continually deepening creative research process that ripens into a written project of considerable length and complexity. Focusing on methodology, rather than specific course theme, students learn to generate worthwhile questions, collect primary data, locate secondary resources, and form original research insights. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Oral Expression: Honors

52-1401HN (3 credit hours)

Students overcome difficulties they may have in public speaking, such as stage fright and poor diction. Students are made aware of important elements such as delivery and posture, use of gestures, and good grammar. Course introduces students to informative, persuasive, and occasional modes of public speaking and helps students develop well-organized and purposeful speeches. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Introduction to Literature: Honors

52-1600HN (3 credit hours)

Course introduces students to genres of fiction, drama, and poetry. By studying important works by writers of culturally diverse backgrounds, students gain experience in reading, analyzing, interpreting, and writing about literature. Course establishes connections between literature and other areas of arts and communications. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Introduction to Poetry

52-1602HN (3 credit hours)

Students study poetry ranging from traditional forms and figures to contemporary experimental forms. Course may include selected significant poems from all major periods. This is primarily a literature course, not a writing workshop. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

English Authors: Romantics to Contemporary: Honors

52-2611HN (3 credit hours)

Course's selected readings range from Blake and the Romantic poets to contemporary figures such as Harold Pinter. Significant writers studied may include Wollstonecraft, Austen, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, the Brownings, the Brontes, Hardy, Woolf, Yeats, Joyce, and Lawrence. This course is part of the Honors program and requires, at a minimum, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to register.

Topics in Asian Literature: Honors

52-2634HN (3 credit hours)

Course explores the literature of one or more East Asian or South Asian country, such as Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, India, or Tibet. Relevant socio-cultural traditions will be discussed along with specific texts. Work will be read in English translation where necessary. Students will write papers and create projects incorporating insights from their reading and discussion. Course is repeatable as topic changes. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

The Vietnam War in History, Literature and the Arts:Honors

52-2636HN (3 credit hours)

The Vietnam War is one of the most studied, documented, and argued about wars in American history. The debate has taken the form of historical inquiries, poetry, novels, film, music, and other arts. The war shaped the experiences of a generation and continues to affect American life and arts. This interdisciplinary course examines the conflict in Southeast Asia through the eyes of journalists, fiction writers, poets, historians, filmmakers, musicians, and other artists. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Asian American Literature: Honors

52-2647HN (3 credit hours)

A rotating topics course tracing the emergence and development of Asian American Literature. Course examines the artistic contributions of Asian American authors, and how they have explored issues of concern to Asian Americans. Topics may include Survey of Asian American Literature, Asian American Fiction, Asian American Theatre and Film, or others. Authors studied may include Maxine Hong Kingston, John Okada, Lan Samantha Chang, Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, and Diana Son. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Dramatic Literature: Honors

52-2665HN (3 credit hours)

This writing intensive course focuses on dramatic texts by contemporary minority playwrights. We will examine the emergence and development of ethnic American drama, looking at works by African American, Asian American, Native American, and Latino/a playwrights. We will investigate issues relating to the politics of self-representation, the ways hegemonic dominant beliefs discursively construct the Other, and the intersections between race, gender, and sexuality. We will attempt to answer some of the following questions: What is at stake in the representation of people of color and queer people on the American stage How do issues of racial conflict and sexual politics inform the seemingly neutral domestic space of families and personal relations What are the linkages between race and class in contemporary society, as depicted by these playwrights By the end of this course, students will be able to think critically about issues of race, gender and sexuality in American drama, be conversant with theoretical issues of craft and practice in theater studies, and be able to speak and write in a sophisticated, articulate manner about literature in general, and contemporary ethnic American drama in particular. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

The Bible as Literature: Honors

52-2672HN (3 credit hours)

Course studies literary qualities of the Bible with attention to its poetic and narrative modes. Instruction examines ways in which Biblical literary forms, themes, and images influence American and European literature. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Victorian Illustrated Poetry: Honors

52-2692HN (3 credit hours)

In this seminar, we will focus on Victorian illustrated poetry and its dynamic interplay between image and word. We will consider the function and effect of illustration in general, and the special problematic associated with the visual interpretation of poetry. We will also pay attention to the illustrated book as a material object, a collaboration of many makers working within the context of particular human, institutional, and cultural relationships. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Literature and Visual Culture: Honors

52-2751HN (3 credit hours)

This course introduces students to a broad range of approaches to visual texts and written literature. Students will learn how visual, cultural, and literary theories enable them to create different interpretive strategies in their approaches to specific texts. Critical concepts studied may include subjectivity, the gaze, (re)presentation, gendered bodies, the practice of everyday life, the posthuman. The class will emphasize students’ critical writing as a creative process. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Literature and the Culture of Cyberspace: Honors

52-2753HN (3 credit hours)

Students consider representations of cyberspace in literature and explore themes such as cyberspace and postmodernism; virtual reality; the posthuman; and definitions of space, time, and identity. Authors studied may include William Gibson, Jeanette Winterson, Shelley Jackson, Michael Joyce, and Stuart Moulthrop. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Introduction to Post Colonial Literature: Honors

52-2760HN (3 credit hours)

Course provides an introduction to post-colonial literature. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Reviewing the Arts: Honors

52-2816HN (4 credit hours)

Students are introduced to fundamental critical skills necessary for a sensitive reading of works in different art forms such as drama, fiction, painting, photography, and cinema. Students write reviews of concerts, plays, films, and gallery exhibitions and try to produce writing of publishable quality. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Topics in the Novel: Honors

52-3610HN (3 credit hours)

Rotating topics course examines origins and development of the novel in British, American, World, Postcolonial, or other contexts. Consideration of narrative form and style in light of related historical, aesthetic, and cultural factors. Course is repeatable as topic changes. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Shakespeare: Honors

52-3660HN (3 credit hours)

Series of courses examines Shakespeare's works in their literary, historical, and artistic contexts. Shakespeare: Tragedies may include Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth. Shakespeare: Comedies may include The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and The Tempest. Shakespeare: Histories focuses on Shakespeare's dramatization of English history from Richard II to Richard III. Shakespeare: Political Plays considers some histories and plays such as Julius Caesar and Coriolanus. Course is repeatable as topic changes. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Writing About Arts and Media: Honors

52-3816HN (3 credit hours)

Students hone fundamental skills for research and writing necessary for insightful, interdisciplinary critical readings of trends or topics in media culture. They also will come to understand how works of art from different media and be critiqued to make larger points, and how different media can be used to presenting that cultural criticism. Successful students produce writing of publishable quality and explore options for the distribution and circulation of their work online and in print. The course is designed to increase students? skills as writers, readers, and consumers of culture; as assertive and perceptive critics; and as careful editors and designers of complex writing projects. This course is part of the Honors program and requires, at a minimum, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to register (in addition to other possible pre-requisites).

Vertebrate Paleontology: Honors

56-1350HN (3 credit hours)

This is an Honors course and students need special permission to register. Vertebrates have been around for more than 500 million years and are one of the most successful groups of organisms inhabiting the Earth today. This course explores the fossil evidence for the evolution and diversification of vertebrates, including fishes, crocodiles, dinosaurs, birds, and mammals. How vertebrate evolution is conveyed in scientific and popular literature, the arts, and museum exhibits will be examined in the context of the science and methods behind how fossils are discovered, collected, analyzed, reported, and displayed. This is an Honors class. In addition to other possible pre-requisites, students need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50 or higher to enroll.

Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences