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Honors College (HNRS) Course Descriptions


HNRS 1710 Walking to Piraeus: The Ancient Greek World
Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors CollegeCorequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 1020 and HNRS 1030
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the Classical Age. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular historical period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, theological, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world. (Also offered as ENGL 2710)

HNRS 1740 All Roads Lead to Rome: The Ancient Roman & Early Christian Worlds
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 1710Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 1050 and HNRS 1060
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the classical Roman period and the period of the early Christian church. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular historical period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization, and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, theological, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world.

HNRS 2301 CHRI INTELLECTUAL TRADITION I
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the Smith College of Liberal Arts.

HNRS 2302, The Christian Intellectual Tradition II
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College and HNRS 2301
This course will introduce students to the basic beliefs and central developments in the history of the Christian tradition. Through the examination of primary texts in the Christian intellectual tradition, students will be encouraged to develop and put into practice their own theology. Students will read from a collection of Christian writings including The Bible, Clement, Ignatius, Irenaeus, John Chrysostom, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

HNRS 2310, Walking to Piraeus: Conversatinos with Great Minds of the Ancient World
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the Classical Age. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular historical period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world. (Also offered as ENGL 2310.)

HNRS 2315 All Roads Lead to Rome: Conversations with Great Minds of the Roman World
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College; HNRS 2310.
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the classical Roman period. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular historical period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization, and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world.

HNRS 2320, Faith, Reason and Romance: The Struggle for the Medieval Mind
Prerequisite: Admission into Honors College and HNRS 2310
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the Medieval period. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular historical period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world.(Also offered as ENGL 2320.)

HNRS 2330 ARISTOTELIAN LOGIC:FND TRIVIUM
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the Smith College of Liberal Arts.

HNRS 2340 Classical Rhetoric: Capstone of the Trivium
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College; HNRS 2330
Students in this course will learn how the ancient conceptions of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful shape the classical discipline of Rhetoric. Special attention will be devoted to the three elements of Rhetoric (speaker, audience, and message), the three kinds of persuasive speech (political, legal, and ceremonial), and the three modes of Rhetoric (ethos, logos, and pathos). Primary works by Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian will provide the textual foundation for the course.

HNRS 2710 Faith, Reason & Romance: The Medieval & Renaissance Worlds
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 1740Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 2020 and HNRS 2030
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the medieval and Renaissance periods. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular historical period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, theological, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world. (Also offered as ENGL 2720)

HNRS 2740 Enlightment & Modernity: 1600-1900
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 2710Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 2050 and HNRS 2060
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the Enlightment and Modern periods. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, theological, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world.

HNRS 3199 Independent Study
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; permission of the instructor
Independent study on a research topic directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for credit only if the research topic differs.

HNRS 3299 Independent Study
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; permission of the instructor.
Independent study on a research topic directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for credit only if the research topic differs.

HNRS 3300 Honors Study Abroad: Oxford
Much of the intellectual heritage of western civilization comes to us by way of England. The university system with its roots in the Middle Ages flowered in Oxford. Many of England's greatest writers have lived and studied in Oxford, and some have set their works of literature in the city and the university. This seminar will examine several Oxford writers including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Evelyn Waugh, and G.K. Chesterton. Works by william Shakespeare and T.S. Eliot will also be considered. Where possible, lectures on and discussion of the works will take place in venues in and around Oxford that will deepen student appreciation and understanding.

HNRS 3330, The Rebirth of Man
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College and HNRS 2320
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the Renaissance. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular historical period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization, and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world.

HNRS 3340, Enlightenment and Modernity
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College and HNRS 3330
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the Enlightenment and the Modern Period. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular historical period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world.

HNRS 3350, The Last Fifty Years: Postmodern America
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College
This course will examine important dimensions of social experience that have created the environment of change and development that has occurred during the last fifty years in the United States. Dimensions reviewed will include such areas as: family, economy, politics, social class, ethics, health care, religion, technology, sex/gender, race relations, transcultural competence, mass culture and education. This course will help students synthesize aspects of United States trends within a broad context to make learning more meaningful in specialty and career areas.

HNRS 3370, Exploring Cultures through Art and Music
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College
This survey course introduces the student to art and music throughout history. The student will explore the fine arts through observations and experience. The student will learn the basic theories of each fine art form. Examination of art and music throughout history will allow the student to appreciate the fine arts. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the styles and genres by studying original works. Active participation allows the student to experience the arts on a personal level.

HNRS 3371 CEZANNE:LOVE,GEST,PERS VIS ART
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the Smith College of Liberal Arts.

HNRS 3399, Independent Study
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; permission of the instructor
Independent study on a research topic directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for credit only if the research topic differs.

HNRS 3404, Imaging the Future: Themes and Ideas in Science
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College
This course will examine scientific theory using a thematic approach. Students will read original scientific articles and use both observation and experimental techniques to understand scientific principles. Themes may include Nobel Prize Winners in the sciences, man and the environment, or biological warfare throughout Time. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

HNRS 3710, The Last One Hundred Years: 1900 to the Present
Prerequisites: Admissions to the Honors College; HNRS 2740Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 3020, 3030, and 3135
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the last one hundred years. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular historical period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization, community, and science. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, theological, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world.


HNRS 3740, The Story of Scripture: The Biblical Narrative from Genesis to Revelation
Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 3710Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 3050 and 3060
This course will explore the biblical narrative from the beginning of the Old Testament to the end of the New Testament. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience recorded in the biblical text. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization, and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, theological, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world.

HNRS 4215, Honors Capstone Experience
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College and completion of 27 hours of Honors courses.
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for integration of the ideas and themes of the Honors curriculum with the courses of the student's major. The course is an intensive research study designed to broaden the student's perspectives and knowledge. The course culminates in the completion of a Senior Project to be presented at an Honors Symposium.

HNRS 4310, Special Topics
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 3740
Topics are selected on the basis of students' needs and academic qualifications of faculty. May be repeated for credit only if course content differs.

HNRS 4320, Special Topics
Prrerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 3740 or permission of the instructor
Topics are selected on basis of students' needs and academic qualifications of faculty. May be repeated for credit only if course content differs.

HNRS 4330, Special Topics
Prrerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 3740 or permission of the instructor
Topics are selected on basis of students' needs and academic qualifications of faculty. May be repeated for credit only if course content differs.

HNRS 4340, Special Topics
Prrerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 3740 or permission of the instructor
Topics are selected on basis of students' needs and academic qualifications of faculty. May be repeated for credit only if course content differs.

HNRS 4350, The Last Fifty Years: The Emergence of the Global Village
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College and HNRS 3350
This course will explore important dimensions of global human experience during the last fifty years. This contextual learning experience will include dominant events and ideas within the social, economic, political and historical categories. Important events and ideas that will be covered in this course include: the Cold War, modern revolutions, globalization, African genocide, Asian economic boom, global terrorism, and religious conflict. The larger objectives of this course are to help students gain a degree of transcultural competence and build an important context within which to make learning more meaningful. After taking this series of courses, studends will be able to make important connections between their learning from the classical texts and their lived experiences in today's world.

HNRS 4370, Visual and Performing Arts - Film and Theater
Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors College
This survey course introduces the student to theater and film throughout history. Using observation and experience, the student will learn the basic theories and ideas of each. Examination of original works in theater and film will allow the student to appreciate the performing arts. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the styles and genres that have influenced American and gobal cultures. Active participation allows the student to experience the arts on a personal level.

HNRS 4381 SPECIAL TOPICS/IND STUDY
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the Smith College of Liberal Arts.

HNRS 4398, Senior Thesis
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; permission of the director
The Senior Thesis is a capstone learning experience in the Honors College. The thesis must be on an original topic, involve significant research and writing, and be defended orally upon its completion. A faculty advisor shall direct the research and writing project.

HNRS 4399, Senior Thesis
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; permission of the director
The Senior Thesis is a capstone learning experience in the Honors College. The thesis must be on an original topic, involve significant research and writing, and be defended orally upon its completion. A faculty advisor shall direct the research and writing project.