Houston Baptist University Catalog

Honors College (HNRS) Course Descriptions


HNRS 1020 Honors Writing I
Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors CollegeCorequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 1710 and 1030
A course designed to teach the writing and rhetorical skills needed to complement HNRS 1710.

HNRS 1030 Honors Lecture I
Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors College
Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 1710 and 1020

A lecture course designed to complement HNRS 1710 by providing information on the texts and authors that students examine in HNRS 1710.

HNRS 1050 Honors Writing II
Prerequisites: Admissions to the Honors College; HNRS 1710Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 1740 and HNRS 1060
A course designed to teach the writing and rhetorical skills neeed to complement HNRS 1740.

HNRS 1060 Honors Lecture II
Prerequisites: Admissions to the Honors College; HNRS 1710Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 1740 and HNRS 1050
A lecture course designed to complement HNRS 1740 by providing information on the texts and authors that students examine in HNRS 1740.

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 2020 Honors Writing III
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 1740Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 2710 and HNRS 2030
A course designed to teach the writing and rhetorical skills needed to complement HNRS 2710.

HNRS 2030 Honors Lecture III
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 1740Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 2710 and HNRS 2020
A lecture course designed to complement HNRS 2710 by providing information on the texts and authors that students examine in HNRS 2710.

HNRS 2050 Honors Writing IV
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 2710Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 2740 and HNRS 2020
A course designed to teach the writing and rhetorical skills needed to complement HNRS 2740.

HNRS 2060 Honors Lecture IV
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 2710Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 2740 and HNRS 2050
A lecture course designed to complement HNRS 2740 by providing information on the texts and authors that students examine in HNRS 2740.

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 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 3020, Honors Writing Vi
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors CollegeCorequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 3710, 3030, and 3135
A course designed to teach the writing and rhetorical skills needed to complement HNRS 3710.

HNRS 3030, Honors Lecture V
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors CollegeCorequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 3710, 3020, and 3135
A lecture course designed to complement HNRS 3710 by providing information on the texts and authors that students examine in HNRS 3710.

HNRS 3050, Honors Writing I
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 3710Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 3740 and 3060
A course designed to teach the writing and rhetorical skills needed to complement HNRS 3740.

HNRS 3060, Honors Lecture VI
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 3710Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 3740 and 3050
A lecture course designed to complement HNRS 3740 by providing information on the texts and authors that students examine in HNRS 3740.

HNRS 3135, Honors Laboratory
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors College; HNRS 2740Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HNRS 3710, 3020, and 3030
This course is a laboratory course to supplement the texts studied throughout the Honors College curriculum that address themes in the history of science. Students recreate important experiements in the history of science in order to understand the development of the scientific method.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.