Centennial Honors College

General Honors Courses

Fall 2022  |  Fall 2022 FYE Courses

Summer 2022


72351   GH 299-I38   WLTH MGT   BRENNAN M B   ONLINE

Wealth Management : (1)  The purpose of this course is to understand how excess money should be smartly invested in stocks, bonds, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit.  Included in the course is a discussion of internal and external factors that materially affect this “allocation of assets” decision.  How these investable assets should be spread across regular (taxable) investment accounts and retirement (tax-free or tax deferred) accounts is also addressed by the course.  Within this structure, a somewhat detailed understanding of how stocks and bonds are valued and traded is included. 


Fall 2022


70795   GH 299-003   COFAC HON SEM   MACCHI S   F    8-8:50   MEMORIAL 339 

COFAC Honors Seminar: (1) This will be a seminar that introduces students to the disciplines within Fine Arts and Communication:  Art, Broadcasting, Communication, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Music, and Theatre and Dance.  Focusing on an interdisciplinary theme or issue, students will learn to develop collaborative research/creative projects, drawing on perspectives from those disciplines.   Honors College permission required, COFAC students only. 

72899  GH 299-I05  PRES LEADERSHIP   ABRAHAM M    T  9-9:50   ONLINE 

Presidential Leadership: (1) This course provides basic concepts of leadership and the essential skills required to become an effective leader. Students will analyze elements of leadership, study exemplars, reveal opportunities for leadership, and learn tips for applying for prestigious honors and scholarships. The course includes the study of leadership as well as the application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. The student will be provided the opportunity for personal development through exercises in communication and leadership effectiveness. 

72043  GH 299-028   SEE INVISIBLE   BOLEY M     W   3-3:50   CURRENS 302 

Seeing the Invisible: (1) This course is designed to help students understand the nature of scientific reasoning and develop their skills in applying scientific reasoning to a number of practical problems.  The common thread to the problems examined in this course will be determining the nature of the unseen connections between phenomena.  The students will learn the role of theoretical models used to explain the causal relationships between physical phenomena.  They will learn how to build these models, how to test them and how to evaluate them.  They will use these skills to evaluate the validity of various conclusions that claim to be scientific.  Students will also compare scientific reasoning to other types of knowing, and explore whether scientific reasoning is appropriate in other, non-scientific, contexts. 

69630   GH 299-I36   MIND FUN     HYDE A M    Th  12-12:50   ARRANGED 

Mindfulness Fundamentals: (1)  An experiential and subjective exploration of mindfulness with some emphasis on its implications for the health and well-being of college students.  Students will read about, hear about, view and experiment with secular mindfulness practices suitable for a general population, such as focusing awareness, breathing exercises, gratitude compassion, positive affirmations, progressive relaxation, and mindful movement.  


Wealth Management: (1)  The purpose of this course is to understand how excess money should be smartly invested in stocks, bonds, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit.  Included in the course is a discussion of internal and external factors that materially affect this “allocation of assets” decision.  How these investable assets should be spread across regular (taxable) investment accounts and retirement (tax-free or tax deferred) accounts is also addressed by the course.  Within this structure, a somewhat detailed understanding of how stocks and bonds are valued and traded is included.


72037  GH 101-031   TRUTH   BANASH D   MWF   11-11:50    SIMPKINS 014

Truth & Citizenship: (3) (General Education/Humanities and Eng 180 or Eng 280 with a C or better) In this section of GH 101, we will seek truth. We will focus on the vital role of truth for citizens in a democracy. Without seeking the truth, by relying on methods to evaluate and understand claims of truth, it is impossible for people to govern themselves. In this course, we will consider how the different institutions including journalism, the courts, the sciences, and the humanities all employ methods to establish facts and make sense of those facts through different systems of values. We will read the work of journalists, judges and juries, historians, novelists, philosophers, and scientists. We will study how each employ standards and practices to evaluate claims of fact and interpret those facts through a framework of values. In particular we will follow the work of philosopher of science Lee McIntyre and historian Jill Lepore as we learn how to evaluate the truth claims of what we read, to employ research methods as citizens, and to become reliably informed about contemporary problems facing the nation. We will learn research techniques to find and critically evaluate source materials and to speak and write only as we are informed by the best, most reliable sources we can find. We will strive to express our political judgements and aspirations through the constraint of facts and self-conscious reflection on our values. Our reading, research, and writing in this course will emphasize citizenship and the search for truth.

72039  GH 101-041   UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA   KNOX WM    MWF   9-9:50   SIMPKINS 014

UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA: (3) (General Education/Humanities and English 180 or 280) Consistent with the University theme of Environmental Sustainability, this course will examine six novels with respect to the relationship between the societies and their environments, both natural and cultural as well as balanced and unbalanced, in which they their writers place them.  The settings will be studied as points of comparison and contrast for the societies which do and do not thrive in their midst.  Depending on the novel under study, the larger environmental setting, either rural or urban, will be viewed, generally, as a complement or point of ironic contrast to the social engineering created as the writer’s central focus.  Such points as physical and mental health of the characters, their sense of freedom, ability to associate with other characters, and encouragement to develop the political justice serve as points of departure for class discussion and written assignments.  The principal goals of the class are to have students see the potentially positive relationship between nature and social health and the ability of the human spirit to overcome sometimes profoundly dysfunctional environments.

72038   GH 101-051   LIT PLACE DIS PL   BARCLAY D   T TH   9:30-10:45   SIMPKINS 020

72040   GH 101-052   LIT PLACE DIS PL   BARCLAY D   T TH   11-12:15   SIMPKINS 020

Literature of Place and Displacement:  Moving In and Moving On: (3) (General Education/Humanities and Eng 180 or Eng 280 with a C or better) Florida, California, New York City, the Pacific Islands—all of these places have beckoned to fortune seekers, settlers, and refugees over the past several centuries.  Consequently, they have also been the sites of contest over land, power, and a place to call home.  In this course, students will explore images of place, definitions of home, and issues of displacement.  What happens when “rights” are revoked and “home” becomes an alien place?  What stories do people tell when cultures meet and communities are disrupted?  Whose land is it anyway?  In this course we will read 20th-century literature which addresses the discoveries and conflicts between immigrants and native peoples over language, law and land.  Further, we will explore how a sense of place and home is tied to a sense of self and identity.


70452   COMM 241H-025  INTRO PUB SPKG    HILL S L    MWF  10-10:50    MEMORIAL 340

Introduction to Public Speaking: (3) (General Education/Communication Skills) Students in this honors class will receive the same amount of speaking experience and practical instruction as in other sections but will engage in a more intensive development of those speeches.  Each student will give three major speeches.  The first will be an informative visual presentation, the second will be an argumentative presentation, and the third major speech will be a persuasive presentation.  Students will also deliver some minor, upgraded speeches.

The course has two objectives.  The first is to have the students master the practicalities of public speaking.  They will learn and put into play the canonical principles of invention, organization, style, memory and delivery, and will do so in both informative and persuasive situations.  The second objective is to introduce students to the richness of rhetorical theory.  The section will be conducted in such a way as to promote both goals simultaneously.

Speeches will be critiqued by the instructor and the class according to the principles outlined in the texts and discussed in class.  With the exception of the days devoted to giving speech assignments, class will be conducted as a seminar and workshop.  Students will be expected to have read the material assigned and be prepared to raise issues about the readings.  Discussion will follow the students' reactions.  Counts as General Honors course towards graduation requirements for Honors Scholar status.


69657  GEOL 110H-001   CHANGING EARTH   MAYBORN K R   T TH   11-12:15   TILLMAN 101


Our Changing Earth: (4) (General Education/Natural Sciences) The study of the earth, its composition, structure, landscape development, internal processes, origin, and evolution. Laboratory includes introduction to minerals, rocks, and maps.


734717 GH 303-005   SPORTS ANALYTICS  BABIN J M   T TH   2-3:15   STIPES 331

This course provides a foundational survey of concepts and tools essential for the analysis of sports related data. Students will refine basic statistical skills, develop best practices for sports data collection and management, review data visualization tools, perform basic analysis, and effectively communicate meaningful observations. The course is project-based and taught using Stata software. The resulting deliverables will be a functional toolkit for taking complex and abstract information and communicating useful patterns in a meaningful way and an increased confidence in problem-solving abilities. Sports data offer a fun and approachable environment for learning these skills which are applicable to many other facets of business and scholarly research.


72901  GH 302-067  ECON SUST FOOD   SADLER T    T TH   9:30-10:45    STIPES 215

Sustainable Food: (3) (General Education/Social Sciences)  Most people in our society do not have the time or the inclination to understand the process of food production.  By examining the current state of industrial agriculture in this country, its historical context, the economic model in which it persists, and the alternative model of sustainable, local food production, this course makes the process clear.  Today, in the United States, industrial agriculture provides the majority of the meat and produce that we consume.  Incredibly, we as a society are separated from and, for the most part, uninterested in this industrial process that gives us sustenance.  Many pernicious outcomes, or “negative externalities,” result from this reality.  Soil fertility diminishes.  Without the use of chemical applications, the plants we consume are vulnerable to pests and disease.  Obesity inhibits advances in health.  Multi-billion dollar agricultural subsidies prop up an inferior economic system of monoculture.  The system relies on imported energy, which contributes to global warming.  Alternatively, sustainable, local food production, which is growing as a share of total food production, addresses each of these problems.  It also leads to many positive outcomes, including local employment and healthier food. Most importantly, however, sustainable agriculture, such as local, organic farming, leads to greater knowledge of the crucial connection between food production and consumption and thereby addresses what Wendell Berry calls “the great destructiveness of the industrial age…a division, a sort of divorce, in our economy.”


69631  GH 301-071   MELODRAMA   THOMPSON WM    MWF   11-11:50   HORRABIN 44

Melodrama: Stage, Screen, and Society: (3) Melodrama, an often-undervalued genre in courses in literature, theatre, and film, has been a powerful force in shaping not only contemporary entertainment but also American culture.  Beginning its focus in the 19th century with the popular stage and continuing beyond 20th century film and television, the course will conclude with the substantial role played by melodrama in shaping tastes and values.  From the human struggles in repopulating the continent to the culture wars of today, melodramatic representations have revealed the best and worst of American character by means of an ever-expanding repertoire of emotion-enhancing acting, setting, and special effects.  The course will examine 19th century plays, works of early modernists, the American musical, film noir, Cold War television, and contemporary social commentary films, television, and stage.  The goals of the course include learning the terminology and characteristics of melodrama, applying these concepts to examples from reading and viewing, extrapolating the intended power of these words and images, and analyzing the import of this power in transforming concepts of American self and society.  Often represented as excessive in scripting and theatricality, melodramatic works also trace artistic and social confrontation with issues of the American psyche: What is the meaning of a “happy ending” over time? 

73108  GH 301-015  ANTIQUITY & FILM  BICE L    T TH   11-12:15   MORGAN 302

Critically Analyzing Ancient History in Films: (3) This course will examine the relationship between ancient history and films. Historical films do not exist in a vacuum. In order to appreciate the intersection of ancient history and cinema, it is necessary to know some history. In this class we will first look at the history in which our films are set. We will focus attention on Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. We will also see how filmic presentations of ancient history reflect both ancient and contemporary history and society and discuss why. We have all heard of films that seemed to butcher the traditional historical narrative we know. We must acknowledge there is much more to how films present history than the historical errors and anachronisms we might be quick to notice. Throughout the class we will consider specific aspects of these “historical films,” including the ways motion pictures present the past (both the events and the context), the ways various constituencies approach historical films and are treated by them, the treatment of social topics, the impact of movies on our understanding of history, and what makes a film “historical” as opposed to “costume drama.” The class is arranged not to require prior exposure to courses in history or film, but you will get to use your brain. We will engage with works by film and history scholars including Pierre Sorlin, Robert Rosenstone, Natalie Davis, Martin Winkler, Robert Burgoyne, and Monica Cyrino. By the end of class students will be familiar with ancient history and the related films, and you will have an opportunity to explore how to watch “historical films” in the future.


69312  FIN 101H-003   FINANCIAL HEALTH    GRAY S S    MW  10-10:50   STIPES 215

Financial Health: (2)  (General Education/Human Well-Being) Develops strategies for achieving and maintaining well-being through personal finance skills. Topics include well-being as it relates to cash management, credit management, sources of educational funding, rental agreements, basic investments, taxes, insurance, financial math, and career planning. Cannot be applied towards meeting the requirements for the Finance major or minor. Counts as General Honors course towards graduation requirements for Honors Scholar status.


Fall 2022 FYE (Y) Courses

The following honors FYE courses are open only to first year honor students. Please contact your honors advisor or first year advisor for permission to register for these classes.


71918  ANTH 110Y-003   INT CULT ANTH   MCILVAINE-NEWSAD H  T TH   9:30-10:45    MORGAN 320

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: (3) (General Education/Social Sciences or Multicultural Studies) Survey of basic concepts and approaches of anthropology to the study of human beings.  Study of worldwide cultures from prehistoric to the present. Counts as General Honors course towards graduation requirements for Honors Scholar status.

70067   POLS 122Y-004   AMER GOVT & POL   TAYLOR E   T TH   12:30-1:45  MORGAN 308

American Government and Politics: (3) (General Education/Social Sciences)  Development, organization, powers, limitation, and practical problems of the governmental and political system of the United States. Counts as General Honors course towards graduation requirements for Honors Scholar status.

72075   SOC 100Y-025   INTRO SOCIOLOGY   MCGINTY P   T TH   11-12:15   MORGAN 322

Introduction to Sociology: (3) (General Education/Social Sciences) Basic sociological concepts and studies in such areas as culture, social organization, personality, family, and community. Counts as General Honors course towards graduation requirements for Honors Scholar status.


71918  ANTH 110Y-003   INT CULT ANTH   MCILVAINE-NEWSAD H  T TH   9:30-10:45    MORGAN 320

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