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Honors Course Description(s)

HNRS1000 Honors College Symposium (1)

This course meets each semester and is intended for Honors College students to contextualize their classroom knowledge with other events such as lectures, concerts, plays and art exhibits occurring on campus and in the community. This course allows Honors College faculty and students to discuss these events and issues related to them with the focus especially on building community within the Honors College. This course is discussion-oriented with some writing; six of these symposia are to be taken out of the eight semesters of enrollment. (Admission by selection only)

HNRS2550 Western Intellectual Traditions I (3)

The course will focus on the Western Intellectual Tradition (WIT) from the time of the Greeks to the 16th - 17th centuries. We begin with Plato and Aristotle, and continue with Augustine, Dante, Machiavelli, Cervantes, and Thomas Hobbes. We will examine critically some of the perennial questions of "the human condition," and students will be exposed to some of the foundational texts, ideas, issues, and events that comprise the WIT. Crisis and continuity in the ancient and modern eras will be scrutinized as we evaluate critically the origins and development of the WIT through a close reading of primary texts produced by some of the greatest minds of the WIT. Our purpose, however, is not to worship blindly these texts (which are timely and timeless); rather we see to subject them to critical analysis befitting the manner in which they were composed. (Admission by selection only)

HNRS2560 Western Intellectual Traditions II (3)

This course will focus primarily on the Western Intellectual Tradition from the sixteenth century forward. The seventeenth century revolutions in cosmology, science, and philosophy are characterized by a number of important themes, centered around the rise of new epistemologies, methodologies, and sources of authority. In this course, we will look at the following three principle areas of change: the demise of church authority in settling scientific and philosophical questions, the demise of Aristotelian physics, and the revolutionary potential of the new scientific and religious thought. We will examine these by looking at major thinkers and events of the period and the impact that each had on the dynamic intellectual evolution of the time. By the late nineteenth century, Modern Western thought was again in crisis, calling into question the foundations of Western political, scientific, and economic power. The course will conclude with a critical evaluation of the relationship of faith, philosophy and science in modernity. (Admission by selection only)

HNRS3550 Science and Science Fiction (3)

This course will explore a tiny handful of works by some of the most significant and challenging writers of science fiction--some we may have heard of, and some who are new to us. Through these explorations, we will experience a diversity of literary landscapes, ideas, cultures, and ethnicities, most of them speculative and fictional. Perhaps most interestingly, we will discuss and learn the scientific concepts behind these stories. (Admission by selection only)

HNRS3560 Being Human: Theological and Psychological Reflections (3)

This course will examine what it means to be human from both a Theological and Psychological perspective. This is obviously an interdisciplinarian approach to the topic, one that will reap rich benefit for the students. It will show that we are integrated persons and should be considered holistically, not as spiritual beings in opposition to our psychological and social characteristics. Additionally, this course will examine being human from the perspective of spiritual formation. (Admission by selection only)

HNRS3970 Honors Thesis Research (0-3)

This junior-year course begins the process of creating a quality honors thesis. Students will select their thesis topics, choose their faculty advisers, and develop thesis proposals with their advisers. In this course, students actively begin serious work on their honors theses. Offered: Fall Semester. Prerequisites: HNRS2550, HNRS2560, HNRS3550, HNRS3560

HNRS4970 Honors Thesis (0-3)

In this senior-year course, students will produce the Honors Thesis, an independent, creative, faculty-mentored project that is the culmination of academic work in the Honors College. This course is designed to showcase mastery of content, theory, and methodology specific to each student's academic discipline. Offered: Fall Semester. Prerequisites: HNRS2550, HNRS2560, HNRS3550, HNRS3560, HNRS3970