Courses Offered in Spring 2014
We are all faced with ethical questions every day. What you consider right or of moral value might not be by someone else. How do we determine standards of right conduct? What are our moral responsibilities? This course will approach such questions both from a theoretical and practical point of view. The course will grapple with thorny problems such as: abortion, capital punishment, medical ethics, racial and gender discrimination, and war and peace. Ethical questions often overlap with legal, religious, social, and political issues. Students will be encouraged to discuss and defend their views, and develop their skills in critical analysis. Readings will be drawn from the works of such philosophers as Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and Hume. Several U.S. Supreme Court decisions will also be read.
What is problem solving? Are all problems solved the same way? In what way is "the scientific method" a problem solving procedure? In this course we will use a variety of puzzles, e.g. tangrams, logic puzzles, soma cube, etc., and some two-person strategy games, e.g. Mastermind, Othello, Quarto, etc., to explore the reasoning involved in problem solving. Finally, the course will examine some problem solving in the physical sciences to see in what way(s) it is similar to other types of problem solving.
This course is an introduction to the academic study of religion, in which students will survey the principal thinkers, theories, and methodologies that have shaped the interdisciplinary examination of religious phenomena. The course also highlights the relation between religion and the larger cultures that provide meaning to religious belief systems. Through a series of field exercises and in-class case studies, students will be expected to apply the theories taught in the course to practical religious situations. Previous exposure to the academic study of religion is neither assumed nor expected.
Bruce Ballenger in The Curious Researcher says that when conducting research, “the process usually begins with something you’ve wondered about, some itchy questions about an aspect of the world you’d love to know the answer to. It’s the writer’s curiosity—not the teacher’s—that is at the heart of the college research paper.” This philosophy of research-based inquiry is also at the heart of W140, where students will choose significant and meaningful questions about topics that are both relevant and meaningful to them. These issues will be explored through a series of analytical papers in which they will make meaning, create text, and share knowledge. W140 follows the basic guidelines for W131 but involves more extensive discussions, in-depth analysis of topics and readings, and generally incorporates the critical reading and writing skills covered in W233 (Intermediate Expository Writing). Annotating and documenting in both MLA and APA, and researching both primary and secondary sources, moves W140 students to higher-order inquiry projects and further immersion into their majors. Within the class's collaborative, supportive workshop environment, they will learn how to make decisions about what they want to say and the most effective way to say it to a particular audience. Students will learn to better control their writing process and develop flexibility for approaching any writing task.
Ever wonder why you see things the way you do? Ever wonder why other people don’t? The honors section of COM 114 is a study of communication theories as applied to speech — practical communicative experiences ranging from interpersonal communication and small group process through problem identification and solution in discussion to informative and persuasive speaking in standard speaker-audience situations. The honors section provides additional exploration of contemporary theory and a more advanced survey of interpersonal and gender-socialization topics. The intimate nature of the honors section optimizes opportunities for class discussions and instructor contact.
A survey of non-Western music concentrating on traditional Asian, Middle Eastern, and African styles. Students will learn how to listen to and understand music based on cultural context and technical characteristics. No previous music experience required.
The Honors Program capstone course is the Honors Project which provides an opportunity for honors students to undertake research under the guidance of a faculty mentor selected by the student. The format varies, but each project encourages intellectual independence and introduces students to proper research methods in preparation for graduate work. Projects must have some written component and will be a product which is representative of professional work in the chosen field. This project must be presented and defended before a committee including representatives of the Honors Program Council.
Continuation of MA 165H. Techniques and applications of integration, infinite series, parametric equations and polar coordinates, complex numbers.
MA 165H - This is a rigorous look at Calculus with plenty of applications from physics, engineering, natural and social sciences, finance, etc. You will work in groups and individually on different writing and exploratory exercises. In addition to the regular lecture format we’ll use different application of the Computer Algebra System Maple in solving problems. Two projects, reflecting your background, will be assigned and the results of will be presented using your favourite media format. Creativity and originality is strongly encouraged.
This online course will cover theoretical, empirical and methodological issues relevant to the scientific study of human development from conception through late adolescence. Biological, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development will be considered. Students will be required to participate actively in online discussions. In addition, a major term project will be required. Students may choose between a service learning project/paper or an APA style literature review paper.
Many students have difficulties fitting regularly scheduled honors classes into their schedules for a number of reasons. That is why the Honors Program developed a way to make any class an honors class with an H-Option.
The H-Option is a contract between the honors student and the professor of any class so that the student can get honors credit for a regularly scheduled class. The H-Option is a great way for students and faculty to build a mentoring relationship that could grow into an honors project. Many H-Options have grown into tremendous research opportunities for both students and faculty. To learn more about H-Options, contact the Honors Program at 260-481-6924, the Resources Page of the Honors Program website, or at the Honors Center, Walb Union, Room G25.