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Choosing Courses That Interest You

Many Honors College (HNRS) classes are topical seminars, which means that the catalog descriptions are more generic than the section descriptions. With our program, you'll be able to choose seminars and classes that align with your interests and specializations.

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Honors College courses are topical seminars, taught by professors at the top of their fields.

The following are examples of classes the Honors College has recently offered or plans to offer.

Section-specific descriptions and syllabi are for descriptive purposes only.

For up-to-date information, please refer to the official online schedule of classes via PatriotWeb.

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Undergraduate Courses

HNRS 108: Introduction to Research Methods I
3 credits | 

Introduces students to a wide range of disciplinary research practices. Students learn how to pose and pursue a focused research question, use information technology to find relevant sources, analyze pertinent evidence, and write and speak clearly by participating in scholarly conversation. Students who would like extra support mastering academic writing can enroll in the yearlong HNRS 108 (fall) and 109 (spring) sequence (6 credits) rather than HNRS 110 (fall/4 credits). While HNRS 110 assumes advanced writing skills, the HNRS 108/109 sequence provides students additional writing instruction as they pursue their first-year research projects.

1 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 109: Introduction to Research Methods II
3 credits | 

Students continue to learn a wide range of disciplinary research practices. Students learn how to pose a research question, analyze pertinent evidence, and write and speak clearly by participating in a scholarly conversation.

1 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 110: Research Methods
4 credits | 

Introduces students to a wide range of disciplinary research practices. Students learn how to pose and pursue a focused research question, use information technology to find relevant sources, analyze pertinent evidence, and write and speak clearly by participating in scholarly conversation. 

34 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 122: Reading the Arts
3 credits | 

Explores the language of the art medium and the relationship of parts to whole in art works, connections among different art forms, and links between art and its historical context. In exploring multiple art forms, including literature, students will also learn how various artistic devices contribute to meaning. Students will critically explore detail and nuance in the social, historical and personal context of the work(s). Students will also participate in or attend a visual or performance based art work(s) or event(s).

15 Sections Scheduled

HNRT 125: A Liberal Arts Approach to Calculus
3 credits | 

Assumes understanding of basic algebra and functions. Explores various mathematical models and develops concepts and applications of limits and derivatives.

3 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 130: Conceptions of Self
3 credits | 

Drawing from appropriate works in social sciences, arts, and humanities, examines different conceptions and definitions of the self from diverse cultures and historical contexts.

13 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 131: Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives
3 credits | 

Explores methods and perspectives in social sciences and humanities to evaluate contributions of different disciplines to social and cultural issues, their constructions,  their global ramifications. Investigates our individual, collective, and institutional responsibilities as citizens of a diverse and interconnected world.

8 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 211: Mentorship Undergrad Research
0-2 credits 

1 Sections Scheduled

HNRT 225: Applied Calculus
3 credits | 

Theory and applications of calculus for nonSTEM students. Assumes a previous introductory course in calculus. Topics include exponential models in the life sciences and business, theory of integration and may include improper integrals, infinite series, differential equations, or probability.

1 Sections Scheduled

HNRT 228: Scientific Thought/Process II
4 credits 

No Sections Scheduled

HNRS 230: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
3 credits | 

Enables students to broaden cultural horizons and understand human behavior by comparative studies of societies.

8 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 240: Reading the Past
3 credits | 

Considers constructions of historical narratives and their context in major world historical events by examining significant current topics such as revolution, race, empire, and religion over time. Considers how public narratives about history are constructed. Students will communicate their understanding of multiple historical narratives through written, oral and digital means.

10 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 302: Research Methods II for Transfer Students
3 credits | 

Introduces students transferring into the Honors College to a wide range of disciplinary research practices. Students learn how to choose and focus a research question, find and analyze sources, organize evidence in an essay shaped by an original thesis, write clearly, and address an audience of scholars.

1 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 310: Honors College Connects I

The first of a two-semester course in which students work in groups on long-term service projects coming from community nonprofit organizations.

1 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 311: Honors College Connects II

A continuation of HNRS 310, culminating in student presentations of their results to the community nonprofit organizations and constituents of the Honors College.

1 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 312: RS: Research in Public Sphere
0-3 credits | 

Building on projects begun in HNRS 310, students use research/scholarship skills to address community problems presented by nonprofit organizations. Designated as a research and scholarship intensive course.

1 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 330: Research, Technology, and Online Community
0-3 credits | 

Student applicants selected to participate in the RTOC project will plan and create new media artifacts or learning objects in structured collaboration with university stakeholders and mentors. Through this process, they will deepen their understanding of the research process, learn to appreciate the institutional and social dimensions of undertaking and teaching research, and learn to communicate more effectively about research.

2 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 353: Technology in the Contemporary World
3 credits | 

Critically analyzes emergence and impact of specific technologies on contemporary cultures and the core concepts surrounding these technologies, including legal, social, ethical issues and the technology's relationship to core information security issues. Students develop a significant research project employing multiple disciplinary perspectives. This project will be communicated ethically and with cultural awareness through written, oral and digital means, showing a critical understanding of technologies and their impact.

10 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 410: Thesis Preparation
0-3 credits | 

Provides guidance in research methods to students writing an honors thesis proposal as well as workshop to critique research in progress and to understand the research process in multiple disciplines.

2 Sections Scheduled

HNRS 411: RS: Honors College Thesis
0-3 credits | 

Directed research on topic agreed on by student, advisor, and the Honors College. Designated as a research and scholarship intensive course.

2 Sections Scheduled