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  • HONORS 101  Honors First-year Seminar

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    This course addresses directly, in an introductory fashion, questions of how knowledge is created and communicated in a variety of situations: within academic disciplines, in different cultures, and under changing social and technological conditions. Concrete exercises allow students to explore their own creativity in relation to the opportunities and constraints posed by such situations. Individual instructors may introduce a central topic or theme as well. All sections provide focused instruction in active reading, convincing writing, critical thinking, and oral performance. This course may be used to satisfy the University''s First Year Seminar requirement. (Offered every year.)   More Info

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  • HONORS 210G  Honors Intermediate Seminar

    Description:
    The Honors College Intermediate Seminar shares the attributes of university-wide intermediate seminars in its attention to developing analytical reading and writing skills, cultivating critical thinking, guiding students to learn how to synthesize material from two or more sources to support an argument, and leading them to understand and practice that writing is a process of revision, with each draft helping the student to gain increasing confidence and ability to articulate and express an idea and its development, culminating in a sustained presentation of a logically constructed enlargement. Self-assessment is a crucial aspect of the Honors College IS, as it is of the university-wide IS, and instructors are encouraged to develop self-assessment tools so that students may evaluate their    More Info

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  • HONORS 259  Addiction

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    What is addiction? How do drugs such as cocaine, heroin and nicotine affect the brain and cause addiction? Why is addiction so difficult to cure? We will explore these fundamental questions by learning about the principles of pharmacology, the structure and organization of the nervous system, the basis of chemical neurotransmission, the mechanism of action of drugs of abuse, and the nature of the changes that take place in the brain following exposure to drugs of abuse.   More Info

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  • HONORS 290  Special Topics

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    Courses of special interest in selected fields drawing on the scholarly interests of faculty. Topics vary each semester. Examples include: Beethoven: Romance and Revolution, Reading Joyce, Darwinian Medicine, Environmental Crime and Justice, History of Social Protest, and The Islamic City.   More Info

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  • HONORS 291  Honors Topic in Arts

    Description:
    An Honors course in the AR distribution explores - from term to term in varied specific cases - the basic assumption that form has meaning. In each Honors AR course, we address the questions "What is the study of arts?" by exploring areas including architecture, literature, painting, music, and sculpture. We will discuss the fundamental basic assumptions of the arts, including: the artist's subjectivity affects the creative process; the creative process is shaped by the social and cultural and political contexts in which the artist works; the creative outcome in open to interpretation' the interpretive process is driven by features of a specific piece and conventions of a specific form; artists both build on and disrupt established conventions in their field; the creative process involves    More Info

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  • HONORS 292  Honors Topic in Humanitites

    Description:
    An Honors course in Humanities distribution explores- from term to term in varied specific cases - the basic assumption that the world is interpretable. In each Honors HU course, we will begin by exploring fundamental questions and the basic assumptions of the field. This course will address the question "What is the study of Humanities?" We will discuss the fundamental basic assumptions of the field, including: humanities research can redefine the decisions we need to make; there are different ways of seeing and interpreting human nature; the diversity of perspective is rooted in historical and social and cultural contexts; the humanities involve articulation of human values and are dependent upon cultural context; the study of humanities involves introspection and re-imagining of the    More Info

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  • HONORS 293  Honors Topic in Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Description:
    An Honors course in Social and Behavioral Sciences distribution explores - from term to term in varied specific cases - the basic assumption that variables affect human behavior of individuals and groups. In each Honors SB course, we will begin by exploring fundamental questions about the social and behavioral sciences, and the basic assumptions of the field. This course will address the question "What is the study of social and behavioral sciences?" by exploring human behavior and the multiple mechanisms and social structures through which behavior is influenced. The assumptions of such an examination include: there are universal processes among humans, human behavior is predictable, and human freedom is bounded by social structures and contexts. An Honors College course in Social a   More Info

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  • HONORS 294  Honors Topic in World Cultures

    Description:
    An Honors course in the World Cultures distribution explores - from term to term in varied specific cases - the basic assumption that culture is a vital framework for thought and action. In each Honors WC course and in this course, we will address the question "What is the study of World Culture?" by exploring the fundamental basic assumptions of the field, which include: culture is material and symbolic; cultural symbols and materials are created by (a) people who express their cohesive identity through these products and labels; historical forces impact culture; even within a homogenous culture there will be debate and contestation; culture identifies members of a group while also distinguishing them from other groups; and a comparative perspective is essential to understanding the dive   More Info

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  • HONORS 295  Honors Topics in the Natural Science

    Description:
    An Honors course in the Natural Science distribution explores -- from term to term in varied specific cases -- the basic assumption that physical and biological science are knowable in terms of causality. In each Honors NS course, we will begin by exploring fundamental questions about natural sciences and the basic assumptions of the field. This course will address the question "What is Natural Science?" by exploring topics including: the difference between life science and physical sciences, the difference between data and information, the emphasis on metrics of measurement, the ability to go beyond being descriptive and enter the domain of being predictive, and the capacity to use measurements and patterns to create models of natural phenomena. We will discuss the fundamental basic assum   More Info

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  • HONORS 380  Honors Colloquium

    Description:
    Through multi-disciplinary study of a topic chosen each semester, the Colloquium explores principles and methods of research common to many fields. Students trace scholarly controversies, frame hypotheses and questions, use print and electronic sources, display data in text and graphic forms, work independently and collaboratively, and present results orally and in writing. Each student prepares a prospectus for an individual research project. (Course offered every semester.)   More Info

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  • HONORS 490  Special Topics

    Description:
    Topical coverage in selected fields of scholarly interests directed by members of the faculty.   More Info

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