Honors Program Courses
*Non-Honors students with a 3.5 GPA are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org for a departmental override to register for an Honors course.
Note: Click on the Course Title to access a course syllabus. Click on the Course Number to see posters designed to promote these classes. Visit the WSU Course Catalog for a list of Honors classes. Content will be added as it becomes available.
|Course Number||Course Title||CRN||Description||Time||Day||Room||Instructor(s)|
|H ENGL 2010||The Power of Persuasion: Writing to Win||32095||Do you believe the "pen is mightier than the sword?" We'll study the people and pens who have changed the world, and learn to use our pens--in whatever form they may take--to do the same.||9:30-10:20||MWF||LI 227||Sylvia Newman|
|HNRS PS1500||Physics for Politicians (and the Citizens Who Vote for Them)||32057||What physics does a future president, legislator, or municipal official need to understand in order to best serve their community? More important, before you vote on an issue or for a representative, what do you need to understand about how energy is produced and the forces of nature; or how research is funded and what constitutes "good" science? This course will be based on contemporary issues in physics, based largely on accessible news items found in the New York Times (available for free on campus) and other outlets.||9:00-10:15||TR||SL 240||Adam Johnston|
|HNRS HU2010||Mapping Our Way Home||31775||Do windows and a roof make a home? Does a family? What is “home”? What represents and defines it, and what can it represent and define? This course will explore the idea of “home” as a space that is lived, perceived, and conceived. In seeing how other writers can call displacement, full-body casts, memory, and subway systems (among many others) “home,” students will be guided to also redefine the concept through personal, critical, and creative writings.||1:30-2:20||MWF||LI 227||Janine Joseph|
|HNRS HU2010||The Beat Goes On: Art, Literature, and Pop Culture of Mid-20th Century America||31790||10:30-11:20||MWF||LI 227||Carl Porter & John Sillito|
|HNRS CA2020||Text and Textile: Learning the Creative Process||32213||Practice the creative process by improving your writing skills, and at the same time, learning to dye fabric. We will combine these two creative skills, fabric and text making, in a final project.||10:30-11:20||MWF||Meet in Honors Center for first class||Judy Elsley|
|HNRS PS2030||Adventures in Mathematics||31792||10:30-11:45||TR||LI 227||Brad Carroll & Todd Johnson|
|HNRS SS2050||The Rich and the Rest of Us: Causes and Consequences of Inequality and Poverty||31797||The rise in income inequality and wealth inequality in the United States over the last three decades is a critically important phenomenon. It would be difficult to find a major newspaper that isn’t printing several stories about inequality every week. Many of the 2016 presidential candidates are speaking about the issue of economic inequality. Honors SS 1520, The Rich and the Rest of Us, will explore the causes and the consequences of inequality and poverty.||5:30-8:20||T||LI 227||Mike Vaughan|
|HNRS SS2110B||The Meaning of Life||31800||Why am I here? Is life a test, an illusion, a battle, a game, a giant cosmic mistake? Is there even a point to any of this? Explore with us the wonderful variety of answers given by the greatest minds of the last 600 years of western history. We’ll spend the semester reading the words of some of the most influential thinkers (Galileo, Descartes, Emerson, Marx, Sartre, the Monty Python boys...), charting their answers to humanity’s biggest question. We’ll put the great thinkers in their historical context to see the amazing confluence of personalities, events, and ideas that came together to form the intellectual tradition we’ve inherited.||12:30-1:20||MWF||LI 227||Marc & Katie Nelson|
|HNRS 3900||Religion in Early Spain||31805||8:30-9:20||MWF||LI 227||Electra Fielding|
|HNRS 4920||Correlation and Convergence: Thinking Outside the Disciplinary Box||31807||WSU’s Honors Program presents a new course designed especially for Aletheia students in their junior and senior years. In the class taught by Christy Call and Gary Dohrer, students from a variety of majors will explore issues within their own fields. This exciting course will broaden and deepen each student’s understanding of his or her major and how that major fits in the larger world. This class is limited in enrollment, so register early. It will be offered once a year during spring semester, and it may be taken up to two times for credit.||12:00-1:15||TR||LI 227||Christy Call & Gary Dohrer|
|HNRS 4990||Honors Senior Project||31810||TBA||TBA||LI 225||Judy Elsley|