Honors Program Courses

 

SPRING 2015

*Non-Honors students with a 3.5 GPA are invited to email aubreylord@weber.edu for a departmental override to register for an Honors course.

Note: Click on the Course Title to access a course syllabus. Visit our Photo Book page to see posters designed to promote these classes. Content will be added as it becomes available.

 
Course Course Title CRN Description Time Day Room Instructor(s)
H CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 32272 Chemistry is the science of understanding how atoms and molecules rearrange themselves to transform one substance into another. In this class we will discover some of the magic of why reactions take place, how fast they occur, and how they reach equilibrium. We’ll discuss how metallurgy and explosives enabled the Industrial Revolution, and how electrochemistry underlies the current Information Revolution. 9:00-10:15 TR (Hybrid Class) WB 111 Chuck Wight
H ENGL 2010 Nature Writing 31112 What is wilderness?  Join us for an in-depth look at our world through the eyes of our nation’s best nature writers.  Stroll through New England woods with Henry Thoreau, befriend a snake in Canyonlands with Edward Abbey, narrowly miss a bear attack on the Appalachian Trail with travel writer Bill Bryson, study a pond of lilies with poet Mary Oliver, and climb Yosemite’s heights with naturalist John Muir.  Snowshoe and hike in Ogden’s foothills to experience wilderness for yourself. 12:00-1:15 TR EH 304 Sunni Wilkinson
HNRS PS2030 Our Place in the Cosmos: Reflections on the Copernican Principle 30719 In this course, we will explore the historical ideas of our planet’s place in the Cosmos, from early ideas of a geocentric universe to modern ideas of cosmology and the multiverse. We will explore original writings from Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and others, as well as explore modern scientists view of the humanity’s place in the Cosmos, and the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe. 9:30-10:20 MWF SL 220 John Armstrong
HNRS LS2040 What a Plant Knows 30720 How do plants know up from down?  How do they tell time?  How can they tell if they have neighbors?  How does a Venus flytrap know when to spring its trap?  Daniel Chamovitz discusses the answers to these questions and more in his book What a Plant Knows.  We will read this book and explore the primary research literature that it is based on. 9:00-10:15 TR SL 421 Sue Harley
HNRS SS2050 Sci-Tech World: A vision of humanity through the lens of science and technology, past, present, and future 30721 This course will examine current and historical discussions of our scientifically and technologically constructed world.  We will look at our “Sci-Tech World” through fiction, fact, history, politics, art, psychology, and more.  Class participation, field trips, weird projects should be expected. 12:00-1:15 TR LI 227 Dave Ferro, Eric Swedin, & Luke Fernandez
HNRS CA1530 Why Creativity Matters 30723 What does it mean to be creative, and how might creativity help us navigate the change from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age? In this class we will study and discuss creativity from a multitude of angles, including what aptitudes creative people have in common, regardless of their field. We will also engage in interdisciplinary, hands-on creative exercises, especially in the areas of design, music, drawing, and writing. No experience necessary!  10:30-11:20 MWF BC 317 Catherine Zublin & Carey Campbell
HNRS HU1540 LGBT Identities & Popular Culture 30724 Navigating a diverse world can be both frightful and exhilarating. Enroll in this course to explore the intricacies of LGBT identities through the lens of film, television, and theater. Course work includes the analysis and discussion of LGBT language, history, and legal issues.  This hybrid Tues./Thurs. course will meet in class on Tuesday. Thursday will be spent viewing online films and television shows and completing online discussion assignments. 10:30-11:45 TR
(Hybrid Class)
LI 227 Susan Hafen &
RC Callahan
HNRS HU2010 The Art of Protest—The Protest of Art 30725 While some consider the primary purpose of literature, film, and music to be mere forms of entertainment, this class will examine the revolutionary potential of art to explore and expose issues related to social justice.  The movies, paintings, literature, photographs, and music selected for the class have been chosen for their power to incite emotion, provoke thought, and instigate profound ethical questions.  9:00-10:15 TR LI 231
Hetzel-Hoellein
Christy Call
HNRS HU/DV2130A Echoes of Religion and Shadows of Culture in Middle Eastern Women’s Literature 30726 This course explores the ways in which the cultural and religious doctrines and practices of sexual difference in the Middle East are reflected in women’s literature and film.The class periods will consist of thematic discussions based upon the assigned readings and films that will allow us to consider Middle Eastern women’s personal, social and ecclesiastical boundaries, and the impact of those cultural and religious constrictions on women’s perceptions of purpose and possibilities. 10:30-11:20 MWF LI 227 Ryan Thomas
HNRS 3900 The Physics of Poetry and the Poetry of Physics: The Whys and Hows of Science and Literature 30727 We will explore what happens when science meets humanities, suggesting that the distance between soft science and hard science is not as great as we might think. Students will turn math into poetry and question how well literature represents science. Join us for movies about Darwin and aliens, a novel  about a mad scientist, a comedy about statistics, and a graphic novel about a super-hero physicist. 9:00-10:15 TR LI 227 Sally Shigley & Brad Carroll
HNRS 4990 Honors Senior Project 30729   TBA TBA LI 225 Judy Elsley


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