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Spring 2022

Intermediate College Writing and Research

   English 2015 Intermediate College Writing and Research
   CRN 37207

Who am I? Who do I wish to be? We will explore these questions and others, using the theme of identity construction and performance to further develop research, writing, and argumentative skills. We will analyze the multiple aspects of our identities and the identities of others and compose a variety of written and digital texts on the construction of identity.                                                                                                                                                       

EH 203
1:30-2:45pm T, TH
Jose Otero (English)
Ernesto Hernandez (Library)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 Credits + HNRS + ENG + LIBS

Learning for a Globalized World

   HNRS 2010 HU GLB Exploring Key Concepts: Humanities
   CRN 36759

What knowledge, skills, and attitudes are necessary to be a global citizen and how are they relevant to being an educated citizen in our local communities? Can they be learned at home when studying abroad isn’t an option? In this course, we will grapple with understanding other cultures and traditions by engaging in cultural simulations, reflecting on challenges and fears associated with encountering other cultures, and experiencing internationalization at home.                                                                                                                                                        

Library (LI) 325
4:30-6:10pm M plus one 50 min class asynchronously online
Kacy Peckenpaugh (Foreign Languages)
Yimin Wang (Dean/Senior International Officer) 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 HNRS + HU + GLB

Tempestuous Petticoats

   HNRS 2020 CA Exploring Key Concepts: Creative Arts
   CRN 35705

 This class will explore the importance of fashion and clothing in developing and revealing literary characters. We will focus on several iterations of
 Austen's Pride and Prejudice to determine how the way the characters are dressed tells us who they are. We will then dress other characters to reveal   their motivations.                                                                                                                                                      

Browning Center Room 317
11:30pm-12:20pm M,W,F
Sally Shigley (English)
Catherine Zublin (Performing Arts)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HNRS + CA

Food and Water for A Hungry World

   HNRS 2040 LS Exploring Key Concepts: Life Sciences
   CRN 34957

More than 15% of the global population remains without enough to eat, and roughly 2 billion suffer from nutrient deficiencies. Unsustainable agricultural practices present the greatest threat to species and ecosystems worldwide. Throughout this course will explore where our food comes from and the future of global food security. We will begin with discussions on a growing global population, conventional industrial agriculture, and genetically modified (GM) crops. You will gain an understanding of the biotechnology used to create GM crops and the environmental, economic and social impacts of GM crops. We will discuss the pros and cons of a global food market versus local food markets, and explore more sustainable forms of agriculture. During our exploration of sustainable alternatives to conventional agriculture, you will have the opportunity to conduct original research designing sustainable local food gardens.                                                                                                                                                    

Library (LI) 325
8:30-9:20 AM M,W,F
Bridget Hilbig (Botany and Plant Ecology)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HNRS + LS Credit

American Folklore Studies

   HNRS 2050 SS Exploring Key Concepts: Social Sciences
   CRN 35582

   Introduction to major genres of folklore (folk narrative, custom, folk music and song, vernacular architecture and arts), folk groups (regional, ethnic,
   occupational, familial), and basic folklore research method (collecting and archiving).                                                                                                                                                   

Library (LI) 325
12:00-1:15 PM T,Th
Kathryn MacKay(History)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HNRS + SS Credit 

The Meaning of Life

   HNRS 2120(A) HU Great Ideas of the West/Modern Era
   CRN 34953

Ever wondered about the meaning of life? So have a lot of other people! Explore with us the various answers produced by remarkable thinkers, mystics, poets, scientists and philosophers in the West from 1500 to today.                                                                                                                                                      

9:00-10:15am T,Th
Katie Nelson(History)
Marc Nelson(Philosophy)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   HNRS + HU Credit

Islamic Renaissance

   HNRS 2130(A) HU/DV Great Ideas of the East
   CRN 34962

We will study the evolution and practice of the Islamic sciences during the Islamic Golden Ages, from its origins until the fall of the Islamic civilization. In addition, you will learn how to be part of a network that is working to build more inclusive communities to end Islamophobia. At the end of this course, you will be able to share your knowledge and help build this movement.                                                                                                                                                       

Library (LI) 325
12:30pm- 1:20pm M,W,F
Abdulnaser Kaadan(History)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HNRS + HU + DV Credit

The Search for Extraterrestrial technology: Have we already found it?

   HNRS 2830 Directed Readings, Projects, and Research
  CRN 36157

Astronomers have been searching for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) ever since the invention of radio telescopes, predicated on the idea that a sufficiently advanced civilization would broadcast its existence to the universe. But beyond directed ETI signals, astronomers are always on the lookout for telltale technological signatures that might indicate such civilizations. Have we found them yet? There are some interesting observations - some explained, some not - that, while offering no conclusive evidence, illustrate how scientists approach such questions. We'll talk about these observations, look at some of the possible explanations, and explore the work of scientists who think we have already found such evidence of ETI, and those who think we haven't, at least not yet.                                                                                                                                                      

Library (LI) 325
4:00pm- 4:50pm T
John Armstrong (Physics)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 credit HNRS

A World Without Email

   HNRS 2830 Directed Readings, Projects, and Research
  CRN 36939

  “A World Without Email crystallizes what so many of us feel intuitively but haven’t been able to explain: the way we’re working isn’t working. Cal Newport charts a path back to sanity, offering a variety of road-tested practices to help us escape the tyranny of our inboxes and achieve a calmer, more intentional, and more productive working life.”–Drew Houston, cofounder and CEO of Dropbox                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 credit HNRS 

Performance in a Digital World

   HNRS 3900 Honors Colloquium
   CRN 34946

Explore the interplay of artistry and technology. Engage in innovative interdisciplinary design by discovering the latest developments in computing applied to theatrical and cinematic projects. Become an imaginative storyteller who weaves together technological artistry with the human experience.                                                                                                                                                     

Browning Center(BC) 322
9:30-10:50 AM M,W
Brian Rague (Computer Science)
Jessica Greenberg (Performing Arts)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 Credits HNRS

Children's Literature: Book Arts and Science

   HNRS 3900 Honors Colloquium
   CRN 34950

How do the “book arts” integrate environment, community engagement, purpose, and message? Explore and engage in the creative process through the creation of an original children’s book from design to creation to dissemination. The children's book will address current issues (science, environment, sustainability) in our world and serve as a valuable educational resource connecting the creative arts and community.                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           3 Credits HNRS + CEL

Nuclear War

   HNRS 4900 Honors Colloquium
  CRN 34948

The possibility of nuclear war has been with us since 1945 and is still a serious danger. Learn the history of nuclear weapons, the plans for nuclear war, how it has been portrayed in fiction, the details of the weapons and strategy, and the prospects for the future.                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       3 Credits HNRS

R.E.A.L Projects

   HNRS 4920: Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes, and Special Program
   CRN 34958
   CRN 34963

Real Experience Applied Learning Projects (R.E.A.L. Projects) Employers are looking more at experiential learning to determine the best candidates for
today's jobs. "R.E.A.L. Projects" gives students real-world experience, working as part of an interdisciplinary team on a real project for an employer. The
course will teach project management, communication, and leadership skills, helping to set you apart from other potential candidates in the job market.                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 Credits HNRS + INT


   HNRS 4920: Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes, and Special Program
  CRN 34960

  Like listening to podcasts? Interested in making one? Learn the ins and outs of podcast production as you help create the newest season of the Weber
  PodCats Podcast. Students will learn components of podcast production including: interview techniques, story development, scriptwriting, remote and
  studio audio recording, sound editing/mixing, and streaming.                                                                                                                                                      

10:30-11:45am T,Th
Andrea Baltazar (Communication)
with Melina Alexander (Teacher Education)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         3 Credits HNRS