Upcoming Honors Courses

Spring 2019

HONOR 3300-001: Deductive Logic

Fulfills QB, QI

3 credits

Tuesday Thursday / 10:45-12:05pm/ MHC 1206B

With Professors Haber and Molter

This course is about teaching you deductive logic. Logic is the science of argument, and mastering deductive logic will greatly assist you in more precisely articulating and evaluating arguments. We will be covering formal treatments of both sentence and predicate logic in this course. We will also develop skills designed to improve performance on graduate entrance exams (e.g., MCAT, LSAT, GRE, etc.).

HONOR 2500-001: The Evidence for Evolution

Fulfills SF

3 Credits

Tuesdays/ 2:00-5:00pm / GC 5490

With Professor Alan Rogers

Evolution is widely accepted by scientists but about half of the US population is skeptical.
This course will review the argument about evolution from a historical perspective. The course is organized around a series of questions: Do species change? Do they split in two? Has there been enough time? And so on. For each question, students begin with a historical reading and progress to modern works.


HONOR 4815: Bystander

Fulfills BF

3 Credits

Thursdays/ 3:40-6:40pm / MHC 1206A

With Professor Amos N. Guiora

If you are a bystander and witness a crime, should intervention to prevent that crime be a legal obligation? Or is moral responsibility enough? The course examines the bystander-victim relationship from multiple perspectives, focusing on the Holocaust and then exploring cases in contemporary society. Drawing on a wide range of historical material and interviews, the course examines the bystander during three distinct events: death marches, the German occupation of Holland, and the German occupation of Hungary.


HONOR 3418-001: Radical Quiet

Fulfills FF

3 credits

Mondays / 2:00-5:00pm / MHC 1205

With Professor Phillip Bimstein

As a counterbalance to the very loud and fast modes so predominant in today’s society, Radical Quiet proposes, explores and develops vital alternatives: quiet and slow ways of living, learning and appreciating our lives and the world around us. We will dig down to the radical root—the fundamental quality, meaning and aesthetics—of quiet. On top of a foundation of mindfulness, we will develop critical, creative and interpretive skills through deep listening (to sounds and music), slow looking (at art) and contemplative reading (of literature). Silence will be our teacher; music will include “the space between the notes” (Claude Debussy); and artistic concepts, structures and forms will be the architecture for our learning and experience. Cross-cutting themes will include (1) the quiet power of introversion and contemplation; (2) the environmental and social effects of noise; (3) the skill and practice of listening (to ourselves and others). Radical Quiet cultivates a classroom that equally values speaking and listening, so that each student may know in deep, profound and valuable ways.


Thematic Intellectual Traditions

Fulfills HF, Honors Core Requirements

HONOR 2810-001-006

3 credits each

Networks: This course in Intellectual Traditions considers networks- both real and imagined–from the Middle Ages to the twenty first century. The network may feel synonymous with the invention of cyberspace, but fantasies of interconnection over distance are far older than Facebook.
2810-01: T,H 10:45am-12:05pm, MHC 1206A
2810-02: T,H 9:10am-10:30am, MHC 1206A
Professor: Chris Mead, Ph.D.

Why Work: Is work a curse or a blessing? A necessary evil or the path to fulfillment? This Intellectual Traditions course will explore the origins of ideas about work and labor, how they reflect the culture and values of a given time and place, and how they influence the way you think about work in your life now.
2810-03: T,H 10:45am-12:05pm, MHC 150
2810-04: T,H 2:00PM-3:20PM, MHC 150
Professor: Patricia Rohrer, Ph.D.

Boarders: This Intellectual Traditions course will explore the bonds that unite individuals together into communities. What does it mean to be “a people,” and how has the answer to that question changed both within and between different cultures over time?
2810-05: M,W 11:50am-1:10pm, MHC 1206B
2810-06: M,W 1:25PM-2:45PM, MHC 1206B
Professor: Paul Ketzle, Ph.D.


HONOR 5520-001: Advanced Bioethics

Fulfills Honors Elective

Tuesdays / 2:00-5:00pm /CTIHB 459

3 credits

The course will be co-taught by bioethicist Peggy Battin and cardiologist Roger Freedman

**Designed for Juniors and Seniors
“Ethics of the Heart,” a course in Advanced Bioethics co-listed with two advanced philosophy classes, will focus on bioethics issues in cardiology, from transplantation to genetic traits to pacemaker technologies to behavioral issues to research and global interchange in heart disease treatment, as well as futuristic issues like organ-growing scaffolds, sophisticated diagnostic technologies, and much much more.

HONOR 3215-001: Global Environmental Change

Fulfills AS

Tuesdays, Thursdays / 12:25-1:45pm /GC 4680

With Professor Ingrid Weinbauer

4 credits Lecture and Lab

**Designed for non-Science majors

We live in a rapidly changing world. Climate change, population growth, ecosystem disturbance, and transmissible diseases, for example, present global challenges that bridge traditional divides between the physical and social sciences. This honors course, Global Environmental Change, provides an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to global change phenomena.
HONOR 3354-001: Professional Negotiations

Fulfills BF

3 credits

Tuesdays / 4:35-7:35pm /MHC 1205

With Cole S. Cannon Esq.




HONOR 3374-001: Privacy in a Digital Age

Fulfills BF

3 credits

Tuesdays, Thursdays / 12:25-1:45pm /MHC 1205

With Professor Randy Dryer

Is privacy dead? Will drones, ubiquitous video cameras, GPS enabled mobile devices and the Internet of Things usher in a new era of around the clock surveillance?
Will facial recognition, DNA databases and other biometric technologies render anonymity a thing of the past? Is our own
personal data simply another commodity that can be gathered and sold, often without our knowledge and/or informed consent? Will our increased concern with terrorism and national security trump our desire for personal privacy? These and other questions will be addressed in this course as we unavoidably move into the digital age.