Spring 2015 Honors Courses

Course Hours Title Time Location Instructor
ANT 201H - 201 3 Cultural Anthropology Honors (CT) MW,1:00 - 2:15p SH 531 Conley, Robin
CMM 104H - 201 3 Honors in Speech Comm TR, 9:30a-10:45a SH 261 Ray II, W.
CMM 104H - 203 3 Honors in Speech Comm T, 6:30-9:00p SH 261 Bookwalter, Rebecca
ENG 200H - 201 3 Texting the World (CT) TR, 9:30a-10:45a CH 467 O'Malley, Daniel
ENG 200H - 202 3 Texting the World (CT) TR, 12:30 - 1:45p CH 466 O'Malley, Daniel
MTH 140H - 201 3 Applied Calculus Honors TR, 9:30a-10:45a CH 436 Mummert, Anna
PHL 200H - 201 3 Intro Phil Ancient-Honors TR, 5:00 - 6:15p HH 445 Barris, Jeremy
PSY 201H - 201 3 General Psychology Honors(CT) MWF, 11:00-11:50a HH 303 Mewaldt, Steven
SOC 200H - 201 3 Intro Sociology-Honors(CT) TR, 9:30a-10:45a SH 530 Roth, Frederick
HST 103H - 201 3 World Since 1850 Honors (CT) MWF, 11:00-11:50a HH 136 Palmer, William
FYS 100H - 201 3 First Year Seminar Honors M,W,F, 10:00-10:50a SH 263 Mummert, Anna
FYS 100H - 202 3 First Year Seminar Honors M,W,F, 10:00-10:50 SH 261 Beller, Marybeth
FYS 100H - 203 3 First Year Seminar Honors M,W,F, 11:00-11:50a SH 263 Beller, Marybeth
FYS 100H - 204 3 First Year Seminar Honors M,W, 2:00-3:15p SH 621 Frank, Susan
FYS 100H - 205 3 First Year Seminar Honors M,W, 4:00-5:15p SH 621 Frank, Susan
FYS 100H - 206 3 First Year Seminar Honors T,R, 8:00-9:15a SH 227 Ingersoll, Christine
FYS 100H - 207 3 First Year Seminar Honors T,R, 11:00-12:15p HH 139 Proctor, Patricia
HON 200 - 202 3 Second Year Seminar M,W 2:00 - 3:15p CH 333 Niese, Elizabeth
HON 200 - 203 3 Second Year Seminar M,W 3:00-4:15p HH 234 Frye, Britt
HON 200 - 204 3 Second Year Seminar T,R, 9:00-10:45a HH 135 Walters, Bethany
HON 200 - 205 3 Second Year Seminar T,R, 2:00-3:15p HH 135 Lapelle, Carla
HON 200 - 206 3 Second Year Seminar T,R, 3:00-4:15p HH 139 Yaun, John
HON 200 - 207 3 Second Year Seminar T,R, 11:00-12:15p HH 333 Barbour, Michelle
HON 200 - 208 3 Second Year Seminar R, 4:00-6:20p HH 135 Craiger, Sarah

Spring 2015 Honors Seminar Descriptions

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Agency, Identity, Resistance: Prostitution in Historical Perspective+/-

Dr. Laura Michele Diener
MW || 1:00 2:15 || OM 230
Attribute(s): Writing Intensive; Women’s Studies; Sexualilty Studies
Recommended Credit: Social Science

Prostitution is one of the most hotly debated issues within feminist discourse. Are prostitutes exploited or empowered? Should feminists work to legalize prostitution or strive to eradicate it? In this class, we will use contemporary feminist theoretical works to examine questions of agency and identity within the history of prostitution. We will read accounts of the hetairai of Ancient Greece, the prostitutes of medieval and Victorian England, the courtesans of Venice, the Comfort Women of World War II, and the denizens of Japan’s Floating World. Class sources will include novels, poems, memoirs, pottery, photographs, and paintings.

Epic Themes in Literature and Culture +/-

Dr. Kateryna Schray; Dr. Caroline Perkins
MW || 2:00 - 3:15 || HH 302
Attribute(s): Writing Intensive
Recommended Credit: Humanities

In this seminar we will examine themes of heroic epic that persist through time. We will integrate readings from the ancient world by such authors as Homer, Apollonius and Vergil with readings from Anglo-Saxon, medieval and 18th, 19th and 20th century British and American literature. It is our intention to examine the themes of the journey, the quest, the romance, and the task in order to see whether and/or how they have evolved over time and why they resonate with their own and modern audiences. We will accomplish through reading and class discussion, informal writing in an online discussion board, film analysis, a set design project, and an interdisciplinary anthology of items related to the course themes.

Technology and Human Identity +/-

Dr. Kristen Lillvis
TR || 11:00 - 12:15 || OM 230
Attribute(s): Writing Intensive
Recommended Credit: Literature

Do you use a smart phone? Have (or want) an iPad? Ever thought about how these products shape us? Today, as greater numbers of people engage with the world via Internet-ready technologies, some theorists argue that our identity must be understood as informational or digital rather than physical. This course explores what it means to be human by studying robots, cyborgs, and posthuman subjects in literature. We will look at texts from the early 19th century to today in order to examine how thought about the human mind and body has developed.

The Book Beautiful +/-

Prof. Christine Ingersoll
TR || 12:30 - 1:45 || Morrow Library 2nd Floor Hoffman Rm
Attribute(s): Writing Intensive
Recommended Credit: Humanities
Will printed and bound books be replaced by pixels and iPads? What will future books look like? Are there values in the printed book that a digital execution can never match? This course will examine the physical beauty of printing text on paper, not only as a vessel for words, but as a work of art. “The Book Beautiful” will deconstruct the printed book and prepare ideas for the next generation of digital books with a feast for the eyes, the sensitivity of touch, the passionate voices of book designers, and participation in an international culinary celebration of the book. No prior art or publishing experience is required for this course – just a love for the book.

Sociology of Science, Knowledge, and Technology +/-

Dr. Marty Laubach; Dr. Michael Castellani
TR || 2:00 - 3:15 || SH 531
Attribute(s): Writing Intensive (applied for)
Recommended Credit: Natural Science

This course is a social science analysis and critique of the dominant institution in modern societies for construction and authorizing knowledge claims. By emphasizing the socially constructed nature of the knowledge process, it challenges the claims of objectivity and “truthiness” of the physical sciences, and as such often appears as a dialog between the subjectivity of the social and objectivity of the physical sciences. This course will be taught by the chairs of a social and a physical science to support both sides of the debate. The course will start with classics in the sociology of knowledge, then delve into a history of scientific epistemology, tackle the development of science and technology studies since the 1960s, and end with contemporary research and concerns with theory, practices, politics, institutions, and technosciences. We will include a class on ethical challenges faced by researchers..  

1920s Women and Screen Idol Rudolph Valentino +/-

Dr. Charles Lloyd
MW || 5:00 - 6:15 || SM 107
Attribute(s): Writing Intensive; Women’s Studies; Sexuality Studies
Recommended Credit: Social Science

1920s women were free for the first time to frequent movie theaters unaccompanied by men. Comprising three-quarters of film audiences, women made or broke film stars. But what they saw in silent films created a tension between the woman their mothers expected them to be and the modern women before their eyes, offering new outlets for feelings they once had kept inside. They avidly followed romance on the screen, women’s changing roles in that romance, and the men whom they loved. By his dark good looks and stunning, almost soft seductiveness, Rudolph Valentino aroused the greatest interest and reaction, especially among women but among many men also. This course offers two perspectives on 1920s women’s lives, caught between eroding Victorian values and scary flapper independence. You will investigate 1920s movie fan magazines for clues about how women view themselves in the strong sensualities film idols like Valentino aroused and watch Valentino first hand on the screen, analyzing his powerful allure.

Mass Media and the Civil Rights Movement +/-

Dr. Robert Rabe
W || 4:00 - 6:20 || OM 353
Attribute(s)
Recommended Credit: Social Science

This seminar is an in-depth examination of the mass media and popular culture during the civil rights era in Post-World War II America (mostly 1950s-1980s, but also how these issues continue to influence us now). Part of the class will focus on evolving news media representations of the movement, including attempts by activists to create alternative media narratives. The other major focus will be the many different ways that changing ideas about, and representations of, race affected popular culture. We will talk about how changing ideas about race and politics influenced music, television, film, advertising, fashion, and other art forms.

Spanish Arts in Context +/-

Dr. Viatcheslav Gratchev
T || 6:30 - 9:00|| SH 437
Attribute(s): Multicultural
Recommended Credit: Humanities

This course offers a panoramic overview of Spanish arts throughout the XVI-XX centuries. The course by its very nature is the interdisciplinary study that combines in itself the inquiry into Spanish arts, music, and film in historic context. The course covers the period of XVI-XX centuries, and has the goal to discuss the most notable Spanish artists and architects (Velazquez, Zurbaran, Ribera, El Greco, Goya, Picasso, Dali, Alonso Cano, Jose Chirriguera, Antonio Gaidi), as well as musicians (Andres Segovia, Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados, Monserrat Cavalier and Placido Domingo). In addition, the course discusses the cinematographic production of three internationally acclaimed Spanish directors: Pedro Almodovar, Luis Bunuel, and Guillermo del Toro. A particular attention will be given to how Spanish Arts have changed in response to the social and cultural changes that occur in Spain throughout XVI-XX centuries.

Appalachia on Film +/-

Dr. Walter Squire
R ||6:30 - 9:00|| CH 467
Attribute(s): Writing Intensive; Multicultural; Women’s Studies
Recommended Credit: Literature

This course will examine depictions of Appalachia within popular and documentary film, with special attention paid to films set in West Virginia. Students will compare Appalachia as it appears on screen to historical and scholarly accounts, as well as to students’ own experiences. We will evaluate the veracity of filmic presentations of Appalachia, consider absences within such presentations, and balance the works of filmmakers from outside Appalachia to those by Appalachians, including works created by local filmmakers and former Appalachia on Film students who work within a variety of video genres.