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Substitution Opportunities for Upper-Level Honors Credit

(Six hours only of substitutions permitted per student)

STUDY ABROAD WAIVER

The Honors College believes strongly in the formative power of studying abroad.  Therefore, the Honors College offers a waiver of 3 hours of upper-level Honors course credits through the successful completion of a Study Abroad Waiver in conjunction with a study abroad program.  Through this process, students may earn a waiver for up to 3 hours of Honors non-seminar credit for a summer session, fall or spring semester abroad. Students who study for two semesters abroad (full summer, fall or spring) may earn a waiver for up to 6 hours of Honors non-seminar credit. Honors seminars may not be waived.  Studying abroad is a type of experiential learning which is most meaningful when accompanied by organized reflection.  The purpose of the Study Abroad Waiver is to provide opportunity for this reflection.  There are two components to the Study Abroad Waiver: an online journal and an academic reflective essay connecting student experiences abroad to a prescribed book read before leaving.  Students are not allowed to complete a Study Abroad Waiver to earn Honors credit during their final semester before graduation.  Contact Thomas Reynolds for more information.

HONORS COURSE CONTRACT

Honors Contracting allows an Honors student to receive Honors credit for a non-Honors course by completing work above and beyond what is required of students in the course.  Only 3000 and 4000-level courses that meet face-to-face are eligible to be contracted. Graduate courses and cross-listed courses may also be taken for Honors credit. Contracting is not permitted during a student’s final semester before graduation. Email honors@ttu.edu for more information and for an application to contract a course.

 

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ACCT 2301-H01    Managerial Accounting           (CRN# 45940)            Prof. D. Collins           TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

Prerequisite:  ACCT 2300 and 3.0 GPA

Uses of accounting information for planning decisions about products and services, activities and processes, suppliers and customers, organizational subunits, and time periods as these relate to organizations in changing environments.

 

ANSC 4001-H01    Ethics in Research           (CRN# 29100)            Prof. S. Prien           W 6:00-8:50 PM

SEMINAR

A discussion of ethical issues involving research, including topics of: an overview of ethics, conflicts of interest, plagiarism, data falsification, animal welfare and other topics of ethical concern pulled from current events. Reading assignments will be based on 1) reports of the incident in the popular press and 2) reports and commentary in the Scientific Journals, the latter may include review of the paper(s) triggering the controversy. We will also have three guest lecturers to specifically address topics of ethics in research involving humans, legal aspects of research and the ethics of interacting with industry.

Each student will also be required to write a paper on an ethical topic of the day. The paper will be written in a debate style with the student being required to champion both sides of an ethical argument. An interest in research is required. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF HONORS SEMINAR CREDIT.

Cancelled

ARCH 4311-H01     Women and the Architecture       (CRN# 45963)        Prof. H. Buelinckx     TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

                                of the American Southwest                  SEMINAR

As builders or professional designers, as educators or critics, as nurturers or muses, women have played various roles in shaping the architecture of the American West. Based on a wide variety of sources, this course explores womenʼs creative and intellectual pursuits from the Native American tradition up to contemporary American design.  We will investigate, in an interdisciplinary seminar setting, how, throughout history, women have envisioned, inspired, commissioned, designed, built, criticized, characterized, and theorized the architectural environment west of the Mississippi River. This course aims to introduce new ways of learning through an active, explorative research process involving personal observation and inquiry, collection of data via library and online searches, critical examination and evaluation of source materials, reflection and development of new insights, and the documentation of these findings in both written and visual format.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM MULTICULTURAL AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

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ASTR 1400-H01     Solar Astronomy                    (CRN# 47540)                 Prof. M. Clark            MWF 3:00-3:50 PM

ASTR 1400-H51     Non-Credit Lab                          (CRN# 47576)                 Staff                               W 4:00-5:50 PM

Solar System exploration is in the middle of exciting times. There are more robotic explorers scouring the solar system now than ever before. Join in this exploration while taking your natural science course. Learn all about our nearest neighbors, and what makes the Earth unique in the solar system. Study the latest missions and find out how to see the latest images even before the scientists do!  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 4 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

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ATMO 1300-H01   Intro. to Atmospheric Science           (CRN# 25795)             Prof. D. Haragan       TR 9:30-10:50 AM

Note: Due to some duplication of content, students who have taken Honors Integrated Science with an Atmospheric Science component are not eligible for this class.

Corequisite:  Any section of ATMO 1100 Lab

A descriptive treatment of the science of the atmosphere in its modern dress.  Since all activity in the atmosphere is a response to solar energy, the course will begin with an introduction to radiation, atmospheric composition and the resulting heat balance of the earth-atmosphere system. This will be followed by consideration of the forces that control the state of the atmosphere and atmospheric motion.  Finally, the focus will shift to a discussion of contemporary issues related to atmospheric science such as global warming, environmental pollution, climate change, severe storms and weather modification. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 4 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

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BIOL 1404-H01     Biology II                         (CRN# 39712)            Prof. M. McGinley                   MW 2:00-3:20 PM                                             
BIOL 1404-H51     Non-Credit Lab                             (CRN# 39713)                       Staff                             R 2:00-4:50 PM

Exams T 5:30-8:00 PM

Prerequisite: BIOL 1403 with a B- or better

Co-requisite:  BIOL 1404-H51 Lab

NOTE: This course is only available to Honors students.

Fundamentals of organismal biology, population biology and biological diversity.  Second semester of an integrated course recommended for majors in biological and related sciences. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 4 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

 

CHEM 1308-H01   Principles of Chemistry II             (CRN# 25855)                 Prof. E. Quitevis          TR 9:30-10:50 AM

CHEM 1308-701    Required Review Session              (CRN# 37059)                     Prof. E. Quitevis        M 5:00-6:30 PM

CHEM 1308-702    Required Review Session              (CRN# 37060)                     Prof. E. Quitevis         T 5:00-6:30 PM

Exams W 7:00-9:00 PM

Prerequisite: CHEM 1307/1107 with a "B-" or better.

Co-requisite: CHEM 1308-701/702, any CHEM 1108 lab, AND "C" or better in college-level or AP High School calculus course.

NOTE: This course is only available to Honors students.

Now that you have some of the basics under your belt, see how you can apply them to some more advanced aspects of chemistry, the world around you, and maybe even to your career.  This course continues what we started in CHEM 1307.  We will cover chemical kinetics (Why do reactions go at different rates?  What makes the processes of a diamond forming and a bomb exploding the same and different?), acid/base and ionic equilibrium (a must for medical school – ask anyone who has taken the MCAT), thermodynamics (great stuff for engineers), electrochemistry (it powers much in our lives), nuclear chemistry (a very relevant topic in this day and age), coordination chemistry (What makes compounds the colors that they are, anyway?  What is chirality?), and much, much more. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 4 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

 

CHEM 3306-H01   Organic Chemistry II                (CRN# 25859)              Prof. M. Fuertes             MWF 10:00-10:50 AM

Prerequisite: CHEM 1307/1107, CHEM 1308/1108, CHEM 3305 with a "B-" or better.

Co-requisite: CHEM 3106 strongly recommended.

NOTE: This course is only available to Honors students.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1) Identify and predict reagents and products for the synthesis and reactions of alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives and aromatic compounds, including regiochemistry and stereochemistry as appropriate.  2) Draw detailed mechanisms for representative examples of addition or addition/elimination reactions of carbonyl compounds and of electrophilic aromatic substitution.  3) Integrate their knowledge of reactions to propose new or modified reactions and multi-step syntheses and to relate these reactions to pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry applications.  4) Interpret NMR spectra of organic molecules.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 4 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

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COMS 2300-H01    Public Speaking          (CRN# 25867)          Prof. N. Carter           TR 12:30-1:50 PM

Jerry Seinfeld once stated that “According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death  is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” Come learn how to master the art of public speaking! Communication is more than just getting a message from point A to point B; true communication happens on a deeper level to create more positive results.  Join us as we discover ways to communicate more effectively personally and professionally. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM ORAL COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENT.

 

COMS 3311-H01    Rhetoric in Western Thought       (CRN# 48141)        Prof. K. Langford        MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

SEMINAR

Explores theories of rhetoric from ancient Greece to today. Students examine how rhetoric affects, and is affected by, individual and cultural understandings of truth and reality claims, ethics, justice, and power. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND MULTICULTURAL CREDITS AND UPPER-LEVEL HONORS SEMINAR CREDIT.

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COMS 3358-H01    Business and Professional          (CRN# 45931)           Prof. J. Scholl         TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

                               Communication

This course is designed to introduce you to basic skills, principles, and contexts of communication in business and professional settings. Verbal and nonverbal elements of oral communication are emphasized. Practice is provided in skills and principles associated with presentations, interviews, and meetings. The course fulfills the Oral Communication component of the University's General Education requirements. The course is based on research evidence and business trends indicating that in addition to fundamental effectiveness in communication skills, quality presentation-making is one of the most prevalent and important job tasks in careers today. In light of this, presentation assignments in the course stress basic skills of idea generation, message development, and message delivery.   THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM ORAL COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENT.

 

ECO 2302-H01       Principles of Economics II          (Call #25872)          Prof. R. Al-Hmoud       TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

Note: ECO 2301 not required before 2302

This is the second course in a two-course sequence introducing students to the principles of economics. This study of macroeconomics looks at the entire economy and the aggregates or total levels of income, employment, and output that measure the performance of the whole economy. To understand how the economy works, this course provides a blend of economic theory, institutional material, and real-world applications. The determinants and policy implications of short-term fluctuations in output and long-term economic growth are discussed. A large portion of class time will be used to discuss related questions in which you might be interested. Also, due to the nature of this course, a good part of each class will be reserved to discuss many contemporary events that are related to macroeconomic theory and policy. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP BEHAVIOR REQUIREMENT.

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ECO 3333-H01      International Economics      (Call #36724)      Prof. M. Rahnamamoghadam     MWF 2:00-2:50 PM

Prerequisite: ECO 2301 and ECO 2302

At the start of the twenty-first century, international aspects of economics remain as important and controversial as ever.  Concerned individuals, including, of course, college students, can hardly avoid a passing acquaintance with such newsworthy events as the long-standing American trade deficits, the ongoing controversies associated with the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), monetary union in Europe, intellectual piracy in China, etc.  International economics uses the same fundamental methods of analysis as other branches of economics to analyze the root causes of all these controversies.  The subject matter of international trade, then, consists of issues raised by the special problems of economic interaction between sovereign states.  In this course, we will develop several standard models in international trades such as the comparative advantage theory of trade and trades according to the relative availability of resources.  The models then can be used to analyze the pattern of trade, the gains from trade, and the effect of an international trade on distribution of income within each trading country.  In the process, it is our hope that after taking this course, you will be better able to answer many of the above raised questions and understand how international trade affects our country, and that you will know how to evaluate the implications of government policies that are undertaken to influence the level and direction of international transactions.

 

ENGL 2305-H01    Studies in Poetry: “Being Versed         (CRN# 48154)         Prof. W. Wenthe        TR 9:30-10:50 AM

                                 In Country Things”: Nature Poetry

Note: Bachelor of Science students may fulfill both Core Curriculum Humanities credit and Sophomore Literature credit with this course. This course is not repeatable.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302

This course will examine one of the most important, abiding, various, and lively traditions in poetry, the nature poem.  As we examine this tradition through the enjoyment of individual poems, we will see how poets have defined and answered a panoply of questions: What is “nature?”  What is “human?”  Where does the natural end, and the human begin?  More finely, how do we distinguish between the natural – the not-manmade, the real – and our imaginary notions of it?  What is “urban nature?”  How are we to respond to the loss of wilderness, species, indeed entire ecosystems, due to human intervention?  How is the natural world viewed by dominant and minority cultures such as Native American and African American?  In exploring these questions we will examine the way that nature poetry responds not just to nature, but to the historical and cultural contexts from which it is written.  More so, because this is a poetry class, we will study the special advantages and techniques that poetry itself brings to these questions; and so we will learn about the development of lyric poetry over roughly the last two centuries.  Our readings will range from Romanticism to the present day; among the many and diverse poets will be major poets such as William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Robinson Jeffers, Gary Snyder, and a diverse array of contemporary poets.  Requirements will be centered upon lively and close class discussion of poems, and written essays including short informal responses and a longer formal critical essay.  In addition, there will be two exams, and quizzes and exercises on poetic terms as needed.  We also hope to be able to make use of some of the manuscripts in the Sowell Collection in the Special Collections Library.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND/OR SOPHOMORE LITERATURE REQUIREMENTS.

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ENGL 2307-H01    Introduction to Fiction: Short Fiction   (CRN# 43030)         Prof. W. Aycock          TR 2:00-3:20 PM

                                Of the Americas

Note: Bachelor of Science students may fulfill both Core Curriculum Humanities credit and Sophomore Literature credit with this course. This course is not repeatable.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302

Insofar as literary history is concerned, the short story is relatively new. It had its beginnings in the early 1900s, and, although many fine short stories were written during the nineteenth century, in the twentieth century the short story really flourished. It has been particularly popular in the Americas. By looking at selected short stories in Canada, the United States, and Latin America, readers can see how this genre of literature reflects the social struggles and literary interests of the countries in the Americas, right into the twentieth-first century. Students will read stories by well-known authors such as Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, and other Canadians; Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, Raymond Carver, Bobby Ann Mason, and other United States’ writers; and Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, José Donoso, and other Latin American writers. In addition, students will explore works of more recent writers such as Amy Hempel and Russell Banks (U.S.), Ana García Bergua and Enrique Serna (Latin America). Students will have the opportunity to study in depth the stories of a particular author (such as García Marquez’s collection Doce cuentos peregrines [Strange Pilgrims]), give an oral report to the class, and write an essay concerning the works. Requirements will include two examinations, one short essay and one longer essay, and the final examination. By studying short stories from the Americas, students may be able to see and understand some of the common challenges and connections that currently exist in the various countries.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND/OR SOPHOMORE LITERATURE REQUIREMENTS.

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ENGL 2391-H01    Introduction to Critical Writing         (CRN# 42246)            Prof. K. Caswell         TR 12:30-1:50 PM

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 & ENGL 1302

Join Professor Kurt Caswell on a journey through four genres and four worlds while mastering critical writing in ENGL 2391: Critical Writing. You'll explore Shakespeare's Othello; Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko's novel about a young American Indian war veteran; the Pulitzer Prize winning book about Iraq and Afghanistan, The Forever War by Dexter Filkins; and The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest story in the world. The course will focus on the writing process rather than content, and students will engage in meaningful discussion about these books toward this end. We'll build a dynamic, lively community of writers, and learn by sharing our work with each other.  This class is reading and writing intensive.THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANTIES CREDIT AND SOPHOMORE LITERATURE CREDIT.

Cancelled

ENGR 1315-H02    Introduction to Engineering         (CRN# 45727)            Prof. D. Ernst         TR 9:30-10:50 AM

Note: This course is open to all Honors engineering and non-engineering majors and may be substituted for the following discipline-specific Introduction to Engineering courses: CH E 1305, CE 1305, EE 1304, IE 1305, ME 1315, and PETR 1305. This course should also be of interest to non-engineering majors who have an interest in technology or a desire to learn more about an engineering discipline.

Corequisites: MATH 1451

This course is designed to introduce engineering and non-engineering freshmen to the opportunities and challenges offered by a career in engineering.  Through an exploration of the new and evolving technologies and the national and international issues relating to energy conservation, production, and consumption, students are given a preview of the problems and analyses typical of mechanical, civil, electrical, chemical, industrial, petroleum, and computer science engineering.  Students also gain experience in the application of basic computer tools (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Mathcad, MATLAB) to analyses, reports, and presentations typical of engineering.  Finally, students develop an understanding and appreciation of the design process and the open-ended problems found in the practice of engineering.

Cancelled

ENGR 2392-H01    Engineering Ethics and        (CRN# 47745)       Prof. J. Kobza/R. Burgess      MWF 10:00-10:50 AM

                              Its Impact on Society 

In the honors section of ENGR 2392, students will be expected to explore important ethical concepts and current engineering issues in-depth.  Assignments and discussions will focus on the connection between conceptual analysis and day-day engineering practice.  Students will be asked to describe the nature and extent of their obligations as engineers.  Contemporary challenges in engineering practice will be explored along with methods of ethical analysis.  Students should walk away with a better appreciation of the ethical foundations of engineering as well as with useful tools (such as the cross-impact analysis) for ethical analyses.THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES CREDIT.

 

EVHM 1302-H01   Introductory Fieldcraft                   (CRN# 45824)             Prof. S. Tomlinson         R 2:00-4:50 PM 

Note: All classes held outside after first day. This course is open to Honors and non-Honors students alike. Special Course Fee: $125 to Outdoor Pursuits Center to cover costs of required field trips. This NHH course will focus on the way field skills and interpretation of landscape and environment are used in the natural history tradition. We will cover keeping a comprehensive nature journal, identifying flora and fauna, mapmaking and orienteering, and the many ways technology and science affect society and the environment. Students will also learn to interpret and express their field experiences through writing and drawing. Weekly field trips and a camping trip to the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand, NM are required. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM TECHNOLOGY AND APPLIED SCIENCE CREDIT.

 

EVHM 3306-H01   Current Readings in Natural History     (CRN# 45819)         Prof. K. Caswell        TR 2:00-3:20 PM

SEMINAR

Did you know that Texas Tech houses one of the most important and extraordinary collections of natural history papers in the world? This class explores the lives and work of contemporary nature writers whose archival papers are housed here in the Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library. We’ll read four books by writers whose work is part of this collection and in doing so, explore a diversity of landscapes (mountains, rivers, oceans, deserts, and the plains), and cover a diverse range of topics, including environmentalism, evolution, anthropology, Eastern philosophy, American Indian spirituality, travel, and a sense of place. We’ll spend time in the archive conducting independent research, and write both critically and creatively. Three of the writers we read will be visiting campus in April for a major conference centered on the archive. This course includes a required weekend field experience with Barry Lopez. This course is reading and writing intensiveTHIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

 

EVHM 3350-H01   Advanced Fieldcraft:               (CRN# 45822)            Prof. M. McGinley       TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

                            Prairies and Rainforests                               SEMINAR

The effects of the current drought in Texas have reinforced how strongly physical factors can influence the ecology and society of a region.  This course will examine how the physical environment influences ecological, historical, societal, and environmental issues.  We will contrast two distinctly different parts of the world: our local region, the semi-arid High Plains of Texas, and the wet, tropical region of South East Asia.  Students will work to develop educational materials that will be on public display.  Students in this course will also participate in the Encyclopedia of Earth's (EoE: http://www.eoearth.org/) Student Science Communication Project.  See an example of published student work at http://www.eoearth.org/article/Rivers_of_Texasand develop material for the South East Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit (http://www.seabcru.org/) This course is writing intensive, as students will write articles that will be submitted for review for inclusion in the EoE and SEABCRU website.   This course will include local field trips (but unfortunately, no trips to the rainforests).  This course may be repeated for credit with approval from EVHM program director.THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT FOR NON-EVHM MAJORS.

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HIST 2300-H01      History of the US to 1877                    (CRN# 25904)             Prof. E. Schmidt         TR 12:30-1:50 PM

Note: You need not take HIST 2300 before taking HIST 2301.

This course will introduce students to the major problems and themes in U.S. History from 1492 to Reconstruction.  We will look closely at the founding documents and primary sources of information, with emphasis on important figures. There will be an assortment of readings, papers, discussions and tests throughout the semester.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM U.S. HISTORY REQUIREMENT.

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HIST 2301-H01      History of the US Since 1877           (CRN# 25911)       Prof. J. Willett            TR 12:30-1:50 PM

Note: You need not take HIST 2300 before taking HIST 2301.

"America grew up in the country then moved to the city," wrote one prominent American historian. A bitterly divided, largely agrarian country at the end of the Civil War, the United States grew to be a world power by the end of the nineteenth century. That power would only grow over the next 100 years--a time in which American influence reached far beyond its national lens. However, the pace of growth and development were not without consequences. A continuing struggle between rhetoric and reality tested the American character, social landscape, and confidence. This course introduces students to the paradoxes, struggles, successes, conflicts and failures of American history, from 1877 to the present. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM U.S. HISTORY REQUIREMENT.  

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HONS 1304-H01    The Superhero in Film, Television,       (CRN# 25938)         Prof. R. Weiner           M 6:00-8:50 PM

                                    And Popular Culture                                    SEMINAR

Note: Students may take only one lower-level seminar to fulfill Honors seminar requirements.  The second seminar must be a 3000 or 4000 level course.

With the release of the X-Men movie in 2000, superhero films have become the model for what a “summer blockbuster” should be, especially in the last decade. In 2012, The Avengers broke records and became one of the most popular films of the year. Domestically, two superhero films, The Avengers (2012) and The Dark Knight (2008), are numbers three and four, respectively, in the list of all-time top-grossing films. Hollywood producers now comb Comic-Con searching for properties to film.  However, the superhero feature film as a distinct genre didn’t exist as we know it 30 years ago. This course will look at the history of the superhero in film and its rise as a distinct genre in popular culture. Topics include early superhero films and serials, gender and superheroes, franchise reboots, sequel exhaustion, and issues of adaptation. We will also look at the history of superheroes in television, including live action and animation, as well as popular culture in general. Through reading, discussion, lecture, and viewing of selected films, students should gain an understanding of how the superhero is different from other heroes in literature and film. We will also analyze the role of the super-villain.  Please note this course will be reading and writing intensive.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

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HONS 2311-H01    Borders, Boundaries, & Militarization   (CRN# 40047)    Prof. M. Levario   MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

                                  In the 19th and 20th Centuries           SEMINAR

Note: Students may take only one lower-level seminar to fulfill Honors seminar requirements.  The second seminar must be a 3000 or 4000 level course.

This course is a thematically and chronologically based course designed to explore the questions stemming from historical process and analysis of borders, boundaries, and authority: that is, different kinds of spaces characterized by particularly rich and conflict-ridden human interaction. The porous and permeable nature of borders demands vigilant monitoring, militarization, and reinforcement of its space.  This course will venture into various realities of the border that include immigration, law and order, espionage, smuggling, national security, and subversive politics. The course will examine the role and impact authority systems have in the historical, political, and social constructs within the transnational region that is the U.S.-Mexican border. The content of the course will scrutinize various authority institutions, such as the Border Patrol, Texas Rangers, U.S. military, Mexican Rurales, and vigilante groups in the region. As a result, students will be able to engage the region within a multi-dimensional and transnational perspective that can be applied to various border regions around the world.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES, MULTICULTURAL, AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

Cancelled

HONS 2311-H02        The Middle East              (CRN# 45826)            Prof. M. Maqusi          MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

                                 In a Globalizing World                                 SEMINAR

Note: Students may take only one lower-level seminar to fulfill Honors seminar requirements.  The second seminar must be a 3000 or 4000 level course.

This course is aimed at offering an introductory study of contemporary Middle East issues, with particular reference to and emphasis on issues of cultural (including brief comparative readings of the three monotheistic religions), economic and socio-political reforms as well as contemporary developments of Middle Eastern international relations.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES, MULTICULTURAL, AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 2314-H01    Latin American Cinema           (CRN# 40048)               Prof. G. Elbow           T 6:00-8:50 PM

SEMINAR

Note: Students may take only one lower-level seminar to fulfill Honors seminar requirements.  The second seminar must be a 3000 or 4000 level course.

What can we learn about a place from its movies?  Find out the answer to this question, learn how to watch and evaluate films, and practice your Spanish and/or Portuguese comprehension, all while watching some of the best movies Latin America has produced.  Films that will be viewed are from many different Latin American countries, but especially Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico, which are the region’s most important film producers.  Films are in Spanish or Portuguese with English subtitles.  Don't expect many happy endings, but you will get an insight into the history, culture, and politics of some of Latin America's most important countries. Instead of exams, grading is based on short essays (about 1000 words) that evaluate the aesthetic elements (use of cinematography, costume, setting, musical score, dialogue, color, etc.) of the films and comments on social, political, and cultural context as appropriate.  Essays are due each week after the first week of the semester. In addition, you will be asked to join a group of 4 or 5 students to work on a film scenario or script that elaborates on a theme from one or more of the films viewed during the semester.  On the last day of class each group will do an oral presentation of their scenario or script along with a written copy. Warning: Latin Americans have different attitudes than North Americans when it comes to what is shown on film. Some of the films that will be shown in class contain nudity, explicit sex and prostitution, violence, and homosexuality.  Knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese is helpful but not necessary to enjoy this course and receive a good grade.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS, MULTICULTURAL, AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

 

HONS 3300-H01    Individual Honors Research                    Contact: Dr. Marjean Purinton           (806) 742-1828   

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Honors College and approved Honors thesis project application on file.

Contents will vary to meet the needs of students.  Independent work under the individual guidance of a faculty member, who must be either a member of the graduate faculty or approved by the Honors Dean.

 

HONS 3301-H01    “From My Cold Dead Hands”:       (CRN# 26002)          Prof. K. Caswell             TR 9:30-10:50 AM

                              Shakespeare’s Violent Men                         SEMINAR

Men make war. And men – not women – commit violent crimes. In the United States, almost 90% of all homicides are committed by men. Shakespeare's men are no different. Indeed, they are some of the most violent characters in literature. In Troilus and Cressida, Ulysses claims that the masculine appetite for violence and war is a "universal wolf" that will at last "eat up himself."  This course explores Shakespeare’s tragic plays and their treatment of masculine violence. We will work with Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, King Lear; and The Tempest. We will also address the universal themes of ambition and human endurance, fatal desire and sublimation, family heritages and dynamics, as well as the wish to live forever. We’ll work with films of most of the plays, and read aloud in class often.  This class is reading and writing intensiveTHIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

 

HONS 3301-H02    Philosophical Issues and Problems        (CRN# 26015)       Prof. K. Ketner           TR 9:30-10:50 AM

                                    In Human Caring                                         SEMINAR

This course focuses upon a fundamental question: How shall I best live MY professional life? Originally designed for health pre-professionals, we now endeavor to ask this question in the context of any profession. Class procedures feature intensive open discussions of short readings, keeping a journal (about one paragraph per class meeting), 4 hours of community service by student teams with a presentation by each team to the class, and a 10-page term paper (rewriting encouraged).  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 3301-H03    Africa’s Role in the               (CRN# 26031)                 Prof. T. Nagy                  W 2:00-4:50 PM

                               Contemporary World                                    SEMINAR

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.

Africa is the continent least understood by Americans; it is often presented by the media as a land of war, famine, and pestilence.  This course will present Africa's contemporary reality – the positive as well as the negative – by examining major current issues after briefly surveying Africa's history, geography, societies, and culture.  Themes covered will include: political dynamics; regional conflicts; human rights and women's issues; economic development and poverty (including the role played by international assistance); involvement of external forces and globalization; refugees and migration; and environmental and public health crisis (including HIV/AIDS).  The course will also examine Africa's role in current U.S. global policy priorities, including US security concerns.  The required texts are: Understanding Contemporary Africa (edited by April and Donald Gordon); Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe); and supplemental articles designated by the instructor and available in a compendium.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

 

HONS 3301-H05    Booms, Busts, and Dust:           (CRN# 40513)                 Prof. K. Baake                TR 9:30-10:50 AM

                              Writings about Texans and their Land     SEMINAR

This course will examine historical and present day writings about Texas culture and its environment, particularly relating to the oil industry, water issues, and agriculture. We will examine various writing genres to ask how Texans and non-Texans have understood the state’s unique business and environmental history. Course material will include novels in which Texas farmers and ranchers face drought and other hardships, a memoir of a young girl growing up in the oil fields, folk tales and songs, and essays and magazine articles about the rise and fall of several colorful and notorious Texas businessmen. We will also consider reports and planning texts that look toward future environmental challenges that Texans face. Students will participate in class discussions and write response papers to the literary, technical, and historical documents, as well develop a research project of their choosing.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

Cancelled

HONS 3302-H01    Perspectives on Technology          (CRN# 47640)           Prof. M. Maqusi         MWF 10:00-10:50 AM

                                    And Culture                                                    SEMINAR

This course is intended to help examine, in brief, the role of science and technology and their impact on our society. In particular, we explore, at some length, the impact of modern technology on social development and societal cultural changes. In this latter respect, particular reference is made to the roles played by IT-based technologies and the ever-evolving information revolution. Local as well as global perspectives are interjected in the course coverage.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM TECHNOLOGY AND APPLIED SCIENCE AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 3304-H01    Bones, Botanicals, and Birds    (CRN# 26134)          Prof. S. Tomlinson       T 2:00-4:50 PM

SEMINAR

John James Audubon used to wander the countryside for weeks on end, looking for new birds to paint. This is common knowledge, but did you know that when he found the birds he wanted, he shot them and used wire armatures to pose their lifeless bodies into incredibly dynamic scenes—and changed the face of natural history illustration forever. Well, we won’t be doing any of that in this course (either wandering around shooting birds or changing the face of illustration forever), but we will be learning to illustrate the natural world. We may even hear more ―inside‖ stories about Audubon and other natural history illustrators in the process. This course is an introduction to basic nature and science illustration techniques, ranging from initial sketches in the field and lab to final product in the studio. Students are expected to draw and paint, but do not need artistic ―talent‖ to benefit from—or enjoy—this course. If you have an interest in drawing, nature, or both, this is definitely the course for you. And if you have always thought you could not draw a stick, let alone a bone, beetle, or bird, then this is also the course for you! Prepare to be surprised at what you can do. Required field trips.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 3304-H02    Beethoven: The Man, the Music       (CRN# 26143)             Prof. T. Cimarusti       TR 12:30-1:50 PM

SEMINAR

This course will examine the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, focusing on the aesthetic, philosophical, and political forces that shaped his music.  Our goal will be to explore various methodologies (e.g., biography, compositional process, reception history) that will illuminate our understanding of this composer – not only as a rather eccentric musical figure, but also as a professional and an individual.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 3304-H03    Music and Your Mind                (CRN# 45854)            Prof. P. Martens          MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

SEMINAR

When Ali G asked Donald Trump “What is the most popular thing in the world?” his one-word answer was “Music.” Trump was correct in thinking that music is, and always has been, pervasive in human culture.  Moreover, there are few individuals who lack a strong connection to something musical, be it a favorite band, a meaningful song, or a melody that we hope to never hear again.  This course will introduce students to the social, physiological, and psychological reasons behind these connections, shuttling back and forth between the universal and personal manifestations of music and our minds.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 3304-H04    Intersections of Film and Dance       (CRN# 47447)          Prof. A. Duffy       TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

SEMINAR

This course is an overview of the ways in which dance and film influence each other and work in tandem to create complex meaning and understanding, beginning with examples from the 1960s and progressing to current trends.  In doing so, this course will expand the student’s knowledge of the human condition and human cultures as expressed and evidenced through the art form of concert dance, performance art, multimedia art works, and film.  Students will engage in observing dance in video format, critically reading and writing about performance, discussing the various art forms, and exploring performance criticism.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 3305-H01    Seminar in European Fine Arts           (CRN# 43997)       Prof. J. Brink        TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

SEMINAR

Note: This is a required course for all HAL majors. Non-Honors students who wish to take this course must visit with Dr. Brink before obtaining a permit. (jim.brink@ttu.edu)

This will be a sweeping survey of the major genres and examples of the fine arts from the Renaissance to the present. We will explore personalities and creative work that have shaped the Western world, from Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo Buonorotti, to Pablo Picasso and August Rodin, from Giovanni Palestrina to Benjamin Britten, from Michelozzo di Bartolommeo to Frank Lloyd Wright, from Molière and Jean Baptiste Racine to Oscar Wilde and Tom Stoppard. We will examine and discuss painting, sculpture, architecture, music, dance, theatre, photography, and film, within their literary and cultural contexts. In addition to group readings, viewings, listenings, and discussion, students will make both oral and written presentations on selections throughout the semester.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

 

HONS 4300-H01    Individual Honors Research                  Contact: Marjean Purinton           (806) 742-1828

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Honors College and approved Honors thesis/project application on file.

Contents will vary to meet the needs of students.  Independent work under the individual guidance of a faculty member, who must be either a member of the graduate faculty or approved by the Honors Dean.

 

HONS 4301-H01      Constitutional Law             (CRN# 43158)                 Prof. R. Rosen                MTWR 8:00-8:50 AM

SEMINAR

Note: This course is cross-listed with TTU Law School Course LAW 5410. Application to take this course is required. Applications are due Friday, October 26th to Sarah.Timmons@ttu.edu in the Honors College. Enrollment is limited to Honors students only. This course is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis for undergraduate students. Students subsequently admitted to the TTU School of Law may have this course waived from their law school degree plan provided that a C+ or higher is earned in the class. Class commences one week earlier than TTU undergraduate classes.

A study of the federal judiciary’s doctrine and practice of judicial review; judicial power and the jurisdiction of the federal courts; the powers of Congress, including its power to regulate commerce; the power of the states to regulate commerce; the separation of powers; and the protection of private rights, privileges, and immunities under the Constitution, including the rights of due process, equal protection, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

 

HONS 4301-H02      The Rule of Law as the Foundation     (CRN# 45959)         Prof. W. Huffman         TR 3:30-4:50 PM

                         For our Democracy and our Nation’s Security       SEMINAR

America’s founders were well aware of the abuses that can flow from the Rule of Man – in our case the “man” being the King of England.  As American Patriot Thomas Paine wrote in his influential Federalist Papers, America would be different: “in England, the King is the Law, in America the Law will be King.”  The basic concept that the law would be King in America was, in turn, the driving force behind many provisions of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Equal protection, due process, justice, and liberty itself all connote a process where all persons receive the protections of the law, and no person is above the law.  And that is one definition of the Rule of Law.  This course will examine the precepts of the Rule of Law as established in the Constitution, Laws, and Treaties of the United States in two related contexts: American leaders, especially lawyer-leaders, who have embodied the letter and the spirit of the Rule of Law in their leadership, and the role the Rule of Law plays in the critical decisions that have marked America’s history and will continue to define its future – especially focusing on our National Security.  The course materials will be augmented by student presentations concerning past National Security Law decisions, e.g., Does killing an American citizen by drone strike comport with our Constitution and the Rule of Law?; and possible future decisions, e.g, What domestic and international legal authority must the President have to intervene in Syria?  What is the proper balance between the First Amendment and National Security regarding the Wikileaks trials?  This course will be taught in seminar format and is limited to 18 students.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

 

HONS 4301-H03      Property Law             (CRN# 47539)                 Prof. G. Beyer                 MTWR 8:00-8:50 AM

SEMINAR

Note: This course is cross-listed with TTU Law School Course LAW 5410. Application to take this course is required. Applications are due Friday, October 26th to Sarah.Timmons@ttu.edu in the Honors College. Enrollment is limited to Honors students only. This course is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis for undergraduate students. Students subsequently admitted to the TTU School of Law may have this course waived from their law school degree plan provided that a C+ or higher is earned in the class. Class commences one week earlier than TTU undergraduate classes.

An introduction to the law of personal property and real property, including estates and other interests in land, real property marketing and conveyancing, and landlord and tenant problems. Students receiving a grade of C+ or better in the course who later matriculate at the Texas Tech University School of Law may not be required to repeat the course if approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs when another course or courses are available in the same subject area which may be taken in subsitution for equivalent credit hours which will then be a part of such student's required first-year curriculum.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

 

HONS 4301-H04      Criminal Law             (CRN# 47663)                 Prof. B. Shannon                 MTW 9:00-9:50 AM

SEMINAR

Note: This course is cross-listed with TTU Law School Course LAW 5410. Application to take this course is required. Applications are due Friday, October 26th to Sarah.Timmons@ttu.edu in the Honors College. Enrollment is limited to Honors students only. This course is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis for undergraduate students. Students subsequently admitted to the TTU School of Law may have this course waived from their law school degree plan provided that a C+ or higher is earned in the class. Class commences one week earlier than TTU undergraduate classes.

Inquiry into the sources and goals of the criminal law, limitations on the state’s power to define criminal liability, general principles of liability and defenses, and the characteristics of particular crimes. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

FULL

HUM 2302-H01      The Western Tradition II:           (CRN# 26165)                 Prof. J. Brink                  TR 9:30-10:50 AM
                                Renaissance to 21st Century                       
SEMINAR

Note: This course is required for all HAL majors. Non-Honors students who wish to take this course must obtain permission from Dr. Brink (jim.brink@ttu.edu) before receiving a permit.

Description coming soon.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT.

Cancelled

MATH 1451-H01   Calculus I with Applications             (CRN# 46040)       Prof. A. Ibraguimov         TR 12:30-1:50 PM

MATH 1451-H01   Non-Credit Applications Lab                                              Prof. A. Ibraguimov         R 2:00-2:50 PM

Prerequisite: Score of 7 on Math Placement Exam; or score of 3 on the AP AB Calculus exam and a score of 5 on the MPE; or 660/29 on the Math section of the SAT/ACT; or MATH 1350 or 1550 with B- or better; or score of 5 on MPE and MATH 1321 with B- or better.

Differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions, applications of the derivative, differentials, indefinite integrals, definite integrals.  Honors Calculus expands on the regular calculus course by looking in depth into why the concepts work, rather than merely using the concepts.  In addition, various additional applications and topics that should be interesting to students will be covered.  Honors calculus does not require more work than regular calculus, but rather more interesting approaches to the topics.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT.

H01 FULL

MATH 1452-H01   Calculus II with Applications              (CRN# 45955)           Prof. C. Seaquist         TR 12:00-1:50 PM

MATH 1452-H01   Non-Credit Applications Lab                                               Prof. C. Seaquist                

MATH 1452-H02   Calculus II with Applications            (CRN# 46038)        Prof. R. Barnard        MWF 10:00-10:50 AM

MATH 1452-H02   Non-Credit Applications Lab                                           Prof. R. Barnard             W 9:00-9:50 AM

Prerequisite: MATH 1451 with a grade of B- or better.

Methods of integration, parametric equations, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, applications.  Honors Calculus expands on the regular calculus course by looking in depth into why the concepts work, rather than merely using the concepts.  In addition, various additional applications and topics that should be interesting to students will be covered.  Honors calculus does not require more work than regular calculus, but rather more interesting approaches to the topics.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT.

 

MATH 2450-H01   Calculus III with Applications                (CRN# 45951)             Prof. L. Allen          TR 12:30-1:50 PM

MATH 2450-H01   Non-Credit Applications Lab                                                         Prof. L. Allen          T 2:00-2:50 PM

Prerequisite: MATH 1452 with a grade of B- or better.

Partial differentiation; functions of several variables; multiple integrals, line integrals, surface integrals, Stokes Theorem.  Honors Calculus expands on the regular calculus course by looking in depth into why the concepts work, rather than merely using the concepts.  In addition, various additional applications and topics that should be interesting to students will be covered.  Honors calculus does not require more work than regular calculus, but rather more interesting approaches to the topics.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT.

 

MATH 2360-H01   Linear Algebra                                    (CRN# 26219)                 Prof. L. Juan           TR 9:30-10:50 AM

Prerequisite: MATH 1452 with a grade of B- or better.

This course will involve a balance of theory, application and computation.  The many uses of linear algebra will be emphasized in conjunction with the philosophy that serious applications of linear algebra require some computing capability.  To this end the course will involve significant use of MATLAB.  This course will be enriched for Honors students with additional readings, projects, and/or expositions.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT.

 

MATH 3342-H01   Mathematical Statistics for                (CRN# 47451)        Prof. J. Surles         MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

                                    Engineers and Scientists

Prerequisite: MATH 2450 with a grade of B- or better. MATH 3342 and 4342 cannot both be counted toward a mathematics major or minor.

This course is designed to cover topics from mathematical statistics that are of interest to students from engineering and/or the sciences. Topics will include descriptive statistics, elementary probability, random variables and their distributions, mean, variance, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, and analysis of variance.  In addition, students will get hands-on experience in the process of experimentation, data collection, and analysis via a group project where students will propose an experiment, get approval, design the experiment and data collection methodology/protocols, run/conduct the experiment and gather data, then analyze the data and draw conclusions.  This will all be presented in a written report as well as an oral presentation before their peers.

FULL

MATH 3350-H01   Higher Math for Engineers                    (CRN# 26226)              Prof. E. Allen         TR 12:30-1:50 PM

                               And Scientists

Note: This course is open to Math minors, but does not provide credit toward a Math major.

Prerequisite: MATH 2450 with a grade of B- or better.

Ordinary differential equations, Laplace transforms, and other selected topics.  This course will be enriched for Honors students with additional readings, projects, and/or expositions.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT.

 

MATH 4000-H01   History of Mathematics             (CRN# 37054)                 Prof. C. Seaquist             TR 9:30-10:50 AM

SEMINAR

Note: MATH 4000 may substitute for anything above MATH 2360 for Math minor per department.

Prerequisites: MATH 1451 or consent of instructor.

This course will present an overview of the history of Western mathematics from the Ancient Greece to the modern era. More specifically it will cover the development of three main subjects: arithmetic, geometry, and calculus. In examining arithmetic we will discuss the development of number systems, algorithms and devices for performing calculation, and the main applications that have promoted its growth including business, science, and number theory. In examining the development of geometry we will see how classical synthetic geometry led to the axiomatic method that replaced an ad hoc approach and how this development in turn led to a crisis in geometry that is still to be resolved. Finally we will focus on how various ideas about measurement, which grew out of classical geometry, were eventually brought into harmony with the idea of number by Descartes, Dedekind, and others. Furthermore, we will study the ideas behind the development of the calculus by Eudoxus, Archimedes, Descartes, and Fermat. We will then show how these ideas came together under Newton and Leibnitz. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

Cancelled

MATH 4000-H02   Introduction to Set Theory             (CRN# 43033)              Prof. M. Neusel            MWF 2:00-2:50 PM

SEMINAR

Note: MATH 4000 may substitute for anything above MATH 2360 for Math minor per department.

What is a set? The set of all students at Texas Tech? The set of all good students at Texas Tech? The set of all students who are not in a set? The set of all sets? In the 19th century mathematicians realized that they operated with the objects “set” and “member of a set” without any precise definition what these objects are supposed to be. This led to a deep crisis which was ultimately resolved by the works of many great mathematicians like Cantor, Cohen, Fraenkel, Gödel, Russell, Zermelo, and many more. The idea of this course is first of all to recreate this crisis in class. Once we know that we do not know what a set is, we can start from scratch. Apart from being a highly nontrivial piece of mathematics and a beautiful area, Set Theory is related to Discrete Mathematics and Digital Computing. Furthermore, Set Theory is an area at the border of Mathematics and Philosophy. So, students majoring in philosophy or law areas or who are interested in PHIL 2310 (Logic) and PHIL 4310 (Advanced Logic) would certainly profit from his course. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

 

M E 2322- H01         Engineering Thermodynamics I         (CRN# 26202)           Prof. W. Oler             TR 9:30-10:50 AM

Prerequisites: MATH 1452, PHYS 1408

The Mechanical Engineering discipline may be broadly divided into two fundamental topical areas: thermal sciences (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer) and mechanical sciences (solid mechanics, statistics, and dynamics). Engineering Thermodynamics is the introductory course for the thermal sciences. Course topics include properties of pure substances, ideal gas behavior, first and second law analysis, and applications to energy conversion devices and thermodynamic cycles. Honors Thermodynamics I includes a supplementary thermodynamic system design project and extensive use of computer-aided parametric explorations of thermodynamic systems.
Although this course is designed for engineering majors, it is also appropriate for non-majors with a potential interest in engineering or a general interest in technological topics.

 

MGT 4380-HS1      Strategic Management             (CRN# 26237)                 Prof. C. Duran                W 2:00-4:50 PM

Prerequisites: Business students only who have completed BLAW 3391, ISQS 3344, FIN 3320, MKT 3350, MGT 3370, and MGT 3373 with grades of C or higher and are in their final semester.  No COBA classifications permitted.

Strategic Management is the capstone, integrative course for graduating business administration students. This is an exciting, challenging course that focuses on how firms formulate, implement, and evaluate strategies. Students use all the knowledge and concepts acquired from prior business courses, integrate them with new strategic-management techniques, and use them to chart the future direction of different organizations. The major responsibility of students in this course is to make objective strategic decisions and to justify them through oral presentations and written case studies. This course is taught using active learning and experiential techniques and is primarily discussion-based, but also has written components. Critical thinking skills are required for the experiential exercises and case analyses and will be enhanced during this course. This honors course periodically contains a service learning experience and case. Service learning is an active learning technique that combines application of course concepts, interaction with a community partner, and reflective components. The students will have the chance to apply the strategic management concepts learned in this course in a real world setting.

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PHYS 1408-H01     Principles of Physics I           (CRN# 45874)                 Prof. S. Lee                  TR 12:30-1:50 PM

PHYS 1408-H51     Principles of Physics I Lab     (CRN# 45875)              Staff                             M 11:00 AM-12:50 PM

PHYS 1408-751      Principles of Physics I Recitation         (CRN# 46008)                 Staff                M 3:00-3:50 PM

Note: This course is open to Honors students and non-Honors Physics and Engineering majors.

Prerequisite:  MATH 1451

Corequisite:  PHYS 1408-H51 Lab and PHYS 1408-751 Recitation.

Calculus-based introductory physics course. Mechanics, kinematics, energy, momentum, gravitation, waves, and thermodynamics. The Honors section differs from the regular sections in its small class size and increased opportunities for discussion. This section is specifically taught for Physics majors as well as Honors students. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 4 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

 

PHYS 2401-H01     Principles of Physics II                       (CRN# 33817)         Prof. M. Wigmans      MWF 9:00-9:50 AM

PHYS 2401-H51     Principles of Physics II Lab                (CRN# 41373)                 Staff                    W 10:00-11:50 AM

PHYS 2401-751     Principles of Physics II Discussion         (CRN#46006)                 Staff                R 3:00-3:50 PM

Note: This course is open to Honors students and non-Honors Physics and Engineering majors.

Prerequisites: PHYS 1408 and MATH 1452

Corequisite: PHYS 2401-H51 Lab, PHYS 2401-751 Discussion

Calculus-based introductory physics. Electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and optics. The Honors section differs from the regular sections in its small class size and increased opportunities for discussion. This section is specifically taught for Physics majors as well as Honors students. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 4 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

FULL

POLS 2302-H01       American Public Policy         (CRN# 26258)          Prof. R. Rebe              TR 2:00-3:20 PM

Note:  You need not take POLS 1301 and 2302 in any particular order.

We are currently in an age of radical change. Public policies, from health care to education policy, punishment to corporate regulation – are under a new scrutiny in the contemporary climate of economic crisis, and for many citizens, existential crisis – crises that are about the very means by which Americans will live. In this course we will examine particular public policies, their impact on the masses of Americans, and on specific subpopulations (such as Latinos and African Americans) to better understand the significance of this transformative period in public policy that the nation is now undergoing. The major assignments for this course are weekly writing assignments, an in-class presentation of a research topic of your choosing that is relevant to the course material, and a final essay exam.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM POLITICAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

FULL

POLS 2302-H02       American Public Policy         (CRN# 37169)          Prof. D. Patterson              TR 2:00-3:20 PM

Note:  You need not take POLS 1301 and 2302 in any particular order.

We are currently in an age of radical change. Public policies, from health care to education policy, punishment to corporate regulation – are under a new scrutiny in the contemporary climate of economic crisis, and for many citizens, existential crisis – crises that are about the very means by which Americans will live. In this course we will examine particular public policies, their impact on the masses of Americans, and on specific subpopulations (such as Latinos and African Americans) to better understand the significance of this transformative period in public policy that the nation is now undergoing. The major assignments for this course are weekly writing assignments, an in-class presentation of a research topic of your choosing that is relevant to the course material, and a final essay exam.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM POLITICAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

FULL

POLS 3361-H01     Introduction to International       (CRN# 45991)      Prof. M. Rybalko        TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

                               Relations                                                         SEMINAR

This course offers an introduction to the study of international relations.  The course will focus on the causes of conflict and cooperation between nations, sources of terrorism, counter-terrorism strategies, and current issues related to international security.  Specific issues the class will address are:  why do nations go to war; under what conditions are nations most likely to resort to conflict or diplomacy; what are the factors that give rise to terrorism; how can terrorist activity be prevented; and what are the current and future issues influencing international security (e.g., population trends, globalization, food security and natural resources). THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

FULL

PSY 4000-H01        Narratives of Mental Disorders         (CRN# 36958)          Prof. J. Clopton          M 2:00-4:50 PM

SEMINAR

Note: Students must register for 3 hours of variable credit using hyperlink. No adds after first day of class.

Many individuals with mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, have written diaries and autobiographies. Even though these narratives are often ignored by mental health professionals and by educators, they are so interesting to the general public that some of them have become bestsellers. In this course, we will read and discuss a small sample of books written by individuals with mental disorders. We will be reading about 100 to 200 pages each week. Class participation and in-class writing assignments will be the basis for course grades.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

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SOC 1301-H01        Introduction to Sociology       (CRN# 47019)             Prof. P. Maloney          MWF 12:00-12:50 PM

Society and the social groups to which we belong influence a great deal of our lives – how we feel, how we act, and what we believe.  This course uses the sociological perspective to uncover hidden social forces, social institutions, and social problems.  It is my aim that you will leave this course with an appreciation for and the ability to identify those social forces in the media and in your daily life.  Specifically, we will focus on the link between societal and individual circumstances, and how individuals are affected and constrained by their environments.  You should expect to speak up in class and have a respectful dialogue with me and your classmates.  This class helps to fulfill the requirement of “Social and Behavioral Sciences” in the core curriculum. The objective of a social and behavioral science component of a core curriculum is to increase the student’s knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas.  Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS THREE HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP BEHAVIOR AND MULTICULTURAL REQUIREMENTS.

 

SPAN 2302-H01     Second Course in Spanish II          (CRN# 45511)           Prof. J. McNutt           MW 11:00-11:50 AM

Prerequisite: SPAN 2301

This course emphasizes listening, reading, written and oral skills in order to develop students' communicative competence. In addition, this course will place significant stress on the development of students' intercultural competence through reading texts and written assignments.  The development of all these crucial skills are integrated in a highly interactive and fun environment in which students practice and improve their Spanish every day.