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Summer & Fall 2013 Course Offerings

As of Friday, April 5th, Honors College advising will be complete and we will go to walk-in appointments only. If you need to see an Honors advisor, please come to 103 McClellan Hall, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

NOTE: Course information below is subject to change, including the addition and removal of listed classes. Please check back to this page before registration.

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Fall 2013 First-Year Experience Courses

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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 Lori Lightfoot or Sarah Timmons 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.  See Lori Lightfoot at the Honors College (742-1828) for more information and for an application to contract a course.

SUMMER I 2013

 

EVHM 4350-H01   EVHM Capstone Experience:             (CRN# 33443)             Prof. K. Caswell            TBA

                              Leadership and Landscape                     SEMINAR

Note: There is a special course fee of $550; the Honors College will subsidize $600 of this fee, and students will pay only tuition and $50.

Course dates: May 15-30, 2013 (Intersession).

Prerequisite: Instructor approval is required; email Professor Caswell at Kurt.Caswell@ttu.edu.

The outdoors is our classroom in this field experience course. Students will spend two-weeks traveling in canoes on a Montana river, while honing skills in leadership and group dynamics, creative writing, critical reading, and primitive camping. Students will take on leadership roles, and be offered peer feedback on judgment and decision making. In addition, we’ll attend to experiences in solitude and in community in nature, and make a point of exploring the flora, fauna, geology, weathers, archaeology, and history of the river canyon.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF HONORS SEMINAR CREDIT FOR NON-EVHM MAJORS AND MINORS.

FULL

HONS 3304-H01    Bones, Botanicals, and Birds     (CRN# 20063)     Prof. S. Tomlinson   MTWRF  9:00-10:50 AM

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 ―talen‖ 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 THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

 

HONS 3301-H01  The History of Paris                      (CRN# 30473)             Prof. J. Brink           June 1-July 1,  2013

                                                                                                           SEMINAR

***STUDY ABROAD IN PARIS: See Dr. Jim Brink in Rm. 213 McClellan Hall for more information. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

 

HONS 3304-H02       Three French Revolutions in Art      (CRN# 33904)          Prof. D. Nathan    June 1-July 1,  2013

                                                                                                           SEMINAR

 ***STUDY ABROAD IN PARIS: See Dr. Jim Brink in Rm. 213 McClellan Hall for more information. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FALL 2013

FULL

ACCT 2300-H01    Introduction to Accounting        (CRN# 20419)            Prof. R. Ricketts             TR 8:00-9:20 AM

Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA, Sophomore standing and a C or better in any college-level mathematics course.

This course is the first course in the accounting sequence and introduces students to all aspects of external financial reporting.  Content includes a basic introduction to the preparation of financial statements and the study of annual reports. Course includes discussion of current topics in financial reporting and research on financial statements of companies listed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

ANSC 3401-H01     Reproductive Physiology            (CRN# 10532)                 Prof. S. Prien             MW 6:00-7:20 PM

ANSC 3401-H50     Non-Credit Lab                              (CRN# 10541)                 Prof. S. Prien             W 1:00-2:20 PM

ANSC 3401-H70     Discussion                                       (CRN# 10548)                 Prof. S. Prien              R 5:00-5:50 PM

Prerequisite: ANSC 2202 and 2306 or ANSC 3405.

Corequisite: ANSC 3401-H50 Lab and ANSC 3401-H70 Discussion

This course will provide students with an opportunity for an in-depth study of the reproductive process as it occurs in farm animals. This course differs from the regular section and will target highly motivated students with a unique integrated intellectual experience. As such, the fundamental aspects of reproductive physiology and management will be presented using a more interactive and personalized approach. Topics covered in the course include male and female reproductive anatomy, endocrine glands, sex determination, cloning, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer.

FULL

ASTR 1401-H01     Stellar Astronomy                  (CRN# 29544)                 Prof. M. Clark                MWF 3:00-3:50 PM

ASTR 1401-H51     Non-Credit Lab                       (CRN# 29545)                 Staff                                   F 4:00-5:50 PM

ASTR 14017H51     Non-Credit Discussion           (CRN# 30004)                 Staff                                  TBA

If you have to take a natural science course (which you do), wouldn't you like to take one that mixes aspects of the entire universe into a single course?  Learn things about who we are and why we are here and how we know so much about something so vast.  The best part is that this course is designed to allow you to explore astronomy yourself by taking your own data and analyzing it and then incorporating it into things that we discuss.  You won't have to take my word for it: you will be able to discover the universe for yourself.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 4 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

FULL

ATMO 1300-H01   Intro. to Atmospheric Science           (CRN# 24738)          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 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

FULL

BIOL 1403-H01     Biology I                                         (CRN# 13607)                 Prof. M. Dini              MW 2:00-3:20 PM

BIOL 1403-H51     Non-Credit Lab                             (CRN# 13614)                 Staff                            R 2:00-4:50 PM

Exams T 6:00-7:30 PM       

Note: Enrollment in this course is restricted to Honors students.

Prerequisite: 1) One year of HS Biology, and 2) Freshmen must meet one of the following criteria: SAT of 1200, ACT of 26, or AP Biology score of 3.  Instructor strongly recommends taking CHEM 1307 first.

Corequisite: BIOL 1403-H51 Lab section.

Honors Biology I is designed especially with the sophomore life sciences major in mind.  This course helps students build a strong foundation in cell biology, biochemistry, genetics (both molecular and classical), reproductive and developmental biology and evolutionary biology.  Along with helping students construct a knowledge base in biology, the course will also challenge students to think about problems as biologists think about them.  Rather than listening to lectures, students in this course will do their basic research/reading outside of class, whereas class time will be used to refine and clarify understanding, often in the context of small groups.  Students in this course are expected to take a very active and responsible role in their education as biologists.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 4 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

FULL

CHEM 1307-H01   Principles of Chemistry I              (CRN# 14787)           Prof. D. Casadonte       TR 9:30-10:50 AM

CHEM 1307-701    Required Review Session              (CRN# 24719)          Prof. D. Casadonte       M 5:00-6:30 PM

CHEM 1307-702    Required Review Session              (CRN# 24730)           Prof. D. Casadonte       T 5:00-6:30 PM

Note: Exams will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm. Enrollment in this course is restricted to Honors students.

Prerequisite: A grade of A in CHEM 1301 OR a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Exam; AND at least one year of HS Chemistry; AND a score of 600/26 or better on the Math portion of the SAT/ACT. 

Corequisite: any CHEM 1107 Lab section.

This course focuses on a study of the fundamental concepts of chemistry including nomenclature; chemical reactions; stoichiometry; molecular structure and geometry; bonding concepts and paradigms; thermochemistry; states of matter; the physical characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases; phase transitions; and an introduction to solution properties. This course has a limited enrollment, and as such provides opportunities for direct faculty-student interaction, small group discussion, and hands-on and inquiry-based learning. This course is recommended for students who plan careers in chemistry or in the physical and biological sciences, as well as in medicine or engineering.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

FULL

CHEM 3305-H01   Organic Chemistry I               (CRN# 14791)              Prof. M. Fuertes      MWF 10:00-10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                         Exams R 7:00-9:00 PM

Note: Enrollment in this course is restricted to Honors students.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1307, CHEM 1107, CHEM 1308 and CHEM 1108 with a grade of B- or better.

Corequisite: CHEM 3105 strongly recommended.

Organic chemistry, the chemistry of carbon compounds, underlies almost all the stuff of modern life, including combustion, biochemistry, food, pharmaceuticals, and plastics. The first semester course begins with the language of organic chemistry, the symbols and concepts that we use to describe, understand and predict the structure and bonding of organic molecules. We then discuss some of the fundamental reactions of organic molecules. The emphasis is on understanding simple reactions so they can be applied to more complex systems. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

 

CMLL 4300-H01    Classic Realism &              (CRN# 31264)             Prof. P. Barta               MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

                               Its Decay

Hollywood, television dramas, soap operas and most forms of advertising rely on the model of representing life that was established in nineteenth century classic realist literature and painting.

The course will specifically investigate how “reality” and realism were conceptualized in Western civilization in the nineteenth century. As classic realism aims to represent society, students will assess how successful it is in doing so and why in the works of the greatest realist writers (Fontane, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky) the “decay” of realism is already present. Students will look at the gradual loss of faith in the omniscience of the narrator, the problems of closure, inward turning, the fragmentation of the narrating voice and the innovative use of language to mediate the reactions to the world of the conscious and the unconscious levels of the mind. Texts by such 19th and 20th century writers as Ibsen, Chekhov, Thomas Mann and Pirandello will be considered to observe these processes.

FULL

ENGL 2305-H01    Introduction to Poetry: Modern and    (CRN# 30926)      Prof. J. Poch     TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

                               Contemporary

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

“Modernism” and “Contemporary” and “Postmodernism” are artificial and quite slippery terms we often use in order to simplify the way we talk about the poetry of the 20th century.  In this class, we will attempt to address these and other categories, sometimes agreeing with and sometimes challenging what critics have constructed and construed before us.  This class is a broad survey of 20th and 21st century poetry in which we will both 1) closely read poems, and 2) study these poems in the light of their linguistic, poetic, historical, cultural, and aesthetic relevance.  Each day you will have read a group of poems from the selected poets.  For the sake of time, we will have to limit our scope, but I do think that we can read a fair amount of modern and contemporary America poems and come to some understanding of how these poems and poets have come to be considered important.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND/OR SOPHOMORE LITERATURE REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

ENGL 2307-H01    Introduction to Fiction: School       (CRN# 14820)         Prof. J. Shelton        TR 2:00-3:20 PM          

                               Stories

Note: Bachelor of Science students may fulfill both core curriculum Humanities credit and Sophomore Literature credit with this course.

Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302

This course will examine the generic conventions of fiction through a sub-genre developed in the mid-Victorian age and aimed at young readers, the school story.  Best known to modern readers through the Harry Potter books, school stories have a long tradition in England reaching back to the 1850s.  Initially, these stories were considered appropriate for young people, and thus had to be acceptable to their elders.  Later, after the genre had established itself as popular among young readers, it began to appear in cheap forms that could be purchased from a student's pocket money, and thus had to appeal to the young buyers rather than their parents.  We'll think about some of the implications of that as we read Tom Brown's Schooldays, the first school story, Kipling's Stalky and Co. stories, excerpts from Eric, or Little by Little, stories from schoolboy paper The Magnet, and, of course, Harry PotterTHIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND/OR SOPHOMORE LITERATURE REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

EVHM 2302-H01    The Literature of Place              (CRN# 28345)           Prof. S. Tomlinson         W 2:00-4:50 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 is a landscape? How do landscapes shape us, and how do we shape them? This course explores these questions by looking at the many different landscapes around us (neighborhoods, gardens, coffeehouses, food, cemeteries…) and their meanings through reading, discussion, writing, and art. Students will also study and think about landscapes through painting and drawing, and create landscape journals using book- and journal-making techniques. Students do not need artistic “talent” to benefit from this course, only a willingness to explore and work hard. Required field trips around Lubbock. Students must have access to a bicycle. Though there is some drawing and painting in this class, this course is reading, writing, and discussion intensive. Field trips! Bicycles! Local food! How could you go wrong?  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

FULL

EVHM 3305-H01   Ecology                    (CRN# 28347)                 Prof. M. McGinley                  MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

SEMINAR

Note: This course provides 3 hours of Biology elective credit for Biology majors, but will not substitute for credit toward the degree. This course covers content distinct from that of BIOL 3309.

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the field of ecology for students in EVHM.  This course will examine ecology of individuals, populations, and communities and introduce you to the techniques that ecologists use to develop hypotheses (including mathematical modeling) and test their hypotheses in the lab and the field.

FULL

HIST 1300-H01 Western Civilization I            (CRN# 29444)             Prof. J. Brink               TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

This is a survey of Western Civilization from prehistory to the Age of Louis XIV. It covers an ambitious span of time. The intellectual goal for this course is equally ambitious. In addition to understanding the place of history in the humanities, our purpose is to “know ourselves.” We shall examine the roots and development of western institutions, religions, economies, and cultures. We want to know the “who, what, when, where, how and why” of our mutual heritage. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT.

FULL

HIST 2301-H02      History of the US from 1877          (CRN# 28390)        Prof. R. Milam        MWF 2:00-2:50 PM

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

This course will discuss, in an overview format, all of the main currents--political, economic, and social, etc.--of American history since 1877.  Of special interest will be such American turning points as the second  industrial revolution, imperialism, the two World Wars, the Great Depression, Viet Nam and the current political scene.  The course focuses on broad patterns and interpretations rather than a collection of independent facts.  Two elements especially distinguish this particular class: an emphasis on discussion over sometimes controversial issues and an awareness of current events, which are nothing more than a continuation of the American story through the present.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM U.S. HISTORY REQUIREMENT.

FULL

HONS 1302-H02    Seminar in Healthcare              (CRN# 20086)              Prof. K. Dickson             T 4:00-6:50 PM

SEMINAR

Note: Preference will be given to Honors freshmen and sophomores. Students may take only one lower-level seminar to fulfill Honors seminar requirements.  The second seminar must be a 3000 or 4000 level course. Enrollment for this course is limited to Honors students only.

Time conflict note: Students enrolled in BIOL 1403 for the fall will be unable to take this course because of a time conflict between this course and the test time for BIOL 1403.

The Honors College Seminar in Healthcare introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals in the disciplines of medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, pharmacy, and research.  Healthcare professionals will provide personal and professional insight into the roles and responsibilities of the different disciplines, current healthcare issues, technologies, ethics, and the requirements and expectations of students applying for admission into healthcare fields of study.  Students will have the unique opportunity to meet faculty and professionals in practice.  Highlights of the class will include tours of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s (TTUHSC) gross anatomy lab, the TTUHSC diagnostic laboratories, the Garrison Center, the SimLife Center and the Student Synergistic Center, as well as attendance at the TTUHSC Community Medical School.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM TECHNOLOGY AND APPLIED SCIENCE REQUIREMENT AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 1304-H01    Zombie Culture: The Zombie in          (CRN# 14920)         Prof. R. Weiner       M 6:00-8:50 PM

                               History, Film, Literature, Sequential       SEMINAR                                    

                               Art, and the Popular Imagination         

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.

The recent AMC television series The Walking Dead has become a runaway hit with audiences and the forthcoming film World War Z is highly anticipated.  Films like Warm Bodies were sleeper hits appealing to today’s youth culture.  Zombie films, literature, video games, comics, action figures, and artistic works have permeated our culture to such extents that one might say zombies are now considered mainstream.  Like Frankenstein’s monster and the vampire, the zombie is firmly placed within modern popular culture.  Zombies have become a metaphor for our post-9/11 anxiety in a world filled with chaos. The zombie is the ultimate nightmare preying on our fears in a society where the concept of safety is often illusionary. The scholarly study of zombies has exploded in the last decade. This course will examine the zombie in all its various forms with a focus on film, literature, and sequential art. We will also look at the zombies’ historical role in Haitian history and religion and throughout the world. We will discuss how zombies have evolved over time in film, literature, and sequential art as an icon of popular culture.  This course will try to answer the question of why zombies continue to be popular and how the artistic renderings in film, sequential art, and literature changed over time. Can the zombie teach us anything about the world we live in and our social responsibilities within it? As a class, we will try to define what constitutes a zombie? Please note this course will be reading and writing intensive and contain mature subject matter.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 2314-H01     Europe and Its Cinema               (CRN# 24737)            Prof. C. Bradatan          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. Non-Honors students requesting to enroll in HUM 2301 must contact Professor Bradatan for approval before receiving a permit to enroll.

This interdisciplinary seminar proposes an introduction to the study of the European culture through the masterpieces of its cinema. We will look at some of the most significant social, political, cultural and intellectual developments in 20th and 21st century Europe as seen through works by major European directors: Serguei Eisenstein, Jean Renoir, Vittorio de Sica, Andrei Tarkovsky, Luis Buñuel, Ingmar Bergman, Roberto Rosselini, Emir Kusturica, and others. Consistent with the Honors College’s philosophy, we will consider their films interdisciplinarily: both aesthetically, as works of art in and for themselves, but also as “windows” (distorting and enriching at the same time) through which we can have access to the world that these works come from, to their social, political, intellectual and artistic contexts. Such masterpieces testify to the immense richness and complexity of cinema as a medium: an art film always reveals itself as work of art, but it also speaks of wars and revolutions, anxieties and phantasms, major social upheavals, new philosophical ideas and artistic avant-gardes, scientific discoveries and paradigm shifts.  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: Lori Lightfoot           (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.

FULL

HONS 3301-H01    Buddhist Life and Thought          (CRN# 10461)       Prof. M. Webb        MWF 10:00-10:50 AM

SEMINAR

This course will be an introduction to and survey of Buddhism from its inception in ancient India to its many varieties worldwide today.  We will begin by examining the life of the Buddha in the setting of Indian culture of the time in order to understand how it relates to earlier Vedic religion and to the other movements beginning at the same time.  In the second part of the course, we will investigate Theravada Buddhism by looking at the Pali Canon, the body of texts they preserved to the present day, as well as a few very early post-canonical works.  During this phase of the course we will pay special attention to the distinction between the monastic life and the lay life, and examine the philosophical and doctrinal issues that were argued and finally settled in this period, especially the doctrines of dependent origination and no-self.  Then, in the third part of the course, we will address the Mahayana and Vajrayana movements, with a view to understanding a) what in Theravada they were reacting to, and b) how they accommodated themselves to local religious practices.  In this phase of the course we will examine the doctrines of emptiness and Buddha-nature – how they developed and were defended, how they played out in the various Mahayana sects, and how they changed the character of Buddhism in North and East Asia.  Finally, in the fourth part of the course, we will spend some time looking at how Buddhism survives in the modern world, especially in Europe and the Americas.  In all four segments of the course we will be concerned not only with what Buddhists believe, but also how they live.  Recurring themes will include how Buddhist understanding of its central doctrines has changed; how Buddhism interacts with other religions as it moves around the world; and what is “essential Buddhism.”  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 3301-H02    Bridging the Gap Between the          (CRN# 14946)         Prof. K. Ketner       TR 9:30-10:50 AM

                              Sciences and the Humanities                      SEMINAR

One often encounters the assumption that there is an overwhelming separation between science and the arts/humanities. This course will consider that alleged division and explore the hypothesis that the divide is an illusion.  We will consider the possibility that these disciplines include unifying common features when viewed through the lens of interdisciplinary study of methods.  Another feature of the class will be the opportunity to open a dialogue between these two grand aspects of human intellectual endeavor.  For this semester, we will focus on the special topic of religion as it might function in this context.  Assignments: Term Paper, Journals (one page per class meeting), xeroxed readings to be provided as class proceeds, one textbook.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

 

HONS 3301-H03    Philosophical Filmmakers     (CRN# 14957)       Prof. C. Bradatan      R 6:00-8:50 PM

SEMINAR

Should philosophy be the monopoly of “professional” philosophers alone? Can philosophical questions be raised, and answers attempted, through other means of expression than the traditional ones (i.e., academic books and journal articles)?  If they can, and if, furthermore, “the medium is the message,” then how exactly does the adoption of non-conventional forms of expression (art cinema, for example) change the philosophical content itself?  How do artists and thinkers, brought up in different cultures come to tackle the same set of “universally human” issues such as death, finitude, solitude, quest for meaning?  This interdisciplinary course seeks to answer such questions through an in-depth discussion of the oeuvres of three major 20th century filmmakers: Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) and Krzysztof Kieslowski (1941-1996).  Films such as The Seventh Seal (1957) andWild Strawberries (1957), by Bergman; Rashomon (1950) and Dersu Uzala (1975), by Kurosawa, Blind Chance(1981), and The Decalogue (1989-1990), byKrzysztof Kieslowski, have always struck viewers as intensely philosophical. We now have a chance to develop this perception into a more articulated understanding. For this purpose, we will be using not only scholarly literature dedicated to these films and directors, but also works of philosophy and literature by such authors as Nietzsche, Camus, Tolstoy, Unamuno, Rorty, Žižek and others. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CIRRICULUM HUMANITIES AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

 

HONS 3301-H05    Africa’s Role in the                       (CRN# 14968)              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.

FULL

HONS 3302-H02    Early Clinical Experience     (CRN# 29877)   Prof. L. Johnson    M 1:00-2:00 PM &W 1:00-5:00 PM

SEMINAR

Note: Application to take this course is mandatory.  Enrollment is limited to Honors students only.  Eligible students must have junior standing by hours or be May/August/Dec 2015 TTU graduates (as shown on the Tech system) with steady progress made toward completion of medical school science requirements. Students must submit to a criminal background check and will need to pass a TB test prior to entry in the class.  APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 29, 2013.  Contact Sarah Timmons for questions. Click here for the application.

This course block provides the framework for Pre-Med students to learn the fundamental concepts of the various roles and responsibilities of physicians. Learning occurs in several settings including classroom instruction, small group forums, and clinical settings.   The students also explore ethical, cultural, psychological, and economic dimensions of clinical care through these various learning settings. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CIRRICULUM TECHNOLOGY AND APPLIED SCIENCE AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

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HONS 3304-H01    The Performing Arts as Social          (CRN #15019)        Prof. A. Duffy        MW 9:30-10:50 AM

                               And Political Statement                               SEMINAR

The Arts as Social and Political Statement will focus on the impact of the arts on American society from  the early 1900s to present day. A sweeping introduction to specific works that have drawn controversy, asked questions, and opened minds will be included. We will look mostly at performance art, dance, and visual art as catalysts for social and political expression. Specific artists studied will include Pablo Picasso, Karen Finley, Bill T. Jones, Martha Graham, and Robert Mapplethorpe among others. We will ask questions of the artists and of each other in effort to determine art’s position in society, and whether it truly promotes effectual change. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 3304-H02    Mozart: The Man, The Myth,            (CRN #15022)         Prof. T. Cimarusti      TR 2:00-3:20 PM

                               And The Music                                               SEMINAR

This course will examine the life and music of one of music history’s most fascinating composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Our goal will be not only to better understand the aesthetic, philosophical, and political forces that shaped his music, but also to illuminate our understanding of the myths that surround this rather eccentric composer. The course will conclude with a viewing and analysis of the 8-time Academy Award Winning film, Amadeus, debunking many of the myths the film exposes. Topics will include Mozart as a child prodigy, Mozart as a rebellious drunkard and gambler, Mozart’s wife – a dubious informant, and Mozart’s death – murder or poison.  No prior musical experience is necessary to enroll.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

 

HONS 3304-H03   Music and Your Mind            (CRN #24735)         Prof. P. Martens      MWF 10:00-10:50 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.

 

HONS 4300-H01    Individual Honors Research                    (CRN# 15026)                

Contact: Lori Lightfoot           (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.

FULL

HONS 4301-H01    Torts Law (LAW 5404)             (CRN# 24624)             Prof. R. Rosen         MTWR 10:00-10:50 AM

SEMINAR

Note: This course is cross-listed with TTU Law School Course LAW 5404. Student evaluation will be based upon a final examination administered at the end of the semester.  Application to take this course is required and should be submitted to Sarah Timmons by March 22, 2013. Enrollment is limited to Honors students only. This course is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis for undergraduate students.

Introduction to standards and principles governing legal liability for intentional and unintentional invasions of interests of personality and property. 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 substitution for equivalent credit hours which will then be a part of such student’s required first-year curriculum.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HONS 4301-H02    Contracts Law (LAW 5402)         (CRN# 28796)          Prof. B. Shannon       MTWR 9:00-9:50 AM

SEMINAR

Note: This course is cross-listed with TTU Law School Course LAW 5402. Student evaluation will be based upon a final examination administered at the end of the semester.  Application to take this course is required and should be submitted to Sarah Timmons by March 22, 2013. Enrollment is limited to Honors students only. This course is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis for undergraduate students.

A study of the enforceability of promises, the creation of contractual obligations, performance and breach, the impact of the contract on the legal relationships of nonparties, and the examination of contract doctrine in three settings: personal services, sales of goods, and construction contracts.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS.

FULL

HUM 2301-H01      The Western Intellectual Tradition:     (CRN# 15030)       Prof. J. Brink     TR 2:00-3:20 PM

                              Beginnings to Renaissance                         SEMINAR

Note: Non-Honors students requesting to enroll in HUM 2301 must contact Professor Bradatan for approval before receiving a permit to enroll.

Why is a given literary, philosophical or artistic work considered “novel,” “innovative” or “revolutionary”? How is it that the new appears against a certain intellectual background? To what extent is novelty an “objective” characteristic, intrinsic to the work itself and to what extent is it the result of its interaction with the intellectual/artistic environment within which it emerges? What roles do extraneous factors (such as competition and demands of the market, political pressure/sponsorship, ideological and religious censorship) play in the genesis of novelty? What are the major patterns of intellectual and artistic change in the West? These are some of the questions that we will be addressing in the class. The seminar is an introduction to the Western humanities from Antiquity to Renaissance, with a special emphasis on the issues of novelty, originality, “paradigm shift,” and intellectual change. The course proposes a close look at some of the intense “knots” of novelty, first of all in philosophy and literature, but also in the arts, with the aim of bringing about a better understanding of how cultural history works, what the main “patterns of change” in the Western tradition are, how originality is possible, and how the new is produced.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT.

 

LIBR 1100-H01      Introduction to Library Research        (CRN# 18385)        Prof. L. Heinz            W 9:00-9:50 AM

LIBR 1100-H02      Introduction to Library Research         (CRN# 18386)        Prof. S. Hidalgo       W 10:00-10:50 AM

Designed to introduce students to life-long information literacy skills and establish the tools for effective and efficient research in a university library.  Objectives are based on the ACRL Standards for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Honor students will be required to critically analyze and synthesize information resources to be included in an annotated bibliography and literature review on a topic of their choosing.  Case studies will be used in class to discuss issues of academic integrity and ethical use of information.

FULL

MATH 1451-H01   Calculus I with Applications             (CRN# 29411)           Prof. L. Hoang         MWF 10:00-10:50 AM

MATH 1451-H01   Non-Credit Applications Lab                                              Prof. L. Hoang         M 9-9:50 AM

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.

 

MATH 1452-H01   Calculus II with Applications            (CRN# 29573)        Prof. G. Williams        MW 1:00-2:50 PM

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

Methods of integration, parametric equations, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, and  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 2360-H01   Linear Algebra                          (CRN# 15055)           Prof. A. Ibraguimov      TR 9:30-10:50 AM

Prerequisite: MATH 2450 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.

FULL

MATH 2450-H01   Calculus III with Applications           (CRN# 29409)          Prof. L. Allen           TR 12:30-2:20 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 3342-H01   Mathematical Statistics for         (CRN# 29435)             Prof. J. Surles             TR 12:30-1:50 PM

                              Engineers and Scientists

Note: MATH 3342 and 4342 cannot both be counted toward a mathematics major or minor.

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

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# 21206)            Prof. E. Allen          MWF 10:00-10:50 AM

                             And Scientists

Note: This course is open to Math minors, but does not fulfill degree requirements for Math majors.

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   Creative Mathematics             (CRN# 29572)            Prof. C. Seaquist          TR 9:30-10:50 AM

SEMINAR

Note: Preference will be given to Honors freshmen and sophomores. Upperclassmen will be placed on a waitlist until mid-July, when available spots will be opened up.  MATH 4000 may substitute for anything above MATH 2360 for Math minor per department.

Corequisite: MATH 1451 or consent of instructor.

This course will provide an environment in which to create mathematics. Specifically it will help students learn to make and criticize mathematical arguments and counter examples. In the process students will be learning about properties of the real numbers, which form the theoretical foundation for the calculus. The only intellectual requirement for this course is a desire and willingness to think and to share mathematical ideas. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

 

MATH 4000-H02   Introduction to Set Theory        (CRN# 30915)         Prof. M. Neusel        MWF 12:00-12:50 PM

SEMINAR

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

Prerequisite: MATH 1451 with a B- or better, or consent of instructor.

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.

FULL

ME 2301- H01         Statics                           (CRN# 24854)              Prof. J. Hanson           MWF 9:00-9:50 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 (statics, solid mechanics, and dynamics).  Statics is the introductory course for the mechanical sciences.  Course topics include the fundamental principles and analysis procedures for particles, rigid bodies, and systems of rigid bodies in static equilibrium and an introduction to solid mechanics or the determination of stresses and deformations in bodies in static equilibrium. Honors Engineering Mechanics I also includes an introduction to the numerical methods of structural analysis.  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.

 

ME 4360- H01         Sustainable Energy             (CRN# 30863)              Prof. D. James                MWF 1:00-1:50 PM

SEMINAR

Prerequisites: MATH 2450, PHYS 1408, ME 2322 (or CHEM 3307).

This course will explore the global energy demand and its environmental impact for continued human development.  Alternative and petroleum-based fuels will be examined for near-term and long-term solutions.  The course and text are designed for advanced undergraduate students who have an interest in energy, particularly alternative energy.  This course will be presented in a seminar format in which the students explore and learn from and with each other.  Designated students will be responsible for researching and developing presentations on specific topics included in the course.  All students are responsible for the background reading and active participation in the class exploration of sustainable energy topics.  High levels of intellectual curiosity and maturity are expected from all students.  THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE HONORS SEMINAR REQUIREMENT.

 

MGT 3370-H01      Organizational Management            (CRN# 30889)          Prof. W. Gardner       M 3:00-5:50 PM

Prerequisite: Only students with a declared Business major or BAUD classification and a cumulative 3.0 Tech GPA may take this course.

Organization and Management serves as an introduction to the field of management, providing an overview of the major management functions – planning, organizing, leading and controlling.  This is an engaging, challenging course that focuses on how organizations: 1) set goals and establish plans to reach them; 2) divide work and organize to achieve strategic and operational goals; 3) lead members toward goal attainment through motivation, communication, and group processes; and 4) monitor and control performance to ensure task completion and take corrective action when necessary.  A classroom -as-organization pedagogy will be applied whereby students work in teams and practice shared leadership to complete case analyses, experiential exercises, and oral presentations.  Thus, experiential learning is achieved as students apply management principles in a team setting to complete course assignments.  This course is taught using active learning and experiential techniques and is primarily di8scussion-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.

 

MGT 4380-H01      Strategic Management                  (CRN# 15064)               Prof. C. Duran          W 3:00-5:50 PM

Prerequisites: Only business students 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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MKT 3350-H01          Introduction to Marketing         (CRN# 24601)           Prof. J. Wilcox         TR 12:30-1:50 PM

Prerequisite: ECO 2301 or AAEC 2305 or ECO 2305

The primary purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the discipline of marketing, both as a philosophy of business and as a series of business practices. The course will explore the field of marketing, as it directs the organization’s resources to satisfy customers’ wants and needs through the exchange process, at a reasonable profit to the organization. Specifically, we will examine how marketers: understand consumers’ needs and wants; develop products and services that provide superior value; and how they price, distribute, and promote products and services effectively, both domestically and internationally. The course will direct your study of the organization (either a profit-oriented firm or a non-profit organization) as a market entity existing in a competitive environment. The emphasis will be on understanding the importance of quality, value, and customer relationship management in obtaining a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace. In addition, we will consider the ethical and societal issues related to marketing. The course will emphasize service learning where you will work with a real client organization to solve marketing problems through research and analysis.

 

PHYS 1408-H01     Principles of Physics I                           (CRN# 29511)              TBA            MWF 1:00-1:50 PM

PHYS 1408-H51     Principles of Physics I Lab                     (CRN# 18087)              Staff          F 2:00-3:50 PM

PHYS 1408-751      Principles of Physics I Recitation         (CRN# 28218)                 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# 22775)                 TBA          MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

PHYS 2401-H51     Principles of Physics II Lab                     (CRN# 22776)                 Staff           W 2:00-3:50 PM

PHYS 2401-751      Principles of Physics I Recitation           (CRN# 30050)                 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 and PHYS 2401-751 Recitation

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-H02        American Public Policy          (CRN #15080)       Prof. T. Meredith        MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

Note:  You need not take POLS 1301 and 2302 in any particular order. This course is restricted to Honors students only.

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.  After completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe the essential elements of public policy.
    • Explain how American political institutions affect the development and implementation of public policy.
    • Analyze the impact of constitutional law on public policy.
    • Explain how we analyze the effectiveness of public policy.
    • Describe and explain the effects of the US and Texas constitutions on public policy.
    • Describe connections between international forces and US domestic policy.

Additionally,  a further objective for the course will be to increase the students ability to think critically in the evaluation of policy issues as they participate in increased levels of interaction with their colleagues in the unique environment that such honors courses offer.  Through debate, dialogue, and interaction with each other the students should develop strategic learning skills to help them in meeting both the requirements of the course and achieving their broader education goals. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM POLITICAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

FULL

POLS 2302-H03        American Public Policy          (CRN #31881)       Prof. A. Walden        TR 5:30-6:50 PM

Note:  You need not take POLS 1301 and 2302 in any particular order. This course is restricted to Honors students only.

No other course on this campus more directly affects its students than American Public Policy. Policy is everywhere, even if we don’t recognize it.  Everything from dorm room interactions here at Texas Tech to the institutionalized polices from Washington, D.C. are a part of public policy.  In this course, we examine the impact of certain important public policies in the American life, and attempt to learn why policies are put into place. This course covers the same material as the regular offering of POLS 2302, and thus will provide students with an understanding of the policy-making process in the governments of the United States, the states in general, and Texas in particular.  But it will emphasize analytical thinking, the application of concepts, and hands-on analysis of politics.

The Socratic method of lecture and discussion will be used to facilitate genuine learning and understanding from all political viewpoints. Rather than following directly from a textbook, the class will read articles from various media sources, then apply those concepts directly to the material. For example, an article on the deliberations in congress will lead to discussions on the relevant chapter in our text. Students should not only have rote knowledge of the material, but also be able to apply and correlate their knowledge in the distant future, far removed from the university setting. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM POLITICAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

 

SPAN 2301-H01     Second Course in Spanish I              (CRN# 10942)             Prof. TBA         TR 9:30-10:50 AM

Prerequisites: SPAN 1502 or 1507.

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.