Fall 2012 First-Year Experience Courses
Note: First-semester Honors students must choose one (and only one) of the courses listed below for their Fall 2012 semester schedule.
CFAS 2300-H01 Communication, Civility, & Ethics (CRN #19604) Prof. K. Harris TR 9:30-10:50 AM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H01 LCG Section (CRN #20410) Student Mentors M 4:30-5:50 PM
Communication, civility and ethics are skills which are crucial to every facet of individuals’ personal and professional lives. Success is greatly determined by the proper knowledge and utilization of these life skills. This course is designed to assist students in the transition into their first year by developing their communication styles and an understanding of ethics while teaching skills and strategies for interpersonal, academic, and business interactions. An emphasis on civility and demonstrating respect for individuals and self serves as the underlying framework for course content which includes assessment of aptitudes in communication, civility, and ethics arenas; skill development in professional communication areas including interpersonal communication, public speaking, and writing; relationship development strategies at individual, group, and organizational levels; and strategies for bringing civility into daily interactions. This course focuses on the application of these skills in real life situations through exercises in experiential learning. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM ORAL COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENT.
ECO 2301-H01 Principles of Economics I (CRN 24321) Prof. R. Al-Hmoud TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H08 LCG Section (CRN #20515) Student Mentors W 4:30-5:50 PM
Principles of Economics I introduces students to the principles of microeconomics. This part of economics examines individual economic units and markets for products and resources. The course consists of three parts. The first part deals with the nature of economics and the economizing problem and the methods of handling this problem. This part analyzes the decision-making by households and firms, and the constraints facing them while maximizing their objectives. The second part focuses on the various aspects of the product market. These include pure competition, pure monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly. The last part covers the resources market. Emphasis is on labor and capital and the prices for these resources, which result in incomes to people in the form of wages, rent, interest, and profit. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP BEHAVIOR REQUIREMENT.
ENGL 2307-H02 Intro to Fiction: Sherlock Holmes (CRN #28863) Prof. W. Aycock TR 9:30-10:50 AM
and the Rise of the Detective Novel
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H20 LCG Section (CRN #28864) Student Mentors W 4:30-5:50 PM
Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302
During this semester, English 2307, “Studies in Fiction,” will be a special section that is devoted to the study of “Sherlock Holmes and the Rise of the Detective Tale.” It is very hard to find anyone who has not heard of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, yet Doyle did not invent the detective story. Several other authors wrote what are recognized as detective stories before Sherlock Holmes appeared. And, at the time that Sherlock Holmes was becoming quite popular, other authors also begin writing detective stories. During this semester, we will study some of Poe’s detective stories, consider the works of Emile Gaboriau and Willie Collins (The Moonstone), as predecessors of Sherlock Holmes. And we will look at some of the film versions of Sherlock Holmes to see how they contribute to or simply make changes in the legend. Finally, we’ll consider the enduring influence of Sherlock Holmes and see how such writers such as Agatha Christie, with her characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, have continued to create detectives like Holmes.
ENGL 2351-H01 Writing in the Outdoors (CRN #20081) Prof. K. Caswell TR 9:30-10:50 AM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H03 LCG Section (CRN #20510) Student Mentors M 4:30-5:50 PM
Note: In addition to FYE and English, this course counts toward the major or minor in Environment and the Humanities.
Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302
If you love to write and be outdoors, this class is for you. Our primary task is to workshop your creative nonfiction essays, but you’ll also write regularly in a field journal as a springboard for ideas, subjects, and inspiration. You will study major American writers in the naturalist tradition such as John Muir, William Stafford, Terry Tempest Williams, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, and Barry Lopez (who is a distinguished visiting scholar here at Tech). Classes will be held outdoors, and we’ll make a 3-day, weekend hiking trip to the White Mountains of New Mexico. The Honors College will subsidize the $100 special course fee for this trip. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND/OR SOPHOMORE LITERATURE REQUIREMENT.
ENGL 2391-H01 Intro to Critical Writing (CRN #24990) Prof. K. Caswell TR 2:00-3:20 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H14 LCG Section (CRN #20521) Student Mentors W 4:30-5:50 PM
Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and 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 COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES AND/OR SOPHOMORE LITERATURE REQUIREMENTS.
ENGR 1315-H01 Introduction to Engineering (CRN #14829) Prof. W. Oler TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H04 LCG Section (CRN #20511) Student Mentors W 4:30-5:50 PM
ENGR 1315-H02 Introduction to Engineering (CRN #20135) Prof. M. Green MWF 1:00-1:50 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H05 LCG Section (CRN #20512) Student Mentors M 4:30-5:50 PM
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.
GEOG 2300-HS1 Introduction to Human Geography (CRN #24618) Prof. G. Elbow TR 8:00-9:20 AM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H15 LCG Section (CRN #20522) Student Mentors M 4:30-5:50 PM
This is not a typical geography class where you learn how much it rains in Outer Zambodia, how many bananas are produced in Eastern Tropicalistan, or what the capital of Monotinia is. GEOG 2300 is organized around the theme of human well-being. This means that we look at how well-off people are in different places. We do this at different scales—for the local area (Lubbock and West Texas), for the United States, and for the world. We look at where rich and poor people live and at some of the factors that cause differences in human well-being from place to place. Human well-being is more than just what the average family income of a place is. We look at health, education, quality of housing, access to healthy food and water, and a wide variety of other indicators of well-being. In order for students to experience differences in human well-being first hand, this class will require everyone enrolled to perform at least 20 hours of volunteer service with a local agency that provides services to an economically disadvantaged population. Part of the coursework will involve writing reflection papers based on your volunteer experience. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP BEHAVIOR AND MULTICULTURAL REQUIREMENTS.
HDFS 2322-H01 Partnering: The Development (CRN #30114) Prof. S. Thomas-Jackson MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
of Intimate Relationships
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H17 LCG Section (CRN #23166) Student Mentors W 4:30-5:50 PM
Intimate relationships are a part of every person’s life. These relationships come in many shapes and sizes (parents, siblings, friends, romantic partners, etc). All relationships are developed, are sustained or come to an end. Would you like to better understand intimate relationships, how relationships develop, how they can be maintained, difficulties that arise in relationships and how to overcome conflict? Then this course is for you. This course is designed to provide an overview of intimate relationships from adolescence through adulthood, with an emphasis on relationship processes, diversity in types of partnering, and developmental/contextual variations in relationships. The course will review the various phases of relationship development (e.g., attraction, maintenance, dissolution, reconfiguration), and address the ways in which relationships are affected by individual (e.g., cognition, personality), couple (e.g., love, sexuality, conflict, communication), and contextual (e.g., social network) factors. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP BEHAVIOR REQUIREMENT.
HIST 2300-H01 History of the US To 1877 (CRN #14852) Prof. R. Verrone TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H10 LCG Section (CRN #20517) Student Mentors M 4:30-5:50 PM
This course surveys the history of the United States from the beginning settlements in North America to the end of the U.S. Reconstruction period. It focuses specifically on the major social, intellectual, political, cultural, and international events and trends that shaped the American nation from its beginnings to the end of the Reconstruction era in 1877. British colonization, the American Revolution, the development and growth of the U.S. government, American slavery, U.S. nationalism, American international relations, and the causes and the prosecution of the Civil War will all be featured in the course. This course is reading and writing intensive and emphasizes student participation in classroom discussion.THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM U.S. HISTORY REQUIREMENT.
HIST 2301-H01 History of the US Since 1877 (CRN #14859) Prof. R. Milam TR 9:30-10:50 AM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H11 LCG Section (CRN #20518) Student Mentors W 4:30-5:50 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.
HONS 1301-H03 The Mother Earth Chronicles (CRN #21978) Prof. S. Tomlinson TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H06 LCG Section (CRN #20513) Student Mentors M 4:30-5:50 PM
Note: After the first class, some class meetings will be held outdoors. If you cannot attend the first session, please contact the instructor immediately.
“The Mother Earth Chronicles” is a fun, gentle, thought-provoking exploration of literary and film works about nature, environment, and landscape. In this course, you can expect to cover a wide and diverse range of topics about living with “Mother”—everything from bees, to homesteading, to white water rafting. This is also an excellent opportunity to practice writing in a workshop/tutorial format; if you’ve always thought that writing is a boring, excruciating, mind-numbing, pointless exercise in formulaic drivel and pap, well then, you’ve never done any writing like this. This course is writing intensive. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT.
HONS 1304-H02 Frankenstein and Theater (CRN #24835) Prof. M. Purinton TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H02 LCG Section (CRN #20509) Student Mentors M 4:30-5:50 PM
Note: No performing arts background is necessary for enrollment in this course.
In order for us to explore the ways that “Frankenstein” has permeated our cultural consciousness, we must begin with the original novel first published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Shelley’s novel integrated many Romantic-period preoccupations with science, sex, family, politics, mythology, education, and monsters that continue to be relevant. By 1822, the name of the creator Victor Frankenstein and his creature became synonymous so that the word “Frankenstein” is actually associated with monstrosities. The “Frankenstein” monstrosity as name and icon has become so ubiquitous that it is a part of our cultural consciousness, even if we do not truly understand its origins and its transmutations through time. Mary Shelley’s creature continues to haunt us and is reshaped for contemporary issues, expressed frequently in popular culture.
This incredible novel, therefore, will be the starting place of our course which will explore a multitude of “monstrous offspring” that it has engendered. We will read various melodramas that were staged after the novel was published, including Richard Brinsley Peake’s 1823 Presumption; or, The Fate of Frankenstein and Another Piece of Presumption; the anonymous 1824 Frank-in-Steam; or, The Modern Promise to Pay; Henry M. Milner’s 1826 Frankenstein; or, The Man and the Monster; John Atkinson Kerr’s 1826 The Monster and Magician; or, The Fate of Frankenstein; Richard and Barnabas Borough’s 1849 Frankenstein; or The Model Man; John Balderston’s 1930 Frankenstein.
We will also explore the novel’s monstrous offspring that took the form of cinematic adaptations of the novel. Among those movies, we will consider Thomas Edison’s 1910 Frankenstein; John Whale’s 1931 Frankenstein and 1935 The Bride of Frankenstein; James Mason’s 1973 Frankenstein: The True Story; Mel Brooks’s 1974 Young Frankenstein; Jim Sharman’s 1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show; David Wickes’s 1992 Frankenstein; Kenneth Branagh’s 1996 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Another form of the novel’s monstrous offspring in the last century has taken is TV adaptations, such as the 1960s comedy “The Munsters”and “Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein.” We will listen to musical adaptations, including the 2007 Young Frankenstein Musical and the 2010 Broadway hit Frankenstein: A New Musical. And we will look at the way in which the “Frankenstein” name and icon have been deployed in cartoons, comics, and merchandized items such as toys and breakfast cereal.
This course will require you to be curious and excited about exploring monster theory and its application to Frankenstein as well as to its monstrous offspring. We will write brief reflections papers and performance reviews. We will collaborate on a creative group project. And we will have ample provocative discussions. We will go to the Lubbock premier of the musical Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein, staged by Celebrity Attractions on November 18 or 19 at the City Bank Coliseum.
This course will be taught from a pedagogy informed by feminist theory, and so be prepared to encounter decentralized instruction and to take an active role in your learning process. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS REQUIREMENT.
HONS 2406-H01 Honors Integrated Science (CRN #14928) Prof. M. McGinley MWF 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
HONS 2406-H51 Honors Integrated Science Lab (CRN #20199) Prof. M. McGinley R 2:00-4:50 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H18 LCG Section (CRN #23167) Student Mentors W 4:30-5:50 PM
Corequisite: HONS 2406-H51 Lab
This course will integrate the fields of Geology, Oceanography, Geography, Atmospheric Science, and Biology to help us understand abiotic and biotic characteristics of marine and terrestrial ecosystems. In addition, we will examine how human activity has affected both the living and non-living components of the earth. Topics covered in this course potentially include plate tectonics, factors influencing global climate, characteristics of deep ocean trenches, formation and ecology of coral reefs, and loss of biodiversity in tropical rainforests. In the laboratory section of the course, students will learn how to design, conduct, and analyze their own scientific investigations. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 4 HOURS OF THE CORE CIRRICULUM NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.
MATH 1451-H02 Calculus I with Applications (CRN #29412) Prof. C. Seaquist TR 11:00 AM-12:50 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H13 LCG Section (CRN #20520) Student Mentors W 4:30-5:50 PM
Prerequisite: Score of 7 on Math Placement Exam; or score of 3 on AP AB Calculus and score of 5 on Math Placement Exam; or 660/29 on the Math section of the SAT/ACT; or MATH 1350 or 1550 with grade B or better; or score of 5 on MPE and MATH 1321 with grade B or better; or MATH 1321 with grade A.
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 4 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT.
PHIL 2320-H01 Introduction to Ethics (CRN #20414) Prof. D. Nathan TR 2:00-3:20 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H12 LCG Section (CRN #20519) Student Mentors W 4:30-5:50 PM
So how ought persons behave toward one another? And does it even make any sense to reason about moral questions in the first place? After all, perhaps morality is just an individual subjective response, like one's taste in ice cream. Or maybe it's just a matter of religious dogma, so that one needn't think for oneself or bother trying to reason about it at all. Or perhaps all behavior boils down to self-interest anyway, so that talk of "moral obligation" is merely empty rhetoric. And, if it is not empty talk, what could possibly ground moral obligation? Imagine having one of those heavy late-night dorm discussions, but with Plato, Thomas Hobbes, John Stuart Mill, and Immanuel Kant chiming in. You will find that, even though those folks are long dead, it turns out that they had a lot to say about matters of morality that still concern us deeply today. In this course, we will explore the potential of thinking carefully and creatively about morality, and we will do so in the company of some of the giants of Western moral philosophy. (Did you know that the 17th Century philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, even came up with a theory to explain why people stay late at parties?) THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT.
POLS 2302-H01 American Public Policy (CRN #15077) Prof. D. Patterson TR 12:30-1:50 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H07 LCG Section (CRN #20514) Student Mentors M 4:30-5:50 PM
[Note: You need not take
POLS 1301 and 2302 in any particular order.]
PSY 1300-H01 General Psychology (CRN #15084) Prof. J. Clopton TR 9:30-10:50 AM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H09 LCG Section (CRN #20516) Student Mentors M 4:30-5:50 PM
This course will present the main concepts and major research findings in the core areas of psychology. It will be a broad survey for students who take only this one psychology course, but will provide a solid foundation of knowledge for students who continue their education in psychology or related fields. Students will learn what psychologists have discovered about human behavior and the methods used by psychologists in describing and explaining human behavior. This information will increase students’ understanding of their own behavior and of the interactions that they have with other people.THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP BEHAVIOR AND MULTICULTURAL REQUIREMENTS.
WS 2300-H01 Introduction to Women's Studies (CRN #29584) Prof. C. Dunham TR 12:30-1:50 PM
Corequisite: HONS 1000-H16 LCG Section (CRN #20523) Student Mentors W 4:30-5:50 PM
Basic survey of concepts and theories related to the study of women and to the analysis of gender roles. THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 HOURS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT.
|CFAS 2300-H01||Communication, Civility, & Ethics FULL||K. Harris||M|
|ECO 2301-H01||Principles of Economics I FULL||R. Al-Hmoud||W|
|ENGL 2307-H02||Introduction to Fiction FULL||W. Aycock||W|
|ENGL 2351-H01||Writing in the Outdoors FULL||K. Caswell||M|
|ENGL 2391-H01||Introduction to Critical Writing FULL||K. Caswell||W|
|ENGR 1315-H01||Introduction to Engineering FULL||W. Oler||W|
|ENGR 1315-H02||Introduction to Engineering FULL||M. Green||M|
|GEOG 2300-HS1||Introduction to Human Geography FULL||G. Elbow||M|
|HDFS 2322-H01||Parterning: The Dvlpmnt. of Intimate Relationships FULL||S. Thomas-Jackson||W|
|HIST 2300-H01||U.S. History to 1877 FULL||R. Verrone||M|
|HIST 2301-H01||U.S. History from 1877 FULL||R. Milam||W|
|HONS 1301-H03||The Mother Earth Chronicles FULL||S. Tomlinson||M|
|HONS 1304-H02||Frankenstein and Its Monstrous Offspring FULL||M. Purinton||M|
|HONS 2406-H01||Honors Integrated Science||M. McGinley||W|
|MATH 1451-H02||Calculus I with Applications FULL||C. Seaquist||W|
|PHIL 2320-H01||Introduction to Ethics FULL||D. Nathan||W|
|POLS 2302-H01||American Public Policy FULL||D. Patterson||M|
|PSY 1300-H01||General Psychology FULL||J. Clopton||M|
|WS 2300-H01||Introduction to Sociology||C. Dunham||W|