Fall 2011 Honors Classes


HNRS 105N: Archeology of Early Christianity General Education Humanities Intro Course
8:00-9:15 TR, 115B Neff Hall, Instructor: Gregg Schwendner
This class will examine and discuss the earliest evidence for Christian practice and belief from sites in Egypt, Palestine, Carthage, and Rome. The subject matter will include written evidence (papyri), monasticism, gnosticism, the development of the canon, inscriptions, magic, and the growth of Chrsitianity between 200-500 AD. CRN 17110

HNRS 152F: Leadership Challenge General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Intro
12:30-1:45 TR, 425 Ahlberg Hall, Instructor: Peter Cohen, Dean, College of Health Professions
This course takes the perspective of Astin and Astin (2000) that… “an important leadership development challenge for higher education is to empower students, by helping them develop those special talents and attitudes that will enable them to become effective social change agents.” Considering the pace of change in society, leadership may be our most significant challenge in the 21st century. In this course, we will embrace adaptive challenges and create conditions for students to exercise leadership in real time. This is not a traditionally-taught class! We will use experiential methods so that the classroom serves as a learning laboratory for our leadership development. In the end, this experience is about developing your capacity to serve as effective social change agents. CRN 13068

HNRS 153T: From the Big Bang to Black Holes General Education Math and Natural Science Intro
12:30-3:00 M, 115B Neff Hall, Instructor: Martin Ratcliffe
You know about your own lifetime, about our country’s history, and some of Earth’s history, but do you know about the overall big picture story of the universe? How does everything fit together? One of the greatest successes of human thought is that we now have an almost complete history of the universe, when it began, how it has developed until today, and how all the chemical elements arose, changing from the most basic elements to the complexity we find in our world today. This remarkable picture is described in this course, through careful explanation and a non-mathematical introduction to the theory of the Big Bang. We’ll discuss the most recent spacecraft missions that even now are adding ever more fine detail to our understanding of the universe, and ultimately convey our place in it. You’ll learn things that tie many different subjects together, contributing a valuable piece to your comprehensive education. CRN 13069

HNRS 304C: Theater as a Mirror of Today’s America General Education Fine Arts Issues and Perspectives
9:30-10:45 TR, 115B Neff Hall, Instructor: Joyce Cavarozzi
Theatre has been thought of as a ‘frill’, only a ‘past time’, and not having anything to do with ‘real life.’ Does theatre, that most human of the arts, really tell us anything useful about the world in which we live? Does it “hold a mirror up to nature?” Does that mirror tell us anything about life in the United States? Through play scripts, media, research, guest speakers and discussion, this seminar will explore these questions in the hope of finding some insight. The class will also participate by attending performing arts events, a dance class and a museum visit. CRN 17113

HNRS 304D: Entrepreneurship and the Arts General Education Fine Arts Issues and Perspectives
2:00-5:00 R, 115B Neff Hall, Rodney Miller, Dean, College of Fine Arts and
Wendy Hanes, Assistant Dean, College of Fine Arts
How are entrepreneurial attitudes fostered and manifested in the Fine Arts? Do the Fine Arts encourage the development of entrepreneurial ventures and investments in communities? Can the Fine Arts survive without entrepreneurial support? Can businesses thrive in environments devoid of the Fine Arts? This seminar will examine these questions and will also carefully discuss and consider the impact that the elimination of the Kansas Arts Commission and the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts will have on entrepreneurs and businesses. A number of guest speakers from the combined worlds of fine arts and business will share their experiences as they apply to this honors seminar course. Attendance at outside fine arts events will be required. CRN 17118

HNRS 305: Science Fiction and Human Destiny General Education Humanities Issues and Perspectives
12:30-1:45 TR, 115B Neff Hall, Instructor: Jay Mandt
Science fiction is chameleon-like. Although a well-defined niche in publishing, no standard definition captures its variety and scope. Even science can be an afterthought in mainstream works of science fiction. The audience for it tends to be male, but many of the most admired and successful writers in the field are women. Some classic science fiction fits narrow stereotypes ("scientists save the world," or "mad scientist threatens the world"), while other classics explode those same stereotypes. All of this, coupled with the genre's popularity, says something about where our imaginations live in the twenty-first century. This seminar will examine a wide range of contemporary science fiction--novels, stories, and films--with a view to both the methods and ideas that make science fiction what it is. Is science fiction prophetic, or more a mirror for our contemporary hopes and fears? Is it escapist literature, or a special kind of "realistic" fiction? Assignments will include interpretative essays and a semester project: the creation of an invented world that could be a setting for science fiction stories. CRN 17115

HNRS 306: The Puzzle of Autism General Education Social/Behavioral Science Issues and Perspectives
12:30-3:30 W, 115B Neff Hall, Instructor: Trisha Self
This class will explore Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the issues associated with ASD as they relate to Honors students coming from different disciplines. Course topics will include, but will not be limited to, the following: How do students in the Honors Program deal with classmates who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum? How will you deal with individuals with ASD as co-workers? What impact is ASD having on educational and political policies and does/will that affect you as a citizen/taxpayer/parent? How have/will recent controversies regarding unethical research practices between the autism/vaccine link effect research in other scientific fields? CRN 17116

HNRS 385: Advanced Academic Writing Required for Honors students entering the Program in Fall 2010 or after
11:00-12:15 TR, 115B Neff Hall, Instructor: Christopher Brooks
This course will allow the student writer to develop a coherent, concise, and literate academic writing style. Students will consider audiences, disciplines, and sources as signifiers of their own personal approach to writing, acknowledging that different audiences evaluate writing according to their own standards. Honors 385 will equip the WSU Honors students with the necessary tools to write for the scientist and the artist, to engage faculty and peer, and to write something both intelligent and meaningful. The course will focus on being correct while sounding intelligent. That, after all, is what style means. CRN 15966

AE 460H: Aerospace Engineering Selected Topic in Design - Honors (1R; 3L)
1:30-3:20 MW, 101 Geology Building, Instructor: Scott Miller
An experiential based aerospace design course for Honors students majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Includes an introduction to basic Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) design methods, construction, and testing. The course meets concurrently with and includes interactions with seniors enrolled in the AE 528 aerospace design class. Includes design, construction, and testing of a small UAV. Prerequisites: Honors, sophomore or junior, aerospace engineering status.
NOTE: Seniors in Aerospace must enroll in AE 528 this class is NOT for seniors! CRN 17273

ARTH 323 Medieval Art – Honors General Education Further Study in Fine Arts and Humanities
Online Course, Instructor: Annette LeZotte, Honors Program Director
A study of Medieval art and architecture in Europe from the eighth through the fourteenth centuries will serve as a backdrop for considering the case being made for Kansas native Father Emil Kapaun’s cause for sainthood. How does understanding the historical significance of art and architecture designed to foster the cult of the saints in the Middle Ages inform our understanding of the significance of Father Kapaun’s journey to canonization? CRN 17095

Fall 2011 Honors Internships

HNRS 481N Center for Community Support and Research Internship (variable credit hours 1-4)
Once again the CCSR will partner with the Emory Lindquist Honors Program to offer research internships for Honors students interested in exploring one of the mission areas of the CCSR which include: leadership development training and coaching to strengthen individual abilities to make progress on challenges in communities and organizations; organizational capacity building to help staff, volunteers, and board members work together more effectively; community-based consultation to help Kansas communities collaborate to address pressing community issues; applied research and evaluation to help Kansas programs and initiatives improve their services; and mental health consumer initiative to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of the Kansas mental health system through partnership between mental health consumers and providers. Information about specific projects planned for the Fall 2011 semester is forthcoming. Please contact Dr. LeZotte if you are interested in learning more about an internship placement at CCSR.

HNRS 481N Biological Sciences GK-12 Program Internship (variable credit hours 1-4)
An internship opportunity for Honors Students majoring in Biological Sciences (non-education track). The goal of the GK-12 Program (originally funded by the NSF) is to introduce research science into the education setting. The program sends students to several Wichita high schools to work in classrooms presenting study units, to run research clubs, and to support district-wide science activities. Current participants are working on primary, publishable research with teachers and students in USD 259. Please contact Dr. LeZotte if you are interested in learning more about a GK-12 internship.

Fall 2011 Departmental Honors Courses

15635 CSD 514H Speech-Sound Disorders 11:30 12:45 MW Hodson

14970 CSD 519H Genetic and OrgSyndromes 9:30 10:45 TR Self

15573 CSD 605H Neuroscience Spch/Lang 11:00 12:45 TR Scherz

11309 COMM 111H Public Speak-Hnrs 12:30 01:45 TR Huxman

17088 ENGL 102H College English 2 Honors 11:00 12:15 TR Flores

11512 FREN 111H Elem French I Honors 9:30 10:20 MTWRF Burkett

11511 FREN 111H Elem French I Honors 11:30 12:55 MWF Bailey

11515 FREN 112H Elem French II Honors 1:00 1:50 MTWRF Burkett

11516 FREN 112H Elem French II Honors 4:30 6:50 MW Bailey

11519 FREN 210H Intermed French Honors 10:30 11:20 MTWRF Burkett

11520 FREN 210H Intermed French Honors 11:30 12:55 MWF AbiMikhael

11522 FREN 223H Interm French Rdgs 1 Hnrs 11:30 12:55 MW Roussel

11524 FREN 324H Interm Conv/Comp Honors 4:30 6:50 R Baldridge

16509 FREN 210H Intermed French Honors 5:30 7:50 MW Swilley

12553 MATH 242H Calculus I - Honors 11:30 12:20 MTWTF Brady

12585 MATH 344H Calculus III-Honors 10:30 11:20 MWF Brady

15105 MCLL 351H Linguistics & Foreign Langs 11:00 12:15 TR Toops

12443 MUSC 127H Theory 1 Honors 10:30 11:20 MW Mays

11800 MUSC 227H Theory 3-Honors 9:30 10:20 TR Mays

12474 PSY 111H Gen Psych-Honors 12:30 1:45 MW Zettle

16313 PSY 323H Social Psychology-Honors 11:00 12:15 TR Medvene

16312 PSY 324H Psych of Personality-Honors 9:30 10:45 TR Door

16586 SPAN 220H Inter SpanGram/Comp-Hnrs 9:30 10:20 MWF

16588 SPAN 223H Sel Spanish Reading-Hnrs 10:30 11:20 MWF