Summer 2012 Honors Courses

 HNRS 310 Honors Tutorial: Digital Scientific Imaging  CRN 36746
General Education Math and Natural Science Intro

9:00-Noon on May 21 - May 30th,MTW,  Honors Seminar Room 115BNeff Hall
Instructor: Martin Ratcliffe

Digital Scientific Imaging. This short course will introduce you to the basics of scientific imaging using CCD cameras. Scientific imaging is used in many walks of life, such as medicine, astronomy, engineering, meteorology, and Earth Resources/land management. Understanding how an image is created electronically, and how images can be processed, is a valuable tool for your career. During this course, you will understand how CCD devices work, how to process images in black and white and color, and what scientific information can be acquired. You will get a copy of a comprehensive image processing software package for astronomical imaging that has applications to many other subjects, and have the opportunity to acquire your own image through the large 16” telescope at Lake Afton Public Observatory. The class meets for 3 hours per day for 4 days on May 22, 23, 24, 30,  plus  one evening (either 23, 24, or 25, weather permitting) at Lake Afton for 4 hours.

MGMT 430H Business Government and Society CRN 36328
9:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., June 4th- June 30th, MTWRF, Honors Seminar Room, 115B Neff Hall
Instructor: Masud Chand

This course reviews and synthesizes literature on a broad range of topics in Business Ethics. It also analyzes some of the moral and ethical challenges that employees and businesses face in the current fast-paced world of business.  At the end of the course, students should be able to discuss and analyze from multiple perspectives the key issues surrounding the following topics, and evaluate their applicability to contemporary challenges that businesses face in both national and international contexts. Topics include:  Ethical principles, theories, and their impact on business; Corporate Social Responsibility; Ethical issues in the workplace such as employee privacy, whistle blowing and discrimination; Business, environment, and sustainability; Relevance of ethical standards in national and international contexts.

Fall 2012 Honors Courses 

HNRS 101.  Introduction to the University (1-3)CRN 16238
10:30-11:20 W, 128 Jabara Hall

HNRS 101.  Introduction to the University (1-3)CRN CRN 16238
10:30-11:20 F, 208 Hubbard Hall

Designed especially for first-year students, with the goal of preparing students to succeed in college, including graduating in a timely fashion.  Provides students with information about: college expectations; academic major, career and life planning; study skills; teaching and learning styles; respecting diversity of thought and culture; critical thinking; leadership training; campus resources; university policies and procedures; personal finances; health and fitness; and the benefits of engagement in student organizations.  Students will be introduced to faculty and staff from across the campus, and will create an individualized graduation plan through a process of developmental advising.

HNRS 106Y Presidential Politics
9:30 -10:45 TR 115B Neff Hall
Instructor:  Mel Kahn

This course will emphasize the 2012 Presidential Election.  Early in the campaign, it appears an exciting mid-slinging campaign will occur and produce a close outcome.  Since the electoral vote victor may not win the popular vote, wil will analyze the Electoral College, the candidates' flaws and strengths, and interest groups.  Moreover, there will be an emphasis on how campaigns utilize specialists in social media, TV, radio, print, and direct mail.  A major focal point is who votes, how, and why?  Guest speakers will include the media, campaign activists, and leaders of involved electoral interest groups.

Readings will include an interesting text and two fascinating paperbacks on the 2008 campaign and the media respectively.  In addition, the instructor will assign timely presidential news stories during the semester.  All students will draw a competitive state from the "Honors Lottery" and will write a research paper on the presidential campaign in the selected state.  There will be a midterm and a final exam.  Each of these three will comprise 30 persent of the final grade.  Class contribution and attendance will count for 10 percent.

HNRS 152F: Leadership Challenge  CRN 11850
General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Intro

2:00-4:30 MTWR, November 5 – December 6, 425 Ahlberg Hall
2:00-4:30 MT, November 19 and-20, 425 Ahlberg Hall
2:00 -4:30 WR, November 28 and 29, 425 Ahlberg Hall
Instructor: Peter Cohen, Dean, College of Health Professions

NOTE: Students are required to make an appointment with Dr. Cohen
prior to enrollment.  Please call  316-978-5661.

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. 

HNRS 153T: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, Fate of the Universe
General Education Math and Natural Science Intro

12:30-3:00 p.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 11851.

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 14139.


Students in the Honors Program may take internship and co-op classes for Honors credit: Contact the director of the Honors Program for information about existing opportunities (for example, at the Center for Community Support and Research) and other opportunities that students can create for themselves.”

HNRS 481- Cooperative Education (1-4).  Complements and enhances the student’s academic program by providing an opportunity to apply and acquire knowledge in a workplace environment.  Offered Cr/NCr only.  Prerequisite: Consent of the Honors Program.

HNRS 481N - Cooperative Education: Internship (1-4).  Complements and enhances the student’s academic program by providing an opportunity to apply and acquire knowledge in a workplace environment as an intern.  Offered Cr/NCr only.  Prerequisite:  Consent of the Honors Program.

AE 460H:  Aerospace Engineering Selected Topic in Design - Honors  (1R; 3L)
Prerequisites:  Honors, sophomore or junior, aerospace engineering status
NOTE: Seniors in Aerospace must enroll in AE 528 this class is NOT for seniors

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. CRN 15054.

ENGL 503H American Writers I CRN 16500
11:00 - 12:15 MW, Wallace Hall 209
Instructor:  Kimberly Engber

The course is motivated by Lawrence Buell’s contention that the New World is both a natural and political event and that much of American literature expresses an “environmental imagination.”.. We begin with the first best seller in America, a novel of seduction and travel published in 1794 by Susanna Rowson.  We will analyze the humorous and controversial narrative of Caroline Kirkland's domestic life on the Michigan frontier in the 1830s and Margaret Fuller's seemingly more Romantic 1843 narrative of her tour of the Great Lakes.  These popular women writers frame our reading of Henry David Thoreau's famous travel deep into the heart of Walden Pond, Herman Melville's South Pacific adventures, and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.  We will consider how these writers, among other early American authors, describe and define a new world—a new nature and a new community.
NOTE:  Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course.


For all courses, please see Schedule of Courses

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