Spring 2012 Honors Classes


HNRS 310 Honors Tutorial: Digital Scientific Imaging 
Instructor: Martin Ratcliffe
CRN 27184
9:00-Noon on January 4, 5, 6, and 13, Honors Seminar Room, 115B Neff Hall

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 Jan 4, 5, 6, 13 and one evening at Lake Afton for 4 hours.

PSY 413H Leadership in Self and Society - Honors
HCMD 308H Leadership in Self and Society - Honors
General Education Issues and Perspectives Course (Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Instructor: Peter Cohen
CRN 26345 (PSY 413H) or 26453 (HCMD 308H)
8:00-5:00 Daily the week of January 9-14, 2012, 302 Ahlberg Hall

This course is cross listed with 5 Honors seats reserved under the PSY 413H number and 5 Honors seats reserved under the HCMD 308H number.  Examine factors influencing the effectiveness of individuals leading change, including values, conflict and power. Studies the human side of organizational change focusing on understanding how and why people react to change, and identifying opportunities for enhancing the effective implementation of change. Students reflect on their own leadership development and work in teams to recommend public health strategies for change in a project, community setting, or organization.


HNRS 101 Introduction to the University
Instructor: Annette LeZotte
CRN 27381
9:30-10:20 MF (meeting rooms to be announced)


HNRS 153B The Dynamic Universe
General Education Introductory Course in Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Instructor: Martin Ratcliffe
CRN 21040
Mondays 12:30-3:00, Honors Seminar Room, 115B Neff Hall

This course is designed to introduce you to the fascinating subject of astronomy.  With a dozen press releases a week arriving, often with spectacular images, the course will focus heavily on current space missions and astronomical events. This course will cover a variety of topics, including the solar system, the sun, the stars, stellar evolution (birth, life, and death of stars), galaxies, and cosmology (the origin and fate of the universe

HNRS 105 Seminar I Humanities: American History and the Art of Memory
General Education Introductory Course in the Humanities
Instructor: Emily Stamey
CRN 27186
Wednesday Evenings 5:35-8:20, Art History Seminar Room, 211 McKnight Art Center West

Monument Wars and Memorial Mania. These two evocatively titled books will guide our course. From the 1930s development of the National Mall and its federal memorials in Washington, D.C. to the this year’s opening of the National September 11 Memorial in New York City, this course examines the importance of memory in American public life. How do memorials help us tell the stories of our country’s past, deal with the present, and imagine the future? The authors of our two primary texts are scholars of visual culture who incorporate research from the fields of history, political science, psychology, philosophy, gender studies, and ethnic studies to tackle these questions. We’ll follow their interdisciplinary lead as we study both local and national memorials. This course will incorporate primary research, documentary films, and field trips to Kansas City and Oklahoma City. There is a $50 activity fee.

HNRS 106N International Relations: Intercultural Dialogues
General Education Introductory Course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Instructors: Carolyn Shaw and Heather Grohe
CRN 27187
TR 9:30-10:45, Honors Seminar Room, 115B Neff Hall

Have you ever wondered which viewpoints you have because you’re YOU versus because you’re Pakistani, French, Nigerian or American? Which of your customs and behaviors arise from your nation of origin, which from your family of origin and which from your unique temperament?  This new Honors course will bring together individuals from a variety of countries and bring insight into the individual experience as defined by one’s nationality and race/ethnicity, as well as one’s gender, religious be-liefs, and socioeconomic status. Each student’s perspective will be respected and heard.  Dr. Carolyn Shaw, Chair of the Political Science Department, and Heather Grohe, International Student Advisor in International Education, will co-teach the course.   Coursework will include a combination of selected readings, classroom and online discussions, reflective writing, guest speakers, experiential learning, and extracurricular activities. Students will complete group projects that address one of the global issues raised at the United Nations Summit on Millennium Development Goals: extreme poverty, universal primary education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, HIV/AIDS and other diseases, environmental sustainability, and sustainable local economies.

HNRS 305B 19th Century Paris: Capital of Modernity
General Education Issues and Perspectives Course (Humanities)
Instructor: Rebecca Rolph
CRN 27226
Fridays 12:30-3:00, Honors Seminar Room, 115B Neff Hall

Turn-of-the-century scholar and author Walter Benjamin called Paris, France the “capital of the nineteenth century.” This class will examine how Paris became such a pivotal, modern city beginning with its physical transformation under Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann during the Second Empire (1852-1870) and the Third Republic that followed. Topics of readings and class discussions will include the new urban environment, industrialization, consumerism, class and gender, as well as literature and firsthand accounts of residents of and visitors (some American) to late-nineteenth-century Paris. Particular attention will be given to the art and architecture of the era and the central role played by Manet and the Impressionist artists who were painting the subjects of modern life in the city. The class will travel to Paris during Spring Break to visit and experience sites studied in class, plan on $2200 for travel expenses.

HNRS 485 Honors Research Seminar
Required course for all Honors students admitted Fall 2010 or after
Inquire about fulfilling your ENGINEERING 2020 Research requirement through this course
Instructor: Annette LeZotte
CRN 27185
Mondays 3:30-4:20, Honors Seminar Room, 115B Neff Hall

Students majoring in various disciplines meet together one hour per week to discuss best practices in academic research, differences in research expectations in different subject areas, the research process (grant writing to publication), research ethics, project management, and other issues related to academic research.  Guest lecturers from the libraries and various academic disciplines teach students high-level skills needed for successful research.  Each student is responsible for finding a faculty member on campus to supervise them on a research project during the semester.  One-third of the grade is determined by participation in the class, including written assignments, presentations to the class, and other work.  The remainder of the grade is based on the research project completed.  The course is meant to supplement, not replace, the research methods course found in many disciplines.  Students who complete this course have an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of academic research, exposure to research practices in a variety of disciplines, and experience conducting independent research.  Students are therefore very well prepared for graduate school and/or careers that involve research.

HNRS 481 Cooperative Education and HNRS 481N Honors Internship

Students wishing to earn Honors cooperative education or internship credit must make an appointment to see the director of Honors regarding appropriate placements prior to enrolling to earn co-op or internship credit.  You cannot earn “retroactive” Honors credit for previously completed co-op/internship experiences.  In general, Honors cooperative education and internship placements differ from traditional co-op/internship placements in that they are:

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Graduate student level
  • Project-based involving multiple agencies or employers
  • Opportunities that lead to publications or professional presentations

HNRS 481N Honors Internships at the Center for Community Support and Research
Honors students may engage in for-credit or not-for-credit internships at the Center for Community Support and Research.  Please contact Dr. LeZotte via e-mail if you are interested in learning more about the Spring 2012 CCSR projects:

  • Evaluation of Mental Health Consumer Initiatives
  • Evaluation of Kansas Leadership Efforts
  • Evaluation of Person-Centered Hospital Discharge Model (HDM)
  • A Medicaid Study of the Use of Provisional Assessments in Hospital Discharges
  • Evaluation of Early Childhood Programs
  • Promoting Self-Help Services to Kansas Medicaid Providers and Recipients
  • Community Collaborations and Organizational Capacity Building
  • Development of Trauma-Informed Care Services
  • Examining the Integration of Mental Health and Physical Health Services
  • Development of Advanced Training for Certified Peer Specialists
  • Development of the Certified Peer Specialist Newsletter
  • Business-Operations Support for CCSR


  • 25038  CSD 416H Intro to Language Disorders 11:00-12:15 TR 110 AH  Self
  • 25039  CSD 491 Honors Research Project Appointment Course   Goldberg
  • 25813  CSD 491 Honors Research Project Appointment Course   Mefferd
  • 27165  CSD 491 Honors Research Project Appointment Course   Scherz
  • 27166  CSD 491 Honors Research Project Appointment Course   Self
  • 25808  ENGL 102H College English 2 Honors 11:00-12:15 TR 103 DH  Flores
  • 21908  FREN 111H Elem French I Honors  1:00-1:50 MTWRF 308 JH  Burkett
  • 27370  FREN 111H Elem French I Honors  5:30-7:50 MW  West Campus Bailey
  • 27406  FREN 111H Elem French I Honors  10:30-11:20 MTWRF 308 JH  Burkett
  • 21914  FREN 112H Elem French II Honors  9:30-10:20 MTWRF 308 JH  Burkett
  • 21916  FREN 112H Elem French II Honors  11:30-12:55 MWF 105 MC Bailey
  • 21979  FREN 210H Intermed French Honors 1:00-2:20 MWF 306 JH  AbiMikhael
  • 27408  FREN 210H Intermed French Honors 4:30-6:50 MW  TBA  Bailey
  • 21983  FREN 300H Intermed Fr Reading 2  11:30-12:55 MWF 227 MC Roussel
  • 21987  FREN 324H Intro Conv/Comp Honors 4:30-7:50 T  306 JH  Baldridge
  • 22596  MATH 243H Calculus II Honors  10:30-11:20 MTWRF 372 JB  Brady
  • 27409  POLS 121H American Politics  9:30-10:45 TR  223 HH  Allen
  • 27410  POLS 121H American Politics  11:00-12:15 TR 223 HH  Allen
  • 26460  SPAN 220H Inter Span Gram/Comp 9:30-10:20 MWF 105 MC Flores-Cuautle
  • 25323  SPAN 223H Sel Span Readings  10:30-11:20 MWF 310 JH  Wilks