Students in the Honors Program are required to take at least four honors seminars
to complete the program. All seminars fulfill general education courses within specific
categories. To complete the general education program, courses in all categories must
Times and Dates subject to change
HONR 224: Arts
The Romantic Antihero in Music and Literature
Monday/Wednesday at 3-4:20pm
Since the enlightenment the recurring figure of the antihero has symbolized the philosophical tension between individual and society. This course will focus on iconic literary anti-heroes that have worked their way into music. From the literary side it will address the changing attitudes toward the outsider hero/villain across the Romantic and Modern eras. It will also present a survey of musical masterpieces from Mozart through to the present. By comparing the literary and musical versions of this character type, students who are not used to talking about classical music will develop a vocabulary for hearing and analyzing the dramatic features of "classical" music. Works treated will include Don Giovanni (Mozart), Byron's Manfred (Schumann, Tchaikovsky), Shakespeare's Coriolanus (Beethoven), Goethe's Faust (Liszt), Mérimée's Carmen (Bizet), Büchner's Wozzeck (Anton Webern), Crabbe's Peter Grimes (Britten).
HONR 225: Humanities
A Poet’s Guide to the English Language
E. E. Cummings said he based his entire poetics off the vaudeville joke: "Would you hit a woman with a baby? No, I'd hit her with a brick." Besides being in bad taste, Cummings' comment shows us that poems do something interesting with the language. This course will use poetry as a lens to teach students about the ins and outs of the English language, transforming dreaded subjects such as grammar and syntax into playful explorations of how writers from Caedmon to K*naan have brilliantly used and abused the so-called rules to create memorable works of art. Through a series of creative and critical exercises, students will learn how the structure of the English language underlies the structure of poetry and how poetry, like the other arts, relies for its effects on an element of structural surprise. Readings/viewings will include podcasts such as TEDTalks and Lexicon Valley as well as readings in poetry, poetics, and cognitive science.
Learning Objectives: This course has the following outcomes:
HONR 226: Social Science
HONR 227: Natural Science
Western New York Natural History: A Sense of Place
We will explore the natural history of a few of our local natural areas. This is a field-based course. We will observe and investigate natural history, conduct basic ecological projects, and read and discuss a wide variety of writings on nature. There will be field trips, library and writing assignments. A variety of guest speakers will present their perspectives. In this course we will examine our local out-of-doors through observations, walks, field study, readings, class discussions, short assignments, guest speakers, and writing assignments. At the end of the semester students should understand the following:
HONR 228: American History
Popular Music—The 1960s
Tuesday 5:00 -7:20pm
This course focuses on the history and the popular music of the 1960s, primarily the events in the United States. We concurrently study cultural movements such as, but not limited to, Civil Rights, the Bay of Pigs, the Kennedy Assassination, the Vietnam War, the Counterculture with music produced by Phil Spector, Motown, the British Invasion and developments on the West Coast. Students gain an understanding of how musical expression connects to social, cultural, political, economic and business, primarily the changes within the music industry. This course moves chronologically starting with two weeks of background for the 1930s and 1940s, then the 1950s, then one year each week through the 1960s.
HONR 229: Western Civilization
What is Post-Humanism?
This course is primarily a theoretical exploration of a “new” concept/field of inquiry (post-1990) that is becoming increasingly pervasive in the humanities and social sciences: posthumanism. Students have long been hearing about the “death” or “crisis” of the humanities and the increasingly irrelevance of this kind of inquiry. Posthumanist scholars, instead, see the “crisis” as the collapse of a tradition that is rightly coming to its “end” because of its inadequacy to address the state of the world and our – human – relation to other species, the planet and each other. By asking students to wrap their heads around this question, “What is Posthumanism?”, they will become acquainted with the key issues, debates and texts for themselves and be able to cast this debate into terms that they can use to reimagine the role of the humanities in changing the world around us, and our – human – place within that world. My goal will be to encourage students to see that “posthumanities” can help them see possibilities, rather than defending a tradition that perpetuates inequality, hierarchy and domination.
Learning objectives: this course will help students develop the ability:
HONR 230: World Cultures
Cultural Sensitivity and Global Citizenship
This course is to ensure that Fredonia undergraduate students will be able to succeed in a world marked by interdependence, diversity and rapid change. It provides knowledge and understanding of culture, language, geography and global perspectives. Moreover, it aims at helping students to develop cultural competency and global awareness; understand their roles in a global community and teaches them how their actions can affect citizens throughout the world. This course will make understanding global issues part and parcel of the learning experience. Through field trips and service learning projects, this course will instill in students a sense of adventure as well as a sense of responsibility to make the world a better place in which to live and work for all cultures.