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
HONR 224: ARTS
Expressionism and the Arts
Jeremy Sagala, School of Music
“The artist expresses only what he has within himself, not what he sees with his eyes.” Alexej von Jawlencky (1864-1941). This class will examine the aesthetic of German Expressionism ca. 1910-1940. Through readings, viewings, and class discussion of representative musical works, films, paintings, and poetry, students will gain an understanding of expressionist artists’ intentions and their creations. The course will trace the inception of Expressionism as a reaction against the overt naturalism of late romanticism, through various developments within its socio-political and historical context, and ultimately to its decline at the hands of the Nazi party.
HONR 225, sec 1: HUMANITIES
Dr. Ray Belliotti, Philosophy
This course exposes students to several traditional philosophical questions related to the nature and morality of war; develops students' analytic and evaluative skills; reveals the political and ideological perspectives animating debates about war; and challenges students to reimagine and remake a philosophical theory of war that might fuel public policy. We will concentrate on the following questions: Under what conditions, if any, is engaging in a war morally permissible? Under what conditions, if any, can a war be conducted in a morally permissible fashion? Are general moral theories adequate to assess the morality of war? What historical, philosophical, economic, and sociological reasons impel nations to make war? Our overall aim will be to develop an understanding of war that fuses theory and practice. To attain such goals we will examine thoroughly the historical conditions, political events, economic circumstances, and sociological backgrounds that formed the contexts for the following wars: World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnamese War, the War in Bosnia, India-Pakistani Wars, the Israel- Arab Wars, the Iran-Iraq War, and the Iraqi-USA War.
HONR 225, sec 2: HUMANITIES
Literature and the Visual Arts
Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck, English
This course will focus on the long-standing and often contentious relationship between literature and the visual arts from ancient Greece up to the present. Starting with Simonides' chiasmic definition of painting as mute poetry and of poetry as speaking pictures, we will investigate a number of key-aspects of this long tradition including the Renaissance notion of a paragone or "contest" between the arts; the appeal of the literary trope of ekphrasis ("painting with words") to ancient poets; and, more recently, the unprecedented demands placed upon contemporary writers to justify their art in the face of a predominantly visual culture. Readings and viewings will include literary texts and artworks as well as art theory and literary criticism.
HONR 226: SOCIAL SCIENCE
Hacking, Surveillance, and Privacy
Robert Olson, Computer and Information Sciences
This course will examine the many of the societal issues and concerns related to the pervasive integration of computer technology into our everyday lives. Students will be taught basic principles of IT and networking which will be quickly expanded on through the presentation of open-source, freely available computer security tools. Through tightly controlled demonstrations, students will learn why hackers frequently say that computer security is a fiction. Once students have a foundation in the mechanisms used by hackers to circumvent security, discussions will shift to a focus on the societal questions surrounding computer security such as the relationship between computer security and free speech, state-sponsored computer crime, technological surveillance, cyber war, and privacy.
HONR 227: NATURAL SCIENCE
Math and Music
Dr. Julia Wilson, Mathematical Sciences
Math and music have been linked in many ways throughout history. In fact, music was considered a mathematical subject by classical and Medieval scholars. This course will be a survey of this wide range of topics, with special emphasis on the history and mathematics of scales, historical and modern theories of consonance, mathematics in instrument design, mathematics in composition, and the philosophical and cognitive connections between math and music.
HONR 228: AMERICAN HISTORY
HONR 229: WESTERN CIVILIZATION
Women in Italian Film
Dr. Chiara De Santi, Modern Languages
This course focuses on the analysis of women and gender roles in Italian film from the mid-1940s to the present time to underline how the protagonists and the roles they played changed over time in Italy and Europe, based on historical, social, and cultural changes, which are analyzed and discussed together with the films.
While male Italian directors – Rossellini, De Sica, De Santis, Visconti, Fellini just to list a few – have always occupied the most prominent place in the Italian cinema, starting in the 1970s with Wertmüller and Cavani, female directors began to play an important role in Italian cinema, from Comencini to Archibugi, from Torre to Nicchiarelli, to list a few. With films directed by both men and women, the course discusses analogies and differences in the films to evaluate their approaches in the depictions of women over time in a Western society and how they changed based on the different historical eras. The course emphasis is specifically devoted to historical, social, and cultural aspects, through the analytical lens of gender, cultural, and film studies.
HONR 230: WORLD HISTORY
Dr. Daniela Peterka-Benton, Criminal Justice
Transnational crime has emerged in recent years as an important security issue on the international agenda, presenting considerable challenges to policymakers, researchers and agents combating these crimes. Governmental and academic actors have focused their discussions on the answer to the question "what is transnational crime?" with the belief that a more accurate and objective definition of the phenomenon would have a more effective impact. So, like many other categories of social sciences, defining "transnational crime" has become a constant challenge. Over the past two decades, as the world economy has globalized, so has its illicit counterpart. The global impact of transnational crime has risen to unprecedented levels. Criminal groups have appropriated new technologies, adapted horizontal network structures that are difficult to trace and stop, and diversified their activities. The result has been an unparalleled scale of international crime.
This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview on emerging global crime threats. Students will learn about the difficulties criminologist face researching crime internationally and will be introduced to various types of transnational crimes including drug trafficking, stolen property, counterfeiting, human trafficking, fraud and cyber-crime, commercial vices, extortion and racketeering, money laundering and corruption.
HONR 300, sec 1: HONORS COLLOQUIUM
Dr. Alex Caviedes
HONR 300, sec 2: HONORS COLLOQUIUM (Juniors and Seniors Only)