GENERAL HONORS (GHR)
General Honors Program
(Open to qualified students in all schools and colleges within the university) - 15 credits, including 3 credits of GHR 490 and 12 credits to be selected from any General Honors courses offered.
+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.
GHR 100 Cr. 3
Search for Values: The Enduring Quest
A survey of humanity's search for values from an historical frame of reference with emphasis on the contemporary world. Prerequisite: admission to the General Honors Program.
GHR 205 Cr. 3
Classical Myths and Modern Literature
A survey of our quest for meanings and explanations of both ourselves and our world as manifested in the mythologies of the world and the reappearance of these myths in contemporary literature. Prerequisite: GHR 100 and good standing in the General Honors Program.
GHR 206 Cr. 3
Human Nature and Political Life
A survey of important ideas about human nature and their impact in shaping political beliefs and institutions. The course will include a summary and analysis of various important conceptions of human nature and the influence they have had on subsequent political choices. Selected readings will represent an array of Western and non-Western cultures with both male and female thinkers included. Prerequisites: GHR 100 and good standing in General Honors Program. Offered every two years.
GHR 215 Cr. 3
The Florentine Renaissance
A survey of the arts in Florence until their confluence in the creation of opera. The Florentine as role model for life-long inter-disciplinary inquiry. Emphasis on paintings of Giotto and Leonardo, sculptures of Ghiberti and Michelangelo; the story and music for the theatre as synthesized by Peri, Caccini and Monteverdi. The diffusion of the style and mannerism. Prerequisites: GHR 100 and good standing in the General Honors Program.
GHR 220 Cr. 3
Global Roots of United States Literature
An exploration of the literatures (poems, myths, songs, stories, drama) of multi-cultural populations of the United States to include gender, class, and ethnicity, from pre-European contact to the present with a focus on the oral and global roots that connect American literature with that of the world. An interdisciplinary approach in both content and method is used as the literature is considered in the context of both history and culture. Prerequisites: GHR 100, ENG 110, and good standing in the General Honors Program.
GHR 290 Cr. 4
Science: Creative Search for Understanding
An in-depth study of the methods of science and their significance to science and society for students in both the sciences and non-sciences. The development of science made possible by the development of its investigative methods will be traced; the development of selected scientific theories will be examined and future areas of scientific progress and effects of science on society will be explored. Prerequisite: GHR 100 and good standing in the General Honors Program.
GHR 295 Cr. 3
Decisions in a World of Science and Technology
An in-depth study which seeks to: (a) develop the role of science and technology in the progress of the modern world, (b) review the utilization of science and technology in recent years especially in the utilization of energy, and (c) prepare the student for the future utilization of science and technology. Prerequisites: GHR 100 and good standing in the General Honors Program.
GHR 305 Cr. 3
The nature, origin and evolution of the physical universe, studied non-mathematically. An examination of evidence for currently accepted or debated cosmological theories, to develop a familiarity with issues and evidence in contemporary cosmology as a basis for actual cosmological thinking on the part of the student, and to study the presence of cosmological theories in unconsciously held cultural assumptions throughout history to the present. Prerequisite: admission to the General Honors Program. Offered occasionally.
GHR 330 Cr. 3
Literary Studies: The Battle of the Books
The novel documents the human experience, exploring the conflicts, confusions, passions, the ideas and ideals that have engaged the human mind and spirit from the Ancients to the Moderns. To understand and appreciate the potency of narration, to communicate compelling human issues, is to understand the conventions, traditions, devices, techniques used by both past and present writers and to recognize the social, economic, historical, philosophical bodies of ideas that impinge on human experience in the Western tradition. This course will explore novels old and new, examining their contributions to provoking, informing, and delighting the modern reader. Prerequisite: GHR 100 and good standing in the General Honors Program.
GHR 351 Cr. 1-3
Symposium in Honors
Topics involving interdisciplinary studies appropriate for Honors will be offered at intervals with a specific title assigned to each. May be staffed by resident faculty or visiting lecturers. Prerequisite: GHR 100 and good standing in the General Honors Program. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. Variable offerings; check semester timetables.
GHR 400 Cr. 3
Human Nature, Culture, and Reality
An exploration of the process of being, and remaining, human. Three major and interrelated concepts will serve as a framework for discussion: human nature, culture, and reality. Prerequisites: GHR 100 and good standing in the General Honors Program.
GHR 410 Cr. 3
Justice in Democratic Societies
An examination of the central role played by theories of justice in the formation of institutions and social practices in modern societies. Themes include the meaning of justice, the historical evolution of contrasting ideological perspectives, and the ethical roots of public policy. Prerequisites: GHR 100 and good standing in the General Honors Program.
GHR 412 Cr. 3
American Political Economy
An examination of the growth of the American economy and the role of government in the process. Special attention given to government definition and protection of property rights and the evolution of the legal system, focusing on the changing role of government in the American economy from the colonial period through the present administration. Consideration of the fundamental role of government, the costs and benefits of government encroachment on a laissez-faire economy, and the effect of changes in the legal system on American economic growth. Prerequisite: GHR 100 and good standing in the General Honors Program.
GHR 415 Cr. 3
Hispanic South America
An interdisciplinary survey of the Spanish dominion and impact, starting with the voyages of Columbus on behalf of Ferdinand and Isabella and ending with 19th-century nationalism. Andalusian culture in the wake of military and religious conquests: racial and urban-rural conflicts reflected in arts and letters, philology and linguistics. Prerequisites: GHR 100 and good standing in the General Honors Program; or an upper-division course covering Spain or Latin America and eligibility for enrollment in the General Honors Program. Offered occasionally.
GHR 490 Cr. 3
Seniors Honors Project
Specialized, intensive study of a focused area chosen by the student in consultation with an adviser. The results of the project will be presented in written form to the advisory committee and orally at the General Honors Mini-conference at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: completion of 12 credits of General Honors course work and good standing in the General Honors Program.
Note: General Honors Program course work may be utilized to fulfill some of the General Education program and Liberal Studies and Science and Allied Health core requirements
In addition to the General Honors Program listed above, Departmental Honors programs are available in Biology/ Microbiology, Economics, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science/ Public Administration, Psychology and Sociology/Archaeology.