Honors Program Courses

Summer 2017 Courses

Courses that count toward the Humanities Gen.-Ed. Requirement

instructor: Andrew Wilson. This is the Honors Colloquium class. This course is required for all Honors students who wish to acquire Honors Program Graduation status. Students will survey primary sources from various academic disciplines. Core readings may include selections from Plato, the Buddha, Bacon, Darwin, Freud, Nietzsche, Rousseau, Machiavelli, Swift, Voltaire (Candide), Marx, Douglass, and de Beauvoir; these may be supplemented with selections from authors such as Lao Tzu, Confucius, St. Augustine, the Prophet Mohammed, Bede the Venerable, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Students will select and lead classroom sessions on the readings; students will also have the opportunity to discuss these “great ideas” with Harper professors from across the campus and from many academic disciplines. (Note: half of the seats in this course are in the HST 105 “half” and half are in the HUM 105 half. You sign up for one or the other, not both. They count the same.)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 4:40

Fall 2017 Courses


First Year Seminar

Instructor: John Garcia. The course will ask students to consider what they take to be the great challenges facing their generation. Then, students will learn how the various academic disciplines would each approach these problems, learning how to do basic research from the perspectives of the Liberal Arts, the Social Sciences, and the Physical Sciences. The goal will be to develop our ability to see these problems through different lenses, while also thinking about what it means to be an Honors student and how the academic thinking we will do might connect to our lives beyond Harper. Note: This course is reserved for students in their first semester at Harper College.

MW 2 pm – 3:15 pm

Courses that count toward the Communications General Education Requirement

Instructors: tba In this course students will learn how to craft persuasive arguments using modern and classical understandings of rhetoric. The class will use debate and discussion to explore issues that matter today. Reading and writing assignments will focus on arguments about critical and controversial issues. Rather than asking students to absorb or expand on these works, students will be encouraged to contradict and to critically examine statements by figures of authority.

MW 12:30pm-1:45pm

Instructor: Jeff Przybylo. This will allow students to discover the power of effective communication. A 2015 Pew Research study found that communication, critical thinking and teamwork are among the top 5 skills those that do the hiring for companies are looking for. Emphasis will be placed on delivery, organization, research, audience analysis, and argumentation. However, honors students will also work in teams to plan, rehearse and revise their presentations. Working in small groups enables students to not only gain knowledge and experience in public speaking, but also leadership, conflict management, interpersonal communication and teamwork. Honors Speech focuses on overall communication and not just presentational skills.

Tuesday nights, 6pm – 8:40 pm

Courses that count toward the Humanities Gen.-Ed. Requirement

Instructor: Joshua Sunderbruch. This is the Honors Colloquium class.  This course is required for all Honors students who wish to acquire Honors Program Graduation status.  Students will survey primary sources from various academic disciplines.

Instructor: Brett Fulkerson-Smith. This is the Honors Colloquium class.  This course is required for all Honors students who wish to acquire Honors Program Graduation status.  Students will survey primary sources from various academic disciplines. 

Instructors: Michael Horton. Religions are everywhere and affect every aspect of all our lives. To understand something so complicated and so dynamic-so alive-requires going beyond creeds and dogmas. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to answering questions such as: How might religion and politics interact in other parts of the world? How might religious language differ from ordinary language? What social movements arose out of religion? How do religions change over time and in different cultures? Our studies and interactions will not end at the classroom door. Studying phenomena without boundaries requires our perspectives to do the same.
*Fulfills the World Cultures and Diversity Requirement.

TR 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Instructor: Leslye Smith and Kurt Hemmer. This course is a Learning Community, which means you take two course back to back, with the instructors and students there the whole time, and the material from the two courses is integrated together. Students in this class will look at depictions of the Holocaust in Literature and Film, as well as the historical accounts. You will even have the opportunity to make your own student films.

MW 11 am – 12:15 and 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Courses that count toward the Social Sciences General Education Requirement

Instructor: Kirsten Matthews. This course will explore the theme of conformity/compliance as a major source of evil in society and will pay special attention to social psychology and the psychology of women.

TR 12:30 – 1:45

Instructor: Bobby Summers. The course explores the issues of today as well as the challenges that confronted the founding fathers. Students will consider the constitutional foundations of American government, the structure of federalism, as well as the inner workings of the courts, the Congress, and the presidency. By tracking current elections and politics, we will discuss the roles played by political parties, special-interest groups, public opinion, and elections. Finally, we'll examine some of the policy dilemmas confronted by American government today and yesterday, including civil liberties, civil rights, foreign policy, and economic regulation. In addition to the material presented by the instructor, students will select and lead classroom discussions from supplemental historical and contemporary readings.

Mondays 6 pm – 8:40 pm

Courses that count toward the Physical Sciences General Education Requirement

Instructor: Bhasker Moorthy. In Honors Astronomy, students try to make the study of the heavens more personal through the use of more observatory sessions, planetarium visits, and special off-campus lectures. In addition, the students become involved in a research project that concentrates on a particular aspect of astronomy and that helps them develop self-confidence in their understanding of science. Finally, the close interaction between the instructor and student helps promote a better awareness of how the study of astronomy can influence our everyday lives.
Note: this class fulfills the lab requirement for science. 4 credit hours.

Mon (lab) 3:00-4:50 and Tue & Thu 3:30-4:45

Instructor: Andy Kidwell.  This course will offer an innovative, hands-on approach to chemistry instruction by having students apply principles of general chemistry to such contemporary issues as global warming. Note: this class fulfills the lab requirement for science. (5 credit hours) There are two sections of this course:           

CHM 121 HN1 CRN 32238
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 – 10:45 (lecture) +
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. (9:30 – 10:20, discussion and 10:30 – 1:15, lab)

CHM 121 – HN2 CRN 34086
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (lecture) +
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 4:45 p.m. (lab) & Mondays 3:30 – 4:20 (discussion)

Courses that count toward the Math General Education Requirement

instructor: Kyle Knee. Calculus is a subject rich with beautiful applications in many areas of science, technology and engineering. In our honors section of Calculus I, we will be introduced to and investigate the three ideas that constitute the basis for our single variable real analysis – the limit, the derivative, and the integral. Although the applications are vast, we will develop the concepts with enough mathematical rigors to emphasize the logical framework, to then apply that framework to an ample number of applications to fully appreciate the richness of Calculus’ utility. (5 credit hours)

Monday – Friday 8 am – 8:50 am

instructor: Kimberly Polly. If you are not likely to be pursuing majors that require Calculus, you might be more interested in Statistics as an important Math course. You can place into this course after Math 080 or 082, or with a Math ACT of 22. The course focuses on mathematical reasoning and the solving of real-life problems in statistics, rather than on routine skills. Computer labs using statistical software packages are incorporated throughout course. This course will use a “flipped” classroom model, in which in-class work will focus on discussions after students do work at home to prepare for them, to introduce students to descriptive and inferential statistics through real-world examples. (4 credit hours) (note – this is a blended course, so additional work is done online)

MW 9 – 9:50 am

Special Courses

(Students Cannot Sign up for These Courses online, as they are only offered via permission of the Honors Coordinators; Contact the coordinators at honors@harpercollege.edu for more information on how to enroll.) *Students can take up to six hours of Independent Study for Approved Elective Credit, if they have sophomore status. However, be aware that not all schools accept Independent Studies as Transfer Credits.

This independent study offers students hands-on experience editing The Challenger, the newsletter of the Harper Honors Society. Students will work closely together, and with Professor Tomasian, in doing layout and soliciting, writing, and editing articles for this official publication of the Honors Society. 3 credit hours. Limit: 4 students. Meeting time(s) to be decided.

The Ethics Bowl is now officially part of the Honors Program. Students in the Honors Program can get 3 credit hours of Honors Program credit for participating in preparations for the Fall Ethics Bowl competitions. For more information, please contact Professor Garcia.