Honors Program Courses

Spring 2018 Courses

Courses that count toward the Communications General Education Requirement

Instructors: Alicia Tomasian. This class will provide you with an introduction to drama, poetry, and fiction through the lens of English-speaking society’s evolving ideas about the Devil.  We will cover roughly 250 years, from early seventeenth-century England to colonial America and then back to Victorian London, with a final brief visit to the all-American town of South Park.  As we examine depictions of The Evil One, we will also be contemplating how various devils capture the anxieties of their particular cultures.  When do people use the Devil as a scapegoat, and at what points in history were people willing to accept evil as human in origin?   How do ideas of the Devil reflect ideas about marriage, sexuality, women, and notions of the self?  Is the Devil pathetic, sexy, rich, cunning, or a figment of the human imagination?   

MW 12:30pm-1:45pm

Instructor: Richard Johnson. Through this class, students will be asked to draw on their own life experiences and examine their own assumptions and preconceptions about civic engagement, service learning, Central America, and the U.S., in order to explore the central themes of the readings for the course. The class will be a 12-week course, starting in February, and, in addition to the class time, students will spend Spring Break in Nicaragua engaging in service learning there. (Note – this is not a course for which you can sign up online at registration. You must apply to be a part of this course. You can do so here: http://harpercollege-sa.terradotta.com/?go=honorsstudyabroadprogram The application website also has details re. cost and other requirements. For more information about the course youc an contact rjohnson@harpercollege.edu Application deadline is Oct. 20th)

Feb. 13th – May 18th, MW 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m + travel 3/23 – 4/1

Instructor: Margaret Bilos. This will allow students to discover the power of the spoken word, and students will receive instruction from Harper's award-winning, nationally respected Speech faculty (in this case, Prof. Przybylo!). Emphasis will be placed on delivery, organization, research, audience analysis, and argumentation. Significant time will be dedicated to peer analysis of presentations. Students will also be videotaped for self-analysis.

TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


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

Instructor: Pearl Ratunil. This is the Honors Colloquium class. This course is required for all Honors student who wish to acquire Honors Program Graduation status. Students will survey primary sources from various academic disciplines. Core readings might include selections from Plato, Darwin, Confucius, the Qur’an, Nietzsche, Rousseau, Bacon, Machiavelli, Marx, Martin Luther King, Jr., Simone de Beauvoir, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Students will select and lead classroom sessions on the readings; students may also have the opportunity to discuss these “great ideas” with Harper professors from across the campus and from many academic disciplines.

T 6:30 p.m. to 9:10 p.m.
(The first CRN is for HST 105; the second is for HUM 105. Sign up under one or the other, not both. It’s the same class, fulfilling the same requirements, either way.)

Instructor: David Richmond and John Garcia. We are running two sections of this Honors Great Ideas course in the Spring, which is the one course you need if you would like to graduate with Honors Program Graduate distinction. We are particularly excited to be offering this section as a team-taught course for the first time, with both instructors being there each class. See the description for HUM/HST 105 HN 2 above.

MW 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
(The first CRN is for HUM 105; the second is for HST 105. Sign up under one or the other, not both. It’s the same class, fulfilling the same requirements, either way.)

Instructors: Charles Roderick. This course is a non-traditional introduction to how we study (consume), and make (produce) visual art and culture. From the perspective of artists, theorists, art historians, and philosophers, students will actively participate in developing a foundation in visual literacy and methodologies for different ways of looking, discussing, and critiquing traditional and contemporary art media. The student will be introduced to the various processes, materials, vocabulary, and styles that constitute the diverse world of the visual arts. Students will produce projects, both solo and collaborative, aimed at connecting to the course subject of the course and the larger world. (Fulfills the Fine Arts portion of the Humanities Gen-Ed Requirement)

TR 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Instructor: Brett Fulkerson-Smith. 2017 marked the 75th anniversary of the United States' involvement in World War II. To popularize National Socialism, Adolf Hitler and other Nazis appealed to the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. This course critically examines the extent to which Nietzsche' philosophy supports such a political philosophy. Special emphasis will be given to Nietzsche' characterization of the philosopher as cultural physician and legislator. The course will conclude with an examination of Nietzsche's relationship to white supremacy, resurgent in the United States.

MW 11 am – 12:15

Courses that count toward the Social Sciences General Education Requirement

Instructor: Helmut Publ. The intent of this course is to introduce the student to the comprehensive discipline of Anthropology and how it applies to our understanding of human behavior through time from the physical, cultural, and archaeological perspectives. Among the topics we will examine are human physical and cultural evolution, the origin of civilization, language, religion, kinship, economic and political organization, culture change, and more. It is noteworthy that students will have access to our very rich and extensive replica fossil hominid collection (one of the best-equipped and most comprehensive collections of any two-year college in the U. S.); this will provide them with a unique, hands-on opportunity to handle, observe, and compare world-wide specimens in an authentic context, whereas non-Harper folks might simply be viewing pictures in books. Core readings will include a textbook in Anthropology supplemented with selected articles on anthropological topics that students will have an opportunity to discuss. The course will also include a variety of films aimed at enhancing the various topics we cover, plus an added bonus of a possible museum field trip.

MW 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Instructor: Getachew Begashaw. Macroeconomics tries to teach students a) what the economy is, and b) how the economy functions. As most of us know, the media continually draws our attention (esp. lately) to what is happening to interest rates, unemployment, and “the median income.” But can exposure to television and print-media business reports really provide an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of the complex world of economics? In this Honors section, we’ll look carefully at a number of timely questions: “Will the economy suffer another recession soon? Can the US government (with all of its tireless infighting) reduce the budget deficit? Should taxes be raised? Lowered? Does globalization improve or worsen our economic growth?” We’ll begin with an introduction to economics, highlighting the problem of scarcity. Then, we’ll gradually build upon a handful of economic models in an effort to understand, at last, how they apply to the cold realities of Wall Street and Main Street.
(Note – this is Blended course, so you meet only once a week rather than twice, and do more work independently online.)

T- 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Instructor: Kirsten Matthews. For those of you who took Psychology 101 and loved it, we are trying to make sure we offer an exciting 200 level Psychology class the next semester. We are very excited to offer Child Psychology again this spring. This course is a wonderful because it covers so much of life, from conception through puberty. Do babies know physics? Should we trust children’s eyewitness testimony? Do parents really matter? In Child Psychology, explore these questions and many more by integrating theories, scientific research, and real-world applications.

TR 9:30 am – 10:45 am

instructor: Monica Edwards. Course description coming soon.

TR 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Courses that count toward the Physical and Life Sciences General Education Requirement

Instructor: Daniel Ranieri. This course follows CHM 121 as the second semester of a general chemistry sequence. A major emphasis of this course will be the study of experimental data and its connection to and development of theory. Students will engage the principles of chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base reactions, electrochemistry, and thermodynamics. The course also introduces topics in organic, nuclear, transition metal, and descriptive chemistry. Laboratory includes experiments related to lecture material. Fulfills lab course requirement. (5 credit hours)

Mon./Wed., 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (lecture); Mon., 3:20 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. (discussion), Thurs. 2:00 pm – 4:45 p.m. (lab)

Instructor: Margaret Geppert.  Engineers and scientists, do you like to tinker? Or do you have no building experience whatsoever and need a place to start? Come take PHY 201 and get project development experience vital to your career. Fulfill lab course requirement (5 credit hours)    

MW 9 a.m. – 11:50 a.m

Note: Students must have completed Calc I (MTH 200) to take this course. It is recommended to take Calc II (MTH 201) in the same semester as this course, if not already taken.

instructor: Katherine Hollis. This course is a great course for students thinking of going Pre-Med, or for Biology majors, and it is a required course in the Nursing Program. We are excited to be offering it for the first time this Spring. A more complete description will be coming soon. Fulfills lab course requirement. (4 credit hours)

TR, 8 a.m. – 8:50 am (lab); TR 9 – 10:40 p.m. (lecture)

Courses that count toward the Math General Education Requirement

Instructor: Kyle Knee. This course is a continuation from MTH 200. Calculus is a subject rich with beautiful applications in many areas of science, technology and engineering. In our honors section of Calculus II, 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 rigor 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