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Honors Courses

Fall 2016

To earn an Honors Diploma, students must take seven Honors Program courses, including HUM 498.   

Note: Students may NOT switch from an Honors section to a non-Honors section of a course after the first week drop/add date. Additionally, if a student does not perform consistently in both the Honors and non-Honors components of a class, he or she will receive the lower grade. In other words, one cannot take the Honors section of a non-Honors class (such as Biology 112 or Phys 415, for example), perform poorly on the Honors work, and still expect to receive a high grade in the course. Since it is an Honors course, Honors level work is expected in all course requirements.


ENG 232: Honors World Literature II – Sections A & B  

Dr. Elizabeth Broadwell  

TR 9:30-10:45 & 11:00-12:15 | BU 357 | CRN 20242 and 20243  

 A survey of significant prose and poetry writers of world literature from 1600 to the present.  This course will include an emphasis on writing skills.  ENG 232 by itself can be substituted for ENG 112. ENG 231 and 232 together can be substituted for ENG 111,112 and one of the following: ENG 211, 212, 221, or 222.    

This course meets an English General Education Requirement.


CE 314: Honors Engineering Economy                                                                

Mr. Gene McGinnis

TR 11:00-12:15 | Nolan 241 | CRN 20195

This course deals with a wide array of issues facing the practicing engineer. Topics include: Fundamentals of engineering economy, cost concepts, time value of money and equivalence, economic analysis of alternatives, depreciation and after-tax analysis, effects of inflation on economic analysis, currency exchange rates, effects of global economic issues on engineering decision making. Prerequisite: MATH 132 and permission of the department. NOTE: All Honors Engineering students (regardless of engineering major - ECE, ME, etc.) who want to take this course should sign up for this section (CE 314).Honors students will be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional requirements.

This course does not meet a General Education Requirement but is a requirement for several majors in the School of Engineering.


 ECON 214: Honors Principles of Microeconomics                                    

Professor Papachristou

 MWF 10:00-10:50 & TR 8:00-8:50 | BU 222 | CRN 20563 and 20564

Attention is focused on the micro concept of economic analysis, and primary attention given to the theory of the firm and partial equilibrium problems arising within any enterprise economy. Attention is also given to government regulation of business, the theory of income distribution as it pertains to the determination of wages, rents and profits, and international trade. Honors students will be in class with non-Honors students but will have additional assignments and requirements.  

This course does not meet a University General Education Requirement but is required for all business and accounting majors.


ECON 215: Honors Principles of Macroeconomics                                    

Professor Papachristou

 MWF 1:00-1:50 & MW 3:30-4:45 | BU 222 | CRN 20565 and 20566

This course focuses attention on the aggregate or macroeconomic relationships and gives attention to the central problems of economic organization, the functioning of the price system, the economic role of government, the determination of national income, employment, the rate of inflation, and fiscal and monetary policy. Further, the student is introduced to the interactions between aggregate markets such as the product market, the factor/labor market, and the money market. Honors students will be in class with non-Honors students but will have additional assignments and requirements.

This course does not meet a University General Education Requirement but is required for all business and accounting majors.


ENG 232: World Literature    

Dr. Juliette Paul

TR 9:30-10:45 & 11:00-12:15 | BU 101 | CRN 20066 and 20067

A survey of significant prose and poetry writers of world literature from 1600 to the present.  This course will include an emphasis on writing skills.  ENG 232 by itself can be substituted for ENG 112. ENG 231 and 232 together can be substituted for ENG 111,112 and one of the following: ENG 211, 212, 221, or 222.  

This course meets an English General Education Requirement.  


HUM 498: Honors Capstone: Spirituality and Ethics of Eating                       

Dr. Emily Holmes

Friday 2:00-5:00 | BU 224 | CRN 20160

The Honors Capstone takes food as the topic of our interdisciplinary discussion. This course explores the thesis that food is not primarily a commodity but a relationship. Food serves not only to nourish bodies but to link people to one another, to God, and to the land, plants, and animals. Practices of eating are layered with social and symbolic meaning. Because eating is so central to our identity as human beings, religion has a lot to say about the best practices of growing, consuming, and sharing food. Part I of this course examines the role of food and eating in the sacred texts and rituals of Judaism and Christianity. Increasingly, Americans are rethinking their attitudes to food and eating in light of nutritional, environmental, and ethical concerns. Part II therefore turns to contemporary discussions of food with attention to their spiritual and ethical dimensions. Because this is a service learning course, a service project is a central component of the course requirements. Additionally, the course includes a cooking component.

This course does not meet a University General Education Requirement but does meet the HUM requirement for School of Arts students. It is also required for anyone who wishes to earn an Honors Diploma.


PHYS 150: Honors Physics I – Sections C and D                                           

Dr. John A. Varriano

 MWF 10:00-10:50 &11:00-11:50 | AH 005 | CRN 20291 and 20293  

A beginning course in physics covering the topics of kinematics, dynamics, gravitation, work, energy, momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics. Prerequisite: MATH 129 or 131. Corequisite: PHYS 150L. Honors students are expected to complete more work than students who take the non-honors portion of the class. Honors PHYS 150-C meets at the same time and in the same room as PHYS 150-A, and Honors PHYS 150-D meets at the same time and in the same room as PHYS 150-B. 

This course meets a Natural Science General Education Requirement and a requirement for several majors in the Schools of Sciences and Engineering.


PHYS 251: Honors Physics II – Section B and D                                                 

Dr. Ted Clarke

MWF 12:00-12:50 | AH 005 | CRN 20304 and 20306

A second course in physics covering electric forces, electric fields, voltage, capacitance, current, resistance, magnetic forces, magnetic fields, induction, oscillations, and waves. Prerequisite PHYS 150. Corequisite: PHYS 251L. Honors students are expected to complete more work than students who take the non-honors portion of the class.  

This course does not meet a University General Education Requirement.


RS 218: Honors New Testament  

Dr. James Wallace

 MWF 10:00-10:50 | BU 112 | CRN 20125

A discussion of the Christian scriptures from literary, historical, and theological points of view concentrating on the life and teachings of Christ and the spread of Christianity after His death and resurrection.

This course meets a Religious Studies General Education Requirement


CJ/SOC 365: Honors Deviant Behavior   

Dr. Kelly James

MWF 12-12:50 | BU 223 | CRN 20698 (CJ) and 20694 (SOC)

During the semester we will examine norms, codes of conduct, and subcultures created around rule-breaking behavior. Topics may include crime, hate groups, mental illness, drug use, pornography, prostitution, and others. We will not learn to be better deviants necessarily (although we may pick up some pointers along the way), but instead, we will examine the players, the social process, and the outcomes of deviant behavior. Who decides what is punishable and unacceptable? What happens to those people labeled and stigmatized? How do subcultures develop and maintain within mainstream society? These and many more questions will be investigated throughout the semester. For Honors Program students the course prerequisite of Sociology 101 has been removed.

This course does not meet a University General Education Requirement.


Honors Contract

 As of Spring 2014, students may now contract TWO Honors courses – Go to http://www.cbu.edu/honors-contracts and/or contact Dr. Burke for information on contracting up to two (increased from one) of your Honors requirements. You must be a sophomore (reduced from junior) and have completed three (reduced from four) Honors courses with a B average or better.