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Honors Courses

Fall 2018

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.

BIOL 111 Honors Principles of Biology 1 – Section C    
Dr. Mary Ogilvie
MWF 10:00-10:50 & TR 8:30-9:20 | Cooper-Wilson 105 | CRN 10030
The first half of a comprehensive study of contemporary biology, this course covers bio-chemistry, cytology, photosynthesis, energy metabolism, cell division, development, genetics, evolution, systematics, and taxonomy of viruses, monerans, protists, and plant diversity. Corequisites: BIOL 111L and CHEM 101 or higher.
Honors students will be in this course with non-Honors students, but the Thursday discussion session will be Honors-only and in it students will conduct an additional project. (There is no designated Honors lab section at this time.) This course meets the Natural and Physical Sciences General Education Requirement.

CE 314 Honors Engineering Economy                                                                                         
Mr. Gene McGinnis            
MW 5:00-6:15| Nolan 241 | CRN 10409
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. 

ECE 400 Honors The Compleat Engineer                                                                                                
Dr. Eric Welch
TR 9:30-10:45 and T 11:00-12:00 | Assisi Hall 151/ St Joe 10 | CRN 10369
At least three HP students must sign up for the Honors section in order for it to be offered, so talk to your friends!
This course deals with a wide array of issues facing the practicing engineer. Topics include: engineering ethics; regulatory issues; health, safety, and environmental factors; reliability, maintainability, producibility, sustainability; and the context of engineering in the enterprise, in society, and as part of the global economy. Honors students will be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional assignments and requirements, including an extra one hour discussion session at a mutually agreeable time.  All Honors Engineering students (regardless of engineering major - ECE, ME, etc.) who want to take this course should sign up for this section (ECE 400, Honors); you will be given a course substitution waiver if necessary to meet your major’s requirements. Prerequisite: Junior standing

ENG 231 Honors Survey Of World Literature I – Section A & B
Dr. Kevin Chovanec
T/R 9:30-10:45 or 11:00-12:15 | Rosa Deal 305| CRN – check CBU schedule 
A survey of significant prose and poetry writers of world literature from ancient times through 1600. This course will include an emphasis on writings skills. This course meets an English General Education Requirement. ENG 231 by itself can be substituted for ENG 111. ENG 231 and 232 will substitute for ENG 111, ENG 112, and a Literature course.  

HIST 306 Social History of British Rock
Dr. Neal Palmer 
TR 9:30-10:45 | Rosa Deal 125 | CRN 10251 
This course is an exploration of the connections between British rock music and British society from the 1950s to the 1990s. It explores how changes in British society shaped and are reflected in British rock.  It even seeks to uncover ways in which the music shaped the society from which it came.  Looking at rock music from the social historical perspective provides an opportunity for a fresh vantage point, a way to position the music in its context and thereby to understand it in a new and, hopefully, deeper way. This approach has the potential to help us hear more in the music, to feel the music more deeply, and thus to have a deeper appreciation for and enjoyment of the music. At the same time, the music is a primary historical source that can provide a means for understanding the past. Because of the power of music to convey—and even create—a mood, it allows us to access the feel of the past in a way that is different from written texts and purely visual artifacts.  Since rock music is a youthful creation, a focus on it leads us to see British society from the perspective of its youthful generations. Apart from the running themes of love and having fun, several main topics emerge as concerns of British youth across the decades since the 1950s: education, sex, equality, national identity, drugs, Americanization, violence, and technology. Since rock is largely the creation of a music industry, there is also a concern among musicians with the music business. We will explore these main topics by reading scholarly studies, musical criticism, and biographies, and by direct analysis of lyrics, music, performances, and videos. Prerequisite: HIST 152 or HIST 108 with minimum grade of D

RS 397 Honors Special Topics: Tolkien and Lewis Themes
Dr. Scott Geis & Dr. James Buchanan Wallace
TR 11:00-12:15 | Rosa Deal 302 | CRN 10636
An examination of prominent biblical and theological themes in the fantasy-fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Topics will include creation and fall, good and evil, death and immortality, obedience and sacrifice, courage and cowardice, mystery and myth, calamity and redemption, freedom and coercion, and theological and environmental ethics. This course will assume students’ familiarity with The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia prior to the beginning of the semester. Prerequisite: 200-level RS course. This class will be submitted for GER approval.

PHIL 220 Honors Contemporary Moral Issues – Section D
Dr. Leigh Johnson
MWF 1:00-1:50 | Rosa Deal 303 | CRN 10527
This course will include a survey of the major texts and figures of ethical theory with an eye toward evaluating in what ways they may be helpful for thinking through contemporary moral and political issues in Memphis. Students will have an opportunity to interact with local leaders making an difference in Memphis in a number of areas, including but not limited to: music, the arts, crime and poverty prevention, food, religion, race relations, workers’ rights and commerce. This course meets the Moral Values General Education Requirement.

PHIL 350 Honors Philosophy of the Arts (focus is on film) – Section B
Dr. Leigh Johnson 
M 5:30-8:30pm | Spain Auditorium | CRN 10568 
A study of various philosophical responses to questions concerning art. Topics include the nature of art, the relation between different arts, the nature of artistic creation, and the problem of evaluating works of art. This course will focus on one particular art form, film, and the manner in which perennial philosophical questions are asked and answered in film.  In his groundbreaking work Cinema 1, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze asked: “What exactly do you, who do cinema, do?  And for me: what do I do when I do, or hope to do, philosophy?”  For Deleuze, one thing that both philosophy and cinema do is tell stories.  Philosophy tells stories with concepts.  Cinema tells stories with blocks of moving images.  Philosophy often evokes or utilizes movement and images in the course of clarifying concepts and, similarly, film quite often evokes or utilizes concepts in the course of making art. We will begin with the assumption that films are not only artistic and entertaining; they are also sometimes philosophically profound. Over the course of the semester, we will investigate several of the major themes, issues, and questions of Philosophy as they are evidenced in film. In the process of doing so, we will try to understand some of the uniqueness of what it is that cinema “does” and how we might learn and understand things through film differently than we do through language or concepts. By the end of the course, students will have gained knowledge of themes, figures, and perennial questions in several of the major subfields of Philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and political theory. Additionally, students will be able to formulate critical, philosophical analyses of film. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. This class does NOT meet a GER. 

PHYS 150 Honors Physics I – Section B 
Dr. Gregory Vieira
MWF 10:00-10:50 and MWF 11:00-11:50 | Assisi Hall 005 | CRN 10153 and 10155
A beginning course in physics covering the topics of kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, momentum, rotational kinematics, and dynamics. Honors students will be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional requirements. Prerequisite: MATH 129 or 131. Corequisite: PHYS 150L

PHYS 251 Honors Physics II – Sections B & D                                                                              
MWF 8:00-8:50 & 9:00-9:50 | Assisi Hall 005 | CRN 10068 & CRN 10170
A second course in physics covering electric forces, electric fields, voltage, capacitance, current, resistance, magnetic forces, magnetic fields, induction, oscillations, and waves. Honors students will be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional requirements. Prerequisite: PHYS 150 Corequisite: PHYS 251L

Honors Contract 

Students may contract two Honors courses – Go to cbu.edu/honors-contracts and/or contact Dr. Burke for information on contracting up to two of your Honors requirements. You must be a sophomore and have completed three Honors courses with a B average or better.