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Honors Courses

Spring 2020

To earn an Honors Diploma, students must take seven Honors Program courses, including HUM 498, and meet the Honors Program participation requirements. 

BIOL 112L: Honors Principles of Biology II – Section B    
Dr. Mary Ogilvie
T 2:00-4:50/ Cooper-Wilson 120/ CRN 20184
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in Biology 112.
Corequisite: Biology 112

PHYS 150: Honors Physics - Sections B and D                                                                                         
Dr. Ted Clarke   
(B) MWF 10:00-10:50 and (D) 11:00-11:50/ Assisi Hall 005/ Section B CRN 20318/ Section D CRN 20320
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.

This class 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 - Sections B and D                                                                 
Dr. Holmes
(B) MWF 11:00-11:50 and (D) 12:00-12:50/ Assisi Hall 003/ Section B CRN 20333/ Section D CRN 20335
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.

CE 314: Honors Engineering Economy - Section 
Mr. Gene McGinnis
MWF 9:00-9:50/ BE/ CRN 20076
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.

CHE 412: Industrial and Process Safety - Section B
Dr. Randel Price
MWF 1:00-1:50/ Nolan 236/ CRN 20094
Industrial and Process Safety is intended to introduce the core concepts of industrial safety regulation and practice.  The focus will be the hazards and risks of industrial processes (particularly those in the chemical process industries) and how these hazards can be identified, measured, and controlled.  Major state and federal regulations governing safety will be studied.  Several of the lectures will be presentations by industry professionals (safety officers, industrial hygienists, regulators, etc.)

The course should be suitable for all engineering and science majors, as well as others who plan careers in manufacturing or industry.  Exact course content is fluid, and will be adjusted based on the availability of speakers and the interests of the students enrolled. 
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing. Chemistry (CHEM 113, CHEM 115 or equivalent) or consent of instructor. Pre-calculus or equivalent recommended.

ECE 400: Honors The Complete Engineer - Section B 
Dr. Eric Welch
TR 8:00-9:15/ St Joseph 10/ CRN 20110

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

SMGT 301: Sport Sponsorship and Sales - Section A 
Dr. John Malmo
MWF 11:00-11:50/ Buckman 357/ CRN 20730
Designed as an exploration of strategies and tactics utilized to sell and generate revenue in the business cycle. This course will focus on sales proposal development, sponsor solicitations, licensing rights, new business development, endorsements and corporate partnerships. The course also provides an examination of ticket sales department structure, techniques, and strategies. There are no prerequisites.

ENG 232: Survey of World Literature II - Section A and B
Dr. Juliette Paul
TR (A) 9:30-10:45 & (B) 11:00-12:15/ Rosa Deal 305C/ Section A CRN 20608 / Section B CRN 20609

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.  

ENG 487: Honors Journal Internship
Dr. Tawny Tullia
TBD/ Email Dr. Burke if interested/ CRN 20734                                

Want to get experience creating a publication? The Loquemur editor(s) is responsible for all aspects of the journal, from soliciting applications, to editing, to design, to publication. Dr. Tawny LeBouef Tullia will assist you in the process. This is great professional development experience, especially for those interested in graduate school or fields related to communications. If you have ever wanted to leave your signature on the CBU Honors Program AND get some great experience while doing it, this is a wonderful opportunity for you. If we don’t have an editor we don’t have a journal, so if you are interested contact Dr. Burke first. Students may enroll in this course more than one time. 1 credit. Pass/Fail. Fulfills one Honors course requirement.

This course does not meet a General Education Requirement.

RS 260/396: Honors SpTop: Person, World, and God - Section A
Dr. Scott Geis
TR 11-12:15/ Rosa Deal 302/ RS 260 CRN 20536 / RS 396 CRN 20726

In her book titled, Who Are We?, political theorist Jean Bethke Elshtain argues that contemporary women and men do not see themselves as belonging to or having any responsibility to/for anyone other than themselves.  Instead, she writes, “we own; we possess. . . . We plunge into self-aggrandizement convinced that the dazzling success of our projects will prove definitely who we are.  But this fails to satisfy.  Our triumphs ring hollow.  Our victories so often turn to ashes in our mouths.  But never mind.  Tomorrow we will run faster, climb higher, and one fine morning. . . . Who are we?  We are creatures who have forgotten what it means to be faithful to something other than ourselves.”  Fair enough.  And yet, this response to Elshtain’s haunting question – Who are we? – seems more descriptive than substantive.  Who are we as persons?  What does it mean to be a “person”?   In what does personhood truly consist?  Who are we – as persons – in relation to the world?  And, perhaps most importantly, who are we in relation to God?  How do these three objective realities – person, world, and God – cohere?  Is it possible to make sense of each one in the light of – or in relation to – the others?  In his brilliant Fides et Ratio John Paul II suggested that “faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of the truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know Himself – so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.”  The former pontiff is either right or wrong.  The overarching purpose of this course is to consider just a few of the myriad responses proffered by intellectually and existentially curious women and men over the past few centuries to John Paul’s suggestion as well as Elshtain’s question.  In short, each student will be expected to reflect systematically – and personally – on the nature of God, and on God’s relationship with the world and to one’s self in light of the distinctive experiences of women and men in the modern world. 

Students can take this course at the 200 level or at the 300 level, depending on what RS credit they need. Students who register for the 300 level must have already taken an RS 200-level course. The 300-level students will have additional work. (Note: As of 10/11/18 the 300-level course has not been added to the course schedule so may be something other than 396.)

This course meets a Religious Studies General Education Requirement.

PSYC/SOC 364: Honors Stereotyping and Prejudice - Section B
Dr. Maureen O’Brien
TR 9:30-10:45/ Rosa Deal 304/ PSYC  CRN
 20473 / SOC CRN 20486

This course will analyze and discuss issues related to stereotyping and prejudice, including psychological theory and empirical research on the topic. We will examine the origins, functions, and consequences of stereotyping and prejudice as well as measurement strategies. We will examine issues surrounding both the persons engaging in and targeted by stereotyping and prejudice and discuss historical and contemporary social and political issues relevant to the course, including but not limited to affirmative action policies, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement, equal marriage rights, and the criminal justice system.

The Psychology 105 prerequisite is waived for this honors class.  

PHIL 324: Honors Technology and Human Values - Section B
Dr. Leigh Johnson
MWF 12:00
-12:50/ Rosa Deal 202/ CRN 20521

A philosophical examination of social and ethical issues relating to technology. Topics include the ethical responsibilities of engineers; ethical and social issues associated with risk assessment, environment and resources, and technology in a global context; and the impact of modern technology on human values.

Honors students will be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional assignments and requirements. This class meets a Moral Values General Education Requirement.  

HIST 380/POLS 380: Honors Political History of the Space Age - Section A 
Dr. Karl Leib
TR 9:30-10:45/ Rosa Deal 206/ HIST CRN 20503/ POLS CRN 20502

Since the launch of the world’s first satellite in 1957 and the first human space flight in 1961, space has been an arena of fierce national competition, international cooperation, scientific exploration, and moneymaking endeavors. The political, economic, and social repercussions of space technology are enormous: live news coverage, weather forecasting, electronics, and even the environmental movement all owe something to the technology and imagery of space flight. Space has paradoxically come to symbolize international competition and national pride, while simultaneously stimulating hopes for global cooperation and unity. What are the “politics of space”?  The course will focus on the politics of the space age, namely how the exploration of space has shaped (and been shaped) by politics.

Our topics will include:

  1. The legal, political, economic, and technological dimensions of space today. How do humans explore and use the space environment?
  2. The domestic and international politics of the US-Soviet “space race” and post Cold War US-Russian space cooperation.
  3. The political and technological challenges of major space projects, including the US Apollo Program and Space Shuttle, the European Ariane rocket, the Soviet/Russian space stations, and the International Space Station.
  4. The development of space programs in other current and emerging “space faring” countries, especially China, the European Space Agency countries, Japan, India, and Brazil.
  5. The emergence of, and prospects for, private space ventures, travel, and tourism.
  6. The prospects for future space exploration and development, space colonization, and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.   

There is no prerequisite for this course. This course meets a History/Social Science GER. You will take the course as either History or Political Science, depending on your needs.

CHEM105: Honors Chemistry of Cooking - Section B
Dr. Anthony Trimboli
M 2:00-4:30 plus Honors lab 4:30-6:00/ M2-6, Crosstown Concourse/ CRN 20227 and LAB 20229
San Sebastian trip May 2020 required  
This course takes an in-depth and hands-on approach to the chemical nature and transformations that occur during classic and modern cooking techniques. A study of basic chemical principles, the scientific method, experimental design, and method optimization will be employed to understand the effects of cooking processes on food. 
This course and lab meets Mondays 2-6pm all semester. It concludes with a required study abroad trip to Spain taking place immediately after spring commencement.  Excite your palates and indulge your senses with the wonderful Spanish inspired culinary masterpieces students will both sample and prepare. Students will take multiple cooking classes by top chefs as well as taste numerous dishes from the top restaurants in town! Sites and Visits include: Bay of Biscay, Local open air market, 4 hands-on cooking classes, Pintxo tasting tour, Casa de la Historia museum, Monte Urgull, Museum of San Telmo, Tapas Bar, and much more! 
This course and the accompanying lab meet a Natural Science GER. For more information go to and/or contact the instructor at

RS 331: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating - Section I                                        
Dr. Emily Holmes
March Evening Term: T 5:45-7:45/ RD 302/ CRN 20545
San Sebastian trip May 2020 required 

Join our study abroad trip to experience the sights, sounds, scents, and flavors of San Sebastian, Spain. This trip will depart immediately after Commencement, May 10, 2020. While in country you will experience traditional means of food production, preservation, and preparation as well as how these foodways have become an integral part of Basque culture and identity. Included in the cost of the trip are 10+ hours of culinary instruction, multiple day tours, and lodging (airfare is NOT included). The cost of the trip will be included in your tuition bill upon registration for the course.

This course examines the role of food and eating in the sacred texts and rituals of Judaism and Christianity in order to explore the thesis that food is not primarily a commodity but a relationship linking people to one another, to God, to the land, plants, and animals. Students additionally examine the contemporary environmental, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of food and the way these are reflected in our eating practices. In lieu of a service project, this course will culminate with required experiential learning in food production, distribution, preservation, and preparation in San Sebastian, Spain.   

In spring 2020, we will use cooking as our primary lens through which to approach the meaning and function of food and food systems from religious perspectives. We will draw on a variety of religious perspectives on cooking and food preparation and examine the meaning of food in sacred text, ritual, belief, and practice. We will then take a deep dive into a highly localized food system by participating in the traditional foodways of the Basque region in San Sebastian, Spain. In the process we will consider our own relationship to and values around eating, cooking, sharing, and growing food. 

This course will meet at CBU on Tuesdays, 5:45-7:45, during the March 2020 evening term. Course will meet in Spain beginning on May 11. We will depart Memphis on May 10; arrive in Spain Monday, May 11.

This course meets a Religious Studies General Education requirement. 

HUM 498: Honors Capstone: The Anthropology of Place and Space - Section A
Dr. Mary Campbell
Friday 2:00-5:00/ RD 305C/ CRN 20457
Prerequisite: Senior standing. This is mean to be taken in an honors student’s final semester unless there are extenuating circumstances.
This is an interdisciplinary course that explores the cross cultural meanings of places and spaces within cultural environments and over time. Using concepts from cultural anthropology, psychology, history, geography, architecture, and art students will study the production of socially built environments and landscapes to understand the impact of such efforts on the people who live(d) in those environments. Key issues addressed include: social justice, aesthetics, sustainability and race, gender, class, and power.

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.

Honors Contract 

Students may contract two Honors courses – Go to for information and contact Dr. Burketo discuss contracting a course. You must be a sophomore and have completed three Honors courses with a B average or better.