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Spring 2017 Course Offerings

HONR 210D: Environmental Science (NS)

9:30-11:35 MWF (HAB 115) – Anna McKenna

A study of environmental science and current issues involving the interrelationships between human enterprises and natural systems, focusing on the impact that humans have had on the environment. Class topics include climate change, the use of natural resources and the alteration of natural systems, focusing on the challenges and opportunities to minimize human impact on the earth. Laboratory experiments, integrated into the class period, will provide concrete, hands-on experience with the scientific topics discussed.

HONR 220A: Intro to Economics (SS)

1:05-2:25 TR (Main 324) – Sucharita Mukherjee

Includes both microeconomics and macroeconomics. The price system as a mechanism for directing resource allocation. Demand, supply and market equilibrium in perfectly competitive markets. Development and application of criteria for efficiency and equity. Measures of the performance of the macro economy. Circular flow, aggregate demand, aggregate supply and equilibrium within the context of an international economy. Nature and impact of monetary and fiscal policies upon output, price level and employment.

HONR 240A: Theological Explorations (TU & GN)

2:40-4:00 TR (Main 009) – Vincent Smiles

HONR 240A: Theological Explorations (TU)

9:30-10:25 MWF (Main 322) – Laura Taylor

This course offers an introduction to the discipline of Christian theology, giving special attention to some of its primary sources, especially Sacred Scripture, and to the ultimate questions and major themes on which theology focuses. All sections of this course share as common learning goals that students demonstrate 1) a capacity to think critically and historically about some primary sources, doctrines, and themes that shape Christian theology, 2) an ability to explain differing viewpoints on at least one contemporary theological issue, and 3) an ability to apply at least one aspect of the Benedictine tradition to at least one of the topics addressed in the course. Nevertheless, each section of the course provides its own distinctive way into the world of theology.

HONR 250U: Witnessing Slavery in the US (HM & GN)

11:50-12:45 MWF (HAB 106) – Jonathan Nash

The enslavement and exploitation of people of African descent was a defining feature of the early United States. Racial prejudice and enslavement affected all aspects of U.S. society, including politics, economics, and even face-to-face interactions, as well as the beloved American ideals of liberty, equality, and freedom. This course aims to explore the historical experiences and perspectives of black Americans during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. To accomplish this task, we will engage numerous narratives written by formerly enslaved persons to not only understand their experiences from their own perspectives, but also to understand how gender and race shaped those experiences and perspectives. While studying the experiences and perspectives of black Americans, students will have many opportunities to strengthen their critical reading, analytical thinking, argumentative writing, and discussion skills.

HONR 270A: The Social Construct of Whiteness

6:15-9:15 M *A Mod QUAD 361 – Emily Esch

This one credit course focuses on white racial identity. Too often, our discussions of race assume that whiteness is the neutral racial category, static and uninteresting, which other racial identities are defined against. To counter this tendency, in this class we will read about the history of whiteness and see how the concept of whiteness has developed and changed over time. We will also examine our own concepts of whiteness and how those concepts shape the way we perceive the world. Finally, we will discuss the future of whiteness in the US, as it undergoes major demographic changes.

HONR 270C: Problem Solving

3:00-3:55 M (PEngel 212) – Kristen Nairn

An introduction to solving complex problems in interdisciplinary topics which will be drawn from mathematics, computer science, and physics. Students will work in groups and present their results. Prerequisite: MATH 119 & admission to MAPCORES program or consent of instructor.

HONR 311: Great Books/Ideas (HM)

1:50-2:45 MWF (QUAD 347) – Rachel Marston

A year-long discussion-based seminar for juniors and seniors which concentrates on many of the world's greatest works of literature and intellectual history. Students purchase a hundred books, from ancient to contemporary times, written by such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Goethe, Austen, Marx, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Freud, Woolf, Faulkner, O'Connor, Ishiguro, Murdoch, Byatt, and Pynchon. Students selected for this seminar will read a number of these books during the summer as well as the two semesters and the rest over the course of their lives. Applications will be solicited and invitations made by the instructor.

HONR 340I: Spiritual Traditions/Islam (TU, IC)

2:20-3:40 TR (PEngel 269) – Noreen Herzfeld

Islam is in the news--Charlie Hebdo, the rise of ISIS and Boko Haram, nuclear enrichment in Iran. It is impossible to understand current events without some understanding of this faith and the cultures in which it is practiced. We will examine how Muslims have encountered God, how this encounter informs their daily lives, and how the traditions of Islam are influencing and informing political and cultural events around the globe. Through the lens of Islam, we will examine broader questions such as faith versus reason, the interrelationship between religion and culture, the role and position of women, the rights of religious and cultural minorities, freedom of speech, and multiculturalism vs. assimilation. Prerequisite HONR 240A: or 240B or THEO 111.

HONR 350R: The Harlem Renaissance (HM)

12:45-2:05 TR (QUAD 261) – Aric Putnam

The artists of the Harlem Renaissance were quintessential “moderns,” they interrogated tradition, departed from past convention, and established a new vocabulary for expressing their “self-hood” in the United States. We will analyze the Harlem Renaissance from a rhetorical perspective using a diverse body of texts from the 1920s and 30s- literature and poetry, film, the blues, painting and photography- to gain insight into the social truths they establish and contest. Ultimately, our study of this period will help us discus fundamental questions about the relationship between public expression and public life, art and language, politics and identity.

HONR 350U: Why Travel? (HM, IC)

9:55-11:15 TR (HAB 120) – Madhuchhanda Mitra

Responding to this question, the noted travel writer Pico Iyer has said, “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves.” Since the end of the nineteenth century, our experience of travel has increasingly been shaped by an enormously lucrative tourism industry. We look for ease and convenience, having long forgotten the etymological connection between “travail” and travel. Taking a historical view of both the concept and the experience of travel, we will focus on what happens to our sense of ourselves and our world when we travel. The result, I hope, will give us a new sense of what it means to be a worldly person: not simply one who has seen the world, but one who has learned to see one’s own place from the perspective of others.

*IC Credit Pending

HONR 390C: Reading for Life (ES)

6:15-9:15 T (QUAD 344) – Anthony Cunningham

Everyone loves a good story. Great stories can provide us with far more than mere recreation. Stories can provide us with rich character portraits that can reveal the subtleties and nuances of what it means to live well and responsibly. In this course we'll use novels and films to address Socrates' most basic ethical questions, "How should one live?" and "What sort of person should I be?" We'll do so by attending to all the concrete, particular details of real life and fictional characters thoroughly embroiled in the "business of living." Reading well offers the possibility of vicarious experience and ultimately, ethical insight. Our readings will include: The Crucible, Ransom, The Remains of the Day, Beloved, Hecuba, How To Be Good, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Cold Mountain.