Course Offerings - Fall 2019

HONR 210E INTRO TO CHEMICAL STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES (NS)
Dr. Annette Raigoza, TR, 1:05 - 2:25 pm, ASC 135
A project based introductory chemistry course in which students study how the structure of atoms, ions, and molecules determine their physical and chemical properties. Students build a progressive and linked understand of bonding, ionic and molecular geometry, and physical and chemical properties that emerge from structure, which will be applied to real world problems. This will be done with guided inquiry and problem based learning.  Must complete both HONR 210 & CHEM 201 in order to earn the NS designation.

HONR 220A INTRO TO ECONOMICS (SS)
Dr. Louis Johnston, MWF, 1:00 - 1:55 pm, MAIN
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 macroeconomy. 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-01A THEOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS (TH/GE)
Dr. Vincent Smiles, TR, 2:40 - 4:00 pm, HAB 101
An exploration of Christian theology in the context of our science-dominated world.  Study and discussions will focus on: 1) texts from the Bible, with a view to understanding just what the Bible is (and has become) as a record of human experience and as divine revelation; 2) the mechanisms of emergence and evolution, by which the universe has produced galaxies, Bible and meaning; 3) how the Bible and its traditions relate with modern science; 4) how to think critically both about the Bible and modern theological controversies; 5) how biblical religions relate with other religions of the world; 6) feminist hermeneutics and theology; 7) how Church, Eucharist & Benedictine values challenge modern society.  This course has a ‘gender’ designation.  How issues of gender intersect with texts, issues and themes of the course will be prominent in our discussions.

 HONR 240A-02A THEOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS (TH)
Dr. Charles Bobertz, TR, 9:35-10:55 am, QUAD 247
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 250L PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN NATURE (HM)
Dr. John Houston, MW, 1:50 - 3:10 pm, QUAD 343
What are humans like? What is the purpose of human life? These basic questions can be answered from different points of view, and focused on different aspects of being human. What does it mean to be a human animal? Are we fundamentally selfish? How should we live? What is the relationship between reason and emotion? What is a soul? How can human life be meaningful? This course is a survey designed to introduce philosophical ideas and modes of thought, with a central focus on problems arising from human nature. We will analyze and criticize topics that fall under three major aspects of the human condition: body, mind, and spirit. We’ll raise questions and discuss the implications of each topic for the meanings of our own lives, for how we ought to behave as individuals, and for how we should treat one another in order to build the best lives possible for ourselves. 

HONR 260A PROBABILITY AND STATISTICAL INFERENCE (MT)
Dr. Anne Sinko, MWF, 1:00 - 1:55
Prerequisite: three years of college preparatory mathematics
Graphs and charts, mean, median and other measures of location. Terminology and rules of elementary probability; normal distribution, random sampling, estimation of mean, standard deviation and proportions, correlation and regression, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses.  

HONR 310 GREAT BOOKS/IDEAS (HM)
Dr. Anthony Cunningham, TR, 2:20 - 3:40 pm, REINLC 391
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 340F DIVERSE APPROACHES TO GOD (TU)
Dr. John Merkle, TR, 12:45 - 2:05 pm, QUAD 365
Prerequisite: HONR 240A or 240B or THEO 111.

This course explores perspectives on the meaning of the existence, nature, attributes, revelation, and presence of God. Emphasis is on Christian and Jewish theological perspectives, but views about God found in other religious traditions — especially Islam and Hinduism — are also examined. Special attention is given to what it means to have faith in God, the sources of and challenges to such faith, the variety of views about God, theological approaches to religious diversity, the relationship between morality and faith in God, the effects of scientific knowledge on beliefs about God, feminist critiques of and alternatives to traditional patriarchal perspectives on God, and the relationship between views about God and approaches to ecological issues. 

HONR 350U WHY TRAVEL? (HM)
Dr. Madhuchhanda Mitra, TR, 9:55 - 11:15 am, HAB 119
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.” But how might that happen? Since the end of the nineteenth century, our experience of travel has increasingly been shaped by an enormously lucrative tourism industry. We see and experience what profit-driven tour developers want us to see and experience. Then we go back for more. We look for ease and convenience, having long forgotten the etymological connection between “travail” and travel. Iyer’s comment is a timely reminder of the mindfulness that could (should?) be a part of our experience of travel. This course is an attempt to recuperate that mindfulness. How does travel affect us? This is the central question around which this course is organized.

HONR 370B RESEARCH SEMINAR (0-1)
Dr. Jim Crumley, T, 8:20 - 9:40 am, MAIN 253
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.  Prerequisites: HONR 270 and admission to MAPCORES program or consent of instructor. 

HONR 390A MEDICAL PROFESSION IN THE MODERN WORLD (ES)
Dr. Jeff Anderson, W, 6:15 - 9:15 pm, SIMONS G10
The word “professional” today connotes an individual with well-developed skills, specialized knowledge, and expertise, who conforms to the standards of a profession. The original meaning of “professional” as one who “makes a profession of faith” in the face of demanding circumstances has been all but lost in the medical profession. This class will use the burgeoning literature of medicine, written by, for, and about medical professionals, in order to explore the full range of “professional” challenges facing today’s medical professionals. The practice of medicine is rife with ethical dilemmas. By exploring the efforts of medical professionals to counter the institutional forces that constrain them and to find their own solid ground to stand upon, this course aims to cultivate the habit of moral reflection in future medical professionals. Although this course will primarily focus on the experiences of medical doctors, it should also be of interest to those aspiring to other medical and non-medical careers.