Course Offerings - Fall 2018

HONR 210: Intro to Chemical Structure and Properties

9:30-10:25 a.m. MWF (CSB) - Alicia Peterson

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 understanding 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 (lab) in order to earn the NS designation.

HONR 220F: Intro to Anthropology (SS/IC)

10:40-11:35 a.m. MWF (SJU) - Ellen Block

This course will provide an introduction to the field of anthropology. Anthropology is a holistic and comparative study of human diversity. Students will examine cross-cultural examples to shed light on the all aspects of human life and culture from language and religion, to technology and medicine, to the study of our human and non-human ancestors.

HONR 230: Theater Audience (FA)

9:55-11:15 TR (CSB) - Amelia Cheever

A presentation of theater from the audience's rather than the performer's perspective. Designed to acquaint non-theater students with live theater as a meaningful and enjoyable event. Approached from the student's present exposure level. Lecture, group discussions and field trips to live performances required. Students may not receive credit for both HONR 230 and THEA 204. This course fulfills the FA requirement. 

Lab Fee:  $150.00 (4 productions in the cities, transportation, 4 performances at CSB/SJU).

HONR 240A-02: Theological Explorations - Bible, Faith, and Science (TH/GN)

1:05-2:25 p.m. or 2:40-4:00 p.m. TR (CSB) - Vincent Smiles

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 250L: Philosophy of Human Nature (HM)

11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. MWF (SJU) - Erica Stonestreet

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 role of reason in defining humanity?

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. 

​Using a textbook that contains sources from "classic" European philosophy as well as ​from outside that tradition, 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)

8:20-9:15 a.m. MWF (CSB) - Anne Sinko

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)

11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. MWF (SJU)- 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 Politics/Islam (TU/IC)

2:20-3:40 p.m. TR (SJU) - Noreen Herzfeld

Prerequisite: HONR 240A or 240B or THEO 111

Islam shapes much of our current political and social context: 9/11, the Arab spring, ISIS, the war in Syria, our complex relationship with Iran, all have a major impact on the world we live in. Islam is also the fastest growing faith, both globally and here in America. This course will focus on how Muslims have encountered God, how this encounter informs their daily lives, and how the traditions of Islam are influencing and informing (or not) current political and cultural events around the globe.

Studying another faith tradition also provides a lens through which to examine one’s own faith and society, and an appreciation for the commonality of the human condition. Our study of Islam while looking at the particulars of that faith, will also raise a variety of broad questions, including the conflict of faith versus reason, the role and position of women, the rights of religious and cultural minorities, freedom of speech vs. religious respect, and multiculturalism vs. assimilation.

HONR 390A: The Medical Profession/Modern World (ES)

6:15-9:15 p.m. W (SJU) - Jeff Anderson

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.

HONR 390D: War and Memory (ES)

11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. TR (SJU) - Nick Hayes

Our course examines the ethical issues of the conduct and representation of war from the Great War (WWI) to today’s “war on terrorism.” Our theme follows the shift of strategy from targeting military casualties to the predominant emphasis on civilian casualties as evident in the case studies of the Vietnam War, WWI, the Holocaust, the wars of genocide in our time, Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and the “war on terrorism.”