Fall 2022 Honors Course Schedule

These courses are available to continuing Honors students.
Course Title CRN Day/Time Instructor Room
HON101 Hum Sem/Big Ideas in Philosophy 1300 TR 3:05-4:20 pm Blessing, Kimberly ROCK 204
HON102 Nat Sci Sem/Human Origins 2342 MW 4:30-5:45 pm Maguire, Susan BUCK A115A
HON102 Nat Sci Sem/Sustainability in a Changing Climate 3666 MWF 10:00-10:50 am Warren, Robert BACO 225
HON102 Nat Sci Sem/World Natural Environments 3667 TR 3:05-4:20 pm Holmgren, Camille BUCK A122
HON103 Studio Arts Sem/Jewelry Making 2090 MW 12:00-2:40 pm Saracino, Steven UPTO 236
HON104 American History Sem/Honors Seminar 2911 MWF 10-10:50 am Blair, Alex BACO 204
HON201 Non-Western Civ Sem/Africa to 1800 2574 TR 9:25 - 10:40 am Orosz, Ken BULG 217
HON201 Non-Western Civ Sem/World Civ I 2575 TR 1:40 - 2:55 pm Orosz, Ken TECH 258
HON389 Topics Course/The Holocaust 3669 TR 10:50am-12:05 pm Orosz, Ken HOUS 214
HON202 Soc Sci Sem/American Political Thought 3670 MWF 11-11:50 am McGovern, Patrick BACO 204
HON209 Western Civ Sem/Rise of Modern Market Society and Its Consequences 2642 MWF 1:00-1:50 pm Abromeit, John BACO 220
HON303 Diversity Sem/Indigenous People of Western North America 3790 TR 9:25-10:40 am Anselmi, Lisa BUCK A115A
HON303 Diversity Sem/Saving Africa 3750 TR 1:40 - 2:55 pm Watson, Marcus BULG 427
HON303 Diversity Sem/Social Fictions 2596 TR 3:05-4:20 pm Perez, Lorna KETC 207
HON444 Honors Senior Seminar 2639 TBD McMillan, Amy BISH 126

First-Year Freshman Only Courses

These courses are for first-year Honors students only
Course Title CRN Day/Time Instructor Room
HON111 Intro to Honors Multiple See below Baran, Matthew BISH 126
PSY101 Soc Sci Sem/Intro Psychology 2913 MWF 11:00-11:50 am Senthinathan, Gehan ROCK 308
HON101 Hum Sem/Romantic Love 3069 MW 3:00-4:15 pm Hovland, Deborah BACO 214A
HON101 Hum Sem/Dylan: Six Decades of Noble Lyrics 2340 R 3:05-5:45 pm Guiati, Andrea BUCK A200
HON101 Hum Sem/Philosophy in the City 2343 MWF 1:00-1:50 pm Grinnell, Jason BACO 204
HON101 Hum Sem/Lit and Games 3070 MWF 10:00-10:50 am Bryant, Timothy BACO 220
HON106 Arts Seminar/ Topics in Western Music History 3926 W 3:00-5:30 pm Guzski, Carolyn BUCK A202
HON106 Arts Inquiry Sem/Theater Fundamentals 3759 MWF 11:00-11:50 am Beckley, Carol ROCK 204
*HON106 Arts Inquiry Sem/Dance Appreciation 3672 MWF 9:00-9:50 am Guarino, Joy BISH 126/F ROCK 022
*HON209 Western Civ Sem/20th Century Europe 3671 TR 9:25-10:40 am Blum, Dan BISH 126

Course Descriptions

Continuing Students

  • HON101 Humanities Sem/Big Ideas of Philosophy | Blessing, K. | TR 3:05-4:20pm

    We have all pondered seemingly unanswerable but significant questions about our existence—the biggest of all being, “Why are we here?” Philosophy has developed over millennia to help us grapple with questions such as: Does God exist? What is happiness? What is the meaning of life? Why should we care about truth? What does it mean to be free? What is the point of education? Is death something to be feared?  Where does knowledge come from? How do we define what is real? How ought we live? And more.  There is no better way to study the big questions in philosophy than to compare how the world’s greatest minds—Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Sartre, Camus, De Beauvoir—have analyzed these questions, defined the terms, and then reasoned out potential solutions. As a result of this study, you will develop a deeper understanding of your self – Who am I?  What kind of life am I living? – as well as heightened sense of wonder about the world in which we live.

  • HON102 Natural Science Sem/Human Origins | Maguire, S. | MW 4:30-5:45pm

    This course provides an introduction to biological anthropology and archeology while exploring our human origins. Physical anthropology topics include evolutionary theory and genetics, the human fossil record, and the study of non-human primates. Archeology scientifically reconstructs past cultures. We will cover the basics of archeological data and dating methods and then move on to the transformation from a hunting and gathering lifestyle to one based on food production. Finally, we will examine the role of agriculture in the development of complex sociopolitical institutions and state societies.

  • HON102 Natural Science Sem/Sustainability in a Changing Climate | Warren, R. | MFW 10:00-10:50am

    Biological aspects of global environmental problems focusing on sustainability (conservation and social equity). Topics include humanity and the environment, the evolution of environmental policy in the U.S, global climate change and sustainable energy systems – with a view into how the ethics, culture and history of social equity informed the formation and response of those topics. 

  • HON102 Natural Science Sem/World Natural Environments | Holmgren, C. | TR 3:05-4:20pm

    This course provides an introduction to earth’s natural environments as well as human interactions with nature. We will begin the semester learning about the seasons, weather including extreme events like hurricanes, climates and climate change. We will follow that by exploring how climate influences patterns of life on earth, from rainforests to deserts to tundra biomes. Finally we will look at the development of landforms and the hazards earth processes pose for society including volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods. Maps and map interpretation is woven throughout this semester.

  • HON103 Studio Arts Sem/Jewelry Making | Saracino, S. | MW 12:00-2:40pm

    Students are exposed to a hands-on experience in the designing and creation of a piece of jewelry. They are taught basic design concepts and the techniques necessary to fabricate pins, rings, pendants, and bracelets from non-precious and precious metal. Over the duration of the course, they are also taught simple stone setting and are exposed to the thought processes a designer follows as they create, start-to-finish, a piece of wearable art.

  • HON104 American History Seminar/US History 1607-present | Blair, A. | MWF 10:00-10:50am

    This course includes a basic framework of political and economic historical developments in U.S. history, but it will focus more on post-1877 social, ethnic, cultural, and religious movements within a nation having ever greater interaction with the rest of the world.  Instead of using a traditional textbook, we will read a wide range of documents from a variety of people in the past, to research, analyze and discuss problems, proposed solutions, and outcomes over the past century and a half.

  • HON201 Non-Western Civilizations Sem/Africa to 1800 | Orosz, K. | TR 9:25-10:40am

    African history from the Paleolithic period to 1800. Development of agriculture, ancient civilizations of Africa, iron working societies, the trans-Saharan trade, the impact of Islam and Christianity, traditional African political and social arrangements, the slave trade, and the European presence in early modern Africa.

  • HON201 Non-Western Civilizations Sem/World Civilizations I | Orosz, K. | TR 1:40-2:55pm

    Origins, cultural achievements, and interrelationships of the various civilizations of the world to approximately 1500 C.E. Topics include the prehistoric era and the origins of human civilization; civilizations of the ancient Near East; early civilizations of Africa and the Americas; East Asian culture and civilization; Indian (South Asian) culture and civilization; Greek and Roman civilization; early civilizations of Southeast Asia; Islamic civilization; the Byzantine empire and medieval Europe.

  • HON389 The Holocaust | Orosz, K. | TW 10:50am-12:05pm

    This class is not in the General Education curriculum but would count as an upper-level History elective.

    Persecution and murder of Jews and other victims of Nazi genocide. Historical anti-Semitism, the personality of Adolf Hitler, the traumas of Weimar Germany, birth and rise of the Nazi party, persecution and extermination of Jews, non-Jewish victims, the death camps, Jewish resistance, and world reaction to Nazi policies.

  • HON202 Social Science Sem/American Political Thought | McGovern, P. | MWF 11:00-11:50am

    A growing majority of the world’s population now lives under some form of an authoritarian regime. Democracy is backsliding. This is the case for new democracies as we all as long-established ones, like the United States. This class will explore the historical intellectual roots of US democracy and trace its rise and decline over the course of its history, with particular emphasis on the past decade and the rise of hyper-polarization in US politics.

  • HON209 Western Civilizations Sem/Rise of Modern Market Society and Its Consequence | Abromeit, J. | MWF 1:00-1:50pm

    In this course we will examine the rise, transformation and ongoing consequences (through to the present) of a modern global market society. We will begin with the European expansion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and focus on how new international patterns of production and trade in commodities developed and how these patterns transformed the societies and individual consumption habits of the regions involved.  In the middle section of the course we will focus on the industrial revolution and its consequences for the further development of global networks of production and exchange. In the last section of the course, we will examine more recent (twentieth and twenty-first century) changes in patterns of global production and exchange and think about our location with these networks. This course is also intended to familiarize you with some of the most important ideas and works in various social science disciplines, including anthropology, economics, history and sociology. So, we will also pay close attention to the different disciplinary methods we encounter in the books and articles we read.

  • HON303 Diversity Sem/Indigenous Peoples of Western North America | Anselmi, L. | TR 9:25-10:40am

    This course deals with the way of life of the original inhabitants of Western North America.  The major focus will be on reconstructing life during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries using archaeology, historic documents, and oral tradition.  The tribal nations of the Plains, Northwest Coast, Southwest, Great Basin, Plateau, and California are studied in detail. This course also highlights the effects of European exploration and colonization and the persistence of Indigenous Western North American peoples in the modern world.

  • HON303 Diversity Sem/Social Fictions | Perez, L. | TR 3:05-4:20pm

    This course will work to take on some of the most defining social fictions of our contemporary world. By examining texts that question things like race, nation, sexuality/gender, we will explore fundamental questions about what it means to be human, and how our lives are shaped in fundamental ways by a series of social constructs that often function seamlessly. Students should note that the texts we will be looking it will overtly engage questions pertaining to sensitive issues like race, sexuality, and identity in multiple registers, and the texts depict scenes that are sometime explicit or violent.

  • HON303 Diversity Sem/Saving Africa | Watson, M. | TR 1:40-2:55pm

    Striking a balance among ethnographic case studies, theoretical lenses, and practical implications, the course aims to help students understand what Euro-American efforts at foreign development, including contemporary globalization, look like from an African vantage. An understanding of African expectations of development and developers is especially important for students who hope to pursue practical development work in African contexts. This is an advanced theory course, best for upper-level students who are ready to read a lot and participate in rigorous in-class discussion.

  • HON444 Honors Senior Seminar | McMillan, A. | TBA

    THIS CLASS WILL MEET AT A MUTUALLY AGREED ON TIME FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE ENROLLED. There will be an online or in-class option and the class meets infrequently over the course of the semester. The instructor will contact students the week before class meets to determine the first meeting time and place. As a result, every senior can fit this class in their schedule.

First-Year Freshman Only Courses

  • HON111 Introduction to Honors | Baran, M. | See Below

    First-year Honors students are enrolled in this introductory class that orients them to the Muriel A. Howard Honors Program and to their education at Buffalo State College. Students will learn about the many resources and opportunities available to them, gain valuable skills to support their academic experience, and create connections with fellow Honors students.

    • CRN 2407 - W 12:00-12:50pm
    • CRN 2408 - W 3:00-3:50pm
    • CRN 2409 - R 3:05-3:55pm
    • CRN 3673 - R 4:30-5:20pm
    • CRN 3675 - F 10:00-10:50am
    • CRN 3674 - F 11:00-11:50am
  • HON202 (PSY101) Social Sci Sem/Introduction to Psychology | Senthinathan, G. | MWF 11:00-11:50am

    This course will focus an overview of the major areas of psychology. Psychology, defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, is most commonly associated with psychological problems (e.g., psychopathology) and their treatment; however, it also covers a much wider range of behavior and cognition. In order to understand ourselves and others, we need to also understand how our brain works, how we think, how we learn, how we develop, and how we interact with others. This course will provide a cursory overview of these principles and areas of research that comprise the field of psychology. Through lectures, in-class activities and discussion, we will learn how to think critically about our "common sense" beliefs of human functioning.

    NOTE: This course is reserved for Psychology majors and minors.

  • HON101 Humanities Sem/Dylan: Six Decades of Noble Lyrics | Guiati, A. | R 3:05-5:45pm

    Introduction to some central topics in the humanities. Humans' attempts to give meaning to their lives through literary, philosophical, and creative expression. In this class we will analyze Bob Dylan’s lyrics, to identify the central themes introduced by the author, their relation to history, faith, love, family, and personal identity, making the American bard the most influential poetic voice of the second half of the XX Century.

  • HON101 Humanities Sem/Philosophy and the City | Grinnell, J. | MWF 1:00-1:50pm

    Every city is an attempt to solve a set of problems, and every city is a representation of the values of its citizens. The great philosopher Plato and his peers argued about whether it was better to be loyal to small, self-contained cities or to be a “cosmopolitan” (citizen of the world) 2400 years ago. Every time we talk about universal human dignity, or patriotism, or globalism, or justice –and every time we cheer for our high school team against another—their discussion echoes in the background. In this class we’ll look at some classical authors alongside some very modern ones and try to reason our way through the debate. We’ll think carefully about what we mean by words like “justice” and “rights,” and we’ll think about what it means to be a citizen of a city, a country, or a planet. Last but not least, we’ll apply our skills locally and see what the city of Buffalo can teach us about ourselves.

  • HON101 Humanities Sem/Romantic Love | Hovland, D. | MW 3:00-4:15pm

    Where does romantic love "live" in the human brain? Why does it exist in the first place, and when did it first come into existence?  What impact has it had on your own life, and why? And how have songwriters, poets, and authors throughout the ages and across cultures celebrated its joys, miseries, and compulsions? An introduction to the neurological, evolutionary, psychological, personal, and literary manifestations of this biological drive.

  • HON101 Humanities Sem/Literature and Games | Bryant, T. | MWF 10:00-10:50am

    This course explores literature, games, and things in between. Our central question is this: how do literary things that we study and game-like things that we play relate to each other, overlap, or even become one another? To answer this question, we will analyze literary writing that embraces a playful ethos, games that incorporate narrative, and other media caught in the nexus of literature and game. Our subject will take various forms, including fiction, poetry, drama, film, television, comic books, hypertext, and several types of game. Our work should illuminate a range of cultural practices and social values behind particular forms of reading, writing, and play.

  • HON106 Arts Sem/ Topics in Western Music History | Guzski, C. | W 3:00-5:30pm

    This course provides a foundational understanding of Western music history and culture, focusing on the Common Practice era (17th-20th centuries) through American developments in the Modernist period. The learning goals are to acquaint students with stylistic elements of the performed repertoire of Western art music and to foster their understanding of the relationships between musical works and the cultural contexts in which they were conceived.  Issues such as the relationships of music to social history, philosophy, religion, literature, and the other fine arts are considered.  Course delivery is hybrid, with six required class meetings: Introductory week, first-month review, mid-term exam, final exam (CEP week), and two evening concerts (each requiring a summary report). 
  • HON106 Arts Inquiry Sem/Theater Fundamentals | Beckley, C. | MWF 11:00-11:50am

    This is an introductory theater fundamentals course for all theater majors. We will cover elements of theater from script to stage. All students enrolled in this course will also be enrolled in HON101 Literature and Games.

  • HON106 Arts Inquiry Sem/Dance Appreciation | Guarino, J. | MWF 9:00-9:50am

    Examination of the cultural and aesthetic values of dance. Analysis of the purpose, creative process, genres, and styles of the art form. By exploring personal responses to aesthetics and creativity as it pertains to dance, students will gain an understanding of the significance of dance in our world. Together we discuss, move, and participate in service-learning experiences. 

    This course is part of the Global Living Learning Community and must be taken along with HON209 20th Century Europe. Friday’s class 9:00 – 9:50 am will be held in ROCK 02.

  • HON209 Western Civ Sem/20th Century Europe | Blum, D. | TR 9:25-10:40am

    20th Century Europe explores the development of authoritarianism and totalitarianism.  A study of the conditions and personalities of the century will put major events in context.  That will move us beyond superficial and deceptively comforting conclusions.  Any society is susceptible to totalitarianism.  By recognizing the logical evolution of the 20th century, we can see our own world with more a discerning vision.

    This course is part of the Global Living Learning Community and must be taken along with HON106 Dance Appreciation.

Please Note

- All Honors students should take HON courses based on their DegreeWorks audit.

- Most of the Honors classes are Intellectual Foundations Core classes or IF electives - Note special comments if the course is not one of these:

   HON101 Humanities                                     HON202 Social Science
   HON102 Natural Sciences                            HON303 Diversity
   HON103 Studio Arts (fills Arts Gen Ed)        HON106 Inquiry Arts (fills Arts Gen Ed)
   HON104 American History                            HON201 Non-Western Civilizations
   HON209/309 Western Civilizations

- Honors classes cannot be taken Pass/Fail or as Independent Studies to have them count in the Honors Program.
- Students may take up to three honors classes in one semester with approval from the director or Honors senior advisor.
- It is recommended that students make every effort to finish their Honors class requirements by the end of junior year except for HON444 senior seminar, which should be taken in their final year.


- You must take honors classes to continue receiving your honors scholarship until you have taken them all, as stated in letter of acceptance into the program. Please contact the Honors Program for approval if you will not be taking an Honors class.
- You must be enrolled full time to receive the scholarship – 12 credit hours is the minimum, unless otherwise approved by the director