|HON209||Western Civ Sem/Period Styles||1266||Online Asynchronous||Beckley, Carol||ES 6/1-7/2/2021|
|HON102||Natural Sci Sem/Intro to Nutrition||1635||Online Asynchronous||Hemler, Drew||LS 7/12-8/13/2021|
|HON102||Natural Sci Sem/Intro to Nutrition||1634||Online Asynchronous||Hemler, Drew||VS 6/1-8/13/2021|
|HON101||Hum Sem/Dylan,Six Decades of Noble Lyrics||2667||MW 12-12:50 pm, F online||Guiati, A.||BISH 126|
|HON101||Hum Sem/Intro to Philosophy||1355||TR 10:50 am-12:05 pm||Blessing, K.||BACO 207|
|HON102||Nat Sci Sem/Human Origins||2669||MW 4:30-5:45 pm||Maguire, S.||CLAS B116|
|HON103||Arts Sem/Jewelry Making||2305||MW 12:00-2:40 pm||Saracino, S.||UPTO 236|
|HON104||American History Sem/ American History||3883||MWF 11-11:50 am||Blair, A.||CLAS B220|
|HON201||Non-West Civ Sem/Women in Islam||3946||TR 3:05-4:20 pm||Randaccio, S.||KETC 315|
|HON201||Non-West Civ Sem/Africa to 1800||3042||TR 9:25-10:40 am||Orosz, K.||CLAS B320|
|HON201||Non-West Civ Sem/World Civilizations I||3043||TR 10:50 am-12:05 pm||Orosz, K.||TECH 258|
|HON209||Western Civ Sem/Rise of Modern Market Society||3205||MWF 11-11:50 am||Abromeit, J.||CLAS B321|
|HON303||Diversity Sem/Indigenous People of Eastern North Am||2686||TR 9:25-10:40 am||Anselmi, L.||CLAS B116|
|HON303||Diversity Sem/Social Fictions||3077||TR 3:05-4:20 pm||Perez, L.||KETC 207|
|HON400||CANCELED||2324||M 3-5:40 pm||Guiati, A.||UPTO 230|
|HON444||Honors Senior Seminar||3196||Hybrid, TBD||McMillan, A.||BISH 126|
Fall 2021 HONORS CLASS SCHEDULE/COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
HON 101 CRN: 2667 Day/Time: MW 12-12:50 pm, F online Instructor: Guiati, A. Quota: 24
Humanities Sem/Dylan: Six Decades of Noble Lyrics Room: BISH 126
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.
HON 101 CRN: 1355 Day/Time: TR 10:50 am-12:05 pm Instructor: Blessing, K. Quota: 24
Humanities Sem/Introduction to Philosophy Room: BACO 207
We have all pondered seemingly unanswerable 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 liberally educated? Where does knowledge come from? How do we define what is real? How ought we live? And more. There is no better way to approach the big questions in philosophy than to compare how the world’s greatest minds—including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Sartre, Camus, De Beauvoir—have analyzed these questions and reasoned out potential solutions. By taking time to ponder these questions for yourself, you should begin to 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.
HON 102 CRN: 2669 Day/Time: MW 4:30-5:45 pm Instructor: Maguire, S. Quota: 24
Natural Science Sem/Human Origins Room: CLAS B116
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.
HON 103 CRN: 2305 Day/Time: MW 12:00-2:40 pm Instructor: Saracino, S. Quota: 18
Studio Arts Sem/Jewelry Making Room: UPTO 236
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.
HON 104 CRN: 3883 Day/Time: MWF 11:00-11:50 am Instructor: Blair, A Quota: 24
American History Seminar/US History 1607-present Room: CLAS B220
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.
HON 201 CRN: 3042 Day/Time: TR 9:25-10:40 am Instructor: Orosz, K. Quota: 12
Non-Western Civilizations Sem/Africa to 1800 Room: CLAS B320
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.
HON 201 CRN: 3946 Day/Time: TR 3:05-4:20 pm Instructor: Randaccio, S. Quota: 12
Non-Western Civ Sem/Women in Islam Room: KETC 315
This course examines the history of women and gender in Islam from Muhammad to contemporary times. We will begin by building an understanding of Abrahamic faith traditions that precede the Revelations to Muhammad. We will study the Revelations received by Muhammad, the birth of Islam, and the traditions of the early Muslim community. We will then look at the traditions as well as how women practice and experience Islam and Muslim culture in the Golden Age of Islam through the Ottoman period, looking at religious, social, and legal trends. The second half of the course will focus on the impact of the rise of the West and appraise the impact of colonialism, modernist reform, nationalism, and Western orientalist perceptions, looking at the examples of Egypt, secular Turkey, and Saudi Arabia in the 19th and 20th century as case studies. Lastly, we will look at contemporary experiences of faith for Muslim women worldwide, including in Western migrant communities.
HON 201 CRN: 3043 Day/Time: TR 10:50 am -12:05 pm Instructor: Orosz, K. Quota: 24
Non-Western Civilizations Sem/World Civilizations I Room: TECH 258
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.
HON 209 CRN: 3205 Day/Time: MWF 11:00-11:50 am Instructor: Abromeit, J. Quota: 24
Western Civilizations Sem/Rise of Modern Market Society and Its Consequence Room: CLAS B321
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.
HON 303 CRN: 2686 Day/Time: TR 9:25-10:40 am Instructor: Anselmi, L. Quota: 15
Diversity Sem/Indigenous Peoples of Eastern North America Room: CLAS B116
The way of life of the original inhabitants of Eastern North America. Reconstructing life during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries using archaeology, historical documents, and oral tradition. Details of the early seventeenth-century Wendat/Huron, Haudenosaunee/Five Nation Iroquois, and Powhatan confederacies. Highlights the effects of European exploration and colonization and the persistence of indigenous Eastern North American peoples in the modern world.
HON 303 CRN: 3077 Day/Time: TR 3:05-4:20 pm Instructor: Perez, L. Quota: 20
Diversity Sem/Social Fictions Room: KETC 207
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.
HON 444 CRN: 3196 Day/Time: Hybrid, TBA Instructor: McMillan, A. Quota: 40
Honors Senior Seminar Room: BISH 126 for students in class
Dean’s Honors Students should enroll in this course if they are preparing to graduate. This is a one credit course – DHP students are also allowed to take the HON400 – but scholarship students may not take HON444.
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.
All Honors students (both Muriel A. Howard and Dean’s Honors) should take HON courses based on their DegreeWorks audit. All HON courses will count for ANY honors student.
Most of the Honors classes are Intellectual Foundations Core classes or IF electives:
HON101 Humanities HON202 Social Science
HON102 Natural Sciences HON303 Diversity
HON103 Arts HON209/309 Western Civilizations
HON104 American History HON201 Non-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.
It is recommended that students make every effort to finish their honors class requirements by the end of sophomore year except for HON400 (Muriel A. Howard Honors students) or HON444 senior courses (Dean’s Honors students) to be taken spring semester of their junior year or later. Consult with the director if you have difficulties fulfilling this requirement.
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 sent by Honors Program’s Office. Please contact the Honors Programs 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 program director.
HON400-Colloquium is an upper-level required elective for all Muriel A. Howard honors students, generally taken spring junior year or after. This course requires a research component. Please contact the instructor if you have questions.
FALL 2021 FRESHMEN ONLY
HON 111 CRN 2783 W 3:00-3:50 pm BULG 422
Introduction to Honors CRN 2784 F 11:00-11:50 am BULG 423
Instructor: Beckley, C. CRN 2785 F 10:00-10:50 am BULG 424
Incoming 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.
HON 101 CRN: 3254 Day/Time: TR 3:05 – 4:20 pm Instructor: Blessing, K. Quota: 24
Humanities Sem/Big Ideas of Philosophy Room: ROCK 303
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.
HON 101 CRN: 2672 Day/Time: TR 1:40-2:55 pm Instructor: Ben-Merre, D. Quota: 24
Humanities Sem/Intro to Mock Trial Room: TECH 258
This class is designed to introduce you to collegiate Mock Trial. Mock trial is an intercollegiate competitive activity in which you will engage in a simulated trial, acting as witnesses and attorneys. This year will feature a criminal case (a good one!), complete varying witness testimony, expert reports, evidence, unsettled legal questions, and more. During the course of the semester, we will study the American legal system and its processes, in addition to learning what rhetorically makes for a good case-in-chief, line of questioning, and witness performance. The class will include in-class workshops, exercises, breakaway sessions, and finally our own trials. Balancing preparation with improvisation, you will cultivate your interpretive, communicative, rhetorical, and critical thinking, as well as your teamwork skills.
HON 101 CRN: 2671 Day/Time: MWF 1:00-1:50 pm Instructor: Grinnell, J. Quota: 24
Humanities Sem/Philosophy and the City Room: BISH 126
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.
HON201 CRN: 3887 Day/Time: TR 10:50 am-12:05 pm Instructor: Randaccio, S. Quota: 24
Non-Western Civ Sem/Sapiens and World Orders Room: BISH 126
This is a macro history of world civilizations. How do class systems, gender roles, governing systems, ideologies, and economic systems evolve and drive history? How do discoveries in science and technology impact cultures and civilizations? What happens when a new system of religious belief flourishes and drives the evolution of new civilizations and cultures? This is a macro history of world civilizations that focuses on the moments of transformational change in the history of human civilizations. We will examine the evolution of social, religious, political, and economic systems, reading Yuval Harari’s, Sapiens; A Brief History of Human Kind, as well as primary sources that illuminate these moments of transformational change, including readings on early legal codes, Socrates, Confucius, Buddha, Polybius, Jesus, Muhammad, Augustine, Locke, Descartes, Rousseau, Adam Smith, Marx, Hegel, Wilson, Nehru, Mao, and Nelson Mandela.
PSY101 (= HON202) CRN: 3888 Day/Time: MWF 12:00-12:50 pm Instructor: Kamper-DeMarco, K.
Social Sci Sem/Introduction to Psychology Room: CLAS B220 Quota: 24
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.
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