|HON102||Nat Sci Sem/Intro to Nutrition||1075||Online Asynchronous||Hemler, Drew||J 1/5-1/25/2022|
|HON101||Hum Sem/Intro to Philosophy||2446||TR 3:05 - 4:20 pm||Blessing, K.||BACO 204|
|HON102||Nat Sci Sem/Intro to Nutrition||2965||TR 3:05 - 4:20 pm||Manis, K.||BACO 215|
|HON102||Nat Sci Sem/Human Origins||1140||MW 4:30 - 5:45 pm||Maguire, S.||BACO 204|
|HON103||Arts Sem/Jewelry Making||2294||MW 9:00 - 11:40 am||Saracino, S.||ROCK 202|
|HON106||Arts Sem/Intro to Interior Design||3891||TR 8:00 - 9:15 am||Sharma, B.||BULG 217|
|HON103||Arts Sem/Creative Process in the Arts||2492||Online Asynchronous||Guzski, C.||Online|
|HON104||American History Sem/American History||2490||TR 9:25 - 10:40 am||Mernitz, K.||BACO 217|
|HON201||Non-West Civ Sem/Africa Since 1800||2461||MWF 10 - 10:50 am||Orosz, K.||BACO 223|
|HON201||Non-West Civ Sem/Mindfulness, Meditation, and Philosophy||2551||MWF 10 - 10:50 am||Duffy, L.||SAMC 176|
|HON201||Non-West Civ Sem/Global Marriage Practices||3889||TR 4:30 - 5:45 pm||Hart, K.||BULG 422|
|HON202||Social Sci Sem/Comparative Democracy||2295||MWF 1 - 1:50 pm||McGovern, P.||BACO 204|
|HON209||West Civ Sem/The Logic & Enchantment of Evil in Modern Europe||2467||TR 9:25 - 10:40 am||Blum, D.||BACO 220|
|HON303||Diversity Sem/Indigenous Art of North America||2491||TR 10:50 am-12:05 pm||Anselmi, L.||BULG 427|
|HON303||Diversity Sem/Social Fictions||3781||TR 4:30 - 5:45 pm||Perez, L.||BACO 223|
|HON309||West Civ Sem/Western Ideals||1931||TR 1:40 - 2:55 pm||Grinnell, J.||BISH 126|
|HON400||Honors Senior Colloquium||2174||T 3:00 - 5:40 pm||Guiati, A.||BISH 126|
|HON444||Honors Senior Seminar||2796||Hybrid, TBD||McMillan, A.||BISH 126|
Spring 2022 HONORS CLASS SCHEDULE/COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
HON 101 CRN: 2446 Day/Time: TR 3:05-4:20 pm Instructor: Blessing, K. Quota: 24
Humanities Sem/Introduction to Philosophy Room: BACO 204
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: 1140 Day/Time: MW 4:30-5:45 pm Instructor: Maguire, S. Quota: 24
Natural Science Sem/Human Origins Room: BACO 204
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 102 CRN: 2965 Day/Time: TR 3:05-4:20 pm Instructor: Manis, Katie Quota: 10
Natural Science Sem/Intro to Nutrition Room: BACO 215
The course focuses on the science of nutrition and research methods. This course is designed to help students learn nutrition concepts and how to create or recognize healthy diets based on nutrition research and facts. This is a human nutrition course that includes the study of essential nutrients, their biochemical and physiological function, maintenance, growth, and activities of the body. The topics include dietary standards, nutrients and their requirements, food sources of nutrients, biochemical functions of nutrients, digestion, absorption, metabolism, storage, excretion, eating disorders, food safety, and diet and disease.
HON 103 CRN: 2294 Day/Time: MW 9:00-11:40 am Instructor: Saracino, S. Quota: 18
Studio Arts Sem/Jewelry Making Room: ROCK 202
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 103 CRN: 2492 Day/Time: ONLINE asynchronous Instructor: Guzski, C. Quota: 20
Studio Arts Sem/Creative Process in the Arts
This seminar examines the role of the creative process across a wide range of fine and performing arts (music, dance, theater, visual arts, film) through lectures, readings, discussion, and particularly digital artistic experiences nationally, internationally, and in metropolitan Buffalo. Students will explore their own relationship to the expressive power of art and consider interdisciplinary perspectives on the impact of political, economic, historical, social, and environmental factors on the artist in society. Oral class presentations (presented digitally) on selected creative individual/ artwork(s) culminate in the preparation of a research poster intended for presentation to a broad audience.
HON 106 CRN: 3891 Day/Time: TR 8:00-9:15 am Instructor: Sharma, B. Quota: 15
Arts Inquiry & Analysis Sem/Intro to Interior Design Room: BULG 217
This seminar examines the impact of interior space, art, and architecture on the physical, social, psychological and aesthetic needs of people. A fast-paced fundamental survey of the theory and practice of Interior Design that focuses on the development of foundation of the arts in the interiors and architecture of a space. Through class observations, discussions, presentation of the assigned reading by the students, students will be assessed on their critical response to styles, movement, theoretical concepts, and principles of design in interior and exterior environment.
HON 104 CRN: 2490 Day/Time: TR 9:25-10:40 am Instructor: Mernitz, K. Quota: 24
American History Seminar/US History 1607-present Room: BACO 217
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. We will read a wide range of documents from a wide 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: 2461 Day/Time: MWF 10:00-10:50 am Instructor: Orosz, K. Quota: 5
Non-Western Civilizations Sem/Africa since 1800 Room: BACO 223
Prerequisites: Upper-division status or permission of instructor
African history since 1800. Abolition of slave trade, pre-colonial culture and society, partition of Africa by European nations, impact of colonial regimes, African resistance movements, colonial nationalism, worlds wars and decolonization, Apartheid in South Africa, impact of the Cold War, and neocolonialism.
HON 201 CRN: 2551 Day/Time: MWF 10:00-10:50 am Instructor: Duffy, L. Quota: 15
Non-Western Civ Sem/Mindfulness, Meditation, and Philosophy Room: SAMC176
This course investigates the Eastern philosophical roots of mindfulness and meditation practices found specifically in Zen Buddhism and yoga. We will discuss the way these Eastern Philosophical traditions answer important questions about the nature of the universe, about humanity, about the nature of the mind, about personal identity, and about how to live a good life. We will look at the ways in which mindfulness and meditation are related to those answers and the methods of investigation and how they have changed. We will also practice mindfulness and meditation exercises as a class. The personal practice will allow us to develop a deeper understanding of the philosophy and the tools to find more peace and contentment in life.
HON 201 CRN: 3889 Day/Time: TR 4:30-5:45 pm Instructor: Hart, K. Quota: 15
Non-Western Civilizations Sem/Global Marriage Practices Room: BULG 422
In this class, we explore the politics and economics of love, marriage, sex, kinship, and gender through a cross-cultural study of marriage practices. Paying special attention to the structures of kinship, as societies transform, we will study the emotions of marriage, as negotiated and experienced by people in a number of cultural contexts. The purpose of the class is to consider structural transformations in gender and kinship practices and how these effect aspirations of people as they seek a future in or out of traditional marriage, however that is defined.
HON 202 CRN: 2295 Day/Time: MWF 1:00-1:50 pm Instructor: McGovern, P. Quota: 24
Social Sci Sem/Comparative Democracy Room: BACO 204
An exploration of the nature of democracy in its “modern” application, how this “plays out” in various political contexts throughout the world and its impact upon how we approach questions concerning the nature of the individual and her/his role in politics. Students will engage in an intensive reading of and writing to several important issues provided by various theorists and theories that have contributed to the development of democracy and our understanding and practice of it.
HON 209 CRN: 2467 Day/Time: TR 9:25-10:40 am Instructor: Blum, D. Quota: 24
Western Civilizations Sem/Logic & Enchantment of Evil in Modern Europe Room: BACO 220
It has been said that evil succeeds because good people fail to act. But evil also succeeds because there is a logic and excitement to it that humans find compelling. A study of the political, philosophical, musical, literary (and other) trends in modern Europe will expose the ease through which people happily degrade themselves. Such a study is not to frighten nor point fingers but to uncover past patterns of evil to prevent the advent of contemporary mistakes.
HON 303 CRN: 2491 Day/Time: TR 10:50 am-12:05 pm Instructor: Anselmi, L. Quota: 15
Diversity Sem/Indigenous Art of North America Room: BULG 427
The study of art from an anthropological perspective using case studies from the Indigenous cultures of North America from the pre-contact period until today. Examination of art and material culture within Indigenous communities. How material culture and art can be used as evidence for human behavior, especially ritual behavior. Historical factors affecting the production and use of material culture and art. Continuity and change within material culture/artistic repertoires. Resistance through artistic expression.
HON 303 CRN: 3781 Day/Time: TR 4:30-5:45 pm Instructor: Perez, L. Quota: 20
Diversity Sem/Social Fictions Room: BACO 223
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 309 CRN: 1931 Day/Time: TR 1:40-2:55 pm Instructor: Grinnell, J. Quota: 24
Western Civilizations Sem/Western Ideals Room: BISH 126
In this course we will explore several conceptions of ethical excellence, from the Greeks through the Enlightenment to the modern world. We will also investigate the theoretical framework and values that lie at the heart of western ethical reasoning. Among other things, we shall trace a gradual but very important shift from aretaic to deontic ethical theories and then (to some extent) back to aretaic again and attempt to evaluate what we have lost and what we have gained with that shift. Along the way, we will assess how fundamental concepts such as freedom, duty, character, and happiness have changed over the course of western civilization. By the end, you should have a broad foundation for ethical reasoning as well as a broad perspective on western normative concepts. Ideally, we shall be able to identify a principled ethical framework and use it to resolve specific problems of both personal and professional ethics.
HON 400 CRN: 2174 Day/Time: T 3:00-5:40 pm Instructor: Guiati, A. Quota: 20
Colloquium Sem/The Oppressed & the Exploited in Contemporary Cinema Room: BISH 126
Oppression can only survive through silence. Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody's business to interfere when we see it. The class will discuss the cultural, political, economic and historical milieu of each film. On the positive side, there is exploitation for the promotion of persons or resources to their greatest possible advantage. On the negative side, people and resources are exploited through being used for selfish or greedy purposes, meaning both development and victimization can be confusing. We will watch and analyze films that cover topics of diversity, violence, unemployment, euthanasia vs. assisted suicide, child abuse, racism, war, political oppression and corruption, discrimination, childhood marriage, roles of women. Scholarship Honors students should enroll in this class when they are preparing to graduate.
HON 444 CRN: 2796 Day/Time: Hybrid, TBA Instructor: McMillan, A. Quota: 60
Honors Senior Seminar Students have a choice to attend in person or virtually, class meets ~4 times/sem
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 are discouraged from taking 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
HON103/106 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.
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