A sample of recently offered honors courses for Second- and Third-year Scholars
HON 340 Colloquium in the Humanities: Protest & Democracy: American Radicalism
When they burned tax collectors in effigy and dumped chests of English tea into Boston harbor, colonists forged the link between radical action and American freedom that resonates still today with movements such as the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. In this course we will explore this relationship between social protest and American democracy from the revolutionary era to the present day. We will engage with expressions of radicalism in short stories, poetry, speeches, biographies, graphic novels, pamphlets, radio addresses and movies. In the end, we will attempt to answer the question: do American radicals reject American democracy, or are they the ultimate expression of it?
HON 340 Colloquium in the Humanities: National Tragedies/Heroic Responses
As moments of great tragedy, catastrophes challenge Americans' identity. But from the ashes rise heroes, and so tragedies have also been central to Americans' self-definition. Rather than accepting it, this course will examine the tragedy/hero paradigm. We will ask, does the very use of the word "tragedy limit our understanding of what actually happened? From whose point of view is a catastrophe tragic? What constitutes heroic action in these circumstances? Do all tragedies need heroes, or do all heroes need tragedies? Spanning the breadth of American history, this course examines both the tragic and the heroic in wartime captivity, the traumas of slavery, the decimation of Native populations, the Civil War, the Holocaust, the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, the attacks of 9/11, and modern episodes of random, mass violence.
HON 391 Colloquium in Development: The Deceptive Eye: An Examination of Truth versus Experience
Our experience of the world is not reality. In this course, students will examine how our perception of the world is distorted by the lens through which we view it. Topics will include visual development, perceptual illusions, beliefs and stereotypes, miscommunications, and the nature of reality.
HON 342 Colloquium in the Sciences: Humans and Microorganisms: From Scourge to Tool
From the ancient and terrifying scourges of smallpox, the “black death”, to the current threat of AIDS; from the use of microorganisms to produce cheese, beer and wine, and sauerkraut; to the genetic manipulation of contemporary biotechnology, human life has been intimately intertwined with the microbial world. How have these interactions impacted humans? What are the adaptations made by humans as a result of microbes? How do (or have) different human populations reacted and responded to microbes? What are, or might be, the consequences of our trying to control and now manipulate microbial life? The purpose of this Honors Program course is to provide you with an opportunity to study the intersections of such academic disciplines as history, sociology, and literature, with science, and including media/material from Renaissance art and literature, the movies of Monty Python, and rock music.
HON 342 Colloquium in the Sciences -- The One Health Imitative: A Mongolian Perspective
“Recognizing that human health (including mental health via the human-animal bond phenomenon), animal health, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked, One Health seeks to promote, improve, and defend the health and well-being of all species by enhancing cooperation and collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, other scientific health and environmental professionals and by promoting strengths in leadership and management to achieve these goals.”1 This mission statement will be the focus point of the course. Using field cases of animal disease obtained from the instructor’s prior trips to Mongolia, Bolivia, and the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, course participants will be challenged to think through and implement human and animal health strategies that provide a workable solution for the problem presented in class. Emphasis will be placed on societal and cultural challenges, available health resources and infrastructure, and differences in animal production and human health systems. In addition, time will be spent considering zoonotic disease and its implications in second and third world societies. Student will work together in their approach to health system challenges.