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Honors Courses

100 Cornerstone Seminar: Perspectives on Leadership (replaces Gateway requirement in the Liberal Arts Core)

The cornerstone seminar serves as an introduction to liberal arts learning for honors students by examining the topic of leadership. Interdisciplinary in nature and writing intensive in structure, this seminar asks students to wrestle with the question “what does it mean to be a leader?” Students will explore this question from a variety of different perspectives including the history of leadership theory, ethics and leadership, social and psychological dimensions of leaders and followers, critical thinking, and skills of leadership. Prerequisite: Boone Honors program member. Three hours, three credits.

205 Decision-Making and Problem-Solving with Mathematics (meets the Mathematics requirement in Liberal Arts Core)

This course provides a solid basis in logic and problem-solving with an emphasis on decision-making. Specifically, the course uses Symbolic Logic to find valid/invalid arguments, Graphs and Networks to find efficient routes, Statistics to analyze data and trends, Algebra and Linear Systems to find solutions, break- even points and optimal points, and Voting and Apportionment to study social choice and fair division. Prerequisites: Boone Honors program member or a grade of “B” or higher in Math 100 or higher. Three hours, three credits.

206 The Bible and The Arts (meets a non-Bible-based Religion requirement in Liberal Arts Core)

An interdisciplinary course that explores how the Bible has functioned as a classic text in western culture. The course will consider the reception history of selected biblical texts in literature, film, drama, the visual arts, and the musical arts. Prerequisites: Boone Honors program member, or English 102 and permission of instructor. Three hours, three credits.

210 Reason and the Individual (meets Literature or History requirement in Liberal Arts Core)

This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the English-speaking world in the eighteenth century when individualism and rationalism emerged as dominant paradigms of the transatlantic community. Through in-depth study of some of the leading figures in this emerging worldview, students will come to appreciate more fully their roles as individuals in modern society. Prerequisites: Boone Honors program member, or English 102 and permission of instructor. Three hours, three credits.

211 Art, Literature, and Film of the Expressionist Period (meets Literature or Fine Arts requirement in Liberal Arts Core).

This interdisciplinary course will explore the world of expressionist art as produced in Europe and America during the period 1890-1937. The mood of alienation between the avant garde and the middle class is a key feature of the art of this period. Students will have the opportunity to explore the philosophical, cultural, and political background that helped to foster this alienation and led artists to produce the characteristically distorted look of expressionist art. The emphasis in the course will be on analyzing visual art, film, drama, and fiction that the leading expressionists produced. Prerequisites: Boone Honors program member, or English 102 and permission of instructor. Three hours, three credits.

213 Media and Violence (meets three hours of the Writing-Intensive requirement in Liberal Arts Core)

An interdisciplinary, team-taught, writing-intensive study of the relationship between media and violence. The emphasis of the course will be on how violence is depicted in news and entertainment media, how media depictions of violence affect society, how social scientists study these effects, and how the problems associated with media and violence might be addressed. This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisites: Boone Honors program member, or a grade of “C” of higher in English 102 and permission of instructor. Three hours, three credits.

215 Science and Art (meets Natural Science requirement in the Liberal Arts Core)

This is an interdisciplinary course designed as an introduction to the basic elements of general, analytical and organic chemistry using technical examination of artwork such as paintings, sculpture, stained glass and others.  The course will place emphasis on teaching science, mainly chemistry, in context of proper examination, examining and proving authenticity, restoration of art objects; it also will address questions in history, religion and economics. The course is designed in a lecture/discussion/laboratory format, where students will view images of objects of arts, observe different techniques and also view movies.  The course will fulfill a science requirement for non-science majors and might be an elective for Art majors.  Understanding of science behind artworks will allow a profound appreciation of the wonderful world of art, and demonstrate it tight connection with science. Prerequisites: Boone Honors Program member and MTH 100 or higher or HON-205. Students who are not members of the Boone Honors Program will be screened by the instructor before beginning an honors course.
Six hours, four credits.

216 The Sixties (meets three hours of the Writing-Intensive requirement in Liberal Arts Core)

The Sixties is an interdisciplinary course that explores the political, cultural, and scientific changes that marked this turbulent and influential decade in American history. Our discussions will cover topics ranging from presidential decisions to popular culture. We’ll look carefully at the operations of the U. S. government in both domestic (Great Society) and foreign (Cold War and Vietnam War) policy; we’ll also consider the challenges to the status quo posed by the Civil Rights Movement, the student anti-war movement, and the Women’s Movement. We’ll learn about the “race in space” that culminated in the lunar landing. In addition, we’ll explore changes in cultural values represented in literature and journalism, the visual arts, and music. This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisites: Boone Honors program member, or a grade of “C” of higher in English 102 and permission of instructor. Three hours, three credits.

222 Political Psychology(meets Social Sciences requirement in the Liberal Arts Core)

This course will engage in an interdisciplinary investigation of the role of human thought, emotion and behavior in political processes and the formation of political opinion. After gaining an overview of political psychology, students will examine core psychological principles and experimental methods, exploring theories regarding personality, social group behavior and the role of emotion in decision-making processes. Next, students will apply these concepts to a variety of topics within political science, including race relations, media and political advertising, formation of opinions and ideologies, and other relevant topics in this field. Finally, students will work to apply their knowledge to a current political event or process and present their findings to their peers. Prerequisites: Boone Honors Program member, or English 102.  Students who are not members of the Boone Honors Program will be screened by the instructor before beginning an honors course. Three hours, three credits.

223 Political Satire (meets Literature or Social Sciences requirement in the Liberal Arts Core)

This course examines classic and contemporary satire and explores its role in political communication. Prerequisites:  Boone Honors Program member, or a grade of “C” or higher in ENG 102.  Students who are not members of the Boone Honors Program will be screened by the instructor and BHP director before beginning an honors course. Three hours, three credits.

225 Religion and Science: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (meets Religion or Natural Sciences requirement in Liberal Arts Core)

This interdisciplinary team-taught seminar is designed to help students become critically informed about some of the ways theistic religion and science are being perceived as relating to one another. Students will explore 1) the history of the religion-science relationship, 2) various contemporary ways of thinking about the relationship between religion and science, 3) current theories of cosmology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, ecology, and their implications for theological discourse. Prerequisites: Boone Honors program member, or English 102 and permission of instructor. Three hours, three credits.

435 Values and Vocation (meets three hours of the Writing-Intensive requirement in Liberal Arts Core)

Capstone honors seminar that asks students to explore the connections between values, talents, and career choices. This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisites: Boone Honors program member, or English 102 and permission of instructor. Three hours, three credits.