Spring 2020 Courses

For students entering fall 2018 and after

Archived Core Honors Courses

Courses Required for First-year Core Honors Students:

CORE 1929H, Core Honors Methods of Inquiry

A 1.5 credit course taken in both fall and spring of the first year for a total of 3 credit hours. Sections that meet at the same time are paired, and students in each pair will be taught by both instructors. Satisfies MCC Foundations in Methods of Inquiry requirement.

CORE 1929H 901 W 1-2:15pm Jenn Finn, History                     
CORE 1929H 902 W 1-2:15pm Paul McInerny, Management                             
CORE 1929H 903 M 3:30-4:45pm Amelia Zurcher, English                        
CORE 1929H 904 M 3:30-4:45pm Lani Stockwell, Occup.Therapy                    
CORE 1929H 905 T 2- 3:15pm Allison Abbott, Biological Sciences
CORE 1929H 906 T 2- 3:15pm David McDaniel, History                      
CORE 1929H 907 Th 3:30-4:45pm Andrew Kunz, Physics                     
CORE 1929H 908 Th 3:30-4:45pm John Peterson, Management    

HOPR 1955H, Core Honors First-Year Seminar
Taken either fall or spring of the first year. Satisfies the MCC Foundations in Rhetoric requirement.

HOPR 1955H 901, MWF 2-2:50pm, Jacob Riyeff, English

Claiming our Attention: Long Form Art and Argument: With the proliferation of new media over the last several decades, complexity of thought and even of pleasure have come under immense pressure. This has become especially acute in light of Big Tech’s intense competition for our attention. And yet to be savvy consumers of media, appreciators of art, critical thinkers in all disciplines, and informed and responsible citizens of the world we need to possess the ability to see clearly the variety of aspects, levels, and perspectives involved in the problems we face as individuals and as social groups. In this class we will train ourselves for sustained immersion in and analysis of complexity; we will begin with humanity’s first long-form genre, epic poetry, and proceed into other art forms and other disciplinary arguments with a self-critical gaze. Ultimately, our goal will be to assess how the ways of thinking, knowing, and enjoying we develop relate to the health of the public sphere in the twenty-first century.

HOPR 1955H 902, MWF 11:00-11:50am  Jacob Riyeff, English

Same as above

HOPR 1955H 903, MW 3:30-4:45pm, Jason Farr, English

Reimagining Disability: Toward a Socially Just Future: Around 50 million Americans experience some form of physical, cognitive, or sensory impairment, and that number will only increase in time. Given that disabled people comprise the largest minority group in the US and experience profound educational, income, and social disparities, our ability to examine disability as a cultural phenomenon becomes essential for working toward a socially just future. In this class, students will learn how to apply innovative thought about disability to their interpretation of literature, film, and popular culture. Key questions that we will address include, how is disability represented in visual and print media, and how can we transform our understanding of it to work toward the creation of more inclusive communities?

HOPR 1955H 904, TuTh 8:00-9:15am, Liz Angeli, English

Rhetoric, Science, and Writing: How do scientists and medical health professionals create knowledge and communicate with the public? What is lost or gained in translation—and how can you identify it? This interdisciplinary writing course will prepare you to critically consume scientific and medical knowledge as we use rhetoric to break down and respond to messages we receive from experts. And, no, you don’t need to study science or medicine to take this course; if you want to improve your ability to understand and to impact the world around you, you can take this class

HOPR 1955H 905, TuTh 12:30pm-1:45pm Tosin Gbogi

Race and Popular Culture: This course will introduce students to the major topics and concepts lying at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and popular culture. Drawing on critical race theory, the course will open by examining the social construction of race and the various scientific, anthropological, religious, and political debates that shape(d) each phase of its historical formation. Students in this class will develop writing, communication, and critical skills that are suitable for close reading popular literature. Through various practical exercises, they will also learn how to apply these skills to the analysis of racial and ethnic tropes in a broad array of popular cultural mediums, including novels, films, music, TV, and the Internet. Two major questions will guide our discussions throughout this class, and they include: (1) How does a particular popular cultural material engage with questions of race and ethnicity? & (2) What role does popular culture play in the reinforcement and legitimation of race, racism, and racialization?  

HOPR 1955H 906, TTh 11-12:15pm, Amber Strother, English

Love in the Digital Age: What do love, science, and technology have to do with one another? How has love been represented in poetry, song, literature, and film? What happens to our minds and bodies when we fall in love? How have technologies like email, cell phones, social media, dating apps, and reality tv changed the way we fall in love? How do they script marriage and idealize love? These are the questions we will explore by looking at the intersection of love and technology in fiction. In this course, we will look at the making and unmaking of love in Western culture by reading, watching, and listening to love stories, examining the physical and psychological science behind love, and considering the ways in which technology impacts the way we love. While we will read and view many traditional love stories, this course will explore the relationship between love and technology primarily through science fiction narratives that consider visions of how technology might impact our relationships in the future. These fictional representations of love will be supplemented with readings from scientists, philosophers, and psychologists, and we will view several television episodes and films over the course the semester.


Course Required for Core Honors sophomores, either semester:

HOPR 2953H (Honors Upper Level Seminar: Theory & Practice), 2 cr, s/u

HOPR 2953H 902, American History through Horror Film

Bryan Rindfleisch, History
Mon 4-5:40pm
In this course, we will explore the major themes in American history from the 17th century to the present through the lens of horror film. While unusual, horror film actually reflects past and present histories and is itself a genre of commentary and critique, and we will use such films as "The Witch" and "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers," as well as "Us" and "Mohawk" - among others - to explore the American past and present.

HOPR 2956H, Honors Engaging Social Systems and Values 1 (ESSV1): Engaging the City

HOPR 2956H Engaging the City

HOPR 2956H 901 MWF 10-10:50 am, Sam Harshner, Political Science              
HOPR 2956H 902 MW 2–3:15 pm, Monica Unda-Gutierrez, Political Science
HOPR 2956H 903 MWF 9-9:50 am, Bryan Rindfleisch, History          
HOPR 2956H 904 TTh 11-12:15 pm, Theresa Tobin, Philosophy  

Upper level seminar for Core Honors students  
HOPR 3957H (Honors Capstone Seminar), 1 cr, s/u

HOPR 3957H Textures of Authenticity: Being in a Strange World

Wed 11–12:15 pm
901: Lynne Shumow, Curator, Haggerty Museum of Art
902: Melissa Shew, Philosophy
903: Alexandra Crampton, Social & Cultural Sciences

Using the Haggerty Museum of Art’s exhibition Toward the Texture of Knowing as a point of departure, this class will explore the human condition and our understanding of authenticity through points of view related to art, social science, and philosophy. Students in the seminar will really look at art and think about what the work is communicating. We will investigate questions like: What makes something or someone original or fake? How can health, illness, and trauma be interpreted as “contact zones”? How can we authentically orient ourselves in a strange, evolving, and emergent world? To address these questions, we will explore our relationship to technology and adaptable experiences; investigate themes of alienation, loss, and anxiety; identify ways of seeing the body in relation to self and society; and more. Throughout the class, students will be encouraged to fully engage their senses in order to understand these and other ideas.

Core Menu Options for all Core Honors Students:

BIOL 1002H, Honors General Biology 2

BIOL 1002H 901 MWF 9-9:50am Thomas Eddinger
Discussion 961 T 11-11:50am, Eddinger

BIOL 1002H 902 MWF 10-10:50am Louise Kessler
Discussion 962 T 8-8:50 am, Louise Kessler

BIOL 1002H 903 MWF 11-11:50am Sukanya Lodh
Discussion 963 T 12:30-1:20pm, Sukanya Lodh

BIOL 1002H 904 MWF 2-2:50pm Staff
Discussion 964 T 3:30-4:20 pm, Staff

Mandatory exam sections on the following dates: 1/30/20, 2/20/20, 3/19/20, 4/16/20
Th 6 - 6:50 pm

CHEM 1002H, Honors General Chemistry 2

CHEM 1002H 901 MWF 10-10:50am Llanie Nobile
Lab 941* W 2-4:50pm Vijay Vyas
Disc 961 W 1-1:50pm Vijay Vyas

CHEM 1002H 902 MWF 10-10:50am, Llanie Nobile
Lab 942* W 2-4:50pm Vija Vyas
Disc 962 W 1-1:50pm Staff

*Register for the lab first. The two Honors lecture sections are the same lecture; register for the lecture section that is linked to the lab you have chosen. 

CHEM 1014H, Honors General Chemistry 2 for Majors

CHEM 1014H 901, MWF 9-10:50am, James Gardinier
*CHEM 1014H is lecture, lab, and discussion

PHIL 1001H, Honors Philosophy of Human Nature

PHIL 1001H 901, MW 2-3:15pm, Stephanie Berruz Rivera
PHIL 1001H 902, MW 3:30-4:45pm, Stephanie Berruz Rivera
PHIL 1001H 903, TTh 11-12:15pm, Kimberly Harris
PHIL 1001H 904, TTh 12:30-1:45pm, Kimberly Harris
PHIL 1001H 905, MWF 9-9:50am, Michael Olson

PHYS 1004H, Honors General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2

Register for any PHYS 1004H Lecture
PHYS 1004H 901, MWF 9–9:50am am, Melissa Vigil
PHYS 1004H 902, MWF 10-10:50pm, Melissa Vigil
PHYS 1004H 903, MWF 12-12:50pm, Michael Politano
PHYS 1004H 904, MWF 1-1:50pm, Michael Politano
PHYS 1004H 905, MWF 2-2:50 pm, Melissa Vigil
PHYS 1004H Lab 941, W 3-4:50pm, Melissa Vigil
PHYS 1004H Lab 942, W 5-6:50pm, Melissa Vigil
PHYS 1004H Discussion 961 M 11-11:50 am Melissa Vigil

Quiz sections: M 6- 8 pm

PHYS 1014H, Honors Classic and Modern Physics with Calculus 2

PHYS 1014H* 901 Lec/Lab/Disc MWF 2-3:50 pm, Karen Andeen
*PHYS 1014H is lecture, lab, and discussion 

POSC 2801H Honors Justice and Power

POSC 2801H 901, Honors Justice and Power, TTh 11-12:15am Darrell Dobbs

PSYC 2050H Honors Research Methods and Designs in Psychology

PSYC 2050H Lecture 901: TTh 12:30-1:45 pm, Astrida Kaugars
PSYC 2050H Lab 941: W 11-12:50 pm, Astrida Kaugars

THEO 1001H Honors Introduction to Theology

THEO 1001H 901, MWF 9-9:50am, Jennifer Henery
THEO 1001H 902, MWF 11-11:50am, Deirdre Dempsey
THEO 1001H 903, MW 2-3:15pm, Katharine Ward
THEO 1001H 904, TTh 12:30-1:45pm, Jennifer Henery
THEO 1001H 905, TTh 2-3:15pm, Karen Ross

Upper-division Theology (after completion of THEO 1001H)

THEO 4000H 901, Honors Digging the Bible: Archeology and Biblical Studies
MWF 2-2:50 pm, Matthew Neujahr

THEO 4400H 901, Honors Christian Faith and Justice
TuTh 9:30-10:45am, Karen Ross