Fall 2019 Courses

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 12-1:15 pm, Paul McInerny, Management
CORE 1929H 902  W 12-1:15 pm, Jenn Finn, History
CORE 1929H 903 M 3:30-4:45 pm, Amelia Zurcher, English
CORE 1929H 904 M 3:30-4:45 pm, Lani Stockwell, Occupational Therapy
CORE 1929H 905 T 2-3:15 pm, Allison Abbott, Biological Sciences
CORE 1929H 906 T 2-3:15 pm, Dave McDaniel, History
CORE 1929H 907 Th 3:30-4:45 pm, Andrew Kunz, Physics
CORE 1929H 908 Th 3:30-4:45 pm, 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, MW 2–3:15 pm, Melissa Ganz, English

Justice and Judgment in the Western Imagination: How do we decide what is right and fair? When, if ever, is it permissible to break the law?   What is the relationship between justice and mercy, and between justice and revenge? How should we respond to historical wrongs and how can we rectify social and legal injustices today? Such questions have not only preoccupied jurists and philosophers but have also figured prominently in literature. In this seminar, we consider how imaginative writers from the classical era to the present day have examined the nature, problems, and possibilities of justice. At the same time that we examine the contributions of literature to pressing moral and legal debates, we work on honing your close reading and writing skills. Texts may include Sophocles’s Antigone; William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice; Herman Melville’s Billy Budd and “Bartleby, the Scrivener”; Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience”; Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life; Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers”; Arthur Miller’s The Crucible; poems by Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and W.H. Auden; and Ferdinand von Schirach’s The Collini Case. Our literary texts will be supplemented by selections from jurists, philosophers, and historians, and we will view several film adaptations.

HOPR 1955H 902, TTh 11-12:15 am, Danielle Nussberger, Theology

Contemplation and Action in the Digital Age: This course will examine the long-standing dynamic between contemplation and action, from its theological and philosophical roots to its resurgence in the frenetic pace of the contemporary digital age.  Given our Jesuit, Catholic setting, we are well situated to learn and appreciate the value of contemplative and mindfulness practices for forming socially conscious individuals who are dedicated to making the world a better place for everyone.

HOPR 1955H 903, TTh 2-3:15 pm, Liza Strakhov, English

Brave New Worlds: As Oscar Wilde famously wrote: “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail.” Wilde’s quotation hits on a profound truth of the human condition: our belief that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. The search for brave new worlds has produced global exploration, population migration, colonization, military revolution, and scientific discovery. It has also pushed philosophers, writers, and poets to ask deeper questions about the breadth and reach of government, about collective political action, about citizen’s rights, about revolution and reform. This course will build our close reading and analytic skills by focusing on how our brave new worlds are described. Are these dreams? Travel narratives? Abstract philosophical debates? What kinds of rhetorical strategies do these texts use to imagine brave new worlds? Surely, there is no time like the present to ask ourselves: what is government and what, or whom, is it good for? Texts include: Plato’s Republic, Thomas More’s Utopia, Voltaire’s Candide, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and N.K. Jemisin’s Fifth Season.

HOPR 1955H 904, MWF 9–9:50 am, 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 has 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. Ultimately, our goal will be to assess how the ways of thinking and knowing we develop relate to the health of the public sphere in the twenty-first century.

HOPR 1955H 905, MWF 10-10:50 am, Jacob Riyeff, English

Description same as Section 904

HOPR 1955H 906, MWF 12–12:50 pm, Jacob Riyeff, English

Description same as Section 904


Course Required for Core Honors sophomores, either semester:

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

HOPR 2956H/HIST 1701 Engaging the City

HOPR 2956H/HIST 1701 901, MWF 9-9:50 am, Sergio Gonzalez, History
HOPR 2956H/HIST 1701 902, MWF 12-12:50 pm, Sam Harshner, History           
HOPR 2956H/HIST 1701 903, MW 2-3:15 pm, Sam Harshner, History      
HOPR 2956H/HIST 1701 904 TTh 12:30-1:45 pm, Robert Smith, History         


Core Menu Options for all Core Honors Students:

BIOL 1001H, Honors General Biology 1

BIOL 1001H/Honors General Biology 1 

BIOL 1001H 901 TTH 9:30-10:45 am Martin St. Maurice
Discussions (pick one)
BIOL 1001H 961 TH 2-2:50 pm St. Martin St. Maurice
BIOL 1001H 962
TH 3:30-4:20 pm Martin St. Maurice
BIOL 1001H 963
F 12-12:50 pm St. Martin St. Maurice
BIOL 1001H 964
F 1:00-1:50 pm St. Martin St. Maurice 

*Quiz sections will be on four Thursdays 6-6:50 pm: 9/13, 10/3, 10/24, and 11/14

CHEM 1001H, Honors General Chemistry 1

CHEM 1001H 901* MWF 10-10:50 am Llanie Nobile, Lecture 
Honors Lab 941 W 2-4:50 pm 
Honors Discussion 961: W 1-1:50 pm 

CHEM 1001H 902* MWF 10-10:50 am Llanie Nobile, Lecture 
Honors Lab 942: T 5:30-8:20 pm
Honors Discussion 962: T 3-3:50 pm 

*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 1013H, Honors General Chemistry 1 for Majors

CHEM 1013H 901 MF 9-10:15 am Adam Fiedler
CHEM 1013H Lab 941: W 9-11:50 am, Vijay Vyas 

ENGL 1302H, Honors English 2

ENGL 1302H 901 MWF 1-1:50 pm, Sebastian Bitticks
Creative Minds: Popular portrayals of artistic genius abound. They circulate as films (Pollock (2000), Frieda (2002)) and novels (The Moon and Sixpence (Maugham), The Hours (Cunningham)), are as large as opera and intimate as one-person shows. Stories of creative excellence excite us, and are often better remembered than the excellence itself. But what is creative genius? Does such a thing even exist outside of the larger than life stories that spring up around it? In this class, we will range across artistic disciplines, encountering visual and performing arts, literature and popular writing, to explore the lives and work of artists and writers and the stories that surround them. We will read and see their work, but also the critical writing produced by and about them and the popular portrayals that have come to define them. We will look at art, see performances, listen to music, and read. Then we will write about and present what we’ve found. By demystifying the notion of creative genius, we will become closer to our shared, and open, heritage.

MATH 1700H/PSYC 2001H/SOCI 2060H, Honors Statistics

901 Lecture TTh 9:30-10:45 am, Henry Kranendonk
941 Lab W 10-10:50 am, Henry Kranendonk

Register for whichever section is most applicable to your major or course of study; they are identical.

PHIL 1001H, Honors Philosophy of Human Nature

PHIL 1001H 901 MW 2-3:15 pm, Yoon Choi 
PHIL 1001H 902 MW 3:30-4:45 pm, Yoon Choi 
PHIL 1001H 903 TTh 9:30-10:45 am, Desiree Valentine
PHIL 1001H 904 TTh 11 – 12:15 pm, Desiree Valentine
PHIL 1001H 905 TTh 12:30-1:45 pm, Kimberly Harris
PHIL 1001H 906 MW 2-3:15 pm Stephanie Rivera-Berruz

PHYS 1003H, Honors General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1

Register for any PHYS 1003H* Lecture
901 MWF 9-9:50 am 
902 MWF 10-10:50 pm 
903 MWF 12-12:50 pm 
904 MWF 1-1:50 pm 
905 MWF 2-2:50 pm
Honors Lab 941 W 3-4:50 pm, Melissa Vigil  
Honors Lab 942 W 5- 6:50 pm, Melissa Vigil 

*Quiz sections will be on three evening dates (time and day, TBA) 

PHYS 1013H, Honors Classic and Modern Physics with Calculus 1

PHYS 1013H* 901 Lec/Lab/Disc MWF 2-3:50 pm, Karen Andeen
*PHYS 1013H is lecture, lab, and discussion 
*offered concurrently with PHYS 1013, MWF 2-3:50 pm

POSC 2201H, Honors American Politics 

POSC 2201H 901, MWF 1-1:50 pm, Karen Hoffman

POSC 2401H, Honors Comparative Politics

POSC 2401H 901, Honors Comparative Politics, TTh 12:30-1:45 pm, Jessica Rich

THEO 1001H, Honors Introduction to Theology

THEO 1001H 901, MWF 10-10:50 am, Jennifer Henery
THEO 1001H 902, MWF 11-11:50 am, Christopher Gooding   
THEO 1001H 903, MW 2-3:15 pm, Kate Ward
THEO 1001H 904, TTh 9:30-10:45 am, Gretchen Baumgardt
THEO 1001H 905, TTh 11-12:15 pm, Gretchen Baumgardt
THEO 1001H 906, MWF 9-9:50 am, Jennifer Henery
THEO 1001H 907, TTh 12:30-1:45, Karen Ross

Upper-division Theology (any semester after THEO 1001H) 

THEO 2400H 901, TTh 2-3:15 pm, Andrew Kim
Honors Christian Discipleship

THEO 3530H 901, TTh 12:30-1:45 pm, Kate Ward
Honors Theology and Economics