Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 University Honors (UH) classes are posted below. Refer to WINGS Express via the WINGS portal for a complete listing of all Honors courses, including days, times, and locations.

Summer 2018

UH 4000-90 (CRN 48047) Computers, Paradigms, and People (Roach)

This fully online seminar offers students an opportunity to study the history and trajectory of paradigms and conversations about computers in society. This fully online course asks students to immerse themselves in a research agenda and to present their work in a variety of ways, including both traditional essays and multimodal compositions. As students explore the connections between their areas of study and computers, they will interrogate both the promises and the perils of technology in the modern world.


Fall 2018

UH 1010 - All Sections

All sections of UH 1010 are reserved for new first-year students entering the university Fall 2018.

UH 2010-01 (CRN 74608) Travel Literature (Rubin)

This is a course about travel and a course about literature: the literature that people write inspired by their travels. In this course, we will define travel literature, examine its origins and history, and analyze and interpret the writings of travelers. We will become travel writers ourselves, composing a piece of travel literature based on our own previous travels. This course is a seminar, which means that active participation in class discussions is absolutely required and expected.

UH 2010-02 (CRN 83893) Introduction to Parks and Recreation and the Notion of Play in Contemporary Culture (R. Leonard)

This introductory course is a cultural examination of contemporary leisure activities. The course will first explore the historical, philosophical and standard practices in parks and recreation services today. With the historical groundwork laid, the course will explore the cultural definitions of "play" and the role that community members have in successful parks and recreation programming. The course will culminate with an analysis of public, private and non-profit agencies engaged in leisure services and the impact they have on contemporary culture.

UH 2010-21 (CRN 85309) Travel Literature (Rubin)

This section is reserved for students participating in the Ambassador Study Abroad Program to Costa Rica

UH 2010-90 (CRN 74609) 21st Century Games & Play (Roach)

In 1938, anthropologist and game studies scholar Johan Huizinga asserted that "culture arises and unfolds in and as play.” Games and play have existed throughout history, and the renewed interest in studying them has been driven, in part, by changes in technology. In an increasingly digital world, games and play offer keen insight into our culture. Throughout the course we will consider topics such as: 

-Games as texts
-Video game evolution
-Tabletop games
-Unstructured play (cosplay, memes, etc.)
-Play as a mode of writing
-Gamer culture
-Work versus play
-Game theory and creation

The goal of this course is to examine games and play from a number of angles, using a variety of lenses from across the disciplines. We will write about games, research games, and make games, all with the goal of cultivating meaningful academic discourse about games and play in our culture.

This course is NOT just for hard-core gamers; casual gamers, Candy Crushers, cosplayers, and tabletop fans are all equally welcome here. The urge to play is in all of us, and this course aims to explore what that means about our current cultural moment and about the capacity and limits of our humanity. (UH 2010 satisfies the Arts/Humanities Element in the Core curriculum.)

UH 2020-90 (CRN 74611) Decision Making (Morrisette)

Decision making is an integral part of our daily lives, ranging from the relatively simple--shall I have Coke or coffee?--to the complex and seemingly insoluble--how can we reduce the rate of violent crime in the U.S.? Regardless of one's area of interest or expertise, difficult decisions must be made. This course provides an introduction to the concepts of decision theory, systems analysis, and rational analytic techniques of decision making, as well as an exploration of non-rational theory and processes. Students will analyze the process and the assumptions that underlie the process from several viewpoints and disciplines: rationality, incrementalism, analytical reasoning, and complexity and chaos. (UH 2020 satisfies the Social Science Element in the Core curriculum.)

UH 4000-01 (CRN 74612) Vampires in History and Culture (Herringer)

Each culture gets the vampire it deserves, as Nina Auerbach has observed. This course explores what that means, by examining how vampire stories reflect the fears, beliefs, and assumptions of a variety of cultures in different eras and countries, from ancient Greece to contemporary America. We will examine the physical basis for beliefs in vampires, including how bodies behave after death, and burial rituals in different cultures. We will also study vampire myths in history, literature, and film. 

This course draws on the disciplines of history, literature, cultural studies, film studies, science, and religion in order to understand the significance of beliefs in vampires across cultures. Through class discussions, short papers, and a final research paper, students will develop their abilities to read critically, entertain opposing points of view, and develop an independent argument based on class sources and outside research. The semester will culminate in the presentation of individual projects.

UH 4000-02 (CRN 74613) The Law and Public Policy of Animal Rights (P. Leonard)

Animal rights and/or animal welfare issues is a "movement" in America. It's a "movement" that is impacting the laws, poltics, and ethics of interaction between "human animals" and animal life. In addition to studying the law, we will examine and discuss ethical issues and political issues asscoatied with the animal rights "movement." Changes of the law and expanded animal rights must be viewed within the context of the American farming industry and medical research programs.