Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the Spring 2017 University Honors (UH) classes are posted below. (Watch for updates!) Refer to WINGS Express via the WINGS portal for a complete listing of all Honors courses, including days, times, and locations.

Spring 2017

UH 2010-01 Shakespeare to Shepard (Blakelock)

This class will consider selected Shakespeare plays and works by contemporary playwright Sam Shepard. Course work will feature dramatic readings, discussion, and a blogging project to organize and comment on research and reflection on the plays. This is a hybrid course; traditional classroom meeting is scheduled, balanced by online participation and project development.  (UH 2010 satisfies the Arts/Humanities Element in the Core curriculum.)

UH 2010-02 Latin America: Magical & Real (Rubin)

Latin America is a very real and very magical place with a rich literary and cinematographic history. This course will explore the "magic" of Latin America, from famous literary movements like "magical realism" to often mythologized figures like Ernesto Che Guevara. At the same time, the course will examine a number of "real" issues facing Latin America, including crime, immigration, and poverty. Readings will include short stories and poems in translation, as well as current news and feature articles. Films will include feature length selections and documentaries. (UH 2010 satisfies the Arts/Humanities Element in the Core curriculum.)

UH 2010-03 Florence, Italy: Art, History, & Culture (Struthers)

Roman city, medieval commune, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Florence, Italy, was once one of the most wealthy and powerful cities in Europe. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Florence was an important center of trade, banking, the development of the Italian language, and art. Topics explored in this course will include: Roman origins, Dante and the Divine Comedy, the Black Death, the Medici, Italian Renaissance artists and architects, and the flood of 1966. This course will be taught as a seminar, so active participation in class discussions will be required and expected.  (UH 2010 satisfies the Arts/Humanities Element in the Core curriculum.)

UH 2020-01 American Government & Politics (P. Leonard) 

In this course, students will closely examine both the structure and the politics of America's government. Students will witness the infant stages of potential 2016 Presidential candidates' campaigns, together with their respective positions on the issues of the day. The challenges facing America will be examined, discussed, and debated in this class: terrorism, disease that recognizes no borders, the growing economic gap between the "haves and have-nots," the federal budget, and of course, divisive social issues  like same-sex marriage and abortion. Most students coming out of high school have been taught "civics." Few have been provided with little or any in-depth knowledge of politics, which all too often contributes to an unintelligent voting population. The American Government and Politics class will be offered in a bi-partisan/non-partisan manner with the goal of teaching students how politics fuels government actions and policies at the federal level.

The three branches of the federal government will be studied to better understand how they interact to achieve the goals of our "founding fathers." The students will be exposed to the philosophies of the major political parties in America, as well as "movements" within political parties with the goal of providing guidance for students who have yet to choose a paroty affiliation.

Finally, the class will examine America's political leaders, past and present, to better understand how the challenges facing a complex and diverse country like America can be overcome. (UH 2020 satisfies the Social Science Element in the Core curriculum.)

UH 2020-02 Health & Disease: Our Culture & Society (Rodgers)

This course will explore the disease and its historical effect upon religion, exploration, politics, the economy, and other social and cultural aspects of our world. We will also look at modern disease and its effect upon these social and cultural matters, and in turn how these same social and cultural aspects affect the course of disease and human health.

UH 2020-15 SRVI: Ethics & Sustainability in Appalachia (Chaffee)

This course will integrate information gathered by faculty and students on the ethics of economic, social, and environmental issues in Appalachia with a week-long service learning trip to Southeastern Ohio. Students will gain an appreciation for a regional culture facing multiple challenges and will work with community partners in Appalachia on projects of mutual interest.  (UH 2020 satisfies the Social Science Element in the Core curriculum.)

UH 2020-90 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 Marxism, As It Happened (Osborne)

Communism was very possibly the most significant sociopolitical phenomenon of the 20th Century. It arose out of a particular set of circumstances, provided a model of how to think about the world, changed history for billions of people, and left a legacy that is still being sorted out. In this class we will try to understand communism as an economic theory and as a history, philosophy, and artistic laboratory.

UH 4000-02 Presidential Memories (Dewey)

This course will introduce students to the rich aviation heritage of Dayton and the Miami Valley from the Wright Brothers to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the space age. Students will learn about the aviation history of the community and the world through lectures, readings, field trips to historical museums and sites, discussion with aviation pioneers and scholars, and films. Students will also conduct research in primary sources documenting Dayton's aviation history.

UH 4000-03 Strategic Communication (R. Leonard)

This University Honors course is an examination of contemporary socio-cultural issues from a communication perspective. Students will critically examine current social issues through the lens of appropriate communication theories. Students will create an in-depth analysis and create a strategic plan for illuminating the findings.

UH 4000-04 Computers, Paradigms & People (Roach)

This course will give a broader conceptual framework to view, in the context of an increasingly technical world, your own academic discipline, and at the same time, provide you an opportunity to enhance your written and oral communication skills.

UH 4000-05 Global Health SL Tanzania (Eustace)

Description forthcoming.