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Honors Program Course Listings - Fall 2012

HONR 300A - Italian Renaissance Art
4 credits
Gimenez-Berger, Alejandra

Prerequisite: Permission of Honors Program .

An examination of Renaissance painting, sculpture and architecture from the Late Gothic period (ca. 1270-1300) through the Renaissance (Early and High) and Mannerism. The artists and monuments in Florence, Rome and Venice will receive special attention, although developments in other regions in Italy will also be discussed. Emphasis will be on the departure from Medieval art and the revival of Antiquity, and art objects and monuments will be discussed in the context of individual artists, patrons and religious and historical events. Writing intensive. Optional: Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: CLAC : Interested in using your foreign language skills to earn extra credit connected to this course and to learn more about the subject matter of this course at the same time? If so, register for the CLAC components offered here. You don't need to be fluent in the language to exercise this option. In fact, you need only to have completed two credits beyond 112 or to be currently enrolled in a course beyond 112. Your work will be guided by your professor and by faculty from the Languages Department. The CLAC module is designed for intermediate level language learners.

Students who select the CLAC option will complete work in a foreign language that will supplement the work in this course. Students who complete the CLAC assignments successfully will earn 1 credit for the CLAC component.

To register for the CLAC component, you must also register for a one-credit LANG 230 CLAC module listed among the Language Department's offerings. Meeting times and location will be arranged at the beginning of the semester. Credit for CLAC modules may be counted toward the requirements for International Studies and as elective credit in the Language department.

HONR 300 A/C - The Body in Japanese Women's Literature
4 credits
Quimby, JoAnn

Prerequisite: Permission of Honors Program.
This course offers a survey and critical reading of poetry, short fiction and novels by women from Japan's modern period (1868-present). We will discuss the historical background and contribution of these writers to the development of modern Japanese literature. In addition to our primary thematic consideration of representations and experiences of the body in the assigned texts, we will also consider the self-representation of women, their changing roles in Japanese society, and their relationships with themselves and others. However, we will also examine the particular demands that form and style place on our reading: why are some texts more emotionally accessible than others? What sort of subject position is expressed in different narratives? We will consider these questions, and more. You will read all literature in English translation. No knowledge of Japanese is required.

HONR 300H - History and Nature of Science
4 credits
Austin, Barbara

Prerequisites: Permission of Honors Program
Course Description: An examination of the development of scientific thought through study of historical episodes in the body of knowledge of science. Through reading and discussion of key figures and events and completion of laboratories, students will come to appreciate that science is not an objective, straightforward pursuit but rather an unfolding and engaging story of brilliant insights, dogged determinism, petty conflicts and warm humanity.

HONR 300S - Contemporary Issues in Business
4 credits
Schindler, Pamela

Prerequisites: Permission of Honors Program 
Often a deep understanding of concepts, theories, and issues in business can be found by studying books that reveal applications of these concepts or issues in real business settings. The best of these books earn the advocacy of managers or industry pundits, thus earning a place on the best-business-books lists. Authors writing such books often create new methodologies or use established empirical methods for proving their thesis, while also developing new terminology for emerging industry practices. Students will read and discuss in detail a range of books covering a variety of business issues and practices. Each student will be randomly assigned one book and write an analysis of that book. Student teams will be assigned to research, write, and present a profile of the author(s) of one book. Class sessions will be book discussions and presentations. Each student will lead the discussion at least one time during the semester. Grades will be based on the development of a discussion management plan and its execution, discussion contributions for all books, a written book analysis, and a written and oral author profile.  This class is for students with an interest in business; however, students do not need to be business majors or minors. Discussion Intensive. Writing Intensive.

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