Honors Program Courses

Summer 2018 Courses

Courses that count toward the Communications General Education Requirement

Instructor: Alicia Tomasian. This is the Honors Colloquium class. This course is required for all Honors student who wish to acquire Honors Program Graduation status. Students will survey primary sources from various academic disciplines. Core readings might include selections from Plato, Darwin, Confucius, the Qur’an, Nietzsche, Rousseau, Bacon, Machiavelli, Marx, Martin Luther King, Jr., Simone de Beauvoir, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Students will select and lead classroom sessions on the readings; students may also have the opportunity to discuss these “great ideas” with Harper professors from across the campus and from many academic disciplines.

MW 2:00 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
(The first CRN is for HUM 105; the second is for HST 105. Sign up under one or the other, not both. It’s the same class, fulfilling the same requirements, either way.)

Fall 2018 Courses

Courses the fill the Communications General Education Requirement

Professor Alicia Tomasian - In this course, we will examine several core challenges of our metropolitan area, Chicagoland.  What are the answers to gun violence and gang warfare in the city?  What can be done to improve Chicago schools? How much do racial division and segregation of the neighborhoods impact these problems? How important is Chicago’s food culture, religious life, or architecture?  Readings may address our specific city or problems it faces and may include excerpts from Richard Wright, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cornel West, Eric Schlosser, Lauren Sandler, Levitt and Dubner, and Michelle Alexander, among others.                        

MW 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Professor Magdalena McKinley  -In this course, we will read, analyze, research, and write about a selection of 20th and 21st century American fiction, covering authors ranging from Sylvia Plath to James Baldwin to Philip K. Dick to Junot Diaz, among others. In addition to addressing their diverse literary styles and thematic concerns, we’ll also explore the ways our understanding of this literature can be enhanced by interdisciplinary study, the ways literature reflects and shapes our cultural values, and the ways it resonates with current events that define our contemporary moment.

MW 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm      

Professor Jeff Przybylo, will allow students to discover the power of effective communication.  A 2015 Pew Research study found that communication, critical thinking and teamwork are among the top 5 skills those that do the hiring for companies are looking for.  Emphasis will be placed on delivery, organization, research, audience analysis, and argumentation.  However, honors students will also work in teams to plan, rehearse and revise their presentations. Working in small groups enables students to not only gain knowledge and experience in public speaking, but also leadership, conflict management, interpersonal communication and teamwork.  Honors Speech focuses on overall communication and not just presentational skills.

T 6pm – 8:40 pm

 Courses that Count toward the Humanities Gen.-Ed. Requirement

Professor John Garcia – It is common to hear someone say that “ethic is a matter of opinion,” but if that were true, there would be no point in an Ethics course.  In our class we will look at different ways to think about what makes something right or wrong / good or bad.  The reason for this is so, when we make moral judgments, we can have a sense that these are based on more than just our knee-jerk reactions.  You are invited to come and learn to think more critically about the ethical issues in our lives and society.           

TR 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Professor David Richmond. This is the Honors Colloquium class.  This course is required for all Honors students who wish to acquire Honors Program Graduation status.  Students will survey primary sources from various academic disciplines.  Core readings may include selections from Plato, the Buddha, Bacon, Darwin, Freud, Nietzsche, Rousseau, Machiavelli, Swift, Voltaire (Candide), Marx, Douglass, and de Beauvoir; these may be supplemented with selections from authors such as Lao Tzu, Confucius, St. Augustine, the Prophet Mohammed, Bede the Venerable, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre.  Students will select and lead classroom sessions on the readings; students will also have the opportunity to discuss these “great ideas” with Harper professors from across the campus and from many academic disciplines.  (Note: half of the seats in this course are in the HST 105 “half” and half are in the HUM 105 half.  You sign up for one or the other, not both.  They count the same.)  

MW 9:30 am – 10:45 am      

Professor Pearl Ratunil. This is the Honors Colloquium class.  This course is required for all Honors students who wish to acquire Honors Program Graduation status.  Students will survey primary sources from various academic disciplines.  Core readings may include selections from Plato, the Buddha, Bacon, Darwin, Freud, Nietzsche, Rousseau, Machiavelli, Swift, Voltaire (Candide), Marx, Douglass, and de Beauvoir; these may be supplemented with selections from authors such as Lao Tzu, Confucius, St. Augustine, the Prophet Mohammed, Bede the Venerable, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre.  Students will select and lead classroom sessions on the readings; students will also have the opportunity to discuss these “great ideas” with Harper professors from across the campus and from many academic disciplines.  (Note: half of the seats in this course are in the HST 105 “half” and half are in the HUM 105 half.  You sign up for one or the other, not both.  They count the same.)  

TR  6:30 – 9:10 pm  

Professor Brian Shelton - Film History explores the origins of cinema from around the globe.  In this course we will examine the impact of cinema from one country onto others.  We will examine film as an art form and as a social influencer.  (Note: this course fulfills the World Cultures and Diversity Requirement)

TR 11 am – 12:15 pm

Courses that Count toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences Gen.-Ed. Requirement

Professor Kirsten Matthews, “Can you rewire your brain to be happier? Would you obey orders to harm others? Can Psychology combat climate change? Explore these questions and many more by integrating theories, scientific research, and real-world applications.”     

TR 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Professor Bobby Summers. The course explores the issues of today as well as the challenges that confronted the founding fathers. Students will consider the constitutional foundations of American government, the structure of federalism, as well as the inner workings of the courts, the Congress, and the presidency. By tracking current elections and politics, we will discuss the roles played by political parties, special-interest groups, public opinion, and elections. Finally, we'll examine some of the policy dilemmas confronted by American government today and yesterday, including civil liberties, civil rights, foreign policy, and economic regulation. In addition to the material presented by the instructor, students will select and lead classroom discussions from supplemental historical and contemporary readings.            

W 6 pm – 8:40 pm  

Courses that Count toward the Physical Sciences Gen.-Ed. Requirement

Professor Andy Kidwell, will offer an innovative, hands-on approach to chemistry instruction by having students apply principles of general chemistry to such contemporary issues as global warming. Note: this class fulfills the lab requirement for science. (5 credit hours)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 – 10:45 (lecture) +
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. (9:30 – 10:20, discussion and 10:30 – 1:15, lab)         

Professor Andy Kidwell, will offer an innovative, hands-on approach to chemistry instruction by having students apply principles of general chemistry to such contemporary issues as global warming. Note: this class fulfills the lab requirement for science. (5 credit hours)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (lecture) +
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 4:45 p.m. (lab) & Mondays 2:00 – 2:50 (discussion) 

Classes that Count Toward the Math Gen. Ed. Requirement

Professor Kyle Knee. Calculus is a subject rich with beautiful applications in many areas of science, technology and engineering.  In our honors section of Calculus I, we will be introduced to and investigate the three ideas that constitute the basis for our single variable real analysis – the limit, the derivative, and the integral.  Although the applications are vast, we will develop the concepts with enough mathematical rigor to emphasize the logical framework, to then apply that framework to an ample number of applications to fully appreciate the richness of Calculus’ utility. (5 credit hours)

M-F 8 am – 8:50 am

Professor Kimberly Polly. If you are not likely to be pursuing majors that require Calculus, you might be more interested in Statistics as an important Math course.  You can place into this course after Math 080 or 082, or with a Math ACT of 22 or Match ACT of 530.  The course focuses on mathematical reasoning and the solving of real-life problems in statistics, rather than on routine skills. Computer labs using statistical software packages are incorporated throughout course.    This course will use a “flipped” classroom model, in which in-class work will focus on discussions after students do work at home to prepare for them, to introduce students to descriptive and inferential statistics through real-world examples. (4 credit hours)        
(note – this is a blended course, so additional work is done online)

MW 9 – 9:50 am

Courses the Fulfill an Approved Elective

Professor Annie Davidovich – Give birth to literary masterpieces in Honors English 220!  This course provides hearty doses of inspiration and encouragement for novice creative writers.  Students will be writing poetry, flash fiction, and short stories, after spending ample time studying technique and conventions associated with each genre.  Writers will be encouraged to take risks, to advance their style and skill, and to develop their critical voices pertaining to their classmates’ works.       

MW 11 am – 12:15 pm

Professor Dominique Svarq - Students will be introduced to tools necessary to analyze, record, and interpret financial information in a meaningful manner.  Emphasis will be placed on comparing and analyzing annual report data from publically traded companies.  The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the basic principles of financial accounting, a general understanding of the business environment and a solid foundation for further accounting or business studies.  Students may also have the opportunity to talk to community leaders in the field and experience a field trip. (4 credit hours.)
(Note: this is a blended course.  You meet once a week and do more work online)                        

 T 2 pm – 3:40 pm

Independent Study Opportunities

This course is for students looking for one on one work with an instructor.  Independent Studies still transfer as an approved elective, but also allow you flexibility in your scheduling.  Students must contact Professors Garcia or Tomasian to sign a contract for this independent study.  (You cannot sign up for them as part of the normal online registration.)

*Students can take up to six hours of Independent Study for Approved Elective Credit, if they have sophomore status.  However, be aware that not all schools accept Independent Studies as Transfer Credits.

 

IDS 290 (Independent Study/The Challenger) offers students hands-on experience editing The Challenger, the newsletter of the Harper Honors Society.  Students will work closely together, and with Professor Tomasian, in doing layout and soliciting, writing, and editing articles for this official publication of the Honors Society.   3 credit hours.  Limit: 4 students.  Meeting time(s) to be decided.

 

Ethics Bowl  - The Ethics Bowl is now officially part of the Honors Program.  Students in the Honors Program can get 3 credit hours of Honors Program credit for participating in preparations for the Fall Ethics Bowl competitions.  For more information, please contact Professor Garcia.