Honors format courses are offered each semester on a rotating basis. Attebury Honors students are required to take 6-9 hours from the core courses listed below in order to graduate as an Attebury Honors Scholar. However, students are encouraged to take as many honors format courses as will work into their schedule. Honors format classes are generally limited to 15 honors students. Sample course syllabi can be accessed by clicking on the course name below.
Core Classes in Honors Format:
BIOL 1406-45 Biology I (stacked), fall
Honors Specific Courses:
HNRS 2073 Honors Colloquium, (0 credit, no cost), required each fall and spring semester
Attebury Honors Seminars
Honors seminars, listed in the University catalog as HNRS 2373 are unique courses taught by honors faculty from a variety of disciplines. The topics differ each semester. Courses are limited to 15 students and often include trips, guest lecturers and other experiential learning activities.
HNRS 2373.02 - Coming Attractions: Technology of the near Future - This course focuses on the breathtaking acceleration of technological development in the modern period, with special reference to artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and nanotechnology. What is this world to come? How close are we? And just how fast are we going? To grapple with these questions, we'll read philosophy, some sci-fi, and a bit of history--we may even listen to some club music. Want to hear more? Contact me (Dr. David Hart: firstname.lastname@example.org) now because the spring will be here before you know it, as will the Future.
HNRS 2373.01 - Water in the National Park - The United States National Parks system has been called “America’s Best Idea”. Perhaps original to the US is its battle to define, establish, and preserve the National Parks for natural ecosystems as well as to showcase the natural world for generations of park visitors. This course seeks to investigate the particular role of water to three National Parks in the Rocky Mountains region—Glacier, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountains. Students will learn about the foundational principles of water quality and chemistry and use those principles to qualitatively and quantitatively examine the role that water plays for ecosystems, recreation/tourism, human development, and environmental economics as found in the National Parks. Students will have the opportunity to learn research methods and design their own projects centered on these National Parks. The course will culminate with a trip to the Parks themselves led by course instructors, Drs. Nathan Howell and Duane Rosa.
HNRS 2373.01 - The Battle for the White House - In The Battle for the White House we will study presidential campaigns and elections with particular focus on the 2016 election. The study of presidential campaigns and elections is a worthy topic because elections matter in the United States – it matters who wins and who loses in the kind of government we have and the kind of policies that are established. For evidence, look no further than the last few presidential elections and the different track the United States would have taken if there were a President McCain or a President Romney instead of a President Obama. Because it matters who wins, it is important that we gain a better understanding of campaigns and elections in the United States. To do this we will learn about the candidates and issues in the 2016 campaign and also factors, such as money and the media, that shape every presidential election. Ultimately we want to understand why one person wins the top prize while others do not. Dr. Reed Welch.
HNRS 2373.02 - Great Books Seminar - In this course we will examine some of the most important and enduring books ever written. The class will use the selected texts to focus on themes that are central to the human condition, such as morality, spirituality, and identity. Historical perspective will be provided, but the chief goal of the class will be to discuss the works and their relevance to the 21st century. Dr. Wade Shaffer
HNRS 2373.01 - Literary London - The Honors Seminar ‘Literary London’ explores how the importance of the city of London to some of England’s most iconic writers, including Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and George Orwell. Having studied works of literature rooted in specific places, students will then visit those places themselves on a 12–14 day course. Students will forge an understanding of London’s history and cultural geography through formal presentations, a mapping project, and by writing about a diverse body of literature spanning over eight hundred years. Dr. Jeff Doty