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Honors - Courses


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
BIOL 1407-45  Biology II (stacked), spring
CHEM 1411-45  Chemistry I, fall (stacked - must enroll in corresponding lab)
CHEM 1411L-45  Chemistry I Lab (required lab on Friday)
CHEM 1412-45  Chemistry II, spring (stacked - must enroll in corresponding lab)
CHEM 1412L-45  Chemistry II Lab
COMM 1318-45  Interpersonal Communication, fall
ECON 2302-45  Principles of Macroeconomics(stacked),  spring
ENGL 2331-45  World Literature, fall
HIST 1301-45  America, 1492-1877, fall
MATH 2413-45  Calculus I (stacked), fall
MATH 2414-45  Calculus II (stacked), spring
PHIL 1301-45  Introduction to Philosophy, spring
POSC 2306-45  American State and Local Government, spring
THRE 1310-45  Introduction to Theatre, fall

Honors Specific Courses:

HNRS 2073  Honors Colloquium, (0 credit, no cost), required each fall and spring semester
HNRS 2171  Honors Freshman Seminar, required first fall semester
HNRS 2373  Honors Seminar, fall/spring
HNRS 3373  Honors Seminar, upper level requiring special approval, fall/spring
HNRS 4393  Honors Senior Capstone, fall and spring (requires completion of a capstone/thesis contract prior to enrollment)

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.


Fall 2015

HNRS 2373.01 - Outdoor Education - Warning...the content and skills in this course will serve you from now to the end of your days!  Students will focus on applications for all facets of life - finding your way and back outdoors, traveling over all types of terrain, locating and purifying water, feeding yourself with edible plants, building shelters, building a fire under any condition, and more.  You will leave the course a confident and skilled leader who would have a cake walk on "Survivor."


Spring 2016

HNRS 2373.01 - 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: dhart@wtamu.edu) 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.


Fall 2016


Spring 2016