Kent Core Honors Courses


Subj CRN Course Sec Title Instructor Time Day Bld Rm Hr
  COMM 12228 26000 2 Criticism of Public Discourse D+ James Trebing 915 1030 MW TLH 158 3
ENG 13498 22072 3 Great Books Since 1700 - Honors Thomas Schmitzer 1205 1255 MWF SFH 117 3
PHIL 20672 11001 17
Introduction to Philosophy - Honors G

Anthony Fernandez

215 330





PHIL 17081 21001 16 Introduction to Ethics - Honors G

Linda Williams

1230 145 TR BOW 315 3


Subject CRN Course Sec Title Instructor Time Day Bld Rm Hr


ARCH 10487 10012 2 Global Architectural History II  Honors + Steven Rugare 915 1030 TR CAE 120 3





25 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art - Honors Diane Scillia 345 500 TR TBA TBA 3





27 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art - Honors

Diane Scillia

915 1030 TR CVA 140 3




22111 20 The Understanding of Music -  Honors

Linda Angotti

215 330 TR CPA 0D105 3


MUS 16093 22121 17 Music as a World Phenomenon - Honors

Priwan Nanongkham

345 500 MW CPA 0D001 3


THEA 18740 11000 14 The Art of the Theatre

Dane Castle

1100 1215 TR CPA D304 3


Subj CRN Course Sec Title Instructor Time Day Bld Rm Hr
ANTH 10388 18210 3 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology   -  Honors G Joy St. James 1100 1215 TR LRH 249 3
CACM 11626 11001 7 Introduction to Conflict Management   -  Honors D Theresa Repicky 915 1030 TR BOW 311 3
ECON 13022 22060 1 Principles of Microeconomics -  Honors Emmanuel Dechenaux 345 500 MW BSA 324 3
ECON 13045 22061 1 Principles of Macroeconomics   -  Honors Ludmila Leontieva 345 500 MW BSA 217 3
PSYC 17475 11762 8 General Psychology   -  Honors D Jeffrey Ciesla 215 330 MW KTH 60 3


PSYC 17476 11762 9 General Psychology  -  Honors D TBA 215 330 TR MCG 311 3
PSYC 20790 20651 4
Child Psychology - Honors D
William Merriman

915 1030






PSYC 17527 21211 3 Psychology of Everyday Life   -  Honors D TBA 345 500 TR KTH 60 3


SOC 18112 22778 1 Social Problems -  Honors G Stephen Webster 955 1045 MWF MLH 105 3


Subj CRN Course Sec Title Instructor Time Day Bld Rm Hr
  BSCI 11208 10120 2 Biological Foundations  Honors + (Lab Honr) Gregory Tinkler 215 305 MWF CHH 101 4
  CHEM 11852 10971 1 Honors General Chemistry II Scott Bunge 1100 1150 MTWF ISB 190 4


Status Subj CRN Course Sec Title Instructor Time Day Bld Rm Hr


COMM 12121 15000 28 Introduction To Human Communication  - Honors TBA 530 645 MW ANX 245 3


COMM        26000         002    Criticism of Public Discourse - Honors D +        

Course description is meant as a guide and is subject to change with the instructor assignment.

The purpose of the course is to train students to be critics of public discourse in a diverse society and includes a critical examination of selected public speeches representing diverse viewpoints on a variety of historic and contemporary issues, including the U.S. Civil War, World War II, the civil rights movement, political rhetoric, feminist rhetoric, gay rhetoric, and other contemporary social controversies, emphasizing methods of evaluating public oral communication and the heritage of public discourse in free society. Students will prepare oral and written critiques that identify, analyze, and evaluate the use of rhetorical resources and that emphasize the resolution of differences. In addition to the basic course material and assignments, Honors students will examine modern and post- modern critical theories beyond the neo-Aristotelian method including Burkean, feminist and ideological theories. Supplemental readings will inform student efforts in expanded critical methodologies. Post-modern methods will then be applied to the diversity section of the course. In addition to the 8-10-page paper required for the standard course, Honors students will be required to write two additional 10-12-page papers that will provide the basis for their two oral presentations. The objective of these written assignments is to expand and improve academic writing skills (as opposed to creative, journalistic, or other types) with emphasis on the production and written presentation of humanistic research. NOTE: This is a mixed Honors/non-Honors student class. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. 

ENG  22072         003    Great Books Since 1700 - Honors            

The course will focus on major works that reflect and simultaneously affect the modern mind.  The impact of Enlightenment thinking on a medieval world and its evolution into the modern era will serve as a focus for this Great Books II course. 

The philosophical implications of the works considered this semester will also be a major part of our discussion in the class.  The class will focus on discussion, and students will be encouraged to participate in the discussion to develop an environment of vigorous analysis.  Critical thinking skills are to be developed both in the discussion and in the papers written for the course.

The emergence of Existentialism from Nietzsche to the present will be a developed and this as a reaction against nihilism.  “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”


  •  Faust- Goethe
  • Candide-Voltaire
  • Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  • Dubliners. James Joyce
  • The Stranger. Albert Camus
  • Waiting for Godot. Samuel Beckett
  • The Hobbit.  JRR Tolkien

Examinations, papers, and reports:

Students are required to write three papers for the semester.  These will be written on three of the works read during the course.  The papers are to be approximately 1000 words or about four pages.  The best way to understand a literary work is to write about it.

There is no mid-term or final examination.  The details of each assignment will be covered in depth in class. In addition to the papers, quizzes are given regularly covering the assigned readings.  Prerequisite: none. 

 PHIL  11001        017    Introduction to Philosophy - Honors G

How do we come to have cognitive access to the world around us? Are perception and reasoning reliable guides to an objective reality?  What is “truth” and can we ever come to know it? Are there truths in ethics and morality? Are there purely subjective truths? What is the relationship between subjectivity and consciousness? What, after all, is a conscious mind? Is it something that can define a person even as s/he changes over time? What is the relationship between the mind and the body? Can an artificial machine ever come to have a conscious mind?

These are some of the deepest questions in philosophy, and we will tackle them in this course. Although the topics mentioned above are intimately related, it will be useful to impose a structure on them for the length of the semester. We can say that the questions just raised belong to four major areas of philosophy: ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind and metaphysics. We will explore each of these areas, with careful readings of both historical and contemporary sources.

Prerequisite: None

 PHIL  21001         016    Introduction to Ethics - Honors G             

This course is designed to introduce you to some of the ancient and contemporary, Western and non-Western, and male and female writings on ethics. We will begin with a discussion of divine ethics. We move on to an examination of Aristotle’s virtue ethics. Next we will study two normative ethical theories, based on duty (Kant) and utility (Mill) respectively. We will end with an ethic associated with feminism—caring ethics (Noddings). Students are expected to critically analyze and evaluate these theories in addition to reflecting upon their influence in their own lives. Prerequisite: None


Fine Arts

ARCH         10012         002    Global Architectural History II -  Honors +

Students in the honors section of the course will engage in close reading of several key texts in architectural theory. These readings will include essays and manifestos by Perrault, Viollet-le-Duc, Frank Lloyd Wright, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier, and others, as well as scholarly papers on issues related to colonial and postcolonial architecture. Their response to these readings will take the form of short assignments involving graphic and written analysis. Honors students will complete a more extensive (2500 word) research-based version of the paper assignment for the course, working on a topic of their choice. No Prerequisite. NOTE: This is a mixed Honors/non-Honors student class. Prerequisite: ARCH 10011 or ARTH 22007.

ARTH 22007 25 & 27 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art – Honors

This course aims to give an understanding of some of the most significant artists, styles, and ideas of the western artistic tradition, from the fourteenth century to the present. The course is also an introduction to the history of art as a discipline. Alongside the completion of reading assignments in the survey text and three examinations based on the text, course notes, and internet research, students will be expected to take part in class discussions focused upon a selection of scholarly articles on reserve. Students will also be required to complete a research paper. Each student (with some assistance) determines the topic of that paper early in the semester and is led through the research and writing process via several handouts, each of which we go over carefully in class. Prerequisite: None.

MUS  22111         020    The Understanding of Music - Honors

Course is designed for students to become more aware of music as it applies to their everyday lives. They will learn about various musical elements—to include rhythm, melody, harmony, key, voices/instruments, etc.—as well as performance perspectives in different style periods. Students will also explore several styles/genres of music and gain knowledge of the development of music history from before Bach to the Beatles and beyond. Moreover, they will recognize and identify the names of significant artists, composers, performers, conductors, and compositions in all periods of musical history. Prerequisite: none.

MUS  22121         017    Music as a World Phenomenon - Honors G

Students are exposed to a variety of world music traditions and extra-musical associations. Students will be asked to identify and associate musical traditions and related cultural aspects of various regions through aural recognition and analysis. A sampling of musics from around the world (ie. Oceania, India, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the Americas, Asia, etc.) will be provided. Written project includes a travel report researching an area of the student's choice. Prerequisite: none.

THEA 11000 014 The Art of the Theatre – Honors G +

Course description is meant as a guide and is subject to change with the instructor assignment.

This course is designed to increase theatre audience awareness and understanding of theatrical production process, theatre traditions and rules, and the role of theatre in different cultures. It is a participation course; class discussions, creative projects, and writing are strong components of the course. Students are required to attend plays on campus and to write reaction papers (theatre reviews) afterwards. In addition to class participation and preparation, writing assignments, and projects, students will be evaluated via exams and quizzes. Group and service learning projects may be included. Students will be expected to think creatively and critically in all their work for the course. NOTE: This is a mixed Honors/non-Honors student class. Prerequisite: None. 


Social Sciences

ANTH 18210         003    Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors G

Students have come of age in a world where the human population is rapidly growing while technological advances are breaking down barriers of distance and language. As a result, there are more opportunities for interactions across cultures than ever before in human history. But what is a culture? What is it worth to keep a culture from changing or to keep a language alive? Is it worth dying for? Answers to these questions shape our lives and inform foreign and domestic policies for all governments. Cultural Anthropology seeks to strengthen students understanding of our world by focusing attention on contemporary cultural diversity and the opportunities and challenges presented by such diversity. Assessments will include three exams, one small project (e.g. making a genealogy chart), and one 6-10-page paper on an appropriate topic of the student’s choice that will be due toward the end of the semester. Prerequisite: None. 

 CACM 11001 007 Introduction to Conflict Management - Honors D

Here is a course that can change the way you handle conflict. Not bad for 3 credits.... We begin from the premise that conflict is a normal part of life, and is neither good nor bad in and of itself. It can reveal injustices and be a source of personal growth and social transformation. But conflict can also breed alienation, and may be waged with all manner of violence, including war. So our question becomes: what tools can individuals, groups, and governments use to manage or wage their conflicts in constructive ways? This course introduces positive conflict management processes, including active listening and communication skills, principled negotiation, mediation, arbitration, victim and criminal-offender mediation, and nonviolent direct action. Activities and exercises will help you develop your own conflict management skills. Prerequisite: None. 

ECON         22060         001    Principles of Microeconomics – Honors

This is an introductory course in microeconomic theory and its applications. It is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of microeconomics and to apply principles of economic analysis to the day-to-day decision-making of individuals and households (consumers) and to different types of firms. Students are introduced to the basic models of market structure and how firms behave under these different structures. We will examine concepts such as what determines market supply and demand, how firms decide how much to produce in order to maximize profits under different circumstances, and a wide range of economic policy issues. The classroom presentation will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and in-class exercises. Students will have opportunities to apply economic theory to a number of policy issues in written assignments, class presentations, and discussions. Prerequisite: Minimum 45 ALEKS math score; or minimum 22 ACT math score; or minimum 530 SAT math score; or one course from MATH 00023 to 49999. 

ECON         22061         001    Principles of Macroeconomics – Honors

The course is designed to include lecture, student presentations, discussions, problem sets, and exams. Main subject of macroeconomics is the economy as a whole, so this course discusses roles of government entities and policies in affecting aggregate production, consumption, investment, and government expenditures. topics include role of money, the banking system, inflation, unemployment, and economic growth. The basic objective of this method of teaching is to help students understand how various tools of government policies influence the economy, and how their impact spreads through various channels of our daily lives. Prerequisite: ECON 22060

PSYC 11762         008    General Psychology - Honors D

This course is an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior. As such, a broad number of topics that cover the diversity of behavior studied by psychologists will be covered, including sensation and perception; human development; memory, language, and problem solving; personality; psychopathology and therapy; and social interactions. Class meetings will be a mixture of presentations, discussion, exercises, and demonstrations. By the end of this course, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Describe psychological theories, principles and concepts relevant to the following topics: history and methods, physiology (biology of behavior, consciousness, perception), cognition (learning, thought, language), social, organizational, developmental, personality and psychopathology and its treatment.
  • Articulate knowledge of classic as well as contemporary research in each of the major subfields of psychology.
  • Recognize diversity and individual differences and similarities in a variety of contexts.
  • Be able to think critically about research findings and apply what you have learned to real world situations.

Students will be expected to demonstrate how well they have achieved these objectives through class discussion, exams, and homework assignments. Assignments will include short papers, application/reflection papers, and application questions.

Text: Weiten, W., Psychology: Themes and Variations. Briefer Version, 9th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. (ISBN-13: 978-1-133-93906-1) 2013

You have several options for the textbook. There are e-book and loose-leaf (ISBN-13: 978-1-133-95910-6) versions available from the publisher at reduced prices; you can also rent it directly from the publisher or get only the chapters that we cover ( Prerequisite: none. 

 PSYC 11762         009    General Psychology - Honors D

Course description is meant as a guide and is subject to change with the instructor assignment.

This course is an introduction to the scientific study of the human mind in all of its manifestations, including sensation and perception; human development; memory, language, and problem solving; motivation and emotion; personality; psychopathology and therapy; and social interactions. Class meetings will be a mixture of discussion, student and faculty presentations, exercises, and demonstrations. The primary objectives are for the student to understand the human mind by learning how psychologists use behavior to understand mental processes. Prerequisite: none.

 PSYC 20651         004    Child Psychology - Honors D

 In this course, we will review the data, concepts and theories of child pscyhology that contribute to the understanding of child development from conception to age 18. We will explore the biological, cognitive, cultural, and social factors in the development of infants, children, and adolescents. Prerequisite: none. 

PSYC 21211         003    Psychology of Everyday Life - Honors D

Course description is meant as a guide and is subject to change with the instructor assignment.

A review of theories, concepts and data that contribute to the understanding of human adjustment. Topics may include the following: personality, stress and coping, transitions from adolescence to adulthood, psychological disorders and psychotherapy. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.

SOC  22778         001    Social Problems - Honors G

This course provides an overview of the sociological study of social problems.  Why are sociologists interested in social problems?  The obvious answer is that the problems are SOCIAL in nature and sociologists are interested in how they are related to the SOCIAL world.  A less obvious answer is that early sociologists carved out a unique place for their discipline by studying social problems.  A more contemporary explanation for sociology’s interest in social problems is that sociologists are interested in how social problems are socially constructed.  For example, while children have been physically beaten throughout history, sociologists want to know why child abuse has only recently been recognized as a social problem (since the early 1960's).  So, sociologists are interested in how social problems are related to the social world, how sociology can help society better understand and solve social problems, and how some social issues become social problems (e.g. child abuse) and others do not (e.g. sibling violence). The textbook used in the course is NOT a traditional Social Problems textbook.  Instead the book used is Thinking About Social Problems by Donileen Loseke which provide a contrast between the Objectivist perspective on social problems and the Constructionist perspective on social problems. Students will be required to complete TWO position papers describing ONE social problem of their own choosing.   Students will be asked to write their first paper using the Objectivist perspective and their second paper using the Constructionist perspective.  Students will be asked to share their papers with the entire class via e-mail and give a short (10 minute) presentation of each paper in class. Prerequisite: None.


Basic Sciences

BSCI 10120         002    Biological Foundations - Honors + (Lab HONR Only)

Principles of biology—cell biology, energetics, reproduction and heredity, molecular genetics, animal systems—presented within an evolutionary perspective. In lecture there will be four exams, including the final exam. The Honors component may include a series of readings from biological literature and scientific journals. The laboratory includes investigative, as well as observational, exercises. Short laboratory quizzes and laboratory practical exams are given, and reports about some laboratory exercises are required. The Honors students will have the following work that differs from non-Honors students: Separate lab with additional assignments involving writing about biology in the news; Lab quizzes are designed to be more challenging; Lecture exams will have a different format for Honors students—not just multiple choice but some short answer/essay question.  Prerequisite: None. 

CHEM         10971         001    Honors General Chemistry II

Chemistry 10961 is a continuation of CHEM 10960. Emphasis is placed on both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of mixtures, equilibria in solution, chemical kinetics, and energy relationships. This course provides an introduction to various topics of chemistry such as organic, electrochemical, polymer, environmental, and biochemistry. Applications of these different subjects to the medical field will be discussed. The grade for the course will be based on exams, quizzes, and homework sets.

Required text: Chemistry – an Atoms-focused Approach, Gilbert et al, 2nd edition, Norton Publishing 2017 Prerequisite: CHEM 10970 with minimum C grade.




COMM        15000         028    Introduction to Human Communication - Honors

Course description is meant as a guide and is subject to change with the instructor assignment.

Honors Introduction to Human Communication emphasizes communication as a mutually shared process. Students will explore both classical and contemporary theories and concepts drawn from a variety of disciplines including communication, philosophy, psychology, and sociology to develop an understanding of the nature and functions of human communication in interpersonal, group, and public contexts. Prerequisite: None.