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Dr. Terese Gemme
Director of the Honors College 
Engleman Hall B225
HonorsCollege@SouthernCT.edu
Lisa Curley, Secretary II
(203) 392-5499

HON 100 - First-Year leadership Colloquium

Examination of the skills and strategies of successful student scholars and leaders. Includes critical reflection about the meaning of a liberal education and membership in the Honors College. Seminar-style format focusing on the academic and leadership standards of the Honors College Foundations program. Class dialogue revolves around assigned readings, small group discussions, faculty and peer mentor meetings, and guided self-reflections.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Honors College Director. Co-requisite(s): HON 150.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2020

HON 102 - First Year Research Colloquium

Introduction to college research skills and methods from different disciplinary perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): HON 150 and permission of the Honors College Director. Corequisite(s):HON 202.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HON 150 - Introduction to Critical Inquiry

The development of skills necessary for reading critically and for writing correct, clear, well-organized prose.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2020

HON 200 - Conceptions of Self and Identity Seminar

Examination of the meanings of self and identity. Emphasis on the creation, manifestation, development, and well-being of the individual and the symbiotic relationship between the individual and society. Exploration of the conceptions, perceptions, development, realizations and expressions of the self through the fine and performing arts, the humanities and the social and natural sciences. May be repeated for credit.

Special Information: Course may be repeated for credit 1 time.

2 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HON 201 - Conceptions of Self and Identity Plenary Session

A weekly meeting for all Honors College students concurrently enrolled in HON 200: Conceptions of Self and Identity Seminar. Plenary sessions highlight multiple facets of topics addressed in HON 200 and kindle indepth discussion about the topics explored in the courses. Students and faculty examine topics relating to the exploration of identity and self-expression through discussions of common book readings, transdisciplinary or multidisciplinary presentations by faculty/student panels, experiential ("place as text") excursions to relevant sites, and guest lectures. Required for Honors College Foundations program.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HON 202 - Conceptions of Community and Context Seminar

Exploration of conceptions, development, realizations, expressions of community. Examination of how individuals and communities can affect and be affected by the fine and performing arts, the humanities, the natural and social sciences. Study of influential concepts as well as events that impact the nature and well-being of communities.

Special Information: Course may be repeated for credit 1 time.

Prerequisite(s): Honor's college coordinator permission; HON 102 (may be taken concurrently)Corequisite(s): HON 203.

2 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

HON 203 - Conceptions of Community and Context Plenary Session

A weekly meeting for all Honors College students concurrently enrolled in HON202: Concepts of Community. Plenary sessions highlight multiple facets of topics addressed in HON 202 and kindle in-depth discussion about the topics explored in the courses. Students and faculty examine community based issues and topics through discussions of common book readings, transdisciplinary or multidisciplinary presentations by faculty/student panels, experiential ("place as text") excursions to relevant sites, and guest lectures. Required for Honors College Foundations program.

Prerequisite(s): Honor's Coordinator Permission Co-requisite(s): HON 202 Freshman: co-requisite with HON 101 Sophomores: co-requisite with HON 300

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

HON 230 - Cultures and Nationalism, 1750-1918

Examines the intersection of culture and nationalism in Europe between 1750-1918. Topics include theories of nationalism; the impact of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars; the relationship between nationalism and liberalism; colonialism; the invention of tradition and the formation of national cultures; the decline of empires and the creation of national states; the development of national styles, national collections, and imagery of national significance.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HON 231 - Male Spirit, Female Flesh: Religion and Sexuality in America

A scholarly and creative inquiry into the intersection of religion and sexuality in both the indigenous and European colonial cultures of North America.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Honors College Director.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

HON 240 - The Non-Western World

A survey of selected non-Western cultures through the study of significant indigenous literature, art, religion, philosophy, or history, as well as the political and social structures of the time.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

HON 253 - Society and Politics as Theatre

An examination of how elements of theatre participate in personal, social, and international relations.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

HON 254 - Utopias and Dystopias

Exploration through primary sources of the philosophical, political, literary, and historical aspects of utopian thinking and its implications, including the modern disenchantment and dystopian ideas expressed in fiction and political discourse.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Honors College Director.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

HON 255 - Ambiguity and Uncertainty in the Arts and

What is ambiguity? What is uncertainty? How do they differ? What role do they play in helping and hindering learning and understanding different fields? Focus is upon one discipline from the fine arts and humanities and one selected from mathematics and the sciences.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

HON 260 - The Idea of Nature I

Ancient and modern science compared; the roles of experiment; the concepts and meanings of science. Lecture/ Laboratory, 4 hours.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

HON 261 - The Idea of Nature II

A comparative examination of the historical development of the ideas/models of nature as devised in the West with those in Eastern traditional cultures.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

HON 270 - Scientific Investigation and Civic Engagement

Current scientific and related societal issues are engaged through direct scientific investigation and discovery. Topic and research follows an interdisciplinary approach. Data analysis, interpretation, and communication of results are stressed. Required for Honors Foundations.

Prerequisite(s): HON 150 and permission of Honors College Director.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2020

HON 275 - Science and Writing

Exploration of the logic of science by examining the literature of science. While exploring fundamental principles and analyzing knowledge structures of scientific writing, students write cause-and-effect explanations of a variety of phenomena by building them up from first principles; science essays are developed using standard rhetorical devices of scientific discourse.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Honors College Director.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

HON 290 - The Language of Art

Art as a visual language. Concepts such as aesthetics, abstraction and imitation, and qualities such as shape, texture and color, studied through studio work and through lectures and readings in art history. Studio/Lecture, 4 hours.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Honors College Director.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2020

HON 298 - Special Topics

Examination of developments, issues and/or creative work in topics related to the various areas of knowledge.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HON 300 - Introduction to Service Learning

Introduction to service-learning through an experiential approach. Students produce a service learning portfolio that draws from relevant academic content knowledge, developing civic knowledge and career readiness skills, seminar discussion, individual and group reflection, and at least ten hours of active service with a community partner to help address a real-world issue. Community partner relationships are reciprocal and variable, established according to expertise of instructor.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HON 350 - Research Seminar

Practical research skills and principles used in the preparation and presentation of a senior research thesis or creative project.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2020

HON 400 - Research Colloquium

Presentation and discussion of prospectuses and research during the research stage of Departmental Honors theses and projects. One hour discussion each week.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HON 460 - Community-Engaged Research I

The first semester in a year-long course. An in-depth examination of and response to a community issue entailing service-learning, collaborative reflection, portfolio presentation, and a community appropriate deliverable. Community based relationships are reciprocal and variable, established according to the interest and applicable research of students. May satisfy the Honors minor capstone requirement.

Prerequisite(s): HON 300 and permission of the Honors College director.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

HON 461 - Community-Engaged Research II

The second semester in a year-long course. A continued examination of and response to a community issue focusing on sustained community engagement, collaborative reflection, portfolio presentation, and a community-appropriate deliverable. Community-based relationships are reciprocal and variable, established according to the interest and applicable research of students. May satisfy the honors minor capstone requirement.

Prerequisite(s): HON 300, HON 460, and permission of the Honors College Director.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

HON 488 - Place as Text

An in-depth examination of a place or places entailing extensive travel, experiential learning, collaborative rejection, and portfolio presentation.

Special Information: Trips are pre-arranged. May satisfy the Honors Minor capstone requirement.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Honors College Director.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

HON 492 - Honors College Capstone: Prospectus

First semester of work with an academic adviser to complete the research/development stage of an Honors College senior project, including the creation and presentation of the prospectus. Students must meet Honors College guidelines for eligibility.

Prerequisite(s): Students must have completed all Honors College 200-level courses and LEP requirements and obtain all required signatures.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

HON 493 - Honors College Capstone: Thesis

Second semester of work with an academic adviser to complete an advanced research or creative project, including the defense of the project which is presented to and approved by the University Thesis Committee.

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of HON 492 and approval of a prospectus.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

HON 494 - Honors Prospectus

First semester of work during the research stage of departmental honors thesis, including the creation and presentation of the prospectus. Students must meet departmental and Liberal Education Program requirements.

Prerequisite(s): Students must obtain all required signatures.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2020

HON 495 - Honors Thesis

Research of exceptionally high quality involving preparation of a thesis and its defense before the student’s thesis committee. Students who successfully complete and defend their project and earn a grade of B or higher graduate with departmental honors.

Prerequisite(s): HON 494, completion of approved prospectus, 6 of 8 Tier 2 complete (Honors Coll.: 15 cr. HON or 45 cr. total), and prior or concurrent completion of all Tier 1 (Honors Coll.: T1MC and T1QR only).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2020

HON 499 - Independent Study

Research and completion of a paper under guidance of a faculty sponsor.

Prerequisite(s): Permission from the Honors College director.

.5 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2020