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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, every odd fall

Honors Specific Courses:

HNRS 2073  Honors Colloquium, (0 credit, no cost), required each fall and spring semester
HNRS 2171  Honors I Seminar, required first fall semester of entering program
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.


Spring 2016

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: 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

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


Spring 2017


Fall 2017