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 2373.01 - 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 -Comparative Religions in East Asia - In this course students will be introduced to the major religions of China, Korea, Japan (and additional areas on the periphery of East Asia). In particular, students will learn about Confucianism—the oldest and most influential faith in East Asia, Buddhism—now largely eradicated in the PRC but still very important in Korea and Japan, Daoism—the indigenous religion on China, and Shintō—the indigenous religion of Japan. Emphasis will be placed primary texts, discussion and writing. Dr. Paul Clark