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About Honors Courses

Honors Courses at LSC-CyFair offer an enhanced college experience for students who have a high ability to do scholarly work. Honors students enjoy classes conducted as seminars centered around open discussions, collaborative learning and active participation. Honors Faculty have been specifically selected because of their dedication to the principles of Honors education, including developing a mentor relationship with each student in his/her class.

Honors credit is earned through Honors courses or contracts with faculty members who are committed to an open-ended approach to learning. Students have many opportunities to contribute extensively and creatively through small group interaction, seminars, laboratories, oral reports, special research topics, informed discussion and both individual and group projects.

Courses Offered

Spring 2017 Honors Courses

ARTS 1304.5001 (8403)
Honors Art History: Renaissance to Modern
Focus on the canon of European Art from the Renaissance to the Modern era with investigation and analysis of secular as well as religious iconography.  Examination of artist epistlology will enhance the aesthetic and formal interpretations of key works of art.
TTH 8:30-9:50 am
Professor James Campbell

BIOLH 1407.5001 (7740)
Honors Biology II for Science Majors

MWF 9:10-10:05 am
BIOLH 1407.5002 (7743)
Honors Biology II for Science Majors - Lab Component

The content covered in BIOLH 1407 will be centered on the ecological significance of the major phyla of life. Students will evaluate the impact of human presence in aquatic and terrestrial biomes. They will focus on the ecological impact of human activity in the various biomes spanning the biosphere. Through case study analyses and documentary studies, we will discuss how humans benefit from and effect the ecosystems.
MWF 10:15-11:10 am
Professor Shaunte Hulett

CHEMH 1412.5001 (11802)
Honors General Chemistry II

TTH 1:00-2:20 pm
CHEMH 1412.5002 (11805)
Honors General Chemistry II - Lab Component

This course is a continuation of CHEM 1411, reviewing Solutions, and including studies in Kinetics, Equilibrium (gases, acids & bases, solubility & precipitation), Thermodynamics, Electrochemistry, Nuclear Chemistry and Introduction to Organic Chemistry.  The curriculum is coupled with appropriate laboratory experiments aligned to lecture topics, and will be enriched with a class research project. There will be some “flipped classroom sessions” when students will be challenged to perform intellectual verbal discussions and demonstrate calculations strategy on the board.
TTH 2:30-3:50 pm
Professor Lou Cruz

DRAMH 2366.5001 (9679)
Honors Film Appreciation

Honors Film Appreciation will focuses upon the theme of "Journalism in the Movies”. The course, using a number of selected films will interrogate such issues as:
1. The depth a reporter should go for a “story”.
2. The role of the press in reporting the news.
3. The authenticity of journalism and why the field is so prone to fraud.
4. Has journalism “lost its way”?
5. What are the ethical dilemmas journalists encounter on the job?
This theme based class will offer students engaging opportunities for researching media ethics in the 21st century in preparing them to look at the troubling trends, which relate to the role of the press in a strong democracy.
MW 2:30-3:50 pm
Professor Jeff Wax

ENGLH 1302.5001 (15499)
Honors Comp & Rhetoric II

What did you have for breakfast?  In this course, we’re going to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems today—access to healthy food and clean water—and you will propose a solution.  Through research, interviews, and a field trip to an urban garden, you’ll learn how experts use a variety of disciplines to solve real-world problems.  The work you do in this class will make you a better writer, and it might even start you on a journey to use your passion and ideas to make real changes that improve people’s lives.
MWF 9:40-10:35 am
Professor Kasey Baker

ENVRH 1402.5001 (9721)
Honors Environmental Science  II

*Hybrid Course: Lecture is Online
ENVRH 1401.5002 (9722)
Honors Environmental Science II - Lab Component

The course will focus on our impact on the environment. We will go in depth into the discussion of sustainability and finding ways to better use our resources, particularly energy resources and water. We will discuss topics about urbanization and the use of renewable and non-renewable resources. The course will emphasize the complexity of environmental issues and how an interdisciplinary approach to the problem is important.
M 12:00-2:00 pm
Professor Aurora Lugo

GOVTH 2305.5001 (6852)
Honors Federal Government

We make sense of the world through the development of norms, processes, and systems.  As a result, our social, economic, and political arrangements are the bedrock of civilization as we have come to understand it.  We submit to “pattern behavior” because doing so yields a stability that allows us to “progress” in a world of uncertainty.  However, institutions of human design are flawed, and it is our responsibility to critique them in a good faith effort to improve the human condition. To this end, we will examine some important issues, including the relationship between women and men, race as it relates to incarceration, and the implications of how we formally educate people.  We will also explore the political role and social responsibility we have in shaping our communities to ensure the vibrancy of our democratic republic.
MW 3:00-4:20 pm
Professor John Duerk

GOVTH 2306.5001 (6944)
Honors Texas Government

Undoubtedly, human behavior is complicated and perplexing, in part, because we human beings are political creatures that often have interests that we desire to advance and protect at the expense of other people.  This is the nature of the zero sum game: some win, others lose.  It is an inescapable part of the human condition even when people choose to govern themselves using democratic institutions.  Interactions have both intended and unintended consequences. Experiences vary depending on who you are and when and where you live.  Texas, while unique, is not immune to the many social, political, and economic challenges that accompany our nation’s development dating back to its inception.  Power dynamics affect human relationships in numerous ways.  In this honors course, we will examine how human beings relate to one another in different contexts.
MW 1:30-2:50 pm
Professor John Duerk

HISTH 1301.5001 (10692)
Honors US History to 1877

This course will examine history not as a bunch of “names and dates” but as a series of arguments. For each class we’ll read opposing arguments about a historical issue or period, along with primary sources, which will allow students to analyze history, not memorize it. Instead of lecture, class periods will include discussion, debate, close reading of primary sources, and activities aimed at making interpretive connections between the past and the present.
TTH 1:30-2:50 pm
Professor Robert W. Holmes

HISTH 1302.5001 (11133)
Honors US History Since 1877

“War: What is it good for?  Absolutely Nothing!” sang the Temptations.  Students will examine how war changes and shapes American society both positively and negatively.  Students will research and discuss the First World War, Second World War, Vietnam War, the Cold War and the imperialistic wars in the twentieth century. 
MW 1:30-2:50 pm
Professor James Seymour

HUMAH 1302.5001 (5726)
Honors Introduction to the Humanities II

This course will explore heroes and villains in some of the most iconic literature and real historical settings of ancient history: Homer’s Iliad, where we learn about the wrath of Achilles and the nobility Hector; the real British warrior queen Boudicca, who led a rebellion against Roman occupiers; and the warrior duo Gilgamesh and Enkidu in Sumerian literature who anger the gods and pay an enormous price. What lessons might these accounts have for us as contemporary humans, negotiating life choices that sometimes require us to stand up for what we believe in, when situations are not as clearly cut as simple black or white? 
TTH 10:00-11:20 am
Professor Cambria Stamper

PHILH 2306.5006 (5784)
Honors Introduction to Ethics

This Honors Philosophy course introduces students to the central concepts of ethical theory and is taught with an emphasis in environmental ethics and the phenomenology of nature.  Three key questions animate the course of study: (1) What moral principle(s) determine right action?, (2) what moral and ethical problems arise given our relationship to the natural environment?, and (3) how does our experience of nature effect moral responsibility?  This course begins by familiarizing students with the ethical theories of deontology, utilitarianism, hedonism, stoicism, virtue theory, and social contract theory. Students will be tasked with the application of these general theories to the practical problems in the subfield of environmental ethics, including animal rights, climate change, environmental restoration, the ethics of eating, and environmental justice among others. As a central theme, this course will explore the moral phenomenology of nature.
MW 11:20–12:05 pm
Professor Mark Thorsby

SOCIH 1301.5013 (15210)
Honors Principles of Sociology

This honors section of Principles of Sociology 1301 is a seminar-type class, that will give students an in-depth opportunity to look at the social world around them using such tools as movies, videos, songs, and other media. Students will also create an honors project using original research, creative work, performance or other unique forms of scholarly work.
TTH 1:30-2:50 pm
Professor Kelli Vorish

SPCHH 1315.5001 (9436)
Honors Public Speaking

As an Honors section of Public Speaking, this course will focus on the students’ ability to identify social issues of personal concern and find a path to advocacy.  Students will be expected to research the issue thoroughly, analyze different audiences, prepare specific presentations, and create a final action plan for advocacy.  As such, the goal of this course is to teach students how to research as citizens and make a difference in their community.
TTH 11:30-12:50 pm
Professor Melanie Steel

Email CyFairHonors@Lonestar.edu for enrollment approval. You must be an Honors College member to enroll in Honors Courses.