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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

Fall 2016 Honors Courses

BIOLH 1406.5001 (8663)
Honors Biology I for Science Majors

MWF 10:15-11:10 am
BIOLH 1406.5002 (8664)
Honors Biology I for Science Majors - Lab Component
While the content focus of this course is consistent with Biology I (Biol 1406), students will explore these concepts in greater depth.  In general, the academic pace and rigor will be greatly increased for honors level course work.  Laboratory investigations that include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures are an integral part of this course. We will extend the labs slightly to explore them in more detail.
MWF 11:20-12:15 pm
Professor Troy Giambernardi

ENGLH 1302.5001 (9982)
Honors Comp & Rhetoric II
What did you have for breakfast?  When did you last drink water?  How often do you think about these staples in your everyday life?  What would happen if you did not have access to them, or if they were not healthy or clean?  In this course, we’re going to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems today—access to healthy food and clean water.  You will identify a problem related to food and water and propose a solution to it.  Through your proposal, you’ll learn how to conduct research from different disciplinary perspectives and how to use advanced research and rhetorical methods.  You’ll interview professionals from a variety of backgrounds and take a field trip to an urban garden to learn more about 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 10:45-11:40 am
Professor Kasey Baker

ENGLH 2328.5001 (11268)
Honors American Lt Civil War - Present
The special topic for this course is The Literature of Rebellion: Theory & Practice.  This course takes on a different slant to American Literature.  Its focus is that of rebellion: its successes, its conflicts, and its failures.   We will begin in 1865 and end in the present, surveying a span of selected authors which will include: Walt Whitman, Kate Chopin, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg – to name a few.  Literary Theory will set the backdrop for our approach to the literature, providing an appropriate lens for critical thinking, writing and action.  
MW 2:35-4:00 pm
Professor Carolina Ruiz

ENVRH 1401.5001 (8716)
Honors Environmental Science  I

*Hybrid Course: Lecture is Online
ENVRH 1401.5002 (8722)
Honors Environmental Science I - Lab Component
The ENVR 1401 Honors course will focus on our impact on the environment, and will go in depth into the discussion of sustainability and finding ways to better manage the already human dominated areas. 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

Honors Federal Government
GOVT 2305H addresses major topics in American Government including the origin and development of the U.S. Constitution, structure and powers of the national government including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, federalism, political participation, the national election process, public policy, civil liberties and civil rights, and foreign policy and modern warfare.  Special attention will be given to the Office of the Presidency, as well as the Presidential selection process.  
TTH 2:30-3:50 pm
Professor Geoffrey Rogal

GOVTH 2306.5001 (8569)
Honors Texas Government
The theme of this course is "Human Interaction and Experience" The course will examine the political dynamics of human relationships from different perspectives.
MW 3:05-4:30 pm
Professor John Duerk

HISTH 1301.5001 (10503)
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, and explore the topic through discussion and debate. The goal of the course is to foster analysis, not memorization.
MW 1:30-2:55 pm
Professor Robert W. Holmes

HISTH 1302.5001 (11634)
Honors US History Since 1877
This course will focus on social history (the everyday life of ordinary Americans), with a special emphasis on World War I as a part of a campus-wide commemoration of the100th anniversary of US involvement in "The Great War".
TTH 10:00-11:20 am
Professor Esther Robinson

MUSIH 1306.5001 (12167)
Honors Appreciating Music
This is a course designed for musicians and non-musicians alike to enhance their knowledge of music.  Students will learn how to break down any kind of music into its component parts and gain tools to understand and appreciate it in the context of the Western musical canon.  Students will acquire a vocabulary they can use to talk about music and use it to explore classical and popular music in both Western and non-Western traditions.  This course counts toward your core arts credit and features unique activities designed for honors students, including in-class debates of student-selected topics and a discussion of listener psychology.  Students will listen to diverse music, attend concerts, conduct research into an approved topic of their choice, and participate in a musical scavenger hunt.  Honors Appreciating Music is taught by the award-winning composer and writer Dr. Aaron Alon.?
TTH 3:00-4:20 pm
Professor Aaron Alon

Honors Prin of Sociology
Principles of Sociology is a course designed to give students a sense of what the discipline of sociology is all about.  Rather than being structured as a survey course, this course has been set up to explore the ways in which sociologists have examined the everyday lives of you, me, and others in our society.  This course aims to stimulate and inspire your awareness of how we construct society together day in and day out.  More specifically, we will look at the role social interaction, social structure, identity, power, social control and social change play in this construction of our everyday realities and understanding of the world. As an Honors Course, students will be expected to share information, insights, and expertise with one another, based on readings, outside research on specific topics, and prior knowledge.  Rather than using a traditional lecture format, peer learning will frame the classroom experience and learning process. Active learning and students taking responsibility for their own education will be the focus. 
TTH 1:30-2:50 pm
Professor Kelli Vorish

SPCHH 1315.5001 (6677)
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 11:30-12:25 pm
Professor Melanie Steel


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