Honors Sections Spring 2015

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BIOL 1407 Evolution and gulf of Mexico Ecosystems

In regards to the curriculum, this honors course will be identical to the conventional biology course to allow for transferability. The curriculum and topics will focus on evolution and field studies of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. Students will read Shubin's Your Inner Fish, among other texts related to evolution. Course field trips include Mercer Arboretum and the UT Marine Sciences Center in Port Aransas. Students have the opportunity to conduct original research at Mercer or work with bean beetles and other organisms. Note: BIOL 1406 is a pre-requisite for his course. Section 2221 TTh 9.30a-12.20p Betsy Morgan

BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II

This course is a continuation of BIOL 2401 and is primarily designed for students seeking healthcare careers. The structure and function of the human body will be examined using a clinically oriented approach. Emphasis will be given to the study of the anatomical and physiological interrelationships of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and excretory systems. Extensive reading and classroom participation will be expected. Note: BIOL 2402 is a pre-requisite for this course. Section 2361 MW 1.30p-4.20p Mike Clark


ENGL 1302 The Rhetoric of Rebellion

While following the guidelines of a standard ENGL 1302 course, students in this honors section will learn rhetoric through the perspective of citizenship in the 21st century by examining (civil) disobedience and issues that they find relevant today. Our supplemental book is the graphic novel V for Vendetta. At the end of the course, students' research will culminate in an honors project. NOTE: ENGL 1301 is a pre-requisite for this course. Section 2030 MWF 10.00a-10.50a John Dethloff


ENGL 2341 Literature of the War Zone

This course considers the literature of war in multiple genres, including short fiction, poetry, the novel, the novella, and newspaper journalism, during the American Civil War, the Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Iraqi Freedom. Through in-class discussions, short response papers, a research project, and an oral presentation, students will examine the various responses of writers who have experienced war on the frontlines of battle, in occupied territories, and on the home front. In the process, students will also consider historical overviews of the various wars, study the role of traumatic memory in writing, and examine the rhetoric of war propaganda and patriotic jingoism. Note: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 are pre-requisites for this course. Section 2221 TTH 9.30a-10.50a Amelia Keel

HIST 1302 A People's Perspective: the unvarnished history of America from Reconstruction to Present

While this honors section of US History will offer some lecture, course instructional methodology will be geared towards professor moderated student roundtable analysis and discussion. Aside from emphasis on student generated symposium style learning, this course proposes to incorporate and enhance instruction via the judicious use of film in examining, deliberating and more importantly the student articulating and manifesting interpretative acumen in terms of understanding the multi-national, socio-economic and often contentious racial dynamics of American history. While the historical material will encompass the established course outcomes of a standard non-honors course, manifestation of a spirit of inquiry will be a major component for registrants in terms of course evaluation. As an optional component, students will be encouraged to considering participating in our college sponsored Alternative Spring Break program. Participants will travel to the El Paso/Juárez to learn firsthand about the borderlands. Via this experience, the student will receive real time exposure of the border, the people, the bi-national culture that takes place beyond classroom and books. Section 2042 MWF 10.00a-10.50a Raul Reyes

SPCH 1315 Great Speeches that Changed the World

The art of public speaking has been a subject of formal study throughout the Western tradition, occupying a special place in a student's formal education. By developing your public speaking skills, you will increase your potential to succeed in college, in your career, and in bringing about positive changes in your community. Through this course, you will develop a multitude of skills that will contribute to your potential to distinguish yourself as a highly competent public speaker. Using a variety of sources outside of the textbook, we will consider historically significant speeches and reflect upon speakers' choices led to speeches being remembered as truly great. Section 2H08 MW 1.30p-2.50p Michael Moode Closed Honors College section.