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Honors Program at JWU Denver: Honors Seminars

Honors Thesis Courses

Honors Seminars

In addition to the foundational courses and thesis requirements, Honors students must complete at least four honors seminars (listed below).

Each seminar counts not only towards your completion of the honors program but also as another requirement towards your degree.  

That is, other than the thesis research, there are no additional course requirements for completing the honors program. 

This will keep you on track for earning your degree.

Honors Seminars: Complete 4 Courses

ENG 2135:
Voice to Power: Public Speaking and Civic Responsibility
This course focuses on developing oral and written communication skills in the context of civic communication, communication in the public sphere. This course not only teaches oral communication skills involving diction, body language, audience awareness and delivery, but also emphasizes rhetorical theory and analysis. Can be used to meet ENG 1030, Arts & Sciences elective (EASC), or free elective requirements.
HIST 3150: History of American Popular Culture This course examines the history of American popular culture from the mid-19th century to the 1980s.  The class focuses on the ways in which historical movements and events have both influenced and been influenced by various forms of popular culture.  Special emphasis is placed on the ways in which depictions of gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation in popular culture have changed over time. Can be used to meet Arts & Sciences elective (EASC), A&S 3000+ elective, Arts & Humanities elective or free elective requirements.
HUM 3200: American Music Cultures This course introduces students to the foundational texts of cultural studies, popular culture studies, musicology and ethnography, and builds toward an understanding of how we use music to create and maintain social identities. Can be used to meet Arts & Sciences elective (EASC), A&S 3000+ elective, Arts & Humanities elective or free elective requirements.
ILS 2015: Postcolonial Lit Colonization of Africa and Asia and ensuing post-colonial reconstruction, two world wars, the spread and fall of communism, human rights movements and immigration profoundly changed the face of the world. This course focuses on literary responses to and representations of select movements and events of the 20th century. Can be used to meet ILS 2000, Arts & Sciences elective (EASC), or free elective requirements.
ILS 2215: The Earth in Peril This course examines environmental issues created by conflicting views about the earth’s capabilities. Relationships among people, environments and natural resources are analyzed through literature and scientific writings. Can be used to meet ILS 2000, Arts & Sciences elective (EASC), or free elective requirements.
ILS 2305: Behavioral Economics Behavioral Economics is a new field of research in the social sciences that brings together the disciplines of economics and psychology.  This course utilizes this approach to better understand human behavior.  Can be used to meet ILS 2000, Arts & Sciences elective (EASC), or free elective requirements.
ILS 4125: Shakespeare and the Politics of Performance This course explores the direct and indirect ways that performances of Shakespeare’s plays engage political debates, challenge social norms, provide historical insights, and encourage audiences to participate in the often subversive experience of playing. Students examine productions of the plays within historical contexts, considering both how they might have signified for their original audiences and how they still speak to us today. Can be used to meet ILS 4000 requirement.
LIT 3018: Food, Film and Literature This course traces the use of food as both subject and metaphor in literature and film throughout the ages.  The first half of the course examines the relationships between food and philosophy, food and politics, and food and history as portrayed through a wide variety of literary and film genres.  The second half of the course focuses on analytical comparisons of food-centered texts and their film adaptations.  Can be used to meet Arts & Sciences elective (EASC), A&S 3000+, Arts & Humanities elective or free elective requirements.
PHIL 3045: Ethics This course examines central figures in the history of moral philosophy, such as Aristotle, Hobbes, Hume, Mill and Kant. While the primary focus is on understanding these influential thinkers in their historical contexts and their distinctive approaches to ethics, we also seek to show the relevance of their views to timeless questions. What is the best way to live?  How do we distinguish good from evil?  Should we be moral?  Can be used to meet PHIL 3240 requirement, Arts & Sciences elective (EASC), A&S 3000+, Arts & Humanities elective or free elective requirements.
SCI 2350: Scientific Implications of Mass
Food Production
This course focuses on the health and environmental impacts of the industrialization of food production. Specifically, students investigate the molecular techniques used to engineer genetically modified foods, the use of antibiotics and hormones in animal production, the biological modes of action of both pesticides and herbicides and the industry’s contribution to environmental pollutants and greenhouse gases. Can be used to meet A&S Elective or free elective requirements.
SOC 2005: Social Inequalities This course serves as an introduction to sociology with a focus on the inequalities of race, gender, and especially class. The operations of these inequalities are studied at both the micro, person-to-person level and the macro, institutional level. Can be used to meet SOC 1001,  A&S Elective, Social Sciences Elective, or free elective requirements.
SOC 2055: People and Cultures of Africa This course provides honors students with an in-depth exploration of the human experience of living in Africa, through an exploration of the peoples of the continent and the contexts in which their lives are lived. Can be used to meet A&S Elective, Social Sciences Elective, or free elective requirements.

 

Honors Seminars: Quick Reference Guide to Course Substitutions and Requirements