Current Honors Course Offerings



Featured Classes for Autumn 2021 Semester

To find course availability and times, please visit the Ohio State Course Catalog and Master Schedule.


African American and African Studies 

4551: Topics in Africana Literature

Class: tba  Time: T/R 2:20-3:40p  Location: tba Instructor: Kwaku Larbi Korang

DESCRIPTION: Topics selected will relate to varying issues in the literatures of the Africa and the African Diaspora.  GE: Literature

4571: Black Visual Culture and Popular Media

Class: tba  Time: T/R 9:35-10:55a  Location: tba Instructor: Simone Drake

DESCRIPTION: An examination of African Americans in visual culture and the theories of representation in popular media.  GE: Visual and Performing Arts.

4921: Intersections: Approaches to Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality

Class: tba  Time: W/F 12:45-2:05p  Location: tba Instructor: Maurice Stevens

DESCRIPTION: Examines intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality in various sites within American culture (e.g., legal system, civil rights discourse, social justice movements).  GE: Social Science.

5240: Race and Public Policy in the United States

Class: tba  Time: W/F 9:35-1055a  Location: tba Instructor: Miranda Martinez

DESCRIPTION: This course explores Race and Public Policy in the United States from Reconstruction to the present. In particular, the class is designed to look at the long list of "hot topics" in the current policy landscape, including policing, housing, wealth gap, immigration, voting, political representation, and others.  GE: Social Science.

5650: Blackness and Body in Science and Medicine

Class: tba  Time: M/W 12:45-2:05p  Location: tba Instructor: Dawn Chisebe

DESCRIPTION: This course considers the need for and pursuit of social justice when black bodies are subjected to commodification and systemic subordination. The course focuses on what Frantz Fanon called the "corporeal schema" of blackness as well as the social construction of blackness to think about the relationship between black bodies and social justice pursuits in medicine and science.  GE: Social science, Cultures and Ideas.


2555H: Honors Photography 1: Introduction to Digital Photography & Contemporary Issues

Class: tba  Time: MW 11:10am-1:55pm  Location: 262 Hopkins Instructor: Osterloh

DESCRIPTION: Art 2555 Honors: Introduction to Photography is an introductory photography class exploring photographic practice, aesthetics, history, and theory. This course will emphasize seeing, thinking, and creating with a critical and curious mind/eye to understand the construction and manipulation of photographic meaning and form. Students will explore how one’s way of seeing is deeply tied to one’s personal and cultural experience and learn about issues of representation via images. This course utilizes digital cameras for image production. Photo 1 Honors emphasizes photography artists who identify as Asian American, Latinx/o/a, American Indian, and African American throughout the course. 65% or more of artists introduced in the course address Asian American issues of identity as a way to express and communicate a diverse range of contemporary issues and contribute to our understanding of photography, its creative and conceptual potential, Art history, American storytelling, and issues of representation.
Presentation of assignments will follow various critique formats. In class lectures will introduce the work of photographers and the evolution of aesthetics and theory associated with the history of the medium. Lectures, videos, readings, and projects facilitate the goals and learning outcomes for this GE course (see next section).
Art 3555 requires that students have their own digital camera with full or partial manual functions. The class currently does not teach digital postproduction, but the professor will introduce Lightroom and Photoshop for those that wish to use these programs. OSU has several free and open labs with the full Adobe Suite for all students to use. (If a student is facing extreme financial hardship and cannot obtain a digital camera or borrow a camera from a friend or family member, please contact Professor Gina Osterloh:
Course Content
Course will consist of formal lecture, technical discussions and demonstrations, image and video viewing, critiques, short writings about photographs, discussion of readings, typed paper, in class group workshops, and student presentations of their photo projects.
Critique is a forum in which you learn to articulate critical and constructive feedback about your own work and the work of your classmates. Lectures will introduce the technical components of photo camera operations, the work of photographers, and the evolution of aesthetics and theory associated with the history of the medium.
Course Learning Outcomes
At the successful completion of the course the student will demonstrate:
o Cultivate visual literacy through analysis of imagery and through knowledge of photographic history and theory.
o Develop an ability to understand and use technical, aesthetic, and conceptual components involved in photography. o Practice critical analysis with your own work and that of your peers in verbal and written contexts and through group
o Demonstrate an ability to communicate theoretical and personal concepts that are relevant and resonant to a larger
public through photography
o Demonstrate an ability to communicate theoretical and personal concepts through photography.

Goals: Students evaluate significant works of art to develop capacities for aesthetic and historical response and judgment; interpretation and evaluation; critical listening, reading, seeing, thinking, and writing; experiencing the arts, and reflecting on that experience.  GE: Visual and Performing Art.

Art Education

5795H: Global Indigenous Arts: Education for Settlers

Class: tba  Time: WF 112:45pm-2:05pm  Location: 115 Mendenhall Instructor: Fletcher

DESCRIPTION: Indigenous visual artists, filmmakers, poets, and musicians, from the Sámi of Scandinavia and the Mapuche of the Andes, to the Bunun of Taiwan and the Tlingit of Alaska, are creating some of the most compelling and challenging works of art today. Supported by a growing network of Indigenous curators, scholars and educators, Indigenous artists both celebrate and maintain their cultural specificity within a global framework of shared Indigeneity. Yet this flourishing of Indigenous arts takes place within the deeply conflicted historical and political context of settler colonialism, a system that actively erases Indigenous peoples, extracting value from their land and cultural traditions. How, then, can an appreciation for the transformative work of contemporary Indigenous artists be reconciled with the traditional settler position of exploitation and appropriation? This seminar directly grapples with the problematic position of the settler by combining decolonial arts education theory with a practice of participatory curriculum development. We will not only challenge and unlearn entrenched models of arts education, grounded in settler colonial histories and legacies at work in the institutions of the university and the museum, but also co-create a new form of arts education curriculum in dialogue with the generative, constellatory syllabi of Indigenous artist-projects, exhibitions, and educational frameworks.

Comparative Studies 

1100H: Introduction to the Humanities, Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce students to the humanities by way of a set of literary texts and films set in diverse global locations (Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the South Pacific, the West Indies, America). These texts/films have been chosen for permitting us to see, and to engage the problems attendant upon, the historical and social construction of race, class, and gender. On the one hand, we can ask through these texts: How do social, cultural, economic, political realities relate to questions of identity (self and other), violence, justice, community, domination, and resistance? On the other hand, these texts compel us to address some great humanistic questions, including: what is ethical and unethical, and how do we know the difference?  Pre-requisites: None. GE: Literature and Diversity, Global Studies


2002.03H : Principles of Macroeconomics

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Ida Mirzaie

DESCRIPTION: Economics 2002.03H addresses the theories and methods of social scientific inquiry through discussion of supply and demand at the national (and global) level and the measurement of national income (including gross domestic product). Students will learn about the formation and durability of political, economic, and social organizing principles through discussions of the origin and structure of central banks (including the Federal Reserve Bank and its origin and structure) as well as other international organizations (such as the International Monetary Fund), and fiscal and monetary policy. Students will comprehend the nature and values of organizations and polities and their importance in social problem solving and policy making through discussions of fiscal and monetary policy, business cycles, and the Federal Reserve Bank, including its values and objectives. 

4960H – Research in Economics

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Bruce Weinberg

DESCRIPTION: Ever wondered what it would be like to develop and conduct your own, independent research project? This course will expose you to quantitative research in the social sciences and related areas such as business and policy. Class meetings will be devoted to discussing our own research progress as well as discussions of research methods, prominent research papers, and talking with researchers at all stages. As a student, you will take the first step toward conducting your own original research, beginning by identifying a topic that interests you; exploring the literature to identify research opportunities; designing and implementing a strategy to address your research question, including identify the necessary data and performing initial analyses; and presenting that work in writing, at a poster forum, and in class. By the end of the course, you will be well positioned to write a senior thesis if you choose. Moreover, the course will improve your data analysis, writing, and presentation skills.


2201H: Selected Works of British Literature: Medieval through 1800

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Christopher Jones

DESCRIPTION: This class seeks to give students a roadmap to the history of English literature from the earliest recorded texts to the late 1700s. Older literature in English often intimidates modern readers, but this course aims both to make texts understandable and to show their enduring interest and relevance to questions about identity, morality and aesthetics that still confront us today. GE: Literature.
Guiding question(s): What is literature? How has it both shaped and been shaped by society? What value is there is studying texts written centuries ago?
Mode of delivery: Hybrid (mostly in-person meetings, but with some synchronous online meetings)

2202H: Survey of British Literature—Romantics to the Present 

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Robyn Warhol

DESCRIPTION: This writing- and discussion-intensive course surveys English literature from the Romantics to the 21st century—backwards. We begin with postmodern-era writers from Africa, India, Canada, Ireland and England; next we read Modernist authors; then we survey the Victorian period; and finally, we come to the Romantics. By starting with the present, we can recognize the themes, styles, and genres of the past that became important for the writers of today. Authors who are underrepresented in traditional literary history because of their race, gender or sexual orientation are at the center of our inquiry, instead of coming last, as if they were an afterthought of literary history.   GE: Literature.
Guiding question(s): What does the history of English literature look like, if viewed from other places in the world where English is spoken and written? What does our present-day culture remember about the Romantics, the Victorians and the Modernists, and what have we forgotten? What reading techniques can we use to get the most out of fiction, poetry and drama from the present and the past? 
Potential text(s): The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Major Authors, 10th Edition, Volume 2. Be sure that you use this edition of the anthology. At least one copy will be on reserve at Thompson Library. 
Potential assignments: Students will do creative work (like mapping, illustrating and parodying works we read) as well as informal and formal writing. Each student will also present one oral close reading of a short passage from the assigned reading. 
Mode of delivery: In-person 

2220H: Honors Introduction to Shakespeare 

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Alan Farmer

DESCRIPTION: In this course we will read several plays written by Shakespeare and consider how they both conform to and work against the genres of comedy, tragedy, history and romance. Looking at the plays as works to be both performed and read, we will pay particular attention to the politics of gender, religion and kingship in the plays, topics that Shakespeare returned to again and again and that were vitally important, and indeed controversial, in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. 
Potential text(s): In addition to some critical and historical essays on the early modern theater and culture, we will read some combination of the following plays: Richard II, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, Macbeth, and The Winter's Tale. I will order the New Oxford Shakespeare, gen. ed. Gary Taylor et al. (ISBN 9780198749721), but any modern edition with glosses, notes and line numbers of the above plays is fine. Good editions of single plays are published by Folger, Pelican, Cambridge, Norton, Oxford, Bedford, Arden, Bantam and Signet. Reputable one-volume Complete Shakespeares are published by Longman, Pelican, Riverside and Norton.  GE: Literature.
Potential assignments: Requirements include a midterm exam, final exam, two essays (one shorter, one longer), regular attendance and active participation. 
Mode of delivery: In-person 

4590.04H: Seminar in Romanticism—Romanticism and Revolutionary Experience 

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Jacob Risinger

DESCRIPTION:  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” In a dozen famous words, Charles Dickens captured the paradox of the French Revolution. In its early days, self-empowered citizens stormed the Bastille and passed the “Declaration of the Rights of Man.” Idealistic poets proclaimed that human nature had been “born again.” But four years later, while blood from the guillotine filled the streets, the Reign of Terror had eclipsed any promise of revolutionary change. In this course, we will examine a group of British writers for whom the Revolution was—in Shelley’s terms—“the master theme of the epoch in which we live.” Readings (novels, poetry and political pamphlets) will include work by Edmund Burke, Charlotte Smith, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Blake, Helen Maria Williams, William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley and others. In the final weeks of the course, we will turn our attention to how the literature and rhetoric surrounding the French Revolution continues to inform the way we imagine, depict and discuss “revolution”—from the Russian Revolution in 1917 (George Orwell, Animal Farm) to the countercultural revolution of the 1950s and 60s (Alan Ginsberg and Beat poetry).  GE: Literature.
Potential text(s): Romanticism & Revolution, A Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, ed. Mee and Fallon); Wordsworth, Wordsworth’s Poetry and Prose (Norton, ed. Halmi); Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Dover Fine Art); Blake, Songs of Innocence & Experience (Oxford Paperbacks); Williams, Letters Written in France (Broadview, ed. Fraistat & Lanser); Godwin, Caleb Williams (Oxford, ed. Clemitt); Inchbald, Nature and Art (Broadview, ed. Maurer); Orwell, Animal Farm (Signet Classics). 
Mode of delivery: In-person 


2101H: Honors Introduction to French Studies

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: Get to know French culture, geography and history by reading texts and images critically. Learn techniques for reading and interpreting different kinds of French texts: prose, poetry, plays. Build your vocabulary, your comprehension, your conversation skills and your writing skills as you learn techniques for navigating longer readings. French 2101 (Honors) is a course designed to help students transition from beginning and intermediate language courses to the more advanced reading required at the 4000-level. It should help students develop reading, writing, and analytical skills to enable them to function at the higher level, as well as develop cultural recognition to help them understand their reading in context. Conducted in French. Prereq: 1103 or 1104. 


3254H: Representations and Memory of the Holocaust in Film

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Robert Holub

DESCRIPTION: The Holocaust has been a tremendously important topic in postwar cinema.

There are major films in almost every major European country dealing with the Holocaust, directed by some of the foremost directors and featuring some of the greatest actors and actresses, and some of the most innovative filmic techniques. The Holocaust has been represented in various filmic forms:  documentary, drama, comedy; indeed, there are probably more films on the Holocaust and more footage of the Holocaust placed in films than any other historical event outside of World War II. Yet the question of representation, in particular adequate representation is one that is continuously raised and debated.

In this course we will identify the complex interplay between history and filmic representation in connection with a major event of the twentieth century. Through examining films along with historical documents, as well as cultural and theoretical writings this course aims at teaching students how film as a unique art form deals with intricate historical phenomena and substantive issues of ethics.

Films will be screened outside of class. Taught in English. GE Visual and Performing Arts and GE Diversity-Global Studies course. Honors course.

Students will view, discuss, and examine major filmic representations of the Holocaust from several countries from the 1940s through the 1990s. Students will learn how these films have contributed to our understanding of a complex phenomenon of WWII and how the directors have coped with the thorny issues of representing something that many people consider to be unrepresentable. Taught in English. 

Prereq: Honors, and Soph, Jr, or Sr standing, or permission of instructor.  GE: Visual and Performing Arts, GE Diversity: Global Studies, Honors Course


2800H: Introduction to the Discipline of History

Class: tba  Time: M 12:30-3:15  Location: tba Instructor: Robin Judd

DESCRIPTION: Interested in pursuing a major in History? This course is an introduction to the study of history, and to the concepts and skills necessary to study the past.  Our focus will be to examine the nature of history as a discipline and the writing of history as an academic project.  Through readings, discussions, in-class activities, and written assignments, we will explore the purposes of studying history, the types of sources available to reconstruct the past, and methods and approaches for examining and interpreting history. We will practice a series of fundamental skills, including critical thinking, analytical reading, accurate research, public speaking, and effective writing, all essential for your success in the history major, and for life and work beyond your undergraduate years.  

Because this is the 2800 intended for honors students, we also will spend some time discussing the honors thesis; not all honors students write theses, but the course offers us an opportunity to explore what a thesis looks like, how students can apply for research monies if they so choose, and how one goes about identifying a thesis topic.   

Assigned Readings: Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 9th ed, Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men, articles (available on Carmen)

Assignments: Participation, short writing assignments, final project

4015H: Honors Seminar in History: American Legal History Since 1830

Class: tba  Time: M 9:35 a.m. – 12:20 p.m  Location: tba Instructor: David Stebenne

DESCRIPTION: An examination of the leading legal-historical controversies in the United States since 1830.  Emphasis on the judiciary’s role in resolving major legal and political disputes, such as those arising out of government support for industrialization and a modern market economy, anti-slavery, pacifist agitation during wartime, efforts to achieve equality before the law for black people and women, reproductive rights, privacy, the rights of criminal suspects and defendants, legislative redistricting, church-state relations, the death penalty, and mass incarceration.  

Assigned readings:  Weekly reading assignments delve into the above topics in depth; approximately 125-150 pages per week.

Assignments:  Attendance at, and lively participation in, all class meetings; a 3-5-page research paper prospectus; and a first draft and a final draft of a 15-page research paper.

History of Art

2001H: Western Art 1: The Ancient and Medieval Worlds

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: This course examines the history of Western Art (architecture, painting and sculpture) from the Ancient and Medieval eras. We will examine not only the monuments themselves, but also the historical context in which they were produced. There will be a strong emphasis, too, on questions of analysis and interpretation. Our goal is to impart not only a body of knowledge but also a set of critical tools, which you should be able to apply also to material not specifically covered in this course.
Since most instructional delivery is online and asynchronous, this course will meet, via Zoom, only on Wednesdays for class discussions and/or student reports. A complete schedule of Zoom meetings will be posted to Canvas before the semester begins. GE VPA and diversity global studies course.

2003H: The Art and Visual Culture of East Asia

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: This honors course is a thematic introduction to the major artistic and cultural trends of East Asia. We will study major developments and issues in the arts of China, Japan, and Korea, discussing both cross-cultural artistic flows and the many cultural and artistic differences between cultures in the region. Major monuments of East Asian art and architecture will serve as our primary evidence for explorations of the culture, religions, and history of the region.


2000H: Introduction to Linguistics

Class: tba  Time: T/R 9:35am-1055am  Location: tba Instructor: Bjoern Koehnlein

DESCRIPTION: This course examines language as a system of human communication. It also provides students with the tools needed for the recording, investigation, and close analysis of language. The course consists of a general survey of language and linguistics. A number of topics relating to man's knowledge and use of language are systematically investigated. Examples are drawn primarily from the English language, although other languages are used to illustrate certain concepts. Nevertheless, the focus of the course is not on any specific language or languages; rather, it is on properties common to all languages and on ways in which languages may differ.  GE: Cultures and Ideas

3701H: Language and the Mind

Class: tba  Time: M/W 11:10 am-12:30 pm  Location: tba Instructor: Rebecca Morley

DESCRIPTION: The course is an introduction to the psychological processes by which humans produce and understand sentences in conversation, the means by which these processes arise in the child, and their bases in the brain. It deals with the following topics (among others): (1) Speech Perception, the process of detecting distinct 'sounds' in speech signals; (2) Lexical Access, the process of 'looking up' words in a mental dictionary; (3) Syntactic Parsing, the process of discovering the structure of sentences; (4) Semantic Interpretation, the process of using syntactic structures, word meaning and general world knowledge to interpret what we hear; (5) Language Acquisition, the process by which a child becomes able to produce and understand sentences of his or her native language(s), (f) Neurolinguistics, the study of the way language functions are implemented in the brain. GE: Social Science: Individuals and Groups. Cross-listed as Psych 3371.


1100H: Honors Introduction to Philosophy

Class: tba  Time: W/F 12:45-2:05pm  Location: HN 201 Instructor: Allan Silverman

DESCRIPTION: Happiness, Goodness and Meaning in Life

Socrates thought the only question that really matters was: How ought one to live one’s life? We shall consider Socrates question from the three vantage points contained in the title of the course: we should live a happy life, a good life, and a meaningful life. What are happiness, goodness and meaningfulness? And what is it to live a life?  Could one, for instance live a good life and still find it meaningless? To help guide in-class discussion of these topics, we will read three short modern classics , Phillipa Foot’s Natural Goodness, Jonathan Lear’s Radical Hope, and Susan Wolf’s, Meaning in Life and Why it Matters.  GE: Cultures and Ideas


1100H: Introduction to Psychology

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: Psychology 100H is a comprehensive introduction to the science and profession of psychology.  Topics covered include the Biological Bases of Behavior and Cognition, Learning, Memory, Perception, Development, Cognition, Social Behavior and Clinical Psychology. Emphasis is placed upon recent psychological research and theory.  Course assignments include the textbook, readings in the psychological literature, a paper and either research participation or an original observational project.

2220H: Introduction to Data Analysis 

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: This course will cover the basic, traditional goals of developing an understanding of how and when to use various statistical methods. It will prepare you for advanced statistics courses like 3321H, Psychology 4998, or Honors Thesis work (4999H). However, in this course you will also have exposure to statistical computer programs, used for the analysis of actual data, the opportunity to learn deeper conceptual basics beyond mere calculation or memorization of formulae, and preparation for graduate study in psychology, where statistical knowledge is crucial.  Prereq = Stat 1450 or Math 1148

3313H: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: This course explores the relationship between the brain, behavior and mental processes. The primary course objective is to learn the terminology and concepts that will form a basis for understanding how cognitive function and behavior arises from interactions between groups of neurons.  The course is divided into three sections.  The first section establishes principles relating to the general structure and function of the nervous system. The second section explores sensory and motor systems, with an in depth investigation of the visual system from retinal processes to complex perception.  The third section examines the neural basis for several domains of behavioral and cognitive functions and dysfunctions, from sleep, to emotions, to learning and memory, to neurological and psychological disorders. The course will also include discussions from contemporary readings and student presentations of experimental research articles.  Prereq = Psych 1100

3325H: Introduction to Social Psychology   

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: This course examines the theories, research, and applications of social psychology.  The material is divided into four units:  (1) Social Perception – how we think about ourselves, other individuals, and groups;  (2) Social Influence – how we affect other people’s attitudes and behavior;  (3) Social Interaction – how we relate to each other as strangers, acquaintances, friends, and lovers; and  (4) Social Applications – the uses of social psychology to understand real-world problems in the areas of law, business, and health.  Prereq = Psych 1100; Prohibited Course = Psych 2367.01

3331H: Abnormal Psychology   

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the phenomenology (description), etiology (causes), and treatment of abnormal behavior.  Major psychiatric syndromes will be discussed along with our current classification system (DSM-V).  Genetic, biological, social, and psychological parameters implicated in the etiology of these syndromes will be reviewed.  Prereq = Psych 1100; Prohibited Course = Psych 2367.02

3551H: Psychology of Adolescence

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to examine theory and research on adolescent development.  Some of the specific areas covered include puberty and the teenage brain, risk-taking, identity and self-concept development, parent relations, peer pressure, media influences, sexual behavior, teenage pregnancy, adolescent depression, anti-social behavior, and drug and alcohol use.  The course is interdisciplinary in scope and should appeal to students not only in psychology, but also in other areas that focus on human behavior.  Course assignments include several short papers, a term paper, and an in-class presentation.  Prereq = Psych 1100

Religious Studies 

2370H: Introduction to Comparative Religion

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: What is a religion?  Why are there so many of them?  What is the relationship between religion and other phenomena such as politics, gender, ethnicity, social justice and the arts, especially in the context of globalization?  How does religion sometimes help to ameliorate problems—and how does it sometimes cause or exacerbate problems? This course is intended to provide a general introduction to the comparative study of religion, in the course of which it will address these and other fundamental questions. We will begin with a critical discussion of two basic questions:  ‘what is (and isn’t) religion,’ and ‘what is the role of the charismatic individual in religion’ by looking at two test-cases from different periods of history.  In the rest of the course, we will then look some traditions that few would deny are religions: Native American practices, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and contemporary millenarian movements.  At various points, we will pause to consider issues that run throughout most or all religions, such as how one explains the existence of evil.  Pre-requisites: None. GE: Culture and Ideas and Diversity, Global Studies


2250H: Introduction to Comparative Religion

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: Reading great works of Russian literature (including Pushkin, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bunin, Akhmatova, Solzhenitsyn, Ulitskaya); developing analytical writing & discussion skills. Taught in English. Prereq: Honors standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 2250 (250 and 251), 250H, or 251H. GE: literature and diversity global studies course.


3450H:  Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture in Spanish: Reading Texts

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Haidt, Foulis

DESCRIPTION: This course serves as an introduction to the various issues involved in reading different types (genres) of literary and cultural texts in the Spanish language, and represents a crucial link between courses in language and culture and upper-level courses in literatures and cultures. Students will acquire the fundamental critical techniques needed for the analysis of literary and cultural texts, particularly narrative (short story and novel), poetry, drama, and film. 

4430H:  Introduction to the Linguistics

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Martínez-Gil

DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to the main concepts and methods of analysis of linguistics, focusing on Spanish. Linguistics is the scientific study of human language; and as such, it looks for answers to the following questions: what do you know when you know a language? and why are human languages the way they are? The first part of the course introduces concepts and techniques of the analysis of sentence structure (syntax), sounds (phonology and phonetics), and word formation (morphology) in Spanish. The course will then examine other aspects of language including Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Child and L2 Language Acquisition, Bilingualism and Language in special populations, such as children with specific language impairment or who are on the Autism Spectrum. To illustrate these aspects of language in a concrete way, the class will have the project of constructing pieces of a new variety of Spanish, "Columbeño", over the course of the quarter.

4552H:  Modern Spanish Literature

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Haidt


4555E:  Indigenous and Colonial Literature of Spanish America

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Voigt

DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to rich and diverse literatures and cultures of Indigenous, Colonial, and 19th-Century or national Spanish America.  Pre-req: 3450.  Honors students registered in 4555E will have additional and/or longer (research) assignments.

Many or the readings for the class are considered “founding discourses.”  They include pre-Columbian indigenous works (in Spanish translation); selections of early European chronicles of Conquest and Discovery; local responses to those chronicles; Colonial discourses; and republican texts, including poetry, short stories, and a national novel. The course examines the socio-historical contexts of these texts, and how they contribute to the heterogeneous and changing Latin American identities. It promotes the development of critical thinking and skills through in-class discussion and written analysis of the texts.

5650E:  Senior Seminar in Latin American Literatures and Cultures: Latin American Feminisms: Affect, Ethnicity, Race and Gender

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Del Sarto

DESCRIPTION: After the first decade of the third millennium, triggered by the constant rate of feminicides and other forms of violence against women and feminized bodies across its territory, new forms of feminisms were rekindled in Latin America. These social movements have been reviving old debates in relation to new agendas. Starting in the late 1960s and early 1970s, we´ll genealogically trace four lines of feminisms in Latin America: Western, Mestizo, Indigenous, and Afro-feminisms. Accompanying their trajectories, and highlighting their practices within literature, music, journalism, film, art and performance, we will examine feminist struggles and activism against patriarchy, coloniality, and global neoliberalism.

Speech and Hearing Science

3330H:  Language Acquisition

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: tba

DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce students to English-language acquisition in children with typical development. Language learning is an amazingly complex process, and we discuss the principles of language, theories of language acquisition, and the neurologic and behavioral underpinnings required for language to develop. We focus on changes in language form, content, and use from infancy into adolescence and early adulthood and how these changes are driven by cognition and socialization. In small group discussions, the honors cohort will also critically appraise peer-reviewed literature focusing on research methods used to study language learning.  Pre-requisites: Honors standing or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 3330 (330), 330H, or 430. GE: soc sci indivs and groups course.