Current Honors Course Offerings


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Featured Classes for Spring 2019 Semester:



2367H: Writing About Dance   Class#: 31963   Instructor: Prof. Karen Eliot   Mon/Wed 3:55 pm - 5:15 pm Arps Hall - Room: 386

DESCRIPTION:  Writing About Dance provides a rigorous opportunity to view, discuss, read, think and write about contemporary dance and its history through the study and practice of criticism. We will engage with concert dance performance both live and on the screen. We will watch, and read and write about a variety of concert dance works on film, and we will attend live dance performances at the Wexner Center. A collaboration with the Wexner Center will allow us to publish some of the finest work to emerge from the class on the Wexner website. Come prepared to watch, think deeply, discuss, write and re-write, and see your best work be published online.  Dance experience is not required. Prereq: English 1110 or equivalent, and/or Honors or honors-eligible (GPA 3.4 or higher) with permission of instructor (email with your request and name/email of your academic advisor).  See Karen Eliot for more information about the course offered this spring semester.      Meets Writing and Communication Level 2 GE requirement.



2001.03H: Principles of Microeconomics   Class#: 18178  Instructor: Prof. Ethan Herbert Doetsch  Tue/Thu 2:20 pm - 3:40 pm  Smith Laboratory - Room: 2150

DESCRIPTION: Microeconomics is a powerful toolkit that can answer questions such as the following: Why do cable TV providers charge such high prices?  Why do college graduates have higher earnings than high school graduates? What are the effects of an taxes on economic activity?  Whom do tariffs benefit and whom do they hurt?  How is the most efficient way to organize an economy?  This course is an advanced introduction to economic theory, including topics such as the following: supply and demand for goods, services, and factor inputs; market structure; international trade; and the distribution of income.  

4960H: Honors Seminar in Economics  Class#: 32132  Instructor: Prof. Bruce A Weinberg Mon 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm  Phys Activ & Educ Srvs Bldg - Room: A103

DESCRIPTION: This course will expose you to research in economics. Research falls into two categories: research into existing work and original research. Most of your research experiences have probably been into existing work. The objective of this course is to provide a first step toward doing original research, which can be developed into a senior / honors thesis. The course also has the sub-objectives of improving your data analysis, writing, and presentation skills. These objectives course will be achieved in two ways. The first is to give you a sense of what important original research is. The second is to give you an opportunity to (1) review the economic literature in an area of interest to you, with the eye to identifying a valuable, novel research question, (2) design a strategy to address that question, including identify datasets and performing some preliminary analyses; and (3) present that work in writing and in front of class participants. By the end of the course you will be positioned to write a senior thesis.  (Syllabus)


2220H: Introduction to Shakespeare  Class#: 26449  Instructor: Prof. Luke Andrew Wilson  Wed/Fri 12:45 pm - 2:05 pm  Hayes Hall - Room: 012

DESCRIPTION: An Honors introduction to Shakespeare, this course will pay close attention to the plays both as texts and as scripts for performance. We’ll read plays in the major dramatic genres in which Shakespeare wrote – comedy, history, tragedy and what later came to be called romance – as well as some of his poems. Course requirements will include regular attendance and active participation; brief written responses to each day’s reading; a midterm exam; a group project; a substantial final essay. You will also be required to watch at least one film outside of class time. Text: The Norton Shakespeare, ed. Stephen Greenblatt, et al. 3rd ed., in two volumes.

2260H: Introduction to Poetry   Class#: 26440  Instructor: Prof. David Brewer  Wed/Fri 12:45 pm - 2:05 pm  Denney Hall - Room: 209

DESCRIPTION: This course will explore the pleasures and insights of poetry:  reading it, reciting it, listening to it, and even writing a bit of it.  Toward that end, we will examine a wide range of verse (most, but hardly all of it from the past century) and think about how it works, both on its own terms and on us.  Above all, we will be investigating how understanding and enjoyment can reinforce one another, rather than work at cross purposes, at least when it comes to poetry.  Likely assignments include a weekly reading journal, several short, written exercises, a final project (which could take the form of writing your own verse), and active participation in our discussions.

4324: Environmental Literatures, Cultures and Media—Livability and Justice in the Anthropocene   Class#: 33402  Instructor: Prof. Thomas Davis  Tue/Thu 12:45 pm - 2:05 pm  Denney Hall - Room: 214

DESCRIPTION: Our young century is increasingly defined by catastrophic storms, historic droughts and floods, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, energy poverty and environmental despoliation.  While disaster scenarios have tended to dominate our thinking on climate change, we will attend to a growing field of cultural production—novels, films, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art and philosophy—that documents and imagines emergent possibilities for life on an altered planet.

4590.02H: Pleasure and Poetry   Class#: 33771  Instructor: Prof. Jennifer Higginbotham  Tue/Thu 11:10 am - 12:30 pm  Denney Hall - Room: 245

DESCRIPTION: This class is about the pleasure of poetry and the poetry of pleasure in Renaissance England. What made poems sound good to Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and what makes those same poems sound good or not to us? Students will master knowledge of the key Renaissance poetic forms and genres, including the sonnet sequence, metrical patterns such as iambic pentameter, blank verse, ballad, narrative, and lyric. We will be doing the equivalent of taking apart an engine to figure out how it works. Readings will include the master stylists of the age, such as Katherine Philips and John Milton, but we'll also examine some poetry that is so bad it's good. Non-honors students are welcome, and no previous work in the Renaissance is required.

4591.01H: Nonfiction Magic   Class#: 33303  Instructor: Prof. Elissa Washuta  Tue 12:40 pm - 3:40 pm  Denney Hall - Room: 245

DESCRIPTION: In conversations about nonfiction and its basis in verifiable facts, how do we handle the unverifiable - the supernatural, the eerie, the awesome, the magical? What do we do with that which can't be fact-checked, which fills us with wonder and doubt? In this course, we will read literary nonfiction devoted to supernatural occurrences and displays of illusion, ranging from the magician's secrets to unexplainable phenomena. We'll employ intuitive techniques and introspective tools like tarot to create new essays, we'll learn about incorporating research into our first-person accounts, and we'll consider issues of appropriation, commodification, and overexposure of sacred practices. Students will be expected to read, write, and workshop.



2101.01H: Honors Introduction to French and Francophone Studies   Class#: 31963   Instructor: Prof.Danielle Catherine Marx-Scouras  Tue/Thu 11:10 am - 12:30 pm  Hagerty Hall - Room: 050

DESCRIPTION: How can the act of opening a door constitute poetry? Why do contemporary French musicians make use of seventeenth and nineteenth century writers such as La Fontaine and Rimbaud? Is hip-hop poetry? Are love and war related topics? Why is Camus still the best selling author in France? Is the French spoken in Quebec still “French”? How do gender and ethnicity alter language and culture? Join us as we answer these and other questions pertinent to French and francophone studies, on a journey that will take us from France to Quebec, Algeria, Martinique, and other countries. Representative works from literature and the media will be read in conjunction with music and film.

This course prepares students for further work in culture, literature, composition, and conversation. Students will gain proficiency in analyzing literary texts and media materials. They are expected to engage in lively class discussions and give oral presentations. Writing is also an essential component of the course. There will be an intensive peer-edited writing workshop that will prepare you for advanced writing in French. The course will also introduce students to the workings of undergraduate research.

Non-honors students are welcome, but need the permission of the instructor to enroll.



3353HGerman Intellectual History: Marx, Neitzsche, and Freud  Class#: 32018   Instructor: Prof. Paul Reitter    Tue/Thu 11:10 am - 12:30 pm  Hagerty Hall - Room: 259

DESCRIPTION:Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud were the most important theorists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century writing in German. They have had a lasting influence on economic, social, political, philosophical, and cultural thought for the past century. This course deals with major dimensions of their writings, in particular how they viewed history and historical progress. Their thought is essential for anyone who wants to understand how we think about our society, our history, and ourselves.All texts in English.



2001H: Launching America   Class#: 33848  Instructor: Prof. Raymond Irwin    Tue/Thu 8:00 am - 9:20 am  Location TBA

DESCRIPTION: The origins and early development of North America have cast a long shadow over the present-day United States, whether one focuses upon the enduring legacy of slavery, considers the earliest struggles for civil rights, or examines the nature of representative government, among other economic, cultural, political, and social aspects of “this grand experiment.” Many of the sharp conflicts that forged the American nation still reverberate today. In order to understand better how the United States came to be and how it survived its first century, class members will grapple with the various artifacts, especially textual, that underscore tension and conciliation among groups and reveal the motivations of common persons and elites alike. Students will also analyze some of the significant and evolving historical interpretations of the major events and trends that marked roughly four centuries, from pre-contact through the rebuilding and reformulation of the United States in the 1870s.


The American People, by Gary Nash, et al (7th edition), ISBN 10: 0205805396 / ISBN 13: 9780205805396.

Documents in American History available on Carmen at (login page).

Assignments:  Students are expected to complete weekly quizzes (30%) and short papers (35%) based on readings and class discussions, to participate actively in class (20%), and to turn in a final examination (15%).

History of Art

2002H: Western Art II: The Renaissance to the Present   Class#: 28303  Instructor: Prof. Barbara Haeger    Tue/Thu 12:45 pm - 2:05 pm  Enarson Classroom Building - Room: 240

DESCRIPTION: This course examines the way that works of art participate in the discourses of their times (e.g. shaping values, constructing identities, promoting beliefs, and giving visual form to new concepts). It also considers how art defines itself by exploring new modes of representation in dialogue with the art of the past. The focus will be on significant works that shaped—and were shaped by—western social, political, economic, and intellectual history. The goal is to impart not only a body of knowledge but also a set of critical tools that you should be able to apply to a wide range of material not specifically covered in the course. There will be considerable emphasis on questions of analysis and interpretation and in exploring both the means by which the object engages the beholder in extended viewing and the way that visual forms can be deployed to structure the viewer’s experience and elicit particular responses. This course will also include a trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Flyer.

2003H: The Art and Visual Culture of East Asia   Class#: 32646  Instructor: Prof. Julia Andrews    Tue/Thu 12:45 pm - 2:05 pm  Enarson Classroom Building - Room: 202

DESCRIPTION: This honors course is a thematic introduction to the major artistic and cultural trends of East Asia, with a focus on the history of Chinese and Japanese art.  We will study major developments and issues in the art of each culture, 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.  Flyer.


3701H: Language and the Mind   Class#: 28576  Instructor: Prof. William Schuler    Tue/Thu 9:35 am - 10:55 am  Baker Systems - Room: 184

DESCRIPTION: This 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.



1100H:  Honors Introduction to Philosophy  Class#: 32411  Instructor: Prof. Neil Tennant Tue/Thu 2:20 pm - 3:40 pm Bolz Hall - Room: 120

DESCRIPTION: In this introductory course we rigorously examine concepts and problems of fundamental signi cance. These include the Existence of God; Naturalism; Skepticism and our Knowledge of the External World; the Problem of Induction; the Mind-Body Problem; and the Paradoxes. (Students interested in matters of ethics, morality, and value might wish to consider also our other introductory course PHIL1300, which is devoted to them.)

Philosophy's historical roots extend to the ancients. But it is a constantly evolving discipline. It examines the very foundations of scienti c disciplines. Contemporary Philosophy also incorporates scientifi c developments into its own `big picture' of humankind and our place in the cosmos.
Students will learn about methods of philosophical analysis; the clari cation of important concepts; the careful appraisal of arguments and theories; and the sheer breadth and variety of philosophical concerns. The course aims to enable you to write more clearly, think more deeply, and pursue your intellectual interests both with more attention to detail and with an eye to the big picture.   Syllabus.

Political Science

5000:  Quantum Mind and Social Science  Class#: 32950  Instructor: Prof. Alexander Edward Wendt  Tue/Thu 11:10 am - 12:30 pm  Denney Hall - Room: 238

DESCRIPTION: This seminar takes seriously the growing, if still quite speculative, possibility that consciousness, and thus human behavior and society, are macroscopic quantum mechanical phenomena.  If that’s true, then today’s social sciences are based upon a fundamental mistake, since they at least implicitly assume that social life is governed or constrained by the laws of classical physics – as seen in the unquestioned use of classical logic, probability theory, decision theory, game theory, and so on to model human behavior, rather than their quantum counterparts.  Indeed, some of the most powerful evidence to date that the classical assumption is mistaken comes from quantum decision theory, which shows that by “quantizing” the axioms of expected utility theory, we can explain the long-known but poorly understood deviations from rational behavior known as “Kahneman-Tversky effects.”

Our treatment in this seminar of this and other emerging bodies of quantum social scientific scholarship will not be as mathematical as all that.  In fact, it will not be mathematical at all.  After a concentrated but qualitative introduction to quantum theory, our focus instead will be on exploring the philosophical challenges of quantizing social science –questions of social ontology, epistemology, and normativity – which as the philosophy of physics literature itself shows, can be addressed to a surprising degree without mathematics.  However, that hardly lets us off the hook, since the philosophical questions are quite daunting in their own right due to their unfamiliarity, abstraction, and inter-disciplinary nature.  Not to worry though: in this context we are all beginners. Prereq: Permission of instructor.



3403H Honors Intermediate Spanish Composition  Class#: TBA Instructor: Prof. Jill Welch  Time/Date: TBA  Hagerty Hall - Room: TBA

DESCRIPTION: Students work toward a professional-quality final portfolio featuring the following genres: literary essay, self-portrait, argumentative essay, interview feature article, and short story. During the short-story concentration, students in the Honors section collaborate with Spanish-speaking children in Columbus City Schools as part of our literacy outreach initiative, which culminates in publishing bilingual storybooks for the children. Students in Spanish 3403H have also had course compositions published in the University magazine ¿Qué pasa? OHIO STATE.

3450H Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture in Spanish: Reading Texts  Class#: 32631 Instructor: Prof. Lisa Beth Voigt  Wed/Fri 11:10 am - 12:30 pm  Hagerty Hall - Room: 056

DESCRIPTION: This 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 Honors Introduction to Spanish Linguistics  Class#: 32529  Instructor: Prof. John Grinstead  Tue/Thu 12:45 pm - 2:05 pm  Hagerty Hall - Room: 259

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 semester.

4551E Spanish Golden Age Literature  Class#: 32537  Instructor: Prof. Elizabeth B Davis  Tue/Thu 11:10 am - 12:30 pm  Hagerty Hall - Room: 045

DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to literature of the Spanish “Golden Age” (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) through a selection of representative texts. Pre-req: 3450. Students who have not had Spanish 3450 or its equivalent will not be admitted to the course.

The reading for this class is challenging, so be sure to allow plenty of reading/preparation time for this class. Class attendance and participation are fundamental requirements; each student will be expected to participate in every session. Absences and failure to participate will result in the student’s grade being lowered. SPAN 4551 is conducted entirely in Spanish, however some critical essays in English are included. The primary emphasis of the course is the development of active critical skills through in-class discussion and written analysis of the literary text.

4560H Introduction to Spanish American Culture  Class#: 32624  Instructor: Prof. Ana Maria Del Sarto  Wed/Fri 11:10 am - 12:20 pm  Hagerty Hall - Room: 251

DESCRIPTION: This course is an introductory panorama of the always diverse and heterogenous Latin American cultures, although today all of them share a specific socio-historic condition, namely the coloniality of power. From a transdisciplinary framework, we will map the divers ethnic, social, and political processes which keep on molding all these geo-cultural formations. Through different historical moments, we will study the constitution of historic matrices (testimonio cultures, new cultures, transplanted cultures, and globalized/global cultures) within each of these contemporary cultures through their own literature, film, music, plastic arts, popular and folk practices and festivals, etc. Through all these itineraries, we should be able to understand the constant dialectics between change and continuity, modernity and tradition as well as their articulations with regional and local cultures, national and global cultures, high and popular culture, folk and pop culture, mass culture, culture industries and civil society, subcultures and countercultures, racial, ethnic and youth and age cultures.

4561H Introduction to the Culture of Spain  Class#: 32954  Instructor: Prof. Jonathan D Burgoyne  Tue/Thu 12:45 pm - 2:05 pm  Hagerty Hall - Room: 351

DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to the culture of Spain from the 18th to the 21st century through a selection of readings on history, art, and topics such as food, tourism, and cinema. Prereq: SPAN 3450H.

This class is entirely conducted in Spanish. One of the primary goals of the course is to develop critical thinking skills in Spanish through in-class discussion and written analysis of the culture of Spain. Students will read up to 30 pages in Spanish per week. Be sure to allow plenty of reading time for this class. Class attendance and participation are fundamental requirements; each student will be expected to participate in every session.



2100H:  Introduction to Theatre  Class#: 19930  Instructor: Prof. J Briggs Cormier   Tue/Thu 3:55 pm - 5:15 pm  Enarson Classroom Building - Room: 202

DESCRIPTION: This course uses the theatre critic as the exploratory lens to examine the history, traditions, and genres of Western theatre from ancient Greece through contemporary commercial and experimental theatre. Students in this course will explore theatre as a performing art by reading plays and critical reviews of those productions, and by viewing and writing about live performance.

This course is an iPad-only course. Students will also develop digital literacy skills through assignments that make use of the iPad and various applications.