Current Honors Course Offerings



Featured Classes for Spring 2021 Semester:


Brand New Mental Health Class - elective  

ARTSSCI 5194: Personal Wellness and Mental Health

Class: 35798  Time: Asynchronous  Location: Online Instructor: Jennifer Cheavens, Daniel Strunk

DESCRIPTION: Personal wellness and mental health are important determinants of success. In this course, we will introduce students to a variety of evidence-based strategies for managing stress, warding off / combatting anxiety and depression, and promoting personal wellness. To learn these strategies, students will be asked to try them out and explore how they can use them in their own lives. The course aims to provide students a psychological toolkit that they can rely on in facing a wide variety of challenges as they progress through their university experience and into the years that follow.  Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate Students.  Pre-requisites: None. Offered by Department of Psychology.  Credits: 1

African American and African Studies

4326: Topics in African American Public Policy 

Class: 34032  Time: Wed/Fri 9:35-10:55a  Location: Online Instructor: Judson Jeffries

DESCRIPTION: An examination of the impact of public policies on African American communities in the U.S. from the New Deal's Welfare State policies and programs of the 1930s to the present.  GE: Social Science

4342: Religion, Meaning, and Knowledge in Africa 

Class: 29173  Time: tba  Location: Online Instructor: Dawn Chisebe

DESCRIPTION: An examination of classical and contemporary definitions of African traditional religion/s and the introduction and adaptations of Islam and Christianity in Africa. GE: Cultures & Ideas; Diversity Global Studies

4571: Black Visual Culture and Popular Media  

Class: 29978  Time: Tue/Thu 3:55-5:15a  Location: Online Instructor: Laura-Ashley Taylor

DESCRIPTION: An examination of African Americans in visual culture and the theories of representation in popular media. GE- Visual and Performing Arts; Diversity: Social Diversity in the US. GE – Visual and Performing Arts; Diversity: Social Diversity in the US.  GE: Visual and Performing Arts


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

Class: 28430  Time: Tba  Location: Online Instructor: Kelly Jo Fulkerson-Dikuua

DESCRIPTION: An examination of the 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: 29318  Time: Wed/Fri 11:10-12:30p  Location: Online Instructor: Dimple Bhaskaran

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 history of “hot topics” on the current policy landscape: policing, housing, wealth gap, immigration, voting, political representation, etc.  GE: Social Science

5485.01: Southern Africa: Society and Culture 

Class: 34087  Time: Tue/Thu 11:10-12:30p  Location: Online Instructor: Lupenga Mphande

DESCRIPTION: A comparative study of the social, political, cultural, and economic changes in Africa and the impact on contemporary black world. A study of the social, political, and cultural developments in southern Africa, and the environment.  GE: Cultures & Ideas


4597.03H: The Prehistory of Environment and Climate: Models of Sustainability and Resilience from the Past 

Class: 34207  Time: Mon 2:15p-5:00p  Location: Jounalism Bldg 360 Instructor: Richard Yerkes

DESCRIPTION: Rapid climate changes have triggered storms, wildfires, and other catastrophes that caused the deaths of thousands and several billions of dollars in property damage.

Are human actions the ultimate cause of these recent disasters, and of devastating events in the past that may have brought down ancient civilizations?

In Anthropology 4597.03H we will study relationships between rapid changes in prehistoric environments and climates and ancient sustainable and resilient subsistence systems that were developed to cope with the changes. Ancient systems may be more appropriate models for modern agricultural and resource management strategies than technologies that are based on fossil fuels and imported materials. The seminar’s focus will be to (1) understand the causes and consequences of past El Niño/Southern Oscillation events and other environmental catastrophes that transformed the world’s ecosystems and affected ancient societies, (2) to learn how ancient humans responded to those environmental crises, and (3) to illustrate how these lessons from the past can be used in modern responses to catastrophic hurricanes, extreme wildfires, and other environmental crises triggered by anthropogenic climate changes.

We will outline some methods that are used to reconstruct past environments and climates and review basic principles of ecology, resilience, and sustainability, examine human responses to past catastrophic events, and debate whether environmental disasters triggered by human actions. brought down ancient civilizations.

The course can be used to fulfill the GE Social Science (Human, Natural, and Economic Resources), Diversity (Global Studies), and Open Options Cross-Disciplinary Seminar Requirements for Honors students and also for students that are not in the Honors program, and it may be used as a Archaeology or Cultural Anthropology elective course for Anthropology majors (BA or BS) and minors. 


2100E: Visual Studies: Beginning Drawing 

Class: 29652  Time: Tue/Thu 11:10a - 1:55p  Location: Hayes Hall 302 Instructor: tba 

DESCRIPTION: An introduction to basic freehand drawing, exploration of a range of drawing methods, media, concepts: emphasis on drawing from observation. GE VPA course. (Hybrid).

Comparative Studies


Class: 29146  Time: Tue/Thu 2:20-3:40p  Location: Hagerty Hall 050 Instructor: Franco Barchiesi 

DESCRIPTION: As an idea, modernity entails two connected features. First, it refers to a self-conscious awareness of how specific characteristics—which have to do with ideas, social practices, economic processes, and technology—define one’s reality as unique and progressively improving in relation to the past. Second, modernity reflects the rise of a specific Human subject that, as the source of that self-conscious awareness, determines the “modern” break with the past not just in terms of historical fact, but also in the form of values and aspirations shaping the future. The modern subject claims the power to assert the universal validity of “modern values”—such as reason, self-determination, and equality—to the extent those values are presented as the expression of new, properly human modes of  knowledge departing from religious dogma or traditional authority. 

      Despite the modern subject’s claims to objectivity and universality, however, modernity is also a project grounded in a specific reality, the capitalist, rapidly expanding West as it increasingly identifies the Human with—in Sylvia Wynter’s words—the white Man. A critical analysis of how modernity is structured by gender, class, race, and imperial-colonial power is therefore integral to an introduction to debates, concepts, and themes associated with modernity, which this course is aimed at providing. Such inquiries also question not only the alleged universality of the modern human subject, but also the very foundations of humanity as celebrated by the modernity project. The imbrication of modernity with generally violent powers—including colonialism, imperialism, racial slavery, and indigenous genocide—reveals that the inclusivity claimed by modern humanity rests on a prior use of difference for purposes of dehumanization and erasure.  

      A particularly powerful critique of modernity, which this course will focus on, has come from Black studies, Black feminism, and critical Black theory. Such perspectives have uniquely indicted the violence of modern humanity not as a matter of incomplete or failed implementation of otherwise ethically sound ideas, but as essential to the ways in which the modern subject has constituted itself as Human by denying humanity to Black people and curtailing the humanity of colonized and indigenous populations. Paradigmatically central to the rise of modernity are therefore the Middle Passage and the enslavement of tens of millions of Africans, which brought Blackness into the world as an object of absolute and gratuitous violence, meaning violence that does not necessarily respond to any prior transgression. Contemporary antiblackness and white supremacy, in the age of a persistent and yet unheeded demand that “Black Lives Matter”, are then the continuation and “afterlife”, well after the legal abolition of slavery, of the violence that founded modernity. 

Black theory therefore demands a critique of modernity centered on how race is used as a “strategy of power” (in Denise Da Silva’s words), which, contrary to claims to universal human inclusion, split humanity and condemned Blackness to absolute dereliction and disposability. “Black theory” is here intended not as a kind of “minority” discipline to be confined to protocols of “diversity” or specific programs and curricula concerned with cultural heritage and identity. Instead, this course emphasizes Black theory and Black thought as sources of ethical critical knowledge of the World, one that requires a deep rethinking of foundational categories of modern existence—gender, capitalism, citizenship, freedom, to name a few—in their relation to politics and culture. 

      As the contradictions of modernity have become increasingly apparent to twentieth-century critical theorists, anticolonial struggles, and radical Black movements, the present global context is characterized by deepening reflections on the crisis of modernity, which this course will also explore. Initially framed as a “post-modern” rejection of modern claims to objective truth and universal values, modernity’s decline is currently addressed by scholars and activists focused on racial violence, environmental devastation, recurring economic downturns, and a generalized precariousness of social existence. GE: Literature; Diversity: Global Studies 

At the end of this course, you will be able to: 
1)   Define and critical discuss the idea of “modernity” in relation to its key concepts, debates, and theoretical questions.  
2)   Critically evaluate and contrast, through close reading, theoretical texts that have defined the self-awareness of modernity as well as its contradictions and shortcomings. 
3)   Apply your knowledge of debates on modernity to the analysis of current problems—from capitalist crises to climate change, from anti-Black violence to socioeconomic precarity—revealing modernity’s failings. 

This is a demanding course. Its mostly theoretical focus means that some of the readings will be difficult and may require you to come to terms with unfamiliar concepts and ideas. While weekly readings are arranged with the aim of being manageable and not overwhelming, I will facilitate class meetings that help your comprehension of potentially tough authors and arguments, while providing ample time for their collective discussion and understanding in a friendly and supportive classroom environment. 

5691 Topics in CS: Common Sense

Class: 30048  Time: Wed/Fri 12:45-2:05p  Location: Pomerene 160 Instructor: Dorothy Noyes 

What does it mean when you’re told to “use your common sense”? This new course examines the rhetoric of common sense in relation to debates over the authority of knowledge, the value of practical experience, and what should be shared or shareable in social life. Hybrid.   GE: Cultures & Ideas.


2400H: Selected Works of British Literature—Medieval through 1800 

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Leslie Lockett

DESCRIPTION:  This course introduces students to some of the major British literary texts written from the early Middle Ages through the late eighteenth century, including Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Milton’s Paradise Lost and Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko. Our approach to the literature will emphasize close reading, form and genre, and historical context. Students will develop their research skills by means of a researched essay or creative project. Other requirements include response papers and a final exam.   GE: Literature   GE: Diversity (Global Studies)

Texts: Broadview Anthology of English Literature, Concise Edition, Volume A; other materials posted on Carmen 
Assignments: Response papers, final research paper or creative project, reading quizzes, final exam 

2202H: Selected Works of British Literature: 1800 to Present 

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Antony Shuttleworth

DESCRIPTION:  An introductory critical study of works of major British writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. GE: Literature  GE: Diversity (Global Studies)

2220H: Introduction to Shakespeare

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Christopher Highley 

DESCRIPTION:  Study of selected plays designed to give an understanding of drama as theatrical art and as an interpretation of fundamental human experience.  GE: Literature  GE: Diversity (Global Studies) 

2260H: Introduction to Poetry

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Zoë Brigley Thompson 

DESCRIPTION:  Designed to help students understand and appreciate poetry through an intensive study of a representative group of poems.   GE: Literature 

2270H: Introduction to Folklore

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Merrill Kaplan

DESCRIPTION: Folklore theory and methods explored through engagement with primary sources: folktale, legend, jokes, folksong, festival, belief, art. Folklore Minor course.  GE: Cultures & Ideas.   This is a combined section class. Cross-listed in CompStd. 

4590.01H: Honors Seminar—Medieval Literature

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

DESCRIPTION: This course considers selected works of English literature written during the "medieval period" (c. 500-1450). Along with better-known texts such as BeowulfSir Gawain and the Green KnightEveryman and selections from Chaucer, we will explore some less well-known sources, such as popular romances, religious exempla, folklore and law, that help contextualize and complicate our modern perceptions of the "English Middle Ages." A running theme of our course will also be to examine the uses (and often misuses) of the European Middle Ages for modern aesthetic and political purposes. 

Guiding questions: What are the most recognizable features of medieval literature? How have modern perceptions of "medieval" culture shaped both academic study and popular representations of the Middle Ages? 

Assignments: Discussion-leading and discussion response (both in-person and online); occasional quizzes; and short response papers, plus two longer essays.

4590.05H: Honors Seminar—The Later 19th Century: Freedom and Literature in the 19th Century

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Amanpal Garcha

DESCRIPTION: Is freedom possible in modern societies, even though such societies depend upon individuals performing routinized work, acting in politically predictable ways, and placing primary emphasis on money-making? Does nature provide a retreat from such modern pressures – or does it offer an irresponsible, possibly meaningless escape from our social responsibilities? Is family life a place where we find the comfort and emotional richness that is absent from capitalist society – or is it a space of stifling conformity? In this course, we will read nineteenth-century British works by such authors as Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte and Alfred Tennyson that address these questions along alongside examples of utopian and dystopian texts that more explicitly outline some characteristically Victorian ways of imagining freedom, social reform, and the difficulties inherent in industrial capitalism. 

Potential texts: Readings will include Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, News from Nowhere by William Morris, A Crystal Age by W. H. Hudson and The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, as well as short works by John Stuart Mill, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Charles Dickens.

4591.01H: Special Topics in Creative Writing—"Blood, Sweat, Tears": The Art and Craft of Horror

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Nick White

DESCRIPTION: Writers, beware: There will be no happy endings in this class. Here, I expect you to learn an appreciation for the shocking art and bewitching craft that is horror. For those of you daring enough to face the abyss with me, I can teach you how to bedevil the minds and entangle the senses of your readers with the demonically-willed word. Stephen King has said that “we make up horrors to help us cope with real ones.” In that spirit, the kind of horror literature we will study and write in this workshop will not be interested cheap thrills and schlocky gore alone, but in plumbing the depths of what frightens us to better understand ourselves and each other. 

Potential texts: We will read some current and classic masters of the form, which might include Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom, Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream, Grady Hendrix’s The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic, Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians, Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country—and more. 

Potential assignments: Assignments will include short flash pieces from specific prompts (as modeled in the new anthology Tiny Nightmares), and one longer story (15 to 25 pages) to be workshopped by the class.


2400H: Evaluating Evidence in Biology & Medicine

Class: 26132  Time: Tue/Thu 11:10a-12:30p  Location: 253 Kottman Hall Instructor: Carol Anelli

DESCRIPTION: Explores information and scientific literacies in biology and medicine, with emphasis on science as reported in the media and the use of insects and other organisms as model systems. We use evolutionary theory as the unifying framework for all life on earth. The ability to scrutinize science as reported in popular sources and to procure additional, credible information is emphasized.  A section of 2400H SP 2021 will be offered in person (COVID permitting) synchronously with the online section. Total enrollment capped at 24 students.  (BA only for Honors GE Requirements)


2101.01H: Honors Introduction to French and Francophone Studies

Class: 26132  Time: Tue/Thu 2:20-3:40  Location: Online Instructor: Danielle Marx-Scouras

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? Why is Camus still the best-selling author in France? Is the French spoken in Quebec still “French”? What about slang as we read a novel Kiffe kiffe demain (2004), which gives us a very different perspective on what it means to be “French”. Written by Faïza Guène when she was only nineteen years old, this “banlieue” novel has been translated into 26 languages.
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.  (Max enrollment: 15)


5801: Environmental Conservation: Indigenous Environmental Activism

Class: 34822  Time: Tue/Thu 9:35-10:55  Location: Jennings 060  Instructor: Deondre Smiles

DESCRIPTION: In an era of climate change and climate crisis, mitigation and adaptation strategies are among some of the most pressing issues of our times. Indigenous nations have long struggled with questions of environmental degradation through the processes of settler colonialism and have taken actions accordingly to try to adapt and mitigate effects of climate change. In many cases, this has taken the form of struggle and resistance.
These acts of struggle have captured the public consciousness in recent years. However, these actions are simply part of a long arc of Indigenous resistance and struggle surrounding the environment that stretches back decades. These actions, both performative and quotidian, are part of the long arc of Indigenous resistance against settler colonialism.
In this course, we will trace the history of settler colonialism in North America, exploring the ways in which colonization has wrought tremendous changes to Indigenous environments in what is now the United States and Canada. We then will turn our attention to the role of Indigenous environmental activism amidst the rise of broader Indigenous activism in the 1960s and 1970s, and efforts of tribes in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s to secure and assert treaty rights related to the environment. Finally, we return to the current upswelling of Indigenous environmental activism, contemplating what this may mean for the environment, including both humans and more-than-human kin, as we look towards the future and what it will look like in this era of climate crisis.  Hybrid.  Cross listed as History 5700.


2001H: Launching America

Class: tba  Time: tba  Location: tba Instructor: Joan Cashin

DESCRIPTION: In this course, we will examine the social, economic, cultural, and political history of the American people.  We will discuss the experiences of Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans, both men and women, in all parts of the country from the Age of Discovery up to the Civil War era.  We will explore not only the narrative of events, but also the causes and consequences of historical events.

2221E: Introduction to the New Testament: History and Literature (Honors Embedded)

Class: tba  Time: Mon/Wed/Fri 10:20–11:15 a.m  Location: Smith Laboratory - Room: 4025  Instructor: Harrill, J. Albert

DESCRIPTION: This honors section, embedded into Hist 2221, will have four additional seminar meetings with the professor on top of the regular course lectures. These seminars will discuss how to evaluate research, draw valid conclusions, and do historical thinking. The approximate amount of additional time outside of class expected of the Honors student will be four to five hours total. Each member of the honors section will pose focus questions at the seminars, take turns leading the seminar discussion, and give oral presentations leading up to a research paper on a topic of the student’s choice (ca. 10 pages, including bibliography).

Assigned Readings:
1. The HarperCollins Study Bible, Revised Edition, edited by H. W. Attridge and W. A. Meeks et al. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2006.
2. Bart D. Ehrman, New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. 7th edition. Oxford University Press, 2020. **Note that this a different textbook from what the rest of the class is using.
3. Burton H. Throckmorton, Jr., Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels. 5th edition. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1992.
4. Paula Fredriksen, From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ, 3d ed. Yale University Press, 2000.

Two (2) unit tests, and a final examination. Two (2) interpretative essays. A final research paper.
Prerequisites and Special Comments: Honors and Scholars Program, or permission of instructor

2800H: Introduction to the Discipline of History

Class: tba  Time: Wed-Fri 11:10-12:30  Location: Hybrid  Instructor: Alice Conklin

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for Honors history majors. History 2800H introduces history majors to the field of history, and particularly to the historian’s craft. We will look at the different purposes for studying history, a wide array of sources that are used in examining the past, and the diverse approaches to the past that historians embrace. Because the best way to learn what historians do is to practice the craft ourselves, we will spend the semester focusing on a modern global history that is, in fact, close at hand: that of “Ohio and the World.” Our readings will highlight related global and local developments six different dates: 1753, 1803, 1853, 1903, 1953, and 2003. Topics include Native Americans on the Ohio frontier, the “French and Indian” War, racism and abolitionism, German immigrants’ participation in the American Civil War, the women’s movement in Ohio, student protests at Kent State, and more recent ties between Japan and Ohio manufacturing. We will use a combination of primary sources (archives, newspapers, images, political treatises, and maps) available in digital format or in local collections, such as the OSU rare book room and archives, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library, and the Ohio History Connection, as well as secondary sources.

Class attendance will be required. As a seminar, all students will be expected to participate regularly in class discussions. Participation in discussions will count for 25 percent of the final grade.

Assigned Readings:
Geoffrey Parker, Richard Sisson, William Russell Coil, ed. Ohio and the World, 1753-2053
Diana Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual
Course packet of primary sources

Students will be required to complete several short writing assignments, one visual/aural presentation, and one longer research essay based on newspaper archives on a topic of your choosing.

Prerequisites:  This course is required for all students declaring a Major in history.

5700: Special Topics in History: Indigenous Environmental Activism

Class: 34671  Time: Tue/Thu 9:35-10:55  Location: Jennings 060  Instructor: Deondre Smiles

DESCRIPTION: In an era of climate change and climate crisis, mitigation and adaptation strategies are among some of the most pressing issues of our times. Indigenous nations have long struggled with questions of environmental degradation through the processes of settler colonialism and have taken actions accordingly to try to adapt and mitigate effects of climate change. In many cases, this has taken the form of struggle and resistance.
These acts of struggle have captured the public consciousness in recent years. However, these actions are simply part of a long arc of Indigenous resistance and struggle surrounding the environment that stretches back decades. These actions, both performative and quotidian, are part of the long arc of Indigenous resistance against settler colonialism.
In this course, we will trace the history of settler colonialism in North America, exploring the ways in which colonization has wrought tremendous changes to Indigenous environments in what is now the United States and Canada. We then will turn our attention to the role of Indigenous environmental activism amidst the rise of broader Indigenous activism in the 1960s and 1970s, and efforts of tribes in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s to secure and assert treaty rights related to the environment. Finally, we return to the current upswelling of Indigenous environmental activism, contemplating what this may mean for the environment, including both humans and more-than-human kin, as we look towards the future and what it will look like in this era of climate crisis.  Hybrid.  Cross listed as Geog 5801.


3701H: Language and the Mind

Class: 33076  Time: Tue/Thu 11:10a-12:30p  Location: Journalism Bldg 360  Instructor: William Schuler

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.

Medieval Renaissance

4504: Arthurian Legends – Literature

Class: 34270  Time: Tue/Thu 2:20-3:40p  Location: Online Instructor: Ethan Knapp

DESCRIPTION: This course will explore the rich tradition of Arthuriana that flourished in the Middle Ages and continues to thrive in modern popular culture.  We will sample a few of the earliest accounts of King Arthur in British histories, then look at the development of some of the most famous Arthur legends, including the quest for the holy grail and the tragic love story of Lancelot and Guinevere.  Authors to be read will include Geoffrey of Monmouth, Marie de France, Chretien de Troyes, and Thomas Malory.  We will also consider the incarnation of Arthurian characters and themes in modern literature and film.  Requirements will include a midterm, final exam, and research paper.   Prereq: 6 cr hrs in literature or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Medieval 504.

5695 - Seminar: Pre-modern Race – Cultures & Ideas

Class: 25747  Time: Wed/Fri 2:20-3:40p  Location: University Hall 056 Instructor: Jennifer Higginbotham

DESCRIPTION: How did people in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance understand racial and ethnic differences? What role did race play in the social and cultural developments associated with the period, and in what ways were power relations configured through racism and racist logics? The last five years has seen an explosion of cutting-edge research focused on the study of “race before race,” meaning the construction of racialized identities that preceded the pseudo-scientific formulations of racial taxonomies developed in the nineteenth century. Their findings present a radically different vision of the period, one that challenges traditional narratives that create a fantasy of an all-white European past and that recognizes the centrality of race to medieval and Renaissance history. This capstone course engages with that scholarship to offer an interdisciplinary exploration of race in pre-1800 Europe and the Mediterranean, drawing from literature, history, and art and a variety of national traditions. Capstone for MedRen majors.  Prereq: 6 credit hours in MedRen at the 2000 level or above. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs.


4660E: Primary Care Across Countries

Class: 3178  Time: Mon 2:25p-4:45p  Location: 1030D Graves Hall  Instructor: Lorraine Wallace

DESCRIPTION: Many students go on to graduate school, professional school, and/or careers in medical/health-related fields. Hence, it is imperative for students to be cognizant of the nuances and functionality of the delivery of primary care services throughout the developed world. This participatory interdisciplinary seminar course will provide a broad perspective to those interested in various aspects of the delivery of primary care services. Specifically, the course will explore why access to high quality, consistent, and comprehensive primary care is central to achieving Health for All.
The organization and delivery of primary care services in the US is unique—major strengths and weaknesses—as compared to that of other developed countries throughout the world. Special attention will be given to the status and implementation of current US healthcare reform legislation as it directly relates to the delivery and distribution of primary care services. In seeking to thoroughly understand the landscape of primary care services in the US, it is important to analyze primary care systems comparatively, in order to understand how various countries address similar problems. Specifically, the primary care systems of advanced industrialized countries will be studied in depth. Students will gain an understanding of how primary care systems are constructed, the political, economic, multicultural, social and historical contexts of their development, and the outcomes of each system on various segments of the society.  GE: Social Science.


1100H: Honors Introduction to Philosophy

Class: 33058  Time: Tue/Thu 12:45p-2:05p  Location: Townshend Hall 255  Instructor: R. Kraut

DESCRIPTION: The world is complex and mysterious.  Various sciences--physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, linguistics, etc.--help us deal with some of the questions that arise.  But other areas are neglected by the sciences: questions and controversies persist regarding the nature of morality, freedom of the will, the existence of God, the nature of consciousness, the limits of political authority, and the just and fair solution to problems concerning abortion, our obligations (if any) to those less fortunate than ourselves, and the achievement of racial justice and equality.  This course provides in-depth exploration of these and related topics.  Requirements: Two midterm exams, cumulative final exam, a term paper, and participation in extensive, collaborative discussion of the issues and arguments.

Political Science

2400H: Introduction to Political Theory

Class: 34615  Time: Tue/Thu 9:35a-10:55a  Location: tba  Instructor: Benjamin McKean

DESCRIPTION: This course reads ancient, modern, and contemporary works in order to improve our ability to understand and judge political, social, and economic institutions. Through careful reading of these classic and important arguments, we can ask urgent questions about citizenship and the state that will give us a better understanding of our own role in society and its governance. First, we will orient ourselves by reading about different visions of politics: as directed at the highest good, as an arena for cruelty and glory, as the product of a contract, and as the pursuit of the common good. Then we will take a close look at the crucial concepts of freedom and justice, learning about a variety of different understandings of them with an eye toward clarifying our own views about what freedom and justice are and how they help us understand politics today.

Religious Studies

4873 Contemporary Religious Movements

Class: 33015  Time: Tue/Thu 11:10a-12:30p  Location: Jennings 01  Instructor: Hugh Urban

DESCRIPTION: Many sociologists have predicted that religion will gradually wane in importance as our world becomes increasingly scientific, rational and technological. And yet today, it would seem that exactly the opposite has happened. This course will examine new religious movement that have emerged within the last 150 years.   GE: Cultures & Ideas.


3403H: Honors Intermediate Spanish Composition

Class: 28411 Time: Tue/Thu 12:45p-2:05p  Location: Lazenby Hall 034 Instructor: Jill Welch

DESCRIPTION: Students in Spanish 3403H (Honors Intermediate Spanish Composition) 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 Westerville City Schools as part of our literacy outreach initiative, which culminates in publishing storybooks and delivering them to 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: 21016 Time: Wed/Fri 8:00a-9:20a  Location: Stillman Hall 235 Instructor: Lúcia Cóstigan

DESCRIPTION: SPAN 3450H 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: 28179 Time: Wed/Fri 12:45p-2:05p  Location: Baker Systems 144 Instructor: John Grinstead

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.

4551E:  Spanish Golden Age Literature

Class: 34293 Time: Tue/Thu 9:35a-10:55a  Location: Online  Instructor: Rebecca Mason Vergote

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: 34297 Time: Wed/Fri 11:10a-12:30p  Location: Journalism Bldg 270  Instructor: tba

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 diverse ethnic, social, and political processes which keep on molding 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. From the vantage point of 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: 34406 Time: Tue/Thu 11:10AM - 12:30PM  Location: Lazenby Hall 034  Instructor: Jonathan Burgoyne

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. 

5630E:  Senior Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics - Embedded Honors 

Class: 34299 Time: Tue/Thu 5:30p-6:50p  Location: Online  Instructor: Fernando Martinez-Gil

DESCRIPTION: Morphology is the component of the grammar that studies the internal structure of words. This course offers a comprehensive survey of Spanish morphology, morphological analysis, and the formal mechanisms that account for Word structure in contemporary Spanish, and it discusses both the general background to all morphological study and also some of the detail of recent theories of morphology as applied to Spanish. The course starts with a detailed introduction to the descriptive concepts used in morphological analysis, followed by a discussion of the fundamental distinction between inflectional and derivational and compositional morphology within the morphological component of the grammar. The course’s focus is on how Spanish words are analyzed in their component parts (the word formatives or morphemes), both in inflection (gender and number in nouns and adjectives, and theme vowels, tense, aspect, mood, person, and number in verb forms), and in the two major types of word-formation mechanisms: composition (the formation of compound words), and derivation,( the creation of derived words by prefixation, appreciative and non-appreciative suffixation, including the morphologicalprocesses of nominalization, adjectivization, verbalization, and adverbialization). The course will also include an analysis of other miscellaneous word-formation mechanisms used in contemporary Spanish, such as parasynthesis, blends, word truncation, hypochoristics, patronymic derivation, and acronyms. The main course objectives are: a) a minimal familiarization with the terminology used in morphological analysis; b) an introduction to the morphological analysis of Spanish, both in its inflectional and derivational/compositional systems; and c) a familiarization with the description and methodology used to analyze and organize the most relevant morphological processes in Spanish, both nominal and verbal inflection, and derivation and compounding in word formation.

5660E:  Senior Seminar in Latin American Literatures and Cultures: Transnational Latin American Literature Systems in the US (1970-2020)

Class: 34298 Time: Tue/Thu 3:55p-5:15p  Location: Online  Instructor: Ulises Zevallos-Aguilar

DESCRIPTION: Successive waves of migration of Latin American citizens have constituted transnational literary systems in the United States since the 1970s. The majority of Latin Americans with literary inclinations, from all social sectors, have turned the North American university system into an economic and vocational refuge. Some became professors to avoid the underemployment and unemployment to which they were condemned in their countries of origin. Others were able to dedicate themselves to their vocations and avoided social and family pressure to work in other higher paying activities. The minority, made up of writers who carry out activities other than university jobs, have published novels, short stories and poetry books for the first time, taking advantage of the advances in publishing technology in the US. In a first stage, due to their small number, critics, literary historians, and writers themselves used umbrella terms such as Latin America, the Andes, the South, and Central America in their efforts to group writers who wrote in Spanish (García Linares, González Viaña, Márquez, Olsanski y Castro, Salazar). But as the number of writers and readers increased, there are initiatives that have begun to publish anthologies that privilege national origins and specific literary genres. To illustrate this process, this seminar will focus on the transnational literary system of Peruvian narrators that has been established in the United States since the 1970s. (Readings and class discussions will be in Spanish)


1430H: Statistics for the Business Sciences

Lecture: 20494 Time: Asynchronous  Location: Online Instructor: Deborah Rumsey

Recitation: 20495  Time: Mon/Wed 11:30a-12:25p  Location: Online Instructor: Deborah Rumsey

DESCRIPTION: Stat 1430H is an honors course for introduction to business statistics. We learn about sampling and surveys, experiments, graphs, regression and correlation, probability, random variables, the binomial and normal distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. We use StatCrunch statistical software to analyze and discuss data sets, and we work in groups to solve problems in recitation. The goals are to become good statistical citizens, to be the “go to” person in the work place for basic statistical issues, and to prepare well for BM2320 (which picks up right where we leave off.) We use calculus in the class, so integration calculus is a prerequisite. It is a 4 hour course.