Fall 2022 Advanced Studies Courses

The Advanced Studies requirement can be fulfilled by taking either an upper level special topics seminar or an upper-level course within a specific discipline. Honors Advanced Studies courses are defined by deep analysis and classroom discourse, reminiscent of the type of dynamic learning environment a student would encounter in a graduate-level environment. Courses are designed to encourage students to synthesize information from divergent sources and then derive novel conclusions and innovative solutions. Note that…

  • All Honors College students are required to complete at least one Honors Advanced Studies course
  • Advanced Studies courses count towards the 22 HONS credit requirement
  • Students may take additional Advanced Studies courses as an Honors elective
  • Advanced Studies courses do not count towards the College’s General Education requirements

The prerequisite(s) for all Honors Advanced Studies courses are as follows: At least one Honors Foundation course and at least one Honors Colloquium course, plus any additional prereqs imposed on a particular course.

HONS 293 Honors Organic Chemistry
Professor Brooke Van Horn
TR 9:25-10:40 a.m.

This course provides a qualitative introduction to concepts of kinetic and thermodynamic control of the reactions and applications of organic compounds in materials science and biology.

Prerequisite(s): HONS 192 and HONS 192L with a grade of D+ or higher and MATH 120.
Co-requisite(s): HONS 293L, MATH 220 is recommended.

HONS 390-01 Manipulating Memories: How and Why We Remember the Past Wrong
Professor Gabriel Principe
TR 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Most people think of memory like a recording device that exactly captures and forever preserves our experiences. But work on the malleability of memory demonstrate that it is not reliable. In fact, it is easily manipulated and even not so difficult for others to plant false memories that affect behavior long after the memories take hold. We even distort our own memories even when we are trying to be completely honest with ourselves. Usually this tendency is adaptive but can contribute to emotional disorders when we make it a habit to misremember our experiences in negative ways. In this course we will explore the conditions under which we are all susceptible to false memories, what a malleable memory system tells us about our identity and who we are, and why evolution gave us a memory system prone to distortion and interference. We’ll also examine ethical and social issues that come with the ability to plant memories and questions about when health professionals should do so or ban its use.

HONS 390-02 African Popular Cultures
Professor Zebulon Dingley
MW 12:00-1:15 p.m.

This advanced reading seminar is designed to familiarize students with a range of recent historical and ethnographic efforts to theorize important dimensions of African popular culture. These include various key media (film, literature, and music), sites (cities), agents (“youth”), and modalities (movement, technology) of cultural production, circulation, and consumption across twentieth and twenty-first century sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, the course uses these readings to interrogate the very categories “African,” “popular,” and “culture” through which we approach them.

HONS 390-04 Authoritarian and Totalitarian Regimes
Professor Daniel Brown
MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m.

The end stages of the Cold War heralded an era of global democratization and the “end of history”. But the world now finds itself reckoning with shadows of the past in backsliding democratic regimes and increasing autocracy. What are we to make of this ostensible repeat of history? As global citizens, how should we understand these forces acting upon, around, and through us? In this course, students will explore the terrain of non-democratic regimes from authoritarianism to totalitarianism and hybrid regimes. This course will use a comparative lens to contrast differing regimes from one another historically, culturally, and politically. Students can expect to encounter canonical texts on autocracy, causal explanations of the resilience and durability of autocratic regimes, and the micro-level coercive and socio-psychological processes that characterize and bolster non-democratic rule.

HONS 390-05 Human Pathophysiology
Professor Eric McElroy
TR 10:50-12:05

Human Pathophysiology explores the physiology of the human body’s major organ systems through the lens of disease, epidemiology, and health care. The human organism is maintained by the functions and complex interactions of its many component organs and systems; these relationships are particularly highlighted when disease impacts the normal function of any given component. This course will explore how disease impacts the physiology of the renal, endocrine, digestive, cardiovascular, nervous and immune systems; how epidemiology informs risk factors and vectors of disease; and, how the health care industry treats disease. Particular focus will be directed towards major diseases impacting our region and nation, as well as emerging diseases worldwide—both in terms of incidence and socioeconomic costs, and emerging medical therapies such as genetically-tailored treatments and gene therapies.

*This course is intended for pre-med majors, but does not require a course-specific pre-requisite beyond the standard HONS 390 pre-reqs. Students may register themselves for the course when registration opens.


*Please note that Fall 2022 course offerings may be subject to change