Spring 2022 Advanced Studies Courses

All Honors College students are required to complete at least one Honors Advanced Studies course. Advanced Studies courses count towards the 25 HONS credit requirement, and 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.

HONS 204 Honors Managerial Accounting (Professor Jennifer Burbage)
TR: 10:50-12:05

A survey of accounting information critical for planning, control and business decision-making within an organization.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing; HONS 203

HONS 390-01 Digital Media, Dystopia, and Democracy (Professor David Parisi)
TR: 3:05-4:20

This course uses science fiction film and television to examine social and cultural attitudes toward technology, with an emphasis on dystopian (or negative) portrayals of digital media. Embracing the perspective that science fiction does not make offer about the future, but rather, provides a running commentary on the present, we will use sci fi to engage with issues such as media surveillance, virtual and augmented reality, algorithmic recommendation systems in social media and streaming platforms, the technological enhancement of humans through implantable and wearable technologies, and technology’s role in constructing ideas of race, class, gender, and sexuality. We will analyze a range of films and shows that includes Black Mirror, Network, Blade Runner, The Matrix, Black Panther, Ex Machina, and Her.

HONS 390-02 Evidence-Based Medicine (Professor Kate Pfile)
MWF: 10:00-10:50

This course explores the evolution of medicine from a tradition-based field into one that combines scientific evidence, clinical expertise, and patient needs in the decision-making process. Students enrolled in the course will explore and evaluate approaches to evidence-based medicine (EBM) relevant to the health, wellness, and medical fields. Course content will focus on the application of EBM to prevention, clinical testing, and diagnosis, as well as management and treatment strategies.

HONS 390-03 Writing a New U.S. Constitution (Professor John Culhane)
R: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Rewriting the U.S. Constitution…Heresy? No. In fact, Thomas Jefferson—while serving as the U.S. minister to France—wrote a letter to James Madison in 1789 advocating that our country’s Constitution of 1787 should expire after 19 years. Jefferson believed that the laws put in place by one generation should not necessarily govern the next, and that it should be up to each subsequent generation to establish their own laws. The original Constitution even contains provisions that would allow We the People to establish a second constitutional convention by which to amend our nation’s guiding document, but we have never done so.

The U.S. Constitution is a contract, a legally binding agreement among all of us that we choose to be governed by the three cornerstones of this 240-year-old document.

But much has changed since 1787. This fragile democracy of ours has been tested again and again.  Can the noble experiment of our Founders endure for another generation, much less a century from now?

This course will examine where our country is in 2022. We will explore what works and what doesn’t.  Can we make amendments to our beloved Constitution that will perpetuate the ideals that our country professes to stand for? The students in this course will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual Constitutional Convention II, debating, discussing the critical issues of our time and recommending a new constitutional roadmap in order to form a more perfect union for the 21st century.

HONS 390-04 Experimental Electronic Music (Professor Blake Stevens)
TR: 9:25-10:40

A series of innovative and experimental musical practices emerged in the early twentieth century in response to the soundscape of urban experience. The Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo proposed that the noises of modern life could be captured in newly-constructed “noisemakers” that would supplement and even replace traditional instruments. The composer Edgard Varèse refashioned the art of composition into the “organization of sound,” which included electronic instruments and recorded sounds alongside traditional instruments used in often unconventional ways. With the expansion of these techniques, musicians have confronted and transformed the fundamental practices of Western art music, creating new sonic “worlds” that allow listeners to enter into virtual realities and imagined futures.

To what extent have these musical practices participated in the broader artistic and philosophical reflection on the proliferation of technology and its impact on modern life? To open a path to answering this question and assessing the cultural significance of electronic music and sound art, this seminar examines the history and aesthetics of the field from its origins in the early twentieth century to the present. It draws upon primary sources (electroacoustic works, artistic manifestos, and science fiction film) as well as recent work in musicology and philosophy. To experience directly the questions of form, expression, and technique musicians working in this medium face, seminar members will experiment with the production of electronic music through creative modeling projects, including drone composition and acousmatic music (musique concrète).

HONS 390-05 Human Pathophysiology (Professor Eric McElroy)
TR: 9:25-10:40

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.

HONS 390-06 The Business of Show Business (Professor Cristy Landis)
TR 9:25-10:40

What does it take to produce live theatre in America today?   This unique industry employs thousands of individuals beyond just the actors, directors and stagehands which necessitates great organizational skills and exceptional business acumen.  This course will delve into the rewards and challenges of producing plays and musicals in both the profit and nonprofit sectors.

Topics will include contracts, copyrights, marketing, theatrical unions, collective bargaining and how to marry artistic goals with a viably sustainable venture.   We will look at the perils and profits of financing a Broadway show in the context of some of the greatest hits and the greatest flops.   Would you put your money into a show about a 1978 scientific examination of the Shroud of Turin with clerical kick-lines, one about a city in which private toilets are outlawed and the big number is “It’s a Privilege to Pee” or one that centers on the reincarnation of anthropomorphized felines based on a work of poetry from the 1930s?

Students will engage with professionals currently working in the “Biz” at various levels including playwrights, producers, actors, and technicians.

*Please note that Spring 2022 course offerings are tentative, and are subject to change