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Fall 2008


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HONR 100  Honors Forum I                                          2 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: P-F  This course introduces
          students  to the academic community of the
          university  through lectures, discussions,
          writing,  and hands-on  exploration of the
          UMBC  campus. Students  will interact with
          campus  researchers and  creative artists,
          learn  about  service learning  on and off
          campus,  acquire research and study skills
          applicable  to their future endeavors, and
          reflect  upon  what it means  to be a full
          member  of a community  of learning. NOTE:
          This  course  is  required  of  all Honors
          Colleges students in their fall semester.
[3709] 0101 M..........4:00pm- 6:00pm (ITE  LH7)      SHIELDS, A


HONR 200A Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar                        3 credits
          Traditional Chinese Writers and Their             
          Worlds                                            

(PermReq) Grade  Method:  REG  Course  meets  in LIB
          216M.  In this course  we will explore the
          worlds   and  works  of  four  influential
          Chinese  writers who lived in eras ranging
          from  the  2nd  c. BCE to  the 12th c. CE.
          After   an  introduction  to  foundational
          Confucian  defenses of literature, we will
          read  biographies and essays by Sima Qian,
          the  historian of the Western Han dynasty;
          eremitic poetry by the early medieval poet
          Tao  Qian; wartime verse by the great Tang
          dynasty  poet Du Fu; and the elegant prose
          and  poetry  of Su  Shi, the multitalented
          artist from the Northern Song dynasty.
[3710] 0101 MW.........8:30am- 9:45am (LIB 216M)      SHIELDS, A


HONR 210  Great Books Seminar I                                   3 credits

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A.  GFR:Meets  AH.  Honors  210 will
          highlight   the   theme   of   the   human
          condition,   both  tragic  and  comic,  in
          selected  works  from the  canon of "Great
          Books."   Although   our   focus  will  be
          classical  literature  in  the  genres  of
          epic,  drama,  and  history, we  will also
          read several related works by authors such
          as   Shakespeare,  William  Faulkner,  and
          Samuel Beckett. Our goals include becoming
          familiar   with  certain  masterpieces  of
          western   literature,  seeing  how  a  few
          modern  writers  have  responded  to those
          works,  and understanding and appreciating
          the  significance of  those "classics" for
          us today. Class meets in Library 216M.
[3711] 0101 TuTh.......7:10pm- 8:25pm (LIB 216M)      MASON, R


HONR 215  eBiology - Phage Hunters I                              3 credits

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP:Meets  Sci  plus  lab. GFR:Biol/PhySci
          plus  lab.   This  is a  lab-driven course
          designed  for  students  not  majoring  in
          natural/physical   sciences.  Participants
          will   engage   in   genuine,   real-world
          research  identifying novel bacteriophages
          from    the   environment   using   modern
          biological techniques. The course includes
          two  lab  meetings  per  week and  a large
          degree  of self-paced  investigative work.
          The lab continues with HONR 216 eBiology -
          Phage Hunters II. No science background is
          required.
[7529] 0101 TuTh......12:30pm- 3:30pm (BIOL051)       SANDOZ, J


HONR 300A General Honors Seminar History and Theory               3 credits
          of the Art Museum                                 

(PermReq) Grade  Method: REG Also listed as ART 428.
          HONR  300A  will  meet  in LIB  216M. This
          course  will  focus on  the historical and
          theoretical  aspects  of  the  art  museum
          including  topics such  as the development
          of museum architecture, the psychology and
          practice  of  collecting,  the  theft  and
          forgery of art in museums and the evolving
          relation    between    artists   and   the
          institution of the art museum.
[3712] 0101 Th.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (LIB 216M)      JACOB, P


HONR 300B General Honors Seminar Democracy and                    3 credits
          Cultural Identity                                 

          Grade  Method:  REG  Course  meets  in LIB
          216M. Also listed as POLI 405. This course
          examines   the   influence   of   cultural
          identity  politics on  American democracy.
          It  begins with two simple questions: Does
          identity  politics lead to democracy? Does
          democracy   need   identity  politics?  In
          addressing   these   questions,   we  will
          explore the following: a) the attitudinal,
          socioeconomic, historic, and institutional
          foundations  of cultural identity politics
          in  America;  b) the  relationship between
          policy  and identity politics;  and c) the
          consequences of cultural identity politics
          on participation.
[7563] 0101 M..........4:30pm- 7:00pm (LIB 216M)      KING-MEADOWS,


HONR 300C General Honors Seminar Politics and                     3 credits
          Literature                                        

(PermReq) Grade  Method:  REG  Course  meets  in LIB
          216M. Images of society: Politics in film,
          literature  and political  philosophy This
          course compares the ways in which literary
          and cinematic texts and texts in political
          philosophy treat political matters. Does a
          literary  approach  to  complex  political
          issues  allow  a subtlety  and flexibility
          that  is more valuable  than the precision
          and   specificity   to   which   political
          philosophy  aspires? Do some works combine
          the   strengths  of  both  literature  and
          philosophy?   Works  may  include  Plato's
          Republic, Crito and Apology, Machiavelli's
          The  Prince,  Orwell's 1984  and Golding's
          Lord  of  the  Flies,  Heinlein's Starship
          Troopers, and films such as Gattaca, Billy
          Budd and Primary Colors.
[3714] 0101 W..........4:30pm- 7:00pm (LIB 216M)      STACEY, S


HONR 390  Reflections on Community Service                        3 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: P-F  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          for  permission  to  enroll.   This course
          provides  opportunities for  reflection on
          the principles and techniques of community
          service.  It introduces  students to basic
          methods   of   community  service,  offers
          background in the cultural, political, and
          social  contexts of community service, and
          serves as a forum for discussion of issues
          surrounding  civic  engagement  and social
          responsibility.  Students  apply  concepts
          and   skills   they   develop   to  actual
          experiences    in    community    service.
          Permission   required   from  the  Shriver
          Center  and  Honors College.   This course
          does  not meet Honors College distribution
          requirements.
[3715] 0101 Time and room to be arranged              SHIELDS, A


HONR 400  Honors Independent Study                              1-4 credits

(PermReq) Grade     Method:    REG/P-F    Individual
          Instruction  course: contact department or
          instructor   for   permission  to  enroll.
          Independent  study  or research  under the
          guidance   of  a  faculty  mentor.  Course
          guidelines  are  available  in  the Honors
          College.   This course is repeatable for a
          maximum  of eight  credits. Prerequisites:
          Junior  standing  and  permission  of  the
          Honors  College. This course does not meet
          Honors College distribution requirements.
[3716] 0101 Time and room to be arranged              SHIELDS, A


HONR 410  Honors Internship                                       3 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: P-F  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          for  permission  to  enroll.   This course
          offers  academic credit  for an internship
          or  other applied learning experience. For
          each  credit hour, student interns perform
          3 hours per week of supervised tasks for a
          business,    government,   or   non-profit
          agency.  This  course is  repeatable for a
          maximum    of   6   credits.   Preliminary
          authorization  by  the Shriver  Center and
          thereafter   permission   of   the  HONORS
          COLLEGE is required.  This course does not
          meet     HONORS    COllEGE    distribution
          requirements.
[3717] 0101 Time and room to be arranged              STACEY, S


HONR 490  Senior Honors Project                                 1-4 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method:  REG/P-F A  formal research
          paper,  an  extended  essay,  a  report of
          experimental  research,  a  performance or
          other  creative effort that represents the
          outcome  of  an  independent project  by a
          member  of the  Honors College. Permission
          to  register  will  be  granted  after the
          student   submits   a   written  statement
          describing  the  proposed  Honors project,
          which  is  then  approved and  signed by a
          faculty  mentor  and  the  Honors  College
          course   director.  Prerequisites:  Senior
          standing  and  permission  of  the  Honors
          College.  This course does not meet Honors
          College distribution requirements.
[3718] 0101 Time and room to be arranged              STACEY, S


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