Honors Courses

The Honors Program produces its own course guide each semester. Students should pick one up in Tuttleman Learning Center, Room 204

American Culture (AC)

African-American Studies: H098: African American History Since 1900 (3 s.h.) F Core: AC

See African-American Studies C068.

American Studies H092. Work in America (3 s.h.) F Core: AC

This thematic interdisciplinary course explores many of the developments and issues related to "work" - what Americans do now and have done in the past to "make a living." The course is more historical and literary than sociological or business-oriented.

American Studies H091. American Lives (3 s.h.) F Core: AC

This course looks at American culture through the lens of autobiographies. It focuses on the impact of the autobiography on defining individual as well as national and cultural identities.

American Studies H197. Quest for the American Dream (3 s.h.) S Core: AC

This course studies themes of immigration, such as hope and fear in a world where indigenous and alien cultures meet, Americanization and the melting pot, dying heritage and research for roots. Field trips focus especially on Native, African, Chinese, Italian, and Puerto Rican Americans.
Note: upper level elective

English H096. Survey of American Literature (3 s.h.)S Core: AC

The development of major social issues (class, race, social mobility, family, etc.) will be examined through novels, poetry, and plays.

History H097: History of the United States to 1877 (3 s.h.) F Core: AC

See History C067.

History H098: History of the United States Since 1877 (3 s.h.) S Core: AC

See History C068.

Law X093. Tobacco in America - An Interdisciplinary Study of Tobacco and the Cigarette (3 s.h.) S Core: AC

Is cigarette smoking a small luxury, or just a bad, socially undesirable habit? Are the tobacco companies a stable segment of our economy, reliable employers of whole communities, or "merchants of death?" Through a variety of disciplines - history, culture and gender studies, economics, pharmacology, politics, and law - the course will look at the tobacco industry in America.

Political Science H091. American Government (3 s.h.) F Core: AC

An introduction to the theory of American government with an emphasis on quantitative methods. The course addresses such issues as theory of decision making by major policy makers, and quantitative methods for understanding electoral and legislative voting.

Religion H092. Religion in America (3 s.h.) F Core: AC

What role does religion play in the United States, spiritually, privately, and politically? How have religious institutions been sites of resistance, as well as sites of conservatism? Special attention is paid to the way people living in the United States think about the sacred and the way scholars analyze the links between traditional religion and social power.

Arts (AR)

American Studies H194. The Arts in America (3 s.h.) S Core: AR

From Colonial times to the present, this course asks some fundamental questions about the definitions of art, separation into "high" and "popular" forms, censorship of art, and the aesthetic, political, economic, and social values underlying these decisions.

Architecture H190. Architectural History: Ancient to Renaissance (3 s.h.)F Core: AR

Architecture H191. Architectural History: Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution (3 s.h.) (AR) S Core: AR

Prerequisite: IH X051 or X091.

Examination of Western architecture from the Renaissance through the 20th century, in the context of its political, social, economic, and cultural environment. Analysis of significant buildings of the baroque and rococo, the neo-classic and the romantic, modernist, and post-modernist periods.

Art X099 Introduction to Visual Language - Drawing (3 s.h.) FS Core: AR

A critical entry into the art of drawing by learning how not to render a model but to execute a drawing; how to see shapes and colors as visual facts open to both use and mention; the analogy between language and art, writing and drawing. The purpose of this course, in other words, is to teach you to see.

Art History H095. Art Heritage of the Western World I (3 s.h.) F Core: AR

This course is designed to give students a general understanding of Western art from the Stone Age (40,000 BCE) to the Early Renaissance in Italy (1400-1500). Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts of various historical and cultural periods will be examined.

Art History H096. Art Heritage of the Western World II (3 s.h.) S Core: AR

Architecture, sculpture, and painting from the High Renaissance to the present day. This course will guide students to analyze the visual characteristics of period style. The historical background to the works will be discussed, including issues of patronage and the social and political implications of the situation in which the works were created and displayed.

Dance H190. Entry into Dance as Art (3 s.h.) F S Core: AR

This course is designed to provide the basis for understanding, appreciating, and participating in dance as art in culture and individual life. Concepts, intuitions, and communication will be cultivated through studio experiences, lectures, videos, and live performances.

English H093. Introduction to Drama (3 s.h.) F S Core: AR

From ancient Greece to contemporary America, drama is rooted in the historical age during which it is born. The social, political, and historical forces at work, as well as artistic theatrical tradition, dictate conventional expectations in the audience and conventions in the drama. We will read significant plays in world drama which are diverse in authorial point of view, social and cultural perspective, stylistic approach, and thematic intention.

English X094. Introduction to Literature (3 s.h.) F Core: AR

The readings for the course will include a wide range of poems, plays, short stories, and novels of different periods. Certain continuities will emerge - the possibilities of pleasures and joys in a troubled world, the difficulties of saying what we mean to say, especially the tendency of literature to disrupt and subvert, to cut across the grain, to make trouble.


English H090. Honors Introduction to Literature and Composition (3 s.h.) F S Core: CO

Individual and Society (IN)

Economics H091. Macroeconomics (3 s.h.) F Core: IN

The course is about economic activities at the level of the economy as a whole. What is our "total" economic pie and how do we measure society's income? Should there be much or little government intervention in the economy? How is money related to macroeconomic activity? Through the analysis of these and other problems, the foundations of a free-market economy are exposed.

Economics H092. Microeconomic Principles (3 s.h.) S Core: IN

An introductory course in microeconomics and price theory. Topics include: the market system, supply and demand, costs, competition, monopoly, oligopoly, labor markets, and public goods. The emphasis of the course is on developing microeconomic reasoning skills. Students come to appreciate economics as a philosophy of life, not just a sequence of random facts.

Economics H093. Economic Principles (3 s.h.) F Core: IN

This course is designed for non-business students and provides a whirlwind tour of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. While students can use this course as a springboard for future courses - even a major - in economics, it is particularly suited for students who do not anticipate going on in economics. (May not be taken for credit by SBM students or those who have taken or intend to take Economics C051, C052, C053, H091, or H092.)

Law X091. Law and Society (3 s.h.) F Core: IN

Can you be fired for refusing to go along with what you consider to be an unethical activity at your workplace? Where is the line to be drawn in sexual harassment cases? What is the fate of affirmative action? How do the courts balance the right of private property owners with the need for environmental regulation? These are some of the issues we study in this course, an introduction to law and to the cultural, economic, and political forces which shape it.

Philosophy H090: Philosophical Challenges to the Individual (3 s.h.) F Core: IN

See Philosophy C050.

Psychology X091. Psychology as a Social Science (3 s.h.) F Core: IN

The course surveys the major fields of study in psychology, addressing the nature of psychology, biological functions of behavior, cognitive processes, development across the life span, social processes, and clinical processes. The course stresses "higher-order" thinking about psychology and asks students to understand psychology as a dynamic, evolving science.

Sociology H090. Introduction to Sociology (3 s.h.) F Core: XN

See Sociology C050

Speech Communications H092. Campaigns and Movements (3 s.h.) S Core: XN

See Speech Communications R082.

Intellectual Heritage (IH)

IH X091. Honors Intellectual Heritage (3 s.h.) F S Core: IH

IH X092. Honors Intellectual Heritage (3 s.h.) F S Core: IH

International Studies (IS)

Anthropology H091. Cultures of the World (3 s.h.) F S Core: IS

An introductory survey of cultures from different regions of the world. Ethnographic case studies will be compared to show diversity and continuity in human life styles. The course will address the nature of anthropological field work, the dual anthropological concepts of culture and social structure, the cultural implications of colonialism and the world capitalist economic system, the prognosis for multiculturalism or cultural pluralism, the crisis of representation in contemporary anthropology, and the culturally constructed nature of gender, race, ethnicity, and class.

Note: Meets the International Studies Non-Western/Third World requirement.

Geography and Urban Studies H095. World Urban Patterns (3 s.h.) F S Core: IS

A survey of the major urban regions and cities of the world. Emphasis is on understanding urban life in different cultures and societies, and on an analysis of urban problems in a broad range of countries. The course examines how different societies have met the basic urban challenges of providing jobs, housing, and services to residents. We also explore the strategies city leaders use to overcome problems such as poverty, suburban sprawl, and pollution.

Note: Meets the International Studies Non-Western/Third World requirement.

German H090. Literature and Culture of Central Europe (3 s.h.) F Core: IS

This course introduces the principal ideas and genres in the literature of Central Europe during the twentieth century. Classroom discussions are directed toward the significance of cultural traditions, the position of the artists and intellectuals vis--vis political power, and the literary stylization of the Central European experience.

History H091. War and Society (3 s.h.) S Core: IS

See History C063

History H095. Gender and History (3 s.h.) F Core: IS

This course examines ways women and men have related to each other in past cultures, and the different ways in which masculinity and femininity have been understood. We investigate six themes in the history of gender (for example, "The Sacred" in medieval Europe), studying each one through a case study on a particular part of the world in a particular historical period.

History H096. Modern Europe (3 s.h.) S Core: IS

This course examines the history of Europe from the Enlightenment to the present. We explore such issues as arose from imperialism, communism, and fascism; the growth of mass democracy and of the welfare state; the role of conflict and violence in shaping European society; and the contemporary legacy of Europe for the rest of the world.

Political Science H092. Foreign Government and Politics (3 s.h.) S Core: IS

Students are introduced to foreign societies and their political systems so that they may learn more about the world at large, as well as come to a deeper understanding of American society and politics. Themes discussed include authoritarianism and democratization, parliamentary government, communism and "post-communism," political development and revolution.

Political Science H093. International Politics (3 s.h.) S Core: IS

This course introduces the concepts and major issues involved in international relations. It will focus on those changes which have occurred in this century, and examine their implications for the next. Attention will be given to the political, military, and economic determinants of foreign policy, and to the problems of international conflict and cooperation.
Note: Meets the International Studies Non-Western/Third World requirement.

Religion H090. Introduction to Asian Religion (3 s.h.) F Core: IS

Ideas are powerful things. Religious ideas are particularly potent; they have shaped entire societies and cultures, caused wars, inspired artists, formulated morals and given order and meaning to our world. This course will look at the philosophical and artistic ideas of the religions of Asia as a way to gain insight into the cultures of India, China, SE Asia, and Japan.
Note: Meets the International Studies Non-Western/Third World requirement.

Language (LA and LB) and Upper Level Spanish H091 and H092. Basic Spanish I and II (4 s.h. each) F S Core: LA

These two courses are the first two of a sequence of three introductory level Spanish courses in Honors. The courses are based in part upon a new television mystery series which was created especially for learners of Spanish. The series incorporates modern film footage of Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and other countries in Central and South America.

Spanish H093. Intermediate Spanish (3 s.h.) F Core: LB

This is the last of the introductory level Spanish courses. In addition to communicative activities concentrating on speaking and listening comprehension, students will dedicate time to improving their reading and writing skills.

Spanish H101. Conversational Review (3 s.h.) F S

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish C061 or H093 or sufficient score on the placement examination.

This course is one of a trilogy (101, W102, 103) which may be taken at the same time. It reviews grammatical material complementary with what is reviewed in W102 and devotes time to reading comprehension and oral expression.
Note: Upper level language

Spanish H103. Hispanic Readings (3 s.h.) F S

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish C061 or Spanish H093 or a satisfactory score on the placement examination.

This course is designed to help the intermediate language learners improve their ability to read in Spanish. Readings will be taken from a variety of genres including short stories, plays, newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, essays, and personal letters.
Note: Upper level language

Mathematics (QA and QB) and Upper Level

Mathematics H090. College Mathematics (3 s.h.) F Core: QA

Mathematical concepts and applications for the nonspecialist. Selected topics from areas such as Linear Programming, Management Science, Counting Techniques, Probability, and Statistics.

Mathematics H091. Elements of Mathematical Thought (3 s.h.) S Core: QB

Prerequisite: Math C055 or H090.

Contemporary mathematical applications for the nonspecialist to such general areas as size and shape, and to problems of social choice. Specific topics include measurement, geometric patterns, and growth and form; further size of populations, fair division and apportionment, voting systems, and game theory.

Mathematics H095. Calculus: Introduction to Modern Analysis I (4 s.h.) F. Core: QB

Prerequisite: Math 0074 with a grade C or better, or high school algebra (2 years) and trigonometry (1 year).

An introduction to analytic geometry, functions, limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions, curve sketching and applications, antiderivatives, the definite integral, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Mathematics H096. Calculus: Introduction to Modern Analysis II (4 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Math C085 or H095 with a grade of C or better.

Applications of the definite integral, transcendental functions, properties and applications, techniques of integration, improper integrals, polar coordinates, convergence of sequences and series.

Mathematics HO97: Foundations of Calculus (4s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Advanced placement credit for calculus or permission of Honors advisors.

This course is designed for students with a solid background of calculus in high school. The object of the course is to condense into one semester the material usually covered in two semesters of college calculus such that the students are able to take Math 0127 or Calculus III in the Spring Semester.

Philosophy H096. Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3 s.h.) F Core: QB

Prerequisite: Math C055 or Math H090 or Stat. C011.

The meaning of such logical notions as the validity of arguments, the equivalence of statements, and the inconsistency of sets of statements. Symbolization of the logically relevant features of statements and testing of arguments for validity, sets for inconsistency, etc. Development of logical theory in connection with these notions and techniques.

Statistics H092. Basic Quantitative Foundations for Business and Economics (3 s.h.) F Core: QB

Prerequisite: C-or better in Statistics C011 or Math C055, C075, or C085.This course may be used to fulfill the Statistics C012 requirement of the Fox School of Business and Management.

Differential and integral calculus. All topics and illustrations are specifically directed to such applications in business and economics as marginal cost and revenue, maximization of profit, elasticity of demand, etc.

Statistics H093. Basic Statistics for Business and Economics (3 s.h.) F. Core: QB

Prerequisite: Mathematics C075, C085, C095, or special permission. Open only to Business designated Honors students.

Covers data sources, summary measures, probability, random variables, distributions, sampling, estimation and testing, and statistical software.
Note: This sequence may be used to fulfill the statistics requirements of the School of Business and Management.

Science for Majors (SA and SB)

Chemistry H091. General Chemistry I (3 s.h., lab 1 s.h.) F Core: SA

Co-requisite: Honors Chemistry Lab, H093. Students must also sign up for the Honors Recitation.

This course aims to teach students with a good high school background in chemistry. The subject matter includes: atoms, molecules and ions; gases, acids, and bases; stoichiometry, equilibrium, and thermodynamics.

Chemistry H092. General Chemistry II (3 s.h., lab 1 s.h.) S Core: SB

Prerequisite: Chem. 91/93.Corequisites: Lab H094, and Honors Recitation.

Atomic theory and covalent bonding, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, liquids and solids, properties of solutions, and an introduction to organic chemistry.

Biology H103. Introduction to Biology I, Lecture and Lab (4 s.h.) F Core: SA

Prerequisites: One year of college chemistry (lecture and lab) and one year of calculus, both completed at C-or better. Co-requisite: Organic Chemistry.

Introductory course for biology majors which covers molecular biology; cell structure and function; biochemical pathways through which organisms obtain energy for life processes; and the structure and function of genetic material.

Biology H104. Introduction to Biology II (4 s.h.) S. Core: SB

This half of the Bio 103/104 sequence concentrates on the organism. It introduces the concepts of biological diversity and evolution, concentrating on microbiology, plant anatomy and physiology, and invertebrate biology; it continues with vertebrate anatomy and physiology, paying particular attention to mammalian systems.

Science for non-majors (SA and SB)

American Studies H193. Technology and American Culture (3 s.h.) S Core: SB

The premise of this course is that the evolution of science and technology affects every aspect of human existence, not only standards of living, but also social relationships, the creative imagination, and the very notion of culture itself. We will read materials from histories of technology to science fiction, and draw inferences about American values past, present, and future.

Computer and Information Sciences H095. Computers and Applications (4 s.h.) S Core: SB

Prerequisite: First-level Core science course.

This course will introduce the student to a hardware and software overview, use of the computer as a tool to process information, and ethical and social implications of computing. The laboratory portion of this class will provide students with hands-on experience to supplement the lecture material.

Electrical Engineering H094. Engineering from Pyramids to Microchips (4 s.h.) S Core: SB

Discover the world of the engineer. Learn what engineers have in common with artists, poets, and scientists and what engineering drawings share with drawings and paintings of artists. Learn about the nature and importance of nonverbal thought in engineering and some of the visual tools important in engineering design.

Physics H091. Physics: Matter and Motion (4 s.h.) F Core: SA

This is a lecture-demonstration course which gives students a college-level understanding of the foundations of the natural sciences. The course concentrates on mechanics and thermodynamics and establishes the foundation for Physics H096, the spring semester course in astronomy.

Physics H096. Honors Astronomy (4 s.h.) S Core: SB

This course is an introduction to our present knowledge of the universe, and to the methods used by physicists to collect that knowledge. At its end, students will know how stars function, and what becomes of them when they die; about pulsars and black holes; and about the Big Bang. They will also have thought about the role of life in the universe.

Studies in Race

History H195. Special Topics: Race and Ethnicity in American History (3 s.h.) S Core: RS

This course deals with the social process by which societies create racial and ethnic groups and define their place in relation to other racial or ethnic groups. The course will examine the changing ways that Americans have viewed each other and divided into groups, from the colonial period to the present. The groups to be examined include African Americans, American Indians, Irish Americans, Italian Americans, Chinese Americans, Jews and Chicanos.

History H191. Race and the U.S. Constitution. (3 s.h.) (RS) F

This course offers a historical perspective on the issues of race and American constitutionalism. How has the Constitution shaped ideas about race in American history? How is the law related to race and multiculturalism? What is the historical relationship between the legal idea of equality and concepts of race? What is the future of "affirmative action?"

Religion H095. Racial Justice: A Religious Mandate of Obedience and Revolt (3 s.h.) (RS) F

This introductory course on race and religion examines the emergence and development of religious faith and social protest thought, with special attention given to texts as living changing heritages, in order to propose critical options that foster emancipatory practices in the contemporary struggle for racial justice.

Speech Communications HO92: Campaigns and Movements (3 s.h.) S Core: XN

See Speech Communications RO82.

Women's Studies H195. The Politics of Diversity, Focus on Race and Gender (3 s.h.) S. Core: RS

What does cultural diversity mean to you? This course will examine the current debate about diversity, with particular attention to race and gender. The course focuses predominantly on the perspectives of African American women, through an exploration of black feminist thought. Case studies include incidents such as the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings and the O.J. Simpson case. The course also explores how we understand the roles of race and gender in our own lives.
Note: Upper level

Lower Level Electives

Italian H090: International Cinema (3 s.h.) S

See Italian C070.

Upper Level Electives

American Studies H190. Radicalism in the United States (3 s.h.) F Core: WI

See American Studies W140

American Studies H196. American Frontiers (3 s.h.) S

Examined from the perspective of the late twentieth century, the American frontier becomes contested terrain between diverse groups of "settlers" and "natives." This course looks at elements that were used to construct the myth of the frontier and the many elements that were left out. It incorporates Euro-American women, Latin Americans, Asians, African Americans, and especially Native Americans into the story of the frontier of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Computer and Information Sciences H197. Fluency in Information Technology (4.s.h.) S

Prerequites: CIS 0055, 0095, or introductory skills students have learned on their own.

This course, designed for non-computer majors, will leverage and build on the introductory computer skills. Students will learn how to identify, understand, and apply high-end IT and Internet enabled tools such as multimedia, collaboration, geographical information systems, statistical packages, and stimulation and modeling. The approach will be to show how to integrate information technology (IT) into the problem-solving process and operation of a variety of disciplines, using the case study approach. Professors from various departments will work with the professors in this course to create a rich contextual learning experience based on interaction experimentation with IT.
Note: An excellent course for students in any major wanting to leave Temple IT literate.

Geology H391: Environmental Issues (3 s.h.) Core: WI

See Geology 0381.

History H193. World Economy Since 1945 (3 s.h.) F

Why all the political controversy over living standards and the economic future? This course offers a historical approach to issues of the world economy, in an attempt to answer two questions: How did the domestic and global foundations of the world economy come into being? What are the implications for our immediate and future lives?

Honors H192. Italian Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present (3 s.h.) S

More than a survey, this course encompasses a socio-cultural history and literary critique of Italian women's writing from the medieval period when few women were literate, through the Renaissance when numerous courtesans emerged as poets, to the last two centuries during which female voices have resounded in emancipated forms.

Geography H296. Sicily: People, Land, Identity (3 s.h.)

Sicily is one of the major crossroads of cultures and civilizations from Europe, Africa, Asia, and recently even the Americas. Moving from prehistory to the present, we do an interdisciplinary study of the island via archaeology, mythology, history, oral history, folklore, art and architecture, literature, and geography and urbanology.

Religion H398. "Sects" and "Cults" in the United States, 1945 to Present (3 s.h.) S

The years between 1945 and the present have seen an increasing American fascination with a whole range of religious practices - the practices of Pagans, Muslims, Native Americans, Buddhists, and Hindus, for example - that seemed to clearly lie outside of the "Judeo-Christian tradition." Students who enroll in this course will be asked to think about how our understanding of post-war U.S. culture changes when we take seriously the experiences of those people who are outside of the "Judeo-Christian tradition."

Italian H395. Italian Cinema and Literature as Critical Images of the End of the Second Millennium (3 s.h.)

We will view major Italian films made in the last 50+ years; read novels, poems, and essays related to the films; study scholarly and critical works about Italian cinema and culture; discuss the above and their relation to American works; and learn to write literary and cinema criticism.

Human Resource Administration H390. Managing People at Work (3 s.h.) F S

Managing people requires interpersonal skills in building and maintaining interpersonal relationships while maintaining high performance. The philosophy of this course is that these skills can be learned. By learning how to listen, be assertive, delegate, coach, manage conflict, and run meetings, students will be better prepared to manage their relationships with other people in business and elsewhere.

Math W195. Mathematical Recreations (3 s.h.) F. Core: WI

Using recreational mathematics as a motivator, this course focuses on developing skills for solving a variety of problems. Topics to be covered will be related to some of the following types of problems: matching problems, logic problems, verbal problems that can be solved algebraically, verbal problems which require some number theoretic techniques, etc.

Political Science: H193: Popular Culture and the City (3 s.h.)

See Political Science 0143.

Religion H393. Death and Dying (3 s.h.) S. Core: WI

The class will address questions related to death and dying, exploring answers offered by the major religions and by philosophy, psychology, science, fiction. The work will be to analyze and critique attitudes, concepts and practices which arise in connection with death and dying, and to trace their implications for daily life. There will be field trips.

Religion H397: Comparative Philosophy of Religion (Asian and Western) (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisites: IH91 and IH92.

An introduction to comparative philosophy of religion, Asian and Western. The focus will be on comparative philosophical study of basic concepts and issues in Western and Asian religious traditions such as: concepts of reason: the problem of evil: concepts of personal destiny; the relation of religion to morality; religious and mystical experience; the problem of conflicting truth-claims.

Women's Studies H393. Feminist Theory (3 s.h.) F Core: WI

This course is an introduction to the broad range of literature in feminist studies called feminist theories. Subjects include the construction of women's bodies in various settings and discourses from popular literature to critical theories, the tension between these constructions, and how texts can play a critical role. The course encourages students to critically assess the implications of particular constructions of women's bodies within discrete social, political, and historical contexts.