Current Redwine Honors Program courses are listed first. General information regarding Honors courses can be found below the current course offerings.
Spring 2014 Honors Courses Midwestern State University
ART1413-2H1-Art Appreciation – C. Prose FA C105 TR 12:30-1:50
Prerequisites: None CRN: 21399
Degree plan issues: Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts core curriculum requirement.
The Course: Lectures, slides, and discussion of the visual elements and their application to the arts. Prerequisite for all art history courses.
HUMN2043-2H1-Mid 19th-20th Centuries CRN 21309 – K. Lodge PY201 MWF 9:00-9:50
Prerequisites: ENGL1123 or Consent of Instructor.
Degree plan issues: Satisfies, in part, the Humanities core curriculum for most majors. The senior level section satisfies the Honors Program Upper Level Course requirement.
The Course: A study of the inter-relationships of literature, music, art, and philosophy in an historical context with emphasis on the Industrial Revolution, Modernism, Cultural Plurality, and Postmodernism.
For 4043: Individual research and evidence of the ability to synthesize the expressions of the different forms within a cultural period will be required. May not be taken if student has received credit for Humanities 2043.
POLS1433-2H1-American Government-S. Garrison DB 338 TR 11:00-12:20
Prerequisites: None CRN: 21055
Degree plan issues:
The Course: Legislative, executive, and judicial functions in the United States and Texas governments; foreign policy; the conduct of foreign relations; civil liberties and rights; national defense; government and the economy; governmental services. Special attention given to Texas.
SPCH2423-2H1- Interpersonal Communication-S. Grant FA B114 TR 2:00-3:20
Prerequisites: None CRN:20633
Degree plan issues: Satisfies part of the Communication requirement for all majors.
The Course: Introduces interpersonal communication concepts and provides speech interaction in one-to-one and small-group situations. Explores group dynamics, communication barriers, conflict resolution, decision making, interpersonal perception and listening skills.
WGST2503-2H1 – Intnatl. Women’s and Gender Studies – L. Veazey PY209 TR 9:30-10:50
Prerequisites: None CRN:21350
Degree plan issues:
The Course: To provide an introduction to the study of gender in society. It examines issues of women, gender, and sex, from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course will combine interdisciplinary scholarship, court cases, film, lecture, and class discussion in order to help students develop a critical eye for examining the social, political, and cultural constructions of gender.
Fall 2013 Honors Courses Midwestern State University
ECON2333-1H1 – Macroeconomic Principles – J. Martinez DB121 TR 11:00 – 12:20
Prerequisites: None CRN: 10171
Degree plan issues: Satisfies the Economics requirement for all majors.
The Course: Scope and methodology of economics. Development of principles useful for understanding aggregate economics and for choosing policy to resolve problems such as unemployment, inflation, recession, poverty, economic stagnation, and resource waste.
ENGL3723-1H1-Topic: The Femme Fatale-K. Garrison PY103 MW1:00-2:20
Prerequisite: ENGL1123 CRN: 11409
Degree plan issues: Satisfies HP Upper Level Honors Course requirement; counts as an elective on most degree plans.
The Course: Explores aspects of the femme fatale through the narrative elements in select readings (such as Hamett and Chandler) and compares them to the on-screen adaptations of the works into film.
MWSU4433-1H1-Honors Seminar-Application of ASL - A. Blackwell DB329 MW 5:00-6:20 pm
Prerequisites: ASL & Deaf Culture CRN: 11439
Degree plan issues: Satisfies HP Upper Level Honors Course requirement. Otherwise counts as an elective on most degree plans.
The Course: Extended development of American Sign Language (ASL) as well as an introduction to other sign language systems utilized in the United States. Students will be required to utilize sign language in weekly class activities and frequent projects throughout the semester emphasizing expressive communication.
POLS1333-1H1-American Government-S. Garrison DB 121 TR 9:30-10:50
Prerequisites: None CRN: 11321
Degree plan issues: Satisfies part of the political science requirement for all majors.
The Course: A study of the American national and Texas governmental system; the American experiment in federalism and democracy; origin and development of the United States Constitution; federal state relations; the individual as a citizen; political parties and electoral campaigns. In addition to fulfilling these course requirements, this course will allow students to explore a series of contemporary political issues and examine their implications on our current political system. Such topics as gun control, abortion rights, the death penalty and same-sex marriage will be examined in depth from multiple points of view to explore how the political system addresses these political issues. As part of this exploration students will select a contemporary political debate for in-depth analysis during the course.
PSYC1103-1H1-General Psychology-M. Vandehey PY 101 MWF 9:00-9:50
Prerequisites: None CRN: 11211
Degree plan issues: Satisfies PSYC/SOCL Behavioral Science prerequisite for all majors
The Course: Introduction and survey of the basic concepts of psychology as a science of behavior and mental processes. Includes research and current information in the areas of learning, states of consciousness, human development, personality, and abnormal behavior.
Other information of possible relevance
How many honors courses should I take?
Honors Program students often take 2, 3, or even 4 honors courses in early semesters. Taking extra honors courses enables students to schedule classes more easily in later semesters. Completing the 8 course requirement in 4-6 semesters is common.
Do honors courses count towards my degree?
Normally Redwine Honors Program students take 5-6 credit hours that will be electives on their degree plans. With careful scheduling, students can normally use required core-curriculum courses for 4 of the 8 required honors courses.
Note on repeating courses
Honors Program students sometimes contemplate repeating courses. If you are considering this issue, please talk with the Honors Program staff about the relative merits of your options. If you have already taken a course and made a grade of C or worse, you may take it again to improve your grade. The rules are that if you repeat a course the highest grade you make is the one that counts in your GPA. The fact that you are in an honors section is not taken into consideration for course repetition for GPA purposes. This also applies to students who have made a C or worse in an honors course. You can repeat this course in a non-honors section for GPA purposes. If you are concerned about your GPA you can repeat the course by taking a non-honors section. However, if you have a D or worse in an honors course, repeating the course in a non-honors section will not earn honors course credit.
What are the Honors Courses like?
Leadership MSU is a course designed to introduce students to leadership concepts and develop an increased awareness of individual interests and abilities. It relies heavily on student involvement and is designed to encourage challenging and stimulating student interaction. The theory and history of leadership as well as the conceptual skills required by leaders, including team building, collaboration, innovation, conflict resolution, communications, and problem solving are emphasized. Students interact with faculty members and administrators from across campus and complete a community service project. Leadership also includes an orientation to your special role in the University and in the Redwine Honors Program.
At least half of the honors courses you take will be honors sections of core curriculum courses, the general education courses that all MSU students take. Honors sections of these courses are taught by specially chosen faculty who design their courses especially for the Redwine Honors Program students. Here are some of the core curriculum courses recently offered as Honors courses:
American Government-POLS1333, POLS1433
American History-HIST1133, HIST1233
World Literature-ENGL2413, ENGL2423
Rhetoric and Composition II-ENGL1123
Humanities in the Ancient World-HUMN2013
Fundamentals of Speech Communication-SPCH1133
Intro Topics in Computing-CMPS1033
Upper level Honors courses are offered to complement the work in your major and to provide an interdisciplinary perspective. While these courses are not required for students entering the Redwine Honors Program in Fall 2013 or later, students are welcome to enroll in these courses for honors credit. Some of our recent classes have been Culture of the Deaf and American Sign Language, Issues in World Politics: Conflict Processes, Animals in World Literature and Art, and The Internet and Society. Honors students normally take their upper level Honors courses in fields outside of their major.
During their third year of study, honors students will take a research methods course provided by their major or enroll in MWSU 4001 Creative Inquiry: Interdisciplinary Thinking which will prepare them for a major research project.
Students will take the Senior Seminars in their last two semesters at MSU. These one-credit-hour courses are designed to provide a venue for Redwine Honors students to take a more global view of their undergraduate experience, to work with students completing their studies in different fields, and to present their research to their peers and faculty. The course engages students in a synthesis of knowledge and skills gained during their academic years and addresses the relevance of this knowledge and these skills for the students' future as contributing citizens.