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Seats still available for these spring 2023 Honors courses


The WVU Honors College has a number of full semester and eight-week courses available for the Spring 2023 semester. All courses are one-credit hour and open to all Honors College students. To register for one (or more) of these courses, login to STAR via the WVU Portal.

Full Semester Courses

HONR 101 (H01): Honors Hall Council
Instructor: David Hartzell
Honors Hall 120, Thursdays, 7 - 7:50 p.m.

An introduction to the process of planning and implementing community activities. Students produce a proposal, complete with a budget for an activity, which is evaluated by their peers. Students read and discuss articles on leadership that frame their performance and interactions in an academic context. 

HONR 102 (H01): Introduction to Honors
Instructors: Madalena Daughtery and Lindsey Taylor
Honors Hall 120, Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:20 p.m.

HONR 102 (H02): Introduction to Honors 
Instructors: Amira Hakeem, Eliana Sias
Honors Hall 120, Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.

This course is designed to assist first year Honors students in identifying the knowledge and skills they will need to meet their personal, social, academic, and professional goals as they transition into the Honors College at West Virginia University.
HONR 201 (H02): Peer Tutoring 
Instructors: Olivia Clever, Wenjuan Gu, Abigail Tillema
Honors Hall 120, Mon./Wed. 5:30 - 6:20 p.m.

This course is a forum for the exchange of ideas and an environment where tutors learn effective tutoring strategies. 

HONR 293X (H01): Business in Movies & Film 
Instructor: Susan Lantz
Woodburn Hall 109, Mondays, 3:30 - 4:20 p.m.

How is Business portrayed in popular film? What do films like “The Big Short,” “The Godfather,” “Thank You for Smoking,” “Up in the Air” and “The Devil Wears Prada” have to say about the acquisition of wealth, the professional world, and capitalism? How do these films shape our thoughts and beliefs during our working hours? In this class we examine films that engage with the narrative of business, and investigate whether art imitates life, or life imitates art.

HONR 293Y (H01): Cyberpunk and Sci-Fi 
Instructor: Stefanie Hines
Woodburn Hall 110, Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Science fiction and cyberpunk are popular genres of literature and movies, but are they more than just fiction? This class seeks to explore how science fiction and cyberpunk have influenced our society, scientific advancement, and popular culture.  In this class we will read selected works of fiction by William Gibson andRay Bradbury, two influential and award-winning authors. This class be an exciting look at the evolution of science fiction and cyberpunk and the world today.

HONR 293F  (H01) : Okay Boomer 
Instructor: Corey Hunt
Applied Human Sciences Building 116, Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Age and generation-related conflicts have become more prevalent as populations live and work longer than ever before. Are the younger generations coddled? Are the older generations out-of-touch? This discussion-based course examines multiple perspectives on age-related discourse at home, school, and work.

HONR 293G  (H01) : LSD’s Past and Future 
Instructors: Robynn Shannon, Louis Slimak
Woodburn Hall G15, Tuesdays, 4 - 4:50 p.m.

Has the legalization of marijuana by a majority of states broken a glass ceiling for other currently illegal drugs, especially LSD?  What arguments are now being made for and against legalization of LSD (and other psychedelic drugs) for research, therapy, or recreational use, and are those arguments supported by sound evidence?  Our focus will initially be on the historical and cultural contexts in which research on LSD’s clinical potential was first encouraged and then banned, followed by a review of what has been learned about psychedelic drugs along the way as well as recent advances in the neuroscience of human consciousness, and concluding with consideration of whether LSD is likely to be legalized in the foreseeable future.  Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind (2018) and two additional books (to be determined) will inform our discussion.

HONR 293O (H01): Fraternities & Sororities 
Instructors: David Hauser, Alice Foley
Hodges Hall 106, Tuesdays. 7 - 7:50 p.m.

"Fraternities and Sororities" will take a look at the roll, effects, and general behavior of college fraternities and sororities in today's university environment.  This won't be a historical look at their evolution, but we'll read some books that talk about how they function, their pros/cons, and what effects they have on different colleges/universities.  We'll also look at what happens to folks once they graduate.  The overall goal here is to end up with a better understanding of what effect those organizations have on both the students and the colleges.

First 8 Weeks (Jan. 9 - March 3, 2023)

HONR 293C  (H01) : Born to Run 
Instructor: Coleburn Volman 
Woodburn Hall G11, Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:20 p.m.

This course will examine the history of endurance running from the dawn of history to the modern era. Over the course of the semester, this class will explore the original runners of the distant past, the role of running in the survival of the earliest humans, the origins of the marathon and ultramarathon distance races, the impact of modern capitalism on the running world through the rise of Nike and Adidas, and the reason why thousands of runners around the world annually race—and enjoy racing—one another across miles after miles after miles of roads, trails, and the often forgotten reaches of the planet. Ultimately, this course will work to analyze, debate, and answer one of the most heavily-contested questions regarding the human species: is running a fundamental part of human nature, an intrinsic aspect of our genetic makeup—or in other words, are we born to run?    

HONR 293P  (H01) : Focus on Addiction 
Instructor: Frankie Tack 
Allen Hall 703, Tuesdays, 2 - 2:50 p.m. 

This course is designed to introduce and explore concepts related to addiction and recovery through the reading and discussion of non-academic books. The course is an open exploration, letting the books be our guide, and leading to discussions on a wide range of issues, perspectives, and questions about addiction andrecovery. We will be reading Death in Mud Lick a journalist non-fiction book about opioids in Kermit, WV by Pulitzer Prize winning West Virginia journalist Eric Eyre, One Hit Away a memoir about opioid addiction and recovery by Hawaiian Jordan Barnes, and Annie’s Appalachian Adventures: The Letter by WVU education graduate Hannah Evans.

HONR 293V (H01): Literally STEAMING! 
Instructor: Melissa Workman 
WVU Nursery School 120, Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:20 p.m.

This course is designed to allow students to facilitate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) concepts through the lens of children’s literacy. Students will incorporate WV Pre-K content standards while solving STEAM challenges associated with children’s literature. Participants will meet at the WVU Laboratory School and gain essential hands-on, minds-on experiences related to curriculum delivery in the Pre-K classroom. Join us at the WVU Laboratory School and help us investigate how all the King’s men could’ve put Humpty Dumpty back together again!

Last 8 Weeks (March 6  - April 28 , 2023)

HONR 293J  (H01) : LGBTQ+ Rights and the Law 
Instructor: Brad Grimes 
Woodburn Hall 106, Thu. 5:30pm-6:20pm

This course will survey the evolution and development of laws that impact people who identify as LGBTQ+ and gender diverse. We will study the gradual development of key laws emerging from court cases that were instrumental in establishing important rights and protections for LGBTQ+ people. While doing so, we will consider how intersectional identities impact and influence LGBTQ+ legal access and justice. Despite important gains regarding LGBTQ rights, we will also discuss the limitations and gaps in those rights and protections. Finally, we will discuss what is needed in terms of future legal protections, as well as exploring ideas on "queering" the judicial and legislative systems to ensure that the legal system is truly fair and equitable with respect to LGBTQ+ people.

HONR 293Q  (H01) : Liberatory Leadership 
Instructor: Amena Anderson
Woodburn Hall G10, Mondays, 4:30 - 5:20 p.m.

Liberatory Leadership is a special topics course that will examine critical leadership philosophies and approaches grounded in social justice tenets. Students will examine leaders and leadership approaches that embrace these tenets and the types of outcomes produced. Students will identify, compare, and discuss the contextual variables that catalyze liberatory leadership practice in various contexts and consider its pertinence in their fields of study.

HONR 293B  (H01) : Road Trip Memoir 
Instructor: Renee Nicholson
Woodburn Hall 109, Mondays, 4:30 - 5:20 p.m.

For almost as long as there have been automobiles, there have been road trips, a quintessential American pastime. In this class we will explore the idea of America through the notes from the road from the voices of 20th and 21st century creative nonfiction writers. We'll explore the idea of America from its rest stops androadside attractions, diners, and motels, and learn about what makes for a compelling memoir, both on the road and off. Bring your sense of adventure and zest for good stories.

HONR 293Z  (H01) : After Foundations 
Instructor: Kevin Gooding
Honors Hall 120, Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:20 p.m. 

You've almost completed the Honors Foundations program. So, what's next? In this half-semester course, you will formulate a plan for your next two years at WVU, which could be the EXCEL program, study abroad, preparing for graduate or professional school, a combination of these, or something else entirely.