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Honors Courses Spring 2018

Visit this page for information on selecting your Honors course for spring, including how to see all available Honors courses in STAR, as well as course descriptions for select Honors courses.

Check the Registrar's website for information on your priority registration date.

This page will be updated as information becomes available on course changes and new course offerings.

How to Find Honors Courses in STAR

Want to see most available Honors courses for Spring 2018 in one place? Follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to and log in with your WVU ID and password.
  2. Select "Student Services & Housing."
  3. Select "Registration."
  4. Select "Look-up Classes to Add."
  5. Select "Search by Term: Spring 2018."
  6. Click "Accounting" under subject. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Subject field. Press and hold the shift key. Click "Wood Science." All subjects should now be selected.
  7. Look for the section titled "GEC/CEF/Capstone/Writing/Honors (Course Attributes). Select "Honors Course."
  8. Click "Section Search." You should now see the current list of Honors courses for spring semester. 
If none of the listed courses will work with your schedule next semester, remember there are other ways to earn Honors credit. Please contact your Honors advisor with any questions.

Spring 2018 Course List

Starting to plan your schedule for Spring 2018? Consider taking one of the following classes to fulfill your Honors requirements.

Principles of Accounting, ACCT 201: Presha Neidermeyer. MWF 10:30-11:20.

The concepts, principles, and procedures pertaining to the preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements.

Principles of Accounting, ACCT 202: Presha Neidermeyer. MWF 11:30-12:20.  

Utilization of accounting information for purposes of managerial control and decision making; cost concepts, profit and financial budgeting, analysis of financial statements.                  

Intro to Animal Physiology, ANPH 301MWF 9-9:50.                                         

Prerequisite: BIOL 102 or consent. The function and regulation of the principal systems of the animal body.

Energy Economics, ARE 445 with HONR 498A add-on: Heather Stephens

Analysis of the energy sector and its relationship to the rest of the economy; energy security, deregulation, full cost pricing, substitutability among energy sources, transmission, new technologies, environmental considerations.

Descriptive Astronomy, ASTR 106 with HONR 298 add-on.

In this course, we will look at some of the topics covered in ASTR106 in more detail and go beyond the descriptive approach and understand some extreme phenomena in the Universe. Although this may sound a bit daunting at first, as you’ll discover, with just a working knowledge of high-school math and physics, we can learn a great deal. You will also each be reviewing a different astronomical topic throughout the semester. At the end of the course, you’ll make a presentation on this topic to your fellow students.                                                      

Sport for Exceptional Athlete, ACE 315: Andrea Taliaferro. WF 9:30-10:50.

Examines the past, present and future of sport for athletes with disabilities and those competing at the Master-level. The focus is on the coaching of these unique populations of competitive and recreational athletes.                                                       

Human Sexuality, BIOL 122: Toni Morris. TR 8:30-9:45/ W 4-6:50.                                                    

A study of biological, behavioral and societal aspects of sexuality. Issues considered include changing fecundity, social-legal implications, sex roles, sexually transmitted diseases, populations, erotica, aging, dysfunctions, and decision- making skills for sex related issues.

Ecology and Evolution, BIOL 221 with Biol. 298E add-on. R 7-8:30.

In the first half of the semester, through a series of readings, followed by discussions, students will identify emerging global environmental issues caused by human population growth, resource consumption, waste production, and geopolitical trends.  In the second half of the semester, students will be challenged to imagine and research solutions to these problems, in essence framing a sustainable path to our Future Earth.

Nature Meets Nurture, BIOL 498A: Dana Huebert Lima & Daniel Brewster. MWF 10:30-11:20.

Throughout the semester, we will consider how our limited understanding of biology informs social construction and the ways societal interactions influence biological systems. Our class time will be divided between lectures about life, related discussions about social influences, and synthesizing discussions.

Legal Environment of Business, BCOR 320: Jon Reed. TR 10-11:15.                                 

Explores the relationship of law, government and ethics to business enterprise. Provides overview of legal and ethical issues relevant to business decision-making and planning and the government regulations of business.

Principles of Marketing, BCOR 350: Suzanne Bal. TR 2:30-3:45.

Prerequisite: ACCT 202 and ECON 202 and (ECON 225 or STAT 211) with a minimum grade of C- in each. Overview of marketing and the interrelationships between marketing and other business disciplines. Topics include the management of the product, communication, price, and distribution variables as well as introduction to buyer behavior and marketing research.

Contemporary Business Strategy, BCOR 460: Abhishek Srivastava. MWF 8:30-9:20.     

BCOR 320 and BCOR 330 and BCOR 340 and BCOR 350 and BCOR 360 and BCOR 370 and BCOR 380. The course focuses on the total organization and strategy development and execution that lead to the achievement of the organization's objectives and a superior position in the competitive environment in which it operates.                                  

Effective Public Speaking, CSAD 270: Carolyn Atkins. W TBA.

Designed for improvement of the student's speech based upon theory and demonstrated performance of voice and diction skills and public-speaking skills for effective communication in a variety of speaking situations.

Clinical Research Method/Practice, CHPR 440: Stephen Davis. M 3-3:50.

Students learn research methods and techniques for application to a wide variety of cardiovascular, neurological, trauma and social services emergency care. Students also participate in real-time clinical research and interact with patients/potential study subjects in the Emergency department. Also listed as PUBH 622 - students may not count both CHPR 440 and PUBH 622 toward degree requirements.

Life Choices, COUN 230: Heidi O’Toole. TR 11:30-12:45.

This course is a unique shared experience that facilitates becoming an effective decision maker. The running theme of the course is: "The decisions you make will determine the direction your life takes!" The course content then focuses on who you are as a person, and how to optimize your life experience.

Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 201: Eric Olson. MWF 9:30-10:20.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Introductory microeconomics analysis. Competitive behavior of firms, price determination, efficiency in production and equity in distribution. Pre-requisite(s) and/or co-requisite(s) may differ on regional campuses.

Principles of Macroeconomics, ECON 202: Stratford Marion Douglass. TR 8:30-9:45.

Prerequisite: ECON 201 or ARE 150. Introductory macroeconomics analysis. Aggregate demand and supply, saving, investment, the level of employment and national income determination, monetary and fiscal policy. Pre-requisite(s) and/or co-requisite(s) may differ on regional campuses.

Writing Theory and Practice, ENGL 301: Thomas Sura. TR 2:30-3:45.

Tradition and contemporary approaches to rhetoric and writing theory for professional writing and editing students who wish to develop their abilities to analyze and produce written texts.

Multimedia Writing, ENGL 303: Catherine Gouge. TR 11:30-12:45.

Study of communication and design issues in multimedia composition. Focuses on communication, creative expression, persuasion, interactivity, and rhetorical principles. Practice in composing multimedia documents such as online publications, interactive literary works, and tutorials.

Environmental Criticism, ENGL 338: Lowell Duckert. MWF 11:30-12:20.

This course provides methods for exploring connections between literature and the environment. Topics include nature writing; animal studies; environmental justice; urban ecocriticism; literary cartography; ecological theory.

American Drama, ENGL 342: Ryan Claycomb. TR 2:30-3:45.

Representative American dramas and history of theatre in America

Literature of 18th Century 1, ENGL 366: Marilyn Francus. TR 11:30-12:20.

Literature of the period 1660-1744 in relation to social, political, and religious movements of the time.

American Women Writers, ENGL 385: Johanna Winant. MWF 11:30-12:20.

Studies in the literature of American women writers. Syllabi may vary per term; topics may include Jewish American women writers, women writers of the suffrage movement, and 20th century American women writers.

Fiction for Adolescents, ENGL 405: Rosemary V. Hathaway. TR 1-2:15.

A survey of fiction for adolescents with special attention to literary theories that assist its interpretation.

Rhetoric and Science, ENGL 408: Catherine C. Gouge. R 4-6:50.

This course explores the relationship between rhetoric and science. Students will analyze the audiences, purposes, and conventions of scientific arguments as well as the role of specific texts in shaping scientific disciplines and debates. No background in science is required.                                                   

Engineering Problem Solving 1, ENGR 101. MW 1-1:50.

This course focuses on engineering problem solving methodologies and analysis, technical report writing, team based project work and presentations. The course provides students opportunities to complete multiple hands-on design projects. Benefits of enrolling in an Honors section of ENGR 101 include: connecting with other Honors students, smaller class sizes, topic related classroom discussions, and unique design projects.

Engineering Problem Solving 2, ENGR 102: Melissa Morris. MWF 2-2:50.

This course continues the development of engineering problem solving methodologies and analysis, technical report writing, team based project work and presentations with emphases on using the computer as a tool and algorithm development. The course provides students opportunities to complete multiple projects. Benefits of enrolling in an honors section of ENGR 102 include: connecting with other Honors students, smaller class sizes, an emphasis on real world applications of computer code, and unique projects.

Literature of Science and Nature, ENGL 171: Christine Hoffman. TR 1-2:15.

Analyzes the representation of science and nature in literature and film across historical periods and genres.

American Folklore and Culture, ENGL 251: Rosemary Hathaway. TR 1-2:15.

Introduction to folklore of the USA. Folklore and American culture. Subject groups vary, but usually include Native Americans, early European settlers, African Americans, and 20th century immigrants.

Writing for Exercise Science, EXPH 370: Elizabeth Nardella. W 4-5:15.

Prerequisites: (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102) or ENGL 103 and PR or CONC: EXPH 386. Writing for medical scientific fields. Students will develop a book review, analyze discipline-specific texts, and write scientific literature reviews. Includes a review of style and language use.

Science Fiction: East and West, FCLT 280, Honors Add-On, FCLT 298D: Lisa DiBartolomeo

Explore the world in sci-fi in a comparative context, considering Eastern European texts and films alongside Anglophone texts and films. Using a range of media, including TV, short films, feature films, novels, short stories, and more, we learn about themes and concerns that excite speculation.

Polish Cinema: Kieslowski, FCLT 382 Honors Add-On, FCLT 498A:  Lisa DiBartolomeo

Delve into the gorgeous and philosophically challenging films of the late Polish director, Krzysztof Kieślowski, as we screen films ranging from his early documentary efforts to his final masterpiece, The Three Colors Trilogy.

Human Geography, GEOG 108: Judy Ninesteel. TR 10-11:15.

Introduction to geographical dimension in human behavior and the human altered landscape including social, demographic, economic, and political attributes of societies.

Geography of Africa, GEOG 243: Brent McCusker. M 5-7:20.

This course will focus on the contemporary patterns of development, environment, and culture in sub-Saharan Africa. Real-world examples will be used to illustrate the topics and bring students a unique perspective on the continent and its people. The professor has worked extensively on international development projects all across Africa and will bring this rich experience to students. The course is a writing course and there are no exams, only a series of writing exercises. 

Making Modern America: 1865 – Present, HIST 153: Hal Gorby. MWF 11:30-12:20.

This course continues the examination of basic political, economic, and social forces in the development of the United States since the Civil War.

Honors Hall Council, HONR 101: Keisha Kibler. W 8:30-9:20/ T 8:30-9:20.

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.

Career Exploration Internship, HONR 189: Ryan Claycomb

(May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.) Guided career exploration through introductory experiential learning by shadowing professionals at one or more placement site.

Everyday Data Analysis, HONR 203A: Nanda Surendra. TR 11:30-12:45.

This course will focus on developing critical thinking skills using math-based logic and reasoning to understand and solve problems we face in everyday life situations.

The Challenges of World Poverty, HONR 204A: Bryan McCannon. TR 10-11:15.

The course is designed for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty.

Making Change through Politics, HONR 204B: Erik Herron. TR 10-11:15.

How do democratic societies identify problems, develop remedies, implement policies, evaluate outcomes, and modify failures when citizens' views on all of these issues are diverse? The course will challenge students to address this fundamental question, connecting the political process to problem solving.

The History of Now, HONR 205A: Joshua Arthurs. MWF 1:30-2:20.

What does it mean to study the history of the present? What can historical perspectives contribute to our understanding of contemporary society? The History of Now offers students the opportunity to explore these questions and develop a deeper comprehension of the issues that define today’s world.

Medicine and the Arts, HONR 206A: Renee Nicholson. TR 10-11:20.

In Medicine and the Arts, students will learn to make connections between artistic production and the health sciences, examining the historical, linguistic, cultural and aesthetic contexts in which we engage in and with healthcare.

Fakes and Frauds, HONR206B:  Adam Komisaruk. MWF 1:30-2:20.

What is authentic and why does it matter?  Forgeries have a way of taking on a life of their own, exceeding their “original” counterparts in believability, popularity and even aesthetic quality. Structured as a series of case-studies in the invention, dissemination and reception of famous hoaxes.

Global Cultural Heritage and Art Loss and Crime, HONR 207A: Rhonda Reymond. TR 3:30-4:45.

This is a course that will engage with big questions about cultures and values; global interdependence, respect, and economies; and human dignity. 

Peer Tutoring, HONR 201: Ashley Watts

Prerequisite: Students must be Honors College members in good academic standing. (May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.) This course is a forum for the exchange of ideas and an environment where tutors learn effective tutoring strategies.

City-As-Text-Morgantown, HONR 210: Kevin Gooding. TR 11:30-12:45.

City as Text™ is a course designed to offer structured exploration of the environment and ecosystem of the Morgantown area. During this on-going, moving laboratory class you will investigate how the rural countryside became an urban landscape. You will see how the forces of nature, technology, government, history, architecture, and history collided to form this city. In this course you will draw upon many disciplines to answer the question “How does a Space become a Place?”

Growing up in America, HONR 213: Kevin Gooding. MW 9:30-10:45.

Students in this course explore the how the issues of gender, race/ethnicity, social class, time period, and location shaped cultural understandings of the child and a child's experience as a child throughout American history.           

A Natural American Story, HONR 293J: Kevin Gooding. TR 2:30-3:45.

Religion, Death, Afterlife, HONR 293K: Alyssa Beall. TR 1-2:15.

Religions and cultures around the world address death, dying, and the afterlife in remarkably different ways, and approach related issues and concerns from a variety of perspectives.  The first section of this course explores views on “traditional” topics in religions: heaven and hell, resurrection and reincarnation, ghosts, death rituals, and near death experiences. The second half of the course combines religion and ethics to ask questions about topics like: right to death laws, suicide, abortion, and the representation of death and dying in literature, popular culture, and social media.

Service in Tutoring, HONR 293P: Ashley Watts. T 5-5:50.

An introduction to the basic principles, practices, and current theory of peer tutoring. This course will provide Honors students the opportunity to gain tutoring experience in local high schools while learning about the education system in a rural setting. Students will engage in reflection and critical inquiry that link learning from service to academic learning.

Advanced Peer Tutoring, HONR 301: Ashley Watts

Prerequisites: Students must be members of the Honors College in good academic standing and have completed HONR 201. (May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.) This course is designed as a forum for the exchange of ideas and an environment where advanced peer tutors can learn and discuss effective strategies for helping their University peers study various subjects .          

How to Change the World: Community Organizing, Social Movements & Revolution, HONR 393A or SOCA 393C : Stephen N. Smith 

Applications are now open for the two-credit HONR 393A and SOCA393C. This class is for students who learn by doing, and will be capped at 25 students. Students will receive training in community organizing and movement-building, and by the end of the semester will attempt to build their own project or campaign. To apply, create a two-minute video on your organizing interests ( more details here). Applications are due by Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. Earn Honors credits, and make a difference in your community.  Learn more about the course and how to apply.                               

Foundations of Peer Mentoring, HONR 402: Ashley Watts. TR 4-5:15.

Prerequisite: Students must be in good academic standing with the Honors College to enroll in this course. This course is designed to develop mentors who will lead HONR 199. This course will focus on strategies and tactics used by successful university instructors, practice of these techniques, and the production of materials.          

Introduction to Nutrition, HN&F 171: Megan Govindan. TR 9:30-10:45.

Nutrient structure, metabolism, integrated function and their importance to human well-being during all stages of the life cycle. Current concerns and those of special interest to college students in meeting nutrient needs.

Advanced Nutrition, HN&F 460: Janet Tou. TR 12:30-1:45.

Prerequisites: HN&F 271 and (AGBI 410 or BIOC 339). Role of nutrients in physiological and biochemical processes and metabolism in the body. Biochemical foundations of RDA and clinical nutrition.

Medical Nutrition Therapy 2, HN&F 474: Adam Burda. MW 12-1:50.

Prerequisites: HN&F 473 and (PSIO 241 or PSIO 441 or ANPH 301) or consent. Nutritional care aspects of patients. Modification of diet to meet human nutrition needs in various medical conditions.

Intro-Western Civilization 2, HUM 102: Charles Vehse. TR 1-2:15.

Presents the art, architecture, philosophy, religion, literature and music of the following periods in Western civilization: the Renaissance, the Age of Classicism and the revolutionary nineteenth and twentieth centuries.                                                    

Media Writing, JRL 215: Thomas Stewart. MW 10-11:15.

Prerequisite: Minimum cumulative GPA of C. Introduction to the fundamental reporting and storytelling skills that are the foundation of all media writing: print, radio, television, public relations, advertising and social media.

Calculus 2, MATH 156: Rong Luo. MWRF 12:30-1:20.

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in MATH 154 or MATH 155. Techniques of integration, application of the definite integral, polar coordinates, indeterminate forms, and infinite series.                                          

Multivariable Calculus, MATH 251: John Goldwasser. MWF 11:30-12:20.

Prerequisite: MATH 156 with a minimum grade of C-. Introduction to solid analytic geometry, vector algebra, and calculus of several variables.                                                      

Elementary Differential Equations, MATH 261: Zachariah Etienne. MTWF 11:30-12:20.

Prerequisite: MATH 251 with a minimum grade of C-. Ordinary differential equations, Laplace transforms, partial differential equations, Fourier series, and applications.

Problems of Philosophy, PHIL 100: Sharon Ryan

An elementary examination of such philosophical problems as the mind-body problem, the existence of God, freedom and determinism, and the nature of persons and their knowledge.                                                        

Current Moral Problems, PHIL 130: David Hoinski

An examination of current moral problems. Topics include some of the following: abortion, euthanasia, sexism and sexual equality, preferential treatment, animal rights, sexual morality, pornography, economic justice, paternalism, punishment, and nuclear deterrence.

Introduction to Critical Reasoning, PHIL 170. MWF 1:30-2:20.

An elementary study of critical thinking and reasoning. For students who want to improve their skills in recognizing fallacious patterns of reasoning, constructing acceptable arguments, and criticizing faulty lines of reasoning.

Intro to Symbolic Logic, PHIL 260: Geoff Georgi. TR 2:30-3:45.

An introduction to modern symbolic logic (basically, propositional logic and the predicate calculus) for students who want to acquire the skill to represent symbolically the form of deductive arguments and to test formally for validity.                                          

General Physics, PHYS 111: Paul Miller. MWF 10:30-11:20.

Prerequisite: MATH 155 with a grade of C or better or (MATH 153 with a grade of C or better and PR or CONC: MATH 154). Survey of classical mechanics, thermodynamics and waves.

History of Political Thought 1, PS 270: Phillip Michelbach

Major political philosophers and ideas from the Greeks to the 17th century.                                                          

Empirical Political Analysis, POLS 300: David Hauser

Designed to provide a basic understanding of how to read and conduct empirical political science research. Topics include research design, hypotheses testing, data collection, and statistical analysis. No prior knowledge of computers or statistics required.

WMD and Proliferation, POLS 493K: David Hauser

An upper-level Political Science class that will look at the growing concerns of nuclear proliferation, and some of the states that have chosen to acquire/build nuclear weapons (and some that have chosen not to). There will be some science to the class, as the students need to understand how nuclear weapons work, and how missile technology (ICMBs and anti-missile technology) works, in order to talk about the politics and policy surrounding proliferation. 

Research for Non-Profits, POLS 493C: Alyssa Wright

A non-Honors class that has potential for Honors students. This course is being taught by a research librarian who used to write grants for non-profits. The core of the course is learning how to do research to find grants for non-profits/NGOs, and then beginning to assemble the grant itself. The Honors part of this would come after the course, via independent study with Dave Hauser. He will supervise independent study/capstone work that goes beyond the course, where students would follow through on the research in the course, and then write (and submit) an actual grant for the non-profit/NGO that the student had partnered with in the course. This could count as either an independent study, or as the capstone for students in ether political science or international studies.

Drugs and Behavior, PSYC 234: Cole Vonder Haar

Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Behavioral, neurochemical, pharmacological, historical, legal, social, and clinical aspects of commonly used and abused psychoactive drugs.                                                

Intro-World Religions, RELG 102: Alyssa Beall. MWF 12:30-1:20.

Religious Studies is not simply about the memorization of names, dates, and facts. Although our class will cover some of the basic ideas about each religion, our focus this semester will be on the process of Religious Studies — asking not just about the who, what, and where of religions, but also the why.  What is the category of "religion," and how did our World Religions today become what they currently are?          

Spanish SPAN 498. F 10:30-11:20.

Prerequisites: Students in Honors Program and consent by the Honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.                                                       

Sport Marketing SM 486: Gary Lhotsky. MWF 12-12:50.

Prerequisite: senior standing. The study of marketing principles as they relate to sport organizations. Specific attention is focused on the marketing planning process, marketing informational systems, and internal marketing.                                                      

Psychological Aspects-Sport Injury, SEP 425: Ashley Cranney. TR 9:30-10:45.

Prerequisites: SEP 271 and SEP 272. This upper level course involves the study of various topics related to the psychological aspects of sport injury. In general this course will examine issues associated with the onset, treatment and rehabilitation of sport injury.

Economic Anthropology, SOC 493V: Susanna Donaldson

Course will have an Honors add-on, SOCA 498 section 001.