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Fall 2018 Honors Courses for Freshmen

Visit this page for information on selecting your Honors course for fall, including how to see all available Honors courses in STAR (the course registration system), as well as course descriptions for select Honors courses. 

Please be careful to note the section number and CRN number of the course you are interested in. You will need this information when you meet with your advisor. Please also note that some courses have required prerequisites a student must complete prior to taking the course.

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 Fall 2018 in one place? Follow the instructions below. (Please note: not all Honors courses will be appropriate for freshmen.) The STAR entry for the course will have the location of the course, the number of credits, and the number of available seats. Some entries will also contain detailed course descriptions.
  1. Go to  star.wvu.edu 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: Fall 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 fall semester.
If none of the listed courses will work with your schedule next semester, remember there are  other ways to earn Honors credit. If you are having trouble finding an appropriate course, please discuss your concerns with your advisor at NSO, and contact the Honors College office with any additional questions: 304-293-2100 or honors@mail.wvu.edu

Fall 2018 Course List

All final course decisions for your fall 2018 schedule should be made in discussion with your advisor. Please talk with your advisor about the courses that interest you when you meet with them at New Student Orientation. 

All Honors sections of courses should have an "H" before the section number.  If the course you are interested in is an Honors add-on, you will need to sign up both  for the named course and the Honors add-on course. (Ex: Sign up for BIOL 101 and the Honors BIOL 101 Add-on, BIOL298C section H01.) Please discuss any questions you may have with your advisor.

Be sure to check out the HONR courses, which include innovative, new topics courses by the 2018-2019 Honors Faculty Fellows.

Intro to Athletic Coaching, ACE 106, Section H01, CRN 87527
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Overview of athletic coaching profession including careers opportunities, critical current issues/trends, professional standards and the professional organizations.

Human Sexuality, BIOL 122, Section H01, CRN 81917
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 10-11:15 a.m.  Meets GEF 4.
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.

Human Sexuality, BIOL 122, Section H05, CRN 88990
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 11-11:50 a.m. Meets GEF 4.
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.

General Biology Add-On, BIOL 101 Add-On, BIOL 298C, Section H01, CRN 88424
Wednesdays from 1:30-2:20 p.m.
This add-on class is associated with BIOL 101 - Introductory course in biology: cellular, organismal, and population genetics, including reproduction, growth and development, and evolution.

Principles of Biology Add-On,  BIOL 115 Add-On, BIOL 298E, Section H06, CRN 87737  
Mondays from 10:30-11:20 a.m.
This add-on class is associated with BIOL 115 - An introductory course presenting basic principles of modern biology. This course represents the first in a four-course, integrated sequence required of biology majors. Topics include ecology and evolution, organismal biology, and cellular/molecular biology.

Principles of Biology Add-On,  BIOL 115 Add-On, BIOL 298E, Section H08, CRN 87739 
Wednesdays from 10:30-11:20 a.m.
This add-on class is associated with BIOL 115 - An introductory course presenting basic principles of modern biology. This course represents the first in a four-course, integrated sequence required of biology majors. Topics include ecology and evolution, organismal biology, and cellular/molecular biology.

Principles of Biology Add-On,  BIOL 115 Add-On, BIOL 298E, Section H09, CRN 87741
Thursdays from 10:30-11:20 a.m.
This add-on class is associated with BIOL 115 - An introductory course presenting basic principles of modern biology. This course represents the first in a four-course, integrated sequence required of biology majors. Topics include ecology and evolution, organismal biology, and cellular/molecular biology.

Introduction to Business, BCOR 199, Section H04, CRN 88905
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 11:30-12:20 p.m. 
This course introduces the student to the major business disciplines, basic business communications, and the University environment. 

Introduction to Business, BCOR 199, Section H05, CRN 89029
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:30-10:20 a.m.  
This course introduces the student to the major business disciplines, basic business communications, and the University environment.  

Phonetics and Phonology, CSAD 222, Section H01, CRN 86942
Mondays/Wednesdsays from 3-4:15 p.m. 
Description, classification, and transcription of the speech sounds in English. Phonetic and phonological principles will be emphasized in normal, dialectal, and clinical speech and language contexts, particularly as these principles apply to speech-language pathology and audiology.

Principles of Chemistry, CHEM 117, Section H01, CRN 89112
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 10:30-11:20 a.m. and Mondays from 1:30-3:20 p.m.
Section H01 is for Honors students looking for a smaller, more intensive General Chemistry experience. Students must register for both lecture and laboratory.

Principles of Macroeconomics, ECON 202, Section H01, CRN 83581
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Meets GEF 4.
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.

Intro-Engineering Applications, ENGR 100, Section H01, CRN 85248
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Introduction to basic problem solving of engineering applications using algebra and trigonometry.

Intro-Engineering Applications, ENGR 100, Section H02, CRN 85268
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Introduction to basic problem solving of engineering applications using algebra and trigonometry.

Engineering Problem Solving 1, ENGR 101, Section H01, CRN 83205
Mondays/Wednesdays from 12-12:50 p.m.
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 1, ENGR 101, Section H03, CRN 88078
Mondays/Wednesdays from 3-3:50 p.m.
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 1, ENGR 101, Section H05, CRN 83510
Mondays/Wednesdays from 2-2:50 p.m.
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 1, ENGR 101, Section H07, CRN 84436
Mondays/Wednesdays from 1-1:50 p.m.
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. 

Accelerated Academic Writing, ENGL 103, Section 005, CRN 89179
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8:30-9:45 a.m.
PR: Qualifying ACT/SAT verbal score. For students who qualify based on high ACT/SAT verbal scores, English 103 satisfies WVU's introductory writing requirement (English 101 and 102) in a single course. English 103 emphasizes both expository writing and researched argument writing. Students develop the organization, revision, and editing strategies needed to respond to a variety of writing situations, audiences, and purposes. 
Please note that while this course section number does not include an "H" this course counts for Honors credit.

British Literature, ENGL 262, Section H01, CRN 83739
Thursdays from 4-6:50 p.m. Meets GEF 6.
A historical introduction and survey from the late eighteenth century to the present.

Honors: Vampires - Blood and Revolution FCLT 281 Add-On, FCLT 298, Section H01, CRN 87497
Time TBA.
This add-on class is associated with FCLT 281 - Vampires: Blood and Revolution. This course examines the phenomenon of vampirism in verbal and visual culture, vampirism is examined from different periods in various cultures and from a variety of critical perspectives. It contextualizes the works in the cultures that produce them.  Students must register for both FCLT 281 and FCLT 298.

Honors: Russian Lit Translation 1 Add-On, FLIT 298E, Section H01, CRN 87635
Time TBA.
This add-on class is associated with FLIT 256 - Major works of Russian authors from the beginning to 1880, including those of Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. Russian majors will read selections in the original. Students must register for both FLIT 256 and FLIT 298E.

Special Topics: Environmental Systems Inquiry, GEOG 293A, Section H01, CRN 87614
Wednesdays from 9:30-12:20 p.m.
This course examines environmental phenomena at the local, regional and global scale, using an earth systems science approach. Environmental systems, processes, constraints, and problems are studied through inquiry, field studies and student collaborative research. Topics include environmental field studies, site descriptions and monitoring, data collection (atmosphere, hydrology, soils and biometry). A Systems Analysis approach examines environmental phenomena and events affecting atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and pedosphere.

South Asia: Ghandi and Beyond, HIST 225, Section H01, CRN 87733
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 11:30-12:20 p.m. Meets GEF 7.
History of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh from the early modern period to the present; traditional background, Muslim conquests, British Raj, nationalist and independence movements, partitions, independent states, and current issues.

Honors Hall Council (HH), HONR 101, Section H01, CRN 84885
Wednesdays from 8:30-9:20 p.m. This course meets in Honors Hall.
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. This course is only open to students living in Honors Hall.

Honors Hall Council (LH), HONR 101, Section H02, CRN 86927
Tuesdays from 8:30-9:20 p.m. This course meets in Lincoln Hall.
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.  This course is only open to students living in Lincoln Hall. 

Energy and Its Implications, HONR 202A, Energy and Its Implications, Section H01, CRN 87637
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 10-10:50 a.m. Meets GEF 2A.
“Energy and Its Implications” will introduce students to energy’s broader implications by addressing it within multiple social contexts. Students will explore hotly debated topics such as energy efficiency, emissions, economics, ethics and climate change. The course will include conventional lectures, trips, group discussions, experiments, project based learning, technical writing and debating. Students will also have the opportunity for exposure to ongoing research topics at the  Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, and to collaborate with graduate students from various fields of study. 

Child and Family Policy, HONR 204A, Section H02, CRN 87640
Mondays/Wednesdays from 2-3:15 p.m. Meets GEF 4. 
Social policies have shaped everything from how children access child care, to where families live, to how children are treated in the criminal justice system. The course will cover topics in public policy specifically as they relate to children and families. It will describe not only the why of social policies – what social problems were the policies addressing – but the how.

The Dark Side of New Media, HONR 204B, Section H02, CRN 87642
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 4-5:15 p.m. Meets GEF 4.
Black Mirror: The Dark Side of New Media and Technology” challenges students to explore the psychological underpinnings of people’s often troubled relationships with media and technology, using case studies from the popular dystopic science fiction television series,  Black Mirror,  and other science fiction works. Students will receive a crash course in film analytics, applying computer-mediated communication and media psychology theory and research to explain the depictions of emerging technology and human behavior. Based on what they have learned, students will ultimately create a pitch for their own  Black Mirror episode.

Banking and Politics in America, HONR 205A, Section H02, CRN 87644
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Meets GEF 5.
“Banking and Politics in America” will explore how politics and banking have interacted throughout American history. It will explore such areas as the politics of inflation and deflation, the debate over the powers of the Federal Reserve and the political reaction to bank bailouts. The course will bridge the fields of political science, history, economics and finance, as well as other areas. Focusing on the 2008 financial crisis, students will perform a group research project on a single large, contemporary bank, tracing the bank’s public relations, lobbying, financial statements and other aspects before, during and after the crisis.

Perspectives on Caring, HONR 205B, Section H01, CRN 87645
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 5-6:15 p.m. Meets GEF 5.
“Perspectives on Caring” will ask students to explore the concept of caring over the past, present and future, using theoretical, ethical, socio-political and interpersonal lenses. What does it mean to be caring? How is caring lived in the human experience? Engaging in discussions and reflections, students will learn to embody this concept and approach it in individual, interpersonal, professional and civic engagements. Students will build a portfolio based around the four lenses of caring, culminating in creating a personal philosophy of caring which will address how to put this philosophy into action. 

Storytelling with Archives, HONR 206A, Section H02, CRN 87647
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:30-10:20 a.m. Meets GEF 6.
Storytelling with Archives gives students the experience of practicing historical curiosity, empathy, and reflection while investigating a topic of interest to them with a focus on the people, place, and history of West Virginia. Student storytellers will use primary resources from the WVU West Virginia Center and personal interviews as raw material to inspire creativity and build communities in a fictional universe. The Vandalia County Storytelling Festival concludes the course with the launch of an interactive experience where visitors select communities on a map to read, hear, and view stories.

Comedic and Cognitive Dissonance, HONR 206B, Section H03, CRN 88827
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Meets GEF 6.
“Comedy and Cognitive Dissonance” will work to show that the arts and sciences are more often than not after the same end: What makes people tick? How do creative artists frame the discourse and how do scientists? Students will use many kinds of comedy as their “laboratory” to examine several facets of the problem of cognition, cognitive dissonance and how the arts (specifically comedy) exploit the machinery of thought and reason for their own purposes. This interdisciplinary course will provide students from a variety of disciplines with an alternative take on the psychological/neurological framework through the lens of the arts and creativity.   

Future Campus Reads, HONR 293I, Section H01, CRN 89073
Thursdays from 4-5:15 p.m.
This one-credit book-club style class will have students read as many as five thought-provoking books across several disciplines that are being considered for possible selection as the Campus Read for 2019-2020. Students will be responsible for reading and discussing each book, and making an informed written argument on behalf of a particular choice. 

Service in Tutoring, HONR 293P, Section HS1, CRN 88648
Tuesdays from 5-5:50 p.m.
This course is 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. Students will need to incorporate times into their schedules to go a high school (see options below for tutoring): 
  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-4 p.m. - Morgantown High School. Transportation not provided. Time does not include travel time. 
  • Wednesdays from 2:30-5 p.m. - Preston High School. Transportation provided. Time includes travel time.
  • Thursday 2:15-5:15 p.m. - Grafton High School. Transportation provided. Time includes travel time.
Big Data Conspiracy, HONR 293U, Section H01, CRN 89159
Mondays from 6:30-7:45 p.m.
This one-credit book-club style class will explore issues of how people learn about news and information in an era of big data, "truthiness," conspiracy theories and new media.
  

Calculus 2, MATH 156, Section H02, CRN 88828
Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 11:30-12:20 p.m. and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Meets GEF 3.
Techniques of integration, application of the definite integral, polar coordinates, indeterminate forms, and infinite series.

Multivariable Calculus, MATH 251, Section H01, CRN 81249
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 10-11:15 a.m.
Introduction to solid analytic geometry, vector algebra, and calculus of several variables.

Elementary Differential Equations, MATH 261, Section H01, CRN 86554
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 12-1:15 p.m.
PR: MATH 251 with a minimum grade of C-. Ordinary differential equations, Laplace transforms, partial differential equations, Fourier series, and applications. 

Shakespeare and Music, MUSC 293B, Section H01, CRN 87618
Wednesdays from 4-6:20 p.m.
This seminar is an exploration of opera, ballet, symphonic music, song, and incidental and film music inspired by Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetic works. It investigates the styles and aesthetic priorities of particular periods and specific composers, the various ways in which words and music have been effectively and meaningfully combined, as well as the different contexts (social, political, religious) within which music was composed, performed, and heard. Works to be studied include Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Hector Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Thomas Adès’s The Tempest.

Honors: NSC 100, Introduction to Nursing Add-On, NSG 298A, Section H01, CRN 87889
Time TBA.
This add-on class is associated with NSG 100 - Introduction to the role of the nurse in modern health care: critical thinking, nursing interventions, professionalism, caring and communication in nursing practice with emphasis on safety, quality, health, culture, ethics, leadership, and health policy.

Intro to Symbolic Logic, PHIL 260, Section H01, CRN 88881
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 4-5:15. Meets GEF 3.
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 112, Section H02, CRN 82821
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:30-10:20 a.m. and Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. Meets GEF 2.
Survey of electricity, magnetism, and optics.

Intermediate Spanish 1, SPAN 203, Section H01, CRN 80242
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:30-10:20 a.m. Meets GEF 7.
Continuation of Spanish 102.

Intro to Sport Management, SM 167, Section H01, CRN 87615
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 10-10:50 a.m.
Overview of the sport management profession including career opportunities, critical current issues. trends, professional standards and the professional organizations.

Sport in American Society, SEP 271, Section H02, CRN 88376
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Meets GEF 4.
Sociocultural investigation of sport in American society. 

Psychological Perspectives-Sports, SEP 272, Section H02, CRN 88375
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 1-1:50 p.m. Meets GEF 4.
An examination of personality and behavioral factors as they affect participation in sport. Topics such as stress and sport, body image, aggression and the sport participant, and the licensure of sport psychologists highlight the course.

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