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Honors Courses Fall 2018

Visit this page for information on selecting your Honors course for fall, 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 Fall 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: 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. Please contact your Honors advisor with any questions.

Fall 2018 Course List

Principles of Accounting, ACCT 202: Presha Neidermeyer
Utilization of accounting information for purposes of managerial control and decision making; cost concepts, profit and financial budgeting, analysis of financial statements.

Companion Animal Science, A&VS 275: Hillar Klandorf
Basic physiology, nutrition and genetics; economic and ethical consideration of pet ownership; benefits of companion animals in society; aspects of handling and training, behavior, and common health diseases and parasite problems of pet animals.

Inquiry Approaches to Teaching, ARSC 120: Staff (3 sections)

Inquiry-Based Lesson Design, ARSC 22: Nancy Spillane (2 sections)

Human Sexuality, BIOL 122: Toni Morris (2 sections)

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.

Living Cell – Add-On, BIOL 219 Add-On, BIOL 298B: Dana Huebert-Lima (2 sections)
This add-on class is associated with BIOL 219 - Structure, function and diversity of cells with an emphasis on gene expression and cellular phenotype including cell chemistry, energetics, and regulation of cell activities.

General Biology Add-On, BIOL 101 Add-On, BIOL 298C: Elizabeth Thomas
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 (9 sections)
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.

General Biology Add-On, BIOL 102 Add-On, BIOL 298F: Sydha Salihu
This add-on class is associated with BIOL 102 - Introductory biology: energetics and physiology of cells, organisms, and populations, including regulation and control of multicellular organisms.

Introduction to Business, BCOR 199: Li Wang (3 sections)

This course introduces the student to the major business disciplines, basic business communications, and the University environment. 

Legal Environment of Business, BCOR 320: Jon Reed
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.

Managing Teams and Individuals, BCOR 370: TBD
Topics include traditional management functions, employee motivation, leadership, team dynamics, individual and group decision-making, and individual differences. Additional topics include social responsibility and ethics, diversity, organizational structure and design, organizational control, and managing innovation and change.

CHEM 117

CHEM 118

Phonetics and Phonology, CSAD 222: Michelle Moore
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.

Effective Public Speaking, CSAD 270: Carolyn Atkins
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.

Audiological Assessment, CSAD 440: Gayle Neldon
Application of basic audiological techniques, including puretone and speech audiometry, masking, and immittance testing.

Speech and Language Assisting, CSAD 480: Karen Haines
Assisting graduate clinicians in the treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders. 

Clinical Research Method/Practice, CHPR 440: Stephen Davis
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. 

Life Choices, COUN 230: Heidi O’Toole
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 Macroeconomics, ECON 202: Arabinda Basistha
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: TBD
Introduction to basic problem solving of engineering applications using algebra and trigonometry.

Engineering Problem Solving 1, ENGR 101: TBD
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: TBD
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.

ENGL 103

Literature of Minds and Selves, ENGL 170: Marilyn Francus
This course explores the nature of consciousness, selfhood, and humanness through literary and filmic representations of thought and character, especially those that deviate from the norm. Topics will vary by semester and might include disability, trauma, monstrosity, criminality, human rights, queer characters, children’s literature, post-humanism, or animal studies, among others.

British Literature 2, ENGL 262: David Stewart
A historical introduction and survey from the late eighteenth century to the present.

Writing for Exercise Science, EXPH 370: Randy Bryner
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.

Vampires, FCLT 298A: Lisa DiBartolomeo
This add-on class is associated with FCLT 281 - A course that 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 contestualizes the works in the cultures that produce them.

Italian Cinema 1945-Present Add-on, FCLT 340 Add-On: Annastella Vester
The goals of the course are to provide insight into major cultural, social and political issues of modern Italy and to help students develop a broader understanding of Italian cinema through film and literary, cultural and theoretical materials. 

Russian Lit Translation 1, FLIT 298E: Lisa DiBartolomeo

This add-on class is associated with FLIT 256 281- Major works of Russian authors from the beginning to 1880, including those of Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. Russian major will read selections in the original.

SPTP: Environmental Systems Inquiry, GEOG 293A: Nektaria Adaktylou
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.

SPTP: Qualitative Methods-Human Geography, GEOG 393D: Martina Caretta
The objective of this course is to discover, examine and discuss the theories of science at the ground of human geography and the qualitative methods used to carry out human geographical research. Do you want to learn how to do interviews, focus groups; administer questionnaires; do qualitative data analysis, do archival research and design a research project for your capstone?

Western Civilization: Antiquity-1600, HIST 101: Matthew Vester
A survey of the major developments in Western civilization beginning with the ancient Mediterranean world and concluding with Reformation Europe.

South Asia: Gandhi and Beyond, HIST 225: Mark Tauger
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.

Introduction of Public History, HIST 412: Jenny Boulware
Introduction to a wide range of career possibilities for historians in areas such as archives, historical societies, editing projects, museums, business, libraries, and historic preservation. Lectures, guest speakers, field trips, individual projects.

Honors Hall Council, HONR 101: Keisha Kibler
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.

Energy and Its Implications, HONR 202A: Derek Johnson
This course will Introduce students to energy topics and their broader implications within multiple social contexts. We will examine the big E’s of energy – economics, efficiency, and emissions. Students will learn about the research and development that drives the future of the energy sector. They will use project based learning, technical writing, and debating to analyze current technological solutions and address current socially/politically relevant topics such as regulation and climate change.

Child and Family Policy, HONR 204A: Child and Family Policy
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.

Dark Side of New Media, HONR 204B: Elizabeth Cohen
In this course students will use the dark, prophetic visions of new media in the popular series Black Mirror and other dystopian science fiction stories as a tool to explore the psychological theory and research that explains events depicted in popular media culture, identify and contextualize societal fears about technology and human nature, and develop ways to navigate psychological, relational, and cultural challenges of emergent technologies.

Banks/Politics in America, HONR 205A: Earl Glock

This course will give students a broad understanding of the relationship between politics and banking throughout American history. It will help students understand the outlines of banking theory, as well as the nature of the connections between economic and political forces. It will allow students to engage in interdisciplinary reading and discussion of these issues, relate them to contemporary debates, and to pursue primary research into them. 

Perspectives on Caring, HONR 205B: Roger Carpenter

This course is designed to increase the student’s understanding of the concept of caring, and to assist the student in articulating a philosophical view and approach to putting caring into action as a student, scholar, and global citizen. 

Storytelling with Archives, HONR 206A: Beth Toren

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 Dissonance, HONR 206B: Jules Malarcher
An introduction to comedy theory with its inflections in contemporary life and its intersections with cognitive dissonance research in the neurosciences and psychology.

City-As-Text Morgantown, HONR 210: Kevin Gooding
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?”

SPTP: Your Financial Life, HONR 293B: Presha Neidermeyer
This is a 1 credit hour book club

SPTP: Dante and His World, HONR 293C: John J Cole
This course is designed to introduce students to Dante Alighieri and his most famous literary work, the Divine Comedy. For more than 700 years, Dante has captivated readers with the beauty of his poetry and the power of his ideas. Students will learn about Dante, examine how people, places, and events in his life during the late Middle Ages influenced his writing, explore the content and style of his epic poem, and consider his impact over time on art, music, and literature. This course is intended to be the first few steps in what we hope will be a lifelong journey of appreciation for Dante and his classic, timeless work.

Museums in Action, HONR 293D: Heather Harris
Museums in Action introduces students to museum theory and practice through the study of how museums encourage visitors to engage with, learn from, and experience the objects they have on display. This study will then be applied in a practical context as students plan and implement museum tours and events for a variety of groups within the community. Students in this course will have the opportunity to become student docents, who facilitate the discovery and interpretation of art for real-world visitors as well as plan museum programming for upcoming exhibitions. Through this active component, the themes of the course will expand beyond art museum context to consider themes in the fields of public service, education, event management, and marketing.

Magic and Religion, HONR 293S: Alyssa Beall
“Magic” and “religion” are terms which are often understood in relation to each other; however, our own understanding of what these words mean impacts our understanding of how they relate to each other. Is magic something separate from religion? Is magic a part of religious practice? Is religion somehow more real or legitimate than magic?

Introductory Biochemistry Add-On, AGBI 410 Add-on, HONR 298C: Kim Barnes
This add-on class is associated with AGBI-410 - Introduction to chemistry of cellular constituents (proteins, amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, enzymes and coenzymes) and their metabolism in animals and plants.

Advanced Peer Tutoring, HONR 301: Ashley Watts
PR: 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.

The Salem Witch Trials, HONR 412: Kevin Gooding
Trials are one of the iconic events of American History. This class examines the trials themselves and their interpretations in scholarly works, art, drama and film, poetry and other media.

Introduction to Nutrition, HN&F 171: Megan Govidan

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.

Nutrition/Activity/Health, HN&F 200: Annette Freshour

An overview of how proper nutrition and physical activity relates to individual health and disease prevention. 

Principles of Immunobiology, IMMB 302: Rosana Schafer

Study of the basic concepts underlying the mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity.

Microbial Genetics, IMMB 410: Mariette Barbier
Molecular aspects of mutation, gene transfer mechanisms, genetic mapping, and genetic control using bacteria and bacteriophage systems as models. 

Molecular Immunobiology, IMMB 420: Gordon Meares
Study of the structure and function of the families of molecules employed by the immune system to recognize and initiate the immune response and the signaling pathways within the cell involved in the immune system.

Media Writing, JRL 215: Thomas Stewart
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.

Media Ethics and Law, JRL 428: Joel Beeson

How ethics and law work together to help create and maintain the media environment. Examines ethical paradigms within a legal framework, with special emphasis on morality.

Calculus 1, MATH 155: Iwona Wojciechowska

Introduction to limits, continuity, derivatives, antiderivatives, definite integrals, and applications of the derivative. Not open to students who have earned credit in MATH 153 and/or MATH 154.

Calculus 2, MATH 156: John Goldwasser
Techniques of integration, application of the definite integral, polar coordinates, indeterminate forms, and infinite series.

Multivariable Calculus, MATH 251: Rong Luo
Introduction to solid analytic geometry, vector algebra, and calculus of several variables.

Elementary Differential Equations, MATH 261: Charis Tsikkou
Ordinary differential equations, Laplace transforms, partial differential equations, Fourier series, and applications. 

Intro Aerospace Engineering, MAE 215: Patrick Browning
Fundamental physical quantities of a flowing gas, standard atmosphere, basic aerodynamic equations, airfoil nomenclature, lift, drag and aircraft performance. Digital computer usage applied to aerodynamic and performance problems and aircraft design. 

Analysis-Engineering Systems, MAE 316: David Mebane
Analytical, numerical, and computational techniques to analyze and solve engineering problems. Mathematical modeling, solution strategies, and analysis of results. Statistical techniques including probability distribution functions, regression analysis, and curve fitting.

History of Western Musical Traditions 1, MUSC 270: Mariana Whitmer
Survey of Western musical traditions from the Christian era to c1800 in their stylistic, historic, and social settings.

SPTP: Shakespeare and Music, MUSC 293B: Evan McCarthy
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.

Introduction to Nursing, NSG 100 Add-On, NSG 298A: Roger Carpenter
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.

Evidence Based Practice Research, NSG 276 Add-On, NSG 298B: Roger Carpenter
This add-on class is associated with NSG 276 - Theory, concepts, and methods of the research process intended to provide a basic understanding that is necessary for the translation of current evidence into nursing practice.

Alterations in Health 1, NSG 311 Add-On, NSG 298C: Roger Carpenter
This add-on class is associated with NSG 311 - Pathophysiology and holistic nursing care of adults experiencing acute and chronic problems. Use of the nursing process to plan and provide interventions appropriate to health care needs in the clinical setting.

Alterations in Health 2, NSG 312 Add-On, NSG 298D: Roger Carpenter
This add-on class is associated with NSG 312 - Builds on NSG 311 using critical thinking and nursing process in a team based learning format, paired with clinical application, to explore holistic nursing care of adults with acute and chronic health problems.

Ethics and Health Policy, NSG 360 Add-On, NSG 298E: Roger Carpenter
This add-on class is associated with NSG 360 - Ethical decision-making in health care situations across the lifespan, including palliative and end of life care. Health care policy, legal and regulatory issues are discussed.

Leadership in Complex Systems, NSG 412 Add-On, NSG 298F: Roger Carpenter
This add-on class is associated with NSG 412 - Development of leadership and management skills necessary for professional nursing practice and interventions supporting multiple patients in acute-care complex systems. Classroom experiences paired with 225 hours of precepted leadership experience.

Alterations in Mental Health, NSG 450 Add-On, NSG 298G: Roger Carpenter
This add-on class is associated with NSG 450 - Theory and Practice of professional nursing in response to complex alterations in psychosocial function and their impact on individuals, families, and communities. Classroom and clinical experiences.

Care of Critically Ill Patients, NSG 460 Add-On, NSG 298F: Roger Carpenter
This add-on class is associated with NSG 460 - Focuses on the professional nursing role in supporting individuals and families experiencing complex physiological alterations in health. Paired with clinical experiences supporting individuals and families in critical care settings.

Introduction to Pathology, PATH 300: Kimberly Feaster
A study of principles and processes of pathology from cellular to system, including etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical features of representative or commonly occurring disorders and diseases.

Intro to Critical Reasoning, PHIL 170: Andrew Pintus
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.

General Physics, PHYS 112: TBD
Survey of electricity, magnetism, and optics.

Global Political Issues, POLS 103: David Hauser
Analysis of issues in post-cold war international politics, ranging from traditional major power diplomacy and intervention to the newer problems of economic interdependence and development, human rights, population pressures on limited resources, and the environment.

Empirical Political Analysis, POL 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.

Intelligence Analysis Methods, POLS 302: Todd Clark
An advanced course in the understanding and use of skills, processes, and tools currently used by intelligence analysts in the national security community.

Criminal Law Policy and Administration, POL 331: Amber Brugnoli
Legal and administrative approach to policy issues in criminal justice. Focuses on the criminal law, police, court decisions, and the implementation of law and policy in the criminal field.

History of Political Thought 2, POLS 371: Philip Michelbach
Major political philosophers and ideas of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Burke, Bentham, Mill, Hegel, and Marx.

Introduction to Psychology Add-On, PSYC 298B: Elizabeth Lavelle
This add-on class is associated with PSYC 101 - Survey of general psychology.

Honors, PSYC 498: Constance Toffle
Independent reading, study or research

Introduction to World Religions, RELG 102: Joseph Snow, another section taught by Alyssa Beall
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?

Introduction to Anthropology, SOCA 105: Susanna Donaldson
Essentials of human evolution and prehistory with a concentration on the varieties of languages and cultures found among peoples of the world.

Social Problems in Contemporary America, SOCA 207: Daniel Brewster
Sociological analysis of the causes, effects and approaches to preventing and reducing social problems in American society.

Intermediate Spanish 1, SPAN 203: TBD
Continuation of Span 102.

Introduction to Sport Management, SM 167: Gary Lhotsky
Overview of the sport management profession including career opportunities, critical current issues. trends, professional standards and the professional organizations.

Issues in Sport Studies, SM 387: Dennis Jones
An in-depth analysis of critical issues impacting sport and the sport industry.

Sport in American Society, SEP 271: Ashley Cranney
Sociocultural investigation of sport in American society.

Psychological Perspectives in Sport, SEP 272: Ashley Cranney
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.