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Honors Courses for First-Year Students Fall 2020

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.  

As a first-year student, you will complete registration in a one-on-one virtual advising appointment with an advisor in your major as part of your New Student Orientation experience. 

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

How to Find Honors Courses

Want to see most available Honors courses for Fall 2020 in one place? Follow the instructions below.

  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 "Browse Classes."

  5. Select "Fall 2020."
  6. Do not select a subject. This will keep all subjects selected.

  7. Under "Campus," select "WVU Campus Course."

  8. Under "Attribute," select "Honors Course."

  9. Click "Search." You should now see the current list of Honors courses for fall semester.

Remember, you can earn Honors credit directly through Honors courses, Honors sections of regular courses, or through Honors add-ons.

Honors add-ons give you Honors credit for the number of hours you earn in the course plus the number of credits in the add-on (so if a course is three credits and the add-on is zero credits, you will earn three Honors credits if you successfully complete both the course and the Honors add-on).

If none of the listed courses will work with your schedule next semester, remember there are  other ways to earn Honors credit, such as by contracting a non-Honors course for Honors credit. Please contact your Honors advisor with any questions.

Fall 2020 Course List

2020-2021 Honors Faculty Fellows Courses

The Biology of Aging

HONR 202

Steven Frisch

Woodburn Hall | Room G11 02:30 PM - 03:45 PM TTR

This course will be a multidisciplinary examination of biologic aging and the factors that affect and can extend longevity. Students will learn about the exciting study of “cell senescence,” or the irreversible cessation of cell division. Students will explore work that shows cell senescence as the major factor underlying human aging and learn about new interventions that prevent cell senescence in model organisms, extending their longevity. What could this mean for humans and aging in the future?


People vs. the Planet

HONR 204A

Andrea Soccorsi

Clark Hall | Room 317 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM TTR

This course will challenge students to consider climate change and environmental issues through the lens of multiple disciplines, focusing on how the perspectives of diverse stakeholders in the sciences, social sciences and humanities can help us not only to better understand the issues surrounding climate change, but also to propose plausible solutions together. Students will employ critical reading, thinking and writing skills to investigate the science of climate change, as well as its representation in media, literature and other sources. Students will then translate these theoretical problems into real world solutions through an action project with local non-profit organizations and the city of Morgantown. 


Trauma, Resilience & Children

HONR 204B

Kimberly Floyd

Allen Hall | Room 414 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM TTR

This course will examine the influence trauma has on the lives of children and how it impacts them throughout their lives — in their growth, learning and adult relationships. Students will explore these topics through community activities, guest speakers, readings and interactive in-class learning focusing on the core issues of trauma-informed care and the influence of childhood trauma on society and the economy.  


Mysteries and Diagnoses

HONR 205

Johanna Winant

Woodburn Hall | Room G11 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM TTR

This course will ask students to re-examine stories of murder mysteries and medical diagnoses as interpretive puzzles, each with their own assumptions, blind spots and biases. Students will probe the process of interpretation and test presumptions of objectivity, learning about the influence of ideology, when interpretation and explanation succeed and fail, and whom they fail. Ultimately students will learn to see how ideological structures and societal values shape even the most objective work and arguments.


Creative Thinking

HONR 206

Carla Brigandi

Art Museum of WVU | Room G7 09:30 AM - 10:45 AM TTR

This course will challenge students to look at the world and its problems through the lens of creativity, progressively guiding them through increasingly more advanced creative thinking activities and strategies. This course will give students the toolkit they need to pursue a self-selected passion project in an individual investigation of a real-world problem with the goal of producing real solutions and making the world a better place. 


Nonfiction Storytelling

HONR 206

John Temple

Evansdale Crossing | Room 421 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM MWF

In this course, students will examine and analyze different types of contemporary nonfiction writing, looking at their narrative structures to learn how stories are built and ultimately creating their own in-depth, original nonfiction stories. Students will discuss the ethics and practical concerns behind applying narrative techniques to real-world events, exploring how storytelling done well is able to entertain and inform, as well as create empathy, making the retelling of a series of events propulsive, satisfying, and ultimately consequential.  


Global Consulting

HONR 207

Ludwig Schaupp

Woodburn Hall | Room G21 10:300 AM - 11:15 AM TTR

This course will teach students how to work cross-culturally in the business world by working with a real international client, honing students’ cooperation, problem-solving and presentation skills. Students will pair up with undergraduates studying in Münster, Germany, giving both groups of students the opportunity to work together to learn global competence, collaborating across cultural differences and performing real-world client problem solving.

Full List of Honors Courses for First-Year Students Fall 2020

Principles of Accounting        

ACCT 202

Chen Zhao

Online | CRN: 82528

Prerequisite: ACCT 201

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

 

Inquiry Approaches to Teaching

ARSC 120

Joshua Karr

Allen Hall | Room 405 05:00 PM – 06:15 PM W | CRN: 84960

Introduction to the theory and practice behind excellent inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction, offering opportunity to explore teaching as a career. Students obtain firsthand experience in designing, planning, and teaching lessons in local elementary and middle school classrooms, and is assessing students' progress toward course objectives.

 

Inquiry Approaches to Teaching

ARSC 120

Elaine Schwing

CPASS Building | Room G10 08:00 AM - 09:15 AM T | CRN: 84961

Allen Hall | Room 418 03:30 PM - 04:45 PM TR | CRN: 84962

Introduction to the theory and practice behind excellent inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction, offering opportunity to explore teaching as a career. Students obtain firsthand experience in designing, planning, and teaching lessons in local elementary and middle school classrooms, and is assessing students' progress toward course objectives.

 

Human Sexuality

BIOL 122

Toni Morris

Life Sciences Building | Room G21 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM TTR | CRN: 85244

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.

 

HNRS: BIOL 101 Add-On

BIOL 298A

Sydha Salihu

Life Sciences Building | Room G21 01:30 PM - 02:20 PM M | CRN: 87803

Independent reading, study or research.

 

HNRS: BIOL 115 Add-On

BIOL 298C

*****STAFF*****

Online | 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM M | CRN: 87808

Online | 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM M | CRN: 87810

Online | 10:30 AM - 11:20 PM W | CRN: 87815

Online | 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM W | CRN: 87816

Independent reading, study or research.

 

First-Year Seminar

BCOR 191

Li Wang

Business & Economics Building | Room 458 08:30 AM - 09:20 AM W | CRN: 85961

Engages students in active learning strategies that enable effective transition to college life at WVU. Students will explore school, college and university programs, policies and services relevant to academic success. Provides active learning activities that enable effective transition to the academic environment. Students examine school, college and university programs, policies and services.

 

Introduction to Business

BCOR 199

Li Wang

Oglebay Hall | Room 118 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM MWF | CRN: 85776

Oglebay Hall | Room 118 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM MWF | CRN: 85254

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

  

Intro to Addiction Studies

COUN 240

Engineering Sciences Building | Room G39 05:00 PM – 07:50 PM T | CRN: 88379

Overview of core concepts related to substance use and substance use disorders. Topics include the history of drug use/addiction, effects on societal members, pharmacology of common psychoactive drugs, theories of addiction, treatment approaches, mutual support, recovery and relapse.

 

Principles of Chemistry 1

CHEM 117

Betsy Ratcliff

Clark Hall | Room 312 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM MWF | CRN: 85291

For Honors students looking for a smaller, more intensive General Chemistry experience. Students must register for both lecture and laboratory.

 

Life Choices

COUN 230

Heidi O'Toole

Clark Hall | Room 317 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM TTR | CRN: 81575

Students will examine lifestyle choices typically dictated by unconscious customs rather than research. Covers areas of attitude, relationships, physical lifestyle, health and spirituality. The class consists of lectures and required student participation.

 

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 202

Arabinda Basistha

Prerequisites: ECON 201 or AGRE 150

Online | 02:30 PM - 03:45 PM TTR | CRN: 82691

Aggregate demand and supply, saving, investment, the level of employment and national income determination, monetary and fiscal policy.

 

Engineering Problem Solving 1

ENGR 101

Lizzie Santiago

Engineering Sciences Building | Room G11 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM MW | CRN: 82421

 

Engineering Problem Solving 1

ENGR 101

Gerald Angle

Engineering Sciences Building | Room G11 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM MW | CRN: 81647

Engineering Sciences Building | Room G11 01:00 PM – 01:50 PM MW | CRN: 83298

 

Engineering Problem Solving 1

ENGR 101

Atheer Almasri

Engineering Sciences Building | Room G78B 08:00 AM - 08:50 AM TTR | CRN: 84864

 

Engineering Problem Solving 1

ENGR 101

Michael Brewster

Engineering Sciences Building | Room G11 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM MW | CRN: 86757

 

HNRS: FCLT 281 Add-On

FCLT 298B

Lisa DiBartolomeo

TBA | TBA | CRN: 88032

Add-on to FCLT 281 Vampire: 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.

 

HNRS: FLIT 256 Add-On

FLIT 298E

Lisa DiBartolomeo

TBA | TBA | CRN: 88132

Add-on to FLIT 256 Russian Literature in Translation 1. 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.

 

HNRS: FIS 201 Add-On

FIS 498C

Roger Jefferys

Crime Scene Garage | Room 100 04:30 PM - 05:20 PM TR | CRN: 87804

Independent reading, study, or research.

 

Natural Resources

GEOG 205

Brenden McNeil

Online | 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM TTR | 86097

Introduces the concept of natural resources and surveys such topics as land, soil, rangeland, forests, water, atmosphere, minerals, and energy. Emphasis is on the United States within the context of the global environment.

 

SPTP: Global Campus Read

GLO 293A

Vanessa Yerkovich

Online | CRN: 89010

Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

 

Latin Amrca: Culture/ Conquest/ Colonization

HIST 241

Michele Stephens

Online | TBA | 88347

History of the formative period of Latin America, emphasizing the social and economic interaction between Indians, Europeans, and blacks from the conquest to the wars for independence in the early nineteenth century.

 

Honors Hall Council

HONR 101

Keisha Kibler

Honors Hall | Room 120 07:00 PM - 07:50 PM W | CRN: 83565

 

First-Year Seminar

HONR 191

Ashley Watts

Online | 02:30 PM - 03:20 PM MW | CRN: 86734

Engages students in active learning strategies that enable effective transition to college life at WVU. Students will explore school, college and university programs, policies and services relevant to academic success. Provides active learning activities that enable effective transition to the academic environment. Students examine school, college and university programs, policies and services.

 

People vs. the Planet

HONR 204A

Andrea Soccorsi

Clark Hall | Room 312 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM TTR | 87981

An interdisciplinary exploration of climate change, its human costs, and potential solutions.

 

Mysteries and Diagnoses

HONR 205A

Johanna Winant

Online | 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM TTR | CRN: 89094

Analyzing murder mysteries and literary accounts of illness identification, students dissect the process of interpretation and test presumptions of objectivity.

 

Creative Thinking

HONR 206

Carla Brigandi

Allen Hall | Room 405 09:30 AM - 10:45 AM TTR | CRN: 87988

An introduction to the study of artistic expression through focused, engaging subjects. Development of creative problem-solving skills culminating in a self-selected passion project.

 

Nonfiction Storytelling

HONR 206B

John Temple

Online | 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM MWF | CRN: 87989

Students examine and analyze different types of nonfiction writing, creating their own in-depth, original nonfiction stories.

 

City-As-Text-Morgantown

HONR 210

Kevin Gooding

Honors Hall | Room 120 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM TTR | CRN: 81720

National Collegiate Honors Council's framework City-As-Text uses Morgantown as the basis for an interactive course which uses primary document and physical structures to investigate the historical, political, cultural and social aspects of place. The central question that the course seeks to answer is How does a Space become a Place?

 

Service in Tutoring

HONR 245

Landon Southerly

Online | 04:00 PM - 04:50 PM T | CRN: 85981

An introduction to the basic principles, practices, and current theory of peer tutoring. This course will provide Honors students the opportunity to tutor in local high schools while learning about topics of interest in education. Students will engage in reflection and critical inquiry that link service learning to academic learning.

 

SPTP: Natural Navigation

293G

Dustin Madison

Online | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM W | CRN: 89317

Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

 

SPTP: Future Campus Read

HONR 293I

Susan Lantz

Life Sciences Building | Room G21 04:00 PM - 04:50 PM TR | CRN: 87354

Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

SPTP: DISASTER! Man-made Chaos

HONR 293O

Eric Myers

Honors Hall | 03:00 PM - 03:50 PM T | CRN: 88829

Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

 

SPTP: Celebrity Culture

HONR 293T

Dennis Allen

Online | 04:00 PM - 04:50 PM T | CRN: 88058

Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

 

SPTP: Business and Human Rights

HONR 293V

Jena Martin

Lincoln Hall | 05:00 PM - 05:50 PM M | CRN: 88206

Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

 

Research

HONR 297

Damien Clement

Online | CRN: 81051

Independent research projects.

 

Research

HONR 297

Paige Zalman

Online | 05:30 PM - 06:20 PM M | CRN: 84156

Online | 05:30 PM - 06:20 PM M | CRN: 84443

Online | 05:30 PM - 06:20 PM W | CRN: 84445

Online | 05:00 PM - 05:50 PM TR | CRN: 84446

Online | 05:00 PM - 05:50 PM T | CRN: 85136    

Online | 05:00 PM - 05:50 PM M | CRN: 85377   

Online | 05:30 PM - 06:20 PM T | CRN: 85378

Online | 04:30 PM - 05:20 PM M | CRN: 86075

Online | 04:30 PM - 05:20 PM M | CRN: 86076

Online | 04:30 PM - 05:20 PM W | CRN: 86078

Online | 05:30 PM - 06:20 PM W | CRN: 86079

Online | 04:00 PM - 04:50 PM T | CRN: 86080

Online | 05:30 PM - 06:20 PM TR | CRN: 86081

Online | 05:00 PM - 05:50 PM W | CRN: 88305

Independent research projects.

 

Nutrition/Activity/Health

HN&F 200

Annette Freshour

Prerequisite: HN&F 171

Online | 08:00 AM - 09:15 AM TTR | CRN: 83346

 

Calculus 1

MATH 155

Vicki Sealey/Renee LaRue/STAFF

Brooks Hall | Room 125 09:50 AM - 11:00 AM MWF | CRN: 84409

 

Media Writing

MDIA 215

John Temple

Online | 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM MW | CRN: 87741

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.

 

HNRS: NSG 100 Add-On

NSG 298A

Roger Carpenter

Online | 05:00 PM - 05:50 PM W | CRN: 87824

Independent reading, study or research.

 

General Physics

PHYS 111

Navid Mottaghi

Online | 08:30 AM - 11:20 AM T (Laboratory) | CRN: 86478

 

General Physics

PHYS 112

Zachariah Etienne

Online | 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM MWF | CRN: 82137

 

General Physics

PHYS 112

John Stewart

Online | 02:30 PM - 05:20 PM W (Laboratory) | CRN: 86479

 

Global Political Issues

POLS 103

David Hauser

Clark Hall | Room 200 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM MWF | CRN: 84990

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.

 

HNRS: PSYC 101 Add-On

PSYC 298B

Elizabeth Levelle

Life Sciences Building | Room 1111 02:30 PM - 03:20 PM T | CRN: 87659

Independent reading, study or research.

 

Intro to Public and Community Health

PUBH 101

Michael McCawley

Health Sciences North | Room 2118 09:30 AM - 10:50 AM TTR | CRN: 86161

This course will provide students with an overview of the principles and practice of public and community health. Students will learn about the history, core function and essential services of public health, as well as engage in discussions about current public health events and issues.

 

Intro to Health Administration

PUBH 230

Erik Carlton

Online | 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM TTR | CRN: 88252

Introduces core concepts in health administration, addressing the organization of health services, administrative theories and applications, performance improvement, decision-making, managing change, and professionalism/communication in healthcare and public health administration.

 

Introduction to World Religions

RELG 102

Alyssa Beall

Brooks Hall | Room 225 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM TTR | 82414

This course explores five of the most widely practiced world religions; Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Students are introduced to the history and basic tenets of each faith.

 

Human Diversity

SOWK 147

Kathleen Chaney

Life Sciences Building | Room G15 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM M | 85645

Covers a range of diverse populations especially those historically subjected to oppression and social and economic injustice. Addresses the causes and effects of institutionalized forms of oppression.

 

Introduction to Social Work

SOWK 151

Carol Amendola

Life Sciences Building | Room G15 02:30 PM - 03:45 PM TTR | CRN: 85651

Overview of the social welfare field and social work profession. Emphasizes social work values and ethics.

Intermediate Spanish 1

SPAN 203

Pablo Garcia Loaeza

Online | TBA | 80182

Continuation of Span 102.

 

Intro to Sport Management

SM 167

Gary Lhotsky

Engineering Sciences Building | Room G102 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM MWF | CRN: 84682

    

World Theatre & Drama

THET 170

Radhica Ganapathy

Engineering Sciences Building | Room G39 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM MWF | CRN: 86761

Introduction to theatre and drama traditions in ten world cultures. An intercultural study of theaters, performance and staging practices, the cultural milieu, and dramatic literature.

 

Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

WGST 170

Kristiina Riivald

Ming Hsieh Hall | Room 126 05:30 PM - 06:45 PM MW | 87104

The major contexts in which gender identities have been and are defined and of the relationships between these definitions and the roles and history of women and men in society and culture.

 

 

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