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Spring 2022 Mid-Semester Honors Courses

Are you looking for a mid-semester Honors course? This spring semester, the Honors College will be offering four 1-credit mid-semester book study courses. Note that classes begin meeting the week of March 7.   

  • HONR 293C – CRN 17776 – Change the World, Tuesdays from 4-4:50 p.m. Kevin Gooding - Honors Hall, Room 120
    • Wondering what your'e going to do with all the knowledge, skills, and passions that you have gained from the Honors Foundation program? In this 1-credit hour course taught by Dr. Kevin Gooding, you will formulate a plan for the next two years of your time at WVU and perhaps beyond! We'll introduce you to people and resources who can help you create your plan!
  • HONR 293D – CRN 18133 – Palestinian Experience, Thursdays from 10-10:50 a.m. Cate Johnson – Hodges Hall, Room 133
    • Join Cate Johnson of the ASPIRE Office for a one-credit, 8-week course. We will be reading two books on the Palestinian people: The Hundred Years War on Palestine by Rashid Khalidi and Against the Loveless World: A Novel by Susan Abulhawa."
  • HONR 293J – CRN 18153 – LGBTQ Rights and the Law, Thursdays from 5:30-6:20 p.m. Brad Grimes – Hodges Hall, Room 221
    • This course will survey the evolution and development of laws that impact people who identify as LGBTQ+ and gender diverse. We will study the gradual development of key laws emerging from court cases that were instrumental in establishing important rights and protections for LGBTQ+ people.

      While doing so, we will consider how intersectional identities impact and influence LGBTQ+ legal access and justice.

      Despite important gains regarding LGBTQ rights, we will also discuss the limitations and gaps in those rights and protections. Finally, we will discuss what is needed in terms of future legal protections, as well as exploring ideas on "queering" the judicial and legislative systems to ensure that the legal system is truly fair and equitable with respect to LGBTQ+ people.
  • HONR 293O – CRN 16903 – How to Read a Poem, Mondays from 10:30-11:20 a.m. Ann Pancake – Woodburn Hall, Room 110
    • “How To Read a Poem:  Native American Poet Joy Harjo” 

      Harjo, the nation’s first Native American Poet Laureate, will be visiting WVU in early April.  This course will give us an opportunity to dive into her work and to see Harjo while she is here.   

      We’ll learn how poetry can inspire and sustain us through difficult times, and we’ll learn how a Native American perspective gives us fresh and vital ways to think about our current challenges.  You’ll also have a chance to write your own poems, if you choose.  Led by WVU’s writer-in-residence, Ann Pancake, the book club will give us a place to create community and to engage in meaningful conversation. 

       Required Text, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, by Joy Harjo

      Meets Mondays 10:30 to 11:20 for seven weeks, March 7 through April 25, Woodburn 110. 1 credit.