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Honors Program in General Education (HNRS)

College of Arts and Sciences

Only students enrolled in the Honors program are eligible to take HNRS courses.

Because HNRS is an integrative program, the courses in one semester are generally prerequisite to the courses in the following semester. (Exceptions for majors in certain departments have been arranged and are available in the Honors office.)

110 Introduction to Honors (3:3:0). Introduces the expectations, conventions, and requirements of the integrative Honors curriculum. Explores the performing arts and (in conjunction with HNRS 120) both library and electronic research techniques.

120 Computers in Contemporary Society (4:4:0). Provides computer literacy through hands-on programming and information processing, as well as appreciation of the computer's roles in modern society.

121 Reading Cultural Signs (3:3:0). Uses methods introduced from cultural studies and communication as well as sociology, economics, and psychology. Explores ways in which contemporary arts, mass media (including advertising), and cultural events, as well as social institutions, reflect and shape personal and social values.

122 Reading the Arts (3:3:0). Uses methods developed in PAGE 121 and introduced from literary study and fine arts. In fostering appreciation, explores the relationship of the parts to the whole in a work of art, connections among different art forms, and links between art and its historical context.

125, 225 Analysis and Solution of Quantitative Problems I, II (3:3:0), (3:3:0). Discusses real-world modeling and problem solving techniques and, in conjunction with the computer and tools introduced from the mathematical sciences, applies these to the analysis and solution of a variety of quantitative problems in the natural and social sciences as well as the business environment.

130 Conceptions of Self (3:3:0). Drawing from appropriate works in the social sciences, arts, and humanities, examines different conceptions of the self characteristic of different cultures.

131 Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives (3:3:0). Explores methods and perspectives in the social sciences and humanities to evaluate the contribution of different disciplines to an understanding of significant social issues and their global ramifications.

227, 228 Scientific Thought and Processes I, II (4:3:3), (4:3:3). Prerequisite: Taken in sequence. Explores and integrates the principles of classical and modern science through the study of such topics as cosmology, evolution, ecology, mechanics, relativity, and quantum physics.

230 Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3:3:0). Enables students to broaden cultural horizons and to understand human behavior by studying in depth a society different from their own.

252 The Decision-Making Process and the Choice of Technologies (3:3:0). Examines decision making in large organizations, its effects on the choice of technologies, and the impact of these choices on values.

253 The Contemporary United States (3:3:0). Studies specific aspects of contemporary U.S. society from historical, sociological, political, economic, cultural, and global perspectives.

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