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Honors Seminars

Note: Most classes are offered every semester but there are some exceptions.

HON 099 Transitions for Undeclared Incoming Honors Students (1). Course is designed to assist students in their transition to Murray State University. Content includes orientation to the specific area or major(s) and minor(s) within the academic program; university procedures, policies, and resources; strategies for personal and academic success, and extracurricular opportunities. Only one transitions course will count toward graduation. A one-hour semester course designed for incoming Honors Program students with an undeclared major. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the Honors Program.

HON 133 Honors Seminar in Sociology (3). This course will introduce students to sociology and the sociological perspective by focusing upon contemporary societies. Through a study of key concepts such as culture, society, group behavior, population, family, stratification, community, social institutions and change, students will be given the tools by which to understand better their society and others around the world. Open only to students in the Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the University Studies requirement in place of SOC 133. A student may not receive credit for both HON 133 and SOC 133.

HON 150 Honors Seminar in Archaeology (3). A survey of archaeology’s contribution to humankind’s knowledge of prehistoric and historic development on a worldwide basis with emphasis placed upon discoveries rather than methods of archaeology. Open only to students in the Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the University Studies requirement in place of ARC 150. A student may not receive credit for both HON 150 and ARC 150.  

This course will introduce students to
sociology and the sociological perspective by focusing upon contemporary societies. Through a
study of key concepts such as culture, society, group behavior, population, family, stratification,
community, social institutions and change, students will be given the tools by which to
understand better their society and others around the world. Open only to students in the
Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the University Studies requirement in place of SOC 133.
A student may not receive credit for both HON 133 and SOC 133.
This course will introduce students to
sociology and the sociological perspective by focusing upon contemporary societies. Through a
study of key concepts such as culture, society, group behavior, population, family, stratification,
community, social institutions and change, students will be given the tools by which to
understand better their society and others around the world. Open only to students in the
Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the University Studies requirement in place of SOC 133.
A student may not receive credit for both HON 133 and SOC 133.
This course will introduce students to
sociology and the sociological perspective by focusing upon contemporary societies. Through a
study of key concepts such as culture, society, group behavior, population, family, stratification,
community, social institutions and change, students will be given the tools by which to
understand better their society and others around the world. Open only to students in the
Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the University Studies requirement in place of SOC 133.
A student may not receive credit for both HON 133 and SOC 133.
HON 161 Honors Seminar in Visual Arts (3). An exploration of the importance of the visual arts in human culture through visual presentations, readings, discussion and participation. Open only to students in the Honors Program. A University Studies fine arts elective. A student cannot have credit for both this course and ART 121.

HON 162 Honors Seminar in Music (3). An exploration of the importance of music in human culture through aural presentation, reading, discussion, and participation. Open only to students in the Honors Program. A University Studies fine arts elective. A student cannot have credit for both this course and MUS 105.

HON 163 Honors Seminar in Theatre (3). An exploration of the importance of theatre in human culture through reading, attendances at dramatic interpretations, discussion, and participation. Open only to students in the Honors Program. A University Studies fine arts elective. A student cannot have credit for both this course and THD 104.

HON 164 Honors Seminar in Arts and Culture Abroad (3). An interdisciplinary exploration, in study-abroad settings, of the visual arts, architecture, music, theatre, and cinema. Classes will consist of lectures, discussions, and presentations based on cultural experiences of the fine arts abroad, with related readings. Research and critical writing will be emphasized. Assignments will include class excursions, museum visits, and attendance at concerts, plays, and films. Prerequisite:  Open only to students in the Honors Program as a fine arts elective.

HON 165  Honors Seminar in Communications (3).  An exploration of interpersonal communication and public address skills necessary for personal and professional success. A university studies communication and basic skills elective. A student cannot have credit for this course and COM 161 or COM 181. Prerequisite: must be enrolled in the Honors Program.

HON 180 Honors Seminar in Psychology (3).  A basic survey introducing the student to psychology as a science that can be applied to practical problems and everyday issues by learning the methods, concepts, and terminology of the discipline.

HON 201 Honors Seminar in Social Science I (3). An interdisciplinary course involving readings and discussion of environmental, social, economic, and political influences and developments in the major civilizations of the world prior to 1500 A.D. Open only to students in the Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the world civilizations University Studies requirement in place of CIV 101. A student cannot have credit for both this course and CIV 101.

HON 202 Honors Seminar in Social Science II (3). An interdisciplinary course involving readings and discussion of environmental, social, economic and political influences and developments in the major civilizations of the world since 1500 A.D. Open only to students in the Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the world civilizations University Studies requirement in place of CIV 102. A student cannot have credit for both this course and CIV 102.

HON 212 Honors Seminar in Ethics (3). Introduction to classic and contemporary problems of personal and social morality and to the systems and methods proposed by philosophers, past and present, in response to questions of good and evil. Open only to students in the Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the University Studies requirement in place of PHI 202. A student may not receive credit for both HON 212 and PHI 202.

HON 232 Honors Seminar in Economics (3). An introduction to the application of the basic principles of supply and demand to issues in aggregate economics and to the behavior of individual economic agents.  Open only to students in the Honors Program. A student cannot have credit for this course and both ECO 230 and 231. Prerequisites: MAT 117, 140, 150, or 220; or and ACT math standard score of at least 23; or consent of instructor.

HON 251 Honors Seminar in Literature and Philosophy I (3). An exploration of the roots of modern ethics and values through intensive study, in a lecture/precept setting, of the world’s literary and philosophical works from the ancient to the modern eras. Open only to students in the Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the humanities University Studies requirement in place of HUM 211. A student cannot have credit for both this course and HUM 211.

HON 252 Honors Seminar in Literature and Philosophy II (3). An exploration of modern ethics and values through intensive study, in a lecture/precept setting, of the world’s literary and philosophical works in the modern to post-modern eras. Open only to students in the Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the humanities University Studies requirement in place of HUM 212. A student cannot have credit for both this course and HUM 212. 

HON 261 Honors Seminar in Science I (3). An exploration through readings and discussion of various topics in the history and philosophy of science. Open only to students in the Honors Program. Prerequisite: four hours of lab sciences to be approved by the Honors Program Director.

HON 262 Honors Seminar in Mathematics (3). An exploration through guided discovery activities and discussion of various topics in the history and methods of mathematics. Open only to students in the Honors Program.  Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Honors Program and the completion of at least one university studies mathematics course.

HON 270 Honors Seminar in International Relations (3). The nature of international society and the forces affecting the behavior of states in their relations with one another. Open only to students in the Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the University Studies requirement in place of POL 250. A student may not receive credit for both HON 270 and POL 250.

HON 272 Honors Seminar in Comparative Politics (3). This course provides the student with comparative and evaluative concepts and approaches necessary to developing an intelligent understanding and appreciation of the world’s diverse political systems, focusing particularly on how democracy works. Open only to students in the Honors Program. Fulfills three hours of the University Studies requirement in place of POL 252. A student may not receive credit for both HON 272 and POL 252.

HON 351 Honors Seminar in International Affairs (3). An examination of selected international issues and problems with particular reference to students’ international study experiences. Open only to students in the Honors Program.

HON 355 Honors Independent Study Abroad (3). This course is designed for those students who elect to engage in an individualized study or project which will provide an international
experience. It may take the form of an exchange, internship, and/or extended research study. Permission for enrollment and course requirements must be secured from the academic department sponsoring the study and approved by the Honors Program.

HON 364 Advanced Honors Seminar in Arts and Culture Abroad (3). An advanced interdisciplinary exploration of the visual arts, architecture, music, theatre, cinema, and folk and popular culture. Offered only in study-abroad programs sponsored by Murray State University. There will be at least 37 contact hours in a formal classroom setting, and additional “lab” requirements that will depend upon cultural offerings in the program locale and in excursion destinations. This course will be cross-listed with HON 164, but substantial additional independent research and critical writing will be required. Open only to students with junior-level standing, with at least 3 hours previous credit in the fine arts, and with at least
a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application to study-abroad program.

HON 437 Senior Honors Thesis (3). A faculty-supervised thesis and/or project which allows Honors Program students with a senior standing to undertake advanced research. A thesis paper and/or written review of the exhibit or performance is required.


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