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Fall 2020 Honors Courses

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Upperclass Courses 

Critical Issues of Criminal Justice

Ross Allen
MW 12:30pm-1:50pm
Approved for EAV / WRI for general education.


History of Theatre 

Ken Elliott
TTH 11:10am-12:30pm
Approved for HAC for general education.

This course will cover the fundamentals of the history of world theater and drama by examining performance traditions and theater practices from their earliest ritual beginnings to the eighteenth century. The student will read major dramatic texts representative of these periods, which are key to the development of world drama. Although there is an emphasis placed on the western canon, some class time will be devoted to non-western theatre as well. Class activities will include lectures, discussions, audio-visual presentations, reading, and writing assignments.  Major playwrights covered include Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare and Moliere. In addition to quizzes and papers, there will be a midterm and final.


Seminar in Professional Nursing

Trish Suplee
T 8am-10:50am

This introductory nonclinical course in nursing is designed to provide the student with a foundation in nursing knowledge that will provide the basis for ensuing theory and clinical nursing courses. Major foci will be the discipline and profession of nursing, its history, its conceptual and theoretical structures, and the patterns of knowledge needed for developing the science and practice of nursing. It requires the integration of previously acquired knowledge in the sciences, arts, and humanities and introduces basic concepts in epidemiology, demographics, and cultural competencies, as well as the knowledge necessary for a beginning understanding of the research process, and for development of interpersonal and interdisciplinary communication skills. The ethics and values of the profession as well as the scope of practice and other legal and regulatory aspects will be introduced. Current issues in nursing and the many roles of the baccalaureate-prepared professional nurse will be examined and discussed as the student is socialized to become a self-reflective, accountable, lifelong learner given to self-appraisal as she or he navigates the route to achieving the terminal objectives of the curriculum.


Aging and Health in Global Communities
57:705:313:H1, GCM
Meshell Mansor
W 8am-10:50am
Approved for GCM for general education.

The population of the world is aging.  In some societies aging is associated with a good quality of life and in others with the loss of health and well-being. This course will explore issues and challenges related to the aging population. Maintaining health and preparing for a peaceful death will be addressed from a global perspective appropriate to the impact that aging will have on the global community.

The course content will examine how a variety of disciplines have viewed the culture of aging over time and the historical evolution of health care services for older adults.  Although the primary focus will be aging in America, lessons learned from other global societies will be incorporated to ensure that students are able to understand the meaning and significance of healthy aging.  Students will examine the aging population in the context of enhancing contemporary understanding of the impact of individuals over 65 who will outnumber the population of young people for the first time in history by mid-century.



1st year Courses

Review Writing

Matt Sorento
MW 3:45pm-5:05pm
Approved for AAI  for general education.


Literature of Philadelphia

Tyler Hoffman
T 2pm – 4:50pm
Approved for AAI  for general education.


Neuroscience of Opioid Epidemic

Nathan Fried
MW 2:05pm-3:25pm
Approved for PLS for general education.


Urban Economics and Planning

MW 12:30pm-1:50pm
Approved for PLS for general education.


Game Theory

Randy Mershon
T TH 11:10am-12:30pm

Introduction to Game Theory is a course designed to be accessible to students at all levels of mathematics (043 completion or proper placement perquisite) to explore how mathematics aids in optimal decision making in everyday life.  Examples include choosing optimal routes in daily errands, or determining proper strategy in various games of skill and chance.  Material will combine many discrete mathematics topics including probability and graph theory and focus on logically determining solutions to various puzzles.   In this course we will discuss various classic puzzles and games such as The Tower of Hanoi, The “Lights Out” Problem, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, and the Monty Hall Problem as well as modern day “pop culture” examples of using mathematical reasoning to aid in decision making. 

Introduction to Psychology Nursing Majors Only

Sara Fiorot
TTH 2 p.m.