Honors Courses (Fall 2011)

Honors courses are designed to be innovative and challenging. They may be interdisciplinary, focus on great works and ideas, cover issues of keen interest, or present a topic in great depth with a faculty member who has expertise in that subject. Honors courses are open only to students in the Pforzheimer Honors College. Students who are not in the Honors College may be permitted to register for an Honors course with written permission from the Director of Honors, contingent upon the student’s GPA and space available in the course. Each Honors course carries Honors credit which will appear on the student’s transcript and will count toward completing the requirements of the Honors College. For additional information, contact Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton, Director, Pforzheimer Honors College, Mortola Library, third floor, Pleasantville campus, at 914 773-3848 or JBenton@pace.edu.

 

LEARNING COMMUNITY: THE PERSON, 7 credits total

Prerequisite: None

PHI 110 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY, 3 credits
Fulfills: AOK 2 or 5
Day: T 2:30-3:25pm, R 2:30-4:30pm, Lawrence Hundersmarck

Course description: This course offers an examination of some of the major philosophical problems and an introduction to some of the great figures in the history of philosophy. Focus is on questions concerning the sources of knowledge, the meaning of moral and other value judgments, the nature of the human mind, the justifications for political authority, and the intellectual presuppositions of religious belief.

PSY 112   INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY, 4 credits
Fulfills: AOK 5
Day: M 1:25-3:25, T and R  1:25-2:20pm, Robert Keegan.

Course description: This course provides an introduction to the science and profession of psychology, including research, human development, personality, testing and assessment, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychopathology, health and wellness, social cognition, and social influence.

Learning Community description: This course examines the most influential ideas regarding what it means to be human that have emerged from the traditions of religion, psychology, and philosophy.

LEARNING COMMUNITY: MANAGING LEGAL AND ETHICAL BUSINESS CHALLENGES, 6 credits total

Prerequisite: None

Honors LAW 101, 3 credits
Fulfills: Inquiry and Exploration; Lubin core
Day: M 10:10am-12:10pm, W 11:15am-12:10pm, Peter M. Edelstein

Course description: You cannot succeed unless you know the rules. This course introduces the basics of law that affect all careers. Coverage of topics is very broad and immediately relevant. Subjects include contracts, torts, crimes, and more.

PHI 121  ETHICS IN THE WORKPLACE, 3 credits
Not open to students who have taken PHI 115, except by permission of the Department
Fulfills: AOK 5
Day: M 9:05–10:00am, W 9:05-11:05am, Len Mitchell

Course description: This course offers a survey of some of the key issues that face corporate stakeholders--from shareholders to the general public. Two classical ethical theories, utilitarianism and deontological ethical theory, and the relationship between justice and the market system are studied. The following are examined: ethical issues involving the relationship between the employee and the company, such as whistle-blowing; discrimination; affirmative action; sexual harassment; issues involving the consumer and employee protection, such as product and occupational safety; and finally issues involving the relationship between the corporation and society, such as corporate responsibility.

Learning Community description: This courseconsiders how the classical tradition in philosophical ethics and Anglo-American common law have developed to address business issues, and whether our legal system now fosters a marketplace, as well as a workplace, that is both legal and ethical. Students apply principles of ethics and law to aspects of contemporary commerce. 

NEW COURSE! LEARNING COMMUNITY, INT 197 TOPIC: IMPRESSIONIST AND POST-IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING: FROM MONET TOVAN GOGH, 3 credits total

Prerequisite: None
Fulfills: AOK 4
Day: W 2:30-5:35pm, Kim de Beaumont, Kate Marohn

Course description:  This course combines the study of the history of painting in France during the late nineteenth century (1865-1900) (ART 212 NINETEENTH-CENTURY ART) with work in the studio (ART 145  PAINTING I) in which students paint in the manner of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters they study.  Students have an opportunity to explore, in their own painting, the effects of color, light, and atmosphere using the techniques of masters such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, van Gogh, and Cézanne.

LEARNING COMMUNITY:  BUILDING AND SUSTAINING BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH COMMUNICATION, 6 credits total

ENG 201  WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES, 3 credits
Prerequisite: ENG 120 and sophomore standing
Fee: $20
Fulfills: Foundation requirement
Day:  M 11:15am-12:10pm, W10:10am-12:10pm,Linda Anstendig,

Course description:  This course focuses on writing effective essays and research papers in disciplinary modes and in students’ fields of interest. Included are interviews; analysis of journal articles; and appropriate documentation style formats. Students work collaboratively, approaching issues from the perspective of their chosen majors.

MAR 250   PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING, 3 credits

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Fulfills:  Inquiry and Exploration; Lubin core
Day: M 9:05-11:05am, W 9:05-10:10am, Karen Berger

Course description:  Through an introduction to the complex and dynamic field of marketing and its systems, this course examines marketing's place in the firm and in society. Considered and analyzed are marketing research and strategies for product development, pricing, physical distribution, and promotion, including personal selling, advertising, sales promotion, and public relations.

Learning Community description:  Communication skills are essential to creating customer relationships and value. Using case studies, students will analyze current marketing practices and related issues. In addition, students will learn how to develop a marketing plan using research and writing skills and will undertake other forms of business communication.

ART 133  CERAMICS I, 3 credits

Prerequisite: None
Fulfills: AOK 4
Day:  T 12:20-3:25pm, John Mulgrew

Course description:This studio course offers an introduction to the forms and techniques of ceramics. Students learn wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques with emphasis on functional forms. Students shape, glaze, and kiln fire works of their own design.

CIS 101   INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING, 3 credits

Prerequisite: None
Fulfills: Foundation requirement
Day:  R 9:05-11:05amand one hour online, Anastasia Burke

Course description:  This course provides guided, hands-on exercises with a variety of computer-based tools through two hours of structured computer lab. Students are introduced to new technologies and complete web-based projects in problem solving, programming, and spreadsheets. The lecture, discussion, and online component promote understanding of the fundamental principles of information technology, preparing students for the systems and tools of the future.

CIS 102T INTERGENERATIONAL COMPUTING AND GEROTECHNOLOGY, 3 credits

Prerequisite: None
Fulfills: AOK 1
Day: M 1:25-4:30pm, Jean Coppola

Course description: This course studies developments in computing technology that affect older members of our society. Focus is on use of the computer as a tool to make a positive difference in the daily lives of senior citizens, thereby improving their overall life quality. Theory is brought into practice with hands-on experience teaching computing tools and applications to older adults. Students are encouraged to be creative with their group projects and to put their learned skills into action on-site with senior citizens in collaboration with community partners.

CRJ 311   CONTROVERSIAL CRIMINAL CASES, 3 credits

Prerequisite: None
Fulfills: Inquiry and Exploration, Writing-Enhanced
Day:  R  1:25-4:10 pm,  Margaret Fitzgerald

Course Description:This course explores several controversial criminal cases. The objective is to recreate, analyze, and hypothesize, based upon the information available. To be successful at this, students must be objective and review the facts critically. Cases studied include the assassination of Kennedy, the involvement of the millionaire Durst in 3 murders, and the conviction of college student Knox  of the murder of her roommate.

ENG 120   CRITICAL WRITING, 4 credits

Prerequisite: None
Fee: $20
Fulfills: Foundation requirement
Day: T, R 11:15am-1:15pm,Claire Brown

Course description: This course emphasizes the development of argument and analysis as students work with a variety of literary and nonfiction texts. Students learn advanced research skills including methods of documentation, the use of library and internet resources, and the integration of primary and secondary sources into their own essays.

HIS 216   HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS, 3 credits

Prerequisite: None
Fulfills: AOK 3
Evening: M 6:00-8:45pm, Reza Afshari

Course description:  Since the end of WWII, social and political movements world-wide have articulated their messages around the concepts of human rights. This course offers an inquiry into the historical development of the norms, processes, and institutions for the international human rights movement, and looks at the process by which international legal rules have been made or elaborated. The historical confrontation between the human rights concept and the notions of national sovereignty, domestic jurisdictions, and cultural autonomy are studied. The historical development of the monitoring institutions within the United Nations and the human rights non-governmental organizations are examined. The strengths and weaknesses of the United Nations are considered, as is the dual or contradictory role played by the U.S. government in the development of the international human rights movement.

POL 206   POLITICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 3 credits

Prerequisite: None
Fulfills: Inquiry and Exploration
Evening: R 6:00-8:45pm, Howard Weishaus

Course description: This course focuses on political and environmental concerns in the urban setting. A history of legislation such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, NY State Environmental Quality Act, Noise Act, and Air Space Regulations are reviewed and applied to New York City. The environmental problems that downtown Manhattan faces in the aftermath of 9/11/01 are also analyzed.