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Pforzheimer Honors College

Courses and Course Schedules


Spring 2018 Honors College Courses

ENG 201- Writing in the Disciplines, 3 credits, CRN 20592
Professor TBA
Wednesday 6:10-9pm
Attributes: Foundation Requirement
Prerequisites: ENG 120, 45 completed credits
Course Description: This course is an upper-level writing requirement. Its focus will be on writing effective essays and research papers in disciplinary modes and in students' field of interest. It may include interviews, analysis of journal articles, and appropriate documentation style formats. Will be utilized for Honors thesis preparation.

CIS 102T- Intergenerational Computing, 3 credits, CRN 20533
Professor TBA
Monday 1:20-3:20pm
Attributes: Civic Engagement & Public Values / AOK1
Prerequisite: CIS 101
Course Description: This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of the PC and digital media technologies as well as the social and sociological aspects of the aging process. Students will work in teams visiting elderly seniors in adult day care centers and senior community centers to teach them to utilize digital media devices, web browsers, and email. This will provide students with an in-depth understanding and respect of both senior citizens and intergenerational computing.

PSY 240- Positive Psychology & Happiness, 3 credits, CRN 23585
Professor TBA
Tuesday/Thursday 10:35-12:00pm
Attributes: AOK 5
Course Description: This course will be devoted to a particular domain of research and clinical application, known as “positive psychology.” In short, this class is about what psychology has learned about happiness and optimal human functioning. During the semester a number of different topics will be addressed, including: (1) identifying the goals and subject matter of positive psychology; (2) reviewing and critically examining theoretical perspectives and (most importantly) empirical findings on what predicts human happiness, from the biological to the environmental; (3) moving beyond what makes us happy and studying other aspects of the “good life,” such as signature strengths, purpose in life, gratitude, and acts of kindness; and (4) examining whether these theories and findings can be applied to everyday life.

PSY 233- Psychology of Civic Engagement, 3 credits, CRN 20686
Professor Liz Tesoriero
Online Class
Attributes: Civic Engagement & Public Values / AOK1
Course Description: This course will introduce you to the application of psychology principles to a variety of social service setting. A strong emphasis on civic engagement will be featured.

PSY 296J- TOPIC: Pseudoscience and Critical Thinking in Psychology, 3 credits, CRN 23586
Professor Terence Hines
Tuesday/Thursday 1:50-3:15pm
Attributes: N/A
Course Description: This course examines the distinctions between scientific psychology and pseudoscience in the popular culture. This examination will be done from the perspectives of social psychology (belief systems and persuasion); cognitive psychology (superstition magical thinking), and critical thinking in scientific psychology.

CRJ 351- Criminal Evidence and Procedure, 3 credits, CRN 21384
Professor Maryellen Martirano
Tuesday 12:15-3:15pm
Attributes: N/A
Course Description: Comprehensive analysis of rules of evidence, especially as treated under the Criminal Procedure Law of 1970. Subjects include real and circumstantial evidence, burden of proof, hearsay evidence, confessions, admissions, witnesses' identification, etc., as they relate to criminal cases.

TCH 201- Understanding Schools, 4 credits, CRN 21365
Professor Shobana Musti
Tuesday/ Thursday 12:15—2:15pm
Attributes: Civic Engagement & Public Values / AOK1, Writing-Enhanced
Course Description: This course examines schools in a diverse and changing society. By examining the history, philosophy, legal and social responsibilities associated with schooling, you are introduced to the interactions among society, families, schools, curriculum, teachers, students, and cultures. Through guided field experiences, you will observe and reflect on different aspects of schooling with particular focus placed on the role language serves across all interactive domains of society and the role of the teacher as agent of change and empowerment. During this course, you will be challenged to examine the classroom as a diverse community where all participants can learn in a safe and appropriate environment.

POL 114- Intro to International Relations, 3 credits, CRN 22011
Professor TBA
Online Class
Attributes: AOK3
Course Description: In this course, we will explore power relationships between the major political entities in the world, including both nation-states and non-state actors. We will explore how major schools of thought interpret how the world works. Topics we will discuss among others include the processes of globalization, global and regional security, terrorism, global environmental crises, transnational social movements, war, peacemaking/keeping, trade, diplomacy, colonialism, and human rights. Particular attention will be paid to the United Nations, the effect of systems/institutions on real people, and the phenomena of civil society producing changes in a global context. Anyone who expects to be working in a global context should consider taking this course.

MGT 150- Managerial and Organizational Concepts, 3 credits, CRN 23306
Professor Julia Eisenberg
Monday/Wednesday 2:55-4:20pm
Attributes: Business Core, Writing-Enhanced
Prerequisite: 16 credits completed
Course Description: This course examines basic managerial functions of planning, organizing, motivating, leading, and controlling. Emphasis is also given to the behavior of individual and groups within organizations.

FIN 260- Financial Management, 3 credits, CRN 20647
Monday/Wednesday 9:00-10:25am
Professor Padmaja Kadiyala
Attributes: Business Core
Prerequisites: ECO 106, ACC 203 & 204, MAT 104, MAT 117
Course Description: This course introduces students to the financial decisions facing the manager. Topics include: financial analysis of the firm's current and future financial condition; efficient management of the firm's assets; sources of short and long-term financing; introduction to financial theory, including valuation, capital budgeting, leverage, capital structure and the timing of financial decisions.

HON 499- Research Methods, 1 credit, CRN 21677
Professor Shobana Musti
Monday 1:20-2:20pm
Attributes: Honors requirement for thesis (if no department equivalent offered)
Restricted to Juniors & Seniors
Course Description: This course is designed to assist Honors seniors with the formulation of a thesis project by preparing them in the research methods needed to successfully produce a completed project. Students will be expected to produce a thesis proposal as well as a significant portion of the project itself. A grade of Pass/Fail will be given in the course.

HON 499- Research Methods, 1 credit, CRN 21679
Professor Ellen Cahn
Wednesday: 4:35-5:30pm
Attributes: For Lubin students: Honors requirement for thesis
Restricted to Juniors & Seniors
Course Description: This course is designed to assist Honors seniors with the formulation of a thesis project by preparing them in the research methods needed to successfully produce a completed project. Students will be expected to produce a thesis proposal as well as a significant portion of the project itself. A grade of Pass/Fail will be given in the course.


International Studies

INT 197G: Rome the Eternal City- Travel Course, 6 credits, 20595
Co-requisite: RES 101 (21889)
Professor Lawrence Hundersmarck
Attributes: AOK2, Learning Community, Honors Study Abroad
Application Deadline: November 1st, 2017
Travel Dates: May 17th–June 9th 2018
Course Description: This travel course seeks to offer an intense and comprehensive experience grounded in an understanding of the history, art, architecture, religion, and culture of this city; the capital of the ancient Roman Empire, the Catholic Church, and the modern state of Italy. The course is designed to be rigorous academic study and a great deal of fun as students are offered an opportunity to see and experience what they are learning first hand. The course will involve extensive lectures throughout Rome within the context of visits to the most important and awe inspiring Roman historical and cultural sites. Students will have the opportunity to study with faculty experts from the United States and Italy.


Open Only to Freshmen

PHI 115- Normative Ethics: Contemporary Problems, 3 credits, 22689
Required for all 2nd semester freshmen
Professor Lawrence Hundersmarck
Wednesday 6:10-9:00pm
Attributes: AOK 5
Course Description: A philosophical examination of such issues as abortion, homosexuality, prostitution, criminal punishment, euthanasia, medical ethics, business ethics, civil disobedience, and just and unjust wars. Discussion of these issues will be framed by an examination of major ethical theories.

PHI 115, Normative Ethics: Contemporary Problems, 3 credits, 22690
Required for all 2nd semester freshmen
Professor Lawrence Hundersmarck
Wednesday 1:20-4:20pm
Attributes: AOK 5
Course Description: A philosophical examination of such issues as abortion, homosexuality, prostitution, criminal punishment, euthanasia, medical ethics, business ethics, civil disobedience, and just and unjust wars. Discussion of these issues will be framed by an examination of major ethical theories.


Internship

HON 393- Honors Internship, 0 credits, CRN 22872
Must receive permission from the Dean of the Pforzheimer Honors College
Course Description: Students from all majors are part of the Pforzheimer Honors College, and therefore internships will be pursued in a wide range of fields. In order for a student to earn Honor credit for an internship, s/he must place the experiential learning into the context of the course of study and the Honors course completed if they are relevant to the internship by writing a paper of 8-10 pages submitted to the Dean of the Honors College.