||War: Strategy Studies
||This seminar is not about whether war is a good thing, a bad thing, or a necessary
evil. It is about how it works. At the center of this theme lies the concept of strategy.
Effective strategic thinking is one of the highest level forms of applied intelligence.
It requires a synoptic grasp of many variables and is inherently interactive — great
commanders know how to get inside the heads of their enemies. War is perhaps the most
demanding field in which strategic thinking is employed, but not the only one. Almost
all the great students of strategy approach it historically and so will we.
||The Dynamic Universe
||Designed to introduce students to the fascinating subject of astronomy. Focuses heavily
on current space missions and astronomical events. Covers a variety of topics, including
the solar system, the sun. the stars, stellar evolution (birth, life and death of
stars), galaxies and cosmology (the origin and fate of the universe).
||Minds & Machines
||People have constructed machines designed to imitate living creatures in some way
long before there were electronic computers. When is a machine's behavior appropriately
called "intelligent?" Must it be capable of using language? Must a machine be capable
of learning in order to be regarded as intelligent? Must it be able to communicate
with humans? What criteria are appropriate for judging that an animal's behavior is
intelligent; should the same criteria be used for machine intelligence? What lessons
about machine intelligence should be taken from debates over recent studies of intelligence
in animals with nervous systems very different from humans (e.g., corvids, cephalopods)?
Students consider these questions and other related questions. Course takes a historical
and interdisciplinary approach, drawing on works in philosophy, literature, science
and history of science.
||American Law & Film
||Focuses on the portrayal of the legal system in films. Students use film as a lens
through which to examine the American criminal and civil justice systems, lawyers
and legal education, and social and civil rights. Considers how film helps shape public
perception of lawyers, creates viewer expectations regarding law and justice, and
may even influence the conduct of practicing attorneys and judges.
||Lead for Tomorrow
||Students who are accepted for the spring Leadership Academy take this course in the second 8 weeks of the spring semester. Honors students have
big dreams and ask big questions that don’t fit neatly into disciplinary models and
majors. The academy is envisioned to be a transformative leadership experience that
brings together collaborative dual intellectual communities.
|This short course will introduce you to the basics of scientific imaging using CCD
cameras. Scientific imaging is used in many walks of life, such as medicine, astronomy,
engineering, meteorology, and Earth Resources/land management. Understanding how an
image is created electronically, and how images can be processed, is a valuable tool
for your career. During this course, you will understand how CCD devices work, how
to process images in black and white and color, and what scientific information can
be acquired. You will get a copy of a comprehensive image processing software package
for astronomical imaging that has applications to many other subjects, and have the
opportunity to acquire your own image through a large 14" telescope.
||Designed for returning students to WSU who are looking to expand upon their leadership
skills and abilities. Program focuses on creating well balanced leaders. Each participant
receives a copy of The Well-Balanced Leader by Ron Roberts and is placed in a small
group to present a chapter of the book. Each participant also helps plan the Leadership
Discovery Summit, a half-day leadership workshop open to any WSU student. Course can
be used toward the undergraduate leadership certificate, which corresponds to the
following leadership certificate outcomes: identity leadership theories and concepts;
differentiate leadership practices across settings, organizations, disciplines and
sytems; develop leadership skills based on personal strengths and professional interests. Requires
application through Student Involvement. Leadership Track course.
||A six-day experience that challenges participants to lead with integrity and a healthy
disregard for the impossible. Facilitates participants through a series of dynamic,
challenging and exciting sessions designed to increase, develop and launch their leadership
capacity. This experience benefits students individually and professionally, and benefits
the communities/organizations they go on to lead and serve in the future. Participants
cultivate leadership skills, reflect and discuss leadership lessons within a small
cohort or cluster of students. Requires application through Student Involvement. Leadership Track course.
||FYRE: Intro to STEM
||This course is designed for students selected to participate in the First Year Research
Experience (FYRE) in STEM and will prepare students for conducting research in STEM
fields and to develop a community of scientists among students. This course is an
introduction to scientific research through lectures, discussions and readings about
the design of projects, the understanding of the scientific literature, and the ethics
of research and publication. Each student will be matched with a research mentor and
will collaborate with their mentor to identify research questions, methods, and analysis.
The course will introduce students to quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting
meaningful inquiry and research. They will gain an overview of research intent and
design, methodology and techniques, format and presentation, and data management and
analysis informed by commonly used methods in various fields. The course will develop
each student’s ability to use this knowledge to become effective researchers in STEM
fields. Requires application to FYRE program by Oct 1.
||Survey of Leadership
||General education humanities course. The main leadership theories and a history of
leadership thought are presented, leadership perspectives are debated, and examples
of leadership in various contexts are discussed. After completing the seminar students
should be able to recognize the main leadership theories, identify different leadership
perspectives, recognize applications of leadership, and understand the benefits and
challenges of leadership. Leadership Track course.
||Independent studies courses are individual, directed studies in a field of special
interest to the student under the mentorship of a faculty mentor. Honors independent
studies may be related to the student's major, minor, honors track or simply be an
area of interest to the student unrelated to other curriculum. Please contact the
Honors Academic Advisor if you would like to explore this option.
|HNRS 481N and HNRS 481N
||Honors Internship and Honors NonCredit Internship
||Please contact the Honors Academic Advisor if you would like to explore this option. Meets Interdisciplinary Track requirement.
||Honors Research and Creative Activity
HNRS 485 is typically taken as independent research with a faculty mentor. Meets Lindquist
Scholar Track requirement. Please contact the Honors Academic Advisor if you would like to explore this option.
Students who complete this course have familiarity with inquiry and research conceptualization
— the process of investigating an area of interest. Students get experience formulating
independent research projects, strategizing an appropriate methodology/approach, drafting
abstracts and personal statements appropriate for grant or fellowship proposals, and
working in interdisciplinary peer review groups. Furthermore, they learn about human
subject research and research ethics, presentation and peer evaluation skills, and
conduct preliminary research. Emphasis is placed on finding and evaluating source
material with the goal of developing the skills for writing a research or creative
activity proposal. Guest lecturers from various academic or creative disciplines including
the libraries may be invited to present. Students are strongly encouraged throughout
and particularly toward the end of their experience to work with their faculty mentor
to continue their research and develop a publication or presentation. Because the
course enrolls from different disciplines, students also become acquainted with research
topics and arguments outside their fields of study. Course is meant to supplement,
not replace, the Research Methods course found in many disciplines. Sophomore standing
||Honors Collaborative Research and Creative Activity
||Designed to expose students majoring in various disciplines to an opportunity to meet
one hour per week and invite collaborations that cultivate an interdisciplinary research
experience. Students discuss best practice in academic research and research ethics,
learn of complimentary approaches to research in different subject areas, the research
process (grant writing to publication), and other issues related to academic research
across disciplines. Students tour facilities and laboratories with strong collaborative
interdisciplinary research. Guest lectures from the libraries, WSU Ventures and various
academic disciplines teach students high-level skills needed for successful interdisciplinary
collaborations. Each student is responsible for working in an interdisciplinary group
setting. Each team formulates a research question that encourages the involvement
and knowledge-base of a collaborative team, composes a scientifically supported interdisciplinary
research project, and presents a prospectus format of the final project during the
semester. One-third of the grade is determined by participation in the class, including
written assignments, presentations to the class and other work. The remainder of the
grade is based on the collaborative research project completed. Course is meant to
supplement, not replace, the research methods course found in many disciplines. Students
who complete this course have an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of academic
research, exposure to research practices in a variety of disciplines, and experience
conducting interdisciplinary research. Students are therefore very well prepared for
graduate school and/or careers that involve diverse research.
||Independent study course for students undertaking the research and writing of an Honors
thesis. An Honors thesis is a substantive piece of scholarship or creative work involving
primary and/or secondary research, which serves to demonstrate mastery over the discourse,
methods and content of at least one academic, creative or professional field. Requires
students to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired over the course of the undergraduate
career (including coursework, studies abroad, service learning, internships and undergraduate
research, if applicable). All thesis projects must be designed and completed under
the supervision of a faculty thesis supervisor and, at the supervisor’s discretion,
may be reviewed by additional faculty advisors. Repeatable for a total of 6 credit
hours. Prerequisite(s): permission of the Cohen Honors College.
|Department Honors Courses
||Search for courses with an "H" prefix in the list for each department. Remember you
also may be able to turn a regular course into an honors course with an Honors Option
Agreement. Visit the Forms Directory page of our website to find the link to an Honors
Option Agreement form.