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Commonwealth Honors Program

Honors Course Schedule

Spring 2018

TR Classes

  • ENG 102-23: Composition II * TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.  (Prof. McPherson)
  • IDS 200-01: Honors Colloquium: (Hi)Stories of American Violence *  TR 11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m. (Profs. Gormley and Wendorf)
  • SOC 101-12: Introduction to Sociology * TR 12:30-1:45 p.m. (Prof. Benway)

MWF Classes

  • ENG 102-05: Composition II * MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m. (Prof. M Wong)
  • PSY 252-01: Introduction to Cognition * MWF 10:00-10:50 a.m. (Prof. Arner Welsh)
  • SPH 101-04: Speech Communication * MWF 11:00-11:50 a.m. (Prof. Zuegg)
  • ENG 260-01: Special Topics: Comic Book Superheroes: Myth, Literature, and Culture * MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m. (Prof. Stazinski)

ENG 260 Course Description: This course examines the ways in American superhero narratives transcend popular entertainment to embody the fears, desires, and changes in the broader culture. Students will examine the ways these stories become a stage for philosophical inquiry, for narrative experimentation, and for the analysis of cultural changes in the representation of race, gender, and sexuality. By focusing on iconic characters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, students will trace the history and evolution of the superhero in a variety of media and analyze the characters and their changing stories using a variety of critical theories.

IDS 200 Course Description: This course explores violence as central to the creation and maintenance of the concept of America. Simultaneously engaging historical and literary texts, students will confront and attempt to reconcile the American space as intimately, perhaps inextricably, linked with violence on personal, local, and national scales. Students will examine how violence permeated and defined the early borders of America; how it was used to distance, segregate, and enslave marginalized peoples; how violence threatened and enforced unfair labor practices; and how war and assassination established American global identity and policy. Students will trace these violent (hi)stories to their contemporary representations, considering topics like Black Lives Matter, environmental destruction, PTSD, and other issues of modern American violence.