General Honors (GH) courses are the heart of the University Honors Program curriculum and feature small class sizes, dedicated faculty members, interdisciplinary perspectives, active learning and an exciting array of topics. These classes can be accessed by searching under University Honors in the catalog. The following is an example of a General Honors (GH) course that has been offered in the past. This course may or may not be offered again.
The greatness of any work can be measured in multiple ways. This class will identify texts that changed how we thought about reality, or how we understood how things worked, or what we knew to be true. We will focus on the texts produced in the 20th century (though we may go back a bit longer). We will aim to include texts from different fields (science, literature, film, journalism, history, politics, psychology) and from different media. Our learning goals include complex encounters with the texts and developing an theory of how greatness is assessed within and across disciplines and time. Texts will (or may) include Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions (which reinvigorated the concept of ideas as “world shifting”), Sigmund Freud’s case study of Dora (less read than his other writings), Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex, films by Welles, Altman, Hitchcock, television re-visioned by All in the Family or Hill Street Blues, the Washington Post’s coverage of what became the end of the Nixon presidency, John Irving’s The World According to Garp, etc. Some of the texts will be determined by the professor and the remainder will be chosen by students who will work together to make a case for texts that “shook the world” and warrant our attention.