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.
This course provides students a foundational comprehension of the variety, complexity, and richness of Classical Greek and Roman mythology. Assignments and activities simultaneously focus upon introducing these myths within their original cultural and historical contexts and on consideration of their continued influence on Western thought. This influence extends beyond the obvious realms of literature and other arts to a broad range of academic disciplines from astronomy to zoology.
In short, knowledge of Classical mythology is fundamental for understanding much of Western thought and culture and our course is an excellent addition to the general education of students in any major across the university.
Our primary course text will be Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. First published in 1942, and widely available in many, inexpensive printings, new and used, this text remains a classic and introduces all major and many minor myths of the ancient world via extensive reliance on primary sources. No previous knowledge of Classics or mythology required to enroll in this course.