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.
Etymology is the study and application of the derivation of English words and word families from their roots in ancient and modern languages. This course analyzes meanings of English words by examining roots, prefixes, and suffixes. The connotative and denotative meanings of words in a variety of contexts and the reasons for language change are analyzed. Medicine, law, and other disciplines with a specific vocabulary and word usage are studied as well.
A project, such as doing a case study on specific words or creating a historical time line of the development of specific words or terms, is required to demonstrate knowledge, application, and progress in etymology course content.