General honors (GH) classes

Previously Offered general honors (GH) classes

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.

GH301: Legend And Belief

course description


Legend and Belief provides an in-depth, experiential understanding of the legend. During the semester you will examine traditional narratives that are “told as truth” in a number of world cultures and in a variety of contexts, beginning with historical narratives and concluding with contemporary (urban) legends. You will read about, listen to, and interpret historical legends, local legends, place-name legends, supernatural legends, comic legends, and urban legends.

The course includes active, hands-on work with the legend. You will learn how to conduct interviews and document folklore, and you will have the opportunity to engage in actual folklore fieldwork, recording and transcribing legends and submitting your findings for permanent accession in the ISU Folklore Archives. A research/writing project will include documentation and analysis of a legend (or legends) of your choosing. Finally, you will be able to engage in legend sessions and experience a legend trip, visiting local legend sites.

 Instructor: Dr. Nan McEntire

Dr. McEntire is an associate professor of English. She teaches a variety of folklore courses at ISU. She has worked throughout the world as a professional folklorist, collecting, presenting, and analyzing all genres of folklore, including the legend. She has served as editor of the journal The Folklore Historian and is the director of the ISU Folklore Archives. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2010 at the University of Limerick, Ireland.