Fall 2013 Courses

HONORS COURSES -- FALL, 2015

 

18 courses in the Fall schedule are designated as "honors" courses. These are highly recommended for students of strong academic ability who welcome an intellectual challenge, especially those who may aspire to graduate from Calvin College with honors. These courses are open only to students who have been admitted to the Honors Program or have the approval of the instructor. Honors courses differ from regular courses in various ways, especially in devoting less time to elementary skills and information while stressing personal initiative and greater depth of learning. Apart from their intellectual value, the benefits of honors courses include smaller than average classes, greater freedom of exploration, opportunity to work with other honors students and some of Calvin's best teachers, and credit toward graduation with honors.

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FALL 2015 – CLUSTER COURSES
**Cluster courses are open to incoming Freshmen only**

 

ART & HISTORY cluster: History, Art, and Culture in the Pre-modern World

ARTH 101 AH: “Introduction to the History of Art I,” 10:30am-12:20pm on Monday and Wednesday with Prof. Henry Luttikhuizen; 4 credit hours.

HIST 151 BH: “History of the West & the World I,” 10:30a.m. – 12:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday with Prof. Young Kim; 4 credit hours.

This cluster will offer a broad but detailed survey of human history, art, and culture from the prehistoric period and dawn of civilizations through the classical and medieval periods, up to about 1500 A.D. Much of our attention will be focused on the landmass of Eurasia, stretching from the Mediterranean to the Pacific, with a particular emphasis on the emergence and development of unique cultural traditions and the interactions that took place among the great societies of the pre-modern world. Students will faithfully attend lectures, engage in intense classroom discussions, compose focused response papers on primary source readings, conduct research and write an interdisciplinary research paper, and write exams to fulfill the requirements for this cluster. The course also integrates field trips, including a visit to the Oriental Institute and the Art Institute in Chicago. Enrollment in these two courses is limited to 20 students. 

 ARTH 101 satisfies the core requirement in The Arts. HIST 151 satisfies the core requirement in the History of the West and the World.

 

SOCIOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION ARTS AND SCIENCES cluster

SOC 151 SC: “Honors Sociological Principles and Perspectives,” 10:30am-11:20am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with film screening 3:30pm-5:30PM Wednesday with Prof. Roman Williams, 3 credit hours for Sociology 151.

CAS 145 CH: “Introduction to Film and Media,” 1:30pm – 2:20pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with Prof. Carl Plantinga, 4 credit hours for Communications Arts and Sciences 145.

CAS 145L CH/D 3:30 pm -6:00 pm, Staff

Film and television are arguably the most powerful contemporary media for storytelling. Likewise, these media have much to say about American culture and society. This honors cluster opens an interdisciplinary conversation between film/media and sociology by examining film and media through the lens of human social activity, and by exploring sociology in, through, and with film. Students will hone their critical thinking skills as they learn to apply the combined tools of sociology and film/media studies to the taken-for-granted mediascape of their everyday lives. Students will also gain an understanding of the “language of film” and its persuasive power, and use this knowledge to explore the cultural importance of storytelling. Likewise, seminar participants will become familiar with the grammar of sociology and the myriad ways our individual and collective stories are shaped by social and cultural forces such as such as race, class, and gender. Our common task of examining film, media, and society will involve viewing and thinking critically about feature-length films and television episodes. Sociology 151 satisfies a core requirement in the Societal Structures in North America category. Communications Arts and Sciences 145 satisfies a core requirement in the Arts category.

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FALL 2015 -- STAND-ALONE HONORS COURSES

HONORS BIOLOGY: “Ecological and Evolutionary Systems” (BIOL 160H-A, 12:30pm-1:20pm on Tuesday with Prof. Curtis Blankespoor; 3 credit hours). Students examine the basic concepts in ecological and evolutionary biology, and their use to gain insights into adaptive features. Topics include: population genetics and ecology, evolutionary development and speciation, phylogenetics and genomics, adaptive biology, ecosystem dynamics, and biodiversity. Students develop critical thinking skills by applying those concepts to solve biological problems and learn scientific communication skills.  They also critically examine Christian perspectives of evolution and environmental stewardship. Lectures and discussions. Biology 160 and 160 Lab are required courses for biology majors.  Corequisites: Biology 160 Lab, Chemistry 103 (or 105).

 

HONORS BIOLOGY: “Honors Colloquium - Ecological and Evolutionary Systems” (BIOL 225H, 12:30pm – 1:20pm on Friday with Prof. Darren Proppe; 0 credits for colloquium, 4 credits for Biology 225). Students examine the basic concepts in ecological and evolutionary biology, and their use to gain insights into adaptive features.  Topics include: population genetics and ecology, evolutionary development and speciation, phylogenetics and genomics, adaptive biology, ecosystem dynamics, and biodiversity. Students develop critical thinking skills by applying those concepts to solve biological problems and practice basic scientific communication skills. Laboratories make use of state-of-the-art methodologies to address interesting questions about organisms as complex adaptive systems, thereby giving students insights into the practice of contemporary ecological, evolutionary, and organismal biology research. Lectures and laboratories. Prerequisites: Biology 123, Chemistry 103. Corequisite: Biology 225 Lab. Biology majors and minors must take Mathematics 145 concurrently with either Biology 224 or 225.

 

HONORS BUSINESS: “Business Foundations” (BUS 160 BH, 9:00am – 9:50am. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with Prof. Jill Risner; 3 credit hours). A survey introduction to business in its economic and global contexts and its functional areas (including accounting, finance, human resources management, marketing, and operations), with reflection on the roles of the legal, moral, ethical, and social responsibilities of business in society. The course emphasizes an integrated Christian view of business, considering its societal context, disciplines, and the role of management, and allows students to grow in their ability to think critically and analytically. Students will complete various assessment tests and evaluations to help them in determining what career path(s) they may want to pursue, whether in business or another area of concentration. The honors section will include additional experiential learning opportunities and team assignments involving functional and cross-functional areas of an organization. Enrollment in honors BUS 160 is limited to 20 students. Business 160 is a requirement in all Business majors and minors. 

 

HONORS CHEMISTRY: “Honors Colloquium – General Chemistry” (CHEM 103H-HA, 12:30pm – 1:20pm on Tuesday with Prof. Mark Muyskens; 0 credit for colloquium, 4 credits for Chemistry 103). Students who register for honors work in Chemistry 103 will collaborate on a scientific project that is approximately an hour-per-week commitment in addition to their regular lecture and laboratory sections. The participants will be trained and conduct a study of the natural waters on the Calvin College campus as part of the Calvin Environmental Assessment Program (CEAP).  Students will be involved in various aspects of scientific communication including keeping data records, preparing a poster presentation, and giving a brief oral report. All students participating in this lab will receive academically-based service learning (ABSL) credit for their work on the project. To receive an honors grade, a student must participate in the project at a satisfactory level (as determined by both attendance and assignments) and earn a grade of B or better in the lecture and lab portions of the course. Students must register for a regular lecture section of Chemistry 103, the honors section (103H-A), and a laboratory section.

 

HONORS CHEMISTRY: “Honors Colloquium – Chemical Principles” (CHEM 105H-HA, 12:30pm – 1:20pm on Tuesday with Prof. Mark Muyskens; 0 credit for colloquium, 4 credits for Chemistry 105). Students who register for honors work in Chemistry 103 will collaborate on a scientific project that is approximately an hour-per-week commitment in addition to their regular lecture and laboratory sections. The participants will be trained and conduct a study of the natural waters on the Calvin College campus as part of the Calvin Environmental Assessment Program (CEAP).  Students will be involved in various aspects of scientific communication including keeping data records, preparing a poster presentation, and giving a brief oral report. All students participating in this lab will receive academically-based service learning (ABSL) credit for their work on the project. To receive an honors grade, a student must participate in the project at a satisfactory level (as determined by both attendance and assignments) and earn a grade of B or better in the lecture and lab portions of the course. Students must register for a regular lecture section of Chemistry 103, the honors section (103H-A), and a laboratory section.

 

HONORS ECONOMICS: “Economics Honors Colloquium” (ECON 221H/ECON 222H, 3:30pm – 4:20pm on Monday, with Prof. Becky Haney; 0 credit hours, 3 credit hours for Economics 221 or Economics 222). The one-hour-per-week honors colloquium for both “Principles of Microeconomics” and “Principles of Macroeconomics” is taken concurrently with a three-hour section of Economics 221 or 222. The honors section will involve readings and discussions on current economic topics (i.e. educational policy, environmental policy, tax policy, health care policy, and economic justice), discussion of those readings, presentations by several economics faculty, and a guided research project on a topic of the student's choice. Enrollment in Economics Honors Colloquium 221/222 is limited to 20 students. Economics 221 meets a core requirement in Societal Structures in North America.

 

HONORS CHEMISTRY: “Organic Chemistry Honors Recitation” (Chemistry 261 H-HA, 7:00pm – 8:00 pm on Tuesday with Prof. Carolyn Anderson; 5 credit hours for Chemistry 261). Students who register for the honors recitation in Chemistry 261 will meet approximately every other week in addition to their regular lecture and laboratory sections. While there will be no special tests or quizzes associated with this meeting, a written assignment will be collected at each session. These assignments are designed to stimulate greater discussion and deeper understanding of topics addressed in the lecture portion of the course. This will be accomplished while introducing students to both the chemical literature and the industry-standard chemical drawing program. To receive an honors grade, a student must participate in the honors colloquium at a satisfactory level (as determined by both attendance and prepared assignments) and earn a grade of B or better in the lecture and lab portions of the course. Students must register for a regular lecture section of Chemistry 261, the honors recitation (261 H-HA), and a lab. Enrollment in Chemistry 261 H-HA is limited to 20 students.

 

HONORS ENGLISH: “Written Rhetoric” (ENGL 101 JH, 9:00-9:50 AM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with Professor Jennifer Holberg; 3 credit hours). A course in which students write several academic essays in which they practice rhetorical strategies, research-based argumentation, and methods of composing effective prose. In the process of writing these essays, students consider language as a means of discovering truth about God, the world, and themselves, and they explore its potential to communicate truth and, thereby, to transform culture. This course meets the core requirement in Written Rhetoric. Enrollment in honors English 101 is limited to 17 students; honors English 101 will also be offered in the Spring.

 

HONORS ENGLISH: “Understanding Literature” (ENGL 230 BH, 12:30pm-1:20 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with Professor Jane Zwart, 3 credit hours) A survey of selected literary works with an emphasis on the fundamental elements of literature and methods of reading. Discussion topics may include the genres of literature and their conventions, the means by which texts create meaning and wield influence, the ways readers can interpret and respond to texts, and the roles of imaginative literature in shaping and reflecting culture. An abiding concern will be how Christians might take a distinctive approach to this area of human culture.

 

HONORS MATHEMATICS: “First Year Seminar in Math” (MATH 190 A, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday; 1 credit hour.) First-year students may earn honors credit by completing Mathematics 171, 172, 231, 256, or 261 while concurrently participating in Mathematics 190, the "First-Year Seminar in Mathematics." Simply register for an appropriate mathematics course and Mathematics 190 A, Wednesday from 3:30 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

 

HONORS PHILOSOPHY: “Fundamental Questions in Philosophy” (PHIL 153 HH, 11:30 a.m -12:20 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with Prof. Kevin Corcoran; 3 credit hours). This course is designed to introduce students to some fundamental questions in philosophy through the reading of significant texts within the Western tradition. While reading Plato, Aquinas and others, students will have the opportunity to examine some of the basic questions in philosophy, to compare and contrast the answers philosophers have given to those questions, and to reflect on the compatibility of various positions with a Reformed worldview. Our focus throughout will be on the ways that stories, narratives, and myths function in all of the philosophers we will read, and on how the stories that we tell ourselves fit (or fail to fit) with the claims we make about truth, the nature of reality, and our visions of human life. The course is writing intensive, with regular informal writing as well as formal argumentative papers. Enrollment in honors Philosophy 153 is limited to 20 students. This course fulfills the core requirement in Philosophical Foundations.

 

HONORS PHILOSOPHY: “Fundamental Questions in Philosophy” (PHIL 153 KH, 12:05 –1:20 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, with Prof. Rebecca DeYoung; 3 credit hours). This course is designed to introduce the students to some fundamental questions in philosophy through the reading of significant texts within the Western tradition. While reading Plato, Aquinas and others, students will have the opportunity to examine some of the basic questions in philosophy, to compare and contrast the answers philosophers have given to those questions, and to reflect on the compatibility of various positions with a Reformed worldview. Our focus throughout will be on the ways that stories, narratives, and myths function in all of the philosophers we will read, and on how the stories that we tell ourselves fit (or fail to fit) with the claims we make about truth, the nature of reality, and our visions of human life. The course is writing intensive, with regular informal writing as well as formal argumentative papers. Enrollment in honors Philosophy 153 is limited to 20 students. This course fulfills the core requirement in Philosophical Foundations.

 

HONORS PHYSICS: “Physics/Astronomy Student Seminar” (PHYS 195 A, 3:45 – 4:55 p.m. on Tuesday). Qualified students may earn honors credit by completing any Physics course at the 100- or 200-level while concurrently participating in the "Physics-Astronomy Student Seminar." Simply register for an appropriate Physics course and Physics 195 A, Tuesday from 3:45 - 4:55.

 

HONORS PSYCHOLOGY: “Introductory Psychology” (PSYC 151 GH, 8:35am-9:50am on Tuesday and Thursday with Prof. Claudia Beversluis; 3 credit hours). The honors section of Introductory Psychology is similar to the regular sections in content and overall course requirements. However, the honors section provides greater opportunities for class discussion of critical issues, independent writing projects, and supplementary readings on topics of special interest. The course focuses on relationships among our general understandings of the meanings of human personhood, especially understandings shaped by Christian faith; methods of investigation and practice in psychology; and major areas of psychological theory and research (e.g. brain processes, learning and memory, motivation, memory, thought and language, development, psychopathology, social psychology, and psychotherapy). Enrollment in honors Psychology 151 is limited to 20 students.  This course satisfies the core requirement in Persons in Community.

 

HONORS RELIGION: qualified students may earn honors credit in Religion 121 (Biblical Literature and Theology), Religion 131 (Christian Theology), and intermediate and advanced courses by completing the requirements of an "honors track" in those courses. The honors track for Rel 121 and Rel 131 consists of: 1) a research/thesis paper (in place of the regular major writing assignment in the course); 2) a four-page review of a book relevant to the subject matter of the course; 3) meetings with the professor several times during the semester to plan and discuss the honors work; and 4) an overall grade of B+ or higher in the course. In intermediate and advanced courses the "honors track" includes a special research/thesis paper (in place of the regular course paper), supplementary reading, meeting with the professor, and a B+ overall in the course. The specific requirements will be worked out in consultation with the professor. Interested students should inform a professor early in the semester of their intention to complete an honors track in the course; no special registration is needed.

 

HONORS SPANISH: “Advanced Grammar, Composition and Conversation I” (SPAN 301 AH, 8:35 a.m. -9:50 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday with Prof. María Rodríguez; 3 credit hours). Like the regular sections of Spanish 301, this honors section will focus on the improvement of reading, speaking, and writing skills with special emphasis on narration in the past tenses. In addition, the honors class will fulfill the required engagement with the Hispanic community by completing a short oral history project. Students will meet with someone who was raised in the Hispanic world but is currently living in Grand Rapids, and they will learn about that person’s life experiences. These conversations will then become the basis of a short oral presentation and two written compositions. This course meets a core requirement in foreign language, is the gateway to the Spanish minor and major, and must be completed by all students before they can participate in any of the advanced semester programs in Honduras, Peru or Spain.