History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Honors Fall 2016

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in HNRS

HNRS 108: Introduction to Research Methods I (3 Credits)

Introduces students to a wide range of disciplinary research practices. Students learn how to identify a topic and pose a focused research question, use information technology to find relevant sources, and develop a research proposal.

HNRS 109: Introduction to Research Methods II (3 Credits)

Students continue to learn a wide range of disciplinary research practices. Students learn how to pose a research question, analyze pertinent evidence, and write and speak clearly by participating in a scholarly conversation.

HNRS 110: Research Methods (4 Credits)

Introduces students to a wide range of disciplinary research practices. Students learn how to pose and pursue a focused research question, use information technology to find relevant sources, analyze pertinent evidence, and write and speak clearly by participating in scholarly conversation.

HNRS 122: Reading the Arts (3 Credits)

Explores the language of the art medium and the relationship of parts to whole in art works, connections among different art forms, and links between art and its historical context. In exploring multiple art forms, including literature, students will also learn how various artistic devices contribute to meaning. Students will critically explore detail and nuance in the social, historical and personal context of the work(s). Students will also participate in or attend a visual or performance based art work(s) or event(s).

HNRS 125: A Liberal Arts Approach to Calculus (3 Credits)

Assumes understanding of basic algebra and functions. Studies exponential models and develops mathematical concepts of limit and infinity including the topic of derivatives. Students who have had a course in calculus will explore more advanced topics.  

HNRS 130: Conceptions of Self (3 Credits)

Drawing from appropriate works in social sciences, arts, and humanities, examines different conceptions and definitions of the self from diverse cultures and historical contexts.

HNRS 131: Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives (3 Credits)

Explores methods and perspectives in social sciences and humanities to evaluate contributions of different disciplines to social and cultural issues, their constructions,Ê their global ramifications. Investigates our individual, collective, and institutional responsibilities as citizens of a diverse and interconnected world.

200-Level Courses in HNRS

HNRS 210: Research Methods II (2 Credits)

Prepares students transferring into the Honors College in humanities and social sciences research practices. Students learn how to choose and focus a research question, find and analyze sources, organize evidence in an essay shaped by an original thesis, write clearly, and address an audience of scholars.

HNRS 211: Mentorship in Undergraduate Research (0-2 Credits)

Students learn to use their own research experience as a tool to guide beginning scholars by mentoring students in Honors 110: Research Methods, through workshops and oral presentations.

HNRS 226: Topics in Quantitative Analysis (3 Credits)

Studies selected topics of special interest to honors students with suitable preparation.

HNRS 227: Scientific Thought and Processes I, II (4 Credits)

Explores and integrates principles of classical and modern science through study of such topics as cosmology, evolution, ecology, mechanics, relativity, and quantum physics.

HNRS 228: Scientific Thought and Processes I, II (4 Credits)

Explores and integrates principles of classical and modern science through study of such topics as cosmology, evolution, ecology, mechanics, relativity, quantum physics, and the environment.

HNRS 230: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 Credits)

Enables students to broaden cultural horizons and understand human behavior by comparative studies of Êsocieties.

HNRS 240: Reading the Past (3 Credits)

Considers constructions of historical narratives and their context in major world historical events by examining significant current topics such as revolution, race, empire, and religion over time. Considers how public narratives about history are constructed. Students will communicate their understanding of multiple historical narratives through written, oral and digital means.

300-Level Courses in HNRS

HNRS 300: Advanced Study Abroad (0-6 Credits)

Offers students in the Honors College the opportunity to take advanced study abroad courses that focus on in-depth research or engaged learning.

HNRS 302: Research Methods II (3 Credits)

Introduces students transferring into the Honors College to a wide range of disciplinary research practices. Students learn how to choose and focus a research question, find and analyze sources, organize evidence in an essay shaped by an original thesis, write clearly, and address an audience of scholars.

HNRS 310: Honors College Connects I (0 Credits)

The first of a two-semester course in which students work in groups on long-term service projects coming from community nonprofit organizations.

HNRS 311: Honors College Connects II (0 Credits)

A continuation of HNRS 310, culminating in student presentations of their results to the community nonprofit organizations and constituents of the Honors College.

HNRS 312: RS: Research in the Public Sphere (0-3 Credits)

Building on projects begun in HNRS 310, students use research/scholarship skills to address community problems presented by nonprofit organizations.ÊDesignated as a research and scholarship intensive course.

HNRS 330: Research, Technology, and Online Community (0-3 Credits)

Student applicants selected to participate in the RTOC project will plan and create new media artifacts or learning objects in structured collaboration with university stakeholders and mentors. Through this process, they will deepen their understanding of the research process, learn to appreciate the institutional and social dimensions of undertaking and teaching research, and learn to communicate more effectively about research.

HNRS 353: Technology in the Contemporary World (3 Credits)

Critically analyzes emergence and impact of specific technologies on contemporary cultures and the core concepts surrounding these technologies, including legal, social, ethical issues and the technology's relationship to core information security issues. Students develop a significant research project employing multiple disciplinary perspectives. This project will be communicated ethically and with cultural awareness through written, oral and digital means, showing a critical understanding of technologies and their impact.

400-Level Courses in HNRS

HNRS 410: Thesis Proposal (0-3 Credits)

Provides guidance in research methods to students writing an honors thesis proposal as well as workshop to critique research in progress and to understand the research process in multiple disciplines.

HNRS 411: RS: Honors College Thesis (0-3 Credits)

Directed research on topic agreed on by student, advisor, and the Honors College.ÊDesignated as a research and scholarship intensive course.

HNRS 430: Multidisciplinary Challenges in Professional Environments (0-3 Credits)

Students work to solve a problem or challenge currently faced by an Honors College community partner which is identified in consultation with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. Provides students with opportunities to synthesize knowledge and practices developed in prior courses and co-curricular experiences; develops the skills and strategies necessary for working effectively in multidisciplinary teams.

HNRS 490: Undergraduate Apprenticeship (1-3 Credits)

Independent work with a faculty mentor on an inquiry-based project involving research, creative activities, or teaching and mentoring.