The Honors College

at West Chester University

Dr. Kevin Dean, Director
703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2996
Fax: 610-436-2620
Honors@wcupa.edu


Courses

HON100 Self-Awareness & Development (3)
Focus on methods individuals use to develop skills in the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspect of life. A holistic approach to both physical and mental aspects will be addressed. Methods for enhancement and maintenance of strengths will be discussed as well as approaches to risk taking.

HON211 Decision Making & Public Discourse (3)
Examination of the role of ethical dialogue and debate in public policy making of rotating topics such s the environment or health care. Emphasis on logic and critical thinking as key roles in identifying problems, devising solutions, and evaluating proposed policies. Consistent with the emphasis on the public forum, students will develop public speaking and critical listening skills.

HON212 Ethics & Moral Choice in a Technological Age (3)
Approaches to ethical recommendation and moral decision-making processes. Engagement of the scientific approach by using case studies from genetics, ecology, physics, chemistry, and computer science to allow students to confront ways traditional views of ethics and moral decision making apply to a contemporary world.

HON310 Theories & Strategies of Community Change (3)
Spectrum of approaches to social change and significant figures who make these changes possible. Works of historical and sociological literature, including biographies and autobiographies of key figures, will be identified as a basis for observation of how thinkers of the past identified key issues and articulated solutions to those problems.

HON311 Stewardship and Civic Responsibility (3)
Foundations of market and nonmarket economies as they relate to good stewardship and civic responsibility. Fusing literature and economics, the values and limitations of market capitalism and command socialism will be addressed.

HON312 Educational Systems & Social Influence (3)
An introduction to philosophy, history, and sociology of American education. The evolution of the school as an institution in a democratic society; its relationships to issues dealing with race, class, gender and ethnicity; the geographical implications the school has for the community and vice versa; the degree to which school should and/or can serve as agents for social change.

HON313 American Government, Democracy & Public Opinion (3)
Influence of the role of public opinion in a democracy by examination of how individuals form their opinions and how those opinions influence government and public policy making. Such areas as government structure, political thought, and sociologic and geographic influences will be covered.

HON314 Science, Technology & Environmental Systems (3)
Impact of technology and the environment as forces of influence on communities. The lab course will combine a historical overview with a contemporary focus on ways the science community is developing and regulating ideas for the future. Laboratory field experiences will involve data collection and observation in a variety of environmental contexts.

HON315 Community & the Arts (3)
Investigation of the arts as agents of social change and influence. Significant historical and contemporary works from art, dance, music, and theatre will be identified for case analysis.

HON320 Global Issues (3)

Special topics involving study at an international location. Subject matter rotates and is determined by the honors director and the Honors Council through competitive submission from University faculty. Approved interdisciplinary course.

HON322 Leadership with ELL’s in the Classroom and Community (3)

The study of issues, leadership challenges, and strategies for the effective teaching of English Language Learners (ELL’s) in PreK-12 classrooms and for effective communicating with ELL’s in the community.

HON340 Professional Leadership (.5)
Research, creative projects, reports and readings in preparation for post-undergraduate experiences such as graduate or professional schools, fellowships and assistantships. Junior standing. May not be used towards requirements for Honors Core or Seminar Programs. Honors College members or permission of Director of Honors.

HON351 Honors Seminar (3)

First of two special topics offered fall semester. Subject matter rotates and is determined by the honors director and the Honors Council through competitive submission from University faculty. Seminars are designed to be interdisciplinary and to have a writing emphasis. This course may be taken again for credit. Approved interdisciplinary course. Writing emphasis course.

HON352  Honors Seminar (3)
The goal of this course is to introduce you to the study of leadership as an academic discipline. While the primary focus will be derived from a communication perspective, readings will also be drawn from research and theory in political science, history, psychology, theology, business management and related fields. The study of leadership is far from an exact science; some of what will be read and said will be contradictory. It is my hope that you will approach each perspective with an open mind and attempt to synthesize what you see as best applicable to your journey as a leader. The course will be designated as writing emphasis, thus there will be a wide range of writing opportunities. We will also be welcoming a variety of guest speakers to cover aspects of leadership from a diversity of fields and perspectives. Thus I am looking for students to take this class who will be active participants and who will engage and challenge our speakers.

HON381 Symposium in Arts and Humanities (3)

Investigation of leadership issues as they are found within special topics in the arts and humanities. This course may be taken again for credit. Approved interdisciplinary course. Writing emphasis course.

HON382 Symposium in Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)

Investigation of leadership issues as they are found within special topics in the social and behavioral sciences. This course may be taken again for credit. Approved interdisciplinary course. Writing emphasis course.

HON383 Symposium in the Sciences (3)

Investigation of leadership issues as they are found within special topics in the sciences. This course may be taken again for credit. Writing emphasis course.

HON399 Independent Study (1-3)
Research, creative projects, reports, and readings in relationship to leadership development and civic engagement. Sophomore standing. Permission of Director of Honors.

HON451 Honors Seminar (3)
Second of two special topics offered fall semester. Subject matter rotates and is determined by the honors director and the Honors Council through competitive submission from University faculty. Seminars are designed to be interdisciplinary and to have a writing emphasis.

HON452 Honors Seminar (3)

Second of two special topics offered spring semester. Subject matter rotates and is determined by the honors director and the Honors Council through competitive submission from University faculty. Seminars are designed to be interdisciplinary and to have a writing emphasis. This course may be taken again for credit. Approved interdisciplinary course. Writing emphasis course.

HON490 Capstone Project (3)
Students will identify and investigate a problem in a community business, nonprofit agency, or research laboratory, and then work to solve the problem. It is expected that students play an active role in the problem-solving effort and contribute a minimum of ten hours each week to help solve the problem. Interaction with the CEO, senior officer(s) and/or senior investigators of the business, agency, or laboratory, will serve as leader models for student study. A final paper will require students to reflect on the 27-hour core of Honors course work and indicate how lessons from each of the classes helped inform the project. Additionally, attention in the final paper will address the project's sustainability. While projects are generally completed in the senior year, students may register for this course upon completion of the 27-hour core or by special permission of the Honors College Director.