• The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program

  • Books on Books: Films on Films 1001H
    Prof. Geyh
    Sec 261 M W 6:45-8:00
    Significant primary and secondary readings. 

    FALL  2014 Honors Program Courses

    Please see the Class Schedule for the current semester’s offerings. A brief description of the honors courses for the coming  semester is given below.


    Non-Honors students interested in taking an Honors course should follow the Procedure to Take Honors Courses 


     Bible  Biology    Chemistry Computer Science Cont. World Cultures Cultures Over Time
    Economics  English    First Year Seminar   History  Honors    Interpreting the Creative
    Jewish History     Jewish Philosophy Math Philosophy Physics Political Science
     Psychology  Sociology Spanish  Summer Courses  




    BIB 2540H: Ezekiel   (pre-req: BIB 1000 or 1015; Satisfies a General Education BIB req)

    Prof:  Ari Mermelstein

    2 Credits

    Sec 311 T 1:05-2:45




    BIO 4934H: Topics:  Stem Cells 

     Prof. Yakov Peter 

    2 Credits  

    Sec  461      W 6:45-8:25

    Topics in Stem Cells take a careful look at contemporary breakthroughs in stem cell research as reported in the scientific literature. Through these findings, students will be introduced to cutting-edge molecular and cellular research methods and versed in the interpretation of scientific data. Areas to be covered in this course include: embryonic stem cells and cloning, somatic and hematopoietic stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells and cellular reprogramming. The final portion of this course deals with ethics and legislation.























    Writing Creative Nonfiction 1724H
    Prof. Jacobson
    Sec 331 T/R 3:00-4:15

    In this course we will be reading and writing at the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, in the hybrid form sometimes referred to as the “fourth genre,” “literary nonfiction,” or the “lyric essay.” At that boundary, literary strategies (formal experimentation, imagination, metaphor, imagery, lyric language, nonlinear narrative, rhythm and repetition) traditionally associated with the created worlds of fiction, poetry and drama are used to treat subjects that have, traditionally, been thought of as the province of nonfiction; as obligated to “fact.” Our particular focus will be the personal essay: “a kind of essay,” as described by the writer Deborah Tall, “propelled not by its information, but rather by the possibility for transformative experience.”
    Requirements: three essays (2-3 pages, 3-5 pages, 5-8 pages); a series of writing exercises focusing sharply on different aspects (the sentence; word choice; revision) of your prose; a timed selection from one of your essays to be publicly presented at the end of the course; a writing portfolio of 20 pages of revised work. We will also be reading together examples of some of the most compelling and innovative creative nonfiction being written today. Finally, members of the class will regularly present their own writing, and constructively critique one another’s writing, in workshop sessions.

    Prerequisite: FYWR or ENG 1101 or 1931H

     Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature 2805H
    Prof. Steinberg
    Sec 231 M W 3:00-4:15


    This course explores two sub-genres of literature, science fiction and fantasy, from a variety of theoretical and interpretive angles. Although we will begin with foundational texts in each subgenre, we will quickly move to more contemporary works, examining how science fiction and fantasy are posited opposite “realistic” fiction. We will study the ways in which our texts connect with, grow from, and draw on realistic literary movements; the purposes and consequences of literary categorizations; and the ways in which our two subgenres are further subcategorized. Our investigations will focus on the texts themselves, on their contexts and subtexts, on secondary materials that can elucidate texts and contexts, and on escapist fictions’ relationships to readers.
    Primary texts for the course include Frankenstein (Mary Shelley), Kindred (Octavia Butler), The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood), The Time Machine (H.G. Wells), The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkein), Neuromancer (William Gibson), To Say Nothing of the Dog (Connie Willis), Tarzan of the Apes (Edgar Rice Burroughs), 1984 (George Orwell), Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll), The Golden Compass (Phillip Pullman), The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula LeGuin), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams), and short stories by Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip Dick, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and T. H. White. We will also watch two films together as a class, TBD. Students will have the opportunity to write about works other than these in their essays if they wish.


     Course work is as follows:

    Significant primary and secondary readings.

     Engagement with class materials and active participation in class discussions.

     Five informal blog posts in response to specific assigned readings.

     Two short argument essays (2-3 pages) that focus on film adaptations of science fiction and fantasy writings.

     One five-page analysis essay that responds to a text and at least one secondary source.

     A final researched essay (in place of an exam) of 10-12 pages.

















    HON 4978 H : Honors Thesis Seminar 1
    0.5 Credits 



    HON 4979 H : Honors Thesis Seminar 2


    0.5 Credits



    HON 4980 H Honors Thesis Preparation

    Variable 2-3 Credits


    HON 4981 H Honors Thesis Writing

    Variable 2-3 Credits



     Books on Books: Films on Films 1001H
    Prof. Geyh
    Sec 261 M W 6:45-8:00
    What are do literature and film tell us about themselves and each other? How is reading a novel or short story different from “reading” a film? What happens when a story passes from one medium to another? By addressing these questions, this course will help student to develop a deeper understanding of the relationships between literature and film, and through these relationships, of each medium.
    The course will begin by examining the key elements of literary and cinematic story telling, and of how these elements come together to produce the meaning of a story. Then we will explore various approaches used in the analysis of literature and film, by studying both theoretical texts about literature and film, and close readings of particular works in both media, with the aim of enabling students to create their own compelling interpretations of literature and film.
    Course texts will include Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451; Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler; O’Brien, and Zusak, The Book Thief. Films will include The Wizard of Oz, Sherlock Jr., The Artist, Stranger than Fiction, Singin’ in the Rain, and Fahrenheit 451. Critical texts will include Plato, Book X of The Republic; Wilde, “The Decay of Lying”; Rushdie, The Wizard of Oz; and Villarejo, Film Studies: The Basics.























    PHY 1051H: General Physics I
    Prof. G. Cwilich
    3 Credits
     MW 3:00-4:15pm M 5:50-6:40PM










    SPA 1201H: Intermediate Spanish I
    Prof. G. Broitman
    3 Credits
    Sec 231 MW 3:00-4:15PM

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