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Honors Courses

SUNY Delhi offers a variety of honors courses available to any student with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.  These courses offer the opportunity to study challenging questions within various disciplines thoroughly as well as to work closely with SUNY Delhi faculty members.  Our new Honors Special Topics Course (HONR 250) focuses on a wide range of specialized topics that relate to student and faculty research interests.  Listed below are the honors courses currently offered on campus, including those special topics that have been approved for HONR 250 by the Honors Advisory Committee.

HONR 200: Foundations of Western Thought

This course focuses on the foundations of current Western culture by examining seminal texts in ancient Greek, Roman, and Judeo-Christian traditions.  This course in interdisciplinary in nature and is concerned with the literature, history, philosophy, religion, music, architecture, and art of classical Greece and Rome, and medieval and Renaissance Europe.  This course fulfills a general education requirement for Western Civilization.

HONR 205: Contemporary Thinkers

This course surveys some of the major ideas, thinkers, events, and movements that have helped to shape our century.  In past offerings, the course has featured authors such as Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Marx, Thomas Cahill, Alicia Ostriker, Susan Sontag, and Vine Deloria.  This course fulfills a general education requirement for Western Civilization.

HONR 210: The American Experience

This course consists of a series of readings, lectures, and seminars that focus on some of the unique voices who have helped define what it means to be "American."  Students become conversant in the ideas and values of some of America's most famous artists, authors, and thinkers, and will define what is culturally unique about the American experience.  This course fulfills a general education requirement for American History.

HONR 215: Leadership Development

This course has as it central focus the development of leadership ability.  This course provides a nuanced understanding of leadership through group dynamics theory; assists participants in developing a personal philosophy of leadership and an awareness of the moral and ethical responsibilities of leadership; and provides the opportunity to develop essential leadership skills through study, observation, and application of these skills.

HONR 220:  Interdisciplinary Studies

This course provides an interdisciplinary classroom experience which allows students to see how different fields overlap and converge.  Students are expected to form connections and synthesize new ideas and applications from areas not normally combined in textbooks.  Specific topics vary by semester.  This course may be taken more than once for credit.

HONR 225: Cancer Biology

The course will investigate the fundamental molecular and cellular biological principles of cancer cells. Emphasis will be placed on genetic and regulatory pathways involved in cancer formation and development into advanced stage. Primary literature will effectively be used in an interactive setting to supplement learning and discussion by encouraging critical analysis of current cancer research methods. Special attention will also be made to the clinical treatments and prevention of cancer. This course fulfills a general education requirement for Natural Sciences.

HONR 250: Special Topics

This course offers the chance to delve more deeply into a specialized area of study at the direction of a faculty member.  Its topic varies by semester.  All special topics honors course offerings must be pre-approved by the Honors Program Advisory Committee.  Previously offered special topics courses include:

The World's Fair of 1893:  The World's Fair of 1893 took place in the city of Chicago, which thirty years previously was nothing more than a small town and the home of International Harvester.  The meteoric rise of a small town to become the host of the 1893 World's Fair, beating out New York City, is an American success story that fits into the U.S. narrative of the late 19th century characterized by rapid industrialization, immigration, and urbanization.  After a devastating fire in 1871, Chicago was rapidly rebuilt as an ultra-modern city using technology, architecture, and urban planning.  Throughout the semester, all six of these themes will be explored through the focal lens of the World's Fair.

Sports and Aesthetics:  This course will be an examination of sports from an aesthetic perspective.  We will read classic interpretation of what makes something beautiful from Plato on up through our own day, also going outside of the western tradition to Japan and African dance.  We will pair these philosophical considerations with selections of poems, short stories, and articles representing sports.  The course will end with a consideration of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht's book In Praise of Athletic Beauty.

Human Sexuality:  All humans are sexual beings and understand some portion of human sexuality.  While most individuals assume they are educated about sexuality, for multiple reasons they are often missing critical pieces of information.  This course is a study of sexual values and behaviors in contemporary American society from both a psychobiological and sociological perspective.  Focus topics will include: anatomy and physiology of sex; sex within relationships; alternative lifestyles; fertility management; contraception; sexual dysfunction; social roles and attitudes; destructive sexual behavior; sexual violence; healthy communication and relationships.  Students will leave the course not only with basic knowledge about the human body and how bodies relate sexually, but with an ability to think deeply about the morals and ethics related to human sexuality.  Students will begin or continue the process of forming individual beliefs, standards, and boundaries, enabling them to make healthier physical and emotional choices and decisions.

HONR 290: Honors Independent Study

This course allows an honors student to develop an individual course of study under the supervision of a faculty member.  All proposals for an honors independent study must be submitted, reviewed, and approved by the Honors Program Advisory Committee. 

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Last Updated: 12/23/11