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Honors Program Courses


ACCH203 T (4)-Managerial Accounting
Prof. D. Verreault
Focuses on the concepts, systems, procedures and decision models that help managers analyze, interpret and improve business results. Managerial accounting encompasses various systems for calculating the cost of a product or service; tools for the evaluation of business segments; models for making decisions concerning a variety of special decisions; planning and budgeting for operations and capital items; and exposure to ethical norms and dilemmas in the context of accounting and finance. The course includes Excel spreadsheet applications. Prerequisite: ACC 202, MAT 150 or higher (all COB majors are required to take MAT 225).

ARTH101 F (4)-Art: Form and Idea (W)(IG)(A)
Prof. J. King
The purpose of this honors course is to provide you with an opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding of how the arts, in the broad context, and the visual arts in particular serve mankind: why they are created, how various cultures have employed them, how they are constructed, how they affect us and the value they have for enriching our lives. You will have opportunities for gallery and museum visitation as well as opportunities to discuss visual aesthetics and contemporary art. An important aspect of this Honors course will be the opportunity to actually experience relevant studio media; working with ceramics, stone, painting and creating a relief print.

ARTH200 G (4)-Introduction to Ceramic Art: Handbuilding-Honors
Prof. J. King
When and where man first began to use clay is uncertain. What is known is that man has been employing this elemental material for a wide variety of functional and aesthetic considerations in almost every known culture. Even today we continue to value the material as an important medium for aesthetic self-expression. This course reflects a disciplined based approach to visual art education. This course will stress four equally important components: 1) Ceramic Aesthetics; 2) Ceramics Art Formation; 3) Ceramic Art History; and 4) Art Criticism.

AWRH201 C (4)-Writing and Research-H
Prof. R. Mathews
Invites students to explore questions and think of themselves as writers, constructing answers rhetorically in academic and community contexts.

AWRH201 E (4)-Writing and Research-H
Prof. D. Reamer
MWF 2:30-3:40 PM
Invites students to explore questions and think of themselves as writers, constructing answers rhetorically in academic and community contexts.

BIOH199 C (4)—GENERAL BIOLOGY II - HONORS (Must take with BIOH199L)
Prof. T. Campbell
Examines the diversity of life through investigations of the taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology and evolution of all major prokaryotic and eukaryotic lineages. Basic ecological and evolutionary theory are focal points of the course as these represent the mechanisms through which biological and physiological diversity arises. Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to count toward biology lower-core requirements.

BIOH199L I1 (0)— GENERAL BIOLOGY II LAB-H (Must take with BIOH199)
Prof. D. Huber
Examines the diversity of life through investigations of the taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology and evolution of all major prokaryotic and eukaryotic lineages. Basic ecological and evolutionary theory are focal points of the course as these represent the mechanisms through which biological and physiological diversity arises. Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to count toward biology lower-core requirements.

BIOH205T (4)-Tropical Biology and Conservation Honors Study Abroad in Costa Rica
Prof. T. Campbell
This course is intended for students interested in the natural history, biology and ecology of the tropics, the most biologically diverse regions of the world. Students will study evolutionary, biological and ecological principles of tropical ecosystems and the natural history of the organisms that live there. We will examine conservation programs, sustainable development practices and the widespread impact of this region of the globe. The course culminates in a two-week long experience in Costa Rica where students will visit lowland tropical rain forest, high elevation tropical cloud forest, costal ecosystems, primary and secondary forest, and more. In the field, students will conduct brief research programs designed to illustrate the possibilities of careers working in the tropics over a broad range of possible biological specialties ranging from tropical biodiversity, to evolution and sustainability. Pre-requisites include the Biology Lower Core and/or permission of the instructor. Open to non-Honors students.

CHEH154 C (3)—General Chemistry II-HONORS
Prof. E. Werner
A continuation of General Chemistry I. Topics include solution chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Choose any CHE 155L section. Pre-requisites: CHE 152 and 153, and current enrollment in or successful completion of CHE 155 (any section).

COMH212 E (4)—Social Justice Communication (IG) (NW) Honors Study Abroad in Morocco
Prof. C. Boulton
This course takes students abroad to produce a documentary film about a local changemaker working on social issues in Marrakech, Morocco. Students will prepare for the program by meeting with Boulton once a week during the second half of the Spring semester. In mid-May, students will travel to Marrakech in order to research, prepare and produce a short film under the careful guidance of Boulton, Andrew DeMil and two Actuality Media production managers. While in Morocco, students will deepen their cross-cultural understanding by climbing a 12th century Moorish mosque and minaret, exploring the Djemaa el Fna (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest square in Africa), wandering through souks filled with rugs and spices, eating in riad courtyards and rooftop terraces, bathing on tiled mosaics in public hammams, riding camels through the Atlas Mountains, touring pre-industrial tanneries, visiting a 15-century Jewish cemetery and relaxing among the lush plants and ponds of Jardin Majorelle. There are no language or production prerequisites for this course, and its focus on media activism, public policy and social entrepreneurship has the potential to appeal to students majoring in communication, entrepreneurship, government and world affairs, international business, international and cultural studies, public health and sociology.

COMH232 T1 (4)—Visual Literacy-Honors
Prof. J. Giancola
It is one of the great ironies of contemporary existence that we are beset, informed, controlled and constructed by images, yet we receive almost no formal training in understanding and creating visual communication. Visual Literacy addresses this issue through interdisciplinary study of the terminology and theory of visual communication, with special emphasis on the relationship of visual and cultural practice. Considering ideas from art history, photography, film, mass media and cultural studies, students are asked to analyze visual rhetoric, begin to see critically, articulate meaning and author visual rhetoric of their own. May be used to fulfill the general distribution requirements for the humanities if not used for the major.

CRMH102 F (4)-Intro to Criminal Justice-H
Prof. S. Madden
Criminal justice is a phenomenon that is scientifically studied, but research rarely references theory. Students will be provided with the “theoretical and social context of criminal justice” and introduced to the “philosophical ideas that underlie the concepts of crime, law and justice.” Specifically, this honors course will focus on the theoretical frameworks, philosophical foundations, and critical, empirical evaluations of criminal justice.

ECOH205 H (4)—Principles of Macroeconomics-H
Prof. K. Borja,
An introduction to aggregate economic analysis; use of the aggregate demand/aggregate supply model for the determination of output, employment and prices; use of the production possibilities curve analysis to illustrate opportunity cost and to show gains from trade applying the concept of comparative advantage; structure and functions of the Federal Reserve System; and conduct of monetary policy. Prerequisite: MAT 150 competency recommended (all COB majors are required to take MAT 225). Offered: fall and spring semesters.

FINH310 F (4)-Financial Management
Prof. A. Tan
A study of the processes, institutional framework and decisions faced by firms in the acquisition and use of funds. Practical emphasis is on corporate entities, including their utilization of capital budgeting in a world of taxes, law and risks. A traditional first course in corporate finance. Prerequisites: check UT Catalog for Sykes College of Business core requirements.

FYWH101 I (4)-Writing and Inquiry (HONORS)
Prof. TBA
MWF 2:30-3:40 PM
Invites students to explore questions and think of themselves as writers, constructing answers rhetorically in academic and community contexts.

GWAH100 D (4)-Introduction to Government and World Affairs - Honors
Prof. R. Kerstein
Covers the essential elements of government and world affairs from a national and international perspective. Fulfills Social Sciences core requirements.

GWAH282T (4) Development Strategies and Projects In Africa-H (IG) (NW) (W) Honors Study Abroad in Ghana, West Africa
Prof. K. Fridy
Ghana is often called "Africa for beginners" because of its peaceful history, English-speaking population, and traveler-friendly infrastructure. On our trip we visit the bustling capital of Accra where you will begin your day with a homestay with families in a downtrodden fishing community and end it with the extravagant nightlife of Osu. From there we travel to Kumasi where you will see a king's palace and spend a day trading wares with a saleswoman in West Africa's largest outdoor market. The highlight of our trip is the week spent in the rural farming communities of Nabdam. Here students attune themselves to the daily rhythms of village life while implementing service projects co-designed by students and community members. Your life will be changed as you learn how people in some of the world's poorest communities make ends meet and how your actions can help, and sometimes hurt, your fellow man.

GWAH353T (4) Cuba and the U.S.: Then and Now (NW) (IG)- MAY TERM Honors Study Abroad in Cuba
Profs. J. Lopez and D. Rey
This travel course will introduce students to the developments, past and present, that define Cuba-US relations. The course will have a strong emphasis on the historical importance of Jose Marti, Cuba's most prominent political and literary writer. Special attention will be given to Marti's writings while in exile to the US, with special focus on his visits to the Tampa area. The period of the Republic will reveal the great extent to which Cuban political economy was tied to the interests of it's neighbor to the north. Students will learn about the conditions that led to Fidel Castro's revolutionary movement and the deterioration of the relationship between the two countries that culminated with the US embargo. Students will study how the animosity intensified during the Cold War and post-Cold War periods, and consider how the relationship will evolve when the Castro years come to an end. Pre-requisite: Non-Honors Students Must Obtain Instructor Consent. SPA 101 or equivalent skills recommended.

HISH266 F (4)- Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience-H
Prof. T. Parssinen
From the mid-19th century to the present, immigration to America by peoples from Asia, Europe and Latin America has demonstrated the continuing powerful draw of the “new world” and its “golden door.” The stories of these peoples—whether in history, fiction or film—examine the motives for leaving homeland and family, the experience of newcomers and the process of assimilation into an evolving American culture over time. While the stories have similarities in outline, there are significant cultural differences for each people. This course will examine the immigrant experience of the Chinese, the Jews,and the Mexicans, using a major work of history, a novel, and three films for each group. The course will begin with two additional films that depict the journey to America and examine the reasons why immigrants came and continue to come. 

ITMH 220 C (4)-Management Information Systems-H
Prof. L. Webb
This course studies the integration of information systems solutions and business processes. Topics include how information and information systems relate to business processes, how organizations use information systems for competitive strategy, and how information systems are developed and managed. The ethical implications of the use information systems in organizations and the international dimensions of information systems are also covered. Students use contemporary software applications to apply course concepts to business cases.

JOUH101 J (4)-Intro to Journalism Honors
Prof. D. Wheeler
MW 4:00-5:50 PM
This course will explore the role and function of journalism, its evolution throughout American history and the current state of the art, craft and business of journalism. The various driving principles and operating practices of print, broadcast and online media, legal issues and ethics of journalism will also be examined, as will its transition in the new media age. Students will also take a critical look at how journalism is depicted in popular culture, and the role and evolution of student media, such as our print and online student newspaper, The Minaret.

LITH140 E (4)-Revolution of the Word: Introduction to the Early American Novel-Honors
Prof. Kacy Tillman
An introduction to one of the most popular literary genres, the novel, with particular focus on the varied relations novelists establish between individual and society, audience and storyteller, to entertain, unsettle and inspire readers. The late 18th and early 19th centuries in America were a time of revolutions, and these moments of great political and social change were achieved by the pen as much as they were by the sword. We invented our nation by writing it into existence, forming what Benedict Anderson has called “imagined communities.” Much of this sense of community was constructed through novels featuring cross-dressing, shipwrecks, incest, secret trysts, doomed love affairs, Gothic landscapes, piracy and kidnappings, just to name a few reoccurring themes. In this course, we will explore how early American writers revolutionized plot devices and storylines, as well as how printers revolutionized the book industry, both of which we imported from across the Atlantic. Through seminar-type discussions, a history of the book project, and class presentations, this course will provide an introduction to the early American novel (and the novel-as-genre in general) and the republic that it helped critique and construct.

LJAH411 F (4)—Law and Social Policy
Prof. A. Smith
Students will read, dissect, analyze, discuss and resolve three constitutional law cases pending before the United States Supreme Court. Students will examine the lower court decisions, appellate briefs and oral arguments for each case. After working through each stage of the appellate proceedings, students will act as mock Supreme Court justices, engage in a "conference" discussion debating the relevant issues and possible resolutions of the cases, and ultimately issue individual judicial opinions resolving the pending cases.

MGTH431 H (4)-Practical Strategic Assessment-H
Prof. S. Steiner
Not open to graduate students. This course focuses on the application of strategic management skills and the knowledge gained from prior coursework. Students analyze an organization's situation, recognize strategic issues and make recommendations. The course utilizes a group project to challenge students' skills in critical thinking, speaking, writing, teamwork and the ability to apply theory to real world situations. This integrative capstone experience is required for all undergraduate business majors. Prerequisite: Senior standing, FIN 310, MGT 330 and MKT 300.

MKTH300 E (4)-Principles of Marketing
Prof. L. Hermansen
Studies the interacting business activities designed to plan, price, promote and distribute want-satisfying products and services to present and potential customers. Incorporates current developments in marketing to acquaint students with the present-day challenges of marketing activities. Pre-requisites: Lower CB core and FYW 101.

PSYH200 J (4)-General Psychology-H
Prof. D. Hardin
An introduction to the basic principles of psychology. Fulfills social sciences core requirements.

SOCH100 P (4)-Introduction to Sociology
Prof. B. Friesen
An introduction to the structure, function and development of human societies. Emphasizes the nature and meaning of culture, socialization, personality, social institutions, social inequality and social change. Fulfills social sciences core requirements.

SPEH200 F (4)-Oral Communication-Honors
Prof. K. Foltz
Develops and improves the student's skills in critical thinking, rhetorical composition and delivery by exposure to speech types and situations that emphasize the arts of persuasion, argumentation, debate and problem-analysis. Skills include audience analysis, topic selection, structuring and organizing persuasive appeals and argumentative evidence, syllogistic reasoning, analytical methodologies, word usage, rhetorical flourish, vocal expressiveness, articulation and animation. Fulfills Fine Arts/Humanities core requirements.

SPEH208 H (4)-Speech for Business and the Professions
Prof. C. Gurrie
Offers practice in briefings, interviews, problem-solving conferences and communication management. Covers techniques for speaking situations commonly encountered in business and the professions.

THRH332 D (4) Gay and Lesbian Life in Theatre and Film
Prof. G. Luter
This course is a multi-disciplinary survey of art, theatre, film and mass- mediated culture from a non-heterosexual perspective. Topics may include an examination of a gay aesthetic in performance art, theater and film; a "queer theory" approach to analyzing mass cultural icons and constructions; an exploration of the ways in which non-heterosexuals have been and are depicted in American culture; and a survey of evolving aesthetic/cultural representations of queerness in America. Fulfills Fine Arts/Humanities core requirements.

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