Honors Classes

Students who wish to take classes offered by the Honors Academy may register for Honors classes before actually being accepted into the program. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll for Honors classes early, as they often fill up quickly.

To find out more about courses offered at Southwest, you can use our Catalog Search to view descriptions of our courses or the Interactive Course Schedule (opens new window) to see when and where a class is being offered.

HONR 1110, Honors Inquiry, typically offered in the spring semester. It is a required course for the Honors diploma, unless the student is exempted by the director, and students should plan early to register for it in the spring semester. Other classes, such as English, history, music, political science, psychology, and sociology are listed by discipline.

Honors classes are especially suitable for students who have a 3.0 or above GPA or a 21 or better ACT composite score. For more information email the Honors Academy at honorsacademy@southwest.tn.edu. Early registration is encouraged!

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Fall 2017 Schedule
Course Number (CRN) Course Title / Description / Instructor Days / Time / Location
ENGL 1010-HR1
(CRN 84224)
English Composition I - Sometimes, in college, "popular culture" can become sidelined: television shows, tunes we hear on the radio, blockbuster movies, ordinary slang, mass-produced objects that we use every day might not always seem sufficiently serious for scholarly consideration. But what does our popular culture tell us about ourselves, our values, our aspirations, our fears, our fantasies? What can we learn about who are, as individuals and as a nation, by studying popular culture carefully? Honors Composition I will invite you to consider these questions and delve deeply into the everyday, mass popular culture that surrounds us all.
Instructor: David Huffman, email: dhuffman@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
ENGL 1010-HR2
(CRN 82808)
English Composition I - See ENGL 1010-HR1 description
Instructor: Jerome Wilson, email: wjwilson2@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
9:10-10:40 a.m.
Union Avenue Campus
ENGL 1010-HR4
(CRN 84225)
English Composition I - See ENGL 1010-HR1 description
Instructor: Daniel Gillespie, email: jdgillespie1@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
12:30-2 p.m.
Maxine A. Smith Center
HIST 1110–HR1
(CRN 83607)
Survey of World Civilization I - The course should develop in students an understanding of the present that is informed by an awareness of past heritages, including the complex and interdependent relationships between cultures and societies. Diversity and global thinking, along with communication and civic responsibility, will be enhanced. As part of the learning experience outside the classroom, students will be required to attend a lecture and exhibit at the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology at the University of Memphis. Students will be responsible for their own transportation. All students will also lead one classroom discussion (in the format of an oral presentation with visual aids) and write a research paper that critically explains, assesses, or analyzes a groundbreaking event, trailblazing person, or unforgettable time period in world history. The "best" reports and/or papers will be presented on Honors Day.
Instructor: Victoria J. Gray, email: vgray@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
HIST 2010–HR1
(CRN 82372)
The US to 1877 - This course will address the social, political, and economic history of the United States from the peopling of the Americas until 1877. There will be a local history focus, including Tennessee and Memphis history components. The Honors Academy components of the course will include a researched class presentation, class discussions, and a tour of Elmwood Cemetery.
Instructor: John Tyler Stephenson, email: jtstephenso1@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
12:30-2 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
HONORS 1110-HR1
(CRN 84609)
Honors Inquiry - Honors Inquiry, which we will be offering in the fall and spring semesters this academic year, is required for any student wishing to earn an Honors Diploma. The focus for this class is "Memphis, City as Text," the point of which is to help students better understand the history, art, conflicts, and culture of their own city. Over half of the class meetings will take place at sites throughout the city, students being responsible for their own transportation. A few meetings will be scheduled at times other than the regular class meeting time. Questions should be addressed to the instructor.
Instructor: Douglas Branch, email: dbranch@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday
6-9 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
MATH 1530-HR1
(CRN 84665)
Probability & Statistics - Tired of drawing histograms and bar plots by hand? How about coding it yourself? Let us leave it to the computer to plot it by using a few syntaxes. The use of the graphing calculator has been very efficient in teaching MATH 1530; however, in our world of big data, this may not be practical. This class presents the use of R-Programming language to achieve the same results and even more. In addition to the requirements for the traditional class, students will have the opportunity to learn how to CODE - write their own programs. At the end of the course, selected students will present their work on Honors Academy Presentation Day.
Instructor: Akwasi Kusi-Appiah, email: akappiah@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
7:30-9 a.m.
Macon Cove Campus
MUS 1030-HR1
(CRN 83487)
Music Appreciation - In addition to the General Education requirements for this course, an in-depth study will be made of Antonin Dvorak's "New World" Symphony. Written while he was in residence at the National Conservatory of Music in New York City (and premiered by the New York Philharmonic), the work combines the Classical period influences of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, along with national elements of Dvorak's native Bohemia as well as those of the United States. A live performance of the work by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will be included as part of the course of study.
Instructor: Michelle Pellay-Walker, email: mfine@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
12:30-2 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
POLS 1030-HR2
(CRN 83201)
American Government - Students will be exploring cultural, political and historical accounts of events and occurrences in American government. In this Honors class, students will examine American government in a combination of ways: through field trips and observations, journals, and debates. Students will make class presentations, as well as participate in creating a project.
Instructor: MaLinda Wade, email: mwade@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Union Avenue Campus
PSYC 1030-HR1
(CRN 84212)
General Psychology I - This Honors offering gives students the opportunity to engage in debate, discussion, and out-of-class visits to mental health facilities, Youth Villages and Lakeside Day Treatment Program for Children.
Instructor: Donna Reed-Mathena, email: dlreed@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
9:10-10:40 a.m.
Macon Cove Campus
PSYC 1030-HR4
(CRN 83015)
General Psychology I - The course introduces students to social aspects of psychology as a behavioral science. Studies include personality, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, intelligence, learning, memory, social and developmental psychology, and applied psychology. As an Honors requirement students will participate in service-learning activities which are linked to at least one of the course's learning objectives. Students are required to write a four page reflective paper discussing their service-learning project, the project's relationship to the course, its benefit to the community and the students, and its value to the course content. The paper will use the APA format. Students are required to make a formal presentation of their papers, which should be of quality eligible for publication in an undergraduate service-learning publication.
Instructor: Marcia Hunter, email: mhunter@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
12:30-2 p.m.
Maxine A. Smith Center

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