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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!

Spring 2017 Schedule
Course Number (CRN) Course Title / Description / Instructor Days / Time / Location
ENGL 1020-HR1
(CRN 10156)
English Composition II
This course traditionally focuses on writing about the American South and Southern experiences. An overnight field trip to Oxford, Mississippi, to visit the home of William Faulkner, is planned.
Instructor: Jerome Wilson, email: wjwilson2@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
12:30-2 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
ENGL 1020-HR2
(CRN 12170)
English Composition II
This course traditionally focuses on writing about the American South and Southern experiences. An overnight field trip to Oxford, Mississippi, to visit the home of William Faulkner, is planned.
Instructor: Jerome Wilson, email: wjwilson2@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
9:10-10:40 a.m.
Union Avenue Campus
ENGL 1020-HR4
(CRN 10127)
English Composition II
This course traditionally focuses on writing about the American South and Southern experiences. An overnight field trip to Oxford, Mississippi, to visit the home of William Faulkner, is planned.
Instructor: Daniel Gillespie, email: jdgillespie1@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
10:50 a.m.- 12:20 p.m.
Maxine A. Smith Center
ENGL 2320-I01 World Literature II
This online class is an exploration of world literature from the Enlightenment through the present. We will, however, place a special emphasis on Irish literature, and the course will culminate in a one-week trip, at the end of the term, to Ireland, with most of our time spent Dublin. Students who enroll in this class must first apply through International Studies.
Instructor: Doug Branch, email: dbranch@southwest.tn.edu
Online and International Opportunity
HIST 2020–HR1
(CRN 12230)
The United States Since 1877
This course will address the social, political, and economic history of the United States since 1877. There will be a local history focus, including Tennessee and Memphis history components. In addition to the regular class requirements, the Honors Academy components of the course will include a researched class presentation, expanded class discussions, and a class visit to Elmwood Cemetery.
Instructor: John Stephenson, email: jtstephenso1@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
9:10-10:40 a.m.
Macon Cove Campus
HIST 1120–HR1
(CRN 12229)
Survey of World Civilization II
The course is designed to make students familiar with the basis of various political, socioeconomic, and cultural trends of the modern world. Diversity and global thinking, along with communication and civic responsibility, will be enhanced. All students will 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 at the Honors Day program. As part of the learning experience outside the classroom, students will be required to attend a lecture and question-and-answer session (possibly with an accompanying film) sponsored by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis. Students will write a one-page critique/critical review after attending the lecture. Students will be responsible for their own transportation.
Instructor: Victoria Gray, email: vgray@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
HONR 1110-HR1
(CRN 10761)
Honors Inquiry
Honors Inquiry, normally offered only during the spring semester, 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: Julie Lester, email: jllester@southwest.tn.edu
Thursday
6-9 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
MUS 1030-HR1
(CRN 11994)
Music Appreciation
In addition to the general education curricula, this class will explore in detail the 20th century composition, "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" (subtitled "Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Puircell"), by English composer Benjamin Britten. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform the work the weekend of 25 and 26 March, 2017. Included in our study will be a detailed exploration of the earlier forms of the 18th century that influenced Britten in the writing of this composition. His use of Purcell's theme gives us a composition spanning over three hundred years, from Purcell's initial theme to Britten's finished product.
Instructor: Michelle Pellay-Walker, email: mfine@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
POLS 2040-HR2
(CRN 12458)
Diversity of Socio-Politics
Students will be participating in activities that assist the poor and homeless. They will also be participating in "Show Me the Love Day" and Diversity Week. In addition, they will be giving presentations in class and working as a group to create a business plan for eradicating some aspect of poverty and homelessness.
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 12223)
General Psychology
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: bbrittmo@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
9:10-10:40 a.m.
Macon Cove Campus

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