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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.

HONR 1110, Honors Inquiry, typically offered in the spring semester, is listed online under the Subject "Honors." 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. Early registration is encouraged!

2014 Fall Semester Schedule
Course Number (CRN) Course Title / Description / Instructor Days / Time / Location
ENGL 1010-111
(CRN 83609)
English Composition I
In this course, we will explore various forms of nonfiction, particularly creative nonfiction, memoir, literary journalism, reviews, and the personal essay. Along with studying nonfiction texts, students will produce original pieces of writing that will be compiled into a portfolio. Core writing assignments will include a children's book review, a film response, and an essay entitled "Touring Memphis," which will require students to visit a Memphis attraction and describe it in a way that will persuade out-of-towners to travel to Memphis. Additionally, students will participate in writing workshops and share their written works through presentations.
Instructor: Beverly Brittmon
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
10:50–11:45 a.m.
Macon Cove Campus
ENGL 1010-213
(CRN 83663)
English Composition I
This course will cover all basic forms of academic, professional, and creative writing, highlighting the basic tools and strategies of argumentation and narration. This course focuses chiefly on improving the basic clarity and general effectiveness of writing, while also functioning as a low-intensity writing workshop. Students will observe one debate and one creative writing performance (i.e. a reading, film, or play) and will complete argumentation presentation and a creative writing portfolio.
Instructor: Danielle Littlefield
Tuesday and Thursday
9:10-10:35 a.m.
Union Avenue Campus
HIST 1120–101
(CRN 83293)
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 Michael 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 J. Gray
Tuesday and Thursday
10:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
HIST 2010–106
(CRN 83327)
The U.S. 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 components of the course will include a researched class presentation, added discussions, and a visit to Elmwood Cemetery.
Instructor: John Tyler Stephenson
Tuesday and Thursday
10:45-12:10 p.m.
Union Avenue Campus
MUS 1030-106
(CRN 84116)
Music Appreciation
In addition to the general core curriculum, special emphasis will be placed on the music of Richard Strauss, whose 150th birthday is being celebrated this year.  Strauss wrote in a wide variety of musical genres, and many of his works have strong literary connections.  This should make for a fascinating course of study that hopefully will contain performance opportunities along the way.
Instructor: Michelle Pellay-Walker
Tuesday and Thursday
12:20–1:45 p.m
Macon Cove Campus
MUS 1030-206
(CRN 84590)
Music Appreciation
This class will have a few special class projects, which will involve going as a class to one of two of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra's Russian concerts: Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" or Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes." This will allow students to experience music at one of our city's premiere musical venues, the Cannon Center downtown. Students will also be encouraged or required to a supplemental poetry reading or art exhibition related to the Russian music and the International Blues Challenge in downtown Memphis.
Instructor: Diana Kabakoff
Tuesday and Thursday
12:20–1:45 a.m.
Union Avenue Campus
POLS 1030-202
(CRN 85638)
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
Tuesday and Thursday
10:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Union Avenue Campus
PSYC 1030-101
(CRN 84992)
General Psychology I
This course introduces the student to the social aspects of psychology as a behavioral science. Studies include personality, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, intelligence, social and development psychology, and applied psychology. The course will examine the impact of behavioral and social scientific research on major contemporary issues and the discipline's effect on individuals and society. Outside of classroom experiences will involve exploring comparing, and evaluating local mental health services.
Instructor: Donna Reed-Mathena
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
7:35-8:30 a.m.
Macon Cove Campus

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