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Honors Program Courses

Honors Course Listing for Spring 2016




The courses listed below will be offered by the University Honors Program for the 2016 Spring semester.  All honors courses must be added to your schedule at Honors Hall. 


NOTE:  a DUAL course is a class combined with Honor students and Traditional students. 

ANT 212 019  (2683)    Shamans, Witches, Magic                 K. Shively      T Th      1:30 - 2:50 pm      OM 281


This course introduces the students to the infinitely diverse ways in which groups express religious ideas - in the process rendering the familiar strange and the strange familiar.  This course will examine universal and culture-specific aspects of religion, focusing primarily on "traditional" (i.e., non-scriptural) religions in order to explore some fundamental features common to all systems of religion.  The course will also investigate new developments in religious belief and practice in a globalizing world.  Prerequisite: ANT 10 Cultural Anthropology or permission of instructor.


COM  010 019 (3418) Fundamentals of Oral Comm.        M. O'Byrne      MWF    9 am - 9:50 am         HH 3G

The course introduces the theory and practice of oral communication in presentational, interpersonal, and group contexts. Students develop knowledge of, appreciation for, and the requisite skills to communicate effectively in our culturally and professionally diverse world. Students will learn to develop, organize, and prepare messages, as well as apply active and critical listening skills. This course also prepares students to understand the role of perception, ethics, beliefs, attitudes, nonverbal signals, and stereotypical language in oral communication.


HEA 102 019 (2266)            Introduction to Health & Wellness      D. Hayduk               T Th     8 - 9:20 am  HH 3G      

 This course is designed to provide an overview of current issues impacting the health and quality of life of adults, to develop and expand a base of knowledge upon which to make informed health decisions, and to encourage development and implementation of proactive personal health management strategies.


MAT 123 019   (1458)          Discrete Mathematics           T. Wong          T TH     12 - 1:20 pm             LY 203         

 This general Education course is an introduction to discrete mathematics, a branch of mathematics that solves problems such as finding the probability of being dealt a straight flush in 5-card poker, protecting financial information from hackers, and enabling error-free communication with astronauts in space. Course material is drawn from areas of mathematics such as number theory, combinatorics, probability, and abstract algebra. This course serves students who are interested in introductory mathematics that is not in the same vein as precalculus and calculus. measurement; probability; statistics; and computer applications. A calculator is required.  Prerequisite will be waived.


PHI 202 019  (2793)              Two Philosophers Worth Knowing       A. Back     MWF     12 - 12:50 pm          OM 140

CT WI                                      (Plato & Aristotle) 

This course provides an introduction to philosophy via concentrated study of the works of two major philosophers, whose work has had a great cultural influence and has strong, systematic interrelations. The particular philosophers studied will vary from semester to semester, with professors' and students' interests. Emphasis is upon philosophy as involving a continuous and perennial dialogue between great minds.

 THE 210 019  Production and Performance for Young Audiences   J. Forte          MW    3 - 4:20 pm   HH 3G


Experience in preparing and performing dramatic scripts for young theatre audiences is the focus of this course.  Selecting, adapting, and mounting manageable productions, analyzing the needs of the audience, and choosing styles of performance consistent with the material providing students with practical application of theory.  Students in this course will visit a middle school to work with students there on a dramatic production.  Prerequisite: THE 015 will be waived.


The courses listed below are DUAL enrollment 

CDE 231   (3423) 1st half   Advanced Typography            K. Kresge        MWF        10 - 11:50 am       SH 213                 (3424) 2nd half

DUAL               (Please register at CD office)            

Students in this course will further explore the possibilities of the typographic form as a means of visual communication. Emphasis will be placed on expressive typography and mastery of typographic design and layout. Students will use advanced typographic techniques to create communications solutions that might include advertisements, promotions, brochures, packaging, educational materials, books or posters among others. The primary design element utilized will be typography.   Students will learn to use typography to communicate as both art and message through experimentation, manipulation and integration of letterforms and imagery. This course may be taught either as a half-semester course or as a full semester course.

 CDE 220   (3419)1st half      Print Media Production         V. Maloney      MWF      10 - 11:50 am         SH 212                 (3422) 2nd half

DUAL               (Please register at CD office)            

A course in the study of print media reproduction processes to facilitate effective preparation of art for the various contemporary printing methods.  This course may be taught either as a half-semester course or as a full semester course.


COM 130   (3420)     Interpersonal Communications       C. Van Ens                  T TH     3 - 4:20 pm   LC 236


This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of interpersonal communication. It is designed to create an increased awareness and application of the concepts, skills, and strategies that are important to enable students to become interpersonally competent communicators in their personal and professional relationships.


EDU 100  (2338)       Perspectives on Am. Educ.    M. Wolfmeyer T TH     12 - 1:20 pm             BK 227/229  CT


 The course will provide an introduction and overview to the philosophy, history, sociology, and organization of American education. The study of American education will stress the relationships among social, economic, and cultural forces affecting the development of public education; historical and philosophical perspectives will be investigated.


FIN 375 (2148)               Applied Investment Management          J. Kramer     T TH    4:30-5:50 pm      TBA

CT WI                                      Invitation only                                  


A small group of students, guided by a faculty member, manage a portfolio of debt and equity securities with the goal of providing an above average, risk-adjusted return. The students apply financial analysis techniques learned in this and other Finance courses to the management of a six-figure portfolio.  Funding for the portfolio has been provided by the Kutztown University Foundation. Additionally, the course includes an overview of the value investing philosophy and analysis techniques of Benjamin Graham.  May repeat course one time.


FRE 361 (3421)         Women in French Literature                        Dewey             T Th       9:30 - 10:50 am     DF 24

DUAL                                 (Taught in English)          

An Honors course to familiarize both the French major as well as the non-language student with the role of women in French literature from the Middle Ages through the Twentieth Century.  Students will read selected works by women writers in several genres and will read a few works by men in which the woman is the primary character or focus.  The course will survey the expanding and developing role of women through the centuries.  All readings will be in English; the course will be taught exclusively in English.  The course does not satisfy the foreign language requirement for any degree, but can be used to satisfy the humanities requirement. 


HIS 015 140    (3428)          History of Civilization B         Douglas           MWF    11 - 11:50                 LY 225

HIS 015 130    (3427)          History of Civilization B         Douglas           MWF    12 - 12:50                 LY 206

HIS 015 120    (3426)          History of Civilization B         Stanley           MWF    12 - 12:50                 LY 108

HIS 015 110    (3425)          History of Civilization B         Stanley           MWF    1 - 1:50                     LY 108


This course will examine the development and interaction of major world societies from the sixteenth century to the present, focusing on the evolution of Western Europe and its importance in shaping the modern world.


HIS 026 130    (3431)          HIS US: Emergence of Mod Am.       Gambone        MWF    9 - 9:50         LY 108

HIS 026 140    (3432)          HIS US: Emergence of Mod Am.       Gambone        MWF    10 - 10:50     LY 109

HIS 026 120    (3430)          HIS US: Emergence of Mod Am.       Reynolds         MWF    12 - 12:50     LY 109

HIS 026 110    (3429)          HIS US: Emergence of Mod Am.       Reynolds         MWF    1 - 1:50         LY 109


This is an introductory course in American history beginning with Reconstruction following the Civil War and stressing the emergence of a dominantly urban-industrial society, the expanded role of government and America's increased role in world affairs.