The School of Honors has designated cross-disciplinary courses. These courses are distinctly designed to engage students in study, research, and academically challenging experiences, both domestic and international. Descriptions of departmental courses may be found under their respective departmental listings.
Description of Honors Courses
HON 210A, 210B, 210C, 210D, 210E, 210F, 210G, 210H Argumentation and Debate (1 credit)
This course is a series that surveys techniques and methods for constructing arguments and for developing formal rebuttals. This series is designed to further enhance spontaneous critical reasoning skills. It is also designed to strengthen the students' talents for competitive debate and other formal oratorical contests.
HON 211A, 211B, 211C, 211D, 211E, 211F, 211G, 211H Academic Tournament (1 credit)
This course series provides instruction in the fundamental techniques, rules, basic team strategies and the research processes of academic quiz bowl tournament. This series examines best practices and uses myriad approaches to research strategies and technologies for data collection as a paramount methodology in academic quiz bowl competition.
HON 212A, 212B, 212C, 212D, 212E, 212F, 212G, 212H Model United Nations I (1 credit)
This course series provides instruction in the fundamental techniques, rules, basic team strategies and the research processes utilized in modeling United Nations and World General Assemblies. This series examines best practices and uses myriad approaches to research strategies and technologies for data collection as a paramount methodology in mock competition of United Nations and World General Assemblies.
HON330 Academic City (3 credits)
This course is designed to prepare students for "significant" internship experiences in cities outside of South Carolina. It focuses on identifying potential internships with leading corporations and governmental agencies, preparing and submitting applications, researching the organization, and preparing a final report on the student's experience.
HON 331 Contemporary Problems and Issues (3 credits)
This course provides opportunities for students to further enhance their research, critical thinking, and reasoning skills by exploring contemporary national and international topics of debate.
HON 332SL Effective Strategies for Intellectual Independence/Service Learning (3 credits)
This seminar is a continuation of HON 331. This course is designed to further enhance reasoning, critical thinking, and research skills through reading and writing. Under the supervision of the thesis advisor and an instructor with expertise in the appropriate discipline, the students will engage in extensive research culminating in a scholarly research thesis which addresses a current issue.
HON 337 Research Strategies (3 credits)
This is the first of two courses designed to provide students the opportunity to focus on critical issues and polemics within their major fields. This course focuses on conducting a review of the literature central to the student's selected research interest and on exploring various research methodologies. Students are expected to determine a topic and a thesis and present a research proposal by the end of the semester.
HON 338 Research Technology (3 credits)
Using the proposal developed in HON 337, this course focuses on the research process and on the uses of various technologies for its completion. The course will focus on methods for data collection and data analysis. Students are expected to develop conclusions based on their observations of data and to generate implications for further research. A significant research paper is expected for class and/or conference presentation. [No Prerequisite]
HON 411 Honors Research Seminar I (1 credit)
This seminar introduces School of Honors students to advanced study in both research and the formulation of ideas related to the student's specific academic area. The student will select a thesis topic, conduct a literature search, and by the end of the semester, present a proposal for approval.
HON 412 Honors Research Seminar II (1 credit)
This seminar is a continuation of HON 411. The course requires students to meet weekly with the instructor and thesis advisor. A draft of the thesis must be completed by midsemester. All these must be completed and defended prior to graduation.
HON 340 I International Explorations I (4 credits)
This course is designed to prepare students to gain significant knowledge, insight, and appreciation of other cultures. Students are expected to do research on the designated location and to develop an anthropological and cultural basis for evaluating the people, customs, and governments of international communities.
HON 340 II International Explorations II
This course is a continuation of HON 340. In the semester in which this course is taken, the student is expected to travel to the designated location for the purpose of getting first hand exposure to international cultures and communities. Through this course, students are expected to engage in international travel and to keep a daily journal. A final written and oral report is expected based on the student's experience. [No Prerequisite]
HON 341 Language Use in the African American Speech Community (3 credits)
This course is an introduction and historical overview of linguistic universals and language variation of American speech and language styles. The course will examine the diachronic development of the language of the African American speech community, also known as, African American Language, African American Vernacular English, Black English, and Ebonics.
HON 342 Media & African American Identity (3 credits)
This course provides students a voyage through American history, stereo-types in media tracing the first time deep-rooted stereotypes of Africans in America which have perpetuated anti-Black prejudice. Through these images students can begin to understand and join in the critical dialogic of the evolution of racial consciousness in America. The course situates stereotyping and imaging of African Americans in White society's need to justify racist oppression from slavery to present day. This course is a basic audio visual text for examining cross-cultural understanding.
HON 343 The Africentrist Idea (3 credits)
This course is a critique of Africentric Scholarship and analyzes arguments which focus on "Afrika" as the origin of the human race and as the cradle of the world's earliest civilization. Students will survey some of the philosophies of Africentric pioneers and their descendants in the 20th Century. As a point of departure, the course examines theories of Egyptology, Pan-Africanism, Kemeticism, and Moorish thought. The course is interdisciplinary and covers the field of history, psychology, education, economics, sociology, business, mathematics and science and provides inquiry into the contributions of Africa to the world.
HON 344SL Mentorship and Research in the African American Community (4 credits)
This course is a student oriented, faculty guided African American Heritage mentor and/or research project. Students are required to conduct research or design a mentorship program which provides them an opportunity to contribute to the preservation, restoration, deconstruction, and/or social reconstruction of African American culture and heritage. The African American Heritage Project is a partnership effort directed by the Office of Service Learning. The project proposal must be submitted for publication, funding, and/or scholarly presentation.
An agreement between the Honors Scholar and the professor of a general studies course, with approval from the Office of the Dean of the School of Honors to contract non-honors designated courses for honors credit. The student earns honors credit in a general studies course by negotiating special scholarly activity (e.g. laboratory analysis, presentation of scholarly paper, providing instructional assistance). Honors Contract Hours can be arranged in all courses not designated as "H" or "Honors".