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Summer Course w/ Prof. Ralkowski

17 Apr

If you’re around this summer and looking for a philosophy course – you might want to check out this offering. While not an Honors class, it is taught by an Honors professor. Honors students are very welcome, and they can expect a class that will be in ways similar Origins, but with a greater focus on Philosophy.

  PHIL 2111 meets MTWR, 5/20-6/29, 12:30-2:00pm.
This is the course description:
This course is an overview of ancient Greek philosophy. We will begin with the fragmentary writings of the Presocratics, which date back to the 6th century BCE. And we will finish with the meditations of Marcus Aurelius and the handbook of Epictetus, two of the most famous stoics from the first and second centuries CE. Along the way, we will spend most of our time studying the thought of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Our discussions will cover issues in ethics, politics, psychology, aesthetics, religion, metaphysics, and epistemology. As we will see, in the ancient world these concepts were often treated together and studied as a way of life.

Message From the Director: New Senior Capstone

21 Mar

Dear University Honors Program Students,

A month or so ago I met with a small group of UHP students for one of our semi-regular “lunch with the director” gatherings. Those students were excited when I told them about a new curricular direction for the program, and I hope you all are too. Over the past year the UHP faculty, staff, and I have decided to revamp the capstone course designed for seniors. While we recognize the value of the senior thesis or project as one key component of a capstone experience, we felt for a variety of reasons – some philosophical, some logistical — that our capstone course could and should take a new form and direction.

The new capstone course will continue the ideal of bringing UHP students together during their senior year to reflect on what they learned during their four years at GWU and what direction their future lives and careers might take. Rather than develop a single course on a single, if broad, theme, we will now offer a series of very short courses – month long mini-seminars. You need only register for one such “mini seminar” during your senior year. These mini-seminars will tackle a big theme – an “enduring question” – from whatever disciplinary perspective a faculty member might represent, or from a variety of perspectives that interest seminar participants. One goal is for you to be able to study again with a faculty member who taught you earlier in the program. Another goal is for you to have a more relaxed academic experience –to engage in intellectual discussion without the “carrot or the stick” of grading. The new capstone course will not have any written requirements or tests associated with it. While it will carry one credit, the only expectation will be that you read material assigned and come prepared for a lively, but informal, conversation with each other and with the faculty member. We are choosing themes that are broad enough to interest all of us. This fall the theme will be love; next spring it will be time. This fall, Professors Winstead, Ralkowski, and myself will offer mini-seminars; next spring, Professors Creppell and Christov will offer mini-seminars, and Professors Kung and Aviv will team-teach one. Each will meet only 4 times over the course of a month.

When registration for Fall 2013 courses appear, you will see descriptions for this fall’s offerings, and next fall the descriptions will be available for the spring offerings. We hope you find the new format enticing and that you will look forward to this component of the senior capstone experience with as much enthusiasm as we feel about it. We have a ways to go in developing our ideas between now and next fall, but with Registration Season upon us, we wanted to let you know right away of the coming change.

-Maria Frawley, Director, University Honors Program

How to Get into that Bernanke Class

27 Jan
If you’re interested in taking the class at GW with Chairman Bernanke, check out this message from the director of undergraduate advising at GW
I know that many of you are excited about taking the course taught by Professor Fort and Chairman Bernanke (for the GW Today announcement, please click here).
The course information is as follows:
BADM 4900, Reflections on the Federal Reserve and it’s Place in the Economy Today
TR 12:45 – 2 p.m.
3/20/12 – 4/26/12
1.5 credits
Location TBA
Due to anticipated demand for seats in this course, interested undergraduate students will apply through a selective course admissions process. A successful student in this course would be one who has evinced strong academic preparation, demonstrated leadership skills, and has exhibited a legitimate interest in the operations of the Federal Reserve and how it impacts the global economy and society.
To apply for this course, please submit your one-page resume and a one-page statement addressing the following question:
What questions about the Federal Reserve are most important to the world today and how will this course positively impact your academic development?
Statements should be no longer than one page, in 12 pitch Times New Roman font, with 1″ margins on all four sides. Statements should include your name and GWID.
Your complete application should be submitted in hardcopy form to:
Larry Fillian
Director of Undergraduate Advising
The Advising Center
Duques 456
Applications must be received no later than February 17th, 2012 at 6 p.m. No electronic, late submissions or registrants will be accepted. Decisions will be made by March 9th.
By submitting an application to this class, you certify that your current schedule can accommodate this class. If you are accepted into the course, you will be notified, and registered for the class administratively.  Students who have time conflicts will not be accepted to this course.

The Idea of Human Sciences [A Course!]

24 May

If you’re still looking for another course for next semester, you might want to consider taking this one with University Professor Peter Caws.  While it’s not an Honors Course, we thought it might be appealing to Honors students.

The Idea of Human Sciences

About that Course You Wanted… [Registration]

10 Jan

You have two weeks to keep adjusting your course schedule.  So, if you find out that the classes you’re in just aren’t for you, or if you really wanted that one course — make use of open registration!  Check out these UHP opportunities:

(You can find full descriptions and course information for all the following here.)

Criminology w/ Prof. Chambliss – New Time!
(HONR 2175:15)
Counts as Self & Society, and more.

This course was just moved to Thursdays from 3:45-6:15pm right in the UHP Club Room.

You cannot pick up a newspaper, pass a bookstore, or turn on the radio or television without being bombarded with accounts of crime. A subject so often discussed and debated is bound to create widely disparate and contradictory perspectives on the subject. This course cuts through the popular images to learn what the systematic study of crime by social scientists teaches us.

Belief w/ Prof. Caws – Seats Now Available!
(HONR 2175:12)
Counts as Arts & Humanities, and more.

This course filled up immediately during the first days of registration, so don’t miss your opportunity to grab a seat while they last!

Belief is a central concept in philosophy, psychology, and politics, and especially in religion. Beliefs can give comfort and confidence; they can also be used to justify conflict and cruelty. Does everybody have them? (Does anybody need them?) What are their foundations, their varieties, their logical structure? How do they relate to knowledge, to opinion, to feeling, to experience? Can they be chosen? What responsibilities follow from holding them? What are our own beliefs, and are we willing to challenge them?

Sex, Lies, and Videotape: an Examination of the 1st Amendment w/ Prof. Kasle
(HONR 2175:10)
Counts as Self & Society, and more.

This annual blockbuster is sure to fill up quick.  Check it out now!

Honors 125: Justice and the Legal System is a prerequisite for this course. This course is an introduction to the study of the First Amendment from the legal (as opposed to the philosophical or political) point of view. The course covers the basic principles of freedom of speech (including the regulation of harmful or subversive speech, libel, obscenity and indecent speech, fighting words, and commercial speech), freedom of association, and freedom of religion. The course will consider the intersection of the First Amendment and cyberspace and cover such topics as the regulation of speech on the Internet.

Honors General Chemistry II w/ Prof. Zysmilich
(HONR 2175:13)
Counts as an Honors Science, but is designed for science majors.

This course is the second half of the two semester sequence. This semester’s laboratory will be more research-oriented than Chemistry 12. Pre-req: Chem 11 or equivalent.

Narrative Medicine: Stories of Illness, Patients, and Caregivers in American History w/ Prof. Gamble
(HONR 2175:14)
Counts as Self & Society, and more.

This seminar will focus on narratives as a mechanism to study the history of American medicine in the 20th century. It will use various styles of narrative such as historical accounts, memoirs, short stories, essays, and films. These stories will provide a framework to examine several themes in the history of medicine including illness from the patient’s perspective, the roles of nurses and physicians, cultural representations of disease, the state of medical knowledge, and societal responses to disease.

Bookmarks of Jewish History w/ Prof. Schwartz – Hands-on with Ancient Texts!
(HONR 2175:16)
Counts as Arts & Humanities, and more.

In this course we will learn about the history of books in general and Jewish books in particular, exploring how texts were made, circulated and read. We will also learn about the ways in which books gave rise to new conceptions of knowledge and authority and even new ideas of what it meant to be Jewish. And we will do all this on site at the Library of Congress and the Kiev Library, in the physical presence of the works we are studying.

The Promotion of Democracy w/ Prof. Perina – 1 Credit
(HONR 2184:10)

This course will provide a better knowledge and understanding of the role played by an international organization such as the Organization of American States (OAS) in the defense and promotion of democracy. We will introduce a theory of democracy and different approaches to promoting it from an international organization’s perspective, with special emphasis on the concrete and practical activities to fulfill this purpose and mandate. The course will identify the instruments of “high politics” at the diplomatic level and “low politics” such as electoral observation missions and technical assistance. We will explore the limitations and tensions between the promotion of democracy and the long held principle of non-intervention, and will examine what critics have to say about this new OAS role.