General Honors Previews

SPRING 2016!

During Spring semester of 2016, CNM will offer one section of The Ancient Legacy (one online) and one section of The Modern Legacy plus the Understanding Evil course. Course descriptions are as follows:

CRN 85658 GNHN 1121, Section 51: The Ancient Legacy
Instructor:  Cecily Corazón

We are often told "You take yourself with you wherever you go." What is the self, and how have we formed our ideas of the self through travel narratives? From Gilgamesh through Oedipus to Ovid's Metamorphoses to Eden to the Inferno, the ancients have defined the emerging concept of the self as an entity that travels, literally and metaphorically. How does human character shift through journeying? Do we see the roots of our own restless wandering through the world in these ancient quests? What is this urge to run -- and what are we running from, or toward?

This course introduces students to the foundational ideas of Western thought and charts the great changes which occurred from the early Greeks to Dante’s Medieval synthesis. Through close examination of classic texts of the Greek, Hebrew, Roman, and Christian traditions, students will come to a greater understanding of where we are today intellectually and how we got here. Topics covered include the beginnings of philosophy, drama, politics, literature, and religion. By the end of the course, students will be able to explain the roots of some of our most cherished intellectual and literary concepts.

CRN: 87505  GNHN 1122, Section 301: The Modern Legacy
Westside Campus, Wednesday evenings, 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.  
Instructor: Jeff Salbato

Have you ever wondered where our political ideas and the social assumptions that they are based on come from?  Do you want to understand why those crazy conservatives or crazy liberals or crazy tea partiers or crazy socialists think the way they do?  This class will be our chance to trace the philosophical, psychological, and sociological origins of our political viewpoints.  From left to right, from liberal to conservative, from libertarian to egalitarian, and from fascist (eek!) to socialist (double eek!).

CRN 88231 GNHN 2211, Section 201: Utopian and Dystopian Thought
Montoya Campus, Tuesday evenings, 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Instructor: Sandra Rourke

In this course, students will examine utopian and dystopian societal models, both fictional and historical. What constitutes an ideal society? What constitutes an oppressive society? What elements do they share? How do utopias and dystopias reflect the cultural context in which they are created? What do these texts say about our needs, wants, and fears as members of a society?

We will analyze recurring utopian and dystopian social and political structures, such as the control and acquisition of knowledge, distribution of power, economic currency, gender expectations, and our relationship with ecology and technology. 

To help you decide amongst the offered classes, this Fall semester we are asking students to contact instructors directly. Email your instructor at the address above, and attach a copy of your Honors letter.

Contact your instructor about an override for the section. Have your Honors email ready to verify eligibility.

We hope to see you soon!