General Honors Previews

Summer 2017

The Ancient Legacy

During Summer semester of 2017, CNM will offer one online section of The Ancient Legacy and one online section of The Modern Legacy, Course descriptions are as follows:

CRN: 94478  GNHN 1121, Section 51.  Online The Ancient Legacy: Instructor:  Sarah Egelman

What drives us to do what we do? In what ways do our choices create our identity and shape our world?

This course will explore motivation and responsibility through an examination of several ancient texts looking at themes of love, passion, friendship, fear, death, loyalty, and faith. Our goal is the think deeply about what motivates us and what our responsibilities are for the choices we make based on both reason and emotion, as well as the larger and often unforeseen consequences of our decisions.

Each of the readings, which include the Epic of Gilgamesh, Oresteia, selections from ancient Jewish texts, and St. Augustine's Confessions, tackle moral choice, obligation, divine interaction, or personal responsibility; all of which shape  identity and affect  community.  What can these texts tell us about decision making, free will versus fate, choice and responsibility in the ancient world and today?

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.

The Modern Legacy

CRN: 94997  GNHN 1122, Section 51  The Modern Legacy. Online. Instructor: Cecily Corazon

Tough Mama's Kids: examining humanity's relationship with mothers and nature. How are we working with and/or against nature's rules? Are we nature's entitled rebel children or her loving grown-up caretaker children? How do we perceive mothers and women, and does that view affect our treatment of the earth? What effect does the quality of our relationship with nature have on our treatment of the planet's resources?

This course introduces students to key philosophical, scientific, political, and literary views of nature using the metaphor of the mother/child relationship. We will examine views of the state of nature and social contract theory, settler colonialism, as well as the ethics of interacting with the earth and each other.  By the end of the course, students will be able to explain how they perceive feminism, intersectionality, privilege, natural resources, the laws of nature, and the effects of these concepts on how we treat our environment."


To help you decide among the offered classes,  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!