All courses offered online through the Summer Honors Program are designed to be dynamic, interactive explorations by the students and professor into the course topic. Classes will follow the below daily schedule.
In the Honors Core course all students will tackle some of the most basic and debated questions of human existence, such as, “How do we create and use the past?” or, “What do we know? What do we believe? Is there a difference?” Working on these questions
with professors from English, history, and the fine arts provides a unique opportunity for a synthesis of ideas. You will be challenged to develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of various media, group discussions, writing, and group
presentations. The below core courses are being offered this summer.
This unit will focus on how we understand conceptions of sacredness from a literary perspective. What do we hold dear? What do we value? What inspires us? What happens when sacred values conflict? What is profane? We’ll explore these and other questions
by looking at work ranging from Romantic poets of the early nineteenth century to contemporary authors such as Hanif Kureishi and Salman Rushdie. In doing so, we will engage in thought-provoking and exciting discussions surrounding the brief readings
and the core question.
History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity. —Cicero, Pro Publio Sestio
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there. —George Santayana
We’ll be looking at this question primarily in an attempt to understand the pull that the past exerts over later societies. To accomplish this we are going to examine how history and the past were created and used in various historical societies, starting
with the ancient Greeks. We are also going to work through a variety of readings, including both primary sources as well as works by more recent historians. History, and the creation of history, is much more than dates and people; it is a tool that
assists in decision making and analytical thinking.
We are going to consider how two historical myths—the Myth of the Plantation South, and the Myth of the Lost Cause—were created in the aftermath of the Civil War and how these myths have been used to promote the ideologies of Southern exceptionalism and
What we know and what we believe determine our values and our decisions. In this core unit, students examine the question of how we determine what we know and what we believe (and what we should do) through the lens of theater and performance. Playwrights,
performers, and directors have raised key questions about knowledge and belief for generations, and students will witness these questions enacted and dramatized in ways that may challenge lifelong assumptions.
This online course provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors with a strong background in math to learn physics through project-based approach. Our lighthearted curriculum includes:
Instructor: Dr. A. Zhou
Graph theory as a mathematical discipline has grown enormously in the past several decades. In this course, applications of graph theory will be discussed with an emphasis on graph coloring. This discussion will lead naturally into a theoretical discussion
of unsolved problems in graph theory as they relate to graph coloring. This course will be self contained in the sense that no prior mathematical knowledge will be a prerequisite for understanding the course content. There will be a wide range of
mathematical ideas introduced in this course including matrices and linear algebra; groups, permutations, equivalence relations, and abstract algebra; and graph theory.
Instructor: Dr. J. Lattanzio
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the key concepts and theories regarding communication’s role in politics and the political process. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to the field through the exploration of
research from scholarship in the fields of communication, political science, psychology, and sociology. We will address the role of news media, political entertainment, online media, popular culture, political campaigns, and face-to-face communication
from the perspective of both the public and the government. We will also discuss cognitive and behavioral effects of political messages on the public. The primary emphasis of this course will be on American Politics, however, at times we will discuss
how the American system differs from others.
Instructor: Dr. S. Kleinman
Citizen protests are older than the American nation; indeed, providing the foundation for the independence movement. But what makes a protest a good protest? What makes a protest a successful protest? This brief course proposes that there
are ways to know whether a particular protest is “good” or “bad” within the context of our national ideals and cultural practices, and that successful protests operate within this context. We will use the protests of the Civil Rights Movement to explore
the lessons in protesting offered there.
Instructor: Dr. E. Ricketts
Can the government make people wear masks during a pandemic? Can Congress impeach and remove a an ex-president? Would the twenty-fifth Amendment really allow Congress to declare a president incompetent? Why do we pick our presidents with the electoral
college, and why is the electoral college so strange? If you listen to the news, people constantly make all kinds of claims about what the Constitution does or doesn’t allow the government to do. But what does the Constitution actually say?
The course offers a primer on the Constitution and helps make sense of what it means.
Instructor: Dr. G. Torges