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Honors Classes

Students who wish to take classes offered by the Honors Academy may register for Honors classes before actually being accepted into the program. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll for Honors classes early, as they often fill up quickly.

To find out more about courses offered at Southwest, you can use our Catalog Search to view descriptions of our courses or the Interactive Course Schedule (opens new window) to see when and where a class is being offered.

HONR 1110, Honors Inquiry, typically offered in the spring semester. It is a required course for the Honors diploma, unless the student is exempted by the director, and students should plan early to register for it in the spring semester. Other classes, such as English, history, music, political science, psychology, and sociology are listed by discipline.

Honors classes are especially suitable for students who have a 3.0 or above GPA or a 21 or better ACT composite score. For more information email the Honors Academy at honorsacademy@southwest.tn.edu. Early registration is encouraged!

Fall 2016 Schedule
Course Number (CRN) Course Title / Description / Instructor Days / Time / Location
ENGL 1010-180
(CRN 82725)
English Composition I
In this course, we will explore various forms of nonfiction, and particularly creative nonfiction, including memoir, literary journalism, nature writing, and the personal essay. Along with reading and studying nonfiction texts, students will produce original pieces of writing, which will be compiled into a portfolio. Core writing assignments will include a children’s book review, a film response, and the "Touring Memphis" essay, which will require students to visit a Memphis attraction and describe it in a way that will persuade out-of-towners to travel to Memphis. Additionally, students will share their written works through presentations.
Instructor: Beverly Brittmon, email: bbrittmo@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
ENGL 1010-210
(CRN 80850)
English Composition I
For the Comp I Honors section this fall, I would like to focus on southern pop culture as it is represented in or by works such as The Southern Vampire Mysteries, To Kill a Mockingbird, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; and by figures and themes as Elvis, Memphis Music, with a trip perhaps to Graceland as the external classroom. I hope to offer students topics such as the southern cult hero (Elvis); and the unique "oddball" characters represented in works by Harper Lee and Charlaine Harris.
Instructor: Jerome Wilson, email: wjwilson2@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
9:10-10:40 a.m.
Union Avenue Campus
ENGL 1010-412
(CRN 82726)
English Composition I
By examining a range of nineteenth and twentieth-century works of American literature, such as Self-Reliance, Song of Myself, and Letter from Birmingham Jail, we will explore important questions related to the individual within the context of societal expectations and prohibitions. After a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum, students will have an opportunity to write and to present a final paper exploring the role of the individual in social progress.
Instructor: Daniel Gillespie, email: jdgillespie1@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
12:30-2 p.m.
Maxine A. Smith Center
HIST 1110-102
(CRN 81967)
Survey of World Civilization I
The course should develop in students an understanding of the present that is informed by an awareness of past heritages, including the complex and interdependent relationships between cultures and societies. Diversity and global thinking, along with communication and civic responsibility, will be enhanced. As part of the learning experience outside the classroom, students will be required to attend a lecture and exhibit at the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology at the University of Memphis. Students will be responsible for their own transportation. All students will also lead one classroom discussion (in the format of an oral presentation with visual aids) and write a research paper that critically explains, assesses, or analyzes a groundbreaking event, trailblazing person, or unforgettable time period in world history. The "best" reports and/or papers will be presented on Honors Day.
Instructor: Victoria Gray, email: vgray@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
HIST 2010-104
(CRN 80324)
The US To 1877
This course will address the social, political, and economic history of the United States from the peopling of the Americas until 1877. There will be a local history focus, including Tennessee and Memphis history components. The Honors Academy components of the course will include a researched class presentation, class discussions, and a tour of Elmwood Cemetery.
Instructor: John Stephenson, email: jtstephenso1@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
12:30- 2 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
MUS 1030-108
(CRN 81756)
Music Appreciation
In addition to the general education curricula, this class will explore in detail the 19th century composition, "Symphonie Fantastique," by French composer Hector Berlioz. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform the work on October 1, 2016, which is Opening Night of its 2016-2017 season. Included in our study will be a detailed exploration of the events in his personal life that inspired Berlioz's writing of this astonishing and groundbreaking composition.
Instructor: Michelle Pellay-Walker, email: mfine@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
12:30- 2 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
POLS 1030-202
(CRN 81376)
American Government
Students will be exploring cultural, political and historical accounts of events and occurrences in American government. In this Honors class, students will examine American government in a combination of ways: through field trips and observations, journals, and debates. Students will make class presentations, as well as participate in creating a project.
Instructor: MaLinda Wade, email: mwade@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Union Avenue Campus
PSYC 1030-110
(CRN 82713)
General Psychology
This Honors offering gives students the opportunity to engage in debate, discussion, and out-of-class visits to mental health facilities, Youth Villages and Lakeside Day Treatment Program for Children.
Instructor: Donna Reed-Mathena, email: dlreed@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
9:10-10:40 a.m.
Macon Cove Campus

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