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!

Spring 2018 Schedule
Course Number (CRN) Course Title / Description / Instructor Days / Time / Location
ENGL 1020-100
(CRN 10877)
English Composition II - This course traditionally focuses on writing about the American South and Southern experiences. An overnight field trip to Oxford, Mississippi, to visit the home of William Faulkner, is planned.
Instructor: David Huffman, email: dhuffman@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
12:30-2 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
ENGL 1020-200
(CRN 12271)
English Composition II - See ENGL 1020-100 description
Instructor: Jerome Wilson, email: wjwilson2@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
9:10-10:40 a.m.
Union Avenue Campus
ENGL 1020-400
(CRN 12272)
English Composition I - See ENGL 1020-100 description
Instructor: Daniel Gillespie, email: jdgillespie1@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Maxine A. Smith Center
ENGL 2650-100
(CRN 12273)
African American Literature - Sambo, Uncle Tom, Mammy, Sapphire, Jezebel, and the Tragic Mulatto are all stereotypes that have plagued the African American race since the slavery era. Consequently, writers, such as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, W.E. B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston have combated these degrading images and ideologies. Through their literary works, these authors have attempted to reclaim African American identity, and specifically, to reestablish the manhood of African American males and the femininity of African American females. Still, the question remains: Are the stereotypes that have long existed gone, or have they simply taken on new forms? By examining traditional African American texts, as well as non-traditional African American texts, such as television sitcoms, reality television shows, films, and music, we will pose an answer to this question. This course will consist of in-depth discussions, major writing assignments, and presentations, as well as attendance of an event (or a visit to a tourist attraction) that is centered on some aspect of African American literature, history, and/or culture.
Instructor: Beverly Brittmon, email: bbrittmo@southwest.tn.edu
3-6 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
(CRN 12130)
Survey of World Civilization II - The course is designed to make students familiar with the basis of various political, socioeconomic, and cultural trends of the modern world. Diversity and global thinking, along with communication and civic responsibility, will be enhanced. All students will 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 at the Honors Day program. As part of the learning experience outside the classroom, students will be required to attend a lecture and question-and-answer session (possibly with an accompanying film) sponsored by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis. Students will write a one-page critique/critical review after attending the lecture. Students will be responsible for their own transportation.
Instructor: Victoria J. Gray, email: vgray@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
POLS 2040-200
(CRN 12139)
Diversity of Socio-Politics - Students will be participating in activities that assist the poor and homeless. They will also be participating in “Show Me the Love Day” and Diversity Week. In addition, they will be giving presentations in class and working as a group to create a business plan for eradicating some aspect of poverty and homelessness.
Instructor: Victoria J. Gray, email: vgray@southwest.tn.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
HIST 2020–100
(CRN 12131)
The United States Since 1877 - This course will address the social, political, and economic history of the United States since 1877. There will be a local history focus, including Tennessee and Memphis history components. In addition to the regular class requirements, the Honors Academy components of the course will include a researched class presentation, expanded class discussions, and a class visit to Elmwood Cemetery.
Instructor: John Tyler Stephenson, email: jtstephenso1@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
9:10-10:40 a.m.
Macon Cove Campus
MUS 1030-100
(CRN 12078)
Music Appreciation - In addition to the GenEd requirements for this course, an in-depth exploration will be made of the music of American 20th century composer Leonard Bernstein, in anticipation of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Perhaps best known for his years as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, he was also a gifted pianist, and one of our strongest advocates for arts education in the United States. An evening featuring Bernstein's works will be presented by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra the weekend before Spring Break, and will be included as part of the course of study.
Instructor: Michelle Pellay-Walker ,mfine@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
10:50 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
PSYC 1030-100
(CRN 84665)
General Psychology
Instructor: TBA
Tuesday and Thursday
9:10-10:40 a.m
Macon Cove Campus
HONR 1110-HR1
(CRN 10613)
Honors Inquiry - Honors Inquiry, normally offered only during the spring semester, is required for any student wishing to earn an Honors Diploma. The focus for this class is “Memphis, City as Text,” the point of which is to help students better understand the history, art, conflicts, and culture of their own city. Over half of the class meetings will take place at sites throughout the city, students being responsible for their own transportation. A few meetings will be scheduled at times other than the regular class meeting time. Questions should be addressed to the instructor,
Instructor: Julie Lester, email: jllester@southwest.tn.edu
6-9 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
CRMJ 2020-200
(CRN 11994)
Intro to Corrections - Introduction to Corrections will focus specifically on the differences between the American Corrections system and differences between the correctional systems of Spain. We will study in depth how offenders in Spain are punished, incarcerated and incapacitated after accusation and conviction of criminal activity. Most common forms of punishment in both countries will be discussed as well as how corporal and capital punishments are viewed in Spain versus the United States.
Instructor: Joanitha Barnes, email: jtbarnes@southwest.tn.edu
Monday and Wednesday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Union Avenue Campus
International Opportunity
ENGL 2320-L01
World Literature II - This online class is an exploration of world literature from the Enlightenment through the present. We will, however, place a special emphasis on Irish literature, and the course will culminate in a one-week trip, at the end of the term, to Ireland, with most of our time spent Dublin. Students who enroll in this class must first apply through International Studies.
Instructor: Doug Branch, email: dbranch@southwest.tn.edu
Online Course

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