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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.

HONR 1110, Honors Inquiry, typically offered in the spring semester, is listed online under the Subject "Honors." 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. Early registration is encouraged!

2015 Fall Semester Schedule
Course Number (CRN) Course Title / Description / Instructor Days / Time / Location
ENGL 1010-106
(CRN 86545)
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
Monday and Wednesday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
ENGL 1010-210
(CRN 87274)
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: Julie Lester
Tuesday and Thursday
9:10-10:40 a.m.
Union Avenue Campus
ENGL 1010-404
(CRN 86781)
English Composition I
This course will focus on the ideas of conformity and rebellion as they relate to the individual's relationship to society. By examining a range of American literature from the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, including works such as Self-Reliance, Song of Myself, and Letter from Birmingham Jail, we will explore important questions related to the individual within the milieu of societal expectations and prohibitions. For example, how can a people coexist without shared standards, without a cultural ethic? And, yet, within a regulated society, how does individualism, a hallmark of the American ethos, survive? As a timeless theme, the paradoxical tension between the individual and the group remains applicable today, especially for those individuals who have set out to differentiate themselves through education for the purpose of bettering their communities. 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
Monday and Wednesday
12:30-2 p.m.
Maxine A. Smith Center
HIST 1110-102
(CRN 88467)
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
Tuesday and Thursday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
HIST 2010-104
(CRN 86720)
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
Monday and Wednesday
12:30- 2 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
MUS 1030-107
(CRN 88240)
Music Appreciation
In addition to the general education curricula, this class will explore in detail the 20th century composition, The Planets, by English composer Gustav Holst. A performance of the work by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will take place the first weekend in November along with a field trip to the Pink Palace Planetarium (Specifics date TBA, most likely between Fall Break and the scheduled MSO performances).
Instructor:Michelle Pellay-Walker
Tuesday and Thursday
12:30- 2 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
MUS 1030-205
(CRN 88257)
Music Appreciation
The Music Appreciation Honors class will follow the General Education guidelines, but unlike regular Music Appreciation classes, the Honors students will have the opportunity to hear the Memphis Symphony Orchestra perform at one of their Fall concerts, as a group project. Also at the end of the semester, each student will be asked to do a Musical Presentation on a topic of his/her choosing, according to tastes and preference. It will be an chance to present something to the class that can be informative, instructional, creative, or entertaining---or a combination. There will be at least one other music-related event/exhibit in the city where we will go as a class, and learn about musical arts together.
Instructor: Diana Kabakoff
Tuesday and Thursday
12:30- 2 p.m.
Union Avenue Campus
POLS 1030-202
(CRN 87840)
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
Tuesday and Thursday
10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Union Avenue Campus
PSYC 1030-102
(CRN 87482)
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
Monday and Wednesday
9:10-10:40 a.m.
Macon Cove Campus

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