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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!

Spring 2014 Semester Schedule
Course Number (CRN) Course Title / Description / Instructor Days / Time / Location
ENGL 1020-108
(CRN 14620)
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: Willie Wilson
Monday and Wednesday
1:00–2:20 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus
ENGL 1020-208
(CRN 14595)
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: Willie Wilson
Tuesday and Thursday
9:10-10:35 a.m.
Union Avenue Campus
POLS 2040-201
(CRN 14539)
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: MaLinda Wade
Tuesday and Thursday
10:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Union Avenue Campus
PSYC 1031-105
(CRN 16492)
General Psychology I
This Honors offering gives students the opportunity to engage in debate, discussion, and out-of-class visits to mental health facilities.
Instructor: Donna Reed-Mathena
Tuesday and Thursday
9:10-10:35 a.m.
Macon Cove Campus
HONR 1110-201
(CRN 15752)
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, Doug Branch.
Instructor: Doug Branch
Tuesday
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Union Avenue Campus
CRMJ 2540-201
(CRN 15940)
Victimology
Students will develop and administer their own version of a victimization survey. They will analyze and present their data in the form of a written report as well as an oral report to the class. The three strongest presentations will be presented on Honors Academy Fellows Presentation Day. Students will also visit local Victims’ Assistance Agencies. Visits to the Mid-South Sexual Assault Resource Center, Crime Victims’ Center and the victims’ assistance office of the District Attorney General are also planned.
Instructor: Joanitha Barnes
Tuesday and Thursday
9:10-10:35 a.m.
Union Avenue Campus
MUS 1030-204
(CRN 16883)
Music Appreciation
This class will have a few special class projects, which will involve going as a class to one of two of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra's Russian concerts: Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" or Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes." This will allow students to experience music at one of our city's premiere musical venues, the Cannon Center downtown. Students will also be encouraged or required to a supplemental poetry reading or art exhibition related to the Russian music and the International Blues Challenge in downtown Memphis.
Instructor: Diana Kabakoff
Monday and Wednesday
2:35–4:00 p.m.
Union Avenue Campus
MUS 1030-103
(CRN 15525)
Music Appreciation
The French Connection: In addition to the general core curriculum, special emphasis will be placed on the development of French music, with particular emphasis on French Impressionism. Two Memphis Symphony Orchestra concerts featuring different works by Maurice Ravel will highlight the semester; a performance of the Faure "Requiem" is also highly recommended to provide contrast with the Ravel works. (Ravel was a student of Faure’s at one time.)
Instructor: Michelle Pellay-Walker
Monday Wednesday and Friday
9:45–10:40 a.m.
Macon Cove Campus
HIST 1120–102
(CRN 14684)
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 Michael 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
Tuesday and Thursday
10:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Macon Cove Campus

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