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Art, Language and Culture of Italy

HON 201

Seats in this special class are limited. If you wish to sign up for this special semester, Contact Eva Mastandrea immediately.


Eva Mastandrea


Possible course substitutions: HON 202 can be used to fulfill the General Education requirement for: Humanities: Literary & Artistic Studies. (see Eva Mastrandea for details about other substitutions)


Spring 2013, entire semester (16 credits)

Ribbons of Time: Film and History

HON 301/101 

This course examines how motion pictures have presented historical truth directly, and how movies serve as historical artifacts (indirect depictions of history) that help us understand the periods in which they were made. As a popular form of entertainment, movies are often dismissed as frivolous or inherently inaccurate in depicting events of the past. But careful analysis can reveal both straightforward and subtle commentary that provide valuable insight into historical events and figures, and also color our perceptions of the past. In this class we will view selected films; read film analysis and criticism, including historical, sociological, literary, aesthetic, and political perspectives; and discuss and write commentary on the films and readings.


  • HSTA 331 History of Mass Media
  • HSTA 494 Seminar
  • HSTA 412 American Thought and Culture


Dr. John Hajduk


Fall 2013, Stringer, Tuesdays 6-9:50pm 

Discover Scotland

HON 101/201/301/401 

Study Naturalist Interpretation, Geology, and Botany

This course will introduce participants to the ancient country of Scotland, where geological and botanical diversity comes alive through the magnificent interpretation practiced throughout the island. We will experience the diverse natural landscapes of Scotland, including glaciated mountain peaks, highlands, isolated islands, and thousands of miles of coastline. The rich geologic setting of Scotland inspired 18th and early 19th Century naturalists to lay the intellectual foundations of modern geology. Interpretation as a discipline has long been practiced in Scotland and they are credited with inventing the internationally used "developing a sense of place" for visitors. Students will discover the historical and modern ethnobotanical practices of the island by investigation and visiting local experts. We will observe how the people we interact with interpret and preserve Scotland's natural heritage in national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas. All aspects of the two-week trip will include professional interpreter/guides and class instructors leading the group.

Travel Abroad: In the first week, we will meet in the regular class time and work on preparation for the trip. This will include lectures, class activities, movies, language study, and logistical planning. The class centers on a 12 to14 day trip to Scotland. Academically, we will focus on the geology, botany, and naturalist interpretation of the places we visit. We will also be tourists in a country where Gaelic is still spoken and used in everyday life, so some language study will accompany the class through the use of language tapes and a community Gaelic speaker. During the last week of class, students will finalize their photo journals and public presentations, culminating in an evening event open to the public.

HON 202/402 Discover Scotland! is available for either lower (101/201) or upper (301/401) division credit.


Possible course substitutions (subject to instructor and departmental approval):

  • BIOO 120 Introduction to Ethnobotany
  • BIOO 435 Plant Systematics
  • ENVS 180 Applied Sustainable Landscape Horticulture
  • GEO 101 Introduction to Geology (for all but Elementary Education majors)
  • GEO 103 Introduction to Environmental Geology
  • GEO 494 Senior Geology Seminar
  • GEO 230 Geology of the American West
  • GEO 378 Surficial Processes
  • ENST 475 Environmental Interpretation (II)


Dr.Linda Lyon and Dr. Sheila Roberts


Fall 2013, Block 2 Travel

The The Atomic Bomb: Experience, History, Memory

HON 202/402 

Contact Dr. Bill Janus for details of this course.




Dr. Bill Janus


Spring 2014, Block 7

The Other Archeology of the Bible: a look at the historical beginnings of the Great Monotheistic faiths of today.

HON 102/302

In this course the student will:

  1. Be exposed to a general knowledge of historical speculation and archeological finds in Eastern Mediterranean and Southwest Asia.
  2. Understand how this is related to evidence of cultural interactions and the sharing of the stories in the sacred texts of the ancient groups within the region.
  3. Look at similar themes from the sacred narratives of such groups as Sumerians, Babylonians, Canaanites, Egyptians, and Greeks and their possible influence on the stories in the Bible.
  4. Look at earlier and contemporary monotheism from the region such as the priesthood of Akhenaton in Egypt, Zoroastrianism of Persia, and also Pythagoreans, Platonism and neo-Platonism of Greece and their possible influence on the Bible.
  5. Be exposed to current archeology as it sheds new light on the history of the regions.


This course will substitute for Soci 101, Anty 220, ISSS 305, 315, 450, 475, 484, 485 .


Dr. Michael Franscisconi


Spring 2014, Block 8