Honors Program Course Descriptions
ART 221H (HONORS) Art and Ideas Through History (formerly ART 324H)
This course is designed to develop an understanding of art throughout history by exploring its development from prehistoric art to twentieth-century modernism. Philosophical, sociological and political ideals will be used as adjuncts, in connection with other Honors courses, to explain the various styles. Class trips to various art venues throughout the area and lectures by artists will be included. Honors students only. (Offered Fall, Spring) 3 credits.
BIO 280H (HONORS) Scientific Discovery and the Development of the Empirical Method (formerly BIO 380H)
The development of scientific investigation and inquiry will be chronicled emphasizing scientific concepts and laws and their impact on history, philosophy and culture of science. Honors students only. (Offered Fall) Lab fee-$75. 3 credits.
COR 380H (HONORS) Quest for Truth in Contemporary Life
This course will consider the humanist legacy of the Enlightenment which, together with the rise of modem science, has created and continues to support an empirical bias toward sensory experience. The course will investigate the interrelationship of physical and psychic worlds, including theories of personality development. The course will also focus on the place of religion and religious or transcendent experience as providing options for contemporary humans seeking truth beyond that which can be perceived by the senses. Honors students only (Offered Spring) 4 credits
ENG 281H (HONORS) Modern Minds: Reflections of a Changing World
The course traces in selected literature major themes and ideas that helped shape modern western civilization. Topics will vary from year to year. Honors students only. (Offered Fall, Spring) 3 credits.
ETH 318H (HONORS) Bioethics in the Contemporary World
This course explores medical ethics from two perspectives: the critical analysis of recent bioethics literature and the impact for future health care professionals. Both theory and application will be considered, especially as they relate to informed consent, human personhood, allocation of resources, technological advancement, research methods, professional duties, interpersonal relations and compassion in the workplace. (Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy or by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.) Honors students only. (Offered Fall) 3 credits.
ETH 280H (HONORS) Ethics and Contemporary Life (formerly PHI 380H Ethics: Theories and Applications)
An examination of general theories of obligation as applied to specific contemporary problems. The student will be introduced to three major ethical standards: virtue-based, deontological and utilitarian standards. Life choices concerning issues of courage, moderation, wisdom, trust, authenticity, friendship, compassion and justice will be discussed. Controversial issues such as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, lying and truth telling, sexual morality, medical experimentation, citizenship, punishment, obligations to the disadvantaged and business and professional obligations are among those explored. (Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy or by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.) Honors students only. (Spring) 3 credits.
MUS 224H (HONORS) Music and Society through History
The study of music from various perspectives: its history, relation to culture and society, organized around ideas where creative and cultural effects are explored through examination and dialogue of music repertoire spanning historical eras and global cultures. Functional aspects of the music will be related to the socio-historical, philosophical and other cultural characteristics of the people in that country or region. This course will also explore the development and changes in music style and interest to changes in society as framed by social and cultural contexts of politics, economic factors, technology, conflict and revolution, governance and information. (Topics may vary from year to year). Honors students only. (Offered Fall. Spring) 3 credits.
PHI 225H (HONORS) Civilized Ideas (formerly PHI 325H; formerly French Thought and Civilization; ancient to Early Modern; formerly Ancient and Medieval)
All great societies are founded upon profound philosophical ideas. Philosophers throughout the centuries have attempted to give voice to these ideas in ways that are consistent with the cultures in which they arise. This course will focus on a specific historic society in Western civilization (Ancient Greece, Imperial Rome or Enlightenment France) and will explore the seminal ideas that have shaped that society and its people. Honors students only. (offered Fall, Spring) 3 credits.
POL 225H (HONORS) The Contemporary World
This course analyzes the political, economical and social issues that have emergedin the Post-Cold War era. Seen in historical perspective, topics include ethnic and religious conflict, variations of globilization, terrorism, the environment and security concerns. The United States' role in the world today will also be examined. Only for Honors Program students who have not taken HIS 225H. (Offered Spring) 3 credits.
SOC 225H (HONORS) Sociological Imagination (formerly SOC 325H)
A study of the sociological tradition from its origins and development as a empirical science. The sociological imagination will be used to examine major scientific and cultural innovations and to analyze the process of social change. Honors students only. (Offered Fall) 3 credits.
THE 220H (HONORS) Saints, Sinners and God
A study of selected religious themes and individuals in the ancient and medieval worlds, including the religious foundation of mythologies, a comparison of polytheistic with monotheistic religions, the development of Christianity in its relation to the secular and to the early Islamic world and especially to the development of medieval civilization in selected areas of Europe. Honors students only. (Offered Fall) 3 credits.
HON 300 Honors Capstone Seminar
The seminar class is offered in the student's final semester of the Honors program. It is here the student begins the process of cultivating and synthesizing their academic, cultural, social and service experiences in the development of a final project. Honors students will complete an honors capstone project of 'their own design under the mentoring with an Honors faculty member. This opportunity will allow the student to work closely with Honors Faculty to begin creating a project that integrates and builds on the Honors curriculum and experiences as it relates to their interests and career goals. The Honors students are given the privilege to share their insights with the Molloy community and have the option to submit their work to the National Collegiate Honors Council. All Honor students must complete a Capstone project in order to graduate with Honors program distinction. Some examples of Capstone projects may include: Reflective paper, Preparing a lecture recital or performance, Developing a web site, Art exhibit, Proposal submission to a local community boards, village boards, etc...on ideas for positive change, establishing new community based projects, Involvement with local government. Honors students only. (Offered Fall) 1 credit.