Course Descriptions

Honors Humanities Seminar

A yearlong, writing-intensive humanities seminar involving challenging cross-disciplinary readings running from ancient Greece to yesterday. There is an emphasis on critical thinking and informed constructive discussion.

Honors Philosophy Seminar

A general introduction to philosophy, taught in a seminar format, with emphasis on perennial problems such as the existence of God, human freedom, and moral obligation. The course is also intended to sharpen the student's skills of critical thinking.
First Year Students Only

Honors Foundations of Theology

This course, prerequisite to all other courses in theology, offers a critical study of the Bible and the early Catholic traditions. Following an introduction to the Old and New Testaments, students follow major post-biblical developments in Christian life and worship (e.g., liturgy, theology, doctrine, asceticism), emphasizing the first five centuries. Several short papers, reading assignments and a final examination are required.
Offered for Spring-Semester First Year Students and Fall Semester Sophomores.

Honors Mathematics

This is a course that studies elementary calculus, as well as the necessary geometry, trigonometry, and coordinate geometry, from within its "historical flow." The flow is historical, but the emphasis is on doing the mathematics in a pedagogically effective way. This means that the material is developed from within the relevant context: that of the contributions of Greek thinkers, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Newton and Leibniz. But it also means that the notation is modern and that the material is selected so as to cover the basics of the subject. Calculus is developed by fusing essential insights of both Leibniz and Newton together into a complete "short calculus." This starts from scratch, is free of most theoretical "baggage," and concentrates on the intuitive grasp of the basic elements. What will have emerged is a basic mathematics course that is surrounded by the important scientific concerns of the times.

Honors Biology

The objectives of the course are to have students learn the basics of cell division and Mendelian genetics and then explore the relatively new field of DNA technologies such as gene cloning, genetic testing, biotechnology, and cancer genetic analysis. This course also has a service-learning component in which students will work at the Logan Center in South Bend. Offered in the fall semester, this course counts as general elective credit only for students in the College of Science. Non-Science Glynn scholars only. Not available to students who have previously taken BIOS 10101 or BIOS 11110. 

Honors Physics

This course emphasizes themes of modern physics and will be organized around the concepts of symmetry and physical laws. For example, how do symmetries observed in nature lead to fundamental laws of conservation of energy and momentum? Examples from areas of modern physics such as cosmology and astrophysics are used to bring these topics to life. We consider questions such as: "What happens if one travels alongside a beam of light?" (which leads us into special relativity); "Why is the night sky so dark?" (the Big Bang); "What is matter?"; "What is mass?"; "What are forces?" The course is a mix of lecture, discussions, and lab/demonstrations. Open to First Year, non-Science Glynn scholars.

Senior Honors Thesis

The capstone requirement for Arts and Letters students in the Glynn Family Honors Program is a substantive, two-semester thesis to be completed in April. This project is accorded three credits in the fall for the completion of a rough draft and three credits in the spring for the polished finished project for Arts and Letters majors. Science majors receive two credits per semester.

Senior Honors Thesis Research Colloquium

The Senior Honors Research Colloqium is a one-credit course during the fall semester that helps seniors develop their honors thesis. Each week, students present their most up-to-date research findings and receive constructive feedback from their peers and the directors of the Glynn Family Honors Program, who facilitate the colloquium.

Senior Honors Moral Problems Colloquium

The Senior Honors Moral Problems Colloquium is a one-credit course that Glynn Family Honors Programs seniors take during the spring semester. The goal of the class is to facilitate discussion and thoughtful probing of pressing contemporary moral problems. The colloquium's design and readings are determined by the directors of the Glynn Family Honors Program, and often vary from section to section and year to year.