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Western's Spring 2017 honors courses address language, social advocacy and international relations

January 03, 2017

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It’s an interesting time for the world these days, and issues of language, ethics, social advocacy, and international relations are at the forefront of public discussion. The Honors Program at Western Wyoming Community College is offering several Spring 2017 courses that explore these issues.

Honors courses are recommended for students who maintain a 3.25 or better grade-point average or who had a B or better average on their midterm grades. However, any student who is interested in the class topic may seek instructor permission to register for the course. Community members are also welcome to enroll in Honors courses for credit or on an audit basis.

Honors classes scheduled for Spring 2017 include:

ANTH 2000 HP – Honors Introduction to Linguistics, taught by Associate Professor of Anthropology and Geology Dana Pertermann, Ph.D. This three-credit course investigates how human beings communicate, how language functions, and how language changes over time. It meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

COMM 2490 HP – Honors Topics: Advocacy – Promoting Social Change, taught by Assistant Professor of Communication and Forensics Kristy McManus. This course looks at how people and groups have achieved social change through communication and advocacy, and how such principles can still be used to effect change today. This three-credit class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

ENGL 2420 HP – Honors Literary Genres: Heroic Journeys, taught by Associate Professor of English and ESL Chris Propst, M.F.A. The Heroic Journey is one of the foundational stories in all of literature, popular fiction and film, and this three-credit course will explore novels, movies and other texts featuring the universal hero and his or her epic journeys, trials and triumphs.   

PHIL 2300 HP – Honors Ethics, taught by Associate Professor of English Rick Kempa, M.F.A. This three-credit course will examine theories of ethical behavior and how they apply to citizens’ public and private lives. This class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 – 2:15 p.m.  

POLS 2310 HP – Honors Introduction to International Relations, taught by Assistant Professor of Political Science and Sociology Bruce Anderson. This three-credit social-science course will examine the actions of nations and other players in today’s international arena. Students will develop a deeper understanding of how and why these global actors relate (or don’t relate) to each other. This class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

SOC 1080 HP – Honors Introduction to Women’s Studies, taught by Assistant Professor of Psychology Susan Bates. This three-credit course will explore key issues in women’s experience and look at the contributions of women, past and present, to American society.

To register, or to view the full Spring 2017 schedule, go to https://www.westernwyoming.edu/registration/. For information on how to audit a class or register as a non-degree-seeking student, contact Mustang Central at (307) 382-1677, or email mustangcentral@westernwyoming.edu.

  



For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or aharton@westernwyoming.edu.
 
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