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Students Learn About Spring Honors Courses at Information Fair

Students Learn About Spring Honors Courses at Information Fair

Students learn about Honors College courses from Honors professors at the Course Information Fair.

More than 60 Honors Students gathered for the Spring 2012 Course Information Fair held on Monday night. 

The Course Information Fair, which was held in the Grand Salon of the French House, allowed students to learn more about the Honors seminar (HNRS) classes being offered next spring by the Honors professors who will be teaching the courses.

After Honors professors gave brief presentations on their respective courses, students had the opportunity to meet them and see anticipated syllabi. 

The small seminar classes, taught by distinguished faculty members from across campus, each have less than 20 students and cover topics that cross multiple fields.

Dr. Daniel Marin spoke about his spring Honors course, entitled “Character and Business Strategies in American Corporations,” which focuses on how the character of the individual CEOs affects the businesses they run. 

“There’s a big difference between Alfred Sloan and Howard Schultz,” said Marin. “Schultz is instinctive, intuitive, and impulsive … and [the class] will study how that factors into his business.”

Louis A. Day, an alumni professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication, also spoke about his course, “Free Speech and National Security,” which uses modern issues like the WikiLeaks controversy to discuss the tension between the First Amendment and free speech in times of national crisis. 

“Most Americans view our nation as the most liberal and free society in the world ... but the history of free speech in this country is one of more censorship than freedom,” said Day. 

Other Honors seminar courses include “Life and Learning in the Digital Age,” “John Wayne’s America,” and “Great Britain in the 20th Century.”

All of the HNRS courses being offered in the spring provide General Education credit and can be used to fulfill either English Composition (ENGL 2000), Humanities, or Social Sciences requirements.