Spring 2020
Class #
Course Description Time Day(s) Instructor
HON-H 104 Common Intellectual Experience II 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. M/W Dement
HON-H 104 Common Intellectual Experience II 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. T/R Dement
HON-H 306 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Humanities Seminar 2:45 – 4 p.m. T/R Kordsmeier
HON-H 306 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Social Sciences Seminar 6 – 8:30 p.m. T Perry
HON-H 307 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Natural Sciences Seminar 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. M/W Manwani
HON-H 495 Honors Project ARR Dement

Course Descriptions


H 104 Common Intellectual Experience II

Continuation of H 103. Builds on skills attained in the first semester with continued reading and discussion of texts-in-common. Students will begin to envision, research, and refine projects for possible presentation at the Mid-East Honors Conference in the spring. Ordinarily taken during the second semester of study at IU Southeast. Part two of the required two-semester seminar sequence for Tier One students.


HON-H 306: The Art & Science of Portraying Real Life on Stage

How do we tell the truth about our lives and our connections to each other? Both artists and social scientists have grappled with this question in their work. Coming at it from very different starting points, small groups of both artists and scientists have found that one effective way of doing so is by recreating real events on stage in the form of monologues and scenes. Taking our cue from the common experience text The Laramie Project, the seminar explores just how they accomplish this feat. The seminar will consist of two parallel tracks. On Mondays, we will examine plays that purport to present real people in their real lives to see what they get right and what they get wrong, and how well the authors reveal to the audience what they are doing.

We will also examine what sociology and other social sciences can tell us about how well we can represent the world through theater. On Wednesdays, we will work in workshop format, creating a series of monologues or scenes based on interviews that students conduct with individuals in their lives or the community. We will develop skills in finding subjects, conducting interviews, transcribing interviews, dramaturgy and play structure, staging a monologue or scene, and more, culminating with a performance of original monologues and scenes around the common experience theme of “Tolerance and the Struggle for Human Rights in Communities,” or another to be chosen by the students themselves.


HON-H 306: Visual Argumentation and Persuasion

In this course, students will study contemporary scholarship on visual rhetoric for the purpose of analyzing and composing visual arguments. Students will examine how visual rhetoric is employed and utilized within different facets of American political and social life. Course topics will include an analysis of the persuasive design of video games using scholarship that explores this subject from a variety of positions; an analysis of political propaganda; an analysis of current advertising techniques employing visual persuasion. Students will be asked to create a persuasive visual argument that pertains to their professional or academic area of interest.


HON-H 307: The Philosophy and Science of Yoga

The goal of this course is to use yoga as an enhancement of mental and physical health. The course surveys and studies the ancient philosophy behind yogic practices and their benefits on the mind and body. This will be a historical study, it also gets into diligent physical practice of yoga. It will not be a spiritual or religious event, but will examine the spiritual aspect of the ancient practice from an academic viewpoint. The physical part of the course is not restricted to healthy individuals, the customization of practice will be encouraged.


HON-H 495 Honors Project

Designed to meet the needs of Honors students who have chosen to pursue individualized honors, this course permits students flexibility and the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor.