Ohio Wesleyan’s highly specialized and advanced Honors Courses are open only to honors scholars. Throughout your four years at OWU, you’ll be able to take Honors Courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. Honors Courses bring together a professor or professors and a small class of honors scholars to explore a topic of special interest.

Many Honors Courses are one-time offerings designed by a faculty member specifically for the Honors Program. Therefore, descriptions are not included in the course catalog.

Sometimes, Honors Courses are a special section of an existing course, modified to meet the rigors of honors-level study. You may read more, move through the course material more rapidly, or be expected to participate more than others who take the course.

Your Honors Courses will count towards general graduation requirements. Depending on the nature and subject matter of the course, your advanced study may meet distribution, writing competency, or major/minor requirements as well.


ART 499
Fibert Arts Seminar (Textiles and Color)
Cetlin 10-11:50 a.m. (MWF)

Learn the sustainable practices of felting and natural dyeing. Explore the structural potential of felt, stitched-resist (shibori) and handmade paper, designing and fabricating jewelry, body adornment garments, sculptural objects and vessels. Produce rich, harmonious colors on wool, cotton and silk, with environmentally low-impact natural dyes. No pre-requisites required. This course satisfies the Group IV (Arts) distribution requirement for non-Art majors.

BOMI 357 Molecular Biology of Viruses
Ambegaokar 9-9:50 a.m. (MWF), LAB 1:10-2:30 p.m. (TR)

Molecular biology of bacterial, plant, and animal viruses, including replication strategies, virus induced cytopathology and disease, viruses and cancer, and immune defenses. Laboratory includes in vitro cell culture work with continuous lines of human epithelial and/or monkey kidney cells, and methods for quantifying viruses and viral infectivity. Students who take this course as an honors course will be required to answer additional review questions from the textbook and produce either 1) a 15 page research paper which would satisfy the “Writing Requirement”, or 2) a 10-12 minute podcast/video podcast. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 271, CHEM 110, and CHEM 111, or permission of instructor.

ENG 150
Introduction to Literary Study
Allison 1:10-2 p.m. (MWF)

This course provides an introduction to the study and critical appreciation of literature. We will read a great variety of literary texts (some classic, some contemporary) and work to develop the skills of careful reading and thoughtful analysis. Along the way, we will experiment with different theoretical approaches to interpretation, and ponder some fundamental questions: What makes literature different from other types of writing? Does the meaning of a literary text change at different times and in different contexts? What kinds of knowledge or experience do literary works offer? This course is required for all English majors and minors, but is appropriate for any student who wishes to improve his or her understanding and enjoyment of literature.

ENG 176 Alternative Worlds: The Hero(ine) Sets Forth
DeMarco 1:10-2:40 p.m. (TR)

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to” – Bilbo Baggins

In this class, we’ll study a range of ‘quest’ narratives, stories in which heroes and heroines set forth on challenging journeys of self discovery. We’ll explore the ways in which “leaving home” provides the questing hero/ine opportunities to (re)define the self, experience passionate love, reconfigure relationships to friends and family, and prove oneself in challenges both martial and mental. While many of these tales express an optimistic belief that trials can be overcome regardless of what troubles us—the loss of a loved one, the betrayal of a friend, or tragic errors of judgment—the “return home” of several quest narratives is complicated by darker notes of tragedy.

We’ll explore these and related themes as we study the finest and most famous quest narratives of the Middle Ages including Marie de France’s Celtic tales of love, chivalry and magic, Sir Thomas Malory’s Quest for the Holy Grail, and two tales of orphaned children on a quest to discover their identities, Sir Degare, and Freine. The medieval quest narrative has exercised a profound impact on subsequent literature and film, and to enrich our understanding of our continued fascination with this genre, we’ll view a few modern films. We’re likely to screen Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Stardust and Mad Max: Fury Road.

SOAN 365
Ethnographic and Documentary Film and Filmmaking
Howard / Della Lana 12:30-3:30 p.m. (T)

This course equips students with the basic knowledge and skills to produce their own ethnographic/documentary film. Students explore film theory from the field of visual anthropology and from filmmakers’ written reflections on the processes involved in completing particular film projects. Students view a series of early, classical and contemporary documentaries to critique filmmakers’ representation of cultural difference, and to consider cinema verte vs. explicit message, the strengths and limits of the notion of objectivity, the ethics of filmmaking, and concerns about audience reaction. Each student learns camera use and film editing techniques to complete a documentary.

This course has also been approved for a Travel Learning Course for Fall 2017 in which honor students are invited to develop their films in Guatemala with a professional filmmaker.

ZOOL 101
Human Biology
Kelly 1:10-2 p.m. (MWF)

An introduction to human biology with an emphasis on how our evolutionary past has shaped us to be as we are today. Topics covered include our relatedness to other living creatures, why and how we age, how our immune system works, mechanisms of genetic disease, the role of nutrition and lifestyle in health including heart disease, basic neurobiology and endocrinology, the hormonal biology of stress, and human reproduction including early development and sexual differentiation. S. (Group II)


CMLT 131
Love and Sexuality in East Asian Literature and the Arts
Sokolsky 11-11:50 a.m. (MWF)

This course will examine the words “love” and “sexuality” in some of the greatest love stories of East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) literature. By exploring the way love and sexuality get treated in the literature of East Asia, we will consider whether there is a universal component to the ideas of “love” and “sexuality,” or do these ideas vary from culture and historical setting? Stereotypes of Asian culture in the media of the United States can vary. Images of the Asian man range from effete asexual men to kung fu artists. Images of the Asian woman vary from the demure geisha to evil dragon ladies. The goal of this course is to challenge these stereotypes of Asian sexual culture and to seriously examine the assumptions of what “love” and “sexuality” mean in East Asian culture as well as in our own. The first part of the course will examine some of the greatest love stories of East Asia’s past and the impact these stories have had on East Asian culture today. Then in the second part of the course, you will do research on current themes of love and sexuality in East Asia. By the end of the course, you should be able to discern patterns about love and sexuality in East Asia. Which patterns seem timeless? Which patterns are unique to a specific moment in East Asian history?

Fulfills Diversity Requirement, Fulfills Writing Option Requirement

ENG 254 Introduction to Film
Hipsky 1:10-3 p.m. (TR)

An introduction to the history of global cinema and to the formal terms used to analyze film as an art form. S. (Group IV)

PHIL 310 Philosophical Perspectives on Mass Incarceration
Stone-Mediatore 12:30-4 p.m. (F)

Mass incarceration—the extreme and unprecedented containment of over 2 million Americans in jails and prisons—has been called “the fundamental fact” of America today, “as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850.” This course will engage philosophically with the American experiment in mass incarceration. We will explore how the modern prison expresses power relations and logics that are characteristic of modern life. We also will critically analyze cultural stereotypes of “the criminal,” the divide between “crime” and “law,” exercises of power and resistance within prisons, the gender and racial dynamics of U.S. prisons, mass incarceration in relation to the history of American racialized violence, ethical issues raised by current forms of imprisonment, and restorative justice and prison-justice movements. Insofar as possible, class readings will be supplemented by discussions (by visit, phone, or video-conference) with prison inmates, prison administrators, and human-rights groups. Note: This course will be held at a women’s prison. Students will need to complete a security form in order to participate in the class.

For more details on course content and reading lists, please contact the professor(s) responsible for the Honors Course.