Your Choices

At Ohio Wesleyan, you can begin your honors-level study right away with a Freshman Honors Tutorial during one or both semesters of your first year of enrollment. You can select tutorials in the natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, or the humanities.

Tutorials are intense learning experiences. You might be working one-to-one with a faculty member, or be meeting with a very small group of other freshman honors scholars who share your passion for a particular subject.

You and your faculty mentor will work together to define the scale and pace of your tutorial. Your coursework could consist of a reading and research schedule, a laboratory component, tutorial meetings, and an amount of written work required to meet Honors Program standards. Your own experience, knowledge, discoveries, and developing interests will influence the course’s progress and direction.

You may enroll in a Freshman Tutorial with the professor’s permission. All Freshman Tutorials count toward graduation as full-unit courses. Many of the tutorials also meet the University’s distribution requirements and many tutorials count toward a major or minor in a department or program. The professor conducting the tutorial will explain how a particular tutorial can fit into your academic program.

Fall Semester 2017

Reminder: Enrollment in a Tutorial depends on consent of the instructor.

HONS 190.14
Film as a Political Act

This course focuses on modern films that engage with a variety of social and political issues of relevance around the world and through history. Together we will examine works ranging from the film production of Occupied France to contemporary African film. Questions addressed include women’s rights, immigration, disability and access to health care, access to education, the fight against corruption, and resistance to colonialism.

We will consider how filmmakers’ artistic freedom is expressed despite ideological or material challenges to their craft. Our discussions will be informed by key critical and theoretical works associated with engaged film movements, including South American Third Cinema and the Eastern European New Wave. Through its examination of cinematic production outside the United States, the course also provides an introduction to the analysis of films, sharpening students’ communication and critical skills.

SPAN 190.5
Through the Spanish Lens: Contemporary Spanish Society and Culture Through Cinema Paris-Huesca

This Tutorial will give students the opportunity to explore Spanish society and culture through a number of Spanish movies from its origins to the present. Students will learn about major historical developments, such as the Spanish Civil War, the Postwar, and the Franco dictatorship period, and they will gain a deeper understanding of the complex meaning of Spanish democracy today. To this purpose, students will watch movies in the four official languages in Spain: Basque, Catalan, Spanish, and Galician, and class will be devoted to the discussion of topics that are relevant to Spanish history in the global context.

Special notes: All movies will have English subtitles. Students will be required to watch the movies outside of class. All movies will be on reserve in the library.

HONS 190.1

Time. Everyone knows what it is, but nobody can define it. We won’t succeed in defining time in this tutorial either, but we will investigate many attributes and associations of time: how time has been measured throughout history, time as a fourth dimension, time dilation, the arrow of time, the history of time, the reversibility of time, time travel, time perception.

THEA 190.3
Legends & Leaders in Theatre & Film Denny-Todd

A course designed to explore and research various world leaders and legends in Theatre & Film industries. Group discussion will be supplemented with individual research presentations and papers.

THEA 190.4 Theatre and Social Change

This tutorial will explore theories and methodologies of social action based performance. Readings and discussion will include topics such as Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, political performance, and community-based theatre. The semester will culminate in individual research or group performance based projects.

EDUC 190.4
The Roots of Fantasy in Children’s Literature McClure

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Did the Hunger Games Trilogy capture your imagination? Then this tutorial is for you. In this tutorial we explore the mythological, psychological, and folkloric roots of fantasy literature written for children and young adults. We read a range of books, including Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, Pullman’s The Golden Compass (and sequels), DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux, and many other award-winning fantasy books in addition to Rowlings’ Harry Potter series and Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy. We then read works of mythology, folklore, and psychology as we explore what makes these books resonate with readers long after the final page is turned.

Discussions, journal entries, and a final project on a student-selected topic comprise the requirements. Students will also have the option to work with children.

ENG 190.17
Shakespeare at the Blackfriars

Shakespeare’s most famous playhouse was the Globe, the large, open-air, circular amphitheatre where plays such as Hamlet and Henry V were first performed. However, Shakespeare’s theatre company, The King’s Men, also had a second, much smaller, much more intimate indoor venue where they performed during the winter months: the Blackfriars, which was originally a Dominican monastery (hence the name) before it was converted into a theatre. Here, the plays of Shakespeare’s great “late” period were produced, including The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest. This course will sample a variety of Shakespeare’s plays written for the Blackfriars, and then take a weekend trip to the most accurate reconstruction of the Blackfriars Theatre in the world, the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) in Staunton, VA. There we will see plays, participate in workshops, and meet with ASC actors so that we can experience the unique aesthetic and performative appeal of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre for ourselves.

Spring Semester 2018

DANC 190.1
Interfacing Bodies and Technologies

This tutorial examines the interface between humans and technology and the moment of connection between the two. Class meetings will be devoted to the review and discussion of pivotal projects in interdisciplinary fields of study and will cover the role of technology in interactive and generative works such as art installations, theatre and dance performances, the field of medical science, and environmental engineering. Field trips to exhibits, performances, medical centers, and science centers will be an essential component of the tutorial. Students will further research a specific project that aligns with their own interests and will ultimately present their research in the form of a research paper and a class presentation. Writing option available.

ENG 190.18
The Films of Ingmar Bergman
Hipsky, Fratantuono

This tutorial will take a close look at several of the cinematic works of a leading (some would say the greatest) master of European film, the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Bergman’s films are replete with reflections on perennial questions of human existence, not least the existence of God and the problem of death. From his early works through his late masterpieces, we shall proceed chronologically through Bergman’s impressive catalogue of art cinema. From his Golden Age work of the 1950s, particular attention will be paid to his immortal Det sjunde inseglet (“The Seventh Seal”), and his haunting reflection on love and life, Smultronstället (“Wild Strawberries”).

For more details on tutorial content and reading lists, please contact the professor responsible for the Freshman Tutorial.