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 2018

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

TUTORIAL NAME INSTRUCTOR
BWS 190.2
Comparing Medical Professions Cross-Nationally
Quaye

Is medicine dying as a profession/ How is the professional power of physicians developed in different kinds of societies?  Are the forms taken to strengthen or limit professional power different in societies with different contrasting political economies?  Is state power central in the analysis of professional power? What is the relationship between the state and the medical profession and where are doctors better off?  In this tutorial we will examine the changing status of the medical profession in six countries - the United States, Britain, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and Canada.  We will explore the extent to which nation states have singled out the profession guilds for control.  Readings will include McKinley and Hafferty’s The Changing Medical Profession, Kruase’s Death of the Guilds, and OECD’s Internal Markets in the Making.

TUTORIAL NAME INSTRUCTOR
CLAS 190.1
Introduction to Old Norse Fratantuono

This first year honors tutorial will provide an introduction to the language and literature of medieval Scandinavia.  Students will have the chance to work through a series of lessons that will present basic grammar and vocabulary of the Norse, with a view to obtaining the ability to read basic texts of mythological (in particular) interest.  The class will present an overview of Norse mythology by a careful reading of the Prose and Poetic Eddas, two great masterpieces of thirteenth-century Icelandic literature, with selected passages read in the original Norse.

TUTORIAL NAME INSTRUCTOR
ENG 190.x
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
Ford

Harness your imagination in the service of writing science fiction and fantasy stories for a semester. Work with a 25 year professional in this field to learn the art and craft of writing in these genres. Contemporary and classical readings in the literature, guest writers by skype, information on publishing.

TUTORIAL NAME INSTRUCTOR
ZOOL 190.6
Wild Worms: Cell Biological and Genetic Characterization of Nematodes Hamill

Nematodes or roundworms are very abundant and are found in a wide-range of habitats. C. elegans is a model species of roundworm that has been studied extensively. But how similar is C. elegans to other nematodes?  We will characterize both the worms and embryos of nematodes we isolated in Ohio and Florida. Our preliminary work suggests that we may have at least one new species that has not yet been described. Students in this tutorial will spend most of their time working in the lab. They will use a variety of microscopic techniques, carry out genetic crosses, do molecular work including PCR and DNA sequencing as well as use a variety of basic lab techniques. In addition, readings will be discussed to support and complement the work in the lab.

Spring Semester 2019

TUTORIAL NAME INSTRUCTORs
ART 190.x
The Material Image: Experimental Photographic Structures and Surfaces
Bogdonav, Nilan

Immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary exploration of image and physical object. Through a series of projects, this studio art tutorial will explore the potentiality in combining photographic imagery with physical materials such as clay and hand cast paper forms.  Students will come away from the tutorial with a portfolio of works that combine concerns in both 2D and 3D art making.

TUTORIAL NAME INSTRUCTOR
BOMI 190.x
Global Change and Invasion Ecology
Anderson

Global environmental changes such as rising atmospheric CO2, increasing nitrogen deposition, and warming temperatures are interacting with the spread of invasive plants to create unique combinations of species in new places. These changes have led to new questions in the science of ecology, such as (1) are invasive species more likely thrive under future climate conditions and outcompete native plants, (2) how do invasive species themselves affect ecosystem carbon and nitrogen cycles and does this feedback into global change dynamics, and (3) what kinds of new approaches do we need in conservation and agriculture to control plant invaders in future climate contexts? We will explore these foundational questions with readings about invasion ecology for the first half of the semester, and then engage in a greenhouse experiment and field data collection during the second half of the semester. In these hands-on studies, students will focus on the interactions of local invasive plants with native soils, native competitors, and the local carbon cycle in the temperate deciduous forest.

TUTORIAL NAME INSTRUCTOR
BWS 190.2
Comparing Medical Professions Cross-Nationally
Quaye

Is medicine dying as a profession/ How is the professional power of physicians developed in different kinds of societies?  Are the forms taken to strengthen or limit professional power different in societies with different contrasting political economies?  Is state power central in the analysis of professional power? What is the relationship between the state and the medical profession and where are doctors better off?  In this tutorial we will examine the changing status of the medical profession in six countries - the United States, Britain, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and Canada.  We will explore the extent to which nation states have singled out the profession guilds for control.  Readings will include McKinley and Hafferty’s The Changing Medical Profession, Kruase’s Death of the Guilds, and OECD’s Internal Markets in the Making.

TUTORIAL NAME INSTRUCTOR
HONS 190.1
Time
Andereck

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.

TUTORIAL NAME INSTRUCTOR
HONS 190.8
Science, Religion, and Society: A Cross-Cultural Exploration
Yalcinkaya

In contrast to what many had predicted, the debate about the relations between science and religion continues to stir emotions in the 21stcentury world. While some groups try to show that the two are in harmony, others claim that there is an inevitable conflict between science and religion. In this tutorial we will study these debates from a sociological perspective, and explore the roles and characteristics of religion and science in different societies and historical periods. Students will read and discuss texts from the history of science as well as from contemporary debates, and not only from the US and Europe but also from the Muslim world and East Asia. Additional resources include films such as Inherit the Wind and Bertolt Brecht’s play Life of Galileo. At the end of the semester we will have a field trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky.

We will analyze the materials in relation to their social context, and focus on questions such as: Are science and religion universal social institutions? How do different societies define science and religion? Why and how do definitions change? What does it mean for science and religion to be in conflict or in harmony? Why does it matter to debate this issue? Who participates in these debates, and why? The readings and discussions will enable the students to have a more sophisticated understanding of the question of science and religion, and students will use these insights to study a specific case that they will choose.

TUTORIAL NAME INSTRUCTOR
HONS 190.x
Massage, Pain, and the Evidence
Hall

This course serves as an investigation into “alternative” techniques that are used to treat musculoskeletal pain. Students will be exposed to Swedish massage, myofascial release, and neuromuscular therapy, and additional methods (cupping, acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, and/or Reiki) may be examined depending on student interest. Emphasis will be placed on examining the evidence surrounding these modalities, with particular attention given to developing the skills necessary to read and understand peer-reviewed literature.

TUTORIAL NAME INSTRUCTOR
SPAN 190.5
Through the Spanish Lens: Women Behind the Camera in Contemporary Spain
Paris-Huesca

Female film directors lack visibility as a result of the gender inequality that is still perpetuated in the film industry. In the history of Spanish cinema, the presence of women behind the camera was more limited than in the US in its origins, mainly due to a lack of infrastructure, and the numbers were almost brought down to zero during the Francisco Franco dictatorship (1939-1975). After almost 40 years of dictatorship and Franco´s death, and the development of the new democracy, a new generation of women directors defy sexism in the film industry. These film professionals subvert gender roles and women’s sexual oppression; they denounce a society rooted in a patriarchal system and heteronormative discourses, and offer new male and female paradigms on the screen by means of stories that privilege a feminine and feminist gaze or point of view. During the last two decades, since the 90s and until today, the Spanish film industry has experienced an increase in the number of female directors. In 2016, 16% of movies were made by women, compared to 7% in the US. Although women represent over half of the population, female protagonists seem to be featured much less often. This represents a potential gap in our understanding of human experience and it affects how women are portrayed in the real world. Stories tell us what societies value, they offer us lessons, and they share and preserve our history. No matter how many movies with original screenplays and state of the art technology have been recently produced, if the female point of view of reality is limited and reduced, then we continue reinforcing gender roles and gendered stereotypes and we are only exposed to half of the point of view of society.

This Freshman Tutorial aims at enriching the map of Spain’s film canon by giving visibility to female film directors that have actively contributed to Spanish cinema and to the portrayal of Spanish history, culture and politics. The goal is to move towards a much-needed representation of gender equity by studying these filmmakers’ cultural production as work that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. In particular, it will address topics such as immigration, the representation of the female body, domesticity and lesbian desire, and different forms of social violence towards vulnerable communities. This course will also pay attention to how these female directors, having gained full awareness of the different forms of gender discrimination in the film industry in front of and behind the camera, are developing alternative modes of filming and representing. This Tutorial will give students the opportunity to explore Spanish society and culture through a number of Spanish movies directed by women. Students will familiarize with a contemporary cultural production that features a broader presence of women directors and other female professionals behind the camera, and gain a deeper understanding on distinctive artistic techniques employed by them to advance their ideological goals. Students will learn about major historical developments, and they will gain a deeper understanding of the complex meaning of Spanish democracy today, while acquiring a better understanding of the current state of affairs of female-authored cinema in Spain. 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 and cinema 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.


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