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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin


Students in the University Honors Program take a total of 27 credit hours of Honors, including courses across eight disciplines (behavioral and social sciences, fine arts, history, literature, mathematics, natural sciences, philosophy, and religious studies) and a senior project.  The titles and descriptions of the courses offered vary from year to year

The following courses are available Fall 2009.   Spring 2010 courses are TBA and will be posted when available at

CHEM H295 Radioactivity:  Bombs, Energy, Medicine, and the Environment 3 crs.
We will discuss recent growth of interest in nuclear questions: Should we build more Nuclear Power Plants to defend our energy independence? Should we be worried about Nuclear Weapons countries like Iran develop? Is Nuclear Medicine the way to new health?

ENGL H295 Ancient Epic 3 crs.
This course examines a number of classical epics, including the Iliad, Odyssey, and Æneid, and Beowulf.

ENGL H295 Capturing the Self, Interpreting Society 3 crs.
This course will be a comparative study of texts representative of interpreted realities, including novels, short fiction, drama, and Star Trek. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between self and society, with an emphasis on how the modern self is constructed and explored through narrative technique.

LAS H295 ¡Revolution!  Social Unrest in Guatemala and Iran in Literature and Film 3 crs.
We will focus on comparisons of literature and film between the Central American and Western Asian geographic regions with a special emphasis on Guatemala and Iran during the Marxist/indigenist and Islamic revolutions, respectively.

PHIL H295 Interpreting Sex, Constructing Gender 3 crs.
This course reexamines traditional notions about sex and gender by considering the problem of embodiment in philosophy; the conventional view that sex differences are biologically-based; social construction of gender; and the claim that lesbians are not women because they do not participate in the gender/class system of male/female.

PHIL H295 Freedom and the Self:  Themes in Existentialism 3crs.
This course examines major philosophical themes in existentialism, such as freedom and responsibility, bad faith and authenticity, values and nihilism, anxiety and affirmation, despair and joy.  Students will read the works of key proponents of the existentialist movement, including Kierkegaard, Marcel, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Ricoeur. 

PHYS H295 The Romance of Physics 3 crs.
With remarkable, but still limited, success, physicists can describe some weird and fascinating aspects of reality using two theories: Quantum Theory and General Relativity. Rather translating these theories into natural language, we will talk about the world they describe, cautiously using metaphors, and similar techniques.

RELS H295 Art Experience and the Poetics of Devotion in India 3 crs.
The course presents Indian ideas on what it means to experience art. Can art experience serve as a metaphor for knowing transcendent things? Can a poetics which organizes human emotions according to subjective hierarchies support a constructive theology? What is gained from organizing our subjective experiences of art?

VISA H295 Images of Masculinity; Questions of Desire 3 crs.
Drawing on queer theory and feminist narratives of gender together with literary theories of pleasure and the production of meaning, this course will seek to encourage theorized analysis of the representation of masculinity in visual culture.

HONS H491 Honors: Senior Project 3 crs.
Honors students do a senior project in the fall semester of their senior year.