Spring 2018 Courses

Area I:  Communications:

HONORS 265G.M01  (CRN 33440)


A. Hubbell

TR  •  8:55 – 10:10

The fabric of everyday life is woven together by interaction through speaking and listening.  Since oral communication is our primary means of communication, this course will explore how oral communication functions, how it may be managed, and how you can improve your skills.  Specifically, we will cover such topics as verbal communication, intercultural communication, and public speaking.  Since this is a general education course, you will be developing your critical thinking skills through a number of oral assignments emphasizing clear organization and clear advocacy.

Dr. Hubbell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of organizational and health communication and publishes studies examining organizational trust and health disparities among minority populations.

 Area II:  Mathematics/Algebra: 

Area III:  Laboratory Science:


Area IV:  Social/Behavioral Sciences:

HONORS 227G.MO1 (CRN 33439)


TR   ●   1:10-2:25 PM

This course introduces students to Plato.  No philosopher (with the possible exception of Aristotle) has had a greater influence on philosophy or on Western civilization. We will study a number of Plato’s dialogues in efforts to investigate his conception of philosophy and several of his influential philosophical arguments and doctrines.  Here are some questions we will investigate:  Who was the historical Socrates?  How does Plato’s philosophical methodology evolve (if at all) in early, middle, and late dialogues?  What is virtue?  What is the fundamental nature of reality?  What are the Forms?  What is Plato’s conception of knowledge?  Is philosophical knowledge different from other species of knowledge?  If so, in what respects?  Requirements: quizzes, in-class exams, a term paper, and a short presentation.

An alumnus of New Mexico State University (BA-Philosophy, 1993), Jean-Paul Vessel returned to the NMSU Philosophy Department after securing a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and then serving as a faculty member, at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 


HONORS 232G.M01 (CRN 24321)


M. Guynn

TR   ●   8:55-10:10 AM

The primary course objective is to develop an appreciation for the variety and complexity of problems that are solved by the human mind, and to understand how these problems (feats) can be explained by a combined computational and evolutionary perspective.  The mind is what the brain does (i.e., information processing), and the computational device that is the brain is the product of evolution by natural selection.  Topics covered within this perspective include vision, thinking, emotion, social relations, and higher callings such as art, music, and literature.

Dr. Guynn is a cognitive psychologist with a primary interest in understanding the processes of human memory.  Her current research focuses on how people are able to remember to perform intended actions in the absence of a direct prompt to remember.


HONORS 237G.M01 (CRN 36575)

C. Hartley
TR  •  10:20-11:35 a.m.
Archaeologists endeavor to explain past cultural change by studying the materials people leave behind. This course will introduce you to the study of human cultural change over the last 500 thousand years.  You will learn how archaeologists study human society and culture, and how they develop explanations and theories that account for changes in past lifeways.  Key topics include: 1. Our earliest ancestors, their biological and cultural changes, and how they interacted with and adapted to their environment; 2. The beginnings of settled life and food production based on agriculture and animal husbandry; 3. Old World and New World civilizations, the origins of urban societies and complex social systems.

Charles Hartley is professor and anthropological archaeologist whose research investigates the role pottery, as a class of political (material) culture, plays in the development of solidarity and identity. He is particularly interested in the role of techniques as markers, often unintentionally, of communal or factional affiliations, and the role such “everyday” objects play in building political coalitions and consensus.


HONORS 248G.M01 (CRN 36576)


C. Slaton

TR   ·  1:10-2:25 PM

Wars, elections, marches, lawmaking, terrorism and genocide — why do they happen and why does it matter to our lives?  As global politics have shifted in recent years, we need to return to the fundamental questions of politics: Why and how are societies organized for political action? What values do they express, and how do they attempt to achieve their goals? This seminar will seek to clarify the meaning of such terms as freedom, justice, democracy, terrorism, fascism, liberalism, conservatism, anarchy and civil disobedience.

Dr. Christa Slaton is a professor in the Department of Government.


Area V:  Humanities and Fine Arts:

HONORS 216G.M01 (CRN 33436)


J. Fitzsimmons ● WEB

Art often reflects the society that produced it.  Traditionally, art has fulfilled a variety of purposes, addressing such themes as religion (spirituality), politics (propaganda), race and gender, patronage and censorship.  Through slide lectures, videos, field trips, project assignments and a research paper, students will explore the different roles art has played, past and present, to come to an understanding of modern life and aesthetics.

Professor Fitzsimmons teaches art history in the Department of Art.  Her interests are the art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the major cultural and social changes reflected in the art of these periods.


HONORS 218.M01 (CRN 33437)



T  ●  2:30-5:00 PM

This is an introductory women’s studies course in which learners will have the opportunity to:

  1. Cultivate their knowledge about a broad range of women’s experiences within the hierarchies of gender, class, race, national origin, language, (dis)ability, age, sexuality, body shape etc.
  2. Practice the use of critical feminist theoretical tenets, language, and research tools aiming to:
  • Unpack the complexities of women’s lived experiences at the intersections of constructed categories of difference, and
  • Explore systems of oppression that contribute to the exclusion and exploitation of women around the globe.
  1. Foster the understanding of local, national, and global activisms committed to creative ways of resistance to inequities and collective approaches of shaping a more just and sustainable world for all.

Crosslisted with: WS 202G.

Manal Hamzeh is an associate professor in the Women’s Studies Program at New Mexico State University.  She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Pedagogy & Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. Dr. Manal’s research draws on anti-racist/decolonizing educational theories and currently focuses on the politics of gender and sexuality in the January 25th Egyptian Revolution. She holds the NMSU’s university wide Christmore Teaching Award (2102) and the Roush Teaching Award (2015).




T. Miller-Tomlinson

TR ●10:20-11:35

Honors 220G explores the transformation of European culture during the tumultuous period we know as the Renaissance.  We will examine how social and political changes from 1300 to 1600 contributed to an explosion of literature, visual art, and philosophy that would reshape European culture and contribute to the rise of modernity.  Often credited with the invention of the individual and the nation, the intellectual movement we call Renaissance humanism celebrated humanity as “the measure of all things,” exalting its achievements while also acknowledging its limits.  In studying works by Petrarch, Machiavelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo, More, Shakespeare, and many others, Honors 200G seeks to understand the period’s complicated answer to the question put forward by Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “What a piece of work is man

Dr. Miller-Tomlinson is an Associate Professor in the English Department, where she teaches early modern literature and directs graduate programs. She earned her PhD at Yale and MPhil at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. Her primary research interests lie in the poetry and drama of the English Renaissance, with particular emphasis on the theater as a site for the reimagining of the past and shaping of public memory. Her current book project is entitled The History Play After Shakespeare: Gender, Nation, and Drama in the Seventeenth Century.


HONORS 222G.M01 (CRN 36567)


L. Horodowich

MW   ● 10:30-11:45 A.M.

Honors 222G aims to broaden students’ knowledge of the evolution and values that have shaped western culture, to engage them critically with works of cultural importance, and to enhance their understandings of self and society through a more profound awareness of the origins and development of the West. This course will achieve these broad goals by focusing on the history and culture of Athens in its Golden Age and Rome in the imperial Augustan Age, two periods which produced some of the central texts in the Western tradition. We will consider the roots of Western culture through a variety of Greek and Roman literary, historical, and philosophical works, including those of Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Vergil.

Dr. Horodowich is a professor in the history department.  She is a historian of the Italian Renaissance.


HONORS 347V.M01 (CRN 35077)



 W  • 4:00-6:30 P.M.

This course introduces participants to a variety of dance forms from a cross-cultural perspective focusing on the role of dance in different societies. The course is taught using a modified lecture

format, the class will include directed readings and classroom discussions, student research projects and group presentations. Guest lecturers, videos and an experiential movement component supplement classes. This is not an activity class per se, but there will

be a small amount of exploration in dance movement from various dance styles.

Mr. Gilpin also known as Paco Antonio teaches flamenco, classical spanish and world dance.

Paco was dance faculty at UNM from 1986-1998 during which time he was a soloist with Ritmo Flamenco, Dance España, and a frequent performer in Festival Flamenco Internacional.

As a free lance artist Mr. Antonio has lived and studied in Spain on several occasions and has performed, taught and choreographed internationally with well known studios, colleges and opera companies. Paco is currently College Associate Professor of Dance at NMSU and along with his wife and dance partner Lucilene de Geus co-directs Sol y Arena the dance programs performance ensemble specializing in Flamenco and Classical Spanish Dance.



Viewing a Wider World:

HONORS 341V.M01 (CRN 36577)



MW  ●  1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

The Old Testament forms the foundation for the contemporary world religions that share the Abrahamic tradition (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), and thus will be examined as for its influence on history, contemporary societies, and ethics.   Particular attention will be paid to the different genres and forms of literature that occur across the historical swath of the Old Testament, which covers a millennium.

Gabriel Jay Rochelle is a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.  He holds master’s degrees in theology and biblical studies and a PhD in theology and literature.  He has taught as a tenured professor at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and now at St. Sophia Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Bound Brook NJ.  Other past teaching venues include Yale Divinity School and Muhlenberg College.  He continues to serve as pastor of St Anthony of the Desert Orthodox Mission, Las Cruces


HONORS 349V.M01 (CRN 35080)

ISLAM AND THE WEST: Cultural Contacts, Conflicts, and Exchanges (A&S)


TR  ●   10:20-11:35 AM

This course examines cultural and political contacts, exchanges, and conflicts between the Islamic world and the West from the 7th-21st century.  We begin with the origins of Islam and its relationship to Judaism and Christianity and end in the post 9/11 present.  Topics include the fruitful impact of Islamic art, architecture, and philosophy on medieval Europe, the Crusades, the Islamic contribution to the European Renaissance, the making of the modern map of the Middle East in the twentieth century, the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Arab Spring. The course is interdisciplinary and should interest students in History, Government, and Art among other disciplines

Professor Malamud regularly teaches classes on Islamic history.  She also teaches the history of ancient Greece and ancient Rome.


HONORS 387V.M01 (CRN 36578)



TR ●  8:55-10:10 a.m.

The history, antecedents, and consequences of sex and gender systems around the world from the comparative perspective of anthropology, including a consideration of human biology, prehistory, language, and culture.

Dr. Kelly Jenks is an assistant professor in the Anthropology department. She specializes in the historical archaeology of the U.S. Southwest. 


HONORS 388V.M01 (CRN 28364)



MW/Hybrid ● 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Leadership is a critical component in the character and direction of society.  As societies develop, the role of leaders is constantly changing and expanding. Honors 388GV examines the multifaceted nature of leadership in modern society through readings, exercises, and online seminar discussions. Each student will participate in a learning community using individual research and reflection, team learning activities, and seminar presentations.  The course is an eight week, minimester course. The course is a “blended” course using both classroom and online learning.

Dr. Townley is a Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Administration in the College of Education. His research interests are leadership learning, international education, and knowledge management. Dr. Townley came to New Mexico State University in 1990 as Dean of the University Library, a leadership position he held for 10 years.  From 2000 to 2013,he advised 14 doctoral graduates to completion of their dissertations.  He has led national and international professional organizations. Dr. Townley recently completed a Fulbright Lectureship at Beijing Normal University where he also teaches as a Visiting Professor.


HONORS 394V.M01 (CRN 36585)


LaPorte ● (ONLINE-WEB)

Southwestern Literature explores literature, folklore, and film from the diverse cultures of the American Southwest.  Students will read six-seven books and study one or more films.  They will submit weekly reading logs, complete two literature papers (5+ pg. each) and an extended research project based on the literature.

Professor LaPorte teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in writing and literature.  Special interests include theatre and playwriting as well as the literature of the American South.


HONORS 411V.M01 (CRN 29531)


Lodder ● TR 8:55 – 10:10 A.M.

This year Honors 411V will offer an exploration of the mathematics needed to understand the geometry of the globe, from the ancient riddle of determining longitude at sea to the impossibility of drawing a distance-preserving map of the world.  We will begin with solutions of the longitude problem purposed by Christiaan Huygens and John Harrison, followed by studying the map projection of Gerardus Mercator, which preserves angles drawn to lines of longitude.  Attention will then shift to the construction of map projections that are true to distances, and we will examine Karl Friedrich Gauss’ work demonstrating the impossibility of this feat.  A salient feature unifying these ideas is the mathematical notion of curvature, to be studied in detail.

Prerequisites: grades of B or better in MATH 192 and any upper-division MATH/STAT course, with overall 3.2 GPA, or consent of instructor.  NOTE: This course may be counted towards either a major or a minor in mathematics.

Dr. Jerry Lodder is a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, whose interests include geometry, topology, history of mathematics, and mathematics education.


HONORS 450V.M01  M01 (CRN 36583)

THE SUNDT HONORS SEMINAR: Querétaro, México: A Case Study for Biodiversity, Food Security, Ecosystem Services, and Global Change (A&S)


T • 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Through a mix of teamwork, field projects in México, and presentations, the Sundt Honors seminar for Spring 2018 will address three interrelated issues dominating the 21st century: (i) assurance of food and water security, (ii) maintenance of natural ecosystem services affecting human well-being, and (iii) the impact of global change on both.  We will use the State of Querétaro, México as a case study to learn about (i) the perspectives of governmental agencies dealing with biodiversity and land use information to guide policy and management decisions, (ii) the process of acquiring information in the field as well as the potential conflicts that arise from the realities of field conditions, and (iii) the value of integrating scientific information to address the interrelated challenges of food and water security, functioning ecosystem services, and global change.  During the field component of the course, NMSU students will work directly with Mexican peers, an experience that will amplify the value of the course and perhaps create lasting interactions.

Dr. Milligan is a Manasse Scholar in the Department of Biology, Jefferson Science Fellow with the U.S. Department of State, and Science Advisor for the U.S. Forest Service.  His major research interests are population genetics and conservation biology.

The Sundt Honors Seminar aims to foster student engagement by offering intensive learning opportunities both inside and outside the traditional classroom.  The Sundt Honors Seminar is a unique, experience-based, interdisciplinary seminar developed and taught by the Sundt Honors professor.


Free Electives:

HONORS 214/314.M01 (CRN 27207/27208)


Ketelaar ● Thur 2:35 – 4:00  PM

Honors 214/314 develops skills vital for successful scholarship and graduate school applications.  Through hands-on workshops, students will identify, learn about and apply for major awards including the Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Boren scholarships.  In addition, students will explore opportunities that help build strong backgrounds for careers and advanced study.  Underclassmen are especially encouraged to enroll.

Dr. Ketelaar is the Office of National Scholarships Director and Associate Dean of the Honors College.





TBA ●  3 credits

The honors thesis allows you to work closely with a faculty member on a 3-credit independent study project, which may involve scholarly or scientific research or completion of a creative project. It enables you to synthesize knowledge you have gained in a particular field and provides you with an impressive resume item that can be presented to prospective employers or graduate school deans.  You frequently share with faculty in the publication or presentation of research results.  You also can use the research material and the written thesis as a basis for master’s level work.  If you wish to complete an honors thesis, you will need to submit a proposal to a faculty member.  For more information, contact the Honors College Dean.

Juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5 are eligible.  The deadlines for proposals are November 30 for the spring semester and April 30 for the fall semester.

The honors thesis is the final stage of the University Honors College.  However, qualified students may participate whether or not they are enrolled in the University Honors sequence.


HONORS 410.O1 (CRN 24340)



TBA ● 3-6 credits

Honors internships are available in each academic department, in some laboratory settings, and with various off-campus organizations.  Internships may be taken during the summer or the academic year.  The research conducted during an internship can be seen as preparation for the honors thesis.  Honors 410 enables honors students to develop independent research projects with professionals in their specialized fields of study.  In an internship setting, the student and supervisor determine the extent of the research project and the scope of the student’s involvement. Internships are designed for upper-division students with experience in the research area.  Qualified students may participate whether or not they are enrolled in the University Honors sequence.  Students who wish to take an internship must submit a proposal to the Honors College director during the semester prior to the internship.  Please contact the Honors office for additional information.

Juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5 are eligible.  The requirements vary with internship.  Graded S/U. 

NOTE:  Honors 410 does not count toward the Honors Certificate or University  Honors  program unless approved by the Dean of the Honors College.

HONORS 420.M01 (CRN 24342)



TBA ● 1-3 credits

Students enrolling in Honors 420 may receive credit for independent research and creative projects.  To enroll in Honors 420, students must meet honors eligibility requirements, have the consent of a faculty member who agrees to oversee the project and must prepare a contract for approval by the Honors  College Dean.



Hamzeh and Flores Carmona

W ● 2:30 – 5:00 PM

Course Description:

Drawing on transnational and Chicana feminist perspectives and using platicas~testimonios as a methodology, participants will have the opportunity to:

1. Cultivate their knowledge about the varied meanings and forms of:

  • “Revolutions” and “women,” and
  •  Revolutionary Women and Women’s revolutionary practices in several geographical regions of the world—with a focus on Egypt, Palestine, the USA-Mexico Borderlands and Indigenous lands/first nations all over the world.

2. Identify and unpack:

  •  Different genres and venues of women’s resistance and revolutionary practices for justice and equity.
  • The intersecting systems of power that act to counter-revolutions and undermine women’s resistance.

3. Foster their understanding of women’s:

  • Activism in global and local movements against colonialism, globalization, militarism, religious fundamentalisms, capitalism, and global warming.
  •  Leadership and solidarity in movements focusing on food sovereignty, peace, Indigenous sovereignty, and climate justice.

The course’s required materials will consist of books, academic journal articles, online journalistic pieces from alternative media sources, documentary films, memoirs, music, and memory archives.1

*Dr. Hamzeh holds Christmore Teaching Award 2102 & Roush Teaching Award 2015. Dr. Hamzeh’s research draws on anti-racist/decolonizing educational and arab feminist theories. Her current research project, Women Resisting Violence/Seeking Justice in the Egyptian Revolution, is a multidimensional/multimedia research project based on Egyptian women’s testimonios about their resistance to state violence since the January 25th Egyptian Revolution. She is also using Chicana/feminista methodologies of testimonios and pláticas to gain insights about the experiences of resilience and activism of faculty-of-color in a Hispanic-serving higher education institution located on/between the borders of the US/Mexico. Her previous research focused on gendering discourses shaping girls’ experiences of their bodies, specifically in relation to physical activity opportunities.

**Dr. Flores Carmona is Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and in the Honors College. Her research interests include critical pedagogy, Chicana/Latina feminist theory, critical race feminisms, oral history, and testimonio methodology and pedagogy. She is one of the editors of the Equity and Excellence in Education Special Issue, “Chicana/Latina Testimonios: Methodologies, Pedagogies, and Political Urgency.” Her work has also appeared in Race Ethnicity and Education, the Journal of Latinos and Education and in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of MALCS.

HONORS 421.M03 (CRN 37563)



MW ● 10:30-11:45

The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has undergone a revolution within the last five years. The far-reaching effects of this are making themselves known in everything from Siri’s speech recognition, to Tesla’s self-driving cars, to Google’s language translation, and apps that beat world poker champions and recognize sexual orientation from imagery. This class will provide a non-technical introduction to this exciting technology, investigation the subject with a series of discussions of both the potential benefits and harms.

Dr. Loveland is an Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering.