Fall 2017 Courses

Area I:  Communications:


A. Hubbell

TR  •  11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM

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 235G (CRN 54692)  WINDOW ON HUMANITY –3 Credits

TR  •  10:20-11:35 AM
Physical and cultural exploration of humankind as seen through human paleontology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology. Requires excellence in reading, report writing and active class discussion.


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:


E. Shearer

TUTH  ● 11:45 AM – ­ 1:00 PM

Honors 208G is an introduction to a wide variety of musical formats. Through our auditory senses and intellectual faculties, music offers an ideal means for intelligent and humanistic examination of peoples and cultures, and for the understanding and enhancement of life.  Types of music covered include classical, jazz, rock and roll, and world music. Diverse topics such as artists’ constitutional rights, how to shop for CDs, and systematic instruction in the active listening process will be considered. Music videos and live, in-class performances, special evening concerts and lectures will be used as a basis for discussions and research writings related to students’ major fields of interest. Dr. Shearer teaches both jazz and classical music history and oversees the graduate program for the NMSU Music Department. He has recorded with the El Paso Brass, Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Creole Jazz Band, and The Great American Tuba Show. He has written two textbooks, Jazz Basics and Music 101, for Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. His latest recording, Haunted America Suite, appears on the Summit Records label and is available on iTunes, emusic, and amazon, among other outlets, along with his previous Summit jazz release, The Memphis Hang. Dr. Shearer is the 2011 Papen Family Arts Award winner from the Dona Aña Arts Council, and he holds the duel titles of Regents Professor and Distinguished Achievement Professor at NMSU.


J. Fitzsimmons

MW  ●  10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

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.


L. Keleher

MW     ●   9:00 – 10:15 AM

This course introduces students to Plato.  No philosopher has had a greater influence on Western philosophy or on Western civilization. We will read a number of Plato’s dialogues in order to explore his conception of philosophy and several of his contributions to Western philosophy and civilization. We will consider the following and other questions:  Who was the historical Socrates?  How (if at all) does Plato’s conception of philosophy evolve in early, middle, and late dialogues?  What are the Forms? What influence has Plato had on Western civilization?  How is Plato’s work relevant to our lives today?

Dr. Keleher’s main research interests include ethics and moral philosophy with a special interest in international ethics and economic development.  She also teaches courses in ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, and philosophy and feminism. 

HONORS 234G (CRN 52145)  THE WORLDS OF ARTHUR -3 Credits

G. Lavender


“The Worlds of Arthur” will investigate the various renditions of the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  As we witness the evolution of this great story through time, we see not only a historical evolution, but a psychological, social, cultural, religious, and mythic progression as well. We will also consider Arthur in film, visual art, and popular culture. We will read and discuss the pertinent works of Geoffrey of Monmouth, Thomas Malory, Chrétien de Troyes, Robert de Boron, Alfred Lord Tennyson,  T. H. White, John Steinbeck, and others. 

Professor Lavender’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of mythology, Arthurian literature, and creative non-fiction.     


Viewing a Wider World:

HONORS 318G (CRN 54693)  THE WORLD OF CINEMA (A&S)  -3 Credits

C. Fouillade

W  •    2:35 – 5:00 PM

In this film appreciation course, you will view and study nine selected motion pictures from different periods and countries. In becoming familiar with the film-making process and learning how to “read” a film, you can also refine your cinematic literacy and your critical viewing skills. A historical and thematic overview emphasizes the collaborative nature of cinema in various genres (western, comedy, drama) from 1895 to the present. Thanks to the easy availability of a wide selection of classic movies on DVD, students can undertake a wide range of special-interest research projects in this course.

Dr. Fouillade teaches languages, literature, film and cultural studies in the Department of Languages and Linguistics.


R. Pratt  

TR ●1:10 – 2:25 PM

Agriculture has been intricately woven into the pattern of human development—and it continues to affect highly urbanized societies in many ways, although sometimes non-obvious ways. Honors 321G will trace agriculture from prehistory to modern times, emphasizing its role in the development of culture and society. The central focus of the class will be the development of the concept of an ethnoagriculture. The course will bring together diverse fields of study such as ethnobiology, economic botany, agroecology, anthropology, archaeology, history, sociology, economics and policy as they influence, and in turn are influenced, by agriculture.

Dr. Pratt is a Professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences and serves as the Director of the Cropping Systems Research Innovation Program at NMSU. He is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University where his career spanned corn breeding and genetics and international agriculture. He is the recipient of the Crop Science Society of America International Service Award and the African Crop Science Society Award. He has authored or co-authored 50 peer-reviewed research publications, developed and released maize and common bean germplasm, and written or co-authored review articles and book chapters on diverse topics from tropical and sub-tropical cropping systems to host-resistance, crop evolution, diversity, breeding, and genomics. He is presently a co-investigator on an Organic Research and Extension Initiative grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. He also chairs the CSSA Science Policy Committee and serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Compost Science and Utilization.


W. Storm

MW●  1:05 -2:20 PM

This course examines present day relations between the sciences and the representation and communication of science, especially in connection with theatre, narrative fiction, and autobiography.  It will be conducted as a seminar, with discussion centering on the reading of plays, novels, and works of biography and autobiography with scientific themes.  Knowledge of the sciences is not required or necessary, as the focus will be on theatrical and literary representations of science and scientists in the world today.

Dr. Storm is a Professor in Theatre Arts and teaches theatre history, dramatic literature, and theory.  Research areas include dramaturgy, theatre aesthetics, art in connection with theatrical representation, and relations among science, narrative, and theatre studies.  Before joining the NMSU faculty he taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, and the University of Southern California.  He is the author of After Dionysus: A Theory of the Tragic and Irony and the Modern Theatre as well as plays and essays. He worked in the professional theatre for many years, and was literary manager of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.


N. Oretskin

MW ● 2:30 – 3:45 PM

The American public often looks to law and the legal system to resolve problems and conflicts engendered by our increasingly complex society.  Is our legal system in need of major reform?  Do our laws properly address such contemporary issues as AIDS: Privacy and Discrimination in the workplace, pharmaceutical liability, and death with dignity.

Honors 335G will be divided into three areas Criticisms of the American legal system, work place legal issues, and health care-related issues.  Within each area, students may select, research, and discuss specific cases or problems.  For example, childhood vaccine lawsuits will be studied in connection with criticisms of the American legal system.

Dr. Oretskin received her J.D. from the Thomas Backus School of Law at Case Western Reserve University in 1988 and joined the faculty at NMSU in 1989.She teaches courses on business law, real estate, negotiation and conflict resolution, and her primary research area is international dispute resolution. 


G. Clarkson

TR  •   10:20 – 11:35 AM

This 3-credit course is divided into two major parts: an historical survey of federal Indian law and policy, and selected topics focusing on contemporary federal Indian law and policy issues and problems. This course assumes that the students have not had any law courses and approaches the topic of the history of federal Indian law and policy from various multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.  At the end of the course, you should be able to understand and discuss the principles and doctrines governing the legal relations between the United States and Indian tribes, the history of federal Indian law and policy, tribal property, treaty rights and sovereignty, congressional plenary power, the trust doctrine, jurisdiction in Indian country, and tribal government.  You should also be able to discuss how those principals and doctrines apply to tribal lawmaking powers, gaming and economic development in Indian country, protection of Indian religious rights and cultural property, water rights, fishing, hunting and other treaty-based rights.

Dr. Gavin Clarkson (Choctaw) is an associate professor in the Finance Department of College of Business at NMSU.  An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Clarkson has consulted, written, and published extensively on tribal sovereignty, tribal finance, tribal economic development, and tribal asset management, and was also a contributing author for the most recent edition Felix Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law.

HONORS 347V (CRN 43774)  WORLD DANCE (ED) -3 Credits

F. Gilpin

 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.

HONORS 371V (Mini-course) (CRN 54700)  PARIS: BEYOND THE EIFFEL TOWER (AS) -3 Credits

M. Wolf

TR ●  2:35- 5:05 PM

This interdisciplinary course focuses on the evolution of the city of Paris from its earliest beginnings in the fifth century to the present. Through the use of historical, political, sociological and artistic texts and films, we will explore the various narratives which emerge from the built environment of Paris as well as its mythic status as the “City of Light” and the “Capital of Revolution, Modernity and Art.” Areas to be covered include urban history, visual arts, literature, politics, music, film, immigration and African and Arabic diasporic communities.

Dr. Mary Ellen Wolf is a Professor Emeritus of French. Her research specialties and publications include nineteenth century French literature, twentieth century North African Francophone literature, gender studies, photography, and immigration studies.


C. Erickson

TR●  2:35 – 2:50 PM

This course is an overview of problems related to economic development in Latin America. We will study issues such as the meaning of economic development, poverty, the colonial legacy, industrialization, the debt crises, structural adjustment, trade policy & NAFTA, problems related to agriculture and the drug (narcotics) economies in Latin America. These issues will be studied as they relate to Latin America in general, as well as to specific Latin American countries. In addition, each student is expected to complete a substantial term paper.

Dr. Christopher Erickson is a professor in Economics and International Business.

Free Electives:


E. Serrano

M  ● 4:00 – ­ 4:50 PM


S. Herrera

Zoot Suit is a play written by the Chicano playwright Luis Valdez. It is a musical that is based on the Sleep Lagoon murder trial (1942) and the Zoot Suit Riots (1943) that take place in LA. It was the first Chicano play to debut on Broadway in 1979. In this class, we will learn about the play’s historical background, its connection to social themes today, and act out specific scenes.

Dr. Spencer Herrera is an Associate Professor in Languages and Linguistics.


 HONORS 219G (CRN 52144) (CRN 55116)  EARTH, TIME, AND LIFE – 4 Credits (3+3P)

E. Johnson

TR • 1:10-2:25                 Laboratory T • 2:35-5:45 pm

The primary objective of this course is to gain a general understanding of geology and the geological processes that have been occurring throughout Earth’s history.  The course will begin with a basic introduction to Earth and plate tectonic processes.  As part of this course, we will also learn about some of the common minerals and rocks that are the building blocks to geology and the rock cycle.  We will investigate the processes associated with each rock type (e.g., volcanoes, faults, depositional processes, etc.) and as well as potential geologic hazards (e.g., volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, flooding, etc.).  Upon completion of this course, you will be able to recognize and identify common minerals and rocks and understand the basic processes and conditions responsible for their formation and occurrence.  At the largest scale, this course will provide you with a basic but comprehensive understanding on how the internal and external parts of the Earth have functioned throughout geologic time.    

Dr. Emily Johnson is an assistant professor in Geological Sciences.

 HONORS 400 (Various CRNs)  HONORS THESIS/CAPSTONE   TBA●  3-6 credits

M. Chaiken

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 (Various CRNs)  HONORS INTERNSHIP   TBA●  3-6 credits

M. Chaiken

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 (CRN 43766)   INDEPENDENT STUDIES   TBA●  1-3 credits

M. Chaiken

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.


E. Serrano

M ●  4:00 – 4:50 PM

Honors 421 will prepare students to participate in regional and national ethics competitions. Students who enroll in the class will have the option of developing skills in one of two tracks and can choose to compete in a formal debate as part of an NMSU team, or to prepare an individual essay for a national essay competition.

Dr. Serrano is a neuroscientist and biophysicist. Her research focuses on neural therapeutics, mechanosensory systems, and bioinformatics. Undergraduate students are key participants in her research.

HONORS 422 (CRN 47110)  INDEPENDENT STUDIES   TBA●  1-3 credits

M. Chaiken

Individual research projects supervised by faculty advisors.

Consent of instructor required.