Spring 2017 Courses

HONORS 214/314   (27207/27208)


T. Ketelaar ● R  1:35 – 3:00  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.



HONORS 216G    (CRN  33436)


J. Fitzsimmons


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   (CRN  33437)


M. Hamzeh

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.

Cross-listed with: WS 202G.

Manal Hamzeh is an associate professor in the Women’s Studies Program at 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).



HONORS 227G   (CRN  33439)


J. Vessel

TR  ●   10:20-11:35 AM

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.  Jean-Paul is intrigued by virtually every aspect of moral philosophy, pursing in his research the conceptual overlap between moral philosophy and the philosophy of language, consequentialist moral insights, and the logic that undergirds consequentialist moral theories.He has keen interests in Ancient Greek philosophy, especially Plato.



HONORS 229G (crn 36002)


J. Rochelle

TR ● 1:10- 2:25 PM

Centered on the currently controversial “Third Quest” for the Historical Jesus, Honors 229G examines the twenty seven canonical books of the New Testament from a literary and historical approach. Higher criticism of these texts, their sources, authorship, dating, and interdependency, focuses on twenty-first century conflicts as to the roots of Christianity. In addition, we will examine several non-canonical gospels and letters as to their role in modern controversies regarding interpretation of the New Testament. Various versions of the New Testament, together with critical commentaries, provide the texts for this course.

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 Ph.D. in theology and literature. He has taught as 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 232G  (CRN  24321)


M. Guynn ● TR 8:55-10:10 AM

As far as we know, the human mind is the most complex machine in the entire universe.  It holds the keys to our thoughts and feelings, our perceptions and our desires.  The goals of this course are to examine the current understanding of the intricate relationship between mind and matter, the functional organization of the human mind, the evolutionary origins of this functional design, and the implications for understanding human emotional and cognitive processes.

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.



HONORS 235G  (CRN  30345)


K. Jenks

TR ●  8:55-10:10 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.

Dr. Jenks is an archaeologist specializing in the historical archaeology of the American Southwest and Southern Plains. Her current research focuses on the construction of social and political identities and the influence of interregional trade in New Mexico.



HONORS 265G (CRN 33440)


J. Gallagher

Hybrid/F ●  10:30-1:10 PM

This course is intended to facilitate your knowledge of and skills in the use of face-to-face communication in intercultural, interpersonal, small group and public contexts. Course topics such as person perception, listening, conflict management, small-group problem-solving and speech preparation and delivery will provide you with concepts and research relevant to your development of interpretive, speaking and nonverbal communication skills in each context. Class discussion, exercises and course assignments provide you with opportunities to apply concepts and research, using observation, critical thinking and/or experience. Course assignments include several short analysis papers assessing your own communication skills and tendencies, as well as one informative and one persuasive speaking assignment. The latter two assignments are particularly designed to emphasize skills in clear organization and clear advocacy in speaking.

Professor of Communication James Gallagher received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His research interests are the rhetoric of Psychology and communication apprehension. He has been awarded the Roush Excellence in Teaching Award two times and the Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union Award of Excellence for Exceptional Service to the University.



HONORS 304V (CRN 35073)


Y. Lapid

MW • 10:30 – 11:45 A.M.

War-making and peacemaking confront us with difficult moral dilemmas involving life and death. In this course we seek to identify the core issues associated with the ethics of war and peace in an era of dramatic global transitions. The course covers a wide range of topics such as suicide bombing, the use of torture and/or drones in counterterrorism, humanitarian intervention, nonviolence resistance and more. Environmental, economic, religious, and gender-related concerns will be covered in exploring personal and political means of coping with difficult dilemmas of war and peace.

Dr. Lapid is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Government. He has research interests in social theory, international relations, and security studies.



HONORS 306V (CRN 35074)


E. Serrano

W ● 2:30-5:00 PM

Honors 306V is designed to encourage an understanding of science and scientific inquiry by exploring the ethical and social issues that scientists encounter during the process of scientific investigation. The course encompasses topics from many scientific disciplines, including neuroscience, agriculture, medicine, physics, and nanoscience. Students are exposed to the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary scientific investigation and to the ethical dilemmas that can arise when scientific advances have ambiguous implications for improving the quality of life. Emphasis is placed on critical debate and written assignments. Participation in this course will encourage the student to develop her/his own ethical views regarding science and technology, and will foster awareness of multiple perspectives on ethical issues in the sciences and on the role of scientific integrity in research.

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 326V (35076)


J. Fitzsimmons

TR ● 10:20-11:35 A.M.

This course deals with the appearance of mythological figures in the visual arts, past and present, by tracing the development of representational traditions (attributes and symbols) that evolved from the literary sources of classical Mediterranean mythology. An ancient Greek vase, a 16th

century painting, and a popular television series share a common theme – Hercules. However, each provides diverse information about the times and culture that produced it.

Professor Fitzsimmons, associated with the Department of Art since 1973, has a broad area of current research interests, including her original specialty of 19th century art, issues pertinent to the 20th century, and classical studies.



HONORS 347V   (CRN  35077)


F. Gilpin

W  ●  4:00-6:300 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.

Cross-listed with: DANC 451V.

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 freelance 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 349V (CRN 35080 )

ISLAM AND THE WEST: Cultural Contacts, Conflicts, and Exchanges

M. Malamud

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, an era some characterize as dominated by a “clash of civilizations”. The course is interdisciplinary and should interest students in History, Government, and Art among other disciplines

Cross-listed with: HIST 373V

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



HONORS 381V (CRN 35854)


C. Erickson

MW ● 2:30-3:45 P.M.

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.



HON 382V (CRN )


L. Williams

MW ● 2:30-3:45 P.M.

Introduction to contemporary multicultural women’s literature through intensive study of works that explore the impact of ethnic or cultural heritage in American society. In particular, this course examines the ways in which culinary narratives– writings of cooking and eating—reflect experiences as racialized and gendered body. Writings about cooking and eating offer a productive field of study for exploring how social structures are created and maintained that govern not only bodies and desires, but also notions of belonging. Cross-listed with WS450.

Dr. Laura Anh Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Director of the Women’s Studies Program where she teaches courses on gender, ethnicity and food in literature; representations of women across cultures; and on the social constructions of sex and gender. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of English at Purdue University, with a specialization in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies with a Graduate Minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.



HONORS 388V (crn 28364) [Mini course Jan 18-Mar. 10]


C. Townley

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. 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 411V (CRN 29531)


J. 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.

Cross-listed with: MATH 411V

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



HONORS 425V (CRN 34492)

Magic & Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

W. Eamon

MW ● 2:35-3:50 PM

Examines the history of popular and scientific beliefs about magic and witchcraft in medieval and early modern Europe. Topics include the origins of the occult sciences in the West, Arabic sources of medieval magic, the occult sciences in scholasticism, witchcraft and medieval theology, the witch hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the decline of belief in magic and witchcraft in the seventeenth century. Of particular concern are the boundaries that defined and separated magic, sciences and religion in western thought from late antiquity through the Scientific Revolution.

Dr. Eamon is a Regents Professor Emeritus of History. He is a specialist in the history of science and medicine in early modern Europe.




M. Chaiken
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.



HON 410  (CRN 24340)

M. Chaiken
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 the Dean of the Honors College.



HON 420  (CRN  24342)

M. Chaiken
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.

HON 421 (CRN 35916)


M. Hamzeh
TR  ●   1:10—2:25
1-3 credits

Drawing on transnational feminist perspectives and using case studies and oral history as methodologies, participants in Revolutionary Women will have the opportunity to,
• Explore the lives and the legacies of a number of ‘revolutionary women’ who are living now or lived in different times in the past century and in different geographical regions.
• Foster the understanding of multiple meanings of ‘women in revolutions,’ ‘women and revolutions,’ ‘revolutions by women’s’ and ‘women’s revolutions.’
• Cultivate the knowledge of many contemporary and historic ‘revolutionary women’s’:
o Activism in global and local movements against colonialism, globalization, militarism, heteronormativity, religious fundamentalisms and capitalism.
o Leadership, alliances and solidarities in collective movements focusing on food sovereignty, peace, Indigenous sovereignty, and climate justice.
The course’s material will consist of academic journal articles, online journalistic pieces from alternative media sources, documentary films, memoirs, music, memory archives, poetry, public speeches, testimonies etc.
The final project in this course is an inquiry-based paper or artistic product re/presenting of ONE revolutionary woman whose life is meaningful to each participant in this class.

Cross-listed with: Women’s Studies 350



SPECIAL TOPICS: Food and Literature

L. Williams

W ● 2:30- 5:00 p.m.

1-3 credits

Cross-listed with: WS 450



HON 422 (CRN 30200)

M. Chaiken
TBA ● 3 credits

Individual research projects supervised by faculty advisors. Consent of instructor required.