Journeys of Discovery (Freshmen courses)

Designed to enhance your first-year experience at NMSU, “Journeys of Discovery” are a great way to start your university career. Taught by regular faculty members and limited to 15 students, “Journeys of Discovery” allow first-year honors students to interact in a smaller setting and connect with a faculty member. “Journeys of Discovery” meet weekly for one hour and are open to honors-eligible freshmen.

Start your journey into the college experience with one of these innovative one-credit seminars for entering honors freshmen and explore, with one of our top teachers, one of the many fascinating subjects taught at the university.

All “Journeys of Discovery” courses are listed under HON 115.


HONORS 115 M01

DEBATE LIKE A CHAMPIONMarionettes with boxing gloves

M 4:00 – 4:50 PM
E. Serrano

Learn the art and science of debate in a fun and friendly environment. Studies show experienced debaters know how to advocate for themselves and others, have excellent memories, and can see both sides of an argument. This class builds debate skills through discussion of case studies used in national ethics debate bowls. Invited faculty and community speakers provide tips on how to become an expert debater. Students who complete the course are eligible for the Provosts Ethics Scholars Program.  No prior experience necessary.

Dr. Elba Serrano is a neuroscientist and biophysicist. Her interdisciplinary research program focuses on the development of mechanosensory neural systems,  traumatic brain injury, and neuroinformatics. Students with interests in the physical and mathematical sciences, neurobiology, data science, neuroethics, science policy, research education, and the intersection between art and science are encouraged to contact Dr. Serrano about working with her research team. Dr. Serrano has received the NMSU Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching.

HONORS 115. m20 (crn 55118) mini-course
W 1:30-3:20 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.