Summer 2017 Courses

HON 208G (CRN 24924)




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

HONORS 232G (CRN 23298)


M. Hout

ON-LINE WEBPicture of the human mind

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. Hout is an assistant professor in the Psychology Dept.

HON 265G (CRN 24923)


G. Armfield


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.


HONORS 270G (CRN 23849)


C. Waldrip


Theatrical art is collaborative, and this course will look at the work of those who participate in the creation and performance of drama –the actors, directors, and Broadway street sign theater district NYC1designers and playwrights. We will look closely at a selection of important eras in theatre’s history as well its influence on television and film.

Professor Claudia Waldrip is a college associate professor in the Theatre Arts Department.


HONORS 348V (CRN 24328)


G. Lavender


Myths are sacred narratives that answer fundamental questions about the cosmos, the origins of human society, and the position and purpose of human beings in the world. Rituals are rites of passage that reenact sacred narratives and connect a culture’s social practices to its cosmological beliefs. In this course, we will explore and compare the myths of several cultural traditions and explore how each, through ritual, has given meaning to key moments in the journey of the individual through life. Using literary texts, visual representationsgreek-gods and archaeological evidence, we will look at and compare how ancient Greek, Roman and Mesopotamian, Norse, and Native American cultures conceptualize and celebrate, through myth and ritual, key episodes in the life cycle, such as birth, puberty or coming of age, the quest, marriage, and death.

Professor Lavender is an emerita college professor. Her areas of expertise are Classical and Comparative Mythology, Arthurian Literature, and Creative Non-fiction.