Summer 2016 Courses

HONORS 232G (CRN 23298)


L. Thompson

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. Thompson is a Professor of Psychology. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the development of cognitive processes across the lifespan, with particular emphasis on biobehavioral aspects of learning and memory in infancy.



HONORS 265G (CRN 23642)



ON-LINE WEBPicture of people communicating

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.



HONORS 270G (CRN 23849)


T. Smith


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 designers and playwrights. We will look closely at a selection of important eras in theatre’s history as well its influence on television and film.

Tom Smith is a professor of Theatre Arts at New Mexico State University. He hasBroadway street sign theater district NYC1 worked as a freelance director, actor and playwright. He has directed over
75 plays, acted in over 100, and is the author of 25 full length and one-act plays. Eight of his plays have been published, in addition to his numerous adaptations of Shakespeare plays. Monologues from his plays appear in five collections of works. His other plays have received productions across the country, including Seattle, Kansas City, San Francisco, and Chicago. Tom is also the author of The Other Blocking: Teaching and Performing Improvisation (Kendall Hunt) and several articles and reviews for Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, The Players Journal, and several resource books.



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.