Summer 2018 Courses

HONORS 232G (CRN 23298)


Picture of the human mind

L. Thompson


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 in the Psychology Department.



HONORS 265G (CRN 24923)


G. Armfield


This course is an introduction to the study of human communication. You will learn how communication functions in a variety of situations and settings, including interpersonal, intercultural, mediated, organizational, and others. This course focuses primarily on the application of communication theory. We will cover many theoretical principles of communication and thoroughly address how they can be put into practice. Thus, upon

completion of the course, each student should be able to do the following: (1) Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication. (2) Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly. (3) Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage. (4) Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of communication. (5) Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.

Dr. Armfield (Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2004) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at New Mexico State University. He specializes in the study of organizational culture and the intersection of cultural influences specifically that of religion, on mass media use. His secondary research interest is in fandom and sports communication.


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 representations 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.


HONORS 378V (CRN 25568)


M. Mitchell


Technology is a powerful means for solving many human problems. In modern times, the pace of technological innovation is very rapid. The resulting products and processes from innovations in technology may both enrich society and cause serious, often unintended, problems.

Society sets goals for technology through government spending and tax incentives for research and development. In addition, governments enact laws and policies to establish the safe use of new technologies, including their impact on human health and the environment. These laws and policies can impede the adoption of new technologies. In many cases policies are enacted when unintended consequences of technologies are discovered.

In this course we will begin by looking at major technological innovations that are being currently implemented, and how national and international policies are impacting the implementation of these technologies. We will examine national and international policies for moving technological innovation forward through governmental funding, such as the America COMPETES act. We will also look back analyses of the consequences of major technological innovations on society.

Students will choose a technology related to each student’s own interests, either currently established or newly emerging, and develop a case study for that technology. The case study will include an analysis of the technology, the problem it is intended to solve, and the national and international policies governing its use. The case studies will be presented orally to the class using Adobe Connect.

Dr. Mitchell is a Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. She served as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at NMSU from 2012 to 2016 and was a member of the Engineering Research Council Board of Directors for the American Society of Engineering Education. Her research interests are in computer modeling and simulation of adsorption and transport in nanoporous materials. She has collaborated with researchers from NMSU, Arizona State University, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory and NASA-White Sands Test Facility.