Summer 2019 Courses

HONORS 232G (CRN 23298)

THE HUMAN MIND (counts as behavioral science)

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 318V (CRN 25874)

WORLD OF CINEMA (Arts and Sciences)

C. Fouillade


In this film appreciation course, you will view and study nine selected motion pictures from different periods and countries. In becoming familiar with the film-making process and learning how to “read” a film, you can also refine your cinematic literacy and your critical viewing skills. A historical and thematic overview emphasizes the collaborative nature of cinema in various genres (western, comedy, drama) from 1895 to the present. Thanks to the easy availability of a wide selection of classic movies on DVD, students can undertake a wide range of special-interest research projects in this course.

Dr. Fouillade teaches languages, literature, film and cultural studies in the Department of Languages and Linguistics.



HONORS 326V (CRN 25873)

ART & MYTHOLOGY (Arts and Sciences)

J. Fitzsimmons


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 26010)


F. Gilpin

MTWR 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

AC 226

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 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.

Mr. Gilpin teaches flamenco, jazz, and world dance.  He has performed several times in Festival Flamenco Internacional, has lived and studied in Spain, and has performed and taught internationally. Most recently he was a special guest artist for Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco Benefit Gala, opening her 2002 summer season, and was a featured dancer at the Santa Fe Opera’s 2002 productions of La Traviata and Eugene Onegin.