Dr. Jim Ford Honors Seminar
firstname.lastname@example.org HONS 4113H
Office Phone: (918) 343-7749 M 12-1:15, F 1-2:15 p.m.
1-2 TR; 9-noon F; and by appointment. Prerequisite: HONS 3113, senior status.
Integration of senior honors and degree curriculum with independent reading and research. Inception and actualization of original, specialized project, designed to investigate, analyze, and synthesize information in field of study, using skills developed in the program(s). Written and oral presentation. Project may be combined with capstone experience in degree program. Prerequisite: HONS 3113.
Albert Camus, The Plague. Knopf, 1991.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment. Penguin, 2002.
Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls. Scribner, 1995.
Charles Kimball, When Religion Becomes Evil. HarperOne, 2008.
Jon Krakauer, Where Men Win Glory. Anchor, 2010.
Barack Obama, Dreams From My Father. Crown, 2004.
George Orwell, 1984. Penguin, 1950.
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture. Hyperion, 2008.
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Penguin, 2007.
Oliver Sacks, An Anthropologist on Mars. Vintage, 1996.
The books are available at the RSU Bookstore in Claremore. Please have them before the course begins.
HONORS PROGRAM MISSION
The Rogers State University Honors Program supports the larger vision and
The specific mission of the Rogers State University Honors Program is to provide an education in a collaborative, experiential, learning-based environment of faculty and students and to produce graduates of the program who act as agents of change in their academic, professional, and personal lives, cultivate the community approach to life and learning, hold lasting commitments to academic and social responsibility, integrate creative and critical thinking in diverse approaches to problem-solving, embrace the principles and practices of the life-long learner, value pluralism and informed civic discourse, and explore technology and information literacy as critical resources for life in the 21st Century.
This course will emphasize discussion and writing. I will regularly suggest questions pertaining to the material we will be discussing in the following class. Students should come to class prepared to address these questions. Always bring to class the book we are discussing.
During this Capstone course, every student will compile and present a portfolio that includes the following:
Please note that elements from a student’s capstone experience in the degree program may also be utilized for this process. Further details will be discussed in class. I will make final decisions regarding the appropriateness of any shared assignments on a case-by-case basis.
Finally, students will present their capstone projects orally at a date and time to be determined.
As discussion is a major portion of your grade (30%) as well as the heart of this class, your attendance is required. One absence will adversely affect your grade; two or more absences are grounds for failure of the course as a whole.
Every student’s final grade will be earned via the following:
All student work will be judged according to the following academic criteria:
GRADING SCALE 90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C 60-69 D
expected to follow university policies as put forth in the institution’s
Student Code of Responsibilities and Conduct. In accordance with Title 12 of
The Student Code, instances of alleged academic misconduct will follow
the policies and procedures as described in Title 12. As a general rule, Faculty
Note especially RSU’s official plagiarism statement: “Plagiarism is the representation of the words or ideas of another as one’s own, including: direct quotation without both attribution and indication that the material is being directly quoted, e.g. quotation marks; paraphrase without attribution; paraphrase with or without attribution where the wording of the original remains substantially intact and is represented as the author’s own; expression in one’s own words, but without attribution, of ideas, arguments, lines of reasoning, facts, processes, or other products of the intellect where such material is learned from the work of another and is not part of the general fund of common knowledge.” Deliberate plagiarism and/or other forms of cheating are grounds for failure in the course as a whole.
In order to maintain an effective learning environment, students are expected to fully comply with The Student Code. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of each student to read and become familiar with the policies of The Student Code.
Jan 9 M Introduction
Jan 13 F Colleges that Change Lives: “It’s Personal!”
Jan 16 M The Last Lecture
Jan 20 F Project Proposal Due
Jan 23 M Crime and Punishment, Part I
Jan 27 F Crime and Punishment, Parts II-III
Feb 10 F An Anthropologist on Mars, p.153-End
Feb 13 M For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 1-11
Feb 17 F For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 12-26
Feb 20 M For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 27-End
Feb 24 F Rough Draft of Reflective Paper Due
Feb 27 M Dreams From My Father
Mar 2 F “ “
Mar 5 M The Plague/1984
Mar 9 F “ “
Mar 12 M NO CLASS
Mar 16 F Rough Draft of Original Work Due
Mar 19-23 NO CLASS—SPRING BREAK
Mar 26 M Where Men Win Glory/When Religion Becomes Evil
Apr 2 M The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Apr 6 F “ “
Apr 9 M Making Revisions
Apr 13 F “ “
Apr 23 M Final Considerations
Apr 27 F Presentation Discussion
May 4 F Final Meeting (note that this is during exam week)
This schedule is subject to change as necessary.