Honors Program Courses

The courses listed below will be offered by the Kutztown University Honors Program for the Spring 2020 Semester!

Honors Only Courses:

ANT 212 019 (3828) Shamans, Witches, and Magic

Shively | TH | 1:30-2:50 | OM 28

This course introduces students to the infinitely diverse ways in which groups express religious ideas - in the process rendering the familiar strange and the strange familiar. This course will examine universal and culture-specific aspects of religion, focusing primarily on "traditional" (i.e., non-scriptural) religions in order to explore some fundamental features common to all systems of religion. The course will also investigate new developments in religious belief and practice in a globalizing world.


COM 10 019 (3797) Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Ironside | MWF | 10:00-10:50 am | LC 236

The course introduces the theory and practice of oral communication in presentational, interpersonal, and group contexts. Students develop knowledge of, appreciation for, and the requisite skills to communicate effectively in our culturally and professionally diverse world. Students will learn to develop, organize, and prepare messages, as well as apply active and critical listening skills. This course also prepares students to understand the role of perception, ethics, beliefs, attitudes, nonverbal signals, and stereotypical language in oral communication.


CMP 100 019 Effective Composition

McClure | TH | 9:30-10:50 am | RL 17

Students in CMP 100 examine and practice writing in public and academic contexts. The course focuses on writing processes and provides sustained practice in critical thinking, reading, and writing demanded by academic and public writing. Student writing and student writers are at the center of the class. Assignments challenge students to expand their approaches to revision and to experiment with a wide variety of writer's techniques. Particular attention is paid to the intersections of audience, purpose, genre, and context. That is, you will consider not only what to write, but also to whom and in what forms. You will also examine the influences that the writer's and audience's circumstances can exert on composition. The conventions of writing, which may include diction, grammar, syntax, usage, and structure, are addressed as part of the process of writing, and students may study how these conventions change with context.

CMP 100 fulfills the General Education requirement for a 100-level CMP course.


CMP 200 019 (3609) + CMP 200 029 (3610) Research and Composition

Fennelly | MWF | 019: 1:00-1:50 pm, 029 1-1:50 pm | LY 136

Students in CMP 200 practice research and research writing. Assignments challenge you to revise your work and to experiment with a variety of writer's tools as you put your own voice and perspectives into conversation with those of other writers and thinkers. The course focuses on the development of research questions; the uses of library databases, the library, and digital resources to find information and perspectives; and writing with research. Particular attention is paid to developing intellectual curiosity, assessing sources' credibility, reading academic work and studies, and practicing ethical attribution and citation. Student writers are at the center of the class. CMP 200 fulfills the General Education requirement for a 200-level CMP course.


MUU 100 019 (3791) Overture to Music Education, WI

Trollinger | TH | 9:30-10:50 am | TBA

This course serves as an introduction to the foundations of music education. Topics include history of music education in the United States, philosophical underpinnings of what we do as musician educators and why we do it, on becoming a music teacher, fundamental psychology of learning and teaching, developing tools for teaching, early childhood music, elementary and secondary classroom music, instrumental music, choral music, multicultural music education, diverse learners, and developing instruction. Special emphasis is placed on helping the music education student in developing one's own philosophy of music and music education, and how being a music teacher requires one to be both a fine musician and a fine teacher.


PHI 202 010 (3762) Hon: Two Philosophers Worth Knowing Well

Back | MWF | 12:00-12:50 pm | OM 140

This course provides an introduction to philosophy via a concentrated study of the works of two major philosophers, whose work has had a great cultural influence and has strong, systematic interrelations. The particular philosophers studied will vary from semester to semester, with professors' and students' interests. Emphasis is upon philosophy as involving a continuous and perennial dialogue between great minds.


PRO 232 019 (3916) Practical Leadership

Whitmoyer | TH | 9:30-10:50 | KY 129

Practical Leadership is a study of leadership focused on personal development and the practical application of leadership skills in organizations of all kinds. This course examines the experience of successful leaders in diverse walks of life and encourages students to reflect on how to develop their own leadership abilities over a lifetime.


The sections below are DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES that include Honors Students and Traditional Students:

If you are selecting a dual enrollment course, please select the Honors section (019).


ANT 262 019 (3944) + ANT 262 010 (3805) Hate Across Cultures, CT WI

Schlegel | TH | 9:30-10:50 am | OM 276

This course provides a comprehensive examination of hate and hate practices in cultures around the world, focusing first on a global scale, then on the national front and finally at the local level. Topics covered include the origin of hate, hate as a cultural construct, hate practices of individuals and organized groups, and the legacy of hate.

Prerequisites: ANT 010 or SOC 010 or by permission of the instructor.


EDU 100 019 (2873) + EDU 100 020 (2859) Perspectives on American Ed., CT

Pabon | TH | 12:00-1:20 pm | BK 227

The course will provide an introduction and overview of the philosophy, history, sociology, and organization of American education. The study of American education will stress the relationships among social, economic, and cultural forces affecting the development of public education; historical and philosophical perspectives will be investigated.


CSC 136 019 (2352) + CSC 136 010 (1669) CP Computer Science II

Spiegel | MW | 3:00-4:20 pm | OM 159

This course extends the topics developed in CSC 135. Also covered are concepts of data abstraction and encapsulation as part of the object-oriented paradigm, pointers, recursion, and beginning data structures such as stacks and queues.


CSC 354 019 (3706) + CSC 354 010 (1667) Software Engineering I, WI

Demarco | MWF | 8:00-8:50 am | OM 159

This is the first course in a two-semester capstone sequence. This course introduces the fundamental principles of software engineering. Coverage will include the System Development Lifecycle (SDLC) methodologies, capturing requirements, design modeling, project management, risk management, and quality assurance. Students will learn techniques for requirements elicitation, prioritization, validation, and specification.

They will be introduced to various design models that are used to capture requirements.


MUS 225 019 (3740) + MUS 225 010 (3788) Jazz: Its History and Influence, CD

Rober | MWF | 11:00-11:50 am | SA 13G

A study that explores the logical musical derivatives and developments in jazz and how these developments affected and continues to affect individual jazz styles.


MUU 220 019 (3789) + MUU 220 010 (3788) Elementary Music Methods

Grapenthin | TH | 9:30-10:50 am | SA 114

This course will prepare the prospective music educator to be able to create, develop, and teach successful elementary classroom music programs. Students will study major trends and learning theories, apply knowledge of child development including exceptional populations, examine the literature and materials for teaching music, create lesson and unit plans, and engage in practice teaching experiences.


The section below must be signed up for in the Communication Design office:


CDE 231 019 (1119) + CDE 231 026 (1115) Advanced Typography

Kresge | MWF | 8:00-9:50 am | SH 213

Students in this course will further explore the possibilities of the typographic form as a means of visual communication. Emphasis will be placed on expressive typography and mastery of typographic design and layout. Students will use advanced typographic techniques to create communications solutions that might include advertisements, promotions, brochures, packaging, educational materials, books or posters among others. The primary design element utilized will be typography. Students will learn to use typography to communicate as both art and message through experimentation, manipulation and integration of letterforms and imagery.


The section below is by INVITATION ONLY:


FIN 375 019 (2623) Appl. Investment Mgmt., CT WI

Roland | T | 6:00-8:50 pm | DF 207

A small group of students, guided by a faculty member, manage a portfolio of stocks with the goal of generating an above average, risk-adjusted return. The students apply financial analysis techniques and portfolio management principles learned in this and other business courses to the management of a stock portfolio. Funding for the portfolio has been provided by the Kutztown University Foundation. Additionally, the course includes an overview of the value investing philosophy and analysis techniques originally codified by Benjamin Graham and later practiced by Warren buffet. This course has been approved for two competencies: CT and WI. The course may be taken twice for a total of 6 credits.