Honors Program Courses

The courses listed below will be offered by the Kutztown University Honors Program for the Spring 2023 Semester!




Honors Only Courses:

ANT 224 019H (3091) Death and Dying

Shively| MWF | 11-11:50 | OM 281

A survey of the on-going cultures of death and dying current in present-day Western society. Emphasis is on interaction with dying and grieving persons of all ages. Topics include the disaster syndrome, nursing homes, hospice, suicide, and funeral rituals.

This course is a perennial favorite. If you have ever questioned why people react a certain way in times of grief or why society treats death in the ways that it does, this course is a great option for you.


CMP 200 019H (2701) Research and Composition

Clemens | MWF | 10-10:50 | LY 206

 CMP 200 049H (2702) Research and Composition

Clemens | MWF | 11-11:50 | LY 106

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.

Research and writing are fundamental to your education. Establishing strength in these crucial and linked skills early will make your life a lot easier in the semesters ahead, especially when it comes time to write your capstone. Also, Dr. Clemens is a beloved professor on campus.


COM 105 019H (1937) Bus. and Prof. Presentations

O’Byrne | MW | 3-4:20 | LC 232

This course further develops the student’s public speaking skills in business and professional situations. Through discussions, activities, and presentations, students develop advanced knowledge of principles necessary for professional and business presentations and practice their skills in presenting before an audience. Cultural sensitivity, ethical practices, and basic research skills are highlighted in accomplishing these goals.

You know you’re going to be called upon to speak in front of professional audiences. We all need to get good at it, and that takes practice. This course will set you up with the tips and tricks open doors in your career.

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 (019H).

AST/WGS 016 019H (3109/3160) Core to Cosmos:  Women Astro

Kraal| MW | 1-2:20 | BH 105 | Honors Cap: 20

From the edge of the cosmos to the cores of planets, the scientific discoveries of women shape our understanding of space. Using the perspective of influential women in astronomy, the course explores major astronomical and planetary science discoveries, such as the expansion of the universe, life cycles of stars, formation of the solar system, and the structure of the Earth as well as their role in space exploration and science missions. This course does not satisfy major, concomitant, or specialization requirements for Secondary Education and/or Liberal Arts Science majors or count toward major GPA for Physics majors.

Dr. Kraal is a great professor and a strong advocate of Honors. With really innovative activities and assignments, you’ll discover the too often overlooked women behind important astronomical discoveries. This course meets General Education Category C requirements.


BIO 130 019H (3016) Environmental Issues: Global Perspectives

Setliff | TH | 12-1:30 | BH 260 | Honors Cap: 20

An exploration of human interactions with other organisms and the environment on a global scale. Major topics will include: human impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity loss, human population dynamics, food security, natural resources, climate change, and environmental deterioration. The paradigm for the course is the integration of science, technology, and society. This is a lecture course that is intended for the general education of non-science majors and is not applicable to biology major programs.

Human activity is rapidly changing life on this planet. Dr. Setliff is known for the creative strategies he uses to help us better understand all the ways that we affect our world. Discover the truth behind climate change, overpopulation, and much more. This class satisfies a General Education Category C requirement.


COM 237 019H (3107) Women Writers in Performance

Weckerle | MWF | 12-12:50 | LC 123 | Honors Cap: 10

This course is designed to use performance theory and process to analyze significant literary works and key themes in women's writing. Students will use performance theory, feminist theory, and post-modern theory to engage with texts from women writers from diverse cultural and historical backgrounds. We will accomplish this through close readings, class discussions, performance workshops, and performances of texts by female authors.

This course approaches the study of literature by women through the performative presentation of it. We internalize the texts and ideas in them deeply when we perform them for an audience. It’s a distinctive and powerful approach to literature and learning, especially if you have an interest in acting or women’s concerns. The course meets General Education Category D requirements, and Dr. Weckerle is a terrific prof.

CSC 354 019H (1100) Software Engineering 

Demarco | MWF | 9-9:50 | OM 158| Honors Cap: 4

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.

If you’re a computer science engineer, you know what this is. It’s what you want to take.


CSC 355 WI 819H (1112) Software Engineering II

Schwesinger | MW | 10-10:50 | OM 159

*Students wanting to enroll in this course must email frye@kutzotwn.edu with their name, student ID#, and class information to be added. Do this AFTER you enroll in your other classes for Fall 2022. This course is NOT visible on MyKU.*

This is the second course in a two semester capstone sequence. This course presents the advanced principles of software engineering. Coverage will include the professional responsibilities of the software engineer, implementation, testing, configuration management, and the project management. Students will be introduced to different development and testing approaches.

Stage two software development, you know why you need this.


ENG 217 019H (3112) German Comics in English

Kutch | TH | 1:30-2:50 | OM 280 | Honors Cap: 8

German Comics in English examines German-language comics and graphic novels as reflective of cultural, social, and historical conditions. The course also focuses on aspects of comics theory, artistic practices, and narrative form. Students produce an original graphic novel at the conclusion of the course. Taught in English.

Cross listed both English and German, this course meets General Education Category D reqs. It’s terrific for cultural history, German, English, and literature studies, but also if you’re in the arts, animation, CTM, and even game design, any field where narrative and image combine, this class gives you a chance to deepen knowledge and skills in all those areas. Plus, Dr. Kutch coordinates student research, so she’s a good resource for us when it comes time to start presenting our work off campus.


HIS 14 029H (3153) History of Civilization A

Johnson| MWF | 9-9:50 | LY 109| Honors Cap: 15

This course will examine the origins, development and interconnectedness of major world societies to ca.

A.D. 1600, focusing on the evolution of Western Europe and its importance in shaping the modern world.

Dr. Johnson has served the Honors program for years. He builds strong mentorship relationships with students and helps them navigate those processes of getting into prestige grad school programs. Oh, and he’s a terrific history prof. This course meets General Education Category D reqs.

MKT 210 049H (2345) Principles of Marketing   

Maskulka | TH | 1:30-2:50 | LC 232 | Honors Cap: 20

Principles of Marketing is a broad study of the field of marketing as seen from a managerial perspective. Emphasis is on demand analysis, customer need satisfaction, product planning and development, distribution selection, promotional decision making, price determination and social responsibility.

POL 030 019H (3113) Intro to World Politics

Portada | MWF | 9-9:50 | GC2 | Honors Cap: 15

A comparative examination of the cultural environments, decision-making processes, leadership patterns, public policies, and political development tendencies of western and non-western societies. Problems of methodology are reviewed.

 Think globally, learn locally. World issues are becoming increasingly intricate, and developing an understanding of global politics never been more crucial than it is today. Dr. Portada will challenge you to think about ways we are all interconnected, plus the class meets General Education Category D requirements.

PSY 205 019H (1190) Psychology of the Black Experience

Robinson | TH | 9:30-10:50 | AF 103 | Honors Cap: 20

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth examination of the factors that have historically, culturally, politically, educationally, and scientifically shaped the consciousness of black Americans. Specific attention will be paid to how these factors have explicitly and implicitly influenced the self-concept development of black Americans and how such self-awareness influences their interactions among themselves as well as other individuals from different racial and cultural groups.

Ibrim X. Kendi convincingly argues that structures of systemic racism that perpetuate inequities in our world demand that we all go further than simply not being racist, we must work to be anti-racist, to identify and dismantle marginalization and oppression wherever we see it. Dr. Robinson’s class helps us all better recognize and confront acts of discrimination both great and small.


 WRI 215 019H (3164) Pop Music Journalism

Bleach | MW | 12-1:20 | BK 120| Honors Cap: 8

Students are given exposure to and practice in writing about popular music in a variety of genres and for a variety of audiences. Students learn the practices of evaluation, interpretation, and analysis of popular music artists, performances, representations, genres, songs, albums, music videos, subcultures, etc.

Who doesn’t love talking about their favorite music? Why not turn that into writing and sharpen analytical and communication skills in the process? Dr. Bleach has a razor-sharp wit and a keen sense of humor. He’ll push your analytical skills to the next level and help you hone your writing to the point that whatever your major your ideas will stand out.

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

CDE 220 019H (2122) Print Media Production

Meloney | MW | 12-2:50 | SH 213| Honors Cap: 5

**This is an Honors section. Honor students have priority registration. 2ND HALF SEMESTER ONLY**

A course in the study of print media reproduction processes to facilitate effective preparation of art for the various contemporary printing methods. This course may be taught either as a half-semester course or as a full semester course.

Print! Design! Text! This is a fabulous course, and Dr. Meloney is one of Honors great advocates and allies.


CDE 231 019H (2123) Advanced Typography

Kresge | MWF | 10-11:50 | SH 213| Honors Cap: 7

Students in this full-semester course will further explore the possibilities of typographic form and content as a means of visual communication. Emphasis will be placed on mastery of typographic layout and flow as well as the design of expressive typography to deliver information to a targeted audience. Students will use advanced typographic techniques to create print and digital communications tools that can include promotion materials, brochures, magazines, informational websites/interactive media, and/or educational materials, among others. The primary design element utilized will be typography. Students will learn how to assess delivery needs for an intended audience, analyze, organize and prepare extensive bodies of typographic content, as well as design print and digital media that is captivating, meaningful and appropriate to the information delivered.

A minimum of 6 hours of work outside of class is required by week.

This class with Dr. Kresge takes prior knowledge and applies it to new work! Learn how to make the best typographic content possible and deliver it to the intended audience!


The sections below are for MUSIC MAJORS only:

MUU 100 019H (2260) Overture to Music Education

Neuenschwander | TH | 9:30-10:50 | OM 31| Honors Cap: 5

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 musician 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.

Intended for Music Education majors, this course with Dr. Neuenschwander opens your mind to new teaching philosophy and teaching pedagogy!

The section below is by INVITATION ONLY:

FIN 375 CTWI 319H (2333) Appl. Investment Management

Walker | T | 6-8:50 | LC 123| Honors Cap: 9

**See department to enroll **

A small group of students, guided by a faculty member, work as a committee to manage a portfolio of stocks and bonds with the goal of matching or achieving above average, risk adjusted returns relative to a benchmark. The students apply research, financial analysis, and portfolio management principles and tools to the management of a balanced portfolio (i.e., a portfolio containing both equities and fixed-income securities).

Work with Dr. Walker in a small group environment to practice and learn through the process of managing real investments with real money. This is a great opportunity, especially for Finance majors.