Catalog 2019-20

Honors

Honors (HONOR) Courses

HONOR 340 Honors Seminar: Political Campaign Communication

Units: 3

Same As: COMM 480

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the Cosumnes River College Catalog.

Transferable: CSU; UC

What do pundits, politicians and the public have in common? The ability to impact political campaign communication. This seminar-style course will introduce students to the effects of political campaign communication on public opinion and election results. Using timely data, students will evaluate news media, debate presidential debates,
and analyze campaign messages using qualitative and quantitative approaches. This course is intended for the honors student interested in learning about political communication, rhetorical criticism, and techniques for writing for academic audiences. Enrollment is limited to
Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as COMM 480, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:

HONOR 341 Honors Seminar: Persuasion within Social Issues

Units: 3

Same As: COMM 482

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 300, ENGWR 480, or HONOR 375 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Enrollment Limitation:

Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This seminar-style course will introduce students to the fundamental theories and techniques of persuasion as they occur in various communication contexts, including commercial, interpersonal, public and mass media. A series of writing assignments will focus on the skills of critical thinking, persuasion, and the sophistication of argumentative essay skills. Essays of advanced composition shall be evaluated for their quality in both critical thinking and composition. The writing assignments will apply theoretical models of critical thinking and communication studies to rhetoric, examining message production, analyzing messages, and exploring the fields of electronic and print media, advertising (product campaign), political campaign strategy, and ideological campaign techniques for mass communication. Students explore ethical considerations of persuasive communication, learn about types of reasoning, and identify fallacious arguments as they occur in persuasion. Students will focus on the design and organization of persuasive messages within a speech format for an individual or group presentations for a live audience. This course offers honors students the opportunity to study, critique, discuss and present advanced topics to focus on the impact of persuasive attempts within ethical, social and political issues. Access to a computer with online capabilities may be required and computer access is available on campus. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. As COMM 315, Persuasion, has a similar basis as this Honors course, this course is not open to a student that has received credit for COMM 315, Persuasion. This course is the same as COMM 482 and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

COMPOSE IDEAS CLEARLY IN EFFECTIVE, APPROPRIATE AND WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1).

HONOR 350 Honors Seminar: Introduction to Critical Theory

Units: 3

Same As: FMS 488

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course investigates questions of interpretation and representation in film, literature, media, and culture. Students examine contemporary critical and cultural theory, then apply these theories in analyzing a variety of texts from the Shakespearean play to the science fiction horror film. Theories introduced include, but are not limited
to, semiotics, psychoanalysis, rhetorical criticism, gender theory,and postmodernism. Students intending to transfer into arts, film, literature, humanities, and cultural studies programs will find this course particularly useful in understanding the critical language of the university. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details
about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as FMS 488, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:

HONOR 352 Honors Seminar: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Units: 3

Same As: FMS 489

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This seminar studies the work of Alfred Hitchcock from the perspective of the key concepts in film theory. Students will investigate the films and criticism of one of the greatest and strangest directors, the self-styled master of suspense. This seminar takes a close reading of Hitchcock’s
most important films and the most significant writing on the director’s work. For students interested in film, media, art, literature, and the humanities, the course examines Hitchcock’s visual style, thematic concerns, and directorial techniques, and introduces the major critical
approaches to cinema studies. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as FMS 489, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:

HONOR 364 Honors Seminar: Philosophy of the Martial Arts

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course provides an introduction to the philosophical views that have traditionally been associated with the practice of martial arts and explores the interplay between those views and that practice. It also provides an introduction to those contemporary philosophical issues that arise in the context of present day analytic philosophical reflection on the nature and practice of martial arts. The course thus provides both the opportunity to appreciate the eastern philosophical underpinnings of an activity that has become part of mainstream American Culture and the opportunity to experience the rigorous
application of contemporary analytic academic philosophical
methodology. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Employ the general and transferable critical thinking and communication abilities developed by the rigorous study of academic philosophy (SLO 1).

HONOR 366 Recent United States History - Honors

Units: 3

Same As: HIST 485

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 or ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Enrollment Limitation:

Enrollment is limited to students that are eligible for the Cosumnes River College Honors Program.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is an introduction to the study of American history from 1945 to the present day. It is an honors course that uses an intensive instructional methodology designed to challenge motivated students and cultivate advanced critical thinking skills. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role played by complex interrelationships of political, economic, social, and cultural forces in United States history after World War II, and the role played by multiple ethnic groups as well. This course is not open to students who have completed HIST 314. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as HIST 485 and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

ANALYZE REASONING PROCESSES TO EVALUATE ISSUES, VALUE JUDGMENTS, OR CONCLUSIONS THAT DETERMINE THE QUALITY, VALIDITY, AND /OR RELIABILITY OF INFORMATION (SLO #1).

HONOR 367 Introduction to Government: United States – Honors

Units: 3

Same As: POLS 481

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID POLS 110

This course analyzes the U.S. government's historic origins, philosophical and theoretical justification, constitutional structures and how these institutions work. It examines and describes the procedural aspects of the political system including holding elections, campaigning, voting, lobbying, legislating, executing and adjudicating law. It provides an analysis of contemporary problems and issues. It also describes California state and local governments' constitutional base, structures and functions, political process, problems and issues. Conducted in a seminar format, this course emphasizes participatory classroom styles of learning and the material used is more substantial and sophisticated. In addition, there are extensive research projects on American institutions, political processes, and political behavior designed to challenge and motivate. This course is not open to students who have completed POLS 301.
Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: UTILIZE MODES OF ANALYSIS AND CRITICAL THINKING IN THE STUDY OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AS APPLIED TO SIGNIFICANT ISSUES AND/OR PROBLEMS.

HONOR 370 Honors Seminars in Social Science

Units: 1

Same As: SOCSC 480

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

Honors Seminars in Social Science are special one-unit intensive courses for academically accomplished students or those with the potential for high academic achievement. In these seminars, students will study topics in the movements, trends and philosophies found in the Social Sciences. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students.
Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as SOCSC 480. This course, under either name, may be taken one time for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:

HONOR 375 Honors College Composition

Units: 3

Same As: ENGWR 480

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGWR 300 or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process. Students must also be eligible for admission to the Honors Program.

Advisory: ENGRD 110, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Enrollment Limitation:

Eligibility for the Honors Program.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID ENGL 100

This course offers the honors student a challenging course that will develop skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing. It asks students to critically analyze, compare, and evaluate various complex works. The course is designed to help students demonstrate, in both argumentative and expository prose, complex critical thinking, effective organization, precise diction, and sophisticated style; at least one of those essays requires research and appropriate MLA documentation. Essays written during the term will total at least 8,000 words. Throughout the course, fluency and correctness are emphasized. This course is not open to students who have successfully passed ENGWR 300 or ESLW 340. This course is the same as ENGWR 480. This course, under either name, may be taken one time for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

COMPOSE CAREFULLY REASONED AND STYLISTICALLY SOPHISTICATED COLLEGE-LEVEL ESSAYS USING A VARIETY OF RHETORICAL STRATEGIES AND APPLYING APPROPRIATE CITATIONS AND FORMATTING STANDARDS (SLO #1; Engl. Prog.SLO #1; Honors Prog.SLO # 1 and #5).

HONOR 378 Honors - Literature Adapted into Film

Units: 3

Same As: ENGLT 488

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Advisory: ENGRD 110 with a grade of "C" or better

Enrollment Limitation:

Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the Cosumnes River College Catalog.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course analyzes the process, challenges, failures, and successes of adapting literary and stage material into film. It compares faithful and unfaithful adaptations through reading the original texts and viewing the adapted films with an awareness of their historical and cultural contexts. The course examines intention, creative distinctions, as well as limits and strengths of each medium. This course requires at least one research essay proposing and justifying details for an adaptation and including appropriate MLA documentation. This course is the same as ENGLT 488. This course, under either name, may be taken one time for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

CRITICALLY ANALYZE, COMPARE, AND EVALUATE VARIOUS WORKS OF LITERATURE AND FILM (SLO#1; PSLO #4 and #1; Honors Prog. SLO #2 and #5). Outcome may be evaluated by all or some of the following criteria:

HONOR 382 Honors Seminar: Nature and Culture

Units: 3

Same As: GEOG 481 and HUM 484

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This seminar examines multicultural interpretations and use of the environment from the Native American era to modern day using various geographic regions as case studies. Interdisciplinary in approach,this course draws upon the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences to explain how the physical environment has been interpreted,
utilized, and impacted differently by various cultures through time. Two field trips are required as part of this seminar. This course is intended for academically-accomplished students, regardless of major. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as GEOG 481 and HUM 484, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:

HONOR 384 Honors Seminar in Geography

Units: 1

Same As: GEOG 482

Hours: 9 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

Honors Seminars in Geography are special one-unit intensive courses for academically accomplished students or those with the potential for high academic achievement. In these seminars, students will study advanced topics from the area of Geography. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course
is the same as GEOG 482. This course under either name, may be taken one time for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:

HONOR 385 Honors Seminar in Genetics

Units: 3

Same As: BIOL 485

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course offers honors students the opportunity to study, critique, and discuss advanced topics in genetics such as genetically modified foods, whole-genome rapid sequencing, gene therapies for human disease, and a variety of reproductive technologies. Furthermore, this course includes the study of Mendelian inheritance, the roles of chromosomes and genes in human disease, how genes direct development, the relationship between genes, environment and behavior, and the contribution of genes to human diversity. Students will engage with each other to discuss ethical, legal and social issues during class discussions, and analyze scientific literature in written reports. Enrollment is limited to Honors students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as BIOL 485. This course, under either name, may be taken a total of one time for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: SOLVE GENETICS PROBLEMS BY APPLYING PRINCIPLES OF INHERITANCE.

HONOR 391 Honors Seminar in Mathematics - Introduction to Mathematical Proof

Units: 1

Same As: MATH 483

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: MATH 370 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

Honors Seminars in Mathematics are special one-unit intensive courses for academically accomplished students or those with the potential for high academic achievement. This particular course will study various methods of mathematical proof in a seminar setting, and will be particularly useful to students planning to study calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra. Topics include: deductive reasoning, proof by axioms, proofs of conditional and biconditional statements, proofs by contrapositive and contradiction, and proof by mathematical induction. Studies will include homework, discussions, oral presentations and lectures. Students will be expected to do independent problem solving and present their solutions to the class. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students (see catalog). This course is the same as MATH 483. This course, under either name, may be taken one time for credit. This course will be offered in spring semester only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: EXAMINE METHODS OF PROOF

HONOR 392 Honors Seminar in Mathematics - Topics in Number Theory

Units: 1

Same As: MATH 484

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: MATH 370 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

Honors Seminars in Mathematics are special one-unit intensive courses for academically accomplished students or those with the potential for high academic achievement. This particular course will study various topics in the field of number theory in a seminar setting. Topics include: the integers and their properties; finding integer solutions to Diophantine equations (equations with more variables than equations); and cryptography (the study of how secret codes are created and broken). Studies will include homework, discussions, oral presentations and lectures. Students will be expected to do independent problem solving and present their solutions to the class. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students (see catalog). This course is the same as Math 484. This course, under either name, may be taken one time for credit. This course will be offered in spring semester only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: EXAMINE THE PROPERTIES OF THE INTEGERS

HONOR 393 Introduction to Probability and Statistics - Honors

Units: 4

Same As: STAT 480

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: MATH 120 or 125 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Enrollment Limitation:

Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the Cosumnes River College Catalog.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is an introduction to probability and statistics designed for students in the honors program. Topics include elementary principles and applications of descriptive statistics, counting principles, elementary probability principles, probability distributions, estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation, and ANOVA. Scientific calculators with two-variable statistical capabilities may be required for this class. This honors section uses an intensive instructional methodology designed to challenge motivated students. This course is the same as STAT 480 and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: ORGANIZE, DISPLAY, DESCRIBE AND COMPARE REAL DATA SETS.

Designed specifically for academically accomplished students or those with the potential for high academic achievement. CRC's Honors program provides opportunities for intellectual growth beyond those generally found in most undergraduate progams.