One Credit Workshops

HON 5400-001 Mindfulness Meditation

R 11:30-12:45

This course offers a practical, experiential, and theoretical introduction to mindfulness meditation and contemplative practices. Mindfulness is a facultative state that promotes increased creativity, flexibility, clarity, resilience, and peace of mind.  Mindfulness meditation practices are simple yet powerful ways of transforming our everyday lives. These practices can help us to reduce stress, overcome obstacles, achieve goals, and engage more deeply with the world around us.  In this course, we will explore various methods of entering into mindfulness meditation through pranayama (breathing exercises), hatha yoga (body postures), and other contemplative practices. No prior experience with mindfulness, meditation, or yoga are necessary for this course. 

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HON 5400-002 DANCE: Lindy Hop & Swing

W 3:00-4:15

Experiential workshop in various types of Latin and American dance. No prior dance experience (or talent) necessary. This workshop can accommodate many students, so invite your friends (whether they are in Honors or not)!

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HON 5410-001 Intro to Guitar I

T 4:30-5:45

“Music washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – W.F. Corgill

In this workshop students will learn chords, chord progressions, several different strums, and learn some basic theory as it applies directly to the guitar.  Students will learn to play popular folk, pop, rock and country songs.  This workshop is for beginning students or a refresher for the rusty.  Students must bring an acoustic or electric guitar.

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HON 5410-002 Intro to Guitar II

M 4:30-5:45

“Music is the weapon in the war against unhappiness.” – Jason Mraz

Bring more happiness and joy into your life by making some beautiful music.  This workshop picks up where the Intro to Guitar course left off.  Students will improve their skills, increase their repertoire, build more confidence, explore more advanced concepts that will allow them to play anywhere on the guitar neck.  Come ready to learn more chords, more strums, and more skills that will allow you to play folk, pop, rock and blues tunes more competently and with greater freedom.

Prerequisite: Intro to Guitar I or Professor’s permission.

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HON 5420-001 Intro to Competitive Scrabble

W 4:30-5:45  

This course is designed to introduce students to the skills and methods required to compete in tournament-style Scrabble®.  Topics will include basic game play, word knowledge, board vision, rack management, etc.  Each session will include a 20-30 minute discussion of a particular strategic topic followed by game play.

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HON 5450-001 Superman, Avengers, And Mount Olympus: Superheroes as Modern Mythology

T 4:30-6:00 (RUNS 10/20-12/8)

This course will explore comic books and comic heroes as a form of modern mythology.  We will begin by establishing a framework for understanding mythological narratives and characters and then use that framework to inform our understanding of the narratives and characters found in comic books and comic book movies. While this course will focus on the recent and highly successful DC and Marvel movie franchises we will also explore other related topics and issues concerning comic books including but not limited to film, history, and fan culture.

Students will not be expected to possess an in depth knowledge of comic books for this course however, students will find it helpful to have a general familiarity with and interest in the more recent comic book movies from the various Marvel and DC franchises.

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HON 5460-001 Digital Photography

R 4:00-5:15

This workshop will highlight all aspects of basic digital photography with hands-on time emphasizing composition and creative approaches using the basics of photography: ISO selection and exposure, white balance, lens choices, f-stops and depth of field, shutter speed. Also covered is digital workflow from image capture to archiving.

Participants should have/bring:
Digital camera (preferably DSLR) & manual.

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HON 5460-002 Watercolor

F 6:00-9:00, S 9:00-5:00 (10/2-10/3)

This course is an intensive exploration of basic theory and technique in watercolor painting. Emphasis will be on the generation and execution of an idea rather than a prolonged development of skill.

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HON 5460-003 Acrylic on Canvas

F 6:00-9:00, S 9:00-5:00 (11/13-11/14)

This course is an intensive exploration of basic theory and technique in acrylic painting. Emphasis will be on the generation and execution of an idea rather than a prolonged development of skill.

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HON 5490-001 Culture Leadership Workshop

R 4:00-5:00 PM

Are you an Honors student interested in one of the special cohorts and interested in honing your leadership knowledge and ability? Are you interested in building a strong community in your residence hall through interacting with peers in and out of the traditional classroom? The Leadership workshop one-credit class is the answer as it provides students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, others, and what it means to be a leader in any setting. The class is designed to build skills and to build a culture of solidarity and community in Caughlin Hall as you live and learn with your hall mates.

This one-credit course runs through February (into the spring semester)

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HON 549-002 Culture Leadership Workshop

T 4:00-5:00

This course, customized for participants in the Honors Global Scholars Program, is intended to prepare students to living and studying in the UK.  A variety of issues will be covered, ranging from history, politics, and religion to sport, media, and travel.  In addition, a variety of tools will be examined that will help students better immerse themselves into their host culture.  The point is not to ameliorate the effects of culture shock, but to work through it in order to learn as much from this experience as possible.

Limited to the Honors Global Scholars cohorts.

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