MSU Billings Course Descriptions

HONR - Honors

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In addition to these courses, there will be Honors sections in integrated science, education, law and society, social science, communications, economics, and other topics.  For actual courses being offered at any specific time consult the University Honors Program’s web site at www.msubillings.edu/honors, or contact the Director at (406) 657-2908 or honors@msubillings.edu or in College of Education 106.

 

* HONR 111 Perspectives and Understanding

[formerly HON 121 Perspectives and Understanding]

3 cr.  Explores classic and contemporary works of literature, art, and philosophy with an emphasis on cultural and historical contexts in order to develop critical and multi-disciplinary analytical skills.  This course will serve as an introduction to Honors and will be required for University Honors students.

 

HONR 292 Independent Study

[formerly HON 291 Independent Study]

V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of Director or Associate Director of Honors Program.  Provides an opportunity to receive credit for individualized or special experimental learning opportunities and to count up to 3 credits towards the University Honors Program’s 21-credit requirement for Honors Scholar designation.

 

HONR 294 Seminar

[formerly HON 292 Seminar]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or the University Honors Program. (once per semester)  Provides an opportunity to investigate and explore, at a lower-division level, basic themes and concepts—especially in a multidisciplinary manner—in the humanities, natural sciences, and/or social sciences.

 

HONR 298 Internship

[formerly HON 290 Internship]

V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: Approval of Honors Director and instructor.  Provides an opportunity for students to engage in field experience not offered in other courses.  Contains a research component to be developed in conjunction with supervising faculty member.

 

HONR 311 Advanced Perspectives and Understanding

3 cr. (3 lec/wk) (F, Sp)  Explores classic and contemporary works of literature, art, and philosophy with an emphasis on cultural and historical contexts in order to develop critical and multi-disciplinary analytical skills. Course assignments link these skills to students’ major, program, or professional goals.  Recommended for junior and senior students.

HON 352 Environmental Law (crosslisted with ENST 382)

3 cr. Prerequisites: 6 credits of WRIT 101, WRIT 201, WRIT 220, or WRIT 221.  Provides a broad overview of the major federal and Montana environmental statutes, including attention to how the statutes attempt to balance long-view goals (i.e., needs of future generations) and broad-view goals (i.e., needs of ecological systems).  Course content also examines how the statutes are administratively and judicially enforced, as well as the social benefits and burdens associated with criminal punishments and civil litigations.  Course content will address the complexities inherent to a regulatory system that is generated within federal, state, and local jurisdictions.  Course assignments will include at least one important writing assignment (i.e., term paper assignment).

 

HONR 492 Independent Study

[formerly HON 491 Independent Study]

V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of Director or Associate Director of Honors Program.  Provides an opportunity to receive credit for individualized or special experimental learning opportunities (including a senior thesis) at an upper-division level and to count up to 3 credits towards the University Honors Program’s 21-credit requirement for Honors Scholar designation.

 

HONR 494 Honors Seminar

[formerly HON 492 Seminar]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or the University Honors Program. (once per semester)  Provides an opportunity to investigate and explore, at an upper-division level, basic themes and concepts—especially in a multidisciplinary manner—in the humanities, natural sciences, and/or social sciences.

 

HONR 498 Internship

[formerly HON 490 Internship]

V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: Approval of Honors Director and instructor.  Provides an opportunity for students to engage in field experience not offered in other courses.  Contains a research component to be developed in conjunction with supervising faculty member.  Publication strongly encouraged.

 

HONR 499 Honors Capstone

3 cr. (Sp)  Investigates a current problem in Billings or in a Billings organization.  Develops research, problem-solving, and teamwork skills by having students serve as an interdisciplinary team.  The course culminates in a public presentation of the students’ work to a group of stakeholders.