These courses are limited to students in Loyola's Interdisciplinary Honors Program. Please visit the Interdisciplinary Honors Program for more information.
HONR 203 - The U.S. Experience
Time: 12:20-2 p.m.
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Widden
Building on the Honors Program foundational course (the Honors Seminar), which provides an intensive introduction to some of the fundamental authors and ideas of Western Culture, this course turns to an examination of America and some of its greatest works. The course will focus specifically on questions about American identity and exceptionalism. What does it mean to be an American and what makes America unique? The class will approach the themes of American identity and exceptionalism in part through a careful reading of Alexis de Tocqueville's celebrated work Democracy in America, which is still regarded by many as the finest work ever written about the American experience and the American soul. The course will explore Tocqueville's insights by comparing them with authors such as Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arthur Miller, Flannery O’Connor, Kurt Vonnegut, and Bob Dylan, many of whom illustrate (or in some cases challenge) what Tocqueville sees as the main contours of America.
HONR 216 - Encountering Contemporary Europe
Days: Mondays - Thursdays
Time: 2:15 - 3:55 p.m.
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Dr. Megan Sholar
This course provides an overview of a variety of issues in Europe as they have evolved since World War II. Utilizing perspectives from multiple disciplines, we will compare and contrast the history, politics, economy, and culture of a number of European countries. We will explore the concept of a “European identity.” Does such an identity actually exist? If so, how do we define it? How has it changed over time? What role—if any—has the European Union played in the development of this identity? We will also discuss issues such as the status of women, same-sex marriage, religion, racism, and the environment. Throughout the course, we will rely heavily on current events to expand our understanding of contemporary Europe.