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Honors courses sharpen skills in research, reasoning, and writing. They provide challenging learning environments that promote academic inquiry, encourgae independent thinking, and foster a creative spirit. Each campus has different course offerings based on faculty interest and numbers of students participating in the Honors Program.

Honors offerings are varied and include seminars, honors sections of existing courses, independent study/tutorials, honors modules, and thread courses. Each campus will have somewhat different honors offerings each semester. These offerings will be noted in the current schedule of classes.

The prerequisites for all HP courses are completion of at least 12 college credits, at least a 3.2 grade point average, and EN 101 or EN 101A with a grade of A or B. Some HP courses have additional prerequisites, which are noted in the course descriptions.

HP 101 Fundamental Concepts of Inquiry in Literature and the Arts
Selected themes and topics in literature and the arts will be used to help students develop a better understanding of the concepts, terminology, and methodology of the study of literature and the arts. Students may take this course twice to fulfill the requirements of the Honors Scholars Program, provided each time it is taken, a different topic is covered. Specific information about each section of this course will be published prior to the start of each registration and may be obtained from the campus honors coordinator. 1 semester hour

HP 102 Fundamental Concepts of Inquiry in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Selected themes and topics in the natural sciences and mathematics will be used to help students develop a better understanding of the concepts, terminology, and methodology of the study of natural sciences and mathematics. Students may take this course twice to fulfill the requirements of the Honors Scholars Program, provided each time it is taken, a different topic is covered. Specific information about each section of this course will be published prior to the start of each registration and may be obtained from the campus honors coordinator. 1 semester hour

HP 103 Fundamental Concepts of Inquiry in Culture and History
Selected themes and topics in culture and history will be used to help students develop a better understanding of the concepts, terminology, and methodology of the study of the study of culture and history. Students may take this course twice to fulfill the requirements of the Honors Scholars Program ,provided each time it is taken, a different topic is covered. Specific information about each section of this course will be published prior to the start of each registration and may be obtained from the campus honors coordinator. 1 semester hour

HP 104 Fundamental Concepts of Inquiry in the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Selected themes and topics in the behavioral and social sciences will be used to help students develop a better understanding of the concepts, terminology, and methodology of the study of behavior and social sciences. Students may take this course twice to fulfill the requirements of the Honors Scholars Program, provided each time it is taken, a different topic is covered. Specific information about each section of this course will be published prior to the start of each registration and may be obtained from the campus honors coordinator. 1 semester hour

HP 235 Topics in Molecular Biology ( Takoma Park only)
A modern approach lecture course designed to expand the treatment of subcellular and molecular structures and mechanisms given in introductory biology courses. Topics will be selected from the following; macromolecules, replication, transcription, translation, ribosome structure, regulation of gene activity, phages and plasmids, recombinant DNA, biotechnology, genetic engineering, RNA processing, introns, and exons. Emphasis will be on prokaryotic cells with comparisons to eukaryotic cells. PREREQUISITES: One semester of biological science and one semester of chemistry. Three hours lecture each week. 3 semester hours

HP 250 Concepts of Science
A descriptive course to challenge the abler student in the fundamental concepts of science. Main emphasis on the evolution of the concepts, their philosophical and historical backgrounds, and their relation to the other branches of human endeavor. Typical topics studied in some detail include origins of the universe, relativity, gravity, thermo-dynamics, atomic theories, quantum theory, geology, and meteorology. Lectures and seminars with occasional guest lecturers. 3 semester hours

HP 251 Independent Study—Tutorial in the Humanities
This tutorial emphasizes independent study in areas not listed among the credit courses in the humanities. Appropriate faculty tutor individual students in specific studies: e.g., philosophy, the problem of knowledge; literature, a comparative study of literary utopias; art, a project in oil painting; and language, Schiller and Goethe. Students may repeat this course provided that each time it is taken, a different topic is covered. 3 semester hours

HP 252 Great Depression and the Era of Reform, 1929-1941
Intensive study of the period from 1929 to 1941 in American history through lectures, extensive readings, and discussions. Emphasis on the Roosevelt administration and the New Deal. A research paper is a requirement of the course. 3 semester hours

HP 257 Mathematics and Western Culture (BSSD)
Exploration of the major mathematical ideas that have influenced Western culture. A seminar course including field trips, guest lecturers, individual empirical studies, and the preparation of projects. 3 semester hours

HP 258 Tutorial in Science
This tutorial emphasizes independent study in areas not listed among the other credit courses in the natural sciences. Appropriate science faculty tutor individual students. This tutorial instruction provides background material for a number of research experiments. Students may repeat this course provided that each time it is taken, a different topic is covered. PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor. 3 semester hours

HP 259 Modern Western Intellectual Tradition ( HUMD)
A study of major intellectual trends in Western civilization from the 18 th century to the present, institutions and personalities associated with them, and the general role of ideas in society. 3 semester hours

HP 260 Independent Study-Tutorial in the Social Sciences
This tutorial emphasizes independent study in areas not listed among the other credit courses in the social sciences. Appropriate social sciences faculty tutor individual students in specific studies. . Students may repeat this course provided that each time it is taken, a different topic is covered. 3 semester hours

HP 261 Independent Study-Tutorial in Mathematics/Computer Science
This tutorial emphasizes independent study in areas not listed among the other credit courses in mathematics. Appropriate Mathematics/Computer Science faculty tutor individual students in specific studies, e.g., in computer science, the study and comparison of modern programming languages; in mathematics, topology, complex analysis, abstract algebra, and logic. Students may repeat this course provided that each time it is taken a different subject is covered. 3 semester hours

HP 262 Current Issues in Experimental Psychology ( BSSD)
Selected topics in the experimental study of human behavior include introduction to methodology, concepts of experimental design, measures of association, and standardized tests. Topics include the perception of space, form, and color; research on thinking and problem solving and cognitive processes involved in memory. Course is primarily a seminar supplemented with lectures by the instructor. Guest lecturers discuss their specialties. 3 semester hours

HP 264 Graceo-Roman Culture ( HUMD) ( Rockville only)
An analysis of the major intellectual elements of the Mediterranean world between 800 B.C. and 300 A.D. Emphasis on period literature to determine political, philosophical, and artistic levels of Athens and Rome. Concentration on seminar discussions of plays, political philosophical treatises, and art styles. 3 semester hours

HP 266 Selected Topics in Business/Management
A special topics seminar course in an area of business, management, finance or marketing. The main topic will be selected by the instructor and will be the focus of an independent study by the student. Students will be expected to lead and participate in seminar discussions. Course may not be repeated for credit. PREREQUISITES: BA 101 and MG 101. 3 hours lecture each week. 3 semester hours

HP 270 Cambridge Summer Seminar
This travel-study experience offers to honors students academic, aesthetic and cultural opportunities. At the University of Cambridge, England, students complete two courses of their choice and attend plenary lectures in the University’s International Summer Program. In addition, they participate in a variety of extra curriculum cultural activities and excursions. The course includes pre- and post-trip advising, on-site orientation sessions, and directed readings. Grades are based on Montgomery College faculty evaluation of student portfolios, and Montgomery College credit is awarded at the end of Summer Session II. Students enrolling in this course must meet with their campus honors coordinator by February 1 in order to comply with the University of Cambridge enrollment deadline. Transportation to England, University of Cambridge tuition, room and board and other costs are in addition to Montgomery College tuition. PREREQUISITE: Consent of campus honors coordinator. Assessment level: MA 100. 3 semester hours

HP 275 Museum Internship
Working with professionals in one of the Smithsonian museums, the Library of Congress, or a similar organization, students will participate in research projects, help develop exhibits, help prepare educational units, or work with staff on other projects. Interns are expected to be on site 15 to 20 hours per week for 15 weeks and to keep weekly journals. Interns will also attend monthly seminars at Montgomery College and meet regularly with the Paul Peck Humanities Institute internship coordinator. Letter designators in the schedule of classes will indicate the specific location of the internship. PREREQUISITES: Open to students who have completed 15 credit hours, have earned an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher, have completed EN 101/101A and EN 102 or 109 with a grade of B or higher, and are full time students matriculated in a degree program. Consent of the Humanities Institute internship coordinator is required. 3 semester hours


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