Welcome back to your Washburn Honors community!  This page contains some basic information about current Washburn University Honors Program offerings.  For additional information, including specific information about your Honors requirements and important announcements, please visit the Honors Student Council section of D2L.

Sustainable Development - 1 hour seminar


Spring 2021 courses:

HN 201 C: Ethics and Responsibilities of Leadership (James Barraclough)
This class is a survey of the fundamental ethical responsibilities of leadership; requires examination of obstacles to and opportunities for ethical leadership, an understanding of the cultural contexts of leadership and an articulation of a personal ethics statement as a foundation for applied ethics in the leadership process.

HN 201: Animals in Literature and Film (Kara Kendall-Morwick)
This course will examine representations of animals and the human/animal relationship in literature and film since about 1900. Animals have populated the human imagination since long before this period, but Darwin’s groundbreaking theory of evolution by means of natural selection—and his resulting assertion that distinctions between humans and other animals are differences “of degree and not of kind”—precipitated a seismic shift in Western understandings of nonhuman animals and our connection to them. To explore key questions raised by the revelation of human/animal kinship, we will examine a range of representations of animals in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and film. How tenable is the human/animal boundary in light of our biological connectednessto nonhuman animals, and what are the consequences of blurring or redrawing this boundary? To what extent can literature and film enable us to imagine animals’ inner lives and perspectives? How might creative expression help us navigate the ethical challenges of interspecies life and make our relations with other animals richer and more just?

TH 202 HNA: Acting I – Honors Section (Theodore Shonka)
This class develops the tools used by actors. Improvisations, or spontaneous theatrical play, presents students with acting challenges, giving them opportunities to exercise and expand their emotional and expressive range.  Each challenge provides a particular focus for what are essentially experiments in human behavior. For theatre students, improvisation greatly enhances an immediate and vital connection to scene work. It provides tools for communication of text and subtext, creation of character, physical activity and nonverbal communication. Non-theater students are given the opportunity, through these activities to re-engage their senses, revitalize their bodies, voices, and intuition and explore the complex maze of human personality, interaction, and communication in a safe environment.

HN 202 A: Introduction to Poverty Studies (Rick Ellis/ Kristine Hart)
This course examines poverty as a problem for individuals, families, and societies. It focuses on the United States, perhaps the most impoverished of any developed nation. Introduction to Civic Engagement-Poverty Studies is the first course in the Civic Engagement minor. This course emphasizes discussion intended to advance understanding and prompt critical analyses of the assigned readings. Students will write papers based primarily on these readings. The first paper will state the issues; later papers will state the issues and defend a position on an assigned topic. The readings do not develop a consensus position. The authors occupy a broad spectrum of political, economic, and moral opinions.

HN 202 B:  Digital Storytelling (Kerry Wynn)
Students will conduct primary source research on Kansas topics to produce an original project. The course will teach students digital tools appropriate to their own storytelling strategy.  This may include tools/software for publishing, digital repositories, data analysis, data and geo-spatial mapping, photo manipulation, and audio editing. Students will work in teams and exhibit their projects online.

HN 202 VA: Exploring Concepts of Leadership (Madeline Lambing)
This course provides a survey of leadership theories and introduction to the academic study of leadership using case studies and contexts of the leadership process; requires identifying personal leadership potential, articulation of a personalized leadership theory, and leadership concepts applied in a Campus Action Project.

HN 202 F: Modern World History (Kim Morse)
HN 202 F honors students will fulfill the course objectives for HI102, which is a 3-credit hour basic survey of world developments from 1750 AD to the present, beginning with western industrialization.  Upon that foundation, honors HN202 students will analyze issues associated with suffrage and women’s citizenship globally in the centuries after the Industrial Revolution.  The course will be more reading and discussion intensive than non-honors HI102.  Students will complete two primary-source driven critical essays, and a story map group project around a topic associated with global suffrage that students choose.

HN 202 XD: Kansas Legislative Experience (Bob Beatty)
This course provides an analysis of the Kansas Legislature and Governor, along with other statewide offices and media, along with how they function within the governmental systems in the state of Kansas. Along with an in-depth study of a legislative session, the student will be required to attend legislative committee meetings, floor debates, gubernatorial press conferences, and conduct participant observation within a legislative or executive office.

HN 301: Midwestern Environmental Ethics (Ian Smith)
When people think about environmental ethics in the US, they think about coasts or mountains. The Middle Western plains have been largely forgotten as an area of interest for environmental ethics since the dust bowl. Bucking this history, we will focus on environmental issues that are manifest in the American Midwest (though of course that can be manifest in other regions of America and in other parts of the world). Problems of environmental ethics are complex interdisciplinary problems occurring at and requiring solutions at multiple temporal and spatial scales. Students will consider a pre-published version of Interdisciplinary Environmental Ethics in the Midwest, a volume of newly commissioned essays, sometimes including work by collaborative, interdisciplinary teams, in class. The students will have the opportunity to critique the work and comment on it before it goes to press! This is a unique opportunity, one that may not come again in your undergraduate studies.

HN 303 A: Science and Technology for World Leaders (Brian Thomas)
This course is designed to give a high-level overview of essential science and technology topics that all informed citizens, and especially world leaders, need to understand in order to successfully navigate our increasingly interconnected and technical society.

EN 300 HN: Advanced College Writing – Honors Section (Liz Derrington)
This course will include additional practice in writing, to assure proficiency in the techniques and tools of composition and will offer students the opportunity to order and articulate their knowledge.  This section is open only to Honors students and (by permission of instructor) students prepared for an Honors composition experience.

HN 392 A: Directed Readings (Kerry Wynn)
This section of 392 allows students to develop their own plan of study supervised by either the Dean of the Honors Program or another faculty member who has agreed to supervise a student’s independent study. Juniors are encouraged (but not required) to enroll in this course prior to enrolling in Honors Thesis.

HN 392 B: Advanced Mock Trial
Learn the basics of trial advocacy, and how to polish these basic skills so as to attain competitive success; develop and sharpen your oral communication skills; develop advanced research skills; develop and sharpen your analytical ability; learn through competition with your classmates and teams from other universities; be better prepared for law school.

HN 392 C:  Sustainable Development (Lindsey Ibanez)
This one-hour course on sustainable development is organized around the three “e”s of sustainability: economy, equity and ecology.  We will examine how economic development effects the environment as well as how development impacts poverty and inequality.  We will also study movements that aim to make development more equitable and less environmentally destructive.

HN 399 A: Honors Thesis (Kerry Wynn)
Like HN392A, this course is designed to be an independent study but with the focus being on fulfilling one of the requirements for completing the Honors Program – the thesis.

In the event than an Honors course will not fit into your current schedule, you can take advantage of the Honors contract to receive Honors credit for a non-Honors course.

For more information, download the Contract here:

To be considered for an Honors Contract, be sure to complete and submit the Contract within the first two weeks of the class.

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