2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog


(non major/minor)

The University Honors Program (UHP) provides enhanced educational opportunities for Cal Lutheran’s most academically motivated students. The mission of the UHP is to challenge students at a higher level as they grapple with deeper questions of life, identity, and purpose within a global community. It encourages intellectual exploration and experimentation by involving students in an intensive study of works that bridge diverse historical contexts, cultural settings and fields of knowledge. By balancing tradition and innovation and discovering or creating links between areas of knowledge currently separated by disciplines and departments, the UHP encourages students to think holistically and critically about these works and the global issues they illuminate.

The UHP is open to students by invitation upon admission to Cal Lutheran, although other admitted students may submit an appeal to the Director of the University Honors Program to be considered for admission to the program. In addition, up to five transfers a year may petition to enter the Honors Program either during their sophomore or the beginning of their junior year.

First-year UHP students must complete one of two year-long foundational seminar series. One of these courses is Humanities Tutorial, a course that explores a wide array of themes in literature and philosophy. From the origins of Western thought in Greek philosophy and literature to an extensive survey of contemporary themes (both Western and non-Western) in more recent writings, the Humanities Tutorial foundational seminar provides a stimulating atmosphere in which to explore important ideas in the humanities.

The second foundational seminar series is Social and Natural Sciences. Two interdisciplinary courses introduce students to academic disciplines within the social sciences and the natural sciences. In HNRS 120, students will explore research and apply analytical perspectives from related fields of study to examine social issues, public policies, and institutions. As the course progresses, students will focus more in-depth on contemporary issues, drawing on readings and lectures from experts who will bring to bear relevant theories and methods from their respective academic disciplines. HNRS 130 places the natural sciences in larger social and cultural contexts. The course includes experiential learning labs in which students learn about California natural history and natural history field practices. It aims to providing them with an amateur’s set of tools and skills to increase their knowledge of the natural world, as well as to help students understand the role of nature study in the context of conservation issues and practices relevant to California.

Requirements for completion of the Honors Program

During their second, third and fourth years, University Honors students must complete at least three honors seminars on special topics (preferably one in each year) to graduate with University Honors. Transfer students will be required to complete at least three upper-division honors seminars to achieve University Honors. Students who successfully complete these criteria will receive University Honors upon graduation. Students who complete all five courses and maintain a CLU GPA of 3.5 or higher will receive University Honors with Distinction upon graduation.


Lower Division

HNRS 103. Honors Social Science Seminar. (4).

The two-semester Social Sciences Seminar will introduce first-year Honors students to the theories and methods of the social and behavioral sciences -- Communication, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology -- by taking an interdisciplinary approach to explore important topics. Topics will be selected each year by the faculty leading the course, and might include, for example, "Privilege and Power," "Emotion," or "Pop Culture, Self, and Society.".

HNRS 115. Humanities Tutorial. (4).

The year-long Humanities Tutorial begins with an in-depth, one-semester study of the origins of Western culture in Greek literature and philosophy. The second semester continues with a study of contemporary themes and concerns both in Western and Non-Western thought. In addition to providing practice in the skills of analysis, argument, and critical and reflective interpretation, the course aims to familiarize students with the intellectual ideal of illuminating the new by understanding the old. (cross-listed with PHIL 115, ENGL 115).

HNRS 116. Honors St: Philosophy. (4).

HNRS 120. Social Science Seminar. (4).

his interdisciplinary course uses the lenses of power and privilege to introduce students to academic disciplines within the social sciences. Beginning with a foundation in the social sciences, students will explore research and apply analytical perspectives from related fields of study to examine social issues, public policies, and institutions. In particular, we will focus on how power and privilege create intersecting dynamics of inequalities (e.g., social, political and economic) which impact our lived experiences. One initial goal of the course is to increase your understanding of forces that shape definitions and meanings of different sources of power: e.g., socioeconomic status, sex/gender, sexuality, age, health, race/ethnicity, and immigration status. As the course progresses, we'll focus more in-depth on contemporary issues, drawing on readings and lectures from experts who will bring to bear relevant theories and methods from their respective academic disciplines.

HNRS 130. Natural Science Seminar. (4).

HNRS 182. Selected Topic:. (4).

HNRS 282. Selected Topic. (1-4).

Upper Division

HNRS 300. Experimental Modernism. (4).

Between 1900-1940, the rich conversations and artistic production of three highly influential communities of writers and artists--the Bloomsbury group in London, Stein and Picasso's circle in Paris, and participants in the Harlem Renaissance in New York--caused the art salon to become a fashionable and prominent symbol of the mondernist era. This interdisciplinary course explores the role of these three salons 1)in the development of new and experimental art forms, including cubism, post impressionism, and literary modernism; and 2)in shaping public discourses about identity and identity politics that still impacts us today. Primary texts include poetry, autobiographies, novel, paintings, and philosophical manifestos from the modernist era. Secondary texts includes work by contemporary scholars in fields ranging from literature and art history to women's, gender, queer, black and cultural studies.

HNRS 301. Globalizing the FeminineýInternational Film. (4).

This course will consider issues in the representation of women in film from a variety of perspectives, using feminist as well as film criticism to evaluate films drawn from world cinema.

HNRS 303. Don Quijote and Modern Fiction. (4).

This course is designed to trace the influence of Don Quijote on contemporary prose fiction and film. It will involve the study of the work itself as well as that of other select works from Western literature for comparison purposes, focusing on literary aspects as well as the historical, social and cultural context. Instructor's consent is required. (cross-listed with SPAN 303).

HNRS 304. St.Augustine's City of God. (UG).

On the City of God, written between 413-427 CE by Augustine, bishop of Hippo in North Africa, is arguably the most important and lastingly influential Christian text of late antiquity. In it, Augustine answers pagan critics of Christianity, makes the case for Christianity's compatibility with what he thinks is the best part of ancient philosophy, develops a biblical view of history, and makes sense theologically of the greatest historical disaster he and his contemporaries could imagine - the disintegration of the Western Roman Empire.

HNRS 306. Masterpieces of German LiteratureýIn Translation. (4).

The study and interpretation of selected major works from German literature in English translation, supplemented by outside reading and individual reports. (cross-listed with GERM 306).

HNRS 314. Topics in Religion. (4).

HNRS 316. Religion and Hip-Hop. (4).

Hip-hop culture, originally a product of America's black and brown underclass, is a global phenomenon that deserves critical study. In addition to emceeing (rap music), hip-hop culture includes fashion and style of clothing, dancing and DJ'ing, and subversive forms of visual art. It can be simultaneously commercial and underground, chauvinist and liberationist, widely co-opted and struggling to remain beyond adoption. This honors course is rooted in new historiographies and ethnomusicologies of hip-hop culture and interrogates the culture's relationship to religion in three ways: (1) the religious streams within hip-hop culture, (2) hip-hop culture as a meaning-making system that parallels the work of religions, and (3) hip-hop culture as giving voice to global religious concerns beyond its original American urban contexts.

HNRS 324. War, Politics and Cinema. (4).

Explore the political nature of cinema and the ways in which war and political culture, issues and themes are expressed in and through the movies. Particular emphasis is placed in this course on the historical dialectic between "hawks" and "doves.".

HNRS 326. Topics in Political Science. (4).

HNRS 328. Cold War America. (4).

A close examination of modern United States history during the Cold War and after. Class sessions give attention to the political, social, economic and international developments of what has been termed "the Pax Americana." Focus is specifically on the role of presidents and policymaking, particularly the relationship with the Soviet Union. (a/y). (Cross-listed with HIST 328).

HNRS 344. Topics in ART: TBA. (4).

HNRS 402. Post-Modernism: Politics and PhilosophyýOf Art. (4).

Postmodernism explores the relationship between art, science, and politics in contemporary philosophy. The course begins with a consideration of the legacies of Freud, Nietzsche, and Marx and continues with an analysis of such authors as Breton, Heidegger, Benjamin, Cortázar, Borges, Derrida, Foucault, Heisenberg, and Rorty. Uses film (including students' own short surrealist films) literature, and philosophical texts. Open to all students, it also fulfills the Honors Capstone requirement. (cross-listed POLS 402).

HNRS 413. Music and the Civil Rights Movement. (4).

The purpose of this course is to examine the southern civil rights movement (CRM) from 1954 to 1968. This course integrates discussion and analysis of the CRM with music. Music was very important to the movement because it inspired both participants and supporters to continue the struggle until several victories were won. Emphasis in this course is on matching the music with a political event, ideology and/or individual. This course includes discussion on the personal involvement in political and social activities by the singers and performers themselves. Tactics and strategies of the CRM are examined and their relationships to music are explored by relying on music with explicitly political lyrics and messages as well as those with lyrics and composition that convey spiritual and festive elements. (cross-listed with POLS 413).

HNRS 432. Freud and Beyond. (4).

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to psychoanalytic theory and the impact of the psychoanalytic theory on society. Students will examine the development of psychoanalysis from an historical perspective beginning with an in depth investigation of Freud, his life and his classical theory. Next, the course will examine the development of psychoanalysis and its departure from traditional Freudian ideology. Students will then consider the four major branches of psychoanalysis including drive theory, ego psychology, object relations, and self psychology. Finally, students will examine contemporary view of psychoanalysis with an emphasis on the integration of psychoanalytic theory and the neurobiology of attachment.

HNRS 477. Cityscapes. (4).

Through art, politics, and philosophy, this course offers an in-depth study of the cultural landscape of selected global cities. Along with texts, films, and music from such centers as Prague and Mexico city, students develop their own "cityscape" from a region of their choice (often based on their off-campus experience) as their final projects. Open to all students, this course fulfills the requirement for an honors seminar and is the capstone for the Global Studies major. (cross-listed with GLST 477 and POLS 477).

HNRS 482. Honors Seminar. (4).

HNRS 490. Independent Study. (1-4).

HNRS 498. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty: Capstone. (4).

This course examines the relationship between contemporary philosophy and contemporary biology in relation to the major triad of categories dealing with aesthetics, ethics, and the search for truth. (cross-listed with POLS 498).