Honors Seminars and Topics

HNRS Seminar - Mathematics of Play

Available only to Reaud Honors College students, Honors Seminars and Honors Topics courses are taught by distinguished Lamar University faculty on an ever-changing array of diverse subjects.

Each seminar or topic course is an interdisciplinary, intellectually challenging, out-of-the-box course and honors students are invited to propose their own ideas for such courses.

Honors Seminars & Topics
You may enroll in these courses as early as your second semester of your first year in college. You should not wait until your senior year to start fulfilling this honors requirement. 

SPRING 2023 Honors Seminar & Topics

HNRS 3161: Honors Seminar (1 credit) and HNRS 4364: Honors Topic (3 credits).

HNRS 3161-01

Beauty of Surface Science

What do we know about electrons in crystalline solids, such as metals or semiconductors? Can we "touch" and move just ONE atom on a metal surface? Are other atoms or molecules moving in the vicinity of a metal surface affected by the metal? This course will take us on a breathtaking journey inside Surface Science to discover some amazing phenomena that occur at the gas-solid interface. We will discuss experimental and theoretical methods used today in Surface Science to better appreciate the beauty of this interdisciplinary field that combines physics, chemistry, and engineering concepts. Applications range from simple lab experiments to space shuttles and fusion devices. Open to all majors. 

HNRS 4364-01
(CRN 10757)

Communicating with Deity

One of the fundamental building blocks of any society is religion. It is a major element in the enculturation and psychological development of most people (either through its presence or its absence). As people attempt to understand the world around them, they often reach beyond themselves, through the guise of religion, and try to communicate with deity as they understand it. A major part of understanding those with whom we share the world is understanding their beliefs. This class is aimed at increasing that understanding.

HNRS 4364-02
(CRN 12554)

Dissecting The Office

This course will focus on the acting, directing, writing, producing and casting involved in the NBC series The Office.

FALL 2022 Honors Seminars & Topic

HNRS 3161: Honors Seminar (1 credit) and HNRS 4364: Honors Topic (3 credits).

HNRS 3161

Bioethics of Reproductive Technology

Advances in reproductive biotechnology simultaneously present a multitude of exciting possibilities for alleviating human suffering and a variety of difficult ethical issues. This is evident in their nearly daily mention in the news media and continuing debate in the legislative bodies of our state and federal governments. Through the seminar, students will gain a working knowledge of the science involved and use it to engage in a collegial and meaningful discussion of the issues. Although some background in biology would be helpful for the course, it is not essential. 

HNRS 3161

Marvel Cinematic Universe

This exploration of the cultural themes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe covers topics that include feminism, fandom, race and diversity and post-9-11 politics. 

HNRS 4364

Poetry of Perception

In our increasingly mediated culture, this class provides a contemporary exploration of use of the power of word and image, both as tools and complementary strategies to help shape lives. We examine the many ways that the written word, poetry and text operate with enduring images to help expand, enrich and design your own creative life.  

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