Course Descriptions

A total of 42 separate courses are available from thirteen Nebraska Wesleyan University departments that offer Honors Academy courses: Art, Biology, Business and Economics, Chemistry, Communication, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Modern Languages, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Religion. A given school may offer any of the following courses (numbers in parentheses represent college credit hours).

The NWU Honors Academy offers support to high schools and teachers so they can offer courses in art, biology, business, chemistry, communications, English, history, mathematics, modern languages, physics, political science, psychology, cultural geography, and religion.

A high school’s ability to offer courses depends entirely on the qualification of its staff members and NWU’s decision to allow qualified instructors to offer the courses.

  • Selected advanced-level courses taught by qualified high school teachers.
  • All eligible NWU Honors Academy instructors and courses for each high school are listed on the Courses and Instructors page organized alphabetically by city.

Department Course Offerings

Art

Art History 1010: Survey of Western Art Historty: Ancient to Medieval (4 hours)
This course surveys western art chronologically from prehistory through the fifteenth century. Discussions center on understanding various civilizations through their visual arts, the cultural exchange between these civilizations, and how images are used for political, economic, religious, and social purposes. Students gain familiarity with movements, time periods, and individual works of art. Students learn to identify works of art, are introduced to art terminology, practice the fundamentals of visual analysis, and develop the ability to analyze the content and contexts of works of art.

Art History 1020: Survey Western Art History: Renaissance to 21st Century (4 hours)
This course surveys Western art chronologically from the Renaissance period to the present day. Guiding themes within this course, such as patronage, gender, identity, political/religious turmoil, colonialism, and global trade, will introduce students to why certain types of art are created and how these works of art function within society. Students gain familiarity with movements, time periods, and individual artists. Students learn to identify works of art, are introduced to art terminology, practice the fundamentals of visual analysis, and develop the ability to analyze the content and contexts of works of art.

Art 1050: Basic Design (3 hours)
This course gives students a working comprehension of the elements and principles of design in a variety of media. Students are expected to develop a strong studio work ethic, increase creative problem-solving capabilities, and discover ways to communicate ideas visually. Students learn through making, self-reflection, and critique to develop a verbal/visual vocabulary that forms the foundation for the future study of art.

Art 1300: Drawing 1: (3 hours)
An introduction to drawing by surveying its use as a foundation for future study in all 2D and 3D media.
Other courses may be reviewed.

Biology

Biology 1010: Perspectives in Biological Science (4 hours)
Designed for non-science majors, this general education course will examine the principles of biology within the context of the human experience and covers cell biology, physiology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and the interaction of humankind and the environment. Includes a weekly three-hour lab.

Business and Economics

Accounting 1310: Principles of Accounting I (3 hours)
This is an introduction to the basic accounting model and the framework for developing financial statements. The major focus is on the study of generally accepted accounting principles as they apply to the measurement of income and the presentation of a firm’s financial position.

Accounting 1320: Principles of Accounting II (3 hours)
The role of accounting in the formation and capitalization of corporations is studied. Other topics include cash flow, analysis and interpretation of financial statements, and basic managerial accounting. Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C-" or better in Accounting 31.

Economics 1530: Macroeconomic Principles (3 hours)
An examination of the macroeconomic theories, problems, and policies of the U.S. economy. Topics include supply and demand, a description of the main sectors of the economy, and the role of government in stabilizing the economy with monetary and fiscal policies.

Economics 1540: Microeconomic Principles (3 hours)
An examination of the microeconomic theories, problems, and policies of the U.S. economy. Topics include the theory of the firm, market structures, and current economic issues such as income distribution, antitrust policy, poverty, the farm problem, and international trade.

Business Administration 1800: Personal Finance (3 hours)
Personal Finance is focused on giving college students the fundamental understanding and basic implementation skills in the following areas: insurance, investment, buying/leasing a car, renting/buying real estate, and personal accounting. This is accomplished through lecture, discussion, community experts, on-line resources, and completion of an extensive personal finance portfolio.

Chemistry

Chemistry 1110: Chemical Principles (3 hours)
A study of the fundamental principles of chemistry including structures of atoms and molecules, periodicity, stoichiometry, reactions, solutions, gases and thermochemistry.

Chemistry 1110L: Chemical Principles Laboratory (1 hour)
Laboratory supporting Chemical Principles.

Communication

Communication 1000: Fundamentals of Communication (3 hours)
This course is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to effectively communicate in a variety of settings. The course will focus on a broad base of communication concepts and skills and offer students the opportunity to apply those skills.  Students will explore several models of communication, including: invitational, persuasive and dialogic. Once they have developed an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of effective communication; students will develop the skills necessary to overcome the anxiety associated with public speaking, analyze audience needs, prepare effective speeches, deliver engaging speeches, better participate in small group discussions, and improve listening and response skills.

English

English 1010: English Language and Writing (3 hours)
A course designed to help students write with clarity, confidence, and conviction through regular practice in writing (including argument and exposition, writing as discovery, and personal exploration). Particular attention will be given to the role of revision in the writing process. This course also includes a study of language and its social roles, with special attention to the origin, development, and current nature of the English language.

English 1020: Composition, Language and Literature (3 hours)
This is a course in which students develop their composition skills through reading and writing about literature. The course includes a discussion of multiple genres and of literary works’ historical and cultural contexts. Students will develop skills of writing in multiple forms and will learn the skills and terminology appropriate to discussing literary works in different genres. Students will receive instruction in writing skills such as structuring an argument, using evidence from multiple sources, using conventions appropriately, and refining an essay through revision.

History

History 1010: Topics in U.S. History to 1877 (4 hours)
A survey of United States history beginning with pre-contact cultures, examining the varied colonial and native cultures, and tracing the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States, and concluding with Reconstruction.

History 1020: United States Society and Culture since 1877 (4 hours)
A survey of United States history beginning with post-Civil War expansion into the trans-Mississippi West, tracing political, economic, social, and cultural development to the present, emphasizing the emergence of a dominantly urban-industrial society, the expanded role of government, increasing government in the lives of individuals, and the increasing involvement of the United States in the world.

HIST 1110 World Civilizations (4 hours)
An in-depth study of one time frame across world cultures. The course is designed to introduce students to the uniqueness and interconnectedness of cultures in the global community. Historical dimensions of today's ethical and political concerns will be examined in order to foster responsible world citizenship. Course topics change regularly and may include a global survey of the twentieth century or the history of indigenous nations leading up to the Age of European Exploration.

History 2130 Western Civilization through Literature (4 hours)
A chronological survey of Western Civilization from 1500 to the present, focusing on the literary record which exemplifies changing societies; artistic and literary styles; and philosophical, religious, and political patterns. The course will include a reexamination of Biblical texts in the Reformation, the revival and imitation of classical texts in the Renaissance, absolutism and its critics, the revolutionary and Romantic movements, ethnic minorities, colonialism, the crisis of Western thought in the twentieth century, and the impact of totalitarianism.

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Mathematics

MATH 1300 Statistics (3 hours)
An introduction to calculus of a single variable. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and beginning integration, with applications. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.

Math 1600: Calculus I (5 hours)
An introduction to calculus of a single variable. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and beginning integration, with applications. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.

Math 1610: Calculus II (5 hours)
A continuation of Mathematics 1600. Topics studied include integration techniques and applications, differential equations, numerical approximations, sequences and series, and vectors. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor or grade of "C" or better in Mathematics 1600.

Modern Languages

MFREN 1010 French Stage 1: Personal Perspectives (4 hours)
Stage 1: Personal Perspectives begins the development of the basic concepts of French language and culture, thus providing the necessary knowledge and skills for students to interact in French about familiar topics.

MFREN 1020 French Stage 2: Personal Connections (4 hours)
A continuation of Stage 1: Personal Perspectives, Stage 2: Personal Connections expands on the basic concepts of French language and culture, thus providing the necessary knowledge and skills for students to interact in French about familiar topics. Prerequisites(s): French 1010 or appropriate placement.

MFREN 2010 French Stage 3: Cultural Perspectives (4 hours)
Stage 3: Cultural Perspectives invites students to explore cultural perspectives of French-speaking countries and their own as they review and develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and intercultural competence, thereby enhancing their ability to interact in French with more confidence on familiar topics. Prerequisite(s): French 1020 or appropriate placement.

MFREN 2020 French Stage 4: Global Connections (4 hours)
Stage 4: Global Connections invites students to enhance their intercultural and linguistic competence by exploring cultural, geographical, historical, and social perspectives of French-speaking countries as they develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and intercultural competence, thereby allowing them to engage and interact more effectively with native speakers of French. Prerequisite(s): French 2010 or appropriate placement.

MGRMN 1010 German Stage 1: Personal Perspectives (4 hours)
Stage 1: Personal Perspectives begins the development of the basic concepts of German language and culture, thus providing the necessary knowledge and skills for students to interact in German about familiar topics.

MGRMN 1020 German Stage 2: Personal Connections (4 hours)
A continuation of Stage 1: Personal Perspectives, Stage 2: Personal Connections expands on the basic concepts of German language and culture, thus providing the necessary knowledge and skills for students to interact in German about familiar topics. Prerequisite(s): German 1010 or equivalent.

MCRMN 2010: German Stage 3: Cultural Perspectives (4 hours)
Stage 3: Cultural Perspectives invites students to explore cultural perspectives of German-speaking countries and their own as they review and develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and intercultural competence, thereby enhancing their ability to interact in German with more confidence on familiar topics. Prerequisite(s): German 1020 or equivalent.

MGRMN 2020 German Stage 4: Global Connections (4 hours)
Stage 4: Global Connections invites students to enhance their intercultural and linguistic competence by exploring cultural, geographical, historical, and social perspectives of German-speaking countries as they develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and intercultural competence Prerequisite(s): German 2010 or equivalent.

MJPAN 1010 Japanese Stage 1: Personal Perspectives (5 hours)
Stage 1: Personal Perspectives begins the development of the basic concepts of Japanese language and culture, thus providing the necessary knowledge and skills for students to interact in Japanese about familiar topics.

MJPAN 1020 Japanese Stage 2: Personal Connections (5 hours)
A continuation of Stage 1: Personal Perspectives, Stage 2: Personal Connections expands on the basic concepts of Japanese language and culture, thus providing the necessary knowledge and skills for students to interact in Japanese about familiar topics. Prerequisite(s): Japanese 1010.

MSPAN 1010 Spanish Stage 1: Personal Perspectives (4 hours)
Stage 1: Personal Perspectives begins the development of the basic concepts of Spanish language and culture, thus providing the necessary knowledge and skills for students to interact in Spanish about familiar topics.

MSPAN 1020 Spanish Stage 2: Personal Connections (4 hours)
A continuation of Stage 1: Personal Perspectives, Stage 2: Personal Connections expands on the basic concepts of Spanish language and culture, thus providing the necessary knowledge and skills for students to interact in Spanish about familiar topics. Prerequisite(s): Spanish 1010 or appropriate placement.

MSPAN 2010 Spanish Stage 3: Cultural Perspectives (4 hours)
Stage 3: Cultural Perspectives invites students to explore cultural perspectives of Spanish-speaking countries and their own as they review and develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and intercultural competence, thereby enhancing their ability to interact in Spanish with more confidence on familiar topics. Prerequisite(s): Spanish 1020 or appropriate placement.

MSPAN 2020 Spanish Stage 4: Global Connections (4 hours)
Stage 4: Global Connections invites students to enhance their intercultural and linguistic competence by exploring cultural, geographical, historical, and social perspectives of Spanish-speaking countries as they develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and intercultural competence, thereby allowing them to engage and interact more effectively with native speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite(s): Spanish 2010 or appropriate placement.

Music

Music 1610: Fundamentals of Music Theory (3 hours)
A review of the fundamentals of music (scales, key signatures, intervals) and the presentation of triads and their harmonic and melodic implications.

Physics

Physics 1600: Principles of Physics I (4 hours)
The principles of classical mechanics, energy and motion designed for majors in the natural sciences. Algebra and trigonometry will be used in descriptions and problems. Three two-hour workshop sessions per week. Co-requisites: Math 1100 and Math 1470 or a Math ACT of 27 or higher or permission of the instructor.

Physics 1700: Principles of Physics II (4 hours)
A continuation Physics 1600 with emphasis on waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and electronics. Three two-hour workshop sessions per week. Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 1100 and Math 1470 or a Math ACT of 27 or higher or permission of the instructor.

Political Science

Political Science 1000: United States Government and Politics (3 hours)
This course will introduce students to ideas about institutional structures, political actors, and constitutional debates in U.S. government and politics. We will explore the historical development and founding of the United States, discuss major debates about the structure of our republican form of government, connect the three branches of government to contemporary politics and elections, examine the role of race and gender in American politics, and critique the American constitutional system.

Psychology

Psychology 1010: Introduction to Psychological Science (4 hours)
The Introduction to Psychological Science course will engage students in a learner-centered approach to the science of behavior and mental processes by synthesizing these areas of psychology: Scientific Inquiry, Biopsychology, Development and Learning, Sociocultural Context, Individual Variations, and Applications of Psychological Science.

Religion

Religion 1150: World Religions (3 hours)
This course is a study of the cultural settings, lives of founders when appropriate, oral or written traditions and literature, worldviews, myths, rituals, ideals of conduct, and development of some of the world's religions.  Religions studied will typically include tribal religions, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confuciansim, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, and Bahai. Readings, videos, and websites will help introduce and illustrate not only the cultural settings in which these religions appear, but also the voices and faces of contemporary religious practitioners.

Religion 2250: Religion, Peace and Social Justice (3 hours)
This course explores religious responses to social justice issues such as conflict, poverty, oppression, discrimination, and the environment.