Course Descriptions

A total of 39 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, 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: Art and Society in the West: Ancient to Medieval (3)
A survey of art and architectural history in the western hemisphere: significant monuments from prehistory to the medieval period will be considered with particular attention to the interaction of art and its producing society so that political situation, theology, science, and aesthetics will be considered in lectures.

Art 1050: Basic Design (3)
A studio art exploration of basic design elements and principles using traditional media, ideation, and rough draft processes.

Art 1300: Drawing 1: (3)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.

Chemistry

Chemistry 1110: Chemical Principles (3)
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)
Laboratory supporting Chemical Principles.

Communication

Communication 1000: Fundamentals of Communication (3)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.

History 1110: World Civilizations: A survey of Global Twentieth Century (4)
This is a world-history survey designed to introduce students to the sweep of social, political, economic, and cultural changes that took place around the world over the course of the twentieth century.  Using primary sources, the course allows students to investigate in-depth themes such as European colonialism, the First and Second World Wars, fascism and its consequences, the transformation of East Asia, the Cold War and its consequences, and new challenges to global stability in the modern era.

History 2130 Western Civilization through Literature (4)
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 1600: Calculus I (5)
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)
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

French 1010: French Stage I (4)
An introduction to the French language designed to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and culture, with emphasis on practical communication.

French 1020: French Stage II (4)
Continuation of French 1010. Prerequisites(s): French 1010.

French 2010: French Stage III (4)
French 2010 is the first in a two-part sequence of intermediate-level French, designed to build upon basic language concepts acquired in introductory-level courses, expand cultural knowledge, and increase confidence while enhancing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French. Prerequisite(s): French 1020 or equivalent.

French 2020: French Stage IV (4)
Continuation of French 2010. Prerequisite(s): French 2010 or equivalent.

German 1010: German Stage I (4)
An introduction to the German language designed to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and culture with emphasis on practical communication.

German 1020: German Stage II (4)
Continuation of German 1010. Prerequisite(s): German 1010 or equivalent.

German 2010: German Stage III (4)
German 2010 is the first in a two-part sequence of intermediate-level German, designed to build upon basic language concepts acquired in introductory-level courses, expand cultural knowledge, and increase confidence while enhancing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in German. Prerequisite(s): German 1020 or equivalent.

German 2020: German Stage IV (4)
Continuation of German 2010. Prerequisite(s): German 2010 or equivalent.

Japanese 1010: Japanese: Stage I (5)
An introduction to the Japanese language designed to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and culture, with emphasis on practical communication.

Japanese 1020: Japanese: Stage II (5)
Continuation of Japanese 1010. Prerequisite(s): Japanese 1010.

Spanish 1010: Spanish Stage I (4)
An introduction to the Spanish language designed to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and culture with emphasis on practical communication.

Spanish 1020: Spanish Stage II (4)
Continuation of Spanish 1010. Prerequisite(s): Spanish 1010 or placement into Spanish 1020.

Spanish 2010: Spanish Stage III (4)
Spanish 2010 is the first in a two-part sequence of intermediate-level Spanish, designed to build upon basic language concepts acquired in introductory-level courses, expand cultural knowledge, and increase confidence while enhancing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish. Prerequisite(s): Spanish 1020 or placement into Spanish 2010.

Spanish 2020: Spanish Stage IV (4)
Continuation of Spanish 2010.  Prerequisite(s): Spanish 2010 or placement into Spanish 2020.

Music

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

Music 2800: American Music (3)
The entire range of American folk, popular, and art musical styles, and the history of music in the United States since the beginning of European settlement in Florida in 1565 will be presented.

Physics

Physics 1600: Principles of Physics I (4)
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)
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)
An examination of the context, processes, institutions, and outcomes of the U.S. political system. This course introduces the student to basic concepts and theories central to the study of political science.

Psychology

Psychology 1010: Introduction to Psychological Science (4)
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)
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 1900: Selected Topics (3)
A course designed to treat subject matter not covered in other departmental courses or to provide study of subject matter introduced in other courses. The title, content, and credit hours will be determined by current mutual interests of faculty and students.

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

 

Contact us

Dr. Marian Borgmann Ingwersen
Director, Wesleyan Honors Academy
402.465.2415
mborgman [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

Julie Manes
Staff Assistant
402.465.7605
jmanes [at] nebrwesleyan.edu