Honors Colloquiums


Honors Colloquiums are 1 credit projects Honors students can add to any regular Western course. The student develops the project in consultation with the faculty member teaching the course. The resulting project allows the Honors student a deeper engagement with the regular course material and offers the student the opportunity to pursue a topic of special interest related to the course.

2015-2016 Colloquiums

Endangered Language Revitalization:

Karlie is currently taking ANTH357 Language and Culture with Dr. Lynn Sikkink. Karlie is researching endangered languages to create a cross-cultural comparison of the endangered language and their paths. Karlie will communicate her discoveries by teaching a class to encourage students to explore new ways of help language revitalization. 

2011-2013 Colloquiums

Human Trafficking:

Gavin is currently taking POLS 487 Human Security, Risk and the State with Dr. Maria Struble.  Gavin is researching this timely issue with both empirical and theoretical evidence, familiarizing himself with a topic of pressing concerns to Security scholars.

Gender and Eastern Belief Systems:

Rachael Sandhagen-Turner seeks to explore the relationships of gender within the eastern faiths of Buddhism, Confucism, Hinduism and Taoism.  This exploration is not only of academic interest but deep personal interest as well and is allowing Rachael to engage in the course material of her SOC321 Sociology of Religion course at a deeper level.  This project is being supervised by Dr. Dan Cress.


Miles Peterson is expanding the course content of his BIOL 320 course to delve deeper into the subject of avian introduction in North America.  Dr. Pat Magee is supervising this work.

Community Supported Agriculture:

Jared James researched the market for locally produced agriculture, with a specific focus on the "community Supported Agriculture" movement. He applied the principles of microeconomics to gain a deeper understanding of the CSA market and to explore why CSA has come to be seen as an alternative to the dominant food production and distribution system in the United States.  This project is connected to his ECON 202 course and was supervised by Dr. Scott Lazerus.

Media Symbiosis:

Zachary Schaller examined if media really serves a public function deepening his engagement with his COTH 151 course material.  Zachary examined the roles of media as watch dog and as agenda setter while considering the relationship between media and democracy.  Courtney Fullmer worked with Zachary on this colloquium project.

Art and Humanism:

Jeffery Hunt analyzed and compared the work of Renaissance artists, Michelangelo and Raphael, as representing the characteristics of Italian Renaissance Humanism as part of his History  312 Renaissance and Reformation Era course.  The project was supervised by Dr. James Stewart.


Kaytlin Hughes and Christian Griffith  extended their toxicology labs to use new model animals.  Kaytlin examined the impact of sodium fluoride (NaF) on the behavior, morphology and regenerative capacity of plenaria. Christian compared the morphological changes on tadpoles and planeria due to the application of methoxychlor, a common crop pesticide.  These projects were supervised by Dr. Cassandra Osborne

Comparative Physiology:

Kaytlin researched the field of comparative physiology to learn more about the reproductive systems of various organisms. This project was supervised by Dr. Rebecca Sears.

Income and Wealth Disparity:

Max Lindsay examined the political debates surrounding the current economic crisis using Raghuram Rajam's book Faultlines and Robert Riech's work, Aftershock. Max used this project to connect his political theory course work with his Macroeconomics class.  This project was supervised by Dr. David Plante.

Plant Defense:

Dan Armstrong examined the relationship between plants and their surroundings in response to defense.  His research focused on plants' physical and chemical defenses against bacteria, fungi, insects, herbivores and climate change.  Dr. Robin Bingham  of Biology supervised this project.