Current Honors Students

Welcome back to your Washburn Honors community! This page contains some basic information about current Washburn University Honors Program offerings.  For additional information, including specific information about your Honors requirements and important announcements, please visit the Honors Student Council section of D2L.

Spring 2023 Courses

*In addition to the courses listed below, we also have a special section of EN300, a university requirement.  This section will be taught by Professor Eric McHenry, and is a more challenging section with unique assignments.  Look for EN300HN in the course schedule.


HN 201 B: Introduction to Religion (Chris Jones)

This course serves as an introduction to the academic discipline of religious studies. We will explore the human side of religion through the careful study of contextualized religious communities. All students do a field observation component in which they apply theories of religion taught in the class to their field date. Honors students will develop and implement a field observation project within a religious community of their choosing, and they will work with the instructor to develop a robust reading list in contemporary scholarly literature on religion that they will apply to their final field work write-up.


HN 201 C: Ethical Responsibilities of Leadership (James Barraclough)

This class is a survey of the fundamental ethical responsibilities of leadership; requires examination of obstacles to and opportunities for ethical leadership, an understanding of the cultural contexts of leadership and an articulation of a personal ethics statement as a foundation for applied ethics in the leadership process.


HN 301 C: Feminist Theory & Philosophy (Justin Moss/Karolyn Kendall-Morwick )

This class provides an interdisciplinary introduction to feminist theory and philosophy. Given the complexity and diversity of feminist thought, we will approach feminism not as a monolith but as a broad range of “feminisms,” including those associated with liberalism, Marxism, critical race and postcolonial theory, environmentalism and animal studies, postmodernism, queer theory, and disability studies. We will also examine the relevance of feminist thought to contemporary issues and the logical implications of different theoretical and philosophical approaches for feminist praxis—that is, the application of feminist thought in activism, advocacy, and everyday life.  


HN 301 XA: Courtesans in 19th Paris (Courtney Sullivan)

In this interdisciplinary course, the Paris we know and love today was in large part created in the second half of the nineteenth-century and courtesans, demi-mondaines and other sex workers appear in paintings, literature (and later film) often take center stage in this new Paris. If you have ever watched the film Moulin Rouge or seen Degas or Toulouse-Lautrec paintings of dancers and nightlife, you have seen and heard about courtesans and sex work in nineteenth-century Paris. In this class, we pair the study of courtesans with the history of modern Paris and its architectural, artistic and cultural evolution. We travel to Paris and the Loire Valley with Dr. Kerry Wynn to visit the sites and see the works of art first-hand we studied throughout the semester as capstone component, May 15-25.


HN 202 H /VA: Exploring Concepts of Leadership (Lauren Edelman /Madeline Lambing)

This course provides a survey of leadership theories and introduction to the academic study of leadership using case studies and contexts of the leadership process; requires identifying personal leadership potential, articulation of a personalized leadership theory, and leadership concepts applied in a Campus Action Project.


HN 202 A: Introduction to Poverty Studies (Kristine Hart)

This course examines poverty as a problem for individuals, families, and societies. It focuses on the United States, perhaps the most impoverished of any developed nation. Introduction to Civic Engagement-Poverty Studies is the first course in the Civic Engagement minor. This course emphasizes discussion intended to advance understanding and prompt critical analyses of the assigned readings. Students will write papers based primarily on these readings. The first paper will state the issues; later papers will state the issues and defend a position on an assigned topic. The readings do not develop a consensus position. The authors occupy a broad spectrum of political, economic, and moral opinions.


HN202 XD: Kansas Legislative Experience (Bob Beatty)

This course provides an analysis of the Kansas Legislature and Governor, along with other statewide offices and media, along with how they function within the governmental systems in the state of Kansas. Along with an in-depth study of a legislative session, the student will be required to attend legislative committee meetings, floor debates, gubernatorial press conferences, and conduct participant observation within a legislative or executive office.



HN 302 B: Medical Anthropology (Mary Sundal)

This course will explore biocultural constructions of health and illness across the globe. Students will critically assess biomedical assumptions and the effects of inequality to gain a better understanding of how different societies view and treat illness, the interaction of biology and culture, and the political and economic roles in relation to patterns of health and healing. Prerequisite: AN 112 or AN 116.


HN 392 A: Directed Readings (Kerry Wynn)

This section of 392 allows students to develop their own plan of study supervised by either the Dean of the Honors Program or another faculty member who has agreed to supervise a student’s independent study. Juniors are encouraged (but not required to enroll in this course prior to enrolling in Honors Thesis.


HN 399 A: Honors Thesis (Kerry Wynn)

Like HN392A, this course is designed to be an independent study but with the focus being on fulfilling one of the requirements for completing the Honors Program – the thesis.

To learn more specific details about these courses, point your browser to and click on the link labeled ‘Course Schedule.’ Next, at the top of the window, select ‘Honors’ in the second drop-down box and click ‘Search.’

In the event than an Honors course will not fit into your current schedule, you can take advantage of the Honors contract to receive Honors credit for a non-Honors course.

For more information, download the Contract here:

To be considered for an Honors Contract, be sure to complete and submit the Contract within the first two weeks of the class.

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