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Note: All Honors College students must take four honors classes (in addition to the CHC seminars) in their four years at Hunter College. (Revised 11.24.08)

CHC 150          CHC Seminar 2: Peopling of New York                          

  Section 001           W 10:10-12:40              Prof. Pavlovskaya                   3  CR
  #0391                    HW 408

CHC 150        CHC Seminar 2: Peopling of New York       

  Section 002           M/TH 1:10-2:25                Prof. Friedlander                     3 CR                                     #0392                  HE 922

CHC 150        CHC  Seminar 2: Peopling of New York

 Section 003            M 1:10-3:45                      Prof. Lessinger                     3 CR
#0393                     HW 1441

CHC 150         CHC Seminar 2: Peopling of   New York

Section 004              M, 2:45-5:15                 Prof.  Gardner                     3 CR
#0394                      HE 1204

CHC 150            CHC Seminar 2: Peopling of New York 

Section 005             TH 1:10-3:45     Prof. Foner              3 CR     
#0395                     HW 1441              

CHC 250         CHC Seminar 4: Shaping the Future of New York City                                                       

 Section 001               TH 10:10-12:40          Prof. Vengoechea                     3CR
#0396                          C1000 HN

CHC 250               CHC Seminar 4: Shaping the Future of New York City 

 Section 002         TH, 2:10-4:40                       Prof. Ramasubramanian    3CR
  #0397                   1000C HN                                                                                                           

CHC 250               CHC Seminar 4: Shaping the Future of New York City

Section 003           T/TH 4:10-5:25                            Prof. Glassman       3 cr
#0398                   HN 1516                                                           

CHC 250             CHC Seminar 4: Shaping the Future of New York City

Section 004          M/TH 2:45-4:00                             Prof. Glassman    3 CR                                  #3923                 HE 921                                                          

CHC 250             CHC Seminar 4: Shaping the Future of New York City     

Section 005           T 5:35-8:05                Prof. Phillips                   3 CR                                             #3924                   HE 1702C                                                 

ANTHC 101        Introduction to Cultural Anthropology      Staff                        

Section 900           M, W, 11:10-12:00       511 HW             TH 8:10-9:25 AM  732 HN      3 CR      #0080                                  

 BIO 160                Honors Principles of Biology II       Prof. Persell

Section 900           M 8:10-9:00 (recitation)            C114HN                4.5 cr 
#0324                   M 9:10-12:10pm     (lab)             812 HN   
                             T, TH 5:35-6:10 PM (lecture)       C110 HN

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in BIO 100 and permission of instructor.

BIO 160                Honors Principles of Biology II

Section 901               M 8:10-9:00 (recitation)            C114HN     4.5 cr             Prof. Persell
#0325                       M 9:10-12:10pm     (lab)            815 HN
                                 T, TH 5:35-6:50 PM (lecture)      C110 HN

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in BIO 100 and permission of instructor.

CLA 201        Greek Civilization            Prof. White

Section 900                M, W, TH 12:10-1:00                605 HW         3 cr   

ENG 220        Introduction to Literature      Prof. Haragos

Section 900             T, F 11:10 - 12:25    pm             C102 HN          3 cr       

Prerequisite: ENG 120

ENG 220        Introduction to Literature                Prof. Schneiderman

Section 901        T, W, F 10:10-11:00         502 TH              3 cr

Prerequisite: ENG 120 

ENG 369        The Nineteenth Century English Novel          Prof. Kaye

Section 900            M, TH 4:10-5:25        509A HW                  3cr

Prerequisite:  English 220

This course explores the issue of desire as it emerges in a variety of nineteenth- and early-twentieth century texts, We will begin with Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, perhaps the writer’s most complex novel, and move on to Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.  In the fiction of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, we will consider the effects of Darwinian thought on the Victorian marriage plot. In addition to these canonical works, we will take up popular genres such as the Sensation Novel through a consideration of Mary Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret and explore “gothic” texts such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In considering the relative absence in British fiction of adultery, we will read one key French text: Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, as we meditate on French versus British comprehensions of desire in the novel. We will, as well, make one foray into American fiction by considering Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady, arguably the great nineteenth-century novel of adulterous relations in English. In exploring the topic of dissident desire at century’s end, we will consider Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which the pleasures of bachelorhood are thematized. We will look consider, too, E.M. Forster’s Howards End, and D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love, two works that boldly revise and dispense with Austenian models as they focus on a pair of sisters seeking romantic and erotic fulfillment in an England in social crisis.  Finally, we will explore the much-delayed emergence of adulterous relations as a topic in British fiction through a reading of Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier.  Relevant essays by literary critics and theorists will also be considered in tandem with our central texts, among them works by Rene Girard, Franco Moretti, Roland Barthes, De Rougement, Mary McCarthy, Leo Bersani, Peter Brooks, Eve Sedgwick, and Barbara Leckie. On occasion, we will view film adaptations of works of fiction.

ENG 398.62    Decoding Popular Culture                   Prof. Goldstein

Section 900                 F 3:45-6:15                       407 HW              3 cr

Pop culture plays a crucial role in America. Images from entertainment shape the nation’s politics. Attitudes that appear in films, songs, TV shows, and blogs soon become social norms. These forms are now arguably the engine of change in our society. Major concepts such as race, gender, sexuality are mediated by the spectacles we consume. This course will explore the crucial impact of pop culture on reality. Students will arrive at a new understanding of the icons and metaphors that govern our lives.

One reason for the influence of pop culture is the ubiquity of mass media in America. The media envelope our daily lives to a much greater degree than in other societies. Screens are everywhere, and we swim in the environment they create. But the primary reason why pop pageantry is so credible for Americans lies imbedded in the nation’s history. We were a society that took entertainment seriously long before the advent of modern mass communications. This course will trace the development of that faith in pop culture, and the consciousness that came with it.

Students will read significant works of sociological and cultural criticism, beginning with Alexis de Toqueville and continuing with theorists such as Harold Cruse, bell hooks. H.L. Mencken, Marshall McLuhan, and Susan Sontag. In addition, students will explore work by European scholars of pop culture such as Theodore Adorno, Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, and Jean Boudrillard. 

But the heart of this course will be applying those readings to the actual operations of pop culture today. Students will examine movies, records, TV shows, and online phenomena, as well as historical movements such as Dada and Pop Art. Artists whose work explores the impact of pop culture will be considered, as will the industrial methods that create the structure and substance of entertainment. The class will delve into the process by which a performer becomes a celebrity and then an icon. And students will develop their own critical strategies by writing several papers in the course of the semester. 

Is it possible to speak of American consciousness without pop culture? In addressing this question, students will gain a greater understanding of the ways in which fantasies that appear in entertainment shape the quality of American life.

Richard Goldstein has been writing about pop culture for more than 40 years. For many years he was executive editor of the Village Voice, where he became the founder of rock criticism in 1966. He currently writes for The Nation.

FREN 256        Dream and Image                        Prof. Barsoum

Section 900           M, TH 11:10-12:25        1327 HW             3 cr.

FREN/ITAL/SPAN 498          Honors Course in Romance Lang 
                                         Profs.:  M. Costa, F. Canadè Sautman, G. Di Scipio

 Section 001                    MW 4:10-5:25                HW 707C                                  3 cr

NOTE:  Although this course is not officially listed as an Honors College course, it will count toward the four required Honors courses.

This cutting edge course explores the fascinating presence of Jews and Muslims in medieval France, Italy and Spain from a cultural and historical perspective. We will study literary and philosophical works that provide a mirror of the interrelationships among these two monotheistic faiths and the Christian world. Special attention will be given to “love” and “wine” poetry of Muslim Spain, as well as to Maimonides` approach to a metaphorical interpretation of the Bible.

In Italy we will explore the cultural presence of Jews and Muslims at the Court of Frederick II in Sicily, the Arabic influence on the Sicilian School of Poetry. We will also study some Judeo- Italian texts, poems from Immanuel Romano and the presence of Jews and Muslims in the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri and the Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio.

For France we will engage in new readings of epics of conquest, examine the resistant lives of minority groups in French society and interpret the literature of global characters in the light of new scholarship.

We encourage all Honors Students to register for this exciting course and those majors who wish to graduate with Honors in the Department. Knowledge of one Romance language is helpful. The syllabus will be posted by registration time.

GRMN 379.54    Faust:  A Renaissance Myth Through the Ages—Marlowe, Goethe, and Mann                                                  Prof. Kuhn-Osius  

 Section 900                    M, TH, 4:10-5:25                     623 HW                   3 cr           

The story of Doctor Faust is one of the great myths of the modern age and the “Faustian bargain” is one of the quintessential dangers of scholars and politicians today. Faust is an academic who makes a pact with the devil to gain knowledge, riches, and power, leads a wild life, sires a child with Helen of Troy, and then goes to hell. Originally based on a historical figure, the story soon morphed into a warning tale for scholars who would risk straying from their ‘God-given’ limitations. An exalted version of this was created by Christopher Marlowe in the age of Shakespeare.  Marlowe’s play soon deteriorated into a puppet play that poked fun at ‘nerds’ trying to be better than their peers. The myth was then resurrected in the Age of Enlightenment and developed into what is generally considered the greatest work of German literature. Goethe’s Faust is unique in many respects, since Goethe worked on the play for about 60 years, creating a stunning masterpiece that shows the authentic voice and thinking of a youth, a middle-aged man, and a man of advanced age all at the same time. This great symbolic story about modern man’s existence in the universe was hugely successful, although often little understood, and spawned dozens of follow-ups from other artists. The most famous of the modern versions of Faust’s story is Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus, in which Mann uses the ‘Faust’ myth to explain the fate of a modern society (Germany) in its greatness and abysmal failure.

We will read three major works in this course: Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus; Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s Faust, and Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus. All students will give two in-class presentations, one on a treatment of the ‘Faust’ theme in a work of art beyond the ones we will read together (literature, music, painting, film), one on a piece of criticism concerning one of the three major works we will be reading. These presentations should lead to a final paper. The instructor will make suggestions for both in-class presentations and for the topic of the final paper, but it is hoped that students will develop the final paper from their reading and in-class presentations.

Christopher Marlowe, Dr Faustus, ed. Bevington and Rasmussen, Intro Simon Trussler, London: Nick Hern Books, ISBN-13: 9781854593351  (appr. $10.-)

Goethe, Collected Works, Volume 2: Faust I & II Edited and translated by Stuart Atkins. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1994. (Paper | $22.95 ) ISBN 0-691-03656-X
Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus, Trans. John Woods,    New York: Random House, 1999; ISBN-13: 9780375701160; 544pp; Vintage International Series, appr. $16.

HIST 152        U.S. From the Civil War to the Present        Prof. TBD

Section 900                      M, TH 2:45-4:00               HW 1137                3 cr

 HIST 382.14    America and the World in the Twentieth Century     Prof. Rosenberg   

Section 900        T, F 11:10-12:25          HW 605                 3 cr

 This class will explore the ways in which American engagement with the world in the last century informed life overseas and, at the same time, shaped political, social, and cultural life in the United States.

HIST 384.65               The Dryfus Affair                 Prof. Schor

Section 900                    M, TH 1:10-2:25                        508 HW                3 cr

N.B.:  This course is cross-listed with Jewish Social Studies as JSS 410.52; register under code #1462)

The Dreyfus Affair has been called the Trial of the Century. Much as the Scopes trial in the United States, the Dreyfus trial in France captured the attention of millions of people and divided them into two camps--Dreyfusards and anti-Dreyfusards. A detailed study of the trial opens a window into French history as the Belle Epoque drew to a close and years of war and depression loomed. It is also an opportunity to study European Jewish history as a century of civil rights for French Jews yielded to decades of anti-Semitism and mass murder. Finally, study of this trial raises broader questions about military justice and military secrets, the role of a free press and the obligation to print the truth, and the role of intellectuals in debating controversial issues.

HUM 250.62    Criminal Law                            Prof. Daniel Cohen

Section 900         M 3:10-5:40    35 West 67th Street (please allow for travel time)    3 cr

This course will introduce concepts and issues and raise questions associated with the definitions of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.  What are the rules?  Do they accomplish their goals?   If not, what should be done?

Sample Topics:

•    distinguishing between intentional and negligent crimes
•    the effect of mistakes of fact on culpability
•    distinguishing between completed offenses and attempts and between perpetrators and accessories

As our discussions will be philosophical and academic we will focus on the Model Penal Code more than on New York Law.

Tentative Reading List:

Kadish et al., Criminal Law and Its Processes, Aspen Pub.

Also recommended:
Fletcher, Basic Concepts of Criminal Law, Oxford

Convicted felons are excused from this course.

MATH 150        Calculus with Analytic Geometry I                 Prof. Bendersky S

Section 900                        M, Th, 12:10-2:00       HE 920        4 cr

Prerequisite:  C or above in Math 125 or appropriate score on placement exam.      

MEDP 399.75    The Critical Perspective                  Prof. Levitas

Section 900                    W 10:10-1:00                      504HN        3 cr 

Prerequisite:  Permission Required; Juniors and Seniors (and possibly some Sophomores) only.

This seminar is about writing and reading from a critical perspective, designed to help students write convincing, readable short essays that are also entertaining, informative and provocative. The first step toward an effective style begins with a sharp focus on developing a critical point of view, favorable or not, in-your-face or more subtly argued. Although dumping on an idea or an opinion is easier and more fun than praising it, we'll try both approaches. In an informal workshop environment, the group will read and write in a variety of modes--opinion pieces, personality sketches or profiles, advice columns, editorials, obituaries (real or imagined), culture reviews of movies, dance, architecture, music, etc.

Times critics and others will make guest appearances to discuss their work and how they go about doing it. Students will write one article a week (700-800 words) and should also be prepared to line edit and constructively discuss the work of their colleagues.

Writing assignments will constitute two-thirds of the grade; class participation will count for one-third. There is no final exam.

To apply for this class:  submit a one page essay about why you want to take the course by November 17.  These may be submitted electronically to Betsy at  This course is limited to juniors and seniors.

Students who are accepted to this class will have an assignment due prior to the first meeting.

Prof. Levitas is currently a consultant to the New York Times Book Development Program, which he founded 10 years ago. He has also served as the editor of the Op-Ed page, the Sunday Book Review, the Week in Review and the Metropolitan Section.

MEDIA 299.51    Truth and Consequences                Prof. Pool-Eckert

Section 900                M 12:10-2:40               504HN       3 cr

Prerequisite:  ENG 120 or the equivalent.

This course will examine the role journalism plays in our media saturated world. It will address the legal and ethical dilemmas, and even the physical dangers that journalists sometimes confront as they report the stories that are critical to understanding national and international events. The course will begin with history and context of some crusading journalists and their big stories.  The course will examine the press and public opinion. Through hands on projects and new media applications, students will learn how technological advances affect the news gathering process, and the aesthetics of news presentation. Students will become citizen journalists, creating their own class blog. There will be an emphasis on writing, and an introduction to the basic reporting skills that journalists working in all media platforms must develop. Professional reporters, editors, and photographers will provide firsthand accounts of their experiences and insights into the challenges of reporting the news.

To apply for this class:  submit a one page essay about why you want to take the course by November 17.  These may be submitted electronically to Betsy at

Professor Pool-Eckert has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  She is a retired Senior Producer, CBS News, and a former Senior Producer for sixteen years on Peabody Award Winning CBS News Sunday Morning broadcast.   She was also a Producer for The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather for thirteen years, working on stories on national news events, economics, politics, and international events in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. 

Professor Pool-Eckert is the recipient of twelve Emmy Awards: eight as Sunday Morning Sr. Producer and four as CBS Evening News Producer.  She also received the 1999 MUSE Career Achievement Award from New York Women in Film and Television, and the Columbia University Journalism 2002 Alumni of the Year Award. 

MUSHL 217              History of Jazz                            Prof. Mangin

Section 900                   M/TH 9:45-11:00                 405 HN         3 cr

POLSC 110        American Government                      Prof. Lemieux

Section 900                        M, TH 11:10-12:00          615 HW            3 cr
#2011                                TH 12:10-1:00                 706 HW

POLSC 112        Introduction to Political Theory                Prof. Dragomir

Section 900                     T, 2:10-3:25            1137 HW                 3 cr
#2017                             F 2:10-3:25             921 HE    

POLSC 316        Political Theory of Human Rights                 Prof. Chuman

Section 900                       M, TH 1:10-2:25         1137 HW             3 cr           

  PSYCH 170        Human Sexuality                          Prof. Luine                

Section 900                       T, Th 4:10-5:25            408 HW       3 cr


   Prerequisite: PSYCH 100

(PSYCH 170 also cross-listed as WOMST 170.00 Section 900 #2704   )

SPAN 265             Don Quixote                         Prof. Conchado

Section 900                M, Th 2:45-4:00                  504 HW                 3cr

URBS 403.04    New Orleans: the City that Care Forgot    Profs. Gardner and Henken

Section 900                    Fridays, 9:05 a.m.–12:00       35 West 67th Street (Macaulay Center)  3 cr

 NOTE:  Please see Betsy for a course description and application.

WOMST 300.55    Sexuality, Race, and Gentrification in New York   
                Profs. Fisher and Hayashida

Section 900                 M, W 7:00-8:15              HW 509B                   3 cr

WOMST 300.54    Becoming Equal:  Women and Global Public Policy Since the 1960s             Prof.    Chesler

Section 900                     T 4:10-6:40                 35 West 67th Street               3 cr

Note:  Open only to juniors and seniors

In recent years the world community, under the umbrella of the United Nations, has extended formal human rights jurisdiction to women seeking equal justice, equal opportunity, and freedom from long sanctioned cultural practices that license gender subordination, discrimination and even violence. “Women rights are human rights” has become a global mantra, and human rights law is now widely understood as an appropriate construct for informing the conduct and protecting the rights of individuals, and for doing so broadly. Through CEDAW, the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and through a series of high profile meetings over the past several decades, the UN has agreed upon a program of action to empower women, not just as a matter of justice, but also as an essential first step in securing democratic practices and accelerating economic growth in countries around the world.
This course will examine the recent history of this global movement for women’s rights and its long tangled relationship with opponents at home and abroad who have made women and the family an arena of intense political conflict. It will feature guest conversations with activists from within the UN and the non-governmental community who are engaged with these difficult issues. Students will be required to present papers or prepare sophisticated audio-visual presentations that consider a still contested matter of women’s rights in a country of their choosing. Open only to juniors and seniors with basic coursework in political science, international affairs, history, and/or women’s studies.

Ellen Chesler is Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she directs the Eleanor Roosevelt Initiative on Women and Public Policy at Roosevelt House, the college’s new public policy institute. She has recently returned to teaching after a long career in government and philanthropy, most recently at the Open Society Institute, the international foundation founded by George Soros. She holds a Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University and is the author of several books and many articles.

POLSC 202.00 900     Modern Political Thought      Prof Dragomir

Section 900                          Tu, F 11:10-12:25                HW 208                                                             #4971            

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