Humanities Track The Humanities Honors Track provides an exploration of the interdisciplinary relations between literature, history, and philosophy. It is open to students from all majors in the University who wish to enrich their major field of study with this broader cultural context or who enjoy the life of the mind in reading, discussing and writing about ideas. The Humanities Track provides a direction for the examination of human, social, and universal nature that connects with the social and natural science but that also has its own value. Drawing from the realms of literature, art, music, philosophy, history, languages, and religion, this track allows the student to examine a wide variety of human ideas, actions, values, and creative productions from Classical Greece to our current Modern and Post-Modern era. Like other Tracks, the Humanities Honors Track functions like a minor in the student’s curriculum, providing a distinct set of courses to enrich the student’s major and the general university experience. The initial work in the Track focuses upon foundational ideas and themes in Western culture, while the research projects encompass whatever culture(s) that suits the student’s interests. Many students have explored the culture of their ancestors, as others have looked at Greek poetry or modern jazz. Students complete a year-long Seminar (Seminars 1 & 2) examining the connections between literature, history, and philosophy in Western culture and then take one Colloquium limited to one cultural period, such as Classical Greece and Rome, Medieval, Enlightenment, or Contemporary. The culmination of the study is the year-long research and thesis project usually in the senior year, offering the opportunity to work independently with the guidance of a selected faculty member. The completion of this project provides not only a fitting expression of the student’s college accomplishments, but also a valuable representation of their abilities for graduate school and future employers. There are courses available for both daytime and evening students. The Track is Ideal For: Students of all majors Students who enjoy reading, discussing, and writing about ideas Curriculum: All students take TWO of the following four Seminars: Humanities Honors Seminar I (HUMH 1990) Representations of Humanity Past and Present Humanities Honors Seminar II (HUMH 2000) Representations of Humanity Past and Present Humanities Honors Seminar III (HUMH 2010)-Evening Humanities and Technology in Today’s World Humanities Honors Seminar IV (HUMH 2020)-Evening Representations of Humanities through Historical Perspectives Plus ONE of the following four Colloquia: The 20th Century and Its Discontents (HUMH 3000) The Enlightenment: Origins of Modern Consciousness (HUMH 3010) Medieval and Renaissance Culture (HUMH 3020) Classical Tradition and Christian Civilization (HUMH 3030) Plus TWO semester to research and write their thesis: Humanities Honors Thesis Seminar I (HUMH 4010) Research Humanities Honors Thesis Seminar II (HUMH 4020) Writing What projects have students completed in the past? Students in the Humanities Track have produced a wide variety of theses, some titles are included here: Thesis Title Student Name Year Invisible Violence and the Subjugation of a Nation Katherine Bender 2015 Small Town Girl Living in a Patriarchal World Jazzmine Paz 2015 Healing and Healthcare Jasmine Wood 2015 The Quest to Educational Equality for Undocumented Immigrants Amanda Clark 2014 The Civilian Aspect of the Battle of Gettysburg Lindsey Freedman 2014 The Skeleton of the Hero Ariel Gungil 2014 Optimal Experience and Aesthetics in Music Performance Inigo Hermann 2014 Heritage for the Future; On Tracing Cultural Developments and Perceptions of Contemporary Literature Julian Kazan 2014 Cheating has Changed the Way We Perceive Sports Andrew Shapiro 2014 "El Latine Doctus": Latin's Influence on the English Language and Its Impact on Education Kelly Statz 2014 Methods and Motives of American Homeschooling: A Study of a Growing Educational Trend Barbara Van Vugt 2014 Woman as Commander In Chief Jessica Bonilla 2013 The Role of Accounting in the Enron Era: The Rise and Fall of Arthur Andersen Erica Calella 2013 The Development of Filipino Nursing in America Jessica Camacho 2013 Ethics of Human Entropy Christopher Koschier 2013 Rethinking Napoleonic Military History: The First Example of Modern Global Total War? Richard Siegler 2013 Everyman Drowns Differently Isabel Anreus 2012 Fragmented Krista Averill 2012 Story of Coming to the United States of America Kimberly Den Heyer 2012 Unraveling the Unknown: The Social Necessity and Emergence of Cryptozoology Gregory Schmidt 2012 Diagnosing Psychological Disorders Cultural Considerations and the Effects of Globalization Shannon Tarolli 2012 Religious Pluralism Helainer Terhune 2012 History of Puerto Race and its Effects on Cultural Authenticity, and the Role of Compromise Carla Valledor 2012 The Puritan Family: Religion Lived Jennifer Van Wyck 2012 When Numbers Rule the World: An Analysis of the Cultural Qualifications of Numerology Ashley Weinstein 2012 Shadows on the Air: An Exploration of Collective Experience through Poetry Patrick Boyle 2011 The Philosophy of Traveling as a Musician in the United States Eric Dryburgh 2011 Raven Crystal Lawson 2011 "Where Complaining is a Crime, Hope Becomes Despair" Bruce Spadaccini Jr. 2011 Ensemble: A Short Story Cycle Renvie Tacayon 2011 The Feminist Deconstruction of American Folklore and Fairytales Derek R Sloan 2006 The Administration of Deceptive Virtue: The Machiavellian Moment in the Neoconservative Bush Administration Steven Baker 2004 Walden: Transcendentalism and the American Dream Ariana Den Bleyker 2004 The Simpsons and Allusion: An Analysis of Association and its Effect on Viewer Experience Erika Vasquez 2004 Transplanting El Cactus: From Mexican to Latino Cesar Cazales 2003 Globalization Irene Mburu 2002 The Real World: Life in a Fish-Bowl Cicile Samiz 2002 Values and Marketing James DeMatteis 2001 An Overview of the Philosophical Implication in the History of Psychology in Society Jeff Duong 2001 Sweetest Tongue Has Sharpest Tooth: The Evolution of "Little Red Riding Hood" Trudi Van Dyke 2001 Hesitate- The Existentialist crossroads of Generation X through the lyrics of The Smashing Pumpkins Paul Bonney 2000 What it Means to Be Human Jennifer Carberry 2000 The Vampire Legend Amy Lorfink 2000 "The subjection of the Negro" Maurice Streeter 2000 Trickster: From Hermes to Carnival Fool, and Harlequin Sarah Mirza 1999 "Il Trovatore" de Giuseppe Verdi Y "El Trovador" de Antonio Garcia Gutierrez Comparacion Y Contraste Misslady Cifuentes 1998 The Media and Society: Who is in Control? Craig Germain 1998 Does the British Monarchy have a Future? Michael Marino 1996 In Search for the Feminist Roles of the Female in the works of Willa Carther, Zora Neale Hurston and Edith Wharton Dawn Olson 1996 Salvation of Sanctification Need I one, the Other or Both? Rae-Shan N. Barclift 1995 I Love you? Alexa Pereira 1995 Sigmund Freud, James Joyce, Franz Kafka Svetlana Bochstein 1993 War, Women and Change Barbara Martin 1992 The Polarization of Apollo and Dionysus Jason Carucci 1991 The Last Laugh Amy Stucki 1991 Women and Change in Colonial Mexico: Race and Class in the Sixteenth Century Sonia Mazzeo 1990 Marriage: An Analysis of the Elements Needed for it to be Healthy Stacy Tankel 1990 The Idea of Justice as Presented in the Oresteia Plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides Stephanie Schmidt 1988 The Greek Vision of Heroism from Homer to Aristotle Susan Varghese 1988 AYN Rand and Objectivism E. M. Sorber 1987 Freedom and the Artist Thesis Olyia Klymenko 1986 The Philosophies of Plato, Dante, and Dewey in relation to the Education of the Individual Donna Jones 1985 Conservative Politics in Shakespeare's Histories Benjamin Arah 1984 "Politeia Within Oneself Achieved Through Plato's Myths" Elsa Osso 1984 A Comparison of East-West Thought on Ways Man Achieves Liberation from False Consciousness in Everyday Life Roy Amato Everyman Drowns Differently Isabel Anreus Magical Realism: Focus on Tom Robbins Davinder Bhamra Beyond the Senses Christie Bozza Gothic Conventions Jessica Burke The Fin-de-Siecle Lisa Byrne Allegory in the Poetry of William Blake as an Answer to the Physical/Spiritual Duality Agustina Carando Property as a Virtue in Aristotle's Politics William Clark Total Quality Management's Impact on Human Behavior Kathy Colligan "Can I Buy Those Genes?" David Fernicola Jr. Utopia Tom Hall Does God Make Us Think? An Investigation of the Relationship between Abstract Reasoning and Religiosity Nadia Nieves Gaining Korean Culture through My Family: Sunday Gatherings Susanna Park Recording American Democracy Tyler J. Peckio Spiritual Decadence in Modern American Society: A Critical Analysis Ronald Petrucelli Who is the Judge? An Examination of the Concept of Justice and the Good Man in Aristotle and Plato Yvonne Raley Holy Mother Church: Anti-Catholic Satire in Shakespeare's Hamelt Caroline Schmidt The Role of Authority in Our Lives Lois Scian Third Wave Feminism: The Voices of Rebellion and the Cries of Opposition Nancy Walsh How do I enroll? To enroll in the Humanities Honors Track, contact the Director, Dr. Molly O'Donnell at her office in Atrium 203, or call her on (973) 720-2146 or send an email to her at email@example.com. You could also contact Jan Pinkston at (973) 720-3776 or at pinkstonj@wpunj,edu. A completed track application must also be submitted to the Honors College. About the Track Director: Dr. K. Molly O’Donnell is a modern German historian with broad teaching areas in European social history, women’s history, and the history of imperialism. Her courses train students to trace their family histories, research the everyday lives of ordinary people in the past, use role-playing, literature, and information technology to examine the past, and explore the intersections of class, race, and gender. Her research explores the impacts of German women’s colonization in Southwest Africa through the Nazi era, particularly on interracial rumors, gossip, and violence. . .