Category Archives: Honors Courses

Enhancement of ENGL 365

ENGL 365 is the first course that I have enhanced at Longwood. Solely dedicated to intricately studying and analyzing Shakespearean plays and sonnets, this class greatly enriched my thought process and analytical skills. Throughout the course of the Spring 2020 semester we read and studied a variety of Shakespeare’s comedy, tragedy, and historical plays. In deciding which play would be the topic of our enhancement, my partner Amber and I conducted research of which plays are most commonly adapted and concluded to make the comedy, Twelfth Night or What You Will, the subject of our enhancement. During the research process we watched a total of four film adaptations ranging from 1910-2006. Spending many hours delving deep into research and watching approximately six hours of movies, finishing this project is one of the most rewarding things I have accomplished.

Writing alongside another person was a new experience for me and while initially challenging, my writing skills greatly improved from this partnership. Merging writing styles, we aimed to give our paper a tone that was academic and professional while still presenting as approachable and casual to readers. I experienced vast professional and personal development due to my training as a writing consultant, coincidentally concurrent with the timeline of my partner and I writing our enhancement paper. Both training to become tutors at Longwood’s writing center, Amber and I used our desire of helping writers flourish and applied the skills we were learning in training to our own project.  Working on this enhancement for an entire semester and then seeing the finished product left me feeling rewarded and accomplished in my academic studies.

Honors EDUC 245

The second Honors course I took at Longwood was Human Growth and Development with Dr. Cosby. This class was focused on investigating how children advance from infancy through adolescence. I loved this class and how hands-on all of the activities were. Each time we met there was some sort of activity for the day. Dr. Cosby did a wonderful job at engaging all of the students and making sure that concepts were grasped before we moved on. Our grades were comprised of quizzes, tests, class activities, daily attendance, and four projects. While this class was heavy in course work, each and every activity was applicable to what we had been learning throughout the semester. One of our four projects was to design an inquiry-based study on any topic we wanted relating to child development. Below I have attached my Inquiry-Based Project.

The topic I chose to research for my Inquiry-Based Project was the effects that having a terminally ill sibling has on child development. Designing three research questions and conducting research through reading scholarly, peer-reviewed articles, I was able to determine both the positive and the negative effects this has on a child throughout their developmental years. After research, I used the theories and theorists of child development and applied and compared them to my findings. I enjoyed this project because Dr. Cosby gave us the freedom of choosing a topic that interested us. This project allowed me to reflect on all the material I had learned throughout the semester and apply it to a modern day, real life. situation. Having teaching be my future profession, I gained many valuable skills in how to work with children in this particular situation.

Author: Payten Bovat

Title: Inquiry Based Project: Developmental Effects of Having a Terminally Ill Sibling

Date: April 9, 2019


Honors CTZN 110

The first Honors course I took at Longwood was CTZN 110 with Dr. Dudley-Shotwell. This course was labeled Bodies and Citizens and it was largely related to women and gender studies. I did not particularly enjoy this course as it was contrary to many of my beliefs, but after the conclusion of the semester I felt well-educated on many topics that I had not previously been exposed to. The formatting of this class was unique and not what I expected of a college course. I very much enjoyed that each class time we met there was student lead discussion on the articles we had annotated for that week. Our grades in the class were taken from our weekly annotations and class discussions. I appreciate that participation was taken into account when grades were given. Our ability to analyze and effectively communicate the main concepts of articles played a key role in our course grade.

As a final project for the class we were prompted to design a course syllabus on a topic that interested us. We were able to use a topic that we had discussed in class or choose one of our own. Below I have attached my final project on illegal immigrants and their effects on the American healthcare system. I loved doing this project because it prompted me to do a lot of research and educate myself.

Author: Payten Bovat

Title: Illegal Immigrants in the Healthcare System

Date: December 2018