“What makes a class honors?”
We get that question a lot. And the answer is … it depends. In an engineering course, “honors” may be your entrée to working with the molecular beam epitaxy machine, which allows you to grow nanostructures one atom at a time. In an honors section of a history course, you might do additional readings and conduct primary research in the UA Libraries’ Special Collections.
In the honors section of Carl Smith’s American Landscapes course (LARC 1003H), honors students Morgan Palmer and Polina Timchenko gave up a couple of Saturdays last spring for personal tours of some quintessentially American landscapes located right here in Arkansas. The tours were led by a team of experts, starting with Carl Smith himself. An associate professor of landscape architecture, Smith was born and bred in Yorkshire, England, and brings a fresh perspective and a passion for sustainable development to the 21st-century American landscape.
His course surveys mankind’s changing attitudes toward urban and rural outdoor spaces and the origins of the environmental movement. Northwest Arkansas, he says, provides the perfect setting to focus on issues of national importance: “It is one of the fastest growing regions in the U.S.A., and will be facing some challenging questions concerning the accommodation of population growth and urbanization.” At the same time, the region “benefits from a varied, beautiful natural landscape, and cultural capital of national significance.”
Join us for the first of two road trips offering a fresh take on our own landscape.
Landscape into Art into Landscape: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art