Honors Courses of the Day

Digital Imagining & Street Level Criminology

Digital Imagining (Graphic Arts and Design 2961.01, CRN: 25511)

Days/Times: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30 to 3:20 PM
Professor: Rebecca Michaels


About: Life is full of wonder when you slow down and simply open your eyes to it. All it takes is an open mind and a shift in your way of seeing. The primary objective of this course is to introduce you to the act of seeing photographically, creative problem solving, and thinking visually while learning contemporary digital technology and practices. You will be instructed on the use of a variety of input and output devices (cameras, scanners, printers) and software applications. Emphasis is placed on image making, proper workflow, interpretation, and output. You will produce a print portfolio that demonstrates your unique visual thinking skills and your continued sense of awe and wonder while discovering the visual world around you.

About the Professor: I am an Associate Professor at Tyler School of Art in the Photography Program. My background includes extensive experience as a photographer, visual communicator, and design professional. My photographic books have been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. I am deeply committed to and passionate about visual arts education and the role of critical thinking in creating learning as a life-long pattern. In my spare time I am teaching myself how to juggle . . . which I am finding to be appropriate metaphor for life.

Street-Level Criminology (Criminal Justice 3902.01, CRN: 26319)

Days/Times: Tuesday & Thursday, 2 to 3:20 PM

Professor: Elizabeth Groff


NOTE: This class is listed as Honors: Environmental Criminology on Banner.


About: Everyone makes judgments about the riskiness of a situation using first-hand knowledge of a place when available or environmental cues. The more familiar we are with a place the more confident we are in our assessment of risk. People who are actively looking to commit a crime are doing the same type of mental calculus except they are more concerned with the likelihood of interference during the commission of a crime. This course examines what we know about street-level criminology. We will discuss different theoretical explanations for ‘why crime happens where it does’ and examine the role of the built and the social environment in creating opportunities for crime. We will also explore the application of crime prevention strategies.


About the Professor: I am an urban geographer by training and bring an interdisciplinary view to the question of ‘why crime happens where it does’. My path to teaching detoured through stints as: a civilian Geographic Information System Coordinator of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department; the Director of the Crime Mapping Research Center at the National Institute of Justice; and a Senior Analyst at a non-profit research firm. I have applied research projects with the Baltimore County, Philadelphia, Redlands, New York and Temple Police Departments. In my spare time, I get outdoors as much as possible to hike and soon to kayak.