This course occurs fall term only and is required for all Honors Program graduates. It brings senior students together across majors to critically discuss and evaluate their academic and personal development. Students engage in critical reflection on the education they have had and the men and women they have become. They work to present a clear, concise statement of who they are, what they have been able to accomplish, and a sense of how they want to develop from here. Students meet weekly and help each other create a retrospective understanding of the value and significance of each of their individualized Honors Components, their interdisciplinary Honors Courses, and their major course of study. Students discuss, present, and develop team projects and goals for their futures. Prerequisites: Senior standing, all Honors core courses must be completed, or permission from Honors Program Director.
HON101 - Honors Colloquium
This course is interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and geared toward debate and dialogue. Students explore unexpected topics and learn to analyze from a variety of perspectives including race, class, gender, and sexuality. The course is designed to further develop students' critical thinking, writing, and oral presentation skills. It also connects first year students to a larger, intellectually curious community through special events. Topics vary widely but connect to contemporary questions and problems. The course offers a seminar discussion led by College President Michael Alexander. Past topics have included: cultural notions of bodies and body art; graphic novels; sex and death; telling life stories; truth, terror, love, and lies; and uses and abuses of science and technology. Honors 101 substitutes for First Year Seminar, which is required of all students not eligible for HON101. Restricted to Honors Program students only.
HON305 - Honors Sem II:Interdisciplinary Topics
This course guides student research on challenging, provocative, and multi-dimensional topics. The course takes seminar form, using debate, dialogue, reading, writing, and individualized research to develop the student's interdisciplinary perspectives, moral and cultural understanding, and problem-solving skills. Topics vary widely. Past courses have included: HIV/AIDS in America; The Wire: Intersections of Class, Power, Crime, and Choice; Sextopia; The Postcolonial World; Bioethics; Revolutions and Revolutionary Thought; Women and Beauty. Most courses fulfill either a Multicultural, Moral/Ethical or Aesthetic area of inquiry. Prerequisites: Junior standing, HON101, HON205, or permission from Honors Program Director.
HON205 - Honors Seminar
This course uses community-based service learning to examine issues of social justice in order to develop critical, capable, and ethical leaders and team-builders. Students explore obstacles, challenges, and failures of leadership as well as models for success. With the aim 1) to differentiate service learning from voluntary service, and 2) to promote leadership, social justice, and real world problem-solving among students, service activities are supported and analyzed through reading, writing, and discussion. Prerequisite: HON101 or permission from Honors Program Director
HON299X - Independent Component Workshop
Finally! Do you dream of doing an Honors Component that is not attached to one of your semester courses? Have an idea, a passion, a project? Something that will deepen your knowledge or build professional skills, something you need to research whether that research takes traditional or non-traditional forms? This new Independent Component workshop aims to provide workshop structure to that dream so you can collaborate with others, share your enthusiasms and your work and get the guidance you need. Register now with an idea and we will frame it and connect to faculty mentors in the first three weeks of the term.
This course is open to anyone who wants to
1. Design a solo Component: your own a solo Component unattached to a course
2. Be selected for the Honors Program Social Media Team for 2014-15.
About the Social Media team:
The workshop hopes to select up to seven students with varied backgrounds and interests to earn one Component credit for two-semesters of posting to social media and conducting a workshop on strategies and results. Send a note with your interest to the Director as you register for HON 299X. Social media: Preference for section A, but either section is permitted.
The Program has experimented with a student Social Media Team this year. The goal is to distinguish the Honors Facebook page from other institutional pages by incorporating a variety of student voices and encouraging interactive posting and commentary. The team seeks to 1) build community among alumni, prospective, and current students, 2) communicate a variety of experience and perspectives 3) to promote on-line debate, free speech, and questions. The team will meet in the fall Workshop for reading and discussion on best practices in social media marketing and internet ethics and to develop content for the Page and the Honors web site. Each team member designs a specialty “beat,” as a news columnist might, posts on a scheduled basis, and tabulates the number of audience views, comments, shares and other interaction drawn by each of her/his posts. If you are on Facebook, you’ve seen this in action. The 2013-2014 Social Media “beats” have been entitled Beyond our Borders, New Horizons, In the Media, Campus Lifestyle, Gaming News, Hidden Lasell, Box Office News, and Look for the Helpers.