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: Leadership
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