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Honors Core Courses

1) Honors Seminar: HNRS 175 (3 credits) (XS)(Quest 1)*

This interdisciplinary, team-taught seminar is a prerequisite, first-year requirement for all Honors students the semester they are admitted to the Program. The course is designed to demonstrate the interaction between different areas of study. Students will spend equal time examining a specific theme from the perspective of each of two instructors from different disciplines. Occasionally, the classes are combined so the group as a whole can meet. Topics have included "Truth," "Revolution," "Ethics," "Science and Religion," "Creativity," and "Food."

The Honors Seminar is also a great opportunity to meet other Honors students starting the program at the same time and to make connections with Honors faculty.


2) Culture Connection: HNRS 275 (3 credits) (ES)(XC)(Quest 2 + 3)

The purpose of this course is twofold: to assist students with cultivating strategies for engaging deeply with cultural experiences and events and to further their development as writers. To that end, students will read a selection of essays on cultural criticism as well as cultural critiques of theatrical performances, music recitals and concerts, art exhibits, etc. In addition, students will be expected to attend cultural events on campus or in the community and to write their own critiques of them. Culture Connection is offered both spring and fall.

Culture Connection is also available as a study abroad course over interim. In May 2014, Culture Connection in London was launched with Dr. Carlin and twenty Honors students. Another abroad class was organized, which quickly filled, for January 2015 (fall interim).

Because response has been enthusiastic--and endorsements from the May 2014 and January 2015 students have been contagious--subsequent Culture Connection Abroad sections were developed for May 2015,  January 2016, and May 2016. There is no end in sight.

Students must start the application process well in advance by contacting the Office of International Education (Dempsey 202): Interested students may also contact Dr. Larry Carlin.


May 2014: The first-ever Culture Connection abroad class at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.
The first-ever Culture Connection Abroad group (May 2014) on their way to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

3) Senior Capstone: HNRS 475 or XXX-474 (3-6 credits)

For their final Core Course, Honors students complete EITHER

An Honors Senior Seminar (HNRS 475), a 14-week class (offered fall and spring),

~ OR ~

An Honors Thesis (XXX 474), where students work with a faculty advisor to design and complete an independent research project over a minimum of two semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall).
More information about the two Senior Capstone options may be found here.
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