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Honors Core Courses

In addition to a number of Honors Electives, Honors College students must complete the three requirements that form the Honors Core:

1) Honors Seminar: HNRS 175Q (3 credits)

This interdisciplinary seminar is often team taught and is a first-year requirement for all students admitted to The Honors College. 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, and at times the classes are combined so the group as a whole can meet. Recent topics include “Natural Hazards,” “Social Justice,” “Creativity,” and “Power.” HNRS 175Q is also a great opportunity to meet other students who are new to The Honors College and to make connections with Honors instructors.

2) Culture Connection: HNRS 275Q (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is twofold: It assists 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 critiques of theatrical performances, music recitals and concerts, art exhibits, etc. In addition, this is a community engagement class in which students attend, absorb, and discuss events, exhibitions, and productions on campus or in the community and write their own critiques of them. HNRS 275Q: Culture Connection is offered both spring and fall.

Culture Connection is also available as a three-week study abroad program over interim. In May 2014, Culture Connection in London was launched with Dr. Carlin and twenty Honors students. Another abroad class was soon organized, which quickly filled, for the January 2015 “winterim.” Enthusiastic endorsements from each section proved contagious, and subsequent Culture Connection Abroad sections were developed for May 2015,  January 2016, and every interim since. Culture Connection destinations have included Edinburgh, London, and Paris!

Students are encouraged to begin the application process well in advance by contacting the Office of International Education: Dempsey 202 or Interested students may also contact Dr. Larry Carlin.

3) Honors Senior Capstone: Either HNRS 475 (3 credits) or DEPT 474 (3 to 6 credits)

For their final Core Course, Honors students pick EITHER

Honors Senior Seminar (HNRS 475), a 14-week, theme-based class

~ OR ~

Honors Thesis (DEPT 474), where the student works one on one with a faculty advisor to design and produce an independent research project. Honors Thesis credits may be applied to the student’s major or minor and is completed over the course of two semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall).

More information about the two Honors Senior Capstone options may be found here.