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The Honors Program provides academically motivated students with intellectual stimulation and rich experiences for personal and professional growth by offering courses that prepare them to produce exemplary, creative, and challenging work. As an option for meeting the College’s liberal arts requirements, it provides an alternative to the Integrative Studies Program and involves both residential and classroom opportunities.

In addition to working closely with fellow students and professors to engage in creative and critical inquiry, honors students integrate and expand on what they are learning in Honors courses by participating in enrichment activities and events both on and off campus.

Required Courses

Source: Current course catalog. Subject to change.

  • HNRSTW 101 Honors Thinking and Writing
  • Three Honors Courses (12 credits) in the Arts and Sciences taken from three areas: HNRSA 290 Honors Arts, HNRSH 290 Honors Humanities, HNRSN 290 Honors Natural Sciences, and HNRSS 290 Honors Social Sciences. These Honors courses meet Integrative Studies Program Outcomes and Honors Program outcomes appropriate to the area.
  • HNRS 301 Global Engagement
  • HNRSI 401 Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar
  • Integrative Studies Requirements

    • IQL Quantitative Literacy
    • Four additional Integrative Studies Perspectives courses (16 credits). Students must take one course from each area (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences)

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HNRSTW101 Honors Thinking and Writing

This Honors course introduces students to skills and ways of thinking essential to intellectual inquiry. Students will pose a creative and complex question; investigate it with critical analyses of reading, research, and data; and use appropriate research techniques and documentation to produce a substantial writing project. Prerequisite: Admission to the College Honors Program.

HNRSA290 Honors Arts

Honors courses in the arts will present content-specific titles and descriptions when they are approved by the Honors Program Advisory Council. They will meet Integrative Studies Program outcomes and Honors Program outcomes appropriate to the course. Prerequisite: Admission to the College Honors Program and ITW or HNRSTW.

HNRSH290 Honors Humanities

Honors courses in the humanities will present content-specific titles and descriptions when they are approved by the Honors Program Advisory Council. They will meet Integrative Studies Program outcomes and Honors Program outcomes appropriate to the course. Prerequisite: Admission to the College Honors Program and ITW or HNRSTW.

HNRSN290 Honors Natural Sciences

Honors courses in the natural sciences will present content-specific titles and descriptions when they are approved by the Honors Program Advisory Council. They will meet Integrative Studies Program outcomes and Honors Program outcomes appropriate to the course. Prerequisite: Admission to the College Honors Program and ITW or HNRSTW.

HNRSS290 Honors Social Sciences

Honors courses in the social sciences will present content-specific titles and descriptions when they are approved by the Honors Program Advisory Council. They will meet Integrative Studies Program outcomes and Honors Program outcomes appropriate to the course. Prerequisite: Admission to the College Honors Program and ITW or HNRSTW.

HNRS301 Global Engagement

Intensive interdisciplinary immersion in a cultural experience outside the United States. Through cohort-based research and learning, students reflect on their roles and responsibilities as global citizens. Readings, discussions, and on-site projects analyze artistic, social, political, and/or environmental issues facing their host country. Must be completed before fall of senior year. Enrollment limited to 12. Prerequisite: Admission to College Honors Program or permission of instructor.

HNRSI401 Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar

This course selects a specific cultural, aesthetic, scientific, historic, social, or political problem, issue, or question. Students bring together the resources of multiple disciplines, augmented by appropriate materials, methods, or theories, to address the course topic. Discussion-based seminar or small-group format; requires significant scholarly research project or other appropriate artifact. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 or HNRSTW 101, IQL 101, and admission to College Honors Program. Fall.


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