To participate in the Honors Program, you must complete 21 credit hours of the Honors Program courses. These courses include:
- ENG 199 H1 Special Topics in Literature (3)
Content to be determined each semester. Honors Program students will take this course in lieu of ENG 112 or 210. Prerequisite: ENG 111. (Spring)
- PHI 191 H1 Judeo-Christian Doctrine (3)
A fundamental examination of the Judeo-Christian tradition, beginning with a consideration of the relationship between theology and philosophy. Foundational religious affirmations will be examined from the perspective of both disciplines. Honors Program students will take PHI 191 in lieu of PHI 220 or THE 191 in lieu of THE 201. (Fall)
- THE 201 H1 Theology: Faith, Beliefs and Traditions (3)
A study of spirituality, religion, faith and theology as significant dimensions of all human life. Particular attention will be given to the anthropological origins of the human desire for spirituality expressed in religions. Beliefs and traditions will be studied, in particular those coming from Judaic origins and finding their expression in Christianity, especially Catholic beliefs and traditions. This course fulfils a general education requirement for the College of Arts and Sciences and is the required first course for this purpose.
- CHE/PHY 240 H1 History and Philosophy of Science (3)
The course examines scientific and mathematical thought from a historical and philosophical perspective. The connection between the disciplines of chemistry, physics, and mathematics will be highlighted. The development of scientific thought throughout history will be studied and paradigm shifts will be emphasized. (Fall)
- HON 199 H1 First-Year Experience Seminar (1)
All first-year Honors Program students are required to enroll in HON 199 H1. By having completed HON 199 H1, students will become more active in the intellectual and cultural life of the learning community. Students will apply key concepts of the course to specific ethical, cultural, and social variables at play in the academic community. At the end of the course, students will achieve successful academic and social transitions to college. Topics include introduction of academic culture, research writing, media literacy, academic leadership, and community building. (Fall)
- HON 300 H1: Special Topics: Chinese Culture (3)
Examines the major aesthetic, social, and political elements which have shaped modern Chinese culture and society. Primary focus on China, with some reference to Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Readings on contemporary China and historical evolution of the culture are coordinated with study of art (calligraphy, painting, movies, and music) and literature (Tao Te Ching & Confucius). Part of China Study Abroad Program. This course is available to both Honors Program students and non-Honors Program students. Non-Honors Program students must have cum GPA of 3.0 or a strong letter of recommendation when submitting the China Study Abroad Application (Summer II).
- HUM 199 H1 Dimensions of Culture I (3)
This course addresses the importance of understanding theory and its relationship to how society/culture is produced and sustained. Various theoretical/philosophical assumptions that contribute to the production of cultural knowledge will be examined. (Spring)
- HUM 300 H1 Dimensions of Culture II (3)
This course will address the importance of theory in understanding and studying the concept of culture. The course will examine how culture is shaped by major social institutions and how these institutions shape cultural products such as literature, film, and art. The underlying assumption that guides the dominant cultural standards of America will be evaluated. Prerequisite: HUM 199 H1. (Spring)
- SOC 394 H1 The World in America (3)
The central focus of this course is to analyze and understand current relations of inequality within the context of the United States and Latin America—particularly as they relate to race and class. (Fall)
- HON 479 H1 Senior Honors Thesis/Research Project (3)
Students will conduct an original research that stems from collaboration between the student’s academic major and the Honors Program’s curriculum. Topic and thesis proposal must be approved by the Honors Program’s director and the thesis advisor. A supervisory committee will oversee the thesis/project. (Fall, Spring)
Can I use some of the 25 credit hours towards my liberal arts requirements?
If your major is within the College of Arts and Sciences, you can use up to 3 courses (9 credit hours) of the Honors Program courses to fulfill the General Education Requirements. These courses are ENG 199 H1, PHI 191 H1, and THE 201 H1
If your major is outside the College of Arts and Sciences, you can use up to 5 courses (15 credit hours) of the Honors Program courses to fulfill the University's Distribution Requirements. These courses are ENG 199 H1, PHI 191 H1, THE 201 H1, CHE/PHY 240 H1, and SOC 394 H1.
For all majors, HON 199, HUM 199, HUM 300, and HON 479 can be taken as part of the general elective courses.