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Honors Core Courses

In addition to the required electives, Honors College students must complete the three Core Courses listed below.

1) Honors Seminar: HNRS 175 (3 credits)

This interdisciplinary, team-taught seminar is a prerequisite, first-year requirement for all Honors students the semester they are 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 st times the classes are combined so the group as a whole can meet. Recent topics include “Food,” “Social Justice,” “Creativity,” and “Education.”

The Honors Seminar is also a great opportunity to meet other students who are new to the Honors College and to make connections with Honors faculty.
2) Culture Connection: HNRS 275 (3 credits)

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, this is a community engagement class in which students attend events, exhibitions, and productions on campus or in the community and 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 soon organized, which quickly filled, for 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. 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.

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

For their final Core Course, Honors students pick EITHER

Honors Senior Seminar (HNRS 475), a 14-week class (theme varies), ~ OR~

Honors Thesis (TBA-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.