Students in the Honors College possess dual academic citizenship.
Students may pursue any major available in the University and at the same time complete the Honors College curriculum. In most cases, participation in Honors does not increase the number of credits required for graduation. Each term, students enroll in one Honors seminar that is designed to stimulate thoughtful discussion and creativity and to develop communication skills. Honors seminars have a smaller student/faculty ratio than any other course on campus. In the senior year, students may choose from several options including additional seminars, independent research, and study abroad.
All classes are interdisciplinary and most are team-taught. In introductory Honors seminars, students and faculty meet in a large group session one day each week for activities such as lectures, panel discussions, case studies, and student presentations; the other class meeting each week is spent in small group discussions with individual professors. All courses are yearlong; students are with the same professor in fall and in spring (or two continuous semesters).
The curriculum emphasizes the following activities:
– Critical, integrative, and creative thinking;
– Group and independent research;
– Oral presentation;
– Close contact between students and faculty;
– Integration of class work with the broader community.
The College brings together professors of different disciplines not so much to present a catalog of competing worldviews as to offer faculty and students the opportunity to answer the big questions all humans face.