The Honors Program offers several different types of courses, carrying from one to three credits. Each class is limited to fifteen students, all of whom are in the program or have high GPA's and faculty recommendations. Socratic dialog, rather than lecture, and cross disciplinary connections are encouraged.
These are basic three-credit courses selected from the college's general education offerings which are supplemented in various ways to better fit the Honors Program's goals and missions. They are drawn from the Social Sciences, Math, Biology, English, Arts and Communication, Business and Movement Sciences departments. Enhancements might include student presentations, focus on primary texts, peer-led discussion groups, special projects, field trips, master classes with guest lectures and more depth and breadth of course content. These courses help fulfill both Honors Program and normal degree requirements. They range from Freshman English I and History of Rock Music to Social Problems and Biology for Today.
These required seminars are created specifically for the program to foster cross-disciplinary exploration and discussion. Topics change each semester based on faculty proposals and student interests and must cover numerous subject areas (i.e. art, history, politics, music, literature and architecture). They are often team taught. Several previous seminars have included: the Arts in New York City; Latin American Culture; Frontiers in Biology; The Sixties; From Gothic to Goth and Viennese Culture, The Rise of Modernism and History of the Future. New classes offered include NetGen, The Holocaust, and Museumology. Students in the program complete a total of three of these one-credit seminars. They are limited to Honors Program students.
These are three credit special topics courses created specifically for the Honors program and designed to explore particular areas of interest. They are often faculty-proposed and may include student suggestions as well. While they may originate from a specific department, they are either master class style or cover the subject area from a number of different disciplines. The most recent course was The Golden Ratio, a math class based on a specific primary text that looked at the applications of the golden ratio across disciplines (art, science, architecture, and music to name but a few). These courses may also be tested through the program and then redesigned for the at-large student population. An example is Popular Culture and the Media.
Inspired by transfer institutions' preference and our desire to foster active, involved citizens, this one credit independent study course (limited to Honors Program students) provides students with practical experience in community service, volunteering and fund raising. Students complete a total of forty-five hours of service over two semesters and may take the course twice.
Working one-on-one with a faculty mentor, students propose and then complete a project in their specific area of interest. While part of the project requires research and writing, students may also complete additional artistic creations, laboratory work, architectural designs, etc. The entire project culminates in a videotaped presentation to the community. This two credit, year-long course (limited to Honors Program students) provides an opportunity for students to perform higher level, independent undergraduate research.