“What I liked most about Honors is that it was a change of pace from every other course I took. As a chemical engineering major my course load was heavy with math and science; Honors gave me a sanctuary from the world of formulas and calculations.”
Will Gramlich ’06
[For course descriptions from the catalog, click on the course title link.]
The four courses constituting Civilizations: Past, Present, and Future follow a chronological trajectory from earliest recorded times through the present, examining philosophy, history, literature, the arts, and natural, physical, and social sciences. In particular, by incorporating primary sources, small group discussions, and multiple perspectives, these courses explore the way in which civilizations and cultures have been developed and have interacted with others.
General Education notes for the Honors core curriculum:
- The Human Values and Social Contexts group of requirements calls for 18 credits in those areas, whereas the Civilizations sequence is 16 credits. Taking an Honors tutorial almost always provides the additional needed credits.
- Successful (“C” or better) completion of HON 111 and HON 112 waives the college composition (ENG 101) requirement. In addition, HON 211 and HON 212 are both designated writing intensive.
Honors tutorials will carry the course number (between 311 and 347) corresponding to the general education area(s) addressed by the course. Prior to 2008, each Honors 310 tutorial was “converted” to a designator between HON311 and HON347 to indicate the appropriate area(s). In either case, student transcripts will reflect the appropriate numbers. A key to those correspondences can be found here.
Students completing an approved Tutorial Alternative may waive the tutorial requirement. See the Tutorial Alternatives for more information.
A note on Honors 396, 397, 398, and 399: Honors 396 and 397 are directed study where a student explores a well-defined area of interest either outside (396) or within (397) her/his major field. This work is done under the supervision of a faculty member (the tutor) who has appropriate expertise. Honors 398 is an independent research experience, again supervised by an appropriate faculty member.
Honors 170 and Honors 180 were suspended beginning in Fall 2009. Beginning in Fall 2011, we have reinstated Honors 180, and Honors 170 has been reinstated as of Fall 2013. Honors 188, instituted in Fall 2009 as a temporary replacement for Honors 180, has been suspended indefinitely.