The Honors curriculum consists of required seminars, enrichment electives, cognates and an Honors Project.
HNRS 111 Narrating the Quest explores the ubiquitous motif of quests in literature. Students will examine journeys and discoveries as a lense for examining their own quests. In particular, they will consider the relationship between the geography of physical journeys and their spiritual, interior journeys. As a writing and literature course, they will also develop the basis for strong scholarly work—reading strategies, the habits of mind for questioning and exploring possible answers, the art of dialectical conversation and effective group discussions, as well as stylistically sophisticated reflective and academic writing.
HNRS 121 Analyzing the Arts offers an interdisciplinary overview of the arts (music, visual arts, literature) through an examination of the theme of creation. What does it mean to create? What are the responsibilities of the creator? What are the moral implications of art? From the Greek Prometheus myth to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the class will address the struggle to balance the human desire to create with the risks associated with that god-like act. Students will continue to hone their writing abilities particularly through literary analysis and research.
HNRS 131 Scientific Inquiry examines scientific thought and methodology through the theme of food. Among other things, students will investigate the physical and chemical changes that occur during cooking, learn tools to evaluate claims about nutrition and diet fads, and examine the impact of climate change, genetic modification, and factory farming on food, humans, and the environment.
Students pursuing a B.A. degree will need to complete the Foreign Language requirement outlined for the B.A. General Education Requirement.
All other students complete one of the following options:
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