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Curriculum & Faculty

The honors curriculum stresses critical and creative thinking, leadership and service. The curriculum is comprised of 17 credits. Most of these credits, such as Honors English and Honors Religion, satisfy the college’s core requirements. Juniors and seniors take a series of one-credit “colloquia” that are centered on the themes of values, vocation and service. Honors students also spend one or two semesters developing an Honors Thesis with a faculty member of their choosing. They present the findings of their research at Inquirere, the college’s undergraduate academic conference. Most honors students elect to study abroad in Greece during the May term of their junior or senior year.

Honors College Course Descriptions

HON/ENG 106 Honors Freshman Seminar I (3 cr.)

This honors level course in academic literacy focuses on college writing, critical thinking, and active reading. Students develop their abilities to analyze source texts, synthesize ideas, and advance arguments in writing. Reading-to-write is emphasized in a syllabus of classic and contemporary texts. (Open to students accepted into the Honors College Program) 

HON/ENG 107 Honors Seminar II (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the critical reading of literary texts from a variety of genres, times, and voices. Class discussion and writing projects provide opportunity for analysis, synthesis, and interpretation of the texts as students develop increasing academic literacy. (Open to students in the Honors College Program) (Prerequisite: ENG 101/106)

HON 200 Honors Philosophy (3 cr.)

A team-taught seminar that explores the process of disciplinary thinking. Each unit examines a person or an idea that has impacted how we consider what it means to be human. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills as evidenced in both oral and written contributions. (Strongly advised for all Honors College students; required for potential Waldorf Scholars. Non-honors students may take the course with the permission of the Director of the Honors College.)

HON 279 Honors Colloquium I (1 cr.)

A course designed to foster critical thinking, in-depth analysis, and communication skills through reading, discussion, and writing about a single topic. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA 3.00 or permission of Honors College Director) Course may be repeated.

HON 289 Honors Colloquium II (1 cr.)

A course designed to apply the critical thinking skills from the honors curriculum to service learning opportunities. The class will select a campus or community issue and interact with constituent groups to resolve the issue.

HON 399 Honors World Trip (1 cr.)

This course is designed to prepare students for an overseas travel experience. Students will study the history and culture of the destination as well as assist in the creation of the itinerary and making travel arrangements.

HON 499 Honors Thesis (1 cr.)

The topic for the Honors thesis must be approved by the honors director and the thesis advisor. Students may choose to work in any discipline. The thesis will involve extensive research which will result in a written work that is appropriate for presentation at Inquirere, the college’s undergraduate academic conference.

Honors College Faculty

Suzanne Falck-Yi, Ph.D.
Dr. Falck-Yi is an associate professor of English and the Director of the Honors College. She teaches several Honors courses, directs the Honors Inquierere Thesis projects, and teaches the “Daughters of Eve” unit of Honors Philosophy.

Robert Alsop, Ph.D.
Dr. Alsop is president of the college. He teaches several honors courses, organizes out of classroom experiences, and leads the Honors World Trip.

Steve Smith, M.Div.
Professor Smith is an Assistant Professor of Religion and teaches the sophomore-level Honors Ethics course.

Blake Slonecker, Ph.D.
Dr. Slonecker is an Assistant Professor of History and Political Science and team-teaches the Honors Philosophy course.

Julienne Friday, MA
Professor Friday is Professor of Psychology and Sociology and teaches a unit on Justice in the Honors Philosophy course.

Joe Wilkins, MFA
Professor Wilkins is Director of the Creative Writing Program and teaches part of the Honors Philosophy course.