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Curriculum & Faculty

The honors curriculum, comprised of 17 credits, emphasizes critical and creative thinking, leadership and service. Nine of these credits, such as honors English and honors religion, satisfy the university's core requirements. Juniors and seniors take a series of one-credit “colloquia” that are designed to enhance students' Waldorf education by exploring historical and cultural issues beyond what they might encounter in other classrooms: one semester, you might take the Iowa Landscapes photography course, followed perhaps by a study of Homer's The Odyssey, or Crime and Punishment, or Restoring and Re-storying the Prairie.

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. Honors students can also elect to study abroad in Italy, France and England during the May term of their junior or senior year based on availability.

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 curriculum focused on Ancient Greece. (Open to students accepted into the Honors College Program)(Fall)

HON/ENG 107: Honors Seminar II (3 cr.)
This course focuses on the critical reading of literary texts through a study of the French Revolution, its flaws and its ideals. 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 120/121 or HON 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.)(Prerequisite: ENG 120, ENG 121 or HON 107)

HON/REL 205H Contemporary Ethical Issues (3 cr.)
A study of the contemporary ethical issues beginning with the human predicament and an examination of classic methods of moral reasoning. Christian contributions to the moral conversation are examined and applied to real-life moral issues as well. The purpose of the class is for students to examine and become more intentional in their own moral reasoning. (Prerequisites: HON 106, HON 107, REL 103 and PHL 111)

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. The course is offered every semestere with a cariety of interesting topics. Course may be repeated. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA 3.00 or permission of Honors College Director)

HON 289: Honors Colloquium II (1 cr.)
A course designed to apply the critical thinking skills from the honors curriculum to service learning opportunities on campus or in the community. The class will select a campus or community issue and interact with constituent groups to resolve the issue. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA 3.00 or permission of Honors College Director)

HON 399: Honors World Trip (1 cr.)
This course is designed to prepare students for an overseas travel experience. Students will study the history, art and culture of the destinations prior to travel.  (Prerequisites:  Actively making progress towards completing the Honors Curriculum and a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or permission of the Honors College Director.) (Spring and May term of even-numbered years)

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 university’s undergraduate academic conference. (Prerequisite:  Actively making progress towards completing the Honors curriculum.) (Every Fall and Spring

Honors College Faculty

Suzanne Falck-Yi, Ph.D.
Dr. Falck-Yi is a professor of English and the director of the Honors College. She teaches several honors courses, directs the honors Inquierere thesis projects and teaches a Women's Studies unit.

Robert Alsop, Ph.D.
Dr. Alsop, president of Waldorf University, and former director of the Honors College, teaches a Marxist unit of honors philosophy.

Nick Benesh, Ph.D.
Dr. Benesh teaches a psychology study of Superheroes for his version of Honors 279.

David Damm, M.A.
Communications Professor Damm teaches the Iowa Landscapes photography course for the Honors College.

Carrol Fischer, Ph.D.
Dr. Fischer is a biology professor who teaches the Medical Ethics portion of honors philosophy.

Julienne Friday, M.A.
Professor Friday is professor of psychology and sociology and teaches a unit on justice in the honors philosophy course.

David Greder, Ph.D.
Dr. Greder teaches about interreligious dialogue in his unit of honors philosophy.

Jonathan Klauke, Ph.D.
Dr. Klauke discusses our human search for meaning in the honors philosophy class.

Kevin Mason, Ph.D.
Local History of north Iowa is the topic of historian Dr. Kevin Mason's Honors 279 course.

Steve Smith, M.Div.
Professor Smith is an assistant professor of religion and teaches the sophomore-level honors ethics course.