Courses

Students can earn nine credits of their General Education requirements by successfully passing Honors-designated courses in Humanities, English, and Social Sciences.

Social Sciences: 3 credits

Students will complete 3 one-credit Honors courses in conjunction with one another to fulfill 3 credits of the Social Sciences General Education requirements.

Students will examine the problems and possibilities that have shaped contemporary American identity as well as the ways in which this identity might be reimagined to reflect our always-already multicultural America. Students will discuss contemporary political, social, economic, educational, scientific and humanistic issues, focusing especially on identifying different genres and structures of valid arguments that social sciences employ to communicate responses to and action on important issues.

Building on the approaches, ideas and themes from HON 2010, students will examine the problems and possibilities that have shaped contemporary American identity. Students will discuss and engage with short-form persuasive arguments on contemporary political, social, economic, educational, scientific and humanistic issues. Using the scientific method as a framework, students will pose research questions and conduct ethical and relevant research to form the basis of their own short-form persuasive arguments. Students will also examine sociological and political taxonomies to move beyond arguing for a position to proposing a solution to a problem associated with political and cultural conceptualizations of American identity.

Building upon the approaches, ideas and themes from HON 2010 and HON 2020, students will be introduced to the scientific method and the characteristics of science versus pseudoscience or unscientific claims about the world. Students engage with one research question about the social world and attempt to answer it via careful observation/data collection or concrete experiment.

Humanities: 3 credits

This course investigates what it means to be human and what our stories tell us and others about our human experience. Students will engage with stories and perspectives of multiple individuals who have lived around the globe in various times and cultures and have experienced diverse life situations and experiences. Students will explore these stories through expressive mediums including literature, art, music, film and ritual.

English: 3 credits

This course, which fulfills the General Education ENGL requirement typically met by ENGL 2010, extends principles of rhetorical awareness and knowledge-making introduced in ENGL 1010. By exploring epistemologies of academic and professional disciplines, students will analyze and create texts in a variety of genres, preparing them to enter into advanced disciplinary discourses.