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First year: Learning Communities: Fall

First -year Honors students take an 8-credit, team-taught Learning Community
that explore multidisciplinary approaches to contemporary social issues. Learning
Communities take place in the fall semester. All include intensive writing instruction.

The Learning Community replaces the First-year Writing and MCC requirements for
first-year students.

A Learning Community generally includes three individual courses: a Monday 3-credit
course taught by one professor, a Friday 3-credit course taught by another professor, and
a Wednesday 2-credit Integrative Seminar taught by both professors. The students are the
same in all three courses.

Learning Communities in Fall, 2013
  • LC I: Democracy or Apartheid: Race, Class, and Gender in America
    • Disciplines: Education and Economics
  • LC II: Your Microbes and You
    • Disciplines: Chemistry and Computer Science
    • Prerequisite of AP Biology
  • LC III: Democracy and Social Change
    • Disciplines: History, Gender and Labor Studies, Art

First-year in Honors: Honors 190 Critical Thinking, Public SpeakingSpring.

First-year Honors students and sophomore transfer Honors students take a one-credit
course that includes: transforming an academic paper into a script for a oral presentation,
practice with tone and gesture in public speaking, and a presentation to a live audience.
Students work with a consultant from Bates Communications. Honors 190 is an intensive
writing and critical thinking course.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, sophomore-entry Honors students will be required to take
Hon 190 in the spring of their sophomore year.

Honors Curriculum after the First-year Learning Community.

All Honors students may take Honors seminars after the fall of their first-year. All
seminars fulfill a Mode of Inquiry. The Honors Program offers seminars that fulfill all of
the required Modes of Inquiry. See Courses for information about specific seminars.

Honors seminars are on a two or three-year cycle. All are introductory courses with no
prerequisites. Students may take Honors seminars in any order they choose.

Students are required to take one 200-level seminar and one 300-level seminar. They
are encouraged to take as many seminars as they wish to fulfill the College's general
education requirements. Students are advised to fulfill the required seminars in their first
to third year at the College.

Students are required take an Honors seminar in their second and third year at the
When this is not possible (a year-long study abroad, leave of absence, scheduling
difficulties, etc.) or advisable, the student works out a plan with the Honors director.

         200-level Courses: International Perspectives


         200-level seminars examine a nation, a region or a people outside of the United Sates and
         Western Europe.


         300-level Courses: Interdisciplinary Inquiry

         300-level seminars bring together two or more disciplinary approaches to examine a topic
         or issue of interest.

Senior Year in Honors: Disciplinary Depth

Each department has its own unique senior requirements. The Honors Program does not
ask students to do an additional senior project for Honors, but rather to individualize a
project in their departmental major following the requirements of that major. See the
Director and your departmental advisor to plan appropriate Honors-level capstone work
in your major.

Those seniors who take graduate courses in the major during the senior year fulfill the
Honors Disciplinary Depth requirement through graduate-level work.

Sophomore-entry Honors Students:

Sophomore-entry students who have taken FYW and MCC have completed the College
writing requirement and do not take the Honors Learning Communities. They select
among the Honors seminars.

Sophomore-entry students entering Honors in fall 2013 are required to take HON 190 in
the spring semester of their sophomore year.

Transfer Students:

The Registrar determines if transfer students have fulfilled the College writing
requirement. Those who must take 6-8 credits of writing, take the fall Learning
Community in Honors. Those who have fulfilled the writing requirement may take
the Honors seminars of their choice. Transfers who have partially fulfilled the writing
requirement work with their Honors advisor to determine placement.

Transfer students take HON 190 in the spring of their first year at the College.

Requirements for Good Standing in Honors:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4
  • Honors Learning Community (or sophomore-entry or transfer alternatives)
  • HON 190
  • Minimum of one 200-level seminar
  • Minimum of one 300-level seminar
  • One Honors course per year or formal plans to fulfill this work at a later date
  • Grade of B or better in the senior Disciplinary Depth work in the major