Right from the start our honors curriculum focuses your energy on advanced skills, not just introductory work, in your chosen major. The core curriculum is more intently focused on methods of discovery and research, as well as exceptional writing, reading and discussion skills.

The aim is to help students truly compete once they graduate and to improve upon an already impressive track record of student success. Recent graduates have gone to medical school, law school and other advanced degree programs. They’re working in fields including politics, international affairs, financial services, software development, academia and the arts.

How it Works
  • Four Big Questions seminars focused on reading, writing and discussion of complex texts. Topics include the history of travel, the nature of propaganda and how to live a good life.
  • Three Exploration & Investigation seminars emphasizing research techniques and addressing subjects like colonial American literature and environmental theology.
  • Time is built in for internships, study abroad and signature research projects.
  • You’ll compile a stand-out portfolio of your best work.
  • You’ll have access to pre-eminent scholars and thinkers, including the Lund-Gill chair

Summer 2020–2021

Big Questions Courses

BETH 301 Business Ethics
HNSM 266 Happiness

Fall 2020–2021

Big Questions Courses

ARTH 419 Themes in Contemporary Art
BETH 301 Business Ethics        
CAS 307 Advanced Public Speaking, Argument and Debate
CAS 308 Rhetorical History and Criticism
CRIM 406 Theories of Crime Control
ENGL 306 Medieval Literature: Monsters, Mayhem, and Temptation
ENGL 365 Early Colonial American Literature
ENGL 368 Modern and Postmodern U.S. Literature
FREN 201 Intermediate French I-Gateway to Fluency
HNSM 158 Thinking? Thoughts and Passions
HNSM 161 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt; Thoughts and Passions
HNSM 168 Love and Faith; Thoughts and Passions
HNSM 465 Learning the Hard Way; Wisdom and Power
HNSM 465 Learning the Hard Way; Wisdom and Power
ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I
LLAS 350 Gender and Development
PHIL 330 Special Topics in Philosophy: Marx and Marxism
SOC 350 Gender and Development
SWG 351 Gender and Development
THEO 325 The 1.2%: Words of Women in Bible

Explorations and Investigations Courses

CAS 340 Identity and Storytelling Through Documentary Film (CBL)
ENGL 310 16th Century English Literature
ENGL 334 Editing the Literary Journal
ENVS 325 Climate Change and Sustainability: Imagining the Future
HNSM 366 Darwinian Thinking Across Disciplines
NSC 325 Climate Change and Sustainability Imagining the Future
THEO 340 01 Dreams

Spring 2020–2021

Big Questions Courses

BETH 301 Business Ethics
CAS 350 Persuasion
CAS 351 Diagnosing Propaganda
EDUC 364 Children’s Literature
EDUC 386 Diversity, Language, and Culture
ENGL 264 Children’s Literature
ENGL 356 Major Authors Jonson and Donne
FREN 202 Intermediate French II-Gateway to Fluency
HNSM 242 Pundits and Gurus
HNSM 464 Personal Transformation; Wisdom and Power
HNSM 465 Learning the Hard Way; Wisdom and Power
ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian II
SOC 381 Transnational Feminist Theories
SWG 381 Transnational Feminist Theories
THEO 322 Jesus and the Gospels

Explorations and Investigations Courses

BIOL 273 Neurobiology Honors
CHEM 352 Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior
CHEM 372 Physical Chemistry II
EDUC 310 History and Philosophy of Education
ENGL 326 20th Century British Literature
ENGL 359 Shakespeare
ENGL 366 Colonial and Revolutionary U.S. Literature
HIST 345 Urban Expansion US Since 1800
MATH 280 Introduction to Differential Equations
NEUR 273 Neurobiology
NEUR 273 Neurobiology Honors
SOC 381 Transnational Feminist Theories
SWG 381 Transnational Feminist Theories
THEA 359 Shakespeare
THEO 362 Environmental Theology: Ecology in Crisis