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

Fall 2019-2020

Big Questions Seminars

ARTH 419 Themes in Contemporary Art
BETH 301 Business Ethics
CAS 307 Advanced Public Speaking, Argument & Debate 
CAS 308 Rhetorical History and Criticism
CAS 350 Persuasion
CRIM 406 Theories of Crime Control
ENGL 306 Medieval Literature:  Monsters, Mayhem, and Temptation
ENGL 365 Early Colonial American Literature 
HNSM 150 To Be Determined: Thoughts and Passions 
HNSM 158 Thinking? Thoughts and Passions
HNSM 161 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Thoughts and Passions
HNSM 168 Love and Faith: Thoughts and Passions
HNSM 385 Why Do We Do What We Do?  Human Being and Natural Being 
HNSM 465 Learning the Hard Way:  Wisdom and Power 
ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I
PHIL 320 Justice, Evil, and Crimes Against Humanity 
POSC 338 Special Topics in Political Philosophy: Crimes Against Humanity
SOC / SWG 383 Gender, Race, and Science:  Theoretical Perspectives 
THEO 325 The 1.1%: Words of Women in Bible 

Explorations and Investigations Seminars

ENGL 317 Restoration and 18th Century British Literature 
ENGL 334 Editing the Literary Journal 
ENGL 367 Romantic and Realist U.S. Literature 
ENVS / NSC 325 Climate Change and Sustainability:  Imagining the Future 
HIST 318 History of Drugs 
HNSM 366 Darwinian Thinking Across Disciplines: Human Being and Natural Being
THEO 340 Dreams

Spring 2019-2020

Big Questions Seminars

ARTH 396 African Art History 
BETH 301 Business Ethics 
CAS 350 Persuasion
ENGL 322 19th Century British Literature 
HNSM 265 Rights, Responsibility, Living: Human Being and Citizen
HNSM 385 Why Do We Do What We Do?  Human Being and Natural Being 
HNSM 464 Personal Transformation: Wisdom and Power 
HNSM 465 Learning the Hard Way: Wisdom and Power
ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian II
THEO 122 01 New Testament I: The Gospels (honors only)

Explorations and Investigations Seminars

BIOL / NEUR 273 Neurobiology 
BIOL 341 Advanced Genetics
CHEM 352 Drugs, Society and Human Behavior 
CHEM 372 Physical Chemistry II 
EDUC 310 History and Philosophy of Education 
EDUC 364 Children’s Literature
ENGL / THEA 359 Shakespeare
ENGL 366 Colonial and Revolutionary U.S. Literature: Human Being and Citizen
ENVS / THEO 362 Environmental Theology: Ecology in Crisis
HNSM 366 Darwinian Thinking Across Disciplines: Human Being and Natural Being
MATH 280 Introduction to Differential Equations