The Four Course Cycle
The heart of the honors program is the four-course cycle of seminars on western thought and culture:
EN 111: Ancient World
EN 112: Medieval - Renaissance
EN 211: Enlightenment - Romanticism
EN 212: Twentieth Century
These classes are interdisciplinary courses team taught by faculty chosen for their expertise in the works and era. In three sessions of EN 112, for instance, you might have a lecture on Dante by a literature professor, one on St. Augustine by a philosophy professor, and one on Leonardo da Vinci by an art history professor.
The large class is regularly broken into discussion sections for raising questions, exploring ideas, and debating issues.
Each semester only one of the honors seminars is offered so that for your first two years you have one class with all the other honors freshmen and sophomores.
The Other 9 Hours
The other nine hours required to receive the Honors designation on your diploma are classes that you would have to take in the basic core curriculum, so you do not have to take extra courses, regardless of your major.
Simply sign up for the honors designated sections of those basic core courses when you register.
Every two years, we will offer honors courses in history, political science, philosophy, English, biology, and Christian studies, in addition to other offerings. Save at least nine hours in your core requirements to be filled by honors classes in these areas.