Honors Courses

Curriculum

A.    The Making of the Modern Mind (HON-1010, 1020) - The 10 semester hour freshman course sequence, integrating the history, philosophy, and arts of Western culture.

If both HON-1010 and HON-1020 are taken, then the student receives general education credit for the following courses:

  • HUM-1400 - Introduction to the Humanities (3 semester hours)
  • Humanities Elective (3 semester hours) [can replace BEPH-2200, Introduction to Philosophy, or a 2000-level philosophy elective if required for a major or minor]
  • History Elective (3 semester hours)

If either HON-1010 or HON-1020 is taken individually, then the 5 semester hours earned by the student can be designated as either humanities or history general education credits.

B.    Honors Seminars (2 required) - Two semester hours each, exploring interdisciplinary themes across a wide variety of subjects such as the following:

  • Chance, Emergence, or Design

  • Culture and Health

  • The Rhetoric of Faith in the Christian Tradition

  • Contemporary Global Issues

  • Creativity: The Birth of a Notion

C.    Senior Honors Colloquium or Senior Research Project - Two semester hours, tying together themes and experiences from the first three years of the program. Students choose one of the two options to complete their Honors Program.

  • Senior Honors Colloquium: a two-credit course sequence taken during the senior year focusing on the integration of faith and learning. The fall semester is dedicated to an advanced discussion of worldview and how evangelical Christians can consciously use the principles of Scripture to guide their learning. The spring semester course is designed to allow students to deepen their understanding of how their Christian faith makes them distinctive in the field in which they intend to serve.
  • Senior Research Project: The research project is an alternative senior year option for completing the Honors Program and is similar to the traditional Honors thesis. Students generally work on a topic in their major field of study, but they will seek to approach it from an interdisciplinary perspective and with a purposeful integration of biblical principle.