Honors Seminars

What is an Honors Seminar?

What sets an Honors seminar apart from a regular general education class?

Honors seminars are smaller, ranging from about 10-25 students with an average class size of 15 students. This arrangement allows for more discussion-based learning and gives Honors students the opportunity to really get to know each other and their professor.

While most Honors seminars have a slightly heavier workload, the real difference lies in emphasis. For example, some Honors Theology seminars expound on a particular theological issue for most of the semester in addition to the general information covered in other basic theology classes. Honors Speech may cover certain principles of rhetoric applied to public speaking, and an Honors English class may require reading a few additional novels that which will result in your writing a paper or do a presentation on them.

Below is a list of the Honors Seminars offered during the semester. Many of these seminars are recurring. This list is not official and is subject to change. Classes may be canceled or added prior to the beginning of the semester. Check ASIST for the most accurate information.

Fall 2018 Honors Seminars

  • Old Testament Survey - Honors (BIBL 105)
  • New Testament Survey - Honors (BIBL 110)
  • General Biology I - Honors (BIOL 224)
  • General Biology I Lab - Honors (BIOL 224L)
  • Introduction to Business - Honors (BUSI 101)
  • Intermediate Business Computer Application - Honors (BUSI 201)
  • Advanced General Chemistry I - Honors (CHEM 131)
  • Advanced General Chemistry Lab I - Honors (CHEM 135)
  • Intermediate Chinese II - Honors (CHIN 202)
  • Cinematic Arts Appreciation I - Honors (CINE 101)
  • Speech Communication - Honors (COMS 101)
  • Composition & Rhetoric - Honors (ENGL 101)
  • Composition & Literature - Honors (ENGL 102)
  • American Literature I - Honors (ENGL 201)
  • English Literature I - Honors (ENGL 215)
  • Introduction to Engineering/Problem Solving - Honors (ENGR 110)
  • Technical Communication - Honors (ENGR 270)
  • Evangelism and Christian Life - Honors (EVAN 101)
  • Constitutional Government & Free Enterprise - Honors (GOVT 200)
  • American Government - Honors (GOVT 220)
  • History of Western Civilization II - Honors (HIEU 202)
  • Introduction to Probability & Stats - Honors (MATH 201)
  • Music Appreciation - Honors (MUSC 103)
  • Philosophy & Contemporary Ideas - Honors (PHIL 201)
  • General Psychology - Honors (PSYC 101)
  • Developmental Psychology - Honors (PSYC 210)
  • Introduction to Sociology - Honors (SOCI 200)
  • Theatre Appreciation - Honors (THEA 101)
  • Theology Survey I - Honors (THEO 201)
  • Theology Survey II - Honors (THEO 202)

Benefits of Attending

Beyond the basic course requirements of non-honors sections, Honors sections and the professors that teach them to take time to explore, in-depth, the many facets of the concepts covered, providing a rich and memorable educational experience for the students involved.

To challenge their students to go above and beyond the status quo, most professors teaching Honors class sections will either require a more extensive project (i.e., a 9-10 page paper instead of a 5-7) or have additional project or book assigned that is not required in their other sections. Typically, the workload depends on the professor and on how much the student is willing to apply himself or herself to the subject at hand.

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