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Honors Program (HSS)
The College of Arts & Sciences

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Departmental Honors Section-XXX 493 | Honors Council | Honors Program Courses (HSS) | Program Requirements

The Honors Program offers highly qualified students a blend of specially created Honors seminars and designated Honors sections in various fields of study. The Program is not designed to be a major. Students in the Honors Program also complete the requirements for one of the academic or professional majors offered in the University. Enrolling in the Honors Program is, however, compatible with all major and professional programs and rarely requires additional hours to graduate in four years.

The Honors Program provides a strong base in the liberal arts leading to more specialized and independent work as students progress toward the bachelor's degree. It consists of three parts.

  1. In their first two years students take Honors Core Seminars, courses specially designed for the Program that explore fundamental areas of study in natural sciences, social sciences, art and literature, and analytical and evaluative studies.
  2. Students must enroll in at least nine additional hours of designated Honors courses. These may consist of honors sections of regularly-scheduled courses meeting College and University general education requirements (e.g. Introduction to Sociology, Western Civilization), Honors electives, disciplinary work offered through departments and schools, or independent studies conducted under the direction of a faculty member. This component of the Program is designed to provide students with flexibility in coordinating Honors with the requirements of their major programs.
  3. In the senior year those who wish to complete the Program must undertake some sort of Senior Project. These range from writing an original essay or scientific report, to completing an annotated creative performance, to undertaking a special practicum or project.

Certain departments specify how their students are to meet the requirements indicated in 2 and 3 above. Some units permit students to pursue Honors work within their discipline without requiring participation in the University Honors Program. Students should check with the Honors Liaison faculty member in their department or with the Honors Program Director to see how the requirements in their discipline are to be met.

Association with faculty and other Honors students in the Program is close, a welcome contrast to large impersonal lecture classes. Every aspect of the program provides special opportunities for exceptionally qualified students to grow intellectually through contact with a community of Honors students and faculty.

Honors Council

The program is under the general supervision of an Honors Council composed of faculty and students from the various schools of the University, as well as from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bruce Caldwell, Director of Honors Program, Department of Economics

Laurie White, Assistant Director of Honors Program

Pam Bulgin, Assistant Director of Honors Program

Deborah Bell, Department of Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre

Ken Caneva, Department of History

Dinae Gill, Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Kelley Griffith, Department of English

Eileen Kohlenberg, School of Nursing

Bruce Landman, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Dennis Leyden, Department of Economics

Eleanor McCrickard, School of Music

Ben Ramsey, Department of Religious Studies

Mark Smith-Soto, Department of Romance Languages

Adam Cox, Student Member

Program Requirements

Students who wish to finish the Program are required to complete 18 hours of courses, distributed as follows. Six credit hours must be obtained in Honors Core Seminars. Three credit hours must be used to satisfy the Senior Project requirement. The remaining nine hours may include any other combination of Honors courses, including Core Seminars, Honors sections of Freshman Seminars, Honors sections of regularly scheduled courses, Honors electives, Honors directed studies, or disciplinary Honors work. Three of these nine hours are automatically waived for students who spend at least one semester abroad. The six hours of Core Seminars requirement is waived for Junior Transfers, who must take a total of twelve hours of Honors courses (among them the Senior Project) to complete the Program.

There is no maximum number of courses in which a student may enroll. To remain in the program, students must maintain a cumulative UNCG grade point average of 3.3 or above. A student whose GPA falls below the minimum required may, at the discretion of the Director, continue in the program for a probationary period of one semester. Students who take the minimum required curriculum will have completed the Honors Program and will have this accomplishment so recorded on their transcript.

Not all students who enroll in the Honors Program complete it. By enrolling in the Program, however, one is demonstrating one's intent to make progress towards finishing it. To stay on track, freshmen and sophomores should take one Honors seminar or section per semester, and juniors and seniors should take one per year.

Any student who has a 3.3 or better GPA may sign up for any Honors courses that are open, even if they are not formally enrolled in the Program. The Program welcomes and encourages such students to sign up for Honors offerings. Students who do not meet the 3.3 GPA requirement who wish to take an Honors course may be admitted at the discretion of the Director. Such students should make their request to the Director prior to registration.

Honors Program Courses (HSS)

Honors Core Seminars (6 hrs required)

Honors Core Seminars may be used to meet liberal education requirements in the credit areas indicated below. They, however, cannot substitute for introductory prerequisites in the major. Students completing the Honors Program must take two Honors Core Seminars chosen from the ten categories described below. Specific topics will vary from year to year. The courses may be repeated for credit as topics change.

201 Core Seminar in Historical Perspectives on Western Culture I (3:3).

AULER/CLER: HP, CHP-CPM

Pr. 3.3 GPA or permission of the Director.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Historical study of western culture from ancient times to the Reformation. (FA/SP)

202 Core Seminar in Historical Perspectives on Western Culture II (3:3).

AULER/CLER: HP, CHP-CMO

Pr. 3.3 GPA or permission of the Director.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Historical study of western culture from the 17th century through modern times. (FA/SP)

203 Core Seminar in the Physical Sciences (3:3).

AULER/CLER: NS, CPS

Pr. 3.3 GPA or permission of the Director.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Study of physical sciences with attention to the methods of scientific investigation. (FA/SP)

204 Core Seminar in the Biological Sciences (3:3).

AULER/CLER: NS, CLS

Pr. 3.3 GPA or permission of the Director.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Study of biological sciences with attention to the methods of scientific investigation. (FA/SP)

205 Core Seminar in the Fine Arts (3:3).

AULER/CLER: FA, CFA

Pr. 3.3 GPA or permission of the Director.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Study of selected topics in the fine arts, which include painting, sculpture, cinema, dance, music and theatre. (FA/SP)

206 Core Seminar in Analytical and Evaluative Studies (3:3).

AULER/CLER: AE, CAE

Pr. 3.3 GPA or permission of the Director.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Study of abstract systems of thought and evaluative concepts fundamental to intellectual inquiry and values. Topics may be drawn from ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, historiography, religious thought and traditions, and cultural anthropology. (FA/SP)

207 Core Seminar in World Literature (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Pr. 3.3 GPA or permission of the Director.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Study of major works in the literature of countries other than Britain and the United States. (FA/SP)

208 Core Seminar in Social and Behavioral Studies (3:3).

AULER/CLER: SB, CSB

Pr. 3.3 GPA or permission of the Director.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Study of individuals, society, and human institutions and systems with an emphasis on the effect of social and environmental factors on individual experiences and behavior, and on the structures and mechanisms of societies. (FA/SP)

209 Core Seminar in Non-Western Studies (3:3).

AULER/CLER: NW, CNW

Pr. 3.3 GPA or permission of the Director.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Studies of cultural forms of expression, socio-political structures, and habits of mind that are distinctly different from Western cultural traditions. (FA/SP)

210 Core Seminar in the British or American Literature (3:3).

AULER/CLER: BL, CBL

Pr. 3.3 GPA or permission of the Director.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Study of selected major works in the literature of Britain or the United States. (FA/SP)

Honors Electives

220 Student Seminar (2:2).

Students (usually eight to ten) agree on a general topic for a semester's study. Each participant defines a special interest to be explored individually as a contributing member of the group. A faculty member directs the group's discussions. (Not offered every year.)

300 Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar (3:3).

  • May be repeated for credit as topic changes.

Interdisciplinary seminar focusing on a particular theme or topic and taught by two faculty members from different disciplines or schools. Topic varies each semester.

400, 401 Senior Honors Seminar (3), (3).

Pr. completion of the Honors Core Requirement or permission of the Director of the Honors Program.

Provides qualified students the opportunity to study special topics in an advanced seminar setting with the rigorous and intense discipline implied at the senior level.

Honors Directed Study

320 Honors Tutorial (1 - 3).

  • May be repeated once for credit if the topic of study changes.

Students (usually 4 or 5) meet with faculty member to explore an agreed upon set of topics. The faculty member will guide the discussion. (FA/SP)

330 Honors Independent Study (1 - 3).

Pr. 6 hrs. in Honors Core Seminars.

  • May be repeated once for credit if the topic of study changes.

Student consults with a supervising faculty member to develop a program of concentrated study and investigation within a particular discipline.

490 Senior Honors Project (3 - 6).

Pr. 6 hrs. in Honors Core Seminars and approval of the Honors Council.

Independent original scholarship in the student's primary area of interest completed under the supervision of a faculty member. Work culminates in an original essay, annotated creative work or performance, scientific report or other special project, depending upon the area of specialization. While completing the Honors Project,the student may not enroll in more than thirteen additional hours in either semester.

Departmental Honors Sections

Departments may offer special Honors sections of regularly-scheduled courses such as Introduction to Biology (BIO 111), Mythology (CCI 205), Introduction to Earth Science (GEO 103), etc. Qualified students may enroll in Honors sections (designated by an "H" after the course number), even if they do not expect to complete the Honors Program. However, Honors sections may be used by students in the Program to complete the 18-hour minimum requirement.

493 Honors Work (3-6).

Pr. 3.3 GPA in the major, 12 hours in the major.

  • May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.

(See individual Departmental listings). Disciplinary Honors work providing students with advanced study of the primary literature in their area of specialization.

 
 
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