Honors College Curriculum

The Honors College curriculum is innovative, interdisciplinary, flexible and can be customized to your needs. Those who finish the Honors College curriculum earn an Honors Interdisciplinary degree in addition to their standard major area of study. That means you will major in the subject area of your choice and be an Honors Interdisciplinary major. The additional degree you earn is makes the Honors College unique.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOUR CURRICULUM?

As an Honors Interdisciplinary major/minor you will be able to customize your academic experience by taking unique courses offered only to students in the Honors College. Popular courses offered in the past include:

    • Model United Nations (offered each Spring; class plans a major MUN conference)
    • Diseases in History (offered for history or science credits)
    • Art and Adventism (offered for religion or humanities credits)
    • Civil War Study Tour (offered for history or humanities credits)
    • Bio-Ethics (offered for science or philosophy credits)
    • Technology and Ethics (offered for computer science/sociology credits)
    • Elections 2020 (Fall 2020)
    • Pre-Law seminars (offered each semester for 1 or 2 credits)

What will you study as a member of the Honors College?

Honors College students follow a unique, interdisciplinary general education program. In your first semester (Freshman) you will take several Honors courses that will replace traditional general elective courses. For example, Honors College students take ENGL101H – Honors Rhetoric in place of ENGL101 and COMM105. That’s right, Honors Rhetoric covers the general education requirements of TWO classes! All Honors students will also take HNRS115 – Honors Seminar and HNRS125 – Biblical and Classical Roots. You will round out your schedule by also taking traditional classes in the area of your major.

See below for details about the full curriculum for both Honors majors and minors.

Honors Core (replaces General Education): 26 hours

    • HNRS 115 Honors Seminar (6 semesters)…………………………………………………0
    • INTD 105H Honors First-Year Experience …………………………………………………1
    • HLSC Health elective………………………………………………………………………………2
    • PEAC Physical Education elective…………………………………………………………….1
    • ENGL 101H Honors Rhetoric……………………………………………………………………3
      Note: Covers ENGL 101 and COMM 105 requirements
    • ENGL 102 Intro to Research and Literature……………………………………………….3
    • HNRS 125 Biblical and Classical Roots I…………………………………………………..3
    • HNRS 126 Biblical and Classical Roots II………………………………………………….3
    • Honors Religion (TBD)……………………………………………………………………………3
    • Honors Tech/Ethics* (Computers/Ethics/Sociology) ……………………………………3
    • HNRS  Interdisciplinary Data Analysis……………………………………………………….4

Honors Leadership and Service: 6 hours

    • HNRS Service Learning elective………………………………………………………………..3
    • HNRS 210 Leadership and Service I…………………………………………………………1
    • HNRS 310 Leadership and Service II………………………………………………………..1
    • HNRS 410 Leadership and Service III……………………………………………………….1

Honors Interdisciplinary Courses: 24-26 hours

Honors majors need to take 7 Honors electives plus produce a capstone thesis, for a total
of 8 courses. Courses can be cross-listed in multiple subjects, and for both lower and upper division credit, as needed. At least 6 credit hours of designated “learning-on-location” courses are required. These would include courses focused on resources in Washington, D.C., in the United Kingdom, study tours, or Adventist Colleges Abroad language programs.

Honors courses not listed with prefix HNRS are denoted with an “H” at the end of the course number. For example, a regular RELT Topics course would be listed as RELT 294, whereas an Honors RELT Topics course would be listed as RELT 294H.
Students do not need to take an Honors elective in the area of their second major.

    • Honors interdiscplinary Science………………………………………………………………..4
    • Honors interdiscplinary Religion………………………………………………………………..9
    • Honors interdiscplinary History………………………………………………………………….3
    • Honors interdiscplinary Literature………………………………………………………………3
    • HNRS 499 Honors Thesis………………………………………………………………………..3
    • Additional Honors Interdisciplinary electives……………………………………………….3-7

Required cognate:

    • Intermediate level second language…………………………………………………………..0-12
      NOTE: Competency based. May have requirement waived through exam or receive credits
      through challenge exam.

HONORS INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR

Students entering the Honors College are registered as Honors Interdisciplinary minors. Minors must complete the Honors Core curriculum, plus 18 hours of other Honors credits, including 6 hours of Leadership and Service and 12 hours of electives.

Honors Core (replaces General Education) 26 hours

    • HNRS 115 Honors Seminar (6 semesters)…………………………………………………..0
    • INTD 105H Honors First-Year Experience …………………………………………………..1
    • HLSC Health elective………………………………………………………………………………..2
    • PEAC Physical Education elective……………………………………………………………..1
    • ENGL 101H Honors Rhetoric…………………………………………………………………….3
    • ENGL 102 Intro to Research and Literature…………………………………………………3
    • HNRS 125* Biblical and Classical Roots I……………………………………………………3
    • HNRS 126* Biblical and Classical Roots II…………………………………………………..3
    • HNRS 194 Honors Topics Honors Religion………………………………………………….3
    • Honors Tech/Ethics* (Computers/Ethics/Sociology) ……………………………………..3
    • Honors Interdisciplinary Data Analysis………………………………………………………..4

* Denotes course in development that will run as an Honors Topics course in 2017-2018.

Honors Leadership and Service: 6 hours

HNRS Serving learning elective…………………………………………………………..3
HNRS 210 Leadership and Service I…………………………………………………….1
HNRS 310 Leadership and Service II……………………………………………………1
HNRS 410 Leadership and Service III…………………………………………………..1

Honors Electives (3 courses): 12 hours


Current Honors Electives

Please note: Honors Interdisciplinary Majors must complete 7 Honors interdisciplinary electives, and Minors must complete 3, to graduate with an Honors College degree. See Curriculum Requirements above for further information.

Spring 2022 electives:

  • PLST 220H: Model United Nations
  • PLST 494H: Supreme Court Seminar
  • LITR 494H-01: Honors Topics — Faith on the Edge
  • LITR 494H-02: Honors Topics — Comics, Graphic Novels, and Visual Storytelling