Honors Courses

The evolution of a single idea is also the story of human and cultural change, for if people create ideas, we are also created by them. How this change happens—and what it means for students whose ideas will change the world—is our focus in HONR 19901.

This 8-week course offers honors students an introduction to critical thinking, cultural critique, and the history of ideas. Each section of the course focuses on a single “idea” that is significant for modern life. Uncovering the rich history of a particular concept, students discover that the “static” realm of fact is really a dynamic field of ideas.

The course meets twice a week: first in a small lecture led by an Honors College faculty member; and then in “Idea Lab,” where first-year students work in small teams with an Honors College undergraduate mentor. Laboratory sessions complement lecture by involving students in hands-on projects that illustrate, test, or extend topics discussed earlier in the week. Working together in an interdisciplinary team, students learn how to communicate and collaborate with students in different fields.

Click here to download the Fall 2016 themes. This course is only open to first-year Honors College students.


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