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Interdisciplinary Honors Program


The Interdisciplinary Honors Program curriculum is designed to provide a coherent and distinctive general education. Since all honors students take the same courses, they develop a strong intellectual community. Most courses are interdisciplinary and team-taught. This structure reflects the growing awareness that creativity and research thrive in interdisciplinary settings. Students and faculty work together to construct meaningful connections among facts, ideas, values and actions. Teaching collaboratively, professors make their assumptions, methods and standards of evidence explicit and continually assess what students need to know.

Team-taught courses meet as a large group for lectures and break into sections of 25 for seminar discussions. Lectures introduce students to the historical and cultural context of representative societies or texts and provide theoretical models. Seminars allow students to analyze texts, debate alternative interpretations and develop their ability to implement the methodologies demonstrated in lectures. In addition to class meetings, students and faculty take advantage of the city's cultural offerings to enrich each course.


Honors courses differ in structure and content from non-honors courses, and these courses are offered in a sequence. Honors students must complete the following courses:

  1. Western Traditions: Antiquity to the Middle Ages (First year, fall semester)
  2. Western Traditions: Renaissance to Modernity (First year, spring semester)
  3. The United States Experience (Anytime after first year)
  4. Area Studies (Two of the following courses anytime after first year):
       Encountering Africa
       Encountering Asia
       Encountering Contemporary Europe
       Encountering Latin America and the Caribbean
       Encountering the Middle East
    Satisfying Requirements by Studying Abroad
  5. Science and Society (Anytime after first year)
  6. Honors Capstone: Moral Responsibility (75 credit hours earned or Senior year)


In addition to fulfilling the skills, values and knowledge area outcomes that non-honors students meet, honors students will also acquire a common body of knowledge and will be able to: