Requirements of the Program
A. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the seminars for juniors and seniors will be “Cultures at Risk,” taught by Professor Daina Cheyenne Harvey (Sociology); "Evolving Ethics in Economics," taught by Professor Kolleen Rask (Economics); and "Religion and the Erotic," taught by Professor Mathew Schmalz (Religious Studies). For spring 2018, the topic for the sophomore seminar will be “The Book as Concept and Object," co-taught by Professor Susan Schmidt (Visual Arts) and Professor Susan Elizabeth Sweeney (English).
B. All College Honors students must register for and participate in the evening Honors Colloquium during each semester they are on campus. Colloquium focuses on advanced academic skills including oral presentation and writing one's own intellectual autobiography. Seniors also invite outside speakers to discuss a student chosen topic. Most fundamentally, Colloquium is intended to create and reinforce intellectual community. Colloquium takes place each Tuesday night from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Colloquium is graded on a pass/fail basis and does not count as one of the regular four courses students take each semester.
C. Each junior must complete a thesis prospectus that is approved by her or his faculty advisor and the Honors Advisory Board.
D. Each student must complete a yearlong senior thesis project under the supervision of an advisor or advisors. Each semester of the thesis counts as an individual course for a total of two credits. Biology students also receive partial lab credit. Each student also makes an oral presentation on her or his thesis work at the annual Academic Conference, but the oral presentation is not a substitute for the written work.
E. Honors students must continue to maintain a high level of academic achievement.
F. All of these requirements must be completed satisfactorily in order for a student to graduate with College Honors. Admission to the College Honors Program does not guarantee graduation with College Honors.