Honors Program (HONR)
An intensive reading/discussion seminar of selected topics from any discipline of special interest to first-year honors students. An interdisciplinary focus is encouraged as well as the inclusion of active learning strategies that promote self-directed learning. Class size is limited to 15 to promote student and faculty interaction around the world of ideas. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits.
This course creates a learning community centered around the life of the mind. Students will explore concepts and content related to the Honors Program's three pillars of Self, Society, and Citizen; the university's Campus Read book; and other topics. This course, furthermore, introduces students to the structure, governance, and supplemental opportunities available to Honors Program students.
An interdisciplinary sophomore-level seminar for Universtiy Honors Programs students. The course is designed to accommodate a range of specific topics; the particular topics, however, will investigate some aspect of the history of intellectual ideas, the nature of intellectual inquiry, and /or the construction of knowlege. The instructor serves as a facilitator in the seminar format which is intended to encourage student-directed learning.
A junior-level seminar for University Honors Program students. The course is designed to accommodate a range of special topics to be submitted by LSSU faculty under the general provision for Special Topics; the topics may evolve out of an interdisciplinary focus on some aspect of tradidtional disciplinary subject matter, or may be a reconfiguration of a regular course, redesigned to meet the particular needs of Honors Program students. The role of the instructor, however, would be as a facilitator, working within the seminar format to encourage student-directed learning around a topic requiring intellectual rigor. As this is a core requrirement for all junior Honors students, it is expected that a given course proposal would not require prerequisites beyond those for general education.
A major written work based on independent research or creative effort to be carried out under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. Research is intended to be widely interpreted and may include, but is not limited to, experiments, analysis of existing data, and a summary and integration of already completed but dispersed research. Students will make a formal presentation of their findings to the Honors Council, the thesis supervisor, junior/senior Honors students, and others in the spring of their senior year. Students must present a fully developed proposal to the Honors Council for approval before enrolling in HONR401 or its equivalent in their major.
This is the culminating experience of the Honors Program course experience centered around questions of living a meaningful life, leading others in responsible ways, and mentoring the next cohort of LSSU Honors students.