A study of ideas and their expression, this course examines how we learn, what constitutes serious thought within various disciplines, and how we distinguish knowledge from opinion or belief. Through analysis of traditional and contemporary paradigms of thought and by individual practice, students investigate how hypotheses are formed, how assertions are made, and how thinkers arrive at coherent statements.
HONS-200 Thought and Civilization
An introduction to Western thought, emphasizing how thinkers resist or assimilate tradition. Philosophical, historical, religious and literary texts and other forms of art are examined in the light of unifying themes.
HONS-240 Thought and Social Diversity
A diversity course in the context of an issue of substantial concern to individuals and society. Each year an issue is identified, and its historical, psychological, social, political, economic and/or ethical elements are explored. Students are introduced to the concepts and methods of the social sciences,read primary sources within several disciplines,and learn in a highly participatory classroom environment.
HONS-250 Thought and the Natural Sciences
A history and philosophy of science course with a laboratory, focusing on science as a human activity. Through an examination of methods, explanations, limitations and applications of science, the student is given sufficient background to be able to recognize attributes of true science, pseudoscience and technology. In addition, the course introduces the student to the complexity of ethical, political and sociological issues that are the products of science and technology. The laboratory component of the course will include field trips and experiments to reinforce the student's concept of how scientific information is obtained and utilized. Although examples from biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, and physics are used to illustrate the nature of science and how it changes, this course is not designed as an introduction to those disciplines. Rather, it is a general science course that attempts to demonstrate some trends in science and how a scientist works. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
HONS-290 Sophomore Essay
Students research and write about a subject of their choice, under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. The essay addresses an original thesis formulated by the student, emerging from a semester of research and reflection. Students use this project to develop and integrate knowledge gained in previous academic work or they elect to investigate new subjects. HONS-290 is convened by the Honors Program director or associate director and one of the university's professional librarians. It provides support for essay students. Students must enroll in HONS-290 and complete an essay in either the fall or spring term of the sophomore year in order to remain members of the Honors Program.
HONS-400 Honors Colloquium
This course serves as the capstone for the university Honors Program. Students will be asked to reflect on their experience as a Susquehanna University scholar and create their own legacy to the Honors Program. Students are expected to explore their futures as Susquehanna University alumni, both on an intellectual and personal level. The Honors Colloquium course highlights our students' work and contributions to the Susquehanna University community. Students are expected to share scholarly expertise, engage in critical thinking, and conduct a project that impacts the Susquehanna University campus community in a way that is both positive and uniquely reflective of the Honors Program.