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Honors Program

Curriculum. Students typically enroll in one Honors course during each of their eight semesters at Susquehanna. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all Honors Program courses.

Students participating in the Honors Program must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.40 during each semester at Susquehanna. If a student earns any grade below a C- in any Honors-designated course, the student, at the discretion of the director, may be removed automatically from the Honors Program. The director of the program reviews students' GPAs at the end of each semester. If an Honors student's GPA falls below the 3.40 level, the student will receive a warning letter from the director of the program. After a second semester below a 3.40 level GPA, the student is dismissed from the program. Copies of the warning and dismissal will be on file with the registrar and the student's adviser.

During the first year, students enroll in HONS-100 Thought, which focuses on ideas and their expression, and HONS-200 Thought and Civilization, an interdisciplinary look at literature and cultures. In their sophomore year, students select either HONS-240 Thought and Social Diversity or HONS-250 Thought and the Natural Sciences, which offer cross-disciplinary approaches. Each of these courses satisfies requirements in the Central Curriculum. Sophomore Honors students also enroll in HONS-290 Sophomore Essay/Project, in which they write and present a position paper/science project/visual project on a self-designed topic. This experience offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty early in their undergraduate careers.

As juniors and seniors, students select eight semester hours from a series of 300-level Honors seminars that serve as especially interesting and challenging electives. As seniors, they enroll in HONS-400, the Honors Program capstone course.

The Faculty. Honors Program faculty, selected from many disciplines and departments, are committed to fostering a diverse and challenging intellectual community for the university

HONS-100 Thought

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 means of individual practice, students investigate how hypotheses are formed, how assertions are made and how thinkers arrive at coherent statements. 4 SH. CC: Writing and Thinking.

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. 4 SH. CC: Literary Expression.

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. 4 SH. CC: Diversity Intensive, Social Interactions, Writing Intensive.

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. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary, Scientific Explanations, Team Intensive, Writing Intensive.

HONS-290 Sophomore Essay/Science Project/Visual Presentation

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. 2 SH. CC: Writing Intensive.

HONS-400 Senior Capstone Seminar

This course serves as the capstone course 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. 2 SH. Capstone.

Director: Dave Ramsaran