A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Department of Honors Programs

view dept. website http://www.houghton.edu/academics/majors-programs/honors-program/

Benamin J. B. Lipscomb, Director

Overview

Houghton College offers three distinct honors programs, two in the humanities and one in the sciences. The programs vary in length, though the majority of the coursework for all of them is completed in the first year. Students have the option to write an honors thesis in their senior year. Qualified incoming students will be invited to apply for entrance into the honors program. Final selection of honors students will occur in early spring prior to their matriculation. Students in any one of the honors programs are expected to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in order to continue in the program, and failure to do so will trigger review by the Academic and Student life deans and the director of the program. 

 

Courses
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HIST 103 Western Civilization: Science Honors I

2-F

Survey of western civilization from its cultural roots in ancient Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman civilizations, including the rise of early science, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, and the age of discovery and expansion. Attention to analyzing primary source materials. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. Culture: History. Liberal Arts.

HIST 104 Western Civilization: Science Honors II

2-S

Survey of western civilization from the rise of modern science, the Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, nationalism and other ideologies, two World Wars, the Cold War and beyond. Attention to analyzing primary source materials. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. Culture: History. Liberal Arts.

INTS 149 Honors: East Meets West Proseminar (P/F)

1-F

Introduction to the themes and problems of East Meets West Honors. Covers topics such as background Balkans history, introductory Balkan literature, or approaches to political conflict and world order. Combines lectures with seminar discussions, emphasizing critical reading and writing. Pass/Fail. Liberal Arts.

INTS 150 Science Honors Seminar

1-F

Introductory overview of the topic for the Science Honors program, which focuses on a scientific question of societal importance. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. Liberal Arts.

INTS 153 East Meets West

12-S, 3-May

Combines a traditional humanities and social science curriculum with the opportunity to study the interaction of Eastern and Western culture. Integrating the disciplines of culture, literature, religion and politics, this course surveys the development of Western culture by focusing on the West’s historic interaction with the Orthodox and Islamic cultures of the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, and the Mideast. The Mayterm trip to the Balkans provides a unique learning experience. Competency: Writing; Faith Foundation: Theology; Culture: History; Culture: Literature. Liberal Arts.

INTS 154 Science Honors I

3-S

Insights drawn from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, writing, and communication are applied to understanding, communicating and solving a scientific question of societal importance. Classroom activities, which include lectures, laboratory experiments, writing, and speaking, are motivated by the students' need for the specific information and skills required to reach a solution. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. INTS 154 taken concurrently with INTS 157 and INTS 159. Creation: Lab Science or 2nd Science. Liberal Arts.

INTS 155 Science Honors II

4-May

Insights drawn from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, writing, and communication are applied to understanding, communicating and solving a scientific question of societal importance. Classroom activities, which include lectures, laboratory experiments, writing, and speaking, are motivated by the students' need for the specific information and skills required to reach a solution. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. Creation: Lab Science or 2nd Science. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: MATH 181 , INTS 154

INTS 156 Science Honors: Writing

1-F

Writing Component of INTS 150. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. INTS 156 taken concurrently with INTS 150.

INTS 157 Science Honors: Writing II

1-S

Writing Component of INTS 154. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. INTS 157 taken concurrently with INTS 154 and INTS 159. Competency: Writing. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: INTS 156

INTS 159 Science Honors: Communication

2-S

Communication component of INTS 154. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. INTS 159 taken concurrently with INTS 154 and INTS 157. Community: Communication. Liberal Arts.

INTS 161 Foundations of Contemporary Contexts Honors (P/U)

1-F13

Introduction to the topics and methods of the Contemporary Contexts honors program. Analytical and critical reading and writing, coordinated with seminar-style discussion and other group activities. Liberal Arts.

INTS 164 Contemporary Contexts Honors: Modernity and Postmodernity

4-F13

Integrative exploration of Western Modernity from World War I to the present, with special consideration of the meaning of “postmodernity”. Investigates modern and postmodern understandings of what it means to be rational, social, material, free, a self, and “postmodern”. Background lectures interspersed with frequent seminar-style discussions of primary texts and works of art; regular paper assignments. Liberal Arts.

INTS 165 The Shifting Center

8-S14

Studies the perpetual change at the heart of fragmentation in postmodern life, the loss of a single organizing narrative, and the range of human response. Focuses on the often conflicted arenas of contemporary culture: mass media, the arts, and public discourse surrounding politics, science, religion, and other embattled institutions. Lectures and readings interact with cultural texts and creative collaborations to explore the tumultuous landscape presented by these late days of modernity. IS: Culture (Art) and Community (Communication). Liberal Arts.

INTS 166 Fragmentation and Order in the Postmodern City

3-May14

Course conducted in London. A multi-facetted exploration of Western culture’s fragmentation in the modern and postmodern eras, as illustrated and documented in this city’s galleries, museums, and architecture. Regular visits to London’s richly-varied cultural resources and historical sites will supplement background lectures and seminar-style discussions of primary texts. Liberal Arts.

INTS 167 Imagining Wholeness: Psychology and Literature

4-F14

Examines descriptions of the fragmentation of modern and postmodern life in psychology and literature, along with prescriptions for restoring wholeness, order, and meaning. Connections to art, religion, and drama include a visit to New York City. Lectures combine with seminar discussion and small-group tutorials. IS: Culture (Literature) and Community (Psychology). Liberal Arts.

PHIL 203 Theism, Naturalism and the Sciences

4-F

Detailed critical analysis of foundational issues in epistemology (how we know), metaphysics (the nature of reality), and ethics (character and values), with particular attention to methodological issues pertaining to the sciences, the nature and contours of a worldview, and the relationship between worldviews and the sciences. Reserved for Science Honors students. Culture: Philosophy. Liberal Arts.

POLS 295H ST: East Meets West Honors Political Science

3-F13

Completion of the political science component of the 2012-2013 East Meets West program; reserved for students in that program. Prerequisite: INTS 153 (spring/Mayterm). Community: Political Science. Liberal Arts.

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