A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Department of Honors at Houghton

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

Benamin J. B. Lipscomb, Director

Overview

Houghton College offers a variety of honors opportunities centered on two gateway curricula for first-year students, one in the humanities and social sciences and one in the natural sciences. Students who have completed one of these gateway curricula are entitled to enroll in a variety of one-credit honors seminars during the rest of their college career. Qualified students have the option to write an honors thesis in their major discipline during their senior year. Select incoming students are invited to apply for entrance into the two gateway curricula. Final selection of honors students occurs in early spring prior to their matriculation. Students in these curricula are expected to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in order to continue in the opportunity, and failure to do so will trigger review by the Academic and Student Life deans and the Director of Honors.   

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.

INDS 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326 Honors Seminar

1-F&S

Topical seminars open to students who have completed one of Houghton’s gateway honors curricula. Weekly discussion of readings or other primary sources culminating in a substantial paper. Successful completion of three honors seminars will be recognized on a student’s transcript by the words, “Comprehensive Honors”. Courses need to be completed sequentially.

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

1-F

Introduction to the themes and problems of East Meets West Honors. Introduces topics such as Balkans history, Balkan literature, and 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 Science Honors, which focuses on a scientific question of societal importance. Reserved for first-year Science Honors students. Liberal Arts.

INTS 153 East Meets West

9-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 history, literature, theology 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 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-F15

Completion of the political science component of 2014-2015 East Meets West; reserved for students in that curriculum. Community: Political Science. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: INTS 153

POLS 295H ST: East Meets West Honors Political Science

3-F15

Completion of the political science component of the 2014-2015 East Meets West; reserved for students in that curriculum. Community: Political Science. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: INTS 153

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