The National Collegiate Honors Council defines honors education in the following manner:
"Honors education is characterized by in-class and extracurricular activities that are measurably broader, deeper, or more complex than comparable learning experiences typically found at institutions of higher education. Honors experiences include a distinctive learner-directed environment and philosophy, provide opportunities that are appropriately tailored to fit the institution's culture and mission, and frequently occur within a close community of students and faculty."
At their core, honors courses provide enhanced and enriched learning opportunities for motivated students. Honors classes are student-centered and often engage students in unconventional modes of learning.
The new Honors College cohort model (beginning fall 2019) allows for course development in three “modules,” which connect to general education Foundations of Knowledge areas. Faculty are encouraged to explore these areas and propose courses within each area.
Area One: Honors and the Natural World
HNR 210: Scholarly Approaches to the Natural World HNR 310: Community and the Natural World HNR 311: Global Citizens in the Natural World
Area Two: Honors and Society
HNR 220: Scholarly Approaches to Society HNR 320: Community and Society HNR 321: Global Citizens in Society
Area Three: Honors and Humanity
HNR 230: Scholarly Approaches to Humanity HNR 330: Community and Humanity HNR 331: Global Citizen and Humanity