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FAQ: Seminars

Most Honors courses fulfill GE requirements. Students starting the program late are not required to take The Individual and Society and may be allowed to skip one or more courses at the discretion of the Director. The Honors Program requirement that Honors students take four honors seminars may be modified in individual cases by a waiver of a maximum of two seminars. The waiver is designed to accommodate students who transfer in as second semester sophomores or juniors, those who are in accelerated programs, and those who have majors with unusually heavy course requirements. Three seminars are sufficient for students entering the Honors Program as second semester sophomores (have completed 45 credits), two for those who enter as juniors (have completed 60 credits).

The seminars are all cross-disciplinary, and on a variety of topics. In the past, we have offered the following seminars:

  • American Girls' Culture
  • Cherokee History, Culture, and Politics: Past and Present
  • Cigarettes and Nylons - Postwar Realities in Occupied Germany after World War II
  • Debates in U.S. History
  • Deep History
  • Doing Race and Gender
  • Education Across Borders
  • Education and Poverty
  • Ethical Fashion: Understanding Consumerism, Globalization, Justice, and Sustainability Through Textiles
  • Evolution and the Human Condition
  • Free Speech
  • Gender and Journalism: Representation & Practice
  • How Administrative Agencies Became the Fourth Branch of Government, Tension, and Dynamism
  • Humanitarian Psychology
  • Humans at Play
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  • Inequality and Human Health
  • Innovation and Intelligence
  • Jamaica: History, Culture, and Its People
  • Love and Heartbreak
  • Metropolis to Megalopolis: New York City Culture 1870-1930
  • Place Matters
  • Seeing the Light: Physics, Vision, and Art
  • Television and Social Issues
  • The Individual and Society
  • The Literature of Witness
  • The Materials of History, Thought and Art
  • U.S. Drug Education and Policy
  • U.S. Women Win the Vote
  • Visualizing Myth in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • What Causes Cancer?
  • What is Mental Illness?
  • Work

Honors students also have the option to take Honors-designated courses in the major.