Freshman Honors Colloquium

Designed to be a rigorous course for all incoming Honors students, Freshman Honors Colloquium is a two-semseter sequence (HONR 10197 & HONR 10297) that stresses works, ideas, and values significant in our literary and intellectual history as they shape and are shaped by today's culture. Students become aware of how the prevailing Western tradition is subject to challenge and interrogation by other value systems and cultural viewpoints. Students learn to read carefully, speak thoughtfully, and write lucidly, with the goal of fostering habits of intellectual inquiry and expression that are essential to a well-rounded liberal education. Students write approximately 4,000-5,000 words each semester (primarily essays and at least one research paper). Other requirements, such as exams, quizzes, and oral reports, will vary with each instructor. Classes encourage discussion, student-teacher dialogue, and individual student responsibility.