The Academic Program

The academic program consists of five key components:

I. Introduction to Honors

Honors students are required to take Introduction to Honors, a course that orients them to SMSU's Honors Program. The course presents students with the opportunity to get to know fellow students in the Honors Program as we read and discuss some important works of literature and some analytical works on the nature and purpose of Liberal Education. Emphasis will be placed on developing a reflective, critical analysis of these texts and one’s educational goals in general.

2. Traditional Pathway or Transfer Pathway

The Traditional Pathway provides qualified students with an alternative to the university’s Liberal Education Program (LEP). In place of the standard LEP, honors students, in consultation with the Honors Program Director and a review board of faculty members from diverse disciplines, design their own course of study in the liberal arts—one that is more challenging and directly suited to their individual academic needs.

The Transfer Pathway is an option for transfer students. Transfer Pathway students are required to complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Students who choose this pathway may not double-count core courses for the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

Talk to the Honors Program Director to determine which pathway is most appropriate for your situation.

3. The Honors Core

Students are required to take at least three classes from the Honors Core. They must take one course from three of the four Honors Core categories (Ethics, Gender and Identity, Global Consciousness, and Human Diversity). Courses chosen must be from more than one discipline.

4. Honors Seminar

Honors students are required to take a senior-level honors seminar. The seminar invites students to confront ideas outside of their major fields of interest, to approach these ideas from an interdisciplinary perspective, to initiate creative and critical thinking, and to bear the primary responsibility for the direction of the coursework.

5. The Senior Dialogue

During the senior year, each Honors student is required to participate in a one-hour dialogue with several faculty members from various disciplines. The dialogue is intended to allow the student to show his/her ability to think through and articulate intellectual and critical ideas while under a certain amount of pressure. The student is not made uncomfortable and is not graded on the dialogue. The aim is to help the students learn about themselves and for the faculty to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the Honors Program. Faculty members orally evaluate the student's performance at the end of the dialogue and the student is invited to respond in an appropriate manner. The hope is that the dialogue acts as a positive and valuable learning experience for all involved

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