Please note that each syllabus will additionally describe learning outcomes specific to the course itself and that all courses are subtitled.
HON 151 – Honors In the Humanities
Fulfills UK Core Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities
Honors Humanities topics offered by various professors (topics announced the preceding semester). Whatever the topic, the Honors Humanities courses reflect on the human condition through works of art and literature (including folklore and film), philosophical and religious contemplation and argumentation, and historical narrative. They undertake interdisciplinary investigations of significant intellectual and cultural issues of our past and present (and thus of our future) and are designed to stimulate individual thought as well as develop writing, critical thinking, and small-group discussion skills.
This course satisfies the Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities requirement in UK Core. Thus, by the end of the course, students will:
HON 152 – Honors in the Natural/Physical/Mathematical Sciences
Fulfills UK Core Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural/Physical/Mathematical Sciences
A hands-on, science course for Honors student in which they ask a question requiring scientific analysis, develop a related experimentation regimen, collect data, do the experimentation, analyze the results, draw conclusions and appropriately disseminate the results. Students will directly experience the scientific process to learn how scientists work.
This course satisfies the Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural/Physical/Mathematical Sciences requirement in UK Core. Thus, by the end of the course, students will be able to:
HON 251 – Honors in the Social Sciences
Fulfills UK Core Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences
Courses in this category promote the understanding of individuals in the context of social interactions, groups and societies. The courses will focus on the subjective, intersubjective, and structural aspects of society, with the goal of helping students to enhance their understanding of the phenomenon that is human society.
This course satisfies the Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences requirement in UK Core. Thus, by the end of the course, students will be able to:
HON 252 – Honors in Arts and Creativity
Fulfills UK Core Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity
The creative process and its products and results are the focus of these Honors courses, and include but are not limited to, visual, verbal, musical, spatial, or kinesthetic forms of expression. Readings and final projects vary at the discretion of the faculty.
This course satisfies the Intellectual Inquiry in the Arts and Creativity requirement in UK Core. Thus, by the end of the course, students will personally perform, produce, fabricate or generate an artifact or artifacts that demonstrate their engagement with the creative process (e.g. an object, product, installation, presentation, record of a performance etc.) either as an individual or as part of a collaborative. As part of this process students will:
Additionally, the primary emphasis of courses in the Area of Inquiry must be on active learning through student performance, expression, and/or production (what is known as “process-focused” creativity). This emphasis should be documented through the number of assignments or class meetings devoted to this work (expressed as a percentage) or through the grading mechanism for the final grade for the course.
Though “process-focused” the course may highlight other approaches to creativity.
Students may be expected to explore forms of creativity that are constraint-focused (mastering or overcoming established “laws” or “systems”), product-focused (emphasis on the originality, utility or value of the thing produced), transformation-focused (risk-taking, willingness to make mistakes, role of chance) or fulfillment-focused (personal or professional accomplishment). Proposals for courses should identify which approaches are present in the syllabi. Syllabi must incorporate assignments or exercises whose final product reflects a process of analysis, evaluation, reassessment, and refinement.
Syllabi must include projects or exercises that introduce tools or develop information literacy appropriate to the discipline. Syllabi must incorporate attendance and/or participation in relevant co-curricular activities as part of the course. Students should be required to critically engage with these activities through a written analysis or similar project.
HON 301 – Proseminar
An interdisciplinary seminar in the history of culture; topics will vary from semester to semester, but a substantial research essay is always required.
HON 352 – Study and Travel Abroad
An experiential, travel-abroad course that requires pre-travel class preparation followed by travel abroad that will provide students with multi-cultural exposure, leadership and a new frame of reference for understanding the world and their role in it.
HON 399 – Honors Service Learning and Community Engagement
This is a service- or community-based learning experience in the field under the supervision of a faculty member.