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Honors Scholars

Integrating Moral Principles & Critical Thinking

Honors Scholars is a select group of students who seek a community of learners that tries to wrestle with the meaning of life and sees reading, listening, and discussion as the best avenue for achieving that purpose.

The central focus of this nonresidential community is to struggle with the interaction between ethics and rationality in shaping our lives and society. Honors Scholars provides students with a wide array of learning opportunities not ordinarily available to undergraduate students in American universities. Book, film, theatre, and music discussions play a central role in the life of the community. In addition, there are multiple travel experiences to New York, Toronto, and Chicago for theatre and academic conferences. In addition to enhanced academic experiences, Honors Scholars benefit from a strong sense of community and close interaction with peers and faculty. The community provides a supportive framework for students curious about diverse cultures, perspectives, ideas, and areas of knowledge.

One Honors Scholar won a national research contest in 2009 and was designated “National Undergraduate Research Scholar of the Year”

Twelve Honors Scholars have recently published research articles in professional journals.

Upcoming Events:

  • Seminar during the entire semester discussing the “Leonard Bernstein lectures at Harvard” exploring the relationships among various forms of music and (1) language, (2) philosophy, and (3)ideas in general.
  • February 14-16 Weekend Great Books Event in Ann Arbor where Honors Scholars will be discussing 25 books addressing the questions: What role does and should physical beauty play in our reaction to others? What contributions does beauty play in enriching our lives?  We will also attend a production of Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things on this trip.
  • Participation in National Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Kentucky.
  • March 21-23 Attendance at Cleveland International Film Festival.
  • April 4-6, 2014 Attendance at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, North Carolina.