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Honors Scholars

Integrating Ethics and 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.

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

Upcoming Events:

  • February, 2015: Great Books trip to Ann Arbor for discussion of 35 biographies and what we can learn from them, in addition to theatre and independent film events.
  • March, 2015: Cleveland International Film Festival.
  • April, 2015: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina.
  • April, 2015: Attendance at and discussion of "Urinetown" as an analysis of capitalism.
  • October, 2015: Fall Break trip to New York City for theatre, independent films, galleries, and museums.