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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. The encouragement of effective speaking, writing, thinking and research skills in Honors Scholars results each year in members of our community  being admitted to highly prestigious graduate programs, winning multiple awards and scholarships, and graduating from college with the kind of training that inspires them to continue developing long after graduation.

Upcoming Events:

  • February 2016: Great Books weekend trip to Columbus where we discussed 30 books organized around the theme “Ideas that have broken the ice in our heads.”
  • March 2016: Attendance at Cleveland International Film Festival.
  • April 2016: Attendance at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Summer, 2016: Study of Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death.
  • Fall, 2016: Voluntary participation in Intercollegiate Mediation Competitions in Dallas, Atlanta and Boston. 3 of the 36 National Intercollegiate All-Americans are members of Honors Scholars.
  • Fall, 2016: Spring Break in Toronto for Independent Films and Theatre enrichment.
  • Fall, 2016: Great Books event in Ann Arbor or Columbus discussing 30 books about the effects of modern technology on the quality of our thinking.
  • Spring 2017: Trip to Chicago for Independent Films and Theatre enrichment.