What is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking is the backbone of the BGSU Honors experience.  Sometimes you hear the term critical thinking being thrown around, but it can be confusing to understand how it will fit into your Honors experience.  Hear from current students about their opinions about critical thinking and the first year Honors classes.  The first classes are HNRS 2010: Introduction to Critical Thinking and HNRS 2020: Critical Thinking about Great Ideas.

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Critical thinking is…

“…learning to see the world from a more objective standpoint.”

“…looking beyond the surface level and asking questions…”

“…the ability to analyze and construct an original unbiased opinion.”


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The best part of HNRS 2010 and 2020 is…


“...I felt like I was learning skills that would actually help me in other classes and throughout my whole life.”

“...it changed how I view things and leads me to think deeper.”

“...it helped me become more open-minded and respectful of other people.”


The most challenging part of HNRS 2010 and 2020 is…


“...getting comfortable speaking up during class discussions.”

“...there was a lot of reading outside of class, so I had to work on my time management skills.”


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Tips for succeeding in HNRS 2010 and 2020:


“Start the papers well ahead of time so that you have time to go to office hours and talk over your ideas!”

“Engage with the ideas from this class in other parts of your life!”

“Get involved in class discussions, attend office hours, and have an open mind.”

“Put in the time and effort!”


Tips for creating relationships with professors:

“Participate and speak up during class!”

“Go to their office hours. They want to help you succeed not only in their class, but also in college and life.”

“I talk to them about more than just the topics we cover in class, like my career goals or life interests.”