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:

  • 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.
  • January 27-29, 2017: Spring 2017 Great Books. We will meet in Ann Arbor to discuss the 9 key questions about the continued existence of our species that Scientific American discussed in its September, 2016 issue https://www.scientificamerican.com/magazine/sa/2016/09-01/. We will share books we have read about extending life forever, climate change, inequality, threats to democracy, and genetic alteration.
  • March 31-April 2, 2017: Honors Scholars will attend the Cleveland International Film Festival. The films we will see will be documentaries or films from outside the U.S. as inspiration for us to expand our understanding of alternative ways of living.
  • April 21-21, 2017: We will travel to Chicago by train to see plays, attend museums and documentary or independent films.