Honors Scholars

Integrating Ethics and Critical Thinking

Honors Scholars is a select group of intellectually ambitious 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. Honors Scholars seek training in listening, critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills that go beyond what is sought in the ordinary curriculum. 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, Washington DC, 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.

Sixteen Honors Scholars have recently published research articles in professional journals. The encouragement of effective communication 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:

  • Fall, 2018: Voluntary participation in Intercollegiate Mediation Competitions in Dallas, Atlanta and Des Moines. 6 of the 35 National Intercollegiate All-American Mediators are members of Honors Scholars. Dr. Browne is the coach.
  • Weekend of September 28, train trip to Chicago for plays, international films, documentaries and museums.
  • Weekend of December 5th, we will go to what we call Great Books in Ann Arbor or Columbus to discuss 20-25 books about the ways various cultures educate, interact inside the family, settle disputes, define justice and meaning in their lives, practice religion, engage in sexual behavior, and determine who dominates the culture. While there we will also see movies and theater that raise provocative questions.
  • Weekend of March 8, Spring Great Books will study 20 books addressing the question:  Do artificial intelligence devices enrich more than they endanger our future?  
  • Weekend of March 29, 2019, Honors Scholars will attend the Cleveland International Film Fesitval.
  • 3rd weekend of April 2019, Honors Scholars will go to Washington DC for theater, international and documentary films, and museums.                                                                                                                                     

How Do I Join?

The most important part of the membership process is trying to make sure that you are going to flourish in Honors Scholars. The first step is to schedule a brief interview with Dr. Browne. The second step is an interview with 3 Honors Scholars. This interview is your interviewing us and our interviewing you.