Academic Honors Program

Associate in Arts, 15 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Austin Only
PROGRAM STARTS: Fall, Spring
COURSE PLAN: Four Semesters

Required Courses

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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CCLS1100
Honors Leadership Development

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore the concept of leadership, to develop and improve their leadership skills, and gain personal insight that will help them reach their educational and personal goals. The course integrates readings from the humanities, experiential exercises, films, and contemporary readings on leadership. In addition the course provides opportunities for students to become "service leaders" through service learning. Honors courses emphasize independent inquiry, informed discussion, and direct application within small transformative classes and feature close working relationships with instructors.

(3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

3
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ENGL1102
Honors Composition I: Writing about Literature (Goal 1 & 2)

Honors Composition I is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work.  Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays.  This course will focus on writing about literature.  Students will employ the writing process as they study, analyze, and interpret short stories, poetry and fiction.  Methods of instruction vary, but most sections will combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings.  Honors courses will emphasize independent inquiry, informed discussion, and direct application within small transformative classes which feature close working relationships with instructors.  

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

3
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ENGL1107
Honors Composition II (Goal 1 & 8)

This honors section is a second semester composition course focused on an enriched study of Peace Studies and the writing of an academic research paper. Students learn how to employ the resources of an academic library and how to cite those sources in a fully documented analytical/interpretive term paper. This course explores nonfiction works addressing issues of peace and nonviolence from such authors as Dorothy Day, Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Colman McCarthy, H.D. Thoreau, and Thomas Merton. Students will engage in a number of discussions and assignments in an attempt to foster greater understanding of issues related to peace studies. Students may watch films, read literature, research historical figures, and present reports on important topics along with other types of course work all designed to assist in the exploration of peace studies. Honors courses emphasize independent inquiry, informed discussion, and direct application within small transformative classes, which feature close working relationships with instructors. Prerequisites: ENGL 1101.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

3
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GEOG1211
Honors Physical Geography (Goal 3 & 10)

This honors section of Physical Geography is an enriched study of global physical geography which systematically examines the spatial patterns and interrelationships among physical elements at Earth’s surface. Students study Earth’s physical environment, its systems, and the physical processes that drive them including weather, climate, natural vegetation, soil, and various landforms. Current environmental issues will be discussed and a scientific foundation provided for understanding global warming, geoengineering of weather, and geospatial technologies among others. These topics are not only discussed in groups but also explored in a hands-on manner with in-field exercises and lab-like activities. Honors courses emphasize independent inquiry, informed discussion, and direct application within small transformative classes which feature close working relationships with instructors.

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 10/PE); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

3
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HUMA2265
Honors Religions of the World (Goal 6 & 8)

Students in Honors Religions of the World will examine the major world religions and their “sub-groups.” Emphasis is placed on when, where and under what influences the various religions developed, the geographical areas of the world where the religions are located, as well as the primary tenants, qualities and characteristics of the religions. The course examines the place and role of religion in human life. The honors sections of Religions of the World will ask students to directly engage primary texts from each of the religions studied and strive to encourage and highlight direct experience with individuals, representatives, and sacred places related to the religions studied.  Honors courses will emphasize independent inquiry, informed discussion, and direct application within small transformative classes which feature close working relationships with instructors.  

MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

3
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PSCI1015
Honors American Government (Goal 5 & 9)

This honors course is an enriched study of the United States national government in all of its aspects with special emphasis placed on constitutional theory, major governmental institutions and the national political culture and practice.  This course will require students to become involved with their community and to engage in direct political action.  Honors courses emphasize independent inquiry, informed discussion, and direct application within small transformative classes which feature close working relationships with instructors. 

MnTC (Goals 5/SS and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

3
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SPCH1110
Honors Fundamental of Speech (Goal 1 & 9)

This honors section of Fundamentals of Speech is an enriched study of the theory and practice of public communication including individual and group presentations.  This course emphasizes audience analysis, research and organization, speech construction, delivery techniques, and speaking ethics.  Students will prepare and deliver a variety of both individual and group presentations.  Students should expect to reduce speech apprehension and develop self-confidence in their ability to communicate in public.  Honors courses emphasize independent inquiry, informed discussion, and direct application within small transformative classes and feature close working relationships with instructors.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 9/EC); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

3