Honors Program Curriculum
The Honors Program challenges students to fulfill their intellectual and personal potential through enriched and stimulating experiences; by cultivating an esprit de corps, committed to an earnest, cooperative, free, and open pursuit of truth; by developing students’ understanding of the unity of knowledge and the interrelationship of the academic disciplines; by providing students the occasion for mentoring relationships with faculty; by preparing students for the pursuit of original and advanced research, scholarship, and performance; and by equipping students for outstanding leadership in service to God, their communities, and the world.
Honors program participants complete designated honors sections of general education courses, honors seminars, and an honors project.
"I met people right away with similar interests who became friends..."
- Aaron Bunnell
Bible and Theology, 2013
To graduate with Honors Program designation, students complete the following five categories:
1. General Education (minimum 15 credits) Choose from among the following three categories. [Note that you need not select from each category.]
Honors sections of general education courses taken primarily during freshman & sophomore years:
- GEN 100 - College Experience I
- BIBL 111 - The Old Testament
- COMM 110 - Communication Skills
- ENG 145- English Composition
- ENG 200 - Literature in Society
- World History II: The Modern World
- PHIL 211-Introduction to Philosophy
- THEO 211-Introduction to Theology
- Any one course listed as “Additional, more advanced option” under the Gen. Ed. Lab Science requirements: BIOL 131, 132, 144, 173; CHEM 115, 131; or PHYS 213.
- Upper division course (3 credits): From the General Education menu, one 300-level course taken during the freshman or sophomore year (MUS 374; HIST 335; HIST/POL 356 or 358; ENG 322; ENG 390, THEA 330).
2. HON 260 - Sophomore Seminar: The Academy and You (1 credit)
Coordinated by the Honors Program Director, guest faculty speakers will introduce students to the concept of research or creative expression appropriate to various academic disciplines. Through readings and research, students will begin to explore possible thesis project ideas.
3. Junior Year Colloquium I & II: Life of the Mind
(two 1-credit classes, one each semester)
Essentially a field experience designed to highlight the responsibilities of Honors students to their communities, particularly responsibilities to foster the life of the mind in their Malone University community. Students assume responsibility for scheduling, promoting, and producing a significant on-campus event (or events) that stimulates the life of the mind.
4.GEN 460: Faith in the World Honors section(3 credits)
This seminar explores what it means to think and live faithfully in our world by undertaking an in-depth study of an important issue. Each class will engage with the richness and complexity of its subject by considering diverse viewpoints and multiple academic disciplines and exploring their interconnections.
5.Senior Honors Project (4 credits total)
Independent study with a faculty member on a project related to the chosen discipline, usually the major. It may be started during the junior year.
NOTE: Should you participate in a study abroad semester, see the Program director for the substitutions available to you. We will work with you to make the needed accommodations.
Total: 25 credits, 18 of which are general education. 3.5 GPA at graduation.