Honors students take a series of seminar-style courses with fellow Eclectic Scholars. The courses are based around self-exploration, problem solving, and discussions and projects that span disciplines.
By spending time inside and outside of class tackling complex issues, Honors students form a strong cohort and gain an understanding about how their skills and talents within their individual disciplines can cross boundaries.
After completing a one-credit introductory course, HONR 10000, Eclectic Scholars take at least one honors-designated course per year (except their senior year), selected from a wide set of choices available. These honors courses are offered across most academic disciplines and may also satisfy major or graduation requirements.
Honors students track and report their own activity in order to earn at least 15 points per academic year, at least ﬁve of which points must be curricular and at least ﬁve must be co-curricular.
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies for the Eclectic Scholar (HONR 10000). This course will serve as an introduction to interdisciplinary studies, and establish a foundation for new honors students. The course will review the goals and expectations of student participation in the program, and engage students in multi- and interdisciplinary thinking, with the aim of challenging students to take up Hiram’s mission to ‘face the urgent challenges of the times.’ With that aim, the course explores what it means to be a leader, as well as how members of a learning community engage in service and community outreach.
Examples of honors courses
BIOL 23800: Medical Microbiology
COMM 22300: Family Communication
EDUC/WRIT 31300: Teaching and Supervising Writing
ENGL 20600: Introduction to Literary Analysis
EVST 10100: Introduction to Environmental Studies
HIST 27800: Travel Writing in Asia
MATH 19800: Calculus I
PHIL 26500: History and Philosophy of Science
PHIL 12100: Elementary Logic