Honors Courses

HON 110 Honors College Writing – 3 credits

Instruction in the college writing process for honors students. Writing is addressed as part of a process of academic inquiry and research, with intensive practice given in writing clear, logical, and persuasive claims, stressing focus, content, organization, style, and conventions in argument. Students must pass with a final grade of “C” to fulfill the liberal arts curriculum requirements.

HON 211 Afternoons with Honors – 1 credit

Three Afternoons with Honors credits must be earned to complete the Honors Program, and students are encouraged to enroll in this course at least once each academic year.  Honors students will work with a professor and student colleagues to explore issues around identity development, personal empowerment, and their roles as future global leaders and contributors.  Guest lecturers, especially Cedar Crest alumnae, will encourage discussions of women’s leadership in the workplace as the Honors students explore the options for their future internships and careers.  Students will be challenged to connect their career interests, current studies, leadership activities, and co-curricular interests, as they begin to develop their Honors Project and think about how to make it a robust, interdisciplinary exploration.  This course will also foster discussions between students who are at different points in their academic careers, allowing seniors to aid sophomores and juniors in the development of their capstone project and help to encourage interdisciplinary connections between students from different majors.  In addition, seniors will have the opportunity to elicit feedback from others as they finish their capstone projects and prepare their final presentations.

HON 320 Honors Explorations in the Arts – 3 credits

This is an interdisciplinary course, focused on helping Honors students develop an appreciation for the fine arts and their interconnection to other disciplines.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering and key discipline (Dance, Theatre, Music, Creative Writing, or the Visual Arts).  The course will also be writing-intensive, allowing students to synthesize course content and express their own thoughts and ideas.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for the Arts.

HON 321 Honors Explorations in the Humanities – 3 credits

This course will focus on texts that have shaped the human experience, examining texts from multiple perspectives and connecting textual analysis to other.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering and subdiscipline which may be Communication, English, History, International Languages, or Philosophy.  The course will also be writing-intensive, allowing students to synthesize course content and express their own thoughts and ideas.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for the Humanities.

HON 322 Honors Explorations in the Social Sciences – 3 credits

This interdisciplinary course will focus on human culture and behavior, institutions, and individual development.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering and key discipline (Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, or Sociology).  The course will also be writing-intensive, allowing students to synthesize course content and express their own thoughts and ideas.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for the Social Sciences.

HON 323 Honors Explorations in Global Studies – 3 credits

Students in this interdisciplinary course will be encouraged to use inquiry and problem-solving strategies to think broadly about global issues, connections that exist across disciplines, and diverse cultural practices and beliefs.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering.  The course will also be writing-intensive, allowing students to synthesize course content and express their own thoughts and ideas.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for Global Studies.

HON 324 Honors Explorations in Mathematics and Logic – 3 credits

This course will engage students in quantitative reasoning activities that develop their analytical skills and encourage students to connect logical reasoning skills to other disciplines.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering.  The course will also be writing-intensive, allowing students to synthesize course content and express their own thoughts and ideas.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for Mathematics and Logic.

HON 325 Honors Explorations in the Natural Sciences – 3 credits

This course will explore the natural world through the use of the scientific method, hypothesis testing, and critical analysis of empirical data.  This interdisciplinary course will also explore the interconnections between the natural world and other subdisciplines.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering and key discipline covered by the course (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.).  The course will also be writing-intensive, allowing students to synthesize course content and express their own thoughts and ideas.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for the Natural Sciences.

HON 326 Honors Explorations in Ethics – 3 credits

This interdisciplinary course will challenge students to reflect on personal moral beliefs and values as they apply ethical theory to practice.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering.  The course will also be writing-intensive, allowing students to synthesize course content and express their own thoughts and ideas.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for Ethics.           

HON 330 Honors Explorations in the Arts, WRI2 – 3 credits

This is an interdisciplinary course, focused on helping Honors students develop an appreciation for the fine arts and their interconnection to other disciplines.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering and key discipline (Dance, Theatre, Music, Creative Writing, or the Visual Arts).  In this course, special attention will be given to the process of writing including drafting, revising, and manuscript preparation.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for the Arts and the WRI2 designation.

HON 331 Honors Explorations in the Humanities, WRI2 – 3 credits

This course will focus on texts that have shaped the human experience, examining texts from multiple perspectives and connecting textual analysis to other.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering and subdiscipline which may be Communication, English, History, International Languages, or Philosophy.  In this course, special attention will be given to the process of writing including drafting, revising, and manuscript preparation.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for the Humanities and the WRI2 designation

HON 332 Honors Explorations in the Social Sciences, WRI2 – 3 credits

This interdisciplinary course will focus on human culture and behavior, institutions, and individual development.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering and key discipline (Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, or Sociology).  In this course, special attention will be given to the process of writing including drafting, revising, and manuscript preparation.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for Social Science and the WRI2 designation

HON 333 Honors Explorations in Global Studies, WRI2 – 3 credits

Students in this interdisciplinary course will be encouraged to use inquiry and problem-solving strategies to think broadly about global issues, connections that exist across disciplines, and diverse cultural practices and beliefs.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering.  The course will also be writing-intensive, allowing students to synthesize course content and express their own thoughts and ideas.  In this course, special attention will be given to the process of writing including drafting, revising, and manuscript preparation.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for Global Studies and the WRI2 designation.

HON 334 Honors Explorations in Mathematics and Logic, WRI2 – 3 credits

This course will engage students in quantitative reasoning activities that develop their analytical skills and encourage students to connect logical reasoning skills to other disciplines.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering.  The course will also be writing-intensive, allowing students to synthesize course content and express their own thoughts and ideas.  In this course, special attention will be given to the process of writing including drafting, revising, and manuscript preparation.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for Math and Logic and the WRI2 designation.

HON 335 Honors Explorations in the Natural Sciences, WRI2 – 3 credits

This course will explore the natural world through the use of the scientific method, hypothesis testing, and critical analysis of empirical data.  This interdisciplinary course will also explore the interconnections between the natural world and other subdisciplines.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering and key discipline covered by the course (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.).  The course will also be writing-intensive, allowing students to synthesize course content and express their own thoughts and ideas.  In this course, special attention will be given to the process of writing including drafting, revising, and manuscript preparation.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for the Natural Sciences and the WRI2 designation.

HON 336 Honors Explorations in Ethics, WRI2 – 3 credits

This interdisciplinary course will challenge students to reflect on personal moral beliefs and values as they apply ethical theory to practice.  Course topics will change, depending on the nature of the offering.  The course will also be writing-intensive, allowing students to synthesize course content and express their own thoughts and ideas.  In this course, special attention will be given to the process of writing including drafting, revising, and manuscript preparation.  This course will satisfy the LAC requirements for Ethics and the WRI2 designation.

HON 353 Honors Interdisciplinary Project – 2 or 3 credits

Students enrolled in this course will work in conjunction with one or more faculty members to develop an original research or creative project that uses an interdisciplinary approach to critically analyze or imaginatively explore a topic of her choosing.  While the student will work as an independent thinker, creating and completing the project, the course instructor will be available to help the student focus her ideas and connect her with appropriate college faculty who will act as collaborative mentors to guide the different stages of project implementation.  Registration in this course requires identification of a faculty mentor and permission of the Program Director.

HON 354 Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis and Presentation – 0 credits

At the completion of their project, normally at the end of the Spring semester of the senior year, students will present their work to the Cedar Crest community in the Honors Symposium and submit their final thesis manuscript.  While this is not a credit-bearing course, it is a graduation requirement and students will receive a grade of P or F for the course, depending on whether they fulfill this requirement.  Registration for this course requires identification of a faculty mentor and permission of the Program Director.