Honors Program at Highlands University


The Honors Program offers advanced and creative students an opportunity to develop their abilities and talents in classes and project more challenging than those experienced by most undergraduates.

The Honors Program at Highlands focuses on the history of ideas, exploring different frameworks for the organization of knowledge, and ensuring an excellent liberal arts education. The program offers the following distinct benefits to students: more reading, writing, and more seminar discussion among students and faculty, whereby students develop greater depth and breadth of knowledge, in small classes of 12-15 students. Another benefit is recognition on transcript of all Honors courses, which is likely to enhance applications for professional careers and graduate schools. Completion of the Honors Program fulfills the university graduation requirement for an academic minor.

The Honors Program at Highlands combines studies in the arts and humanities with those in the social and natural sciences. In the final course, students design a semester long research or creative project of professional quality related to their major field of study.  Honors faculty interact closely with students in the program as mentors and academic advisers. 

Students admitted as new freshmen with an ACT score of 21, or with a high school GPA of 3.5 or better, will be invited to participate in INDP135N: Freshman Forum Honors.  Interested students will then complete HONR100: Honors Forum in their second semester, and may begin the seminars in their second year if they meet the following criteria: successful completion of English 112 and Math 140 (or concurrent enrollment in HONR 150 (4) The Ancients); and a GPA of 3.5 or above. Transfer students may be admitted to the program with a college GPA of 3.5 or better.

Honors Courses

INDP 135N. Freshman Forum Honors (1).

HONR 100. Honors Forum (2).
Students learn of the research, scholarship, and creative activity ongoing in the academic fields represented at Highlands, with a focus on discovery.

HONR 150. Honors Seminar I: The Ancients (4)
Team-taught by two faculty from different disciplines. Honors Seminar I introduces students to the modes of organization of knowledge through the Middle Ages up to the Renaissance.

HONR 250. Honors Seminar II: Renaissance (4)
Team-taught by two faculty from different disciplines. Honors Seminar II will explore the shifting intellectual and scholarly perspectives of the Renaissance.

HONR 350. Honors Seminar III: Reason and Romanticism (4).
This course examines the periods of the Age of Enlightenment and Romanticism, in terms of the shifting modes for the organization of knowledge.

HONR 450. Honors Seminar IV: The Modern and Beyond (4).
This course examines the intellectual movements of the latter 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on shifting ideological models. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: the cognitive revolution, Industrialism, Marxism, Ecology, the Modern and Postmodern, Conservatism, and Liberalism.

HONR 490. Honors Thesis (3).
This course is team-taught by at least two faculty, one of whom is the students major adviser, who form an undergraduate thesis committee. Students complete a senior thesis project of professional quality which is submitted for conference or campus presentation.