A study of a selected subject within the disciplines: topics vary from term to term. The course is designed to encourage student participation in the intellectual processes through class discussion, research and writing, special projects, problem solving, and evaluation and defense of positions. When the subject matter duplicates that of another course, credit toward graduation will be granted for only one of the courses. Offered periodically in rotation with seminars in other disciplines.
Nisbet Honors Program
Degrees and Certificates
This course is team- taught by faculty members in two departments and is open to Nisbet Honors Program participants and, when space is available, to others who meet Honors Program guidelines.
Credits3 - 4
An honors DIS generally must involve either a substantial independent research project or the course material from a regular honors course. These independent studies must follow the usual Registrar procedures for regular DIS courses. Students should submit a copy of their HON 300H DIS contract and syllabus to the Honors Program co-directors no later than the last day of classes of the long term before the term in which the student plans to do the independent study.
Honors Modules allow students to take a non-honors course and adapt it so that it counts for honors program credit by completing a contract with the instructor; a module is designated on the student's transcript by having the regular non-honors course number with an "H" afterwards. The student and instructor agree to the work required to have the course designated as “honors,” and the contract requires approval by the Nisbet Honors Program. Upon approval and successful completion of the contract, the course will be designated as “honors” on the student’s transcript. Check with program directors for details on eligibility requirements and deadlines.
With permission of an Honors Program co-director and permission of the mentoring professor, a student in the Honors Program may arrange to do an independent study with a professor.
Open to upperclassmen, with priority given to juniors and seniors. Topics may include the value and meaning of a liberal arts education, national scholarship competitions, applying to graduate school, balancing relationships and work, independent research, and the idea of vocation. Offered twice a year. Pass/fail grading.
For qualified seniors whose proposals have been accepted by their department(s). Independent research, performance, or creative work under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated.