Criteria for All Types of Honors Courses
As one goal of virtually all honors courses, regardless of field, the Honors Committee welcomes especially articulate communication and self-expression in person and in writing. In addition, to receive approval from the Committee, you must design your Honors Course to meet some of the following criteria:
- Sophisticated, challenging thinking: critical, analytic, quantitative, scientific, interdisciplinary, and/or creative.
- Active employment of current discourse, methods, techniques, and theories in the relevant field or fields of inquiry.
- Critical investigation of primary as well as secondary sources.
- Independent learning with opportunities to exercise intellectual initiative.
- Pursuit of one or more research projects.
- Experiences that take advantage of the rich cultural, intellectual, institutional, and environmental resources of the New York area.
- Synthesis of discourse, knowledge, methods, theories and/or modes of thinking from two or more disciplines.
- Intensive writing and revision which facilitate growth as a thinker and as a writer, with publishable writing as an ultimate goal.
- Substantive participation by students in relevant professional activities such as a conference.