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Concurrent Major in Honors Interdisciplinary Inquiry

What is the Honors major degree? We are thrilled to announce that in fall 2024 the Honors College will offer a major degree program. The Honors Interdisciplinary Inquiry is a concurrent major of 33 degree credits, one that is completed alongside another major degree. Students majoring in Honors Interdisciplinary Inquiry will explore the interdisciplinary nature of our past, present, and future – of humans, technology, our environment, and the world – in concentrations of their choosing, which include Environment, Ethics, and Humankind; Health, Policy, and the Body; Technology, Society, and the Future; and Creativity, Social Justice, and our World.

 

WHAT ARE THE CONCENTRATIONS I CAN CHOOSE FROM?

Students enrolled in the concurrent major will complete 15 credits from one of the following concentrations that allow students to connect their interdisciplinary interests. In their Honors major, students will explore and connect multiple fields of knowledge, while in their other major, they will specialize deeply in their chosen field of study.

  • Puzzle

    Creativity, Social Justice, and our World


    Imagining social justice and a more socially just world requires creativity at every level. In this concentration, students are asked to explore the complex interdisciplinary connections linking creativity, social justice, and our larger world. Students will ask questions such as: In what manner is our everyday life impacted by social issues and the arts? How and in what venues does creativity reflect, envision, and engage society? How might understanding the relationships between creativity, social justice, and our world lead to a better world for all? Bringing the past into the present with an eye towards the future is a consistent theme for students choosing this concentration.

     

  • Globe

    Environment, Ethics, and Humankind


    Amidst a range of global environmental challenges, it has become increasingly critical to understand how human beliefs, values, and imagination shape our relations to the environment and drive environmental decision-making. Moreover, the complexity of entangled human and environmental issues must be addressed both locally and globally and across disciplines. In this concentration, students will ask: how can interdisciplinary conversations deepen our understanding of human-nature entanglements? How can understanding human values and cultures help us strive towards solutions that prioritize sustainability and social equity?

  • Person

    Health, Policy and the Body


    The study of the human body unites a wide range of academic disciplines. Drawing on fields as diverse as art history, neuroscience, literature, and economics, students in this concentration will gather complex, interdisciplinary methods for examining the body. They will ask, how do other time periods or cultures envision health? What are the material conditions of well-being? How can healthcare today develop compassionate, humane strategies for caregiving in the modern era? Aiming to bring abstract theories and ideals into everyday practice is a shared pursuit of this concentration.

  • Gears

    Technology, Society, and the Future


    Society shapes technology; technology in turn shapes society. Disruptive technological advancements have defined epochs of human history. As the development of new technology has accelerated - with information, communication and computation all growing exponentially - the pace of societal change has also accelerated. Each day we face new risks and new opportunities. This concentration challenges students to explore the nexus of technology and society. What does the future hold? How will we navigate new challenges?

WHAT ARE THE HONORS MAJOR REQUIREMENTS?

The Honors concurrent major requirements include components in each of the three categories: academic coursework (33 credits), experiential learning (2 badges of distinction), and an independent project (1 capstone project). These must be completed while enrolled in a separate major degree program. Learn more about each of the requirements below.

 

18 Core Credits + 15 Concentration Credits = 33 total credits


  • COLLOQUIUM HP 1020

    1 CORE COURSE

    3 credits | fall semester | may fulfill USP COM1

    Colloquium courses introduce students to a variety of disciplines, build interdisciplinary exposure, and foster communication skills. 

  • COLLOQUIUM HP 2020

    1 CORE COURSE

    3 credits | spring semester | may fulfill USP COM2

    Colloquium courses introduce students to a variety of disciplines, build interdisciplinary exposure, and foster communication skills. 

  • HP 2150

    1 CORE COURSE

    Producing Knowledge: Analysis, Creativity, & Expression (ACE) | 1 credits | fall semester 

    Producing Knowledge: Analysis, Creativity, and Expression is an activity-based course introducing
    approaches to producing, refining, analyzing, and evaluating knowledge using the tools listed in the course title and more.

  • HP 2250

    1 CORE COURSE

    Producing Knowledge: Interviews, Surveys, & Experiments (ICE) | 1 credits | fall semester 

    Producing Knowledge: Interviews, Surveys, & Experiments is an activity-based course introducing
    approaches to producing, refining, analyzing, and evaluating knowledge using the tools listed in the course title and more.

     

  • HP 4250: Producing Knowledge: Capstone Seminar

    1 CORE course

    3 credits  

    In this course, students will work intensively and progress substantially on their capstone projects. In collaboration with their peers and faculty member, they will articulate, analyze, and define their capstone projects and learn best practices for progressing on them. The faculty member in this class should be seen as a capstone “coach”; formal oversight of the capstone project lies with the student’s individual capstone mentor.

  • HP 4350: Internship

    1 CORE course

    1 credit 

    Internships are pivotal for student learning and enriched experience. This course is designed to build pathways towards success post-graduation in the professional world.

     

  • HONORS GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES*

    2 CORE COURSES

    6 credits | sophomore - senior year | some courses may meet USP/A&S requirements 

    Global Perspectives courses (previously named *Honors Nonwestern Perspectives) enable students to understand the world from perspectives beyond Euro-American traditions and to gain insight into diverse epistemologies and ways of seeing and knowing. 

     

  • 3000 OR 4000 LEVEL HP COURSE within chosen Concentration*

    5 CONCENTRATION courses

    15 credits | sophomore - senior year | some courses may meet USP/A&S requirements | *excludes HP 4976

    Honors upper division courses expand students' ability to think and work across disciplines and challenge students to analyze complex topics. These must be selected from a student's chosen concentration.

     

     

 

 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING REQUIREMENT

2 TOTAL BADGES


  • FIRST-YEAR HONORS SOAR BADGE

    1 BADGE

    Deadline: end of first year | completed in Suitable platform

    The First-Year Honors SOAR Badge exposes students to high impact learning experiences in research, intellectual and creative perspectives, and community engagement.

  • ADVANCED HONORS SOAR BADGE

    1 BADGE

    Deadline: by graduation | completed in Suitable platform

    The Advanced Honors SOAR Badge exposes students to diverse global perspectives, STEM investigation, and humanities and social justice opportunities, as well as building leaderships and teamwork readiness.

 

 

CAPSTONE PROJECT REQUIREMENT


  • CAPSTONE PROJECT

    1 COMPLETED PROJECT | 1 ORAL PRESENTATION | 1 MENTOR EVALUATION

    Deadline: by graduation | Honors Capstone Requirements

    The Honors Capstone is an independent or collaborative undertaking involving research, creative, community-engaged, or entrepreneurial work that represents the culmination of a student's undergraduate studies under the guidance of a capstone mentor.

    • project may be completed in student's major department

    • students orally present the results of this project at an Honors-approved venue

 

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THE CONCURRENT MAJOR IN HONORS INTERDISCIPLINARY INQUIRY?

HONORS COLLEGE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Interdisciplinary perspectives: Students will demonstrate Interdisciplinary perspectives by comparing, contrasting, and interpreting the relationships between multiple disciplines. 

  2. Applied knowledge:Students will apply knowledge and skills, both collaboratively and individually, by utilizing experiential learning.   

  3. Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills using a multitude of platforms for a variety of audiences. 

  4. Global perspectives: Students will cultivate an understanding of diversity and the importance of global cultural competence (students will fulfill this learning outcome by taking a Global Perspectives (formerly Nonwestern) Honors upper division course).

  5. Research or creative competency: Students will undertake a coherent research or creative project to contribute to the creation of new knowledge. 

  6. Critical thinking: Students will employ critical thinking to work towards solving problems of the future.

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OTHER REQUIREMENTS

EXPECTATIONS OF HONORS COLLEGE STUDENTS

Students pursuing either an Honors Concurrent major will be required to be enrolled in another major degree program. We expect the following from our Honors students:

  • maintain good standing with the university

  • uphold their commitment to academic honesty

  • graduate with a GPA of 3.25

  • meet with their Honors advisor once a semester

If you are struggling to meet any of these expectations, please meet with an Honors Advisor. They are here to help and support you in successfully completing Honors degree programs.

 

HONORS DEGREES AND OTHER MAJORS

Are you majoring in Engineering or Computer Science? Please note that Honors students majoring in Engineering or Computer Science are automatically enrolled in a separate program called Honors Engineering, which has additional requirements beyond the Honors degree program requirements that are set forth by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Alternatively, Honors students majoring in Engineering and Computer Science have the option to elect not to participate in this separate Honors Engineering program and instead pursue either the Honors concurrent major degree (beginning in fall 2024) or the Honors minor degree alongside their Engineering or Computer Science major. Please meet with your major and Honors advisors to make this election.

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