Honors Institute

The Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute has been developed for students with superior academic promise who wish to enhance their academic experience through participation in the program's small discussion-oriented classes, field trips, retreats, guest lecturers, independent research and individualized faculty mentoring. A more complete description of the Honors Institute appears in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

The Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute Core Requirement

In the Academic Programs section of this catalog, the College's core curriculum is described. Part II of this curriculum requires that all students take a course that will introduce them to each of the following five Modes of Inquiry:
A. Textual Analysis
B. Artistic Creation and Analysis
C. Scientific Analysis
D. Modeling and Analysis
E. Historical and Cultural Analysis

Since all Honors courses fulfill a Modes of Inquiry requirement of the College's core curriculum, Honors students can satisfy as many as four of this five-course requirement with Honors classes. Additionally, Honors students can satisfy part of the College's distribution requirement (one fine arts course, two humanities courses, two science courses and two social science courses) by taking Honors seminars.

Students have two distribution options for their four Honors courses. They may: (a) take courses that count for four different Modes of Inquiry from at least three different divisions of the College or (b) take courses from all four divisions of the College that count for at least three different Modes of Inquiry.

All courses to meet the Honors core must be taken for a numerical grade.

To guide Honors students in their selection of Great Issues courses, the following numbering system is used:

HSP 12xH--Natural Science & Mathematics

HSP 1x1H--Textual Analysis

HSP 13xH--Humanities

HSP 1x2H--Artistic Creation and Analysis

HSP 15xH--Social Sciences

HSP 1x3H--Scientific Analysis

HSP 17xH--Fine Arts

HSP 1x4H--Modeling and Analysis

HSP 1x5H--Historical and Cultural Analysis


For example, HSP 154H would be a Great Issues in Social Science seminar that satisfies the Modeling and Analysis Mode.