Meredith College Honors Program
Are you interested in learning more about the Honors Program? What opportunities are there for faculty wishing to teach in the Honors Program?
Meredith College Honors Program Mission Statement, Curriculum and Learning Outcomes
Source: Meredith College Catalog, 2009-10 (updated in 2007)
The Honors Program at Meredith offers an enriched academic and co-curricular program of study to gifted, motivated students. The college actively recruits honors students and offers the rigorous and relevant academic experiences that such students expect. Through common course work and individualized study and research, honors students acquire a superior intellectual foundation as they explore subject areas of interest. The program, which spans four years, challenges the honors student to expand her power of thinking—analytically, critically, and creatively; to increase her knowledge; to stretch her imagination; to improve her communication skills; to achieve a clear sense of life direction; and to develop as a substantial and whole individual (Catalog, page 50).
Successful graduates of the Meredith College Honors Program will…
- Expand the intellectual depth and rigor of her academic program by challenging herself to delve deeper into course content both within her chosen discipline and across her general education curriculum.
- Develop an appreciation for culture and a disposition toward civic engagement through participation in cultural enrichment, travel and service.
- Demonstrate the ability to conceive, plan and execute a high-quality research and/or creative project in the context of her chosen discipline and/or integrated across multiple disciplines
National Collegiate Honors Council Core Values Statement
The National Collegiate Honors Council values an atmosphere that promotes academic opportunity and challenge for Honors students and faculty. Within this intellectual environment, members of Honors communities demonstrate integrity, respect, and excellence. Through the Honors experience, participants realize enhanced personal, social, and intellectual development. The NCHC recognizes the importance of life-long learning and social responsibility in preparing individuals for an increasingly complex world. These beliefs and values are reinforced among member institutions through the collegiality and shared purpose of the NCHC.
Source: NCHC Website (http://www.nchchonors.org/mission.htm)
Opportunities for teaching in the Honors Program
- Working with individual students in pre-existing courses (Honors Contract)
- Proposing a pre-existing course as an Honors section
- Honors Colloquia
- Honors Thesis
- Mini-Course Faculty on Honors Travel-Learning Experiences
- Each year the Honors Program embarks on the annual fall trip to a destination that offers opportunities for natural and/or historical exploration. Recent Honors trips were undertaken to Charlottesville, VA, and Charleston, SC. During this weekend adventure, faculty members offer 3-hour "mini courses" that explore a topic of relevance to that particular region or perhaps one of personal interest or expertise. For an example, see the Charlottesville mini-course descriptions and itinerary.