Incentive: Small, Interactive Classes
With few exceptions, honors courses count for core curriculum requirements—meaning honors students don’t have to take extra courses to participate in the program. Classes are designed specifically for high-achieving students who want to move beyond the facts and figures of general education courses to explore foundations of a particular discipline. Honors-style learning moves students beyond rote memorization to emphasize a learning of personal transformation. Honors classes feature lively discussion, field trips, and are often built around primary texts.
Reading, Eating, Thinking
Hosting the class in their home, President Chip Pollard and his wife serve a home-cooked meal and discuss literary works of Dr. Pollard's choosing, such as Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse or T.S. Eliot’s The Four Quartets. The course allows the Pollards to get to know the honors students in person and to challenge them with the beauty of prose and poetry of some of the world’s greatest writers.
"This class is a highlight of our semester, a chance to get to know students through sharing a series of meals and the chance to read and discuss great works of literature with them. The food is wonderful, and the conversation even better." – Dr. Pollard
Honors English I
In Honors English I, Dr. Jonathan Himes, associate professor of English and C.S. Lewis expert, asks his Honors Composition class to explore the culture of the Ozarks. Over several weekends, Dr. Himes and his students visit Hattieville and Winslow, Arkansas to share food and fellowship with several Ozark families.
“Visiting the area we were learning about made the readings more personal--it made them come alive,” said Esther Carey '13.
The final project requires students to write an ethnography on their encounter with the culture of the Ozarks.