Experiencing the History
History came alive for Amanda Sorensen '09 when she took a trip with her honors class to see sites of the early Civil Rights movement. "The trip reminded me that the Civil Rights Movement took place in the not-so-distant past and that those issues are still forming government policy and society today," she said.
In addition to core honors classes, honors students may take up to six optional one-hour colloquia for honors credit. Some are taught in the classroom to explain key historical figures, movements and events. While other colloquia are trips taken to explore important historical sites. The program covers all colloquia expenses with the exception of tuition and meals. Various colloquia are offered each semester.
- The Contemplative Tradition at Subiaco Abbey
A spiritual retreat is hosted each fall at a turn-of-the-century Subiaco Abbey, a monastery in Central Arkansas. Three days in the abbey provides the opportunity to reflect intentionally on evangelical faith by encountering the virtues of hospitality, silence, community and humility as demonstrated by the monks of Subiaco Abbey.
- Apostle Paul’s Ministry: Being a Tent-maker
Here students examined the role of tent-making in Apostle Paul's ministry through the scripture while seeking God's guidance in being tent-makers in our daily lives for the advancement of the gospel.
Got Identity? Understanding Stereotype Threats
Students learned how stereotype threats emerge in the academy, places of worship and our communities. Students traveled to a historical black institution to observe and reflect on the many case studies introduced. This course offered honor students opportunities to discuss identity contingencies.
- Reading, Eating, Thinking
Students gathered together at the president’s home for dinner. Here, some of the best modern and contemporary British poets, including people such as Yeats, Auden, Larkin and others were read and studied. This course was about thinking as each of these poets offering us new ways to imagine the world around us.
- The Blues: A Cultural Encounter
This trip began at the unofficial home of the blues (Beale Street in Memphis, TN) and the Mississippi Delta, ending in New Orleans.
- Martin Luther King's Call to Racial Reconciliation
Key sites of the early Civil Rights Movement were introduced during this colloquia. The trip included stops in Tennessee, Alabama, Selma, and ended at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church in which King and his father served.