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Hannah Meyers, '16 Biology graduate describes one of her favorite classes, Western Civilization. "The professor and the way the class was taught made it one of my favorite classes in the honors program, and at JBU," said Hannah.

Our honors classes are essential to the Honors Program and are specially designed to challenge and motivate students through critical thinking and analysis. 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 taught in and out of the classroom and are challenging and engaging. Many use primary texts as a classroom textbook.

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, Ark., to share food and fellowship with several Ozark families.

The final project requires students to write an ethnography on their encounter with the culture of the Ozarks.

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