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HONR 101 Introduction to Honors (Core: WI)
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of a Catholic, Norbertine, liberal arts education. The focus of the course is on the understanding of the creation, development, and dynamics of communities. We will examine specific communities within our larger Fox River area community (ethnic communities, religious communities, and neighborhood communities). Critical thinking skills and inquiry methods will be used to help determine a topic of interest, identify a problem, create a question, and study an issue. Required “texts” will include scholarly articles, literary works, media, interviews, and field-based explorations. Objectives of the course include an understanding of the Norbertine heritage of the college, an awareness of and appreciation for “different ways of knowing,” and increased information literacy and communication skills. Prerequisite: honors program member. Fall semester. 

HONR 289 Honors Tutorial (2 credits)
Honors tutorials are designed to promote and facilitate intellectual discussion and collaboration between faculty and students. Students enroll in a series of three mini- courses, each capped at three to four students, which meet for nine weeks during the semester. Topics are chosen by faculty members and are based on either their academic area of expertise or a particular avocation. Recent tutorial topics have included “Food as Culture and Philosophy,” and “The Rhetoric of Sports,” “Buddhism and Neuroscience,” and “The Irish Independence: The Easter Rising of 1916.” A semester of tutorials substitutes for one honors course. A student may enroll in tutorials twice (two semesters of tutorials) or once if studying abroad. Prerequisite: permission of the honors program director and minimum GPA of 3.4. Graded on an S/U basis.

HONR 301 Preparing for Life After SNC (2 credits)
This course is designed to encourage sophomore-level students to reflect on their personal and professional goals, as well as to instruct them in the steps they must take and the skills they must master if they are to successfully transition from college to graduate or professional school. The course covers such topics as: writing an excellent personal statement; evaluating co-curricular activities; letters of recommendation; choosing the program that best suits your goals, interests, and budget, and preparing for the interviews. Open to honors program students only. Prerequisite: permission of the honors program director, minimum GPA of 3.4, sophomore standing or greater. Graded on an S/U basis. Spring semester.

HONR 302 Coexistence in Medieval Spain (Adv. Core: WT)
This four-credit honors travel-seminar offers students the opportunity to study the intersection and coexistence of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures in early-modern Spain. During pre-departure seminars, students will reflect on the historical events and the social and religious values that permitted the coexistence. They will then spend approximately two weeks in Spain over J-Term, visiting and studying the most important sites of what was once Muslim Spain: Toledo, Córdoba and Granada. The assignments will include the development of a claim/inquiry, writing assignments, presentations, and the development of an inquiry which they will present via an infographic. Prerequisite: permission of the honors program director.

HONR 303 Modern Spanish Art and Architecture (Adv. Core: EI)
This four-credit honors travel-seminar offers students the opportunity to study the history of modern Spanish art in situ. Topics addressed will include the relationship between commissioner and artist; patriotism, nationalism, and war; the interplay between public and private; and the enduring influence of Muslim aesthetics. Students will attend a series of pre-departure seminars before spending approximately two weeks in Spain over J-Term where they will visit the Prado, the Reina Sofía, and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museums in Madrid, as well as museums and sites in such locations as Toledo, Bilbao, and Barcelona. The assignments will include the development of a claim/inquiry, writing assignments, presentations, and the development of an inquiry which they will present via an infographic. Prerequisite: permission of the honors program director.

HONR 499 Honors Program Senior Thesis (0 credits)
Honors students are encouraged to produce a signature assignment – an original, integrative project which allows students to use their accumulated skills and knowledge to study an important question, test a hypothesis, or produce something truly creative. The assignment is generally associated with the students’ majors, but draws from the students’ other fields / areas of interest. The form of these assignments varies widely, and may include an exhibit, a video, a creative project, a research project, or a performance. Prerequisite: permission of the honors program director and minimum GPA of 3.4. Graded on an S/U basis.

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