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HONORS PROGRAM

Geoffrey C. Orth, Director   

The Longwood Honors Program is designed to offer attractive and challenging opportunities for intellectual growth to well-prepared and highly-motivated students. The emphasis in any course designated as Honors is on teaching students to articulate an understanding of a given field, to relate that field of knowledge to others, to think independently, and to write and speak clearly and cogently. Honors classes are generally smaller than usual and provide opportunities for intensive class discussion and innovative teaching.
    
Some honors classes are specially designated sections of courses required for general education; others are especially created for honors students and may be team-taught and interdisciplinary in nature. Upper- level courses which do not have prohibitive prerequisites may be designated as honors courses, and students formally enrolled in the Honors Program can arrange for up to three advanced courses in the major field to be enhanced for honors credit. Students enrolled in the Longwood Honors Program, who also elect to undertake Senior Honors Research, may count six hours of that work in place of two of the three upper-level courses. 

    
Entering students are invited to join the Honors Program based on a screening of their high school records and their SAT scores. The Committee also welcomes applications from any second-semester or upperclass student who attains a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and from incoming transfer students with a grade point average of 3.25. Any Longwood student who meets the qualifications for admission to the Honors Program, but who does not wish to take a full range of honors work may register for one or more classes. 

    
Twenty competitive honors scholarships are available for those entering the program and may be retained as long as students make satisfactory progress in the program and maintain honors grades. To remain in the Longwood Honors Program a student must maintain an average of 3.25 in honors courses and an overall GPA of 3.25, both to be computed at the end of each year. Successful completion of two courses in a single modern or classical language or American Sign Language or two approved computer courses and of eight honors courses, three of which must be at the 300-level or above, will entitle a student to be graduated from the Longwood Honors Program. Honors graduates are recognized at graduation and their honors standing is permanently recorded on their transcripts. 

    
Students enrolled in the Honors Program have available to them in their first year placement in special sections of the Longwood Seminar and housing on honors floors;  upperclass students may elect to stay on the honors floors or to move into the Academic Residence Community, and they may apply for honors exchange programs on other campuses.  

Longwood Honors Courses 

Honors sections of many of the general education courses are offered frequently. Introductory and upper-level courses in every academic discipline may be offered, and from time to time interdisciplinary, team-taught, and special topics courses are scheduled either in specific departments or as Honors 295 or Honors 495.   

Senior Honors Research Program   

This honors program was inaugurated by the College in 1930 and modified in 1983; it enables capable students to study intensively a subject of their choice, thereby becoming acquainted with methods of research, organization of materials, and the presentation of results in a scholarly manner. Such intensive study stimulates initiative, resourcefulness, and original thought. Students in all departments are eligible to participate in this program. The program is administered by the Senior Honors Research Committee. Under this plan, the student is directed in creative research by an instructor who has specialized in the field and who acts as sponsor. The student enrolls in Honors Research 498 and 499 in the discipline of their research, thereby gaining 6 credits toward graduation.   

Senior Honors Research Program Procedures   

     1.    A junior or senior who has a minimum grade point average of 2.7, with a 3.0 in his/her major, may enroll in Honors Research 498 after receiving permission from his/her sponsor, department chair, and the Senior Honors Research Committee prior to the Registrar's deadline for adding courses after the semester begins. 

     2.    To receive this permission, students must submit a written proposal stating their thesis, the method and scope of research, and a preliminary bibliography. Students are encouraged to submit sufficient copies of their proposal early in the semester prior to their beginning honors work. These copies shall be submitted to the chairman of the Senior Honors Research Committee. After submitting the proposal, students must meet jointly with their department chair, sponsor, and the Senior Honors Research Committee to discuss their proposal. 

     3.    If the proposal has been accepted, the student will enroll in Honors Research 498 and an examining committee to be composed of three members (excluding the sponsor) proposed by the sponsor and approved by the department chair and the Senior Honors Research Committee is to be assigned. The members of this committee will be available for consultation. 

     4.    With the consent of his or her advisor, the student may register for Honors Research 499. 

     5.    The student shall follow an accepted style sheet. Four copies of the paper shall be submitted to the Senior Honors Research Committee prior to the examination. Two of these copies will be retained in the library and the other two will be returned to the student. 

     6.    An oral examination will be administered by the examining committee. A member of the Senior Honors Research Committee will be present and will report the recommendations of the examining committee to the Senior Honors Research Committee for final approval. The approval of at least two members of the examining committee is necessary for the granting of honors. The Examining Committee should be convened at least three weeks prior to commencement. The Registrar must be notified no later than two weeks before graduation that a student has completed the necessary work to be awarded honors. Candidates should submit copies to the Examining Committee at least one week prior to the scheduled oral examination. 

     7.    Students who complete Honors Research 498, 499 with a grade of “A”or “B”, who have maintained the grade point average indicated above, who have passed an oral examination in their research topic, and who have met any other requirements which their major department may require for graduation, will be graduated with honors in their major field. 

HONORS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS   

HONORS 200. Cross-Cultural Communication. This course will explore the concepts of culture and its relevance to the identity and communication patterns of individuals. Students will learn how to communicate effectively with individuals from other cultures. 1 credit.   

HONORS 201. Education for Social Change. The course will  focus on the process of building community and fostering participatory democracy. The course will provide knowledge and skills that enable students to become effective advocates/facilitators of community efforts towards social change. The course design is based on the premise that learning occurs in a variety of ways including direct experience, reflection, theory, and application. 2 credits.   

HONORS 300. Freudian Themes In Fairy Tales. An exploration of fairy tales and related literature as a literary form. An emphasis will be placed on the role of fairy tales in psychological development through an examination of their structure, themes, motifs and symbols. Basic elements of literary and psychological perspectives will provide a basis for in-depth discussion and analysis of specific stories within their literary, psychological, cultural, historical and personal contexts. 2 credits.   

HONORS 400. The Civil Rights Movement in Prince Edward County (1951-65). This lecture/discussion class examines Prince Edward County’s place in the national civil rights movement. The focus is on school desegregation issues, including the Supreme Court’s Brown decision and the subsequent closing of public schools for five years. Local participants in the events of this era will be guest lecturers. Students will collect oral histories and use primary documents in their research. 2 credits.

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