"It's not more work, it's different work"
Our motto with Honors courses is that it is not more work, it is different work. Students are asked to think critically about a subject and have increased opportunities to be engaged in the class. Students are required to take 8 courses over their 4 years, but many students elect to take more. Classes are typically smaller in size which allows the professor to get to know the students on a personal level and they occasionally take students on field trips. Honors students who are not in the classes frequently have the opportunity to attend field trips, if space permits. It is a great opportunity to travel and use the world as your classroom. Honors faulty also create interdisciplinary classes. Some examples include connecting biology with art, and English with photography. These dynamic classes are a unique opportunity available to those in the Cormier Honors College.
Dr. Scheitlin took her Honors Environmental Science class to a free-range pig farm located 30 minutes away called Babes in the Wood.
The students loved the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.
Honors Anthropology, History, and English took a combined field trip to Jamestowne and Werowocomoco where they were given a private tour by an anthropologist.
"It is one thing to hear about a place in the classroom or read about it in a textbook, but visiting a site makes what happened there so much more real to a student"- Alexandra Steinruck '15
An Honors LSEM (freshman seminar) class traveled to an apple orchard and gleaned over a half ton of apples for the local food pantry while learning about hunger.
Honors classes pair up and complete interesting interdisciplinary assignments. This is a project completed by Honors Biology and Art classes.
Honors students also have the opportunity to enhance regular classes for Honors credit. In order to enhance a class, students work closely with their professor to extend the class and research something of interest to the student. Students present their research during a poster session open to all students and faculty.