Honors Program in Engagement & Scholarship (HOPES)
HON 191H. The Honors Community. 1 Hour.
This course introduces students to the MSU honors program. Informal conversations with MSU faculty, administrators, honors students, staff, and community leaders will familiarize students with the university, the community, the honors approach to learning. Students also investigate or discover new or existing passions through student-created learning experiences (SCLE), created in consultation with the instructor. Students present, evaluate, and reflect on their learning and experiences related to the SCLE. Prerequisite: Student must be admitted to the honors program before enrolling in this course.
HON 199H. Honors Special Topics. 1-4 Hour.
An Honors-level exploration of special topic area determined by participating department. Content will vary.
HON 250H. Foundations of Leadership. 3 Hours.
HON 250H is designed to introduce students to basic components of leadership theory, concepts, and development. Students will engage in activities, assignments, and discussions that will enhance their leadership skills and community involvement.
HON 251H. Culinary Arts & Entertaining. 1 Hour.
A hands-on cuisine from a particular geographical region of the world. Readings on historical, social, economic, and artistic aspects of the relevant culture that pertain to the culinary arts. Applied lessons in menu planning, table setting, and food preparation/presentation. Additional course fee covers food costs. Prerequisite: Student must be admitted into the Honors Program before enrolling in this class.
HON 252H. Visionaries of the Past. 2 Hours.
A thematically organized survey of "Great Works" by noted authors and artists. Literature, art, theatre, film, and music will be included. These works have demonstrated enduring relevance, significant historical or social impact, and/or recognized aesthetic value. Broad themes in any given semester might include, for example, utopia/dystopia, human justice, social conflict, etc. Prerequisite(s): Honors Program admission or permission of instructor.
HON 264H. Thinking Outside the Box. 3 Hours.
A seminar that emphasizes the practice of intellectual inquiry, innovative pedagogies, and/or interdisciplinary connections. The class will rotate between academic colleges and departments. Prerequisite(s): Honors Program Admission or 3.30 cumulative GPA and permission of instructor.
HON 299H. Special Topics. 1-8 Hour.
HON 351H. Integrity & The Examined Life. 3 Hours.
This seminar addresses the two themes of moral integrity and Socrates' claim that only the examined life is truly worth living. The focus is on great works, both written and visual (movies), and the students are challenged to develop their own views on a number of substantive matters. Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Honors program or have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and instructor consent before enrolling in this course.
HON 391H. Community Problem-Solving. 3 Hours.
A seminar in civic engagement. Students will work with a community leader or community agency to identify, understand, and formulate solutions to complex, real-life community challenges. Emphasis on political empowerment, collaborative work with diverse constituencies, research, data analysis, and problem-solving. Prerequisite: Student must be admitted into the Honors Program before enrolling in this class.
HON 395H. Citizenship and Service. 3 Hours.
An interdisciplinary exploration of community-building, social justice, and human liberation that engages students directly in meaningful community service. Study of history, theory, and the local/global realities of community-building; reflection upon characteristics of a just society, individual responsibility, and potential leadership roles. Prerequisite: Student must be admitted to the honors program or have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and instructor consent before enrolling in this course.
HON 399H. Honors Special Topics. 1-4 Hour.
An Honors-level exploration of special topic area, determined by participating department. Content will vary.
HON 450H. Honors Thesis/Project Proposal. 1 Hour.
The honors thesis/project is the Honors Program's capstone experience. It allows students to explore academic areas of their most passionate interests and engage in the process of discovery and scholarship. In this course, students get a head-start on their thesis/project. They use this time to 1) explore potential thesis/project topics; 2) identify an advisor; 3) review relevant research literature; and 4) develop a comprehensive proposal. Prerequisite: Student must be admitted into the Honors Program before enrolling in this class.
HON 451H. Honors Thesis/Project. 1-3 Hour.
The honors thesis/project is the Honors Program's capstone experience. It allows students to explore academic areas of their most passionate interests and engage in the process of discovery and scholarship under the direction of the Honors Director and faculty advisor. An honors thesis/poject can be written in any discipline and may take a variety of formats-from a traditional scholarly paper to a design portfolio; from a business plan to a performance; from a service project to a scientific research project - but always includes a written component, a public presentation, and a defense before a faculty committee. Students will work with the Honors Director to determine the appropriate number of credits needed to complete the requirements of the course. Prerequisites: Student must complete HON 450H and have instructor consent before enrolling.
HON 494H. Honors Independent Study. 1-8 Hour.
HON 499. Special Topics. 1-8 Hour.