Honors Curriculum

Students Entering Fall 2013 and Earlier

The Honors Curriculum consists of four (4) separate and distinct, yet integrated parts:

(a) A core curriculum
(b) Additional general education requirements
(c) Plenary Enrichment Program
(d) Honors Project.

The Core Curriculum

The Honors core curriculum replaces the Centers of Distinction curriculum that is required of all other students. Students begin with a freshman seminar that provides a foundation in critical thinking and written and oral communication; as sophomores, they take a two-semester sequence that focuses on the central themes and issues in human civilization; as juniors, they select from topical courses in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences that emphasize diverse cultures and perspectives; and as seniors they bring all the fields of study to focus on selected contemporary issues in a capstone course. Students also work closely with one or more faculty members to complete an Honors Project, usually a research project or artistic creation related to their major field of study.

HNRS 105: The Freshman Experience. An introductory seminar emphasizing written and oral communication and critical thinking. The underlying content will vary with the interests of the instructor and the students and may be drawn from any discipline.

HNRS 170: Values Practicum. An inquiry into the various intellectual, moral, and religious values involved in the choices leading to a responsible life.

HNRS 201-202: The Human Journey. A two-semester humanities sequence focusing on central themes that have been the driving forces behind human civilization.

HNRS 301: Special Topics. Concentrated study of a special topic; may be offered by any division of the college. Honors students must take two of these courses from different divisions.

HNRS 411: Contemporary Challenges. This senior seminar focuses upon contemporary and future issues. The themes to be studied are often chosen by the students in consultation with the course instructor.

HNRS 412: Independent Study/Project. Directed research or creative work that results in a thesis or artistic contribution of enduring quality. This requirement can also be completed through a departmental independent study.

Additional General Education Requirements

In addition to the Honors core curriculum, Honors students must complete the following general education requirements:

Math, Science, and Social Science

Honors students must complete a combination of mathematics, science, and social science courses according to either Option I or II described below. For either option, any one-unit introductory laboratory course in biology, chemistry, or physics may count toward the science requirement. One-unit courses in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology may count toward the social science requirement.



Option I Course Requirements:


(a) Math (111 or higher) or Statistics course
(b) Introductory Lab Science course
(c) Lab Science (different from above) or Computer Science or Math (111 or higher) or Statistics (if Statistics not taken for (a) above)
(d) Two Social Science courses (from different disciplines)
(e) One of the Honors 301 courses must be from the Science division.

Option II Course Requirements:

(a) Math (111 or higher) or Statistics course
(b) Computer Science course or Math (111 or higher) or Statistics (if Statistics not taken for(a) above)
(c) Two Lab Science courses (from different disciplines)
(d) One Social Science course
(e) One of Honors 301 courses must be from the Social Science division


Foreign Language

Honors students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (201/202) level. However, in cases where a student presents a language at the introductory (101/102) level but Roanoke College does not offer it through the intermediate level (as for Latin, for example), completion of only one year of a different foreign language at Roanoke College will be required.

Physical Education

Honors students must complete two physical education activities. One of these must be HHP 160 (Fitness for Life); the other may be a ¼ unit course in a different activity or participation in a varsity sport.

The Plenary Enrichment Program

Recognizing during the tenure of a college student that some of the most valuable learning experiences occur outside of the classroom, PEP sponsors a range of informal activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, plays, films, concerts, lectures, and open forum discussions. Honors students must attend 7 such events each semester. Three of these events must include a follow-up discussion by the attending students. Additionally, Honors students participate in service activities (minimum of eight hours per semesters) throughout all four years as a member of the Roanoke College community. Each semester Honors students write a short reflection paper on some aspect of their co-curricular/service experiences. Each year Honors Students write a 10-page personal growth reflection paper.

Honors students must participate in the Plenary Enrichment Program for the duration of their time in the Honors Program.

The Honors Project

Honors students must complete an Honors Project during their last two years at Roanoke College.