Students Entering Fall 2014 and Later
The Honors Curriculum consists of four integrated components:
(a) Honors Core Curriculum
(b) Honors Portfolio
(c) Distinction Project
(d) Additional general education requirements
The Core Curriculum
The Honors Core curriculum parallels the Intellectual Inquiry curriculum that is required of all other students. In both curricula, students learn through topic-based courses that apply the skills, knowledge, and methodologies of different disciplines to real questions and issues. Honors courses provide enhanced learning opportunities for students in two ways:
They offer more sophisticated or challenging materials or assignments. Examples might include greater reliance on primary source material, readings and assignments that dig deeper into complex issues, more discussion, and more student-driven course material or classroom activity
Each course has a distinctive engagement component that uses course content to connect students with a community beyond the class. Examples might include collecting data in the Roanoke Valley, participating in an embedded service learning project, exchanging ideas with scholars in the field, and planning an event for the campus or an external community.
Courses in the Honors Core are as follows:
Two first year seminars
HNRS 110 Honors Seminar
HNRS 120 Living an Examined Life
Seven courses from disciplinary perspectives, which are satisfied by HNRS courses listed below. Students may also choose to substitute up to three disciplinary courses or INQ courses in place of equivalent HNRS requirements. A fourth substitution of an INQ course is allowed with permission of the Honors Program Director. However, students applying substitutions still must take at least one HNRS course in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics (HNRS 240, 241, 250, 251), one in the Social Sciences (HNRS 260), and one in the Humanities and Fine Arts (HNRS 270, 271). In addition, at least one of the 200-level HNRS courses or INQ substitutions must have a global perspective. Global courses are denoted with a G in the course section designation. Disciplinary substitutions for the global requirement are not allowed.
HNRS 240 Statistical Reasoning
HNRS 250 Scientific Reasoning I
HNRS 241 Mathematical Reasoning OR HNRS 251 Scientific Reasoning II
HNRS 260 Social Scientific Reasoning (2 units required from different disciplines)
HNRS 270 Human Heritage I
HNRS 271 Human Heritage II
The capstone course:
HNRS 300 Contemporary Issues
Honors Core Curriculum FAQs
The Honors Portfolio helps students explore opportunities outside of the traditional classroom and showcase their most meaningful work. The Portfolio Seminar (HNRS 111, 112, 113, 114) supports development of the Honors Portfolio during the first two years, as students pursue deliberate, individualized programs of cultural, intellectual and service activities that broaden and deepen their understanding of the world outside the classroom. In the first year students identify and cultivate broad interests by exploring a wide range of opportunities on campus and in the community. In the second year students move toward depth as they choose extended, more focused experiences and begin to lay groundwork for their Distinction Projects. In this year students also explore and prepare to participate in high-impact opportunities on and off campus. In creating the Honors Portfolio, students draw on written and creative works related to these breadth, depth, and distinction experiences along with other academic and personal accomplishments to create an integrated and forward-looking picture of their development at Roanoke College.
Honors Portfolio FAQs
During the third and fourth years, students bring their academic, intellectual, cultural and/or service interests to bear on a distinctive extended project that spans at least two semesters and includes a significant written or creative work. This Distinction Project may take many forms; examples include but are not limited to the following:
Two-unit research or creative project
Semester or year of study away with associated project
Extended service leadership project
Internship and related one-unit research project
The project will be shared with an on- or off-campus audience through presentation or performance, and the culminating written or creative work becomes part of the Honors Portfolio.
Students may apply to the Honors Program Director for funding to support the Distinction Project.
Distinction Project FAQs
Additional General Education Requirements
In addition to the Honors Core, students in the Honors Program must complete the following general education requirements:
Proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (202) level.
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.
One unit of Intensive Learning.
"A strong community of dedicated individuals is probably one of the best benefits of Honors for me. I have developed friendships with friends who honestly care about their education and who want to do well at Roanoke College. They want to go above and beyond and get involved with the multiple club opportunities on campus. There is almost an instant connection with these individuals from the moment you get to meet one another."
- Rebecca Siar '15
"I have been surrounded by peers who care about excelling in class and who want to debate complex topics and the required co-curricular activities have broadened my college experience invaluably. I believe that my Roanoke College experience would have been less fulfilling, both academically and personally, had I not joined the Honors Program."
- Travis Andrews '12