Learning Outcomes

Honors College Learning Outcomes

Honors College students will:

  • Engage in the practice of integrating insights from multiple disciplines, and analyze connections among disciplines
  • Learn from other students from diverse majors and colleges by engaging together in the lively interchange of ideas
  • Appreciate that expertise and deep knowledge in a student’s major can be enriched by conversations about other areas of knowledge
  • Become increasingly aware of current events, ethical issues, and controversies that permeate and impact multiple disciplines of study
  • Understand that asking questions in different ways, utilizing different methodologies, and making different assumptions impacts the construction of new knowledge
  • View complex challenges in ways that incorporate local, national, and global perspectives
  • Engage in intellectual exploration of unfamiliar subjects, places, situations, and cultures, while being aware that deep understanding may only be achieved after significant time and thought
  • Acquire critical writing, critical reading, and critical thinking skills, while recognizing that these skills are continuously refined
  • Work closely and collaboratively with students and faculty
  • Approach complex arguments by evaluating evidence from multiple sources, and draw supportable conclusions based on this analysis
  • Invest time and careful thought into brainstorming and developing ideas for workable solutions to complex issues
  • Build self-awareness about one’s own interests and processes of learning
  • Apply new knowledge outside of the classroom through experiential learning opportunities (e.g. research, internships, service learning, student teaching, studying abroad)
  • Develop and practice the skills necessary to perform independent research
  • Engage deeply in field(s) of interest through a senior thesis project that requires sustained commitment and careful follow-through
  • Practice asking thoughtful questions – both broad and defined
  • Identify primary and secondary sources relevant to a refined thesis statement, and generate an annotated bibliography of those sources
  • Deliver one or more oral presentations at university, local, or national events and conferences
  • Practice informed decision making, in contexts such as selecting courses, applying for internships and jobs, choosing thesis projects, and considering as well as preparing for future careers