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Honors Program - Unique Coursework

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McAllaster Scholars earn honors credits by taking classes in an alternative general education sequence. All incoming McAllaster Scholars take a six-credit course entitled "Humanities I: Writing in the Liberal Arts." This Freshman course is inter-disciplinary and team-taught. In addition to preparing students for the McAllaster Scholars program, the course introduces McAllaster Scholars to the liberal arts tradition, focusing on the skills of interpretation, discussion, research and exposition. A number of intensive writing assignments are part of the course, and students receive frequent one-on-one tutorial sessions with professors throughout the semester. 

The backbone of the McAllaster Scholars curriculum is the Humanities sequence. Each Humanities course is team-taught, covering 6 hours of general education credit.

  • Humanities I: Writing in the Liberal Arts (waives ENG105 and COR101 general education requirements; required Fall of the Freshman year)
  • Humanities II: Philosophy and Theology (waives COR 102 and Philosophy general education requirements; typically taken Fall of the Sophomore year)
  • Humanities III: Western Civilization and Literature (waives the Western Civilization and Literature general education requirements; typically taken Fall of the Junior year).

Humanities I is the only required honors course. Scheduling conflicts, Study Abroad, or 3-year degree programs may restrict McAllaster Scholars from taking all three Humanities courses. McAllaster Scholars earn their remaining honors credits by taking additional honors courses in the general education sequence, or by taking elective one-credit honors seminars. In cases where a student's schedule makes it difficult to complete honors credits in the traditional way (perhaps due to Study Abroad or a double major), students may also contract with a professor within their major to turn an upper-division course into an "honors option" course.