MaconCatalog : College of Liberal Arts and Sciences : ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS : UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM (UHP)
Garland L. Crawford, Director/Associate Professor of Chemistry
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a number of courses in support of University-wide curricular and co-curricular programs. Many of these courses are offered in conjunction with other Mercer University units. The University Honors Program is one of these. The course offerings for these programs are coordinated by the Associate Deans’ Office in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
HON 110. University Honors Program Seminar I (1 hour)
Prerequisite: acceptance into the University Honors Program.
As the first course in the First-Year Honors Program, this seminar provides students the opportunity to work on a program of discovery as they are introduced to the community of undergraduate Honors scholars. The seminar is comprised of large and small group modules which expose students to different modalities of scholarship and allow them to engage in experiential learning. S/U (Every year)
HON 115. University Honors Program Seminar II (1 hour)
Prerequisite: HON 110 or acceptance into the University Honors Program.
As the follow-up course to HON 110, this seminar extends and enriches the experiences of HON 110 while also exposing students to advanced opportunities as an Honors Program student such as competing for national fellowships and scholarships, engaging in service and group travel, and making conference presentations of their culminating Honors project. S/U (Every year)
HON 198. Special Topics in the University Honors Program: (Subtitle) (1-3 hours)
Study of a select topic not covered in the regular University Honors Curriculum. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. (Occasionally)
HON 205. Thesis Exploration Seminar (1 hour)
Prerequisite: HON 115.
Students in the spring of their second year explore possibilities of a senior thesis topic. Senior HON students share their topics and experiences with students while students themselves work with the course director and other faculty to explore thesis possibilities. S/U. (Every spring semester)
HON 210. The Global Context (1 hour)
Prerequisite: HON 115.
Students will explore one or more aspects of the global context in the contemporary world through the lens of multiple disciplines. (Every year)
HON 215. Solving Problems Across Cultures (2 hours)
Prerequisite: HON 210.
Students will explore the problems and possibilities of solving problems across multiple cultures. (Every year)
HON 231. Local Needs Assessment (2 hours)
Prerequisites: HON 110, 115, and admission to the Service Track of the Honors Program.
This sophomore-level course is designed to develop an understanding of how to assess community needs in Macon. Focus is placed on developing reasoned and viable solutions to community problems. Students are exposed to leadership theory and opportunities for leadership both on campus and in the local community. (Every year)
HON 232. International Needs Assessment (2 hours)
Prerequisite: HON 231.
This sophomore-level course is designed to develop an understanding of assessing needs and designing projects in an international context. Specifically, students enrolled in this class are preparing for a Mercer on Mission experience. Students are exposed to understanding culture, history, and other pertinent issues affecting project development and implementation in a country of interest. (Every year)
HON 305. Honors Preceptorship (1 hour)
Prerequisite: HON 115.
Students serve as preceptors in HON 110/115 by working with the various 110/115 groups on their projects. S/U. May be taken twice for credit toward graduation. (Occasionally)
HON 325. Seminar in Global Issues (2 hours)
Prerequisite: HON 215.
Students will explore a specific aspect of the global situation in fine detail. (Every year)
HON 331. Project Implementation in an International Context (3 hours)
Prerequisite: HON 232.
This course is designed for the implementation of projects developed in HON 232 as a part of a Mercer on Mission experience. (Every year)
HON 332. Action and Vocation (2 hours)
Prerequisite: HON 331.
A project focused seminar that allows students to develop ideas and design projects that can improve the conditions of our society. Emphasis is placed on Servant Leadership as well as planning and evaluation techniques that make successful impacts on communities that they seek to serve. (Every year)
HON 395. CLAS University Honors Junior Seminar (2 hours)
Prerequisite: acceptance into the CLAS University Honors Program.
Students will identify and explore opportunities relevant to their field of study and professional goals. Attention will be given to the development of professional skills, including leadership, collaboration, networking, consultation, oral presentation, and writing for a range of audiences. Students will read, discuss, and present on a variety of contemporary issues. (Every year)
HON 405. Thesis Preparation Seminar (0-6 hours)
Prerequisite: HON 205 or HON 215.
Students in their junior and/or senior year can register for up to six hours to work on their senior thesis. May be taken more than once for a total of up to six hours of credit toward graduation. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent per week for every hour of credit. S/U (Occasionally)
HON 431. Service Leadership Practicum (1-12 hours)
Prerequisite: HON 332.
A project-based tutorial under the direction of a faculty member where the student implements his or her culminating project for the service track of the Honors Program. For every one hour of credit earned, a student must demonstrate that he/she invested 45 hours of effort in the project (or 3 hours per week across the semester). (Every year)
HON 495. CLAS University Honors Senior Research Colloquium (2 hours)
Prerequisite: completion of HON 395 with a grade of B or higher.
In this course, students will create, present, and discuss scholarly work and research methods in their area(s) of study. The course will expose students to research frameworks and methodologies from other academic disciplines and challenge students to use perspectives and critiques from their peers to improve their own research. Students will make significant progress on a new or ongoing scholarly work in preparation for its public presentation, as required for University Honors. (Every year)