The Honors Program curriculum is designed to create an active, engaged community of lifelong learners. Honors courses are distinguished by their elevated levels of energy, participation, motivation, and expectations on the part of Honors faculty and students.

Honors classes are limited to 20-25 students to provide greater opportunities for students to interact with faculty and their peers. Smaller class sizes allow Honors faculty and students to focus on innovative active-learning strategies (such as debates, discussions, simulations, and explorations) that provide appropriate academic challenges for motivated, high-ability students.

Faculty have the opportunity to teach a variety of courses in the Honors Program, including Honors general education courses, interdisciplinary seminars, core seminars, and the Honors Colloquium, the Honors Program's capstone seminar. (See descriptions below.) If you are interested in teaching a course in the Honors Program, please contact Dr. Kim Klein, Honors Program director, at kmklei@ship.edu.

Honors General Education Courses

The Honors Program offers at least nine Honors general education courses each semester. If you currently teach a general education course and are interested in teaching an Honors general education course, please review the following guidelines:

Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars

Honors interdisciplinary seminars are explorations of specific topics designed to demonstrate the interconnectedness of academic disciplines and promote interdisciplinary analysis and problem-solving. The Honors Program Advisory Board distributes the following annual request for Honors interdisciplinary seminar proposals to all faculty members.

Honors Core Seminars

The Honors Program also offers core courses in business and education as Honors seminars. The following core courses are regularly offered through the Honors Program:

  • Education: American School, Educational Psychology, Introduction to Exceptionalities
  • Business: Business and Society, Strategic Management

Honors Colloquium

The Honors Colloquium is one of the capstone options for students in the Honors Program. Students in the Honors Colloquium design and execute a major interdisciplinary service-learning project, and they present the results of their project at local and national conferences. Recent projects have included: