Honors students take a series of seminar-style courses with fellow Eclectic Scholars. The courses are based around self-exploration, problem solving, and discussions and projects that span disciplines. By spending time inside and outside of class tackling complex issues, Honors students form a strong cohort and gain an understanding about how their skills and talents within their individual disciplines can cross boundaries.
|HONR 10000||INTRO INTD STUDIES ECLECT SCLR 1||1|
|HONR 30000||REFLECTING URGENT CHALLENGES 2||2|
|HONR 30100||ADDRESSING URGENT CHALLENGES 3||2|
|HONR 40000||CAPSTONE 4||1|
|Successful completion of these four courses also satisfies a non-team taught interdisciplinary core graduation requirements.|
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies for the Eclectic Scholar (HONR 10000). This course will serve as an introduction to interdisciplinary studies, and establish a foundation for new honors students. The course will review the goals and expectations of student participation in the program, and engage students in multi- and interdisciplinary thinking, with the aim of challenging students to take up Hiram’s mission to “face the urgent challenges of the times.” With that aim, the course explores what it means to be a leader, as well as how members of a learning community engage in service and community outreach. (Offered every fall 12-week term. 1 credit hour, P/NC.)
Reflecting on Urgent Challenges (HONR 30000). This course provides an in-depth exploration of literature aligned with the annual ethics theme, examined from an interdisciplinary perspective. Additionally, this course continues developing leadership skills introduced and discussed in the introductory course, including opportunities to explore mentorship and leadership positions on campus and in the community. Budget-depending, this course will also include a field trip component appropriate to the specific course theme. (Offered every fall 12-week term. 2 credit hours. Must earn B- or better to progress through program.)
Addressing Urgent Challenges (HONR 30100). Addressing the urgent challenges of our times requires more than a deep awareness of the world around us and an ability to identify the connections between a complex set of circumstances, causes, and consequences and to see the possibility of change. It requires the ability to innovate, to collaborate, to manage, and to create. It requires that we bridge the gap between the theoretical and the practical and become agents of change. In this course, students will address an urgent challenge in our community aligned with the annual ethics theme by engaging in a service project, collaborating to take an idea for change from development of a vision to implementation and assessment. Specific projects will be defined by students and their faculty mentors. (Offered every spring 12-week term. 2 credit hours. Must earn B- or better to progress through program.)
Eclectic Scholars Honors Capstone (HONR 40000). This course completes the Honors program requirements. Students will develop an Honors thesis project that reflects upon and examines their Honors program experience, including coursework and experiential learning, and applies this knowledge to inform how they would approach an urgent challenge they find personally meaningful. Students will submit a written thesis prospectus and present a public presentation at the end of the spring 12-week term. The course will also provide professional development opportunities as students prepare for post-Hiram education and/or entering their chosen career. (Offered every spring 12-week term. 1 credit hour. Must earn B- or better to complete the program.)
Students admitted to the program can take advantage of Honors housing, the Eclectic Scholarship, private study space, and may enroll cost-free in one overload course per year with satisfactory academic performance (no grade below a B- in prior term). Also, students are eligible for junior-status registration for one class per semester starting in their second semester at Hiram College, conditional upon their superior academic performance in their first semester and subsequent terms.
Recognition upon Graduation:
Eclectic Scholars Honors students receive the special designation, “in cursu honorum” (in a course of honors), on their diplomas. This is in addition to any other honors earned, such as cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. In order to graduate in cursu honorum, a student must have a GPA of 3.5 at the end of senior year, and successfully complete the Eclectic Honors Capstone Course, as determined by the Eclectic Scholars Advisory Board.
Beginning with students starting the program Fall 2018, scholars are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to remain in the program, an increase from the current 3.3 minimum GPA standard for students entering prior to the 2018-2019 academic year, or a demonstration of exceptional intellectual engagement in or outside the classroom. Students no meeting these criteria will be placed on probation for the following semester, and subsequent low performance will result in removal from the program.
Entering the Program After a Student’s First Year:
Students demonstrating exceptional intellectual engagement are encouraged to explore this program; however, the College reserves the right to limit the size of the program. Students will only be considered for entry into the program as a first or second year student. Interested students should contact a member of the Eclectic Scholars Advisor Board to explore their options.
Code of Conduct:
Academic dishonesty cases with a negative judgment by the Associate Academic Dean's office will result in removal from the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program. This applies to the first offense. Conduct issues emanating from outside of the classroom that draw into question the personal ethics of Eclectic Scholars may also result in removal from this program, as determined via consultation between the Dean of Students Office and the Eclectic Scholars Advisory Board.