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Curriculum

To enroll in honors courses, students must be members of the Honors Program or granted approval by the director of the Honors Program in consultation with the faculty teaching the course.

Honors courses require coursework that is more challenging and enriching for honors students; projects and assessments that offer more opportunities for creativity and problem-solving; assignments that include more intensive reading, writing and research; and, increased opportunities for co-curricular activities that complement course content. Honors sections may involve team-teaching or an interdisciplinary approach to the topics.

Honors Courses

HONS 101. The Life of the Mind (3)
A facilitated seminar course taught by multiple faculty members with an interdisciplinary theme centered around the life of the mind, including questions about the nature of education, the self and society. The course provides an introduction to multiple disciplinary perspectives, engages students in interdisciplinary projects and problem-solving and fosters leadership through significant interactions between honors students, honors faculty and other USC Upstate departments and resources.

HONS 120. Honors Fine Arts and Humanities (3)
An interdisciplinary approach to introductory fine arts and humanities. A critical introduction to these fields is achieved through the exploration of an interdisciplinary theme. Themes may include art therapy, ekphrasis or the history of religious art. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Honors Program or consent of the Honors Program director.

HONS 121. Honors Natural Science and Mathematics (3)
An interdisciplinary approach to introductory natural science and mathematics. A critical introduction to these fields is achieved through the exploration of an interdisciplinary theme. Themes may include the history of physics, introductory bioinformatics or the statistics of gender. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Honors Program or consent of the Honors Program director.

HONS 122. Honors Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
An interdisciplinary introduction to the social and behavioral sciences. A critical introduction to these fields is achieved through the exploration of an interdisciplinary theme. Themes may include the psychology of elections, sociology of relationships or work and economics. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Honors Program or consent of the Honors Program director.

HONS 199. Honors General Education Tutorial (3)
An introduction to one or more of the disciplines included in select general education distribution areas (Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Science, Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences) that addresses applications of the field/s of study and/or takes an interdisciplinary perspective. Examples include introductory legal philosophy, biomedical ethics or behavioral economics. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Honors Program or consent of the Honors Program director.

HONS 201. Self and Society (3)
A seminar course with an interdisciplinary theme centered around community and societal problem-solving. The course engages students in interdisciplinary projects and community-based problem-solving, promotes scholarly reflection on service projects and fosters leadership through significant interactions between honors students and community leaders. Course includes intensive reading, writing, public speaking, presenting and community engagement.

HONS 250. Honors Travel (3)
Visits to and study of international or US sites of historic, cultural and/or literary significance. Content and itinerary will vary depending on the instructor’s area of interest. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program or permission of the director of the Honors Program.

HONS 301. The Ethical Factor (3)
A seminar course with an interdisciplinary theme centered around ethics and ethical problem-solving. Examples include America’s Evolving Moral Landscape and Civil Rights or Science, Ethics and Religion. The course engages students in interdisciplinary projects and problem-solving, promotes scholarly reflection through written and oral communication and fosters leadership through significant interactions with guest speakers from the University and the broader community. Course must include intensive reading, writing and research.

HONS 350. Honors Travel (3)
Visits to and study of international or US sites of historic, cultural, scientific and/or literary significance. The focus and work product for the course vary depending on the instructor’s area of interest. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program or overall GPA of 3.25 at USC Upstate or accredited institution with permission of the director of the Honors Program.

HONS 398. Honors Special Topics (3)
Interdisciplinary approaches to enduring issues or current topics. Course may be team taught and must include intensive reading, writing and research. Technology-based and/or presentation-based projects may be required. This course may be repeated if the topic changes.

HONS 399. Honors Tutorial (1-4)
Directed research and reading of a complex and comprehensive nature in keeping with the student's interests and goals. Course will culminate in a final project and/or written report. Research may involve both primary and secondary sources. May be repeated with the consent of the director of the Honors Program for a total of no more than eight hours of undergraduate honors credit.

HONS 499. Honors Internship (1-4)
Directed hands-on, practicum experience in keeping with the student’s interests and goals. Honors interns complete additional research and reading and prepare a written report at the end of the term. May be repeated with the consent of the director of the Honors Program for a total of no more than eight hours of undergraduate honors credit. A university contract must be completed with all required signatures.

HONS 401. The Process of Progress (3)
A seminar course with an interdisciplinary theme centered around the nature of research and research-based problem-solving. Students trace the process of design and discovery of a documented, well-known research project then apply that model to a project of their own. Project models might include the human genome project and its implications for the limits of humanity or the TED movement. The course engages students in intensive, interdisciplinary research projects, promotes scholarly reflection through written and oral communication and fosters leadership through significant interactions with faculty research mentors. 

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