Honors Symposia

Honors Symposia are groups of courses that work together to explore a common theme. Each course is small, capped at 20 students, but at several points during the semester the courses meet together for Plenary Sessions. These may feature invited speakers, panel discussions, group projects, or other ways of engaging interdisciplinary perspectives. The Honors Symposia combine the intimacy and active discussions of small seminars with a larger intellectual context and community that results from bringing courses and faculty together.

Fall 2018

Engaging Addiction: Drugs and the Human ConditionCourses in Sociology, Communication, History, and Humanities explore the past and present, causes and effects, and myths and realities of drug use and addiction.

Hooked: Narratives of Addiction, Redemption, and Recovery

Drugs and Addiction in World History

Drugs Addiction in American Society

Communication, Identity, and Addiction


FALL 2018

Being HumanPhilosophy, History, and Psychology courses on how we know what it is to be human, and what we can do with that knowledge.

Humanism and Dehumanization

Who Are You?

Citizens and Persons

Undertanding the Human Brain


Spring 2019

Reckoning with Race and JusticeEnglish, History, Political Science, and Theatre come together to wrestle with the critical issue of race in the US and worldwide.

On Race in Culture and Society

Theatre and Social Justice

Global Justice

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Struggle for Racial Justice



Reinventing Healthy Communities Locally and GloballySocial Work, History, Anthropology, and Health Management and Policy professors join to discuss health, medicine, and how communities prosper.

Healthy Communities: Personal Accountability and Social Change

Global Public Health Issues

Medicine and Culture: Science, Technology, and the Body

Medicine, Technology, Science, and the Law: Who Makes Your Health Care Decisions?



Who Owns the Past?History, Classics, Anthropology, and Art History perspectives on the right to control ancient objects and the cultural histories associated with them. 

Islam, Art, and the Past

That Belongs in a Museum! Museums and the Ownership of Antiquities

From Digging to Digital: Preserving and Displaying the Past

Saving Culture: Heritage Management

Under development

Sex and Power
Courses in Law, Arts, and History (Spring 2019)

The Copernican Lens
Courses in Philosophy, English, History, and Physics (Spring 2020)


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