Honors College

Dean: Dr. Richard G. Milo

Program Manager: Ms. Celia Francies

The Honors College provides talented and motivated students with unique service and learning opportunities. The College offers incoming freshmen an enriched, interdisciplinary general education curriculum, close contact with faculty and other students, support when applying for major scholarships and fellowships, service and social activities, and opportunities for national and international travel and study.

Membership in the Honors College is open to students in any of Chicago State University’s degree-granting majors and professional programs. Applicants to the Honors College should have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above or a composite ACT score of 23 or above (1200 on the SAT) orgraduation in the top 10% of the high school class. Applicants who have taken high school AP classes and who have a record of community service are favored. Eligible candidates for the Honors College are identified after they have applied for and been accepted at the university. Candidates for admission to the Honors College will be asked to submit a writing sample and will be invited to interviews with the college dean and active Honors students.

The Honors Core Curriculum satisfies university general education requirements through specially designed team-taught interdisciplinary courses. Some colleges or degree programs may have general education requirements in addition to those fulfilled by the Honors College general education curriculum. More information can be found under the appropriate college sections in this catalog.

Honors College Program of Study

First Semester—Principles of Inquiry I

HON 1200/120, 1300/130, Hon 1400/141

Second Semester—Principles of Inquiry II

HON 1000/100, 1210/121, 1310/131, 1500/150

Third Semester—Historical Perspectives

HON 1000/100, 1600/160, 2010/201, 2300/230

Fourth Semester—Contemporary Perspectives

HON 1000/100, 2020/202, 2400/240,

Fifth Semester—Capstone Seminar I

HON 2800/280

Sixth Semester—Capstone Seminar II

HON 2900/290

Honors College (HON) Course Offerings

Note: Only students who have been formally admitted to the honors college may take HON courses.

1000/100 HONORS SEMINAR (1)

Prerequisite:Admission to the Honors College.

Analysis and discussion of a particular theme that will vary each semester (may be repeated a maximum or 8 semesters).

1200/120 HONORS COMPOSITION I (3)

Prerequisite:Admission to the Honors College.

Basic principles of exposition, argument, and reasoning including essay development, critical reading strategies, and use of edited American English. Students must pass the Composition I exit examination in order to earn credit. Credit given for only one of the following: HON 1200/120, ENG 1230/123, ENG 1270/127.

121 HONORS COMPOSITION II (3)

Prerequisite:Successful completion of HON 1200/120 or consent of the College

Advanced techniques in the principles of exposition, argument, and reasoning including essay development, critical reading strategies, and use of edited American English. Emphasis on the research paper and appropriate documentation. Students must pass the Composition II exit examination in order to earn credit. Credit given for only one of the following: HON 1210/121, ENG 1240/124, ENG 1280/128.

1300/130 MATHEMATICAL AND SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY I (3)

Prerequisite:Admission to the Honors College.

Concepts in the physical sciences are modeled using linear, exponential, logarithmic, and circular functions. Major ideas in the physical sciences will be explicitly linked to mathematical understanding.

1310/131 MATHEMATICAL AND SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY II (3)

Prerequisite:HON 130

A continuation of the inquiry begun in HON 1300.

1355 MATHEMATICAL INQUIRY (3)

Prerequisites:Admission to the Honors College; by placement exam in mathematics or successful completion of MATH 0990 l2.

Exploration of modern mathematical ideas from a layman’s point of view. Emphasis on using sound reasoning skills and on communicating ideas effectively. Classroom discussion and groups work on challenging problems are central to the course. Topics from Number Theory, Infinity, Geometry, Chaos theory, Probability, Statistics, can Graph Theory may be included. Credit not given for both HON 1355 and MATH 1700, MATH 1800 or HON 1300.

1400/140 PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY (3)

Prerequisite:Admission to the Honors College.

Discovery, analysis, and application of the principles of argumentation and philosophical inquiry through philosophical and non-philosophical texts.

1500/150 SOCIAL INQUIRY (3)

Prerequisite:Admission to the Honors College.

An examination of the birth, development, and current state of the social and behavioral sciences. Formulation of and approaches to the study of human social life.

1600/160 HISTORICAL INQUIRY (3)

Prerequisites:Completion of 18 hours of honors credit or consent of the College.

The art of history and the process of research and interpretation in the search for historical knowledge. Critical reading and analysis of primary sources; themes in the development of the West and the World since 1500.

2010/201 SCIENCE AND SOCIETY I (3)

Prerequisites:Completion of 18 hours of honors credit or consent of the College.

Critical examination of the interactions among human beings, human cultures and the natural and social environments using the methods of the natural and social sciences.

2020/202 SCIENCE AND SOCIETY II (3)

Prerequisites:Completion of 18 hours of honors credit or consent of the college.

Investigation into the relationships among human biology, human behavior, and human culture using the methods of the natural and social sciences.

2300/230 THE ARTS AND SOCIETY (3)

Prerequisites:Completion of 18 hours of honors credit or consent of the College.

Interaction between the arts and various societies with specific attention to how religious and political institutions manipulate the arts and how the arts shape religious, political, and cultural ideals. Writing Emphasis Course.

2400/240 VALUES IN CONFLICT (3)

Prerequisites:Completion of 18 hours of Honors credit or consent of the college.

Exploration and analysis of a contemporary problem or theme utilizing both moral and ethical principles as well as other resources in the humanities and social sciences.

2800/280 THE ORIGINS OF LIFE (3)

Prerequisites:Third-year Honors or consent of the Honors College.

Contributions of the Earth sciences, cosmology, biology, chemistry, and physics to understanding the origin of life on Earth and the possibility of life on other worlds.

2900/290 PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN EXISTENCE (3)

Prerequisites:Third-year Honors or consent of the Honors College.

Role of the humanities in the natural desire to find meaning in human existence and their role in answering those questions that each person must face.