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Honors Program in Engagement & Scholarship (HOPES)

Mission & Goals

The Honors Program in Engagement & Scholarship (HOPES) is a concentration or minor program that encourages motivated students to explore challenging and interdisciplinary curricula. Coursework emphasizes critical thinking, an interdisciplnary attitude, a broad worldview, and a commitment to serving others.

Honors Program Mission
The Honors Program in Engagement & Scholarship (HOPES) will enhance the scholarly empowerment of students and encourage active citizenship, leadership, and devotion to the common good.

Honors Program Goals
Goal 1: To promote critical, reflective & independent thinking

Goal 2: To ensure a commitment to community awareness, involvement, and service

Goal 3: To foster excellence in verbal and written communication skills

Goal 4: To cultivate awareness of global issues and cultural diversity

Honors Program Outcomes

  • Study current and historical international issues and aspects of global culture
  • Develop the ability to read and interpret primary texts across disciplines
  • Cultivate intellectual curiosity
  • Learn to participate actively in substantive discussion
  • Acquire the skills, knowledge, and perspectives necessary to collaborate and participate actively with diverse local and global partners
  • Learn to articulate point of view and research findings clearly and effectively

Additional Outcomes for the Honors Minor:

  • Acquire foreign language proficiency at an intermediate level
  • Conduct independent and ethical research for the Honors Thesis/Project course
  • Demonstrate firmly established written and verbal skills in the Honors Thesis/Project course