As part of the Honors Program, you’ll complete five Honors classes that:
Are dedicated Honors sections that allow you to engage meaningfully with other members of the community.
Fulfill one of the eight areas of inquiry you’re required to complete for Bradley’s Core Curriculum.
Can also be taken as electives if you complete your Core Curriculum early.
Emphasize active learning and discussion, but don’t require additional work or a more demanding grading scale.
A wide range of Honors courses are available each semester, and while the exact offerings vary, the list below highlights some of the Honors courses you can expect to find. In addition to these classes, it’s common for a few upper-level Honors electives to be mixed in each semester. We designed the Honors Program to complement your major so you can easily complete the program and graduate on time.
ANT 101 - The Anthropological Perspective(3 hours)
Core Curr. GP WC
Introduction to field of cultural anthropology and its unique perspective for the study of human culture and societies. Examines modes of social organization and dimensions of culture worldwide. Students are introduced to the diversity of human cultures and to anthropological theories and methods through ethnographic examples drawn from a variety of non-Western cultures. Focuses on processes and institutions of enculturation, including linguistic, economic, kinship, religious, political, and aesthetic practices. Considers the processes of culture change and the effects of colonialism and globalization on these processes.
BIO 300 - Population, Resources and Environment(3 hours)
Core Curr. MI, NS
Introduction to the fundamental principles of how the environment functions and how people interact with their environment. The emphasis will be on populations, resource use, pollution, disease and land-use and the associated ethical, economic and political concerns. The course is designed to integrate an understanding of the way in which people interact with their environment and use resources, the consequences of this interaction and mechanisms by which the impacts can be mitigated and sustainable systems achieved. Prerequisite: Students with credit for ENS 110 may not enroll in BIO 300. Junior or senior standing, or sophomores by permission.
COM 103 - The Oral Communication Process (3 hours)
Core Curr. CM OC
Theories and skills of oral communication. Emphasis on basic principles of thought, content, organization, style, delivery, and the interaction of communication and culture.
CIV 113 - Unified Fine Arts and Western Civilization I (3 hours) Core Curr. FA, MI, HU Combination of Western Civilization with Fine Arts. Study of characteristics of individual art forms and shared elements across a representative selection of the Fine Arts, in combination with a conceptual approach to intellectual, cultural, political, economic, social, and technological elements that have formed the spirit of the various ages from the ancient Near East to the Renaissance, with a geographical focus on the European continent. Students must take both semesters (113 and 114) to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements in Fine Arts and either Multidisciplinary Integration or Humanities, and for one Writing Intensive requirement.
CIV 114 - Unified Fine Arts and Western Civilization II (3 hours) Core Curr. FA, MI, HU Combination of Western Civilization with Fine Arts. Study of characteristics of individual art forms and shared elements across a representative selection of the Fine Arts, in combination with a conceptual approach to intellectual, cultural, political, economic, social, and technological elements that have formed the spirit of the various ages from the Renaissance to the present, with a geographical focus on the European continent. Students must take both semesters (113 and 114) to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements in Fine Arts and either Humanities or Multidisciplinary Integration, and to fulfill one Writing Intensive requirement.
ENG 101 - English Composition (3 hours)
Core Curr. W1
Principles of clear and effective writing; analysis of essays as models for writing. Required for all freshmen.
ENG 125 - Literatures of Identity(3 hours)
Core Curr. HU MI
Literature about identity formation studied in a multidisciplinary context.
ENG 305 - Advanced Writing--Technical Writing (3 hours) Core Curr. W2 For engineering and science students: techniques of exposition and report writing. Prerequisite: ENG 101, or CIV 111 and 112; junior standing
ENG 306 - Advanced Writing--Business Communication (3 hours) Core Curr. W2 Principal types of business letters and reports. Prerequisite: ENG 101, or CIV 111 and 112; junior standing
ENS 110 - Environmental Science(3 hours)
Core Curr. MI, NS
This course examines the science and social implications of environment. Emphasis will be on basic science, social, economic and political implications of human interactions with natural systems and understanding environmental issues and sustainable resource use. Prerequisite: Students with credit for BIO 300 may not enroll in ENS 110.
GES 101 - Principles of Earth Science(3 hours)
Core Curr. NS
The earth in space; weather, earth materials, and geological processes that control development of the earth's surface.
PHL 103 - An Inquiry Into Values(3 hours)
Core Curr. HU
Major value issues addressed by the world's most influential philosophers.
SOC 100 - The Sociological Perspective(3 hours)
Core Curr. SB
Sociological insight into study of humans, society, and culture.
WGS 200 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies(3 hours)
Core Curr. GP, WC, MI
Provides students with an overview of the perspectives, debates, and scholarship within the interdisciplinary field of Women's and Gender Studies. We will study the social construction of gender and feminist critiques of essentialism, the women's movement since the nineteenth century, women and labor, manhood, body image and the media, women and sports, reproductive justice, violence against women, global activism for gender equality. WGS 200 emphasizes that gendered experiences are diverse due to differences in race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, nationality, age, etc., and helps students develop the ability to analyze gendered systems and read gender in texts and visual media. Approved for General Education.