University Scholars Course Descriptions

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US118-128 Seminar (1,1)

Seminars on critical-thinking topics and service learning. Regular features include examination of pseudosciences, debates on current social/political issues, and aspects of community service organizations. Courses are taught by faculty, staff, and community experts.

US218-228 Reading-Discussion Group and Project Management (1,1)

Small groups of students study throughout the semester with one or two professors. Each group pursues a different course of study determined by the students and faculty together. Recent topics have included Conspiracy Theories in History, Military Tactics, The Science of Science Fiction, and History in Film. The second half of the year, US228, is devoted to learning how to effectively design and manage the specialized studies/senior project and culminates with the selection of a project and mentor.

US318-328-418 Specialized Studies (1,1,1)

Students study in areas of personal interest with individual guidance by faculty mentors. Weekly meetings between student and mentor are expected. Readings begin with a broad scope, then become more concentrated as the year progresses. This study leads to a senior project.

US428 Senior Project (3)

Students do individual creative work under faculty direction. The outcome is a significant product appropriate to the field of study (e.g., scientific research paper, major library research paper, creative writing collection, musical composition or performance, or computer program). The student makes a written and oral presentation to a faculty committee, and undergoes an oral examination on the project.

All University Scholars courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.

Program Requirements and Policies

Class Attendance and Participation

All University Scholars students are expected to be in attendance at the scheduled times for their Seminar, Reading-Discussion, and Specialized Studies Courses. Honors Faculty will be asked to comment on the quality and quantity of each student's participation in the various courses each term.


Personal Enrichment

As part of becoming a citizen scholar, students in this program are required to participate in a variety of activities to help develop their social skills and commitment to service.

  • Attend one of the Academic Speaker Program public presentations each semester. (See Academic Speaker Program information.)
  • Attend one cultural event each semester. Events can be from a variety of sources, from on-campus art or music programs to trips hosted by the Director.
  • Perform community service each semester, as community service is a sign of a good citizen. Individual service projects are allowed, but the Scholars organization also organizes group activities.
  • Attend at least one social event each semester, and are strongly encouraged to attend more. Events range from movie nights in the Honors Building to Spring Break trips to places such as San Francisco and Boston.
  • Submit one article or piece of creative writing to The Scholar (the University Scholars Program publication
  • Perform service to the organization, such as fundraising, serving on Executive Committee, mentoring new Scholars, and many other activities.
  • Be a member of the University Scholars Organization and pay yearly dues of $10 at the beginning of each academic year. See additional information on the University Scholars Organization page.

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