HON 179 CORE - What Does it Mean to be Human?
This is the first of three interdisciplinary courses that, together with the fourth-year capstone course in the major, comprise ODU’s core seminars. All sections of this seminar will address the question, ‘What does it mean to be human?’ through the study of humans as embodied, social, spiritual, emotional, rational beings. While each section listed below will approach that question from a unique perspective, all sections share common learning outcomes and a common text or texts.
CORE 179 stresses the importance of a liberal arts education and seeking knowledge while helping students develop and refine the skills needed to succeed in college. Students are encouraged to take this course the fall semester of their first year. This course is reserved for first-time freshmen only and transfer students with 17 or fewer transfer semester credits.
Pre- or corequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 110.
HON 200 - Interdisciplinary Dialogue
Within this seminar, students in the Honors Program build community as they share with one another discipline- specific experiences related to knowledge and skills inherent to their field. Together they develop a greater understanding of broad problems explored in academia.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program and HON 179 (or appropriate transfer status).
HON 379A CORE - Critical Writing & Research
Research allows us to better understand the world around us (theoretical research) and to solve problems (applied research). In order to have these effects, research must be shared with the rest of the community – both within and beyond the discipline – and must be attentive to ethical issues and justice in every step of the process. Student will actively engage in critical thinking exercises intended to improve their abilities to develop testable hypotheses, meaningful critiques, and defendable arguments.
This will be coupled with a focus on research skills that will result in the successful completion of an in-depth original proposal for a senior honors project in a discipline of the student’s choice. Student will learn how to share their findings with the community through written, oral, and visual presentations. Students will also demonstrate an appreciation of the nature of justice as they consider the practical/applied implications of their scholarly work to promote well-being.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program and ENG 102 or ENG 111.
HON 410 - Senior Honors Project
A directed study experience that represents faculty-guided research toward completion of the Seniors Honors Project. HON 410 will be completed in consultation with a faculty mentor and the Honors Program Director. A public presentation of the completed project to the University community is required. HON 410 may be repeated.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program and senior status.