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Honors Coursework

Holy Family University's Honors courses span a range of subjects. Each of them fulfills a General Education requirement for our Honors students. Because these students often take multiple Honors courses together in their first years, they quickly become a tight-knit cohort. In general, Honors courses are designed to:

  • Emphasize discussion and other interactive teaching/learning techniques that are consistent with a seminar format;
  • Promote independent thinking by making students accountable for important aspects of their learning;
  • emphasize written and oral communication skills;
  • Promote learning outside the formal classroom setting (e.g., service projects);
  • encourage creative expression and achievement;
  • apply theories and principles learned in class to "real-life" problems and situations;
  • Explore connections among various fields of study;
  • Provide opportunities for independent research;
  • Provide opportunities for publication or public presentation of work;
  • Develop assignments and exercises that require students to reconcile conflicting findings or to synthesize different points of view;
  • Emphasize the use of original or primary sources, as opposed to traditional textbooks and secondary readings.

The following Honors courses are typically offered during fall semesters:

  • BIOL 120HNR (Honors Biological Principles I)
  • ENGL 103HNR (Honors Writing I)
  • HIST 204HNR (Honors American History, 1820-1920)
  • MATH 150HNR (Honors College Algebra and Trigonometry)
  • PHIL 103HNR (Honors Introduction to Philosophy)
  • PSYC 110HNR (Honors Introduction to Psychology)
  • RELS 210HNR (Honors Jesus the Christ)

The following Honors courses are typically offered during spring semesters:

  • ENGL 104HNR (Honors Writing II)
  • ENGL 115HNR (Honors Public Speaking)
  • GNED 400HNR (Honors Interdisciplinary Core Seminar)
  • HIST 108HNR (Honors Global History to 500 C.E.)
  • RELS 104HNR (Honors World Religions)