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The JCU honors curriculum

At John Carroll, the honors curriculum mirrors the Foundational Competencies and Jesuit Heritage parts of the core curriculum. However, enrollment in these courses is limited to students in the Honors Program.

  • in the “foundational competencies” category:

    • HP 101: The Honors Colloquium “The Life of the Mind” (this is taken in lieu of EN 125, “Seminar on Academic Writing.”);

    • COM 125: Speech Communication (students in the Arrupe Scholars and Leadership programs may also enroll);

    • Note that courses in Quantitative Analysis (QA) and Exploring the Global Community (EGC) are not in the honors curriculum.
  • in the “Jesuit Heritage” category:

    • Two courses in Theology and Religious Studies (TRS), at least one of which at the 300-level. Recent examples include Sacred Quest, Moral Decision Making, and Minority Religions.

    • Two courses in Philosophy (PL), one in the Values and Society category (PLVS) and another in the Knowledge and Reality category (PLKR). Recent examples include Business Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and Existentialism and Phenomenology.

    • One course addressing Issues in Social Justice (ISJ). These courses come from a wide variety of departments. Recent examples include History of Medicine in America, Globalization, Theology and Justice, and International Relations.

    • one course in Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), most of which are one credit. Alternatively, you may take two non-honors CAPA classes.

  • Additionally . . .

    • HP 301, Directed Readings, taken in your third or fourth year. A fun, ungraded two-credit class in which professors lead discussion in a book or movies of their choice for five weeks each.

    • HP 201, Research Explorations, taken ideally in your sophomore year. A one-credit class introducing you to research methods in your major field.

    • HP 349, Proposal Workshop, taken as a junior. A one-credit online, asynchronous workshop in which you will develop the proposal for your senior honors project.

    • A capstone project in your major field. Every major at John Carroll includes a capstone experience, the culmination of your major field of study in which you build on what you have learned in your major to produce a significant research product. Most students will take the capstone in their major field, but for some the appropriate course will be HP 450, the Honors Senior Project. Every honors student must present their research at the Celebration of Scholarship, an event held at the end of the academic year where students present their work in poster sessions, panel discussions, artistic performances, and other platforms.