Honors Courses

About honors coursework

Honors courses provide additional challenges, emphasize writing and critical thinking skills, and give you the chance to explore topics in greater depth. JCC honors courses will allow you to network with leaders and professionals on campus and in the community. Additionally, the courses will provide opportunities to work one-on-one with professors and build mentoring relationships.

To earn JCC’s honors citation, you must successfully complete:

  • one three-credit hour honors symposium course
  • two one-credit hour project-based honors courses

The honors program sets the requirements for earning the honors citation and coordinates the agreement between faculty members and students. The instructor for each course determines the individual student’s grade.

Honors symposium

The honors symposium is a three-credit course designed to inspire you to approach global topics from diverse perspectives. You will have the opportunity to delve into intriguing discussion and participate in an environment that fosters curiosity and academic exploration.

Recent symposium course topics include global food systems, immigration, and Palestine.

Honors project-based courses

To earn the honors citation, you are required to successfully complete two one-credit, project-based honors courses which are related to courses in which you are currently enrolled or have recently completed. Each project must include some form of applied learning: fieldwork, internship, service learning, innovative/ creative project, and/or undergraduate research. After registering, you will be guided by the honors program coordinator and your advisors to identify a course to which to link your project.  You’ll then work directly with a faculty member to design a project that fits your interests and goals. Your project-based courses will help you develop and practice organizational skills and become proficient in time-management.

Each project-based honors course must include:

  • 45 hours of applied learning (such as fieldwork, internship, service learning, innovative/creative project, and/or undergraduate research)
  • An 8-10 page researched essay
  • A public presentation/demonstration of the project (may take place within a campus or community setting and may include Scholars Day presentations)
E-contract for faculty

If you are a faculty member who has agreed to work with an honors student to complete a project-based course, please select the link listed under your division to fill out the required e-contract and begin the process.

Upcoming semesters

Fall 2020 honors courses

Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and Black Swans - the Economic, Social, Business, and Lifestyle Impacts of Technological Change: Students will use historical research to determine the impact of previous major technological changes, such as the introduction of the automobile and the internet, on then existing industries and lifestyles, and determine through individual research current attitudes regarding artificial intelligence and robots. Students will attempt to create autonomous robots to better understand the current challenges involved in developing robots, self-driving vehicles, and other devices controlled by artificial intelligence. Students will be expected to offer plans to ease this technology into society with minimal disruptions and displacements utilizing timelines and information from their research. Prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 1510.

The Fall 2020 honors symposium course, dependent on enrollment, is tentatively scheduled for:

  • 5136 CSC 7514 3 A.I. Robots & Black Swans Pratt, J. 11:00 AM-11:50 AM .M.W.F Synchronous Online (zoom)
  • 5282 CSC 7514 3 A.I. Robots & Black Swans Pratt, J TBD-TBD Asynchronous Online

Honors students who choose to defer their symposium course enrollment to the Spring 2021 semester may have the option of enrolling in the symposium course: Defending Against Hackers. This course offering will be dependent on sufficient enrollment.

Students and instructors are advised to complete learning contracts for fall semester project-based courses by September 23, 2020.

New and continuing honors students may register for these honors project courses:

  • 4418 - INT 2015 1 - HONORS Project I - Cooper, L.
  • 4419 - INT 2515 1 - HONORS Project II - Cooper, L.
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