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Slippery Rock University’s Honors Program is designed to enrich the university experience by fostering a student-centered learning environment and helping each student develop her or his individual potential as a life-long learner. Designed to encourage critical thinking and communication skills, honors courses emphasize reading, writing and research and encourage students to assume responsibility for their learning experiences, both on and off campus, through discussion-based classes and by participating in service-learning opportunities. Students in the program are fine scholars, but they are also committed to taking full advantage of their years spent at Slippery Rock University by participating in the extra-curricular and travel opportunities which the program offers.
All honors courses fulfill liberal studies requirements, which means that participation in the program will not extend a student’s stay at Slippery Rock University. To graduate with an honors designation, students must complete a minimum of seven honors courses (21 credits) while maintaining an overall QPA of 3.25 or higher or 3.4 or higher if the student has an Honors scholarship. Students may select from a variety of specially-designed courses in the following departments: communication, english, political science, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, biology, chemistry, geography, geology, environmental science, and professional studies.
Students also have the opportunity to take Great Books courses, which are geared toward extensive reading in a specialized area. Content in these seminars varies from semester to semester and have included, War and Peace (Russia), The Holocaust (Germany), Latin American History (Panama), Galileo (Florence), and Irish Playwrites (Ireland). Because a research is a component of this course, the Great Books course is especially valuable for students contemplating graduate education.
Honors students enjoy a number of benefits, both in and out of the classroom, including seminar-style classrooms where enrollment is typically capped at 20 or 25 students per class; early registration privileges, and learning experiences through national and international travel opportunities. Students present at regional and national honors conferences in Denver, San Antonio, Chicago, Los Angeles, Brooklyn and at regional conferences in Boston, Gettysburg, and the Adirondacks. In addition, courses are offered every spring and summer, which include opportunities for travel abroad. In the past, students have traveled to London, Germany, Turkey, South Africa, and Ecuador.
The program is open to all qualified students, regardless of their major field of interest. Interested students must enroll formally by completing an application and submitting a two-page, typed essay in which they discuss what they hope to gain from their university experience. If you are interested in participating, please call 724-738-4003, e-mail email@example.com, or visit the Honors Program Web Site