Honors Scholar Program

Sophomore Entry

Students may apply to the Honors Scholar Program as rising sophomores. Applications consist of two essay responses and the names and email address for two HPU faculty who can serve as references. Applications are due to Dr. William Carpenter by 5 PM on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Each essay response should be roughly 300 – 500 words. Here are the two prompts:

  • Discuss an important social issue or concern on which you once had a strong opinion that differs substantially from what you believe today. Describe what persuaded you to see this topic in a new way and what you learned from experiencing this change of mind.
  • In her how-to book on writing, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott writes: “So a moral position is not a message. A moral position is a passionate caring inside you. We are all in danger now and have a new everything to face, and there is no point gathering an audience and demanding its attention unless you have something to say that is important and constructive. . . . The issue now is how to take care of one another.” What is Lamott’s point here? What does it mean for a college student?

Students who join the honors program as sophomores will be required to reside in Finch Hall for the next academic year (with the exception of RAs and those with some ADA accommodations) and must enroll in at least one HNR course in the Fall 2018 semester. Joining the program as a sophomore does not affect a student’s financial aid package.

Invited students will be able to bundle certain general education courses into substitutes for up to two honors foundations courses, reducing their HSP credit requirement to 31. Working with program advisors, students will identify interdisciplinary groups of courses and compose inquiry-based, reflective essays that connect their learning in those courses to the appropriate HSP course and program outcomes. These essays will become part of the students’ ePortfolios. The possible bundle options are shown below.

The bundles approximate the multidisciplinary work that occurs in the HNR courses. Entering students will have until the end of their third semester to complete the course bundles and the accompanying essays. A subcommittee of the Honors Committee will assess the essays and make decisions on the awarding of HNR credit.

HNR Course Awarded CreditCourse Bundles Required for HNR Credit
HNR 1100: Humanistic InquiryENG 1103; two courses in humanities, each from a different department: English 22xx, history, religion, philosophy, theater, art, or music. (Only one AP/IB course equivalent permitted
HNR 1300: Quantitative ReasoningOne course in math, ENG 1103, one course from history, social science, natural science, religion, philosophy, art, theater, or music. (Only one AP/IB course equivalent permitted
HNR 2400: Scientific InquiryOne course in natural science with a lab, ENG 1103, and one course from history, social science, philosophy, religion, theater, art, or music. (Only one AP/IB course equivalent permitted.)


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