Honors Program
. . .A Road Less Traveled

The Honors Program is a curriculum designed to meet the needs of students who have demonstrated their academic excellence and who wish to take challenging, interesting, even unusual courses to meet their general education requirements.

StudentHow will these classes be different?
Although the materials for these Honors courses will be similar to those of their non-honors counterparts, the emphasis will be on active student learning. There will be a minimum of drill and repetition and a maximum of creative exchange and interaction. The courses will not require a greater amount of work, but will instead expose you to academically enriched content and a lively instructional method.   

What kinds of courses will you be able to take in the Honors Program?
All Honors courses will fulfill general education requirements - the core courses you must take for a college degree. You will not need to take any extra courses or any courses that will not apply to your current major or program of study. You will be to choose from courses in English, History, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Speech and Drama and the Humanities. 

Will your grade point average be threatened by taking Honors courses?
Absolutely not! Because of the admissions criteria for this program, the faculty assume that the honors students are capable of A or B work. The courses are designed to challenge and interest bright students, not to penalize them. If you are capable of making an A in a non-honors section, you will be capable of making an A in the Honors course.

Why should I choose this program?
Students in Honors courses will have a greater opportunity for interaction with other highly motivated students. Classes are held in the Honors Resource Center in a seminar setting. The Resource Center is also equipped with computers, maps, and reference materials and is open to students for quiet study, research, and group projects.

Honors courses will be noted on academic transcripts, and students who fulfill the Honors curriculum requirements will earn either an Honors Certificate or an Honors Diploma. In addition, participation in the Honors Program will give students a stronger competitive edge when they transfer to four-year institutions.

How do I qualify?
Students interested in the Honors program must meet two of the three admissions criteria:

a 3.3 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale;
the recommendation of an instructor or counselor;
an ACT score of 24, SAT score of 1100, or COMPASS 90+ Writing score.

If you are interested in the program but do not meet the criteria, you may contact the Director of the Honors Program to ask for special admission.

Honors Courses

BIO101H Honors General Biology

Prerequisite:  Honors Program admission.
5 semester hours credit

Honors General Biology examines the physical, chemical and functional aspects common to all organisms and presents a general survey of all life forms.  Students will have the opportunity to learn and apply scientific processes based on lecture and discussions, conducting individual research projects, and reading and analyzing current scientific articles.  Laboratory time is required.  Honors General Biology will satisfy the laboratory requirement for the Associate of Arts degree and fulfills part of the requirement for an Honors Certificate or Honors Diploma.


ENG101H Honors Composition I

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors Composition I is a writing workshop utilizing readings, discussion, conferences, and research. Students will review some basic communication skills, but the course will emphasize sharing ideas through essay writing. Honors Composition I meets the ENG101 requirement for all degree programs and fulfills part of the requirements for an Honors Certificate or Honors Diploma.

ENG102H Honors Composition II

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission/ENG101/101H
3 semester hours credit

Honors Composition II teaches methods for writing clear exposition and techniques for reading the writings of great thinkers of the world. Students will be given the opportunity to define their values and to discover their unique voices as writers. Honors Composition II partially fulfills the English Composition requirement for the Associate of Arts degree and fulfills part of the requirement for an Honors Certificate or Honors Diploma.

ENG215H Honors World Literature Before 1650

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors World Literature explores historical, social and philosophical thought as reflected in the literature of Western Culture from the Ancient World through the Renaissance. Students will have the opportunity to design individualized research projects. Honors World Literature applies toward the humanities requirements for the associate degree and applies toward the Honors Certificate and Honors Diploma.

ENG216H Honors World Literature After 1650 

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors World Literature: After 1650 examines representative European authors from the Renaissance to the contemporary literary world in a global context. The student will study fiction, drama, poetry, and critical approaches to literature. Honors World Literature: After 1650 partially fulfills the humanities requirements for the Associate of Arts and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees and fulfills part of the requirement for an Honors Certificate or Honors Diploma. Students cannot apply both ENG216 and ENG216H toward graduation. 
 

ENG235H Honors Shakespeare

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors Shakespeare is a combination literature and film course. Students will read representative Shakespearian plays, design paper projects and conduct class discussion of a selected play. Honors Shakespeare applies toward the humanities requirement for the associate degree applies toward the Honors Certificate and Honors Diploma. Students can not apply both ENG235 and ENG235H toward graduation.

ENG250H Honors Mythology

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors Mythology offers the student a cross-cultural study ranging from classical Greek and Roman to Mesopotamian to Norse myths. Honors Mythology students will study original myths in translation. Mythology will partially fulfill the humanities requirement for the Associate degree.

ENG255H Honors Literary Types: Poetry

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors Poetry: Poems and Their Makers. This course includes a study of the lives of influential American modernists from Whitman to Plath. Students relate essential elements that contribute to poetry's insights and possibilities, with Voices and Visions sources.

HST103H Honors U.S. History I to Reconstruction

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors U.S. History I shows the development of the United States from Columbian contact through post Civil War reconstruction. It is designed to help students understand and function in their society. Honors U.S. History I meets the requirement for the Associate of Applied Science degree and partially fulfills the social and behavioral science requirement for the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Honors U.S. History I fulfills the Missouri law requiring study of the national and state constitutions.

HST104H Honors U.S. History II from Reconstruction

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors U.S. History II shows the development of the United States reconstruction to the present. It is designed to help students understand and function in their society. U.S. History II partially meets the history and political science requirement for the Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees. It does not meet constitution requirements.

HUM250H Honors Humanities

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors Humanities draws together the main themes of a liberal arts education; therefore, topics may change semester by semester. Students will study varied topics including myth, religion, literature, science and technology and the humanities and their impact on societies past and present. This course applies toward the general education humanities requirement.

HUM260H Honors Liberal Arts Seminar

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

The Honors seminar will draw together the major themes of a liberal arts education: the consideration of the impact of science, technology and the humanities on societies over time, values and ethics appropriate to a new age, the future consequences of present policies, the enjoyment and importance of both the arts and the sciences. The theme may change semester by semester. This course synthesizes the historical and cultural traditions. Honors Liberal Arts Seminar applies toward the general education humanities requirement.

HUM270H Honors Leadership Development Studies through the Humanities

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors Leadership Development Studies is designed to provide emerging and existing leaders the opportunity to explore the concept of leadership and to develop and improve their leadership skills. The course integrates readings from the humanities, experiential exercises, films and contemporary readings on leadership.

PHL102H  Honors Introduction to Philosophy 

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors Introduction to Philosophy is a historical survey of major Western thinkers beginning with the Ancient Greeks. The course looks at timeless questions concerning truth, beauty, reality, justice, logic, ethics, and the existence of God. Honors Introduction to Philosophy satisfies the same general education requirements as PHL 102, Introduction to Philosophy.

PHL202H  Honors Ethics

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors Ethics stresses the nature of moral argumentation and the structure of moral reasoning. Background material on contemporary moral issues is provided for the student, and the student is then required to articulate well-structured moral positions. As an Honors course, extensive in-class participation is required of all students. Honors ethics satisfies the same general education requirements as PHL202, Ethics.

PSC102H Honors US & Missouri Government and Constitution  

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors US & Missouri Government and Constitution examines US and Missouri constitutions and their impact on federal, state, and local government structure and power. The focus is on citizen and group efforst to influence government policies. This course fulfills Missouri and US Constituion requirement.

PSC250H Independent Study: Model United Nations-Honors

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Model United Nations emphasizes the origins, structure and functions of the United Nations in the contemporary international arena. Model United Nations is an independent study course, running from October to February, which includes participation in the Midwest Model United Nations where students will represent a country in a simulation. Honor students will be expected to take leadership roles and accept spokesperson responsibilities in the simulation.

PSY101H Honors General Psychology

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors General Psychology, taught in a seminar format, deals with the scientific study of behavior and mental processes found in humans and animals. General Psychology will partially meet the Social and Behavioral Science requirement for the Associate of Arts degree. Students cannot apply both Honors Psychology and General Psychology toward graduation.

SPD105H Honors Oral Communication

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors Oral Communication will explore interpersonal, small, group, computer mediated, and public communication through a combination of collaborative learning strategies. Students will demonstrate understanding of personal communication concepts through Internet exploration, class discussions and group projects and presentations. Students will learn to analyze personal communication competencies, identify challenges to effective communication and devise strategies to manage the challenges. Public communication concepts will be demonstrated through informative and persuasive speech presentations. Oral Communication will satisfy the general education oral communication requirement. Oral Communication is required in the Business Management curriculum.

SPD120H Honors Theatre Appreciation

Prerequisite: Honors Program admission.
3 semester hours credit

Honors Theatre Appreciation uses a seminar format to study the history of theater as seen through representative plays and playwrights and involves practical application of theater conventions to allow students the opportunity to learn by doing. Honors Theatre Appreciation partially satisfies the humanities general education requirement for the Associate degree.

Additional Information: Each year the Honors Theatre Appreciation class attends a performance of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Honors Instructors

Dr. Michael Booker, Communication & Fine Arts Division Chair
Honors Course(s): PHL202H Honors Ethics
Office: Arts & Sciences I, Room 110
Extension: 481-3312
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Rebecca Ellison, Professor of Speech and Drama
Honors Course(s): SPD105H Honors Oral Communication, SPD120H Honors Theatre Appreciation
Office: Fine Arts, Room 101A
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Lisa Hollander, Professor of History
Honors Course(s): HST103H Honors US History I, HST104H Honors US History II, PSC102H US & MO Government and Constitution 
Office: Arts & Sciences II, Room 406
Extension: 481-3352
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Dr. Scott Holzer, Professor of History
Honors Course(s): HST103H Honors US History I, HST104H Honors US History II
Office: Arts & Sciences I, Room 107C
Extension: 481-3346
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Dr. Amy Kausler, Professor of Psychology
Honors Courses(s): PSY101H Honors Psychology
Office: Arts & Sciences II, Room 405
Extension: 481-3317
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Constance Kuchar, Professor of Mathematics
Honors Course(s): MTH134H Honors Algebra
Office: Arts & Science I, Room 215; JCA 208A

Phone: 481-3338
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Shanie Latham, Assistant Professor of English
Honors Course(s): ENG102H Honors Composition II
Office: Arts & Science I Room 209
Phone: 481-3276
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Dedric Lee, Assistant Professor of Political Science  
Honors Course(s): PSC250H Honors Model United Nations
Office: Arts & Science I, Room 221
Phone: 481-3315
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Dr. Patricia McDaniel, Professor of Biology
Honors Course(s): BIO101H Honors Introduction to Biology
Office: Arts & Science I, Room 220
Phone: 481-3304
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Dora Mitchell, Professor of Biology
Honors Course(s): BIO101H Honors Introduction to Biology, BIO209H Honors Research Water Quality Monitoring
Office: Arts & Sciences II, Room 408
Phone:481-3343
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Dr. Andrea St. John, Director of Honors Program
Honors Course(s):  ENG101H Honors Composition I
Office: Arts & Sciences II, Room 407
Phone: 481-3 316
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Susan Todd, Professor of English
Honors Course(s): ENG101H Honors Composition I
Office: Arts and Science II, Room 411
Phone: 481-3347
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Honors Distinction

Upon graduation from Jefferson College with at least a 3.3 GPA, Honors Program students may be awarded either an Honors Certificate or an Honors Diploma. Students earn a certificate if they complete 6-11 hours of Honors Program courses. Students earn an Honors Diploma if they complete 12 or more hours of Honors Program courses. 

Both Honors Certificate and Honors Diploma recipients are recognized at the annual Honors Banquet; both receive certificates, and both are given purple cords to wear with commencement apparel. The Honors Diploma recipients also have a special seal placed on their diplomas which identifies them as "Honors Program Scholars." All Honors Program graduates' names are permanently displayed on plaques in the Honors Resource Center.

Honors Scholarship

The Elizabeth Hoyt Clark Honors Program Scholarship was created by the family of Mrs. Clark in 1994 to assist Honors Program students in pursuing their education. Two $500 scholarship are awarded twice a year and given to students pursuing an Honors Diploma and who have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Interested students are asked to submit an application in which they explain their educational goals and career plans. Then a committee of Honors Program faculty determines the recipient of the award each semester.
 

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 September 2013 )