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Autumn 2015-2016
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May 15, 2015

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​The Honors Program offers an alternative to the Liberal Studies Program for well-prepared, highly motivated students who apply and are accepted to the program. Like the Liberal Studies Program, the Honors Program seeks to widen students’ perspectives beyond their academic majors and encourage critical thinking, self-reflection, and an examination of values. In addition, the Honors Program fosters active, participatory learning; promotes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies; requires students to develop facility in a second language and to pursue independent research; helps students see themselves as members of larger communities in which they can be leaders; and assists interested students to prepare for post-graduate education. In order to meet these goals, the program offers small classes designed for Honors students, organized in a seminar format and taught by faculty committed to the program’s goals; emphasizes cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives in all core courses; advances students’ skills in writing, research, reading and analysis; requires  intensive language training; encourages self-directed learning through a third-year research course and the fourth-year seminar or thesis; offers lecture and film series, field trips, and opportunities for public service; and provides information and advising to assist with academic planning.

Some students are invited to apply to the Honors Program upon their admission to DePaul. Invitations to apply are issued on the basis of a student’s academic and co-curricular profile. Students are also welcome to initiate their own Honors application. In some cases, continuing DePaul students and transfer students may be considered for the Honors Program through the first quarter of their sophomore year. Students who successfully complete the Honors curriculum will have the designation “Honors Program Graduate” on their official transcript.

 Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the culture and geography of several regions of the world and will be aware of the interactions of culture and geography in shaping important events.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the roles of international organizations, nation-states, multinational economic agents, technological forces, and religious, social and arts movements in shaping an emerging global society.
  • Compare theoretical frameworks, including ethical frameworks that articulate power relationships on global and local levels.
      • Apply these theories to particular cultural or national contexts and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Connect their knowledge of global issues to the United States context.
  • Increase their global awareness through study abroad or other forms of experiential learning, when possible.
  • Demonstrate an intellectual grasp of the diversity of the human experience throughout their work.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a second language.
  • Analyze a variety of texts, whether spoken, written, or graphic.
  • Demonstrate their proficiency in several genres of written discourse.
  • Communicate ideas, facts, theories, and arguments effectively.
      • Present these ideas, orally, in writing, and through appropriate technologies to a variety of audiences.
  • Apply knowledge creatively to solve problems and explain issues.
      • Display intellectual curiosity in exploring the world and the human condition.
      • Combine what they know to arrive at new knowledge or awareness.
  • Identify the argument in a given text and articulate the disciplinary, historical, or cultural assumptions behind it.
  • Do independent research on complex problems.
  • Discuss and review their research with their peers.
  • Work collaboratively in diverse, cross- disciplinary teams to design and carry out a project that tests a hypothesis or develops an answer to an intriguing question.
  • Reason with formal representations, such as those used in mathematics, and draw conclusions from them.
  • Describe, compare, and evaluate several ethical perspectives, including at least one rooted in a Western culture and one rooted in a non-Western culture.
      • In particular cases, evaluate the underlying assumptions and the implications of these perspectives.
  • Reflect on the sources of their own values and how these formative influences affect the choices they make.
  • Understand and articulate the ethical issues integral to their chosen fields of study and the professions to which they aspire.
  • Demonstrate a respect for human diversity, and a critical awareness of their own assumptions, stereotypes, and biases when confronting difference.
  • Articulate issues of importance to them.
      • Identify and assess the personal, social, scientific, and/or historical influences that contribute to their perspectives on these issues.
  • Experience one or more forms of art with pleasure and critical insight.
      • Understand the historical and cultural contexts that shape and are shaped by works of art.
      • Use a critical and/or theoretical vocabulary to discuss works of art from diverse cultures.
      • Draw on their own experience of the creative process in developing an informed perspective on the arts.
  • Practice in at least one artistic medium and experience live productions or exhibits of art.
  • Demonstrate mastery of content for the mathematics and science topics they study as well as an understanding of how this content knowledge was acquired.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of technology for data collection, analysis and communication
  • Construct and evaluate process-oriented theories of how people learn, think and reason.
  • Design a study, collect and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data for evaluating claims, theories, or products.
      • Practice a variety of data-gathering methods (such as experiment, observation, interviews, surveys and textual analysis).
      • Identify and address potential threats to validity, and articulate through example the strengths and the limitations of the scientific process.
  • Recognize uses and abuses of science and technology and their impact on society.
  • Demonstrate both mastery of content for the societies they study and a developed awareness of how that knowledge of the past was constructed.
  • Gain an increased understanding of the complexities and diversities of the societies they study.
      • Trace change over time for both the societies studied and the interpretations of them, using interdisciplinary tools of historical inquiry.
  • Understand and use effectively a second language and/or another medium of knowledge such as mathematics or computer language.
  • Contribute to the formation and vitality of the community of scholars established by the Honors Program.
  • Lead teams and to be effective team members.
      • Coach or mentor other students in appropriate circumstances.
  • Exhibit an active dedication to the Vincentian mission of service to others.
      • Use their talents to improve the lives of others.
      • Demonstrate this commitment in one of a number of ways, such as completing a service-learning course, doing volunteer work, or mentoring other DePaul students.
  • Connect global patterns, forces and movements with local circumstances by reflecting on their own service experiences in the context of their increasing knowledge of events and issues across several cultures.