Honors Seminars: The Scholar, The Scientist, The Artist, The Citizen
The theme of the Heidelberg Honors Program, “The Life of the Mind,” shapes the program’s curriculum. At its core are Honors seminars that are designed by faculty to encourage students to contemplate and develop “the Life of the Mind” as it is reflected by one of four intellectual personae: the Scholar, the Scientist, the Artist, and the Citizen. All thematic seminars (2-4 credit hours) meet weekly. Class size is small to permit students to have ample opportunity for exchange with one another and the seminar instructor as they develop into a community of scholars. Seminars are interdisciplinary, have no prerequisites, and may be taken in any order.
HNR 103 The Scholar seminars present various opportunities to acquire knowledge, encourage critical thinking, and emphasize communication in both oral and written forms. Recent Scholar seminars have included “Empires,” “Entrepreneurship,” and “God Stories: Religious Themes in Literature and Film.”
HNR 203 The Scientist seminars encourage the understanding of our world and the use of the scientific method as applied in contexts beyond the laboratory. Recent Scientist seminars have included “Minds, Brains, and Machines,” “Geology and Myth,” and “Sport Science.”
HNR 303 The Artist seminars encourage creativity and aesthetic awareness and promote the understanding of various art forms in historical and contemporary settings. Recent Artist seminars have included “Dark City: Film Noir as Material Culture,” “The Art of Stand-Up Comedy,” and “The Dinner Party: An Invitation to the History and Heritage of Women.”
HNR 403 The Citizen seminars consider the challenges, cultural differences, and responsibilities that we face in our families, our communities, our nation, and the world. Recent Citizen seminars have included “Strategies in Negotiation,” Violence, Crime and Punishment,” and “In the Shadow of the Holocaust.”
All Honors students are required to complete HNR 111, Introduction to the Life of the Mind, in their first year, which serves as an introduction to the Honors Program. Thereafter, students may consider how the seminars fit into their four-year plans as they schedule their seminars to make allowances for such opportunities as internships, study abroad, study in Washington, D.C., or the completion of a second major. As with all scheduling issues, Honors students are urged to consult with their academic advisors/mentors and the Associate Dean of Honors for guidance in scheduling their seminars.