General Honors (GH) courses are the heart of the University Honors Program curriculum and feature small class sizes, dedicated faculty members, interdisciplinary perspectives, active learning and an exciting array of topics. These classes can be accessed by searching under University Honors in the catalog. The following is an example of a General Honors (GH) course that has been offered in the past. This course may or may not be offered again.
This Honors Junior Seminar engaged students in examination of how the complex pattern of geographical, racial, cultural, philosophical, and historical circumstances led to the development of two unique ancient systems of government – Athenian democracy and the Roman Republic – which have profoundly influenced modern political thought in the United States and beyond.
The study generally proceeded in chronological order (from the 6th century BCE to 2009) to best understand the continuity of political thought and the Classical influences on modern democracy. Students prepared research projects suitable for academic conference presentation and publication.
As the course was followed by a study tour of Greece, Rome, and Washington, D.C., and also addressed practical aspects of international study travel, such as passports, packing, and avoiding pickpockets.